Jessica Campbell Jones Cage
is a fictional superheroine
appearing in American comic books
published by Marvel Comics
. Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis
and artist Michael Gaydos
, the character first appeared in Alias
#1 (November 2001) as a former superhero who became the owner and sole employee of Alias Private Investigations. Jones has since starred in two ongoing series
and The Pulse
). Alongside her husband Luke Cage
, she became a member of the New Avengers
during Marvel's 2010 Heroic Age
campaign. At various points in her history, Jones has used the aliases Jewel
, and Power Woman
. Krysten Ritter
portrays the character in the Netflix
original series Marvel's Jessica Jones
Midtown High student Jessica Campbell was present when Peter Parker
was bitten by the irradiated spider
which gave him his radioactive powers. She had a crush on him, and had just plucked up the courage to speak to him when he was distracted by the bite. She also had a celebrity crush on teen heart-throb Johnny Storm
Jessica's father received tickets for Disney World
from his boss Tony Stark
. On the way home, their car collided with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed, and, after spending several months in a coma
, she awoke, stirred by the first coming of Galactus
outside her hospital room. She was placed in an orphanage and adopted by the Jones family.
Jessica later discovered that her radiation exposure granted her super strength, limited invulnerability, and flight (which she never fully mastered during her superhero career). Jessica's adoptive parents re-enrolled her at Midtown High, where she was ostracized by her classmates, especially Flash Thompson
. Peter Parker (who had since become Spider-Man) sensed in Jessica a kindred spirit—someone who had also lost family due to a tragic circumstance. Jessica mistook his kind attention and lashed out at him, believing he was merely pitying her.
She later witnessed a fight between Spider-Man and the villain Sandman
in her own class. This inspired her to use her abilities in a positive light.
As Jewel, Jones was an upstart heroine with a fairly uneventful career until she intervened in a disturbance at a restaurant involving longtime Daredevil
foe Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man
. Killgrave used his power of mind control
to place Jones under his command, psychologically torturing her and forcing her to aid his criminal schemes. After eight months, Jones began to lose the distinction between his will and her own.
In the midst of a temper tantrum, the Purple Man sent Jones to kill Daredevil, erroneously directing her to the Avengers Mansion
. Jones attacked the first hero she saw there in a red costume, the Scarlet Witch
. The mind control began to wear off and Jones attempted to flee, but she was caught and severely injured by the Vision
and Iron Man
. She escaped due to the intervention of Carol Danvers
, the only Avenger who actually knew her, who took her to safety.
Jones remained in a coma for months, under the care of S.H.I.E.L.D.
, while also undergoing psychic therapy with Jean Grey
of the X-Men
. In addition to assisting her emergence from the coma, Grey placed a special mental command in Jones's subconscious that would protect her from further mind control.
During this time, Jones developed a doomed romantic relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain
, who would prove to be a valuable friend and contact for her later in life.
The intensely violating nature of her experience with Killgrave, and the fact that she was barely noticed missing for eight months, prompted a demoralized Jones to give up her costumed superhero life.
In the final issue of The Pulse
, Jones tried being a superhero one final time, adopting a darker identity as the Knightress, before giving up. Intercepting a crime meeting between the Owl
and a mafioso
, she met up with fellow superhero Luke Cage
. After defeating the Owl and his goons, she discovered that one of the thugs had brought his children with him. Jones took off her mask and revealed her identity to the police so that they would allow her to look after the children for the night. Luke Cage went to her home later that night and the two had a long talk, the first step toward a lasting friendship.
Jones, no longer a superhero, opened a private detective agency. Given her background, she was sought out by clients with superhero connections. Despite her wish to leave the superhero life, she found herself repeatedly drawn back into it. Longtime friend Carol Danvers set Jones up with Scott Lang (the second Ant-Man
), and the two dated for several months. She also had an off-and-on affair with Luke Cage
Killgrave, still obsessed with Jones, escaped from high-security incarceration. He attempted to break her spirit by making her experience her worst nightmare: discovering Lang and Cage in a tryst with her friend, Danvers. This time, the mental defenses Grey had given her allowed Jones to free herself from his control. She knocked him out and he was recaptured.
Later, Cage and Jones admitted their feelings for each other. After becoming pregnant with his child, Jones began a committed relationship with Cage.