As if Marvel’s Jessica Jones the Netflix TV series wasn’t enough of a salute to female empowerment, the franchise has pushed the boundaries again.
The production has just released a series of comic book art covers for each of the upcoming Season 2 episodes. Additionally, they’re all by female artists. This mirrors the Jessica Jones showrunners’ decision to have all 13 episodes of the second season directed by women.
Only two days ahead of our fierce heroine’s return to the home screen, and each cover reveals the title of the episodes. What’s more, each cover features the female director for the episode.
Furthermore, after the long wait for Season 2, most fans are wondering what to expect. Maybe the covers will provide a few hints.
gotta catch 'em all! (and by ‘em, i mean all 13 — the right number this time! — of the amazing pulp-novel-style covers. That means one for each #JessicaJones episode, designed by female illustrators around the world) pic.twitter.com/T1YbAjg7Zq
— Netflix US (@netflix) March 5, 2018
Critics have given Jessica Jones Season 2 some good reviews. However, David Tennant’s Kilgrave left big shoes to fill. Jessica Jones Writers are going to have to fill in that gap. After all, Jessica defeated her tormentor at the end of Season 1. Didn’t she?
It looks like Jessica will be focusing on her origin story. The writers chose an excellent direction to carry forward. Fans love Jessica because she’s a “hard-drinking, short-fused mess of a woman.” This is according to on-again, off-again amour, Luke Cage. And Kilgrave’s death doesn’t change that.
Each episode cover features the steps in Jessica’s quest to find out why she is the way she is. It seems that the reluctant superhero is going to have to come to terms with the death of her family. She’ll also need to confront the cruel experiments that gave her those strange powers. Images and episode titles could provide a few clues.
Episode 1: AKA Start at the Beginning
Known for her work on Outlander and The Day After Tomorrow, German-born Anna Foerster directed Episode 1. Stephanie Hans illustrated this comic book cover for “AKA Start at the Beginning.” Additionally, Stephanie illustrates for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics.
Episode 2: AKA Freak Accident
Aida Mashaka Croal wrote Episode 2, with Minkie Spiro directing. Spiro also directed Call the Midwife. Jen Bartel, cover artist for Jem and the Holograms, illustrated the “AKA Freak Accident” cover. Jen also works with Marvel and Image Comics.
— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) March 6, 2018
Episode 3: AKA Soul Survivor
Canadian director Mairzee Almas, known for The 100, 12 Monkeys, and Arrow, directed Episode 3. Right now, we’re guessing that Jessica will discover more about the car accident that killed her entire family, leaving only Jessica alive. Elizabeth Torque illustrated this episode cover. Elizabeth is a freelance artist for DC and Image Comics, as well as game companies.
Episode 4: AKA God Help the Hobo
Award-winning director Deborah Chow headed Episode 4. Chow directed episodes of Reign, The Vampire Diaries, and Mr. Robot. This episode cover was illustrated by Polish artist Kate Niemczyk. Kate works as an illustrator for Marvel, Valiant, and Dark Horse comics. She also works with Blizzard and Division48 animation studio.
Episode 5: AKA The Octopus
We’re going to hope this one goes a bit Lovecraftian. Millicent Shelton directed Episode 5. Millicent has also worked on 30Rock, Black-ish, and The Flash. Colleen Doran, a best-selling artist for The Walking Dead and an International Horror Guild winner did the illustration for “AKA The Octopus.”
Episode 6: AKA FaceTime
Even Jessica’s sister, Trish (Patsy Walker) has a cover. This is yet another hint that Trish might become the Marvel Universe character Hellcat. The 70s comic book cast romance comic heroine Patsy Walker. They morphed her into a blue-suited superhero named Hellcat. Trish hinted in the first Season 2 trailer that she thinks Jessica Jones needs a sidekick. Jet Wilkinson, Australian director of How to Get Away with Murder and Madam Secretary heads up Episode 6. Eisner-winning artist of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Erica Henderson, illustrated the cover for “AKA FaceTime.”
Episode 7: AKA I Want Your Cray Cray
Jennifer Getzinger, who has worked previously on Mad Men, Outlander, and Sex and the City, directed “AKA I Want Your Cray Cray.” The episode cover art was drawn by Audrey Mok. Audrey is also the artist for Heroine Chic, Josie and the Pussycats, and Archie.
Episode 8: AKA Ain’t We Got Fun
Pretty Little Liars director, Zetna Fuentes directed Episode 8 for Season 2. The “AKA Ain’t We Got Fun” cover features the work of Joyce Chin, Inkpot award winner and “real actual nerd.”
Episode 9: AKA Shark in the Bathtub, Monster in the Bed
Creator Rosenberg brings Jenny Klein (Supernatural) in on writing credits for Episode 9. Rosemary Rodriguez, who also directed Episode 10 in Season 1, returns to head “AKA Sharks in the Bathtub, Monsters in the Bed.” The comic book cover for Episode 9 was illustrated by Jenny Frison. Jenny has done covers for Wonder Woman, Red Sonja, and Vampirella.
Episode 10: AKA Pork Chop
Irish director Neasa Hardiman directed Episode 10. The cover art for “AKA Pork Chop” is by Amy Reeder. (Though all can see is venison.) Amy illustrates Madame Xanadu, Batwoman, and Rocket Girl.
Episode 11: AKA Three Lives and Counting
Episode 11 hands the directorial reins to author Jennifer Lynch. This vivid comic book cover is by Emanuela Lupacchino, a DC Comics artist from Rome. Emanuela does amazing cover art for Bombshells United, as seen below:
— Big Bang Comics (@TheBigBang_) October 8, 2017
Episode 12: AKA Pray for My Patsy
Liz Friedlander, also known for Gossip Girl, Sleepy Hollow, and Stalker, directed Episode 12. Industry icon June Brigman did the cover art for “AKA Pray for my Patsy.” June is the creator of the 1980s comic book series Power Pack. She also illustrated the Brenda Starr and Mary Worth syndicated comics. She teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Much of her work can be found on her artist profile page on the Marvel directory.
Episode 13: AKA Playland
German director Uta Briesewitz headed up the final episode. Uta has also worked in cinematography for shows such as The Wire. Her direction credits include Altered Carbon, This is Us, and Orange is the New Black. The “AKA Playland” cover was illustrated by artist Annie Wu, creator of Dead Guy Fan Club from Image Comics.
See all the covers together as posted by the production on Instagram:
Check out the latest trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 if you need a reminder of why she’s such an awesome character. After all, it’s been three long years.