Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's lives have been destroyed by the events of the Secret War, so what is Jessica going to do about it? Guest-starring: Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Nick Fury and many, many more.
Brent Anderson's art is a bit rough around the edges, and I found the coloring to be a little flat, but I will say that I am glad to see Brent Anderson looks to be providing the art for this arc, as he's shown over on the various "Astro City" projects that he's a wonderful artist when it comes to capturing the little moments. I mean how can one not love the reaction shot we get from Jessica when she learns Captain America and Nick Fury know something about the attack on Luke, or her growing realization that the guy in the waiting room is watching her. The art also does a wonderful job of capturing the chaos of the final pages, as when the car slams through the front of the hospital, it's pretty clear the situation has gone completely off the rails, and Jessica's race to Luke's bedside was effectively presented. I also loved the cover design, though it would've been nice if the claw marks had impacted the cover logo. Read Full Review
Brent Anderson begins a stint as regular artist with this issue, and his style - whilst occasionally inconsistent or rushed-looking fits in with the darker tone of the book nicely. Fittingly, his work comes off as a cross between the dark noir-ish quality of Alias artist Michael Gaydos and the sketchy realism of Guy Davis work on the Deadline miniseries a while back which introduced reporter Kat Farrel (so far underused in this title). Its a tall order to better previous artist Mark Bagley but at least we lose the big-eyed young-looking faces that detracted from The Pulses more adult tone and his work suffers in the direct comparison with Gabrielle DelOttos Secret War painted art, which is copied panel-for-panel in some places. However, the slightly murky style works in its own right and should prove a fairly good match for the dark places Bendis looks to be keen to take the whole Secret War crossover. Read Full Review
Prognosis: This second arc is starting off poorly. Bendis needs to pick up the pace (and stop milking his own other projects, especially quarterly ones that already emerge at a snails pace) if he hopes to equal the first arc after this rocky beginning. And somebody get Anderson an inker! Read Full Review
The change of artists is a bit disappointing this time around and the story starts off an arc that is a bit confusing to start but there are still lots of great Marvel alumni making appearances to add to the mystery.