Reuniting With Gaydos And Mack
♦ At this weekend’s Emerald City Comic Con, Brian Michael Bendis just announced two new Jinxworld titles for DC. The Hollywood Reporter had the details…
Longtime fans of Marvel’s Jessica Jones are in for a treat.
Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos are reteaming after their work on Jessica Jones and Alias, the groundbreaking series for Marvel’s MAX imprint that introduced the world to the failed superhero-turned-private detective in 2001.
The new series is called Pearl and will be released by Bendis’ creator-owned Jinxworld, in partnership with DC Entertainment, where the writer has made his home after years at Marvel and has already unveiled plans to write Superman.
The new project centres on Pearl, a tattoo artist for the Yakuza, who lives in modern-day San Francisco and falls in love with a counterpart from a rival faction. The series launches in August, and Bendis says he and his artist are well aware that their reunion will come with pretty high expectations, particularly after Jessica Jones has risen to new levels of popularity following the Netflix series starring Krysten Ritter as the character.
“We knew it had to match what people perceive Jessica to be and that what and we came up with had to be an equally, if not more complex, character in Pearl,” Bendis tells Heat Vision of the new series.
Pearl is just one of several announcements Bendis made on Friday at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.
Bendis is also teaming up with acclaimed artist David Mack for another new Jinxworld title, Cover — which is inspired by a true story in which the intelligence community recruits a well known comic book artist as a spy. Bendis describes it as having nods to films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and The In-Laws
Mack, known as the creator of Kabuki, previously worked with Bendis on Jessica Jones and Powers and is one of his closest friends in comics.
“Who has a better cover story than comic book artists and writers, who get to travel the world and no one is actually paying attention to what they’re doing?” says Bendis. “David and I have had a lot of travels over the last few years and we are going to have a lot of fun examining the world of espionage through the world of Comic-Con.”
Cover will launch this autumn.
Finally, one more treat for Bendis fans: more than 150 of his Jinxworld periodicals and collected additions — such as Brilliant, Fire, Fortune & Glory, Goldfish, Jinx and Torso — are now available digitally via readdc.com, the Vertigo app for iOS, Comixology and Amazon Kindle. And until 7 March several No. 1 issues from Jinxworld are available to download for free.
It seems that Bendis has huge plans at DC as they haven’t announced the creator-owned line he is heading up too.