Marvel’s Jessica Jones is an excellent example of what is possible with both long-form storytelling and the superhero genre. Getting beyond the standard “Let’s you and him fight” narrative of so many stories of people with powers, Jessica Jones focuses on the emotional journey of its characters as Jessica and the others try to come to terms with the trauma in their pasts. The brutal fights and action hero moments are all there, to be sure, but the meat of the story focuses on relationships and healing; on what it means to be a victim and what it means to be a survivor.
But once we look away from Jessica Jones herself, we get into even more interesting territory. It’s in the side characters that we can find some important lessons about abuse, about toxic relationships, about support and about what it means to be a true ally to someone.
Let’s take a moment to dig into what we can learn from the supporting cast of Jessica Jones.
Warning: From this point onwards, thar be massive spoilers.