Review: The Variants #1

The Variants #1

As a fan of all the MCU TV shows, it would be hard to pick certain ones as my favorites. I enjoyed all the ones that existed on Netflix, before Marvel Studios was a thing. The ones that really hit it out of the park are the ones you did not see coming.

So far the Disney+ shows have been a mixed bag. Not everything lands, but most do. One of my favorites is the game changing Loki. It softened how one looks at this quasi villain, revealing dimensions where the movies just skimmed the surface. In the debut issue of The Variants, much like Loki, a different hero faces different versions of herself from alternate universes. But can she survive them?

We find Jessica Jones on a street corner reminiscing on what “could have been” especially her life with Luke Cage. As she has been feeling out of sorts recently,  as she keeps blacking out, and this time Daredevil is there to catch her before she falls, as she confesses to Matt, she is not sure what is the cause.. The very next day, she goes to her favorite coffee shop, when a local gangster, Hammerhead, tries to shake down the shop owner and causes Jessica to spring into action. By the issue’s end, we meet Killgrave’s original victim, who warns of a sleeper virus he has left,  but things get more complicated, as she meets two people that look exactly like her, which she comes to find out is, are her Variants.

Overall, The Variants #1 is an excellent debut issue that only Gail Simone can weave. The story by Simone is astounding. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether,  a thrilling noir  in the world of Variants.

Story: Gail Simone Art: Phil Noto Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW