Jessica Jones Reading Order

Jessica Jones is one of Marvel’s most remarkable character progressions, with a shorter time from comic book creation (2001) to on screen MCU introduction (2015) than anyone else. She’s the star of one of Marvel’s best MAX books (Alias from 2001 to 2004), a role player in Marvel U linchpin New Avengers (2004 to 2013), and now the first female character to drive a Marvel TV / Movie property.

I’m a big fan of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos created character, and if you’ve been enjoying her story on Netflix, I now present to you the Jessica Jones reading order. The issue by issue guide below should give you the ideal approach for Marvel Unlimited reading, with caveats as applicable. Enjoy!

Jessica Jones Reading Order

Jessica Jones Origins

Alias

Issues: #1 to #28

It’s worth noting here that Alias is not available on Marvel Unlimited, to the chagrin of just about everyone who’s used the service. The word on the street is that Marvel MAX titles (Marvel’s 18+ content) are not allowed in Marvel Unlimited because it would restrict the app’s all ages availability.

Long story short, if you want to read the most essential (and best) Jessica Jones comic, you have to buy it. Marvel recently republished all 28 issues (and the below What If…) in 4 trade collections. You can find the first Alias trade here.

Daredevil

Issues: Bendis & Maleev Run

There’s some slight creative overlap between Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s run on Daredevil and Alias. If you want the full explanation for Murdock and Nelson’s appearances in Alias, this is the run you’ll want to check out. You can get a full Daredevil reading order here – hardly required for Jessica Jones, but a recommended read for the Marvel Netflix fan!

What if Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?

Issues: #1

For the record, this issue is available in Marvel Unlimited.

Jess Finds Work At The Daily Bugle

The Pulse

Issues: #1 to #5

Young Avengers

Issues: #1 to #6

More tangential Jessica Jones, but she is reporting on the new team.

Young Avengers Special

Issues: #1

Secret War

Issues: #1 to #5

Provides the background for the next story arc in The Pulse. In the grand scheme of Marvel continuity, Secret War should be read between Avengers Disassembled and House of M.

The Pulse

Issues: #6 to #9

Secret War “tie-in”

New Avengers

Issues: #1 to #10

First two volumes of New Avengers, you get Luke Cage reacting to some of the developments in Alias. Not much (if any) Jessica Jones action here, but this will essentially become her primary series for most of the 2000’s.

The Pulse

Issues: #11 to #14

New Avengers Annual

Issues: #1

Jessica Jones and The New Avengers

New Avengers

Issues: #22

You can read all of New Avengers, and from the perspective of enjoying and following the Marvel Universe in the 2000s, I recommend that you do. That said, issue #22 is a Jessica Jones and Luke Cage Civil War Tie-In.

New Avengers

Issues: #28 to #37

New Avengers Annual

Issues: #2

New Avengers

Issues: #38

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage deal with Secret Invasion. There are some definite ramifications for the duo during this event, so if you’re all in on Marvel backstory, you can find the Secret Invasion guide here.

New Avengers

Issues: #48 to #60

Takes you through Dark Reign and Siege. Various Jessica Jones throughout.

Amazing Spider-Man

Issues: #601

There’s a brief back-up story in this issue about a conversation between Spider-Man and Jessica Jones. It can be read midway through the above New Avengers run, but mostly should be read before New Avengers Annual #3.

New Avengers Annual

Issues: #3

From the solicit: A startling new chapter in the life of Jessica Jones. The New Avengers annuals continue to offer the most direct Jessica Jones stories.

New Avengers

Issues: #61 to #64

Siege tie-ins. I mean you made it this far.

New Avengers: Luke Cage

Issues: #1 to #3

New Avengers Finale

Issues: #1

The 2010’s Era Jessica Jones and New Avengers

New Avengers (2010 to 2012)

Issues: #1 to #8

Pay particular attention to issue #8, which is a Luke Cage and Jessica Jones date issue that also involves Doctor Doom (literally the best kind of date).

Amazing Spider-Man

Issues: #652 to #654

Jess and the New Avengers help Spidey deal with the return of the Spider Slayer.

New Avengers (2010 to 2012)

Issues: #9 to #16

New Avengers Annual

Issues: #1

Luke and Jessica hire Squirrel Girl as a nanny. Read after New Avengers #16,

Spider-Island: Avengers

Issues: #1

Part of the larger Spider-Island event, but this is the most direct Jessica Jones involvement.

New Avengers (2010 to 2012)

Issues: #17 to #24

Leads right up into the Avengers vs. X-Men tie ins, and largely marks the the conclusion of Jessica Jones’ involvement with this Avengers squad. You can keep on reading through the Avengers vs. X-Men reading order if you’re so inclined.

Mighty Avengers

Issues: #1 to #14

Jessica appears occasionally throughout Mighty Avengers, as Luke Cage starts another Avengers roster. Let me emphasize “occasionally.” Might Avengers begins as an Infinity tie-in, which requires quite a bit of Jonathan Hickman Avengers and New Avengers.

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