One of the most prolific female comic book writers is sending one of Marvel’s most underrated heroines on one trippy adventure. Gail Simone has signed on as the writer of The Variants, a new five-part multiverse miniseries that centers around former superhero turned private eye Jessica Jones. After taking what appears to be a routine case, Jessica finds herself coming face-to-face with several other versions of herself –including her former costumed personas Jewel and Huntress– leading to an even greater mystery involving the Multiverse.
The official log-line reads as follows:
“What would it really be like to meet an alternate version of yourself, another you who 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!“
Simone will be joined by renowned comics artist Phil Noto, with the first issue going on sale in June of 2022.
Jessica Jones first appeared in 2001’s Alias series, part of Marvel’s now defunct adult-oriented MAX Comics imprint. The heroine was retconned into the Marvel Universe as being a former superhero, and member of the Avengers, who left a life of heroics behind following a traumatic event. She reinvented herself as a private investigator who specializes in cases involving super-powered individuals. Krysten Ritter portrayed a live-action version of the character in Netflix’s acclaimed Jessica Jones series, as well as the crossover limited series Marvel’s The Defenders.