The Variants #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Phil Noto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 29, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 21
9.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

What would it really be like to meet an alternate version of yourself, another you who had made different choices and lived a completely different life as a result? That's the question facing Jessica Jones, as what seemed like a routine investigation instead has her encountering other incarnations of herself from across the Multiverse. Can Jessica get along with herself? Will she want to kill her other selves? And will seeing the lives she could have led drive her into a self-destructive spiral? This is what happens when you meet...the Variants!

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jul 6, 2022

    And so a private detective is thrown into the kind of weirdness that has become the hallmark of various different incarnations of the Marvel Universe. The clever bit about the weirdness is that Simone never lets Jessica Jones stop being Jessica Jones, even when the weird sets in. Run into a perfect copy of herself in her own apartment? Doesnt matter if it IS her, shes going to beat the hell out of herself for trespassing on her own home. Simone has a brilliant grasp of Jess. This is going to be fun.  Read Full Review

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson Jun 29, 2022

    When coupled with Phil Noto's effortlessly cool and timeless art, The Variants is an absolute knockout for Marvel Comics, and I could not be more excited to see what else it has in store. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jun 28, 2022

    The Variants #1: A Jessica Jones mystery is a glowing example of how engaging a story can be when the creative team understand the character, the characters history and that characters place in her own universe PERFECTLY. Exceptional character writing complimented by artistic nuance make for a thoroughly engaging opening installment to what promises top be a fascinating next chapter in one of Marvel's most believable characters. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jul 3, 2022

    It is a rare thing for a creative team to pick up a character synonymous with another creative team and not only match the work that introduced that character but surpass it. With The Variants, Simone and Noto have managed that feat, producing the most interesting and accessible Jessica Jones story ever told in the comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Jul 1, 2022

    Phil Noto can make even the simplest conversation dynamic and somehow makes us feel every moment in the action scenes. This combination of Simone's off over the top humor with Noto's more understated style is an unexpected creative collaboration that really works. Noto and Simone are like players in an orchestra where each of their skills are lifted by the other to the point that the entire work is better than the sum of its parts. Every part of this book is effortless, interesting character work with a fascinating examination of the many parts which make up Jessica Jones. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 29, 2022

    Noto delivers some fantastic art in the first issue. I love the tone of the art as well as its focus on Jessica through close up shots and facial expressions. The art is a great showcase of mood and emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 1, 1970

    The Variants #1is a tale that's perfect for Jessica Jones fans and manages to find a fresh take on the multiverse concept. I've been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced, and it more than lived up to the hype. Just about the only way it could be more perfect is if Krysten Ritter was somehow able to narrate it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jul 5, 2022

    A great first issue. Rather like London buses, we wait awhile for a good story featuring Jessica Jones, then three Jessicas all turn up at once. Simone is having as much fun writing this it seems as we are reading it. Enthusiasm always shines through. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jul 2, 2022

    Overall, The Variants #1 is an excellent debut issue that only Gail Simone can weave. The story by Simone is astounding. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a thrilling noir in the world of Variants. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 30, 2022

    This issue takes one of my favorite Marvel characters and puts her in unfamiliar territory, but never loses sight of what makes Jessica Jones tick. Plus: The last page reveal is both shocking and hilarious.It's shockalarious. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 29, 2022

    The Variants #1 is an excellent debut that'll leave you guessing as to what is reality and what's not. Is this leading to some multiversal adventure or is this Jessica breaking from reality? Simone delivers teases and you'll want to come back for more by the end of the issue. Just when you think a concept of infinite possibilities can't deliver anything new, this creative team surprises us and does exactly that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Colin Moon Jun 27, 2022

    Arriving at a charged political moment, The Variants sees a meaningful character being handled by importantly insightful people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 2, 2022

    An all-star creative team does a very good job of introducing us to Jessica Jones and her new mystery. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jun 29, 2022

    (Also, I would love to know who came up with the series logo, because it slaps.) Read Full Review

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