The following contains major spoilers for The Variants #1, available now from Marvel.
Marvel’s new Jessica Jones series just introduced a new Captain America variant who also happens to be Jessica Jones.
The Variants #1 comes from writer Gail Simone, artists Phil Noto and Betsy Cola and letterer VC’s Cory Petit. In the issue, Jessica Jones is still dealing with the inescapable grasp of Zebediah Killgrave/the Purple Man. After reluctantly aiding one of Killgrave’s victims when prompted by Daredevil, Jessica returns home not to find Luke Cage, her husband, waiting for her, but rather a variant of herself.
The Jessica Jones variant claims that the house actually belongs to her and her “welcome isn’t going to be nearly so sweet.” The two take to fighting but are interrupted when Captain America’s shield squarely bounces off both of their heads. They look up not to find Steve Rogers or Sam Wilson standing above them; rather, it appears to be another Jessica Jones variant who identifies herself as Captain America. “Crisis,” Jessica narrates. “I’m having a crisis. Swell.”
The issue indicates more variants may soon be on their way, as it ends with a “Next: Green Muscle” tease. The synopsis for The Variants #2, which releases July 27, reads, “Jessica Jones is experiencing terrifying blackouts and leaving chaos and pain in her wake. But will the latest effects of her missing time leave her on the wrong side of the law AND her own family? Meanwhile, the mysterious VARIANTS arrive, and Jessica fears for her own sanity!”
In a CBR exclusive interview, Simone said that Jessica was a unique character compared to some others in the Marvel Universe and following her through this multiversal journey in The Variants opened up all kinds of new and exciting possibilities. “To me, Jessica is an avatar of survival, which I am always a sucker for,” she explained. “One of the funnest aspects of Jessica is, she’s a down-to-earth character to such a degree that she deliberately eschews the superhero tropes and lifestyle, yet she sometimes ends up working with the Avengers or fighting Ultron or whatever impossible thing. It often feels like she’s from another genre, that of the hardboiled private eye, and has been dropped in this setting where she doesn’t belong at all. For that reason, the Variants are even more fun than they would be for, say, a character who has met multiverse versions of themselves a dozen times already.”
The Variants #1 features cover art by Noto and variant cover art by Ashley Witter, Ben Caldwell and Skottie Young. The issue is on sale now from Marvel.