EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Jones to face a familiar foe in Marvel Legacy

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As more details bubble to the surface around the Marvel Legacy initiative, it's becoming clear just how expansive a project it is. The 50-page special issue Marvel Legacy #1, by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, kicks it all off in September. What follows it will be an avalanche of restructured series -- many reverting back to classic numbering -- that promises a major shakeup to the Marvel Universe.

I know what you're thinking. You've heard this all before. That's what the major comics publishers promise will happen with every single one of their event series. Well, we're not here to convince you to think one way or the other. Even if after seeing some of the early solicitations and reveals for upcoming Legacy books, like Sam Wilson becoming the Falcon again and the Totally Awesome Hulk returning to the totally awesome Planet Hulk, you're still skeptical, we understand. 

But here's the thing: SYFY WIRE had the chance to talk with Marvel about their plans for Legacy. Not just with the one-shot from the Aaron/Ribic team that is supposed to deliver the true origin of the Marvel Universe. We're talking about some of the other yet-to-be-revealed storylines that will be part of this big ... event. There, we said it (or wrote it ... whatever). The point being, Marvel has some BIG stuff in the pipeline to make sure Legacy lives up to the advance hype.

With that in mind, we're going to be debuting a few juicy Legacy tidbits here on SYFY WIRE. The first being an exclusive interview with Brian Michael Bendis, who, along with writing The Defenders, will be scripting the solo adventures of Jessica Jones once again. He'll continue to work with artist Michael Gaydos on the title featuring the character the duo introduced back in 2001. During our Q & A, Bendis talked about Jessica's role as the detective in the Marvel U and how that role will be tested as the mysteries at the heart of Legacy that go all the way back to the beginning.

Oh, and here's your first look at the cover to issue #13, which confirms the return of a certain shady character to torment Jessica.

 

Jessica’s role as a PI means she’s uncovered some of the Marvel universe’s darkest secrets. That’s really had an impact on her. Will that continue to play out in this series?

Bendis: Absolutely. PLUS there are so many new mysteries JUST since Secret War. There are secrets that no one even knows about. There are superpowered people in the Marvel Universe from other places that no one knows about yet.  Most disturbing to Jessica is some of it seems covered up somewhat by the superhero community.

Given the stated intentions of Marvel Legacy, will we see Jessica involved in new mysteries that tie into Marvel’s past? Any hints you can drop about future stories and any characters we can expect her to cross paths with?

We're actually going to be populating her book with some new characters. Some characters that will be supporting her book and the defenders and whatever other street books want to have some fun. We're going to be developing the streets of Marvel in new and interesting ways, and showing some new rules of the streets. Crime in the Marvel Universe can be different from our universe -- lots of different ways someone can mess someone else’s life up.

But the big reveal, the head turner … is the long-awaited return of The Purple Man [in issue #13].

What can you tell us about The Purple Man's return and what that does to Jessica, especially now that she has a family to worry about?

In Jessica’s world, this is monumental.  The only thing worse than what The Purple Man did to her originally is the thought of what he could do to her now that she has a child. Writing this has been so scary. This is scary stuff. This is psychological horror unlike anything I think I’ve ever seen in mainstream comics. We’ll see what people think …

Is it more fun writing Jessica as a superhero mom?

Absolutely. I am a proud parent of four children. AND like Jessica, I have a freelance lifestyle, which means that I can be there for my kids anytime, but at the same time I really have to arrange my life for that.  So I love reflecting that special stress and reward -- that very relatable juggling that we do every day just to be the person we want to be to the people who want to be with.

You and Michael Gaydos really have crafted a special vibe to this book. How much direction is in your scripts to him with regards to the art? Or do you just cut him loose at this point in your working relationship?

I love working with Michael. We kind of grew up together. We went to the same college, even though we weren’t friends in college. He was much better than me and it was upsetting :-) He creates pages and panels in a complete unique and honest way and for some reason it really connects with me. I can really write for it.  I am so glad people love our return so much. We’re just getting started.

You’re also writing The Defenders, and Jessica is a part of that book. Will this book be in tight continuity with that comic, or will these stories sort of exist in their own space?

I think it’s very important that the stories exist in their own space and then organically enrich each other. Jessica Jones will be reflected in Defenders very strongly. The backbone of the relationship of both books will be Luke and Jessica.