Jessica Jones (Earth-616) Respect Thread

I put this together for my CaV against Gintoki Sakata but a lot of it's pretty generally applicable so I figured I may as well turn it into a full-fledged RT and help pad out my blog more.

I imagine that a lot of people are curious about Jessica's general power level in the comics after the Netflix show, and it would be nice to have a place to direct people, so without further ado...

Jessica Jones:

Be warned about language. Jessica likes four-letter words and I already got permission from the mods to give a general warning rather than censor it all, so keep that in mind going forward.

Alias #1 (2001)
Alias #1 (2001)

Biography:

Jessica Jones, wife of Luke Cage and mother of Danielle, is a private investigator, former superhero and member of the New Avengers. Following the car accident that killed her family, Jessica developed superpowers that gave her strength, speed and stamina well above any average person. While in her early appearances she was severely out of practice and out of shape, at her best Jessica has shown to have strength on the level of super soldiers and has a number of standout feats that allow her to compensate for a general lack of skill.

Overall, Jessica's real foe has never really been the forces of evil- more like the forces of shitty New York life in a world full of crazy-ass superheroes. Jessica has never really been the hero type and tends to shy away from fights, but more recently her experiences alongside her husband Luke Cage have given her a lot more experience and training at using her superpowers, bringing her physicals back to her peak and giving her control over her ability to fly again... although she got pretty rusty during a stint of prison and is pretty much disassociated from the Avengers. So she's not exactly at her prime right now...

All the same, Jessica has threatened Wolverine to his face, bitch-slapped Spider-Man and constantly intimidates the hell out of Luke Cage. All in all she is one tough lady, and not someone you want to piss off.

Strength:

Raw strength is Jessica's best asset by a pretty wide margin in general, especially based on her more recent showings. Initially, during Alias (where she debuted) she had some trouble even with ordinary humans and embarrassed herself even against a regular convenience store robber (in an absolutely great scene I might add).

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Alias #16 (2003)

That said, Jessica is not ordinary human level- not even peak human level based on her best feats. She has come far and improved a lot since her early days.

And even then, from Alias, which has her lowest showings:

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Alias #5 (2002)

Jessica easily punks Man Mountain Marko- a heavily enhanced superhuman that has traded blows with Spider-Man and Luke Cage- even though he got the drop on her. (And this is during Alias, where she is far from her prime!)

Alias #8 (2002)
Alias #8 (2002)

Tears through a chain-link fence with her bare hands.

Alias #21 (2003)
Alias #21 (2003)

Puts a man's head through a TV.

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Alias #20 (2003)

And one-shots Spider-woman (Jessica Drew).

Her feats have only gotten better with time, and she is especially dangerous with bloodlust, where she has a tendency to do Superman-esque bullrushes and basically just punch the shit out of people with raw strength.

Some of Jessica's more recent showings of strength and striking power:

The Pulse #7 (2005)
The Pulse #7 (2005)

Puts her fist through the hood of a car with a casual punch.

New Avengers Annual #3 (2005)
New Avengers Annual #3 (2005)

Casually tears through thin steel.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #8 (2011)

Fucks up a Doombot that was endangering Luke Cage.

Young Avengers #4 (2005)
Young Avengers #4 (2005)

Hurts Kang with a kick and disarms him.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 Annual #1 (2011)

Hurts a giant (Atlas) with a punch, and tosses another one (Goliath) to the ground during a battle with the Revengers.

New Avengers #48 (2005)
New Avengers #48 (2005)

Smashes up the side of a truck and incaps a Skrull at the same time.

New Avengers Vol. 2 #2 (2010)
New Avengers Vol. 2 #2 (2010)

Knocks back a heavily enhanced Luke Cage with a punch.

It is also worth noting that this increased level of strength seen at the time of New Avengers isn't just the PIS Bendis-force at work. Alias made it very clear that Jessica was at a low point for her powers during that story which can clearly be seen by her superior feats shown in flashbacks during that book.

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Alias #23 (2003)

After just discovering her powers Jessica was strong enough to push over a tree and casually lift a bicycle with one hand.

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Alias #23 (2003)

Not long afterward she one-shot Scorpion who has fought Spider-Man and given him trouble.

As Jewel she was even better, and demonstrated a scary level of strength and resilience when bloodlusted via Purple Man.

Alias #25 (2003)
Alias #25 (2003)

Picks up and throws a whole police car.

This is the level of what she's capable when really pushed.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #3 (2010)

Overpowers a group of demons that in numbers were overwhelming Luke Cage and even the Thing.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #3 (2010)

A full-strength punch created a large shockwave that one-shot a number of them and saved Luke's life.

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Secret Empire #2 (2017)

She later saved the sorry asses of Luke Cage and Iron Fist from a gang of demons they were struggling with.

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The Pulse #5 (2004)

Had Green Goblin at her mercy until he was rescued by his glider. Even Spider-Man was impressed by that.

Secret Empire #0 (2017)
Secret Empire #0 (2017)

Overpowers Nitro and throws him so far away that his explosion is out of range to do serious damage to her or the other Defenders (considering that this explosion dwarfs buildings, that's hundreds of feet away at least).

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Jessica Jones #1 (2016)

Overpowers Misty Knight's arm and surprises her with her strength.

Daredevil Vol. 2 #48 (2003)
Daredevil Vol. 2 #48 (2003)

Briefly fights on par with and pummels Typhoid Mary.

Jessica Jones #9 (2017)
Jessica Jones #9 (2017)

...But that's not the least of it, because the next time these two meet Jessica casually one-shots her while sitting on the toilet.

Defenders #2 (2017)
Defenders #2 (2017)

Gave Diamondback a black eye with one punch and physically restrained him, despite his newly-gained, super-powerful amp (enough to match a blow from Iron Fist).

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Defenders #4 (2017)

She then went on to absolutely whoop his ass and overwhelm him with her strength, bloodying him again. This is the same Diamondback who, in the very same fight, tanked an Iron Fist and kept fighting afterward. Jessica easily put in her fair share of hurt into Diamondback in order for Danny to beat him; they took him down together with equal effort. (Jessica's beating is presumably the reason Danny was able to suddenly beat him despite getting beaten down moments earlier.)

Secret Warriors #4 (2017)
Secret Warriors #4 (2017)

Visibly hurt and stunned Tiger Shark with a punch.

Defenders #9 (2018)
Defenders #9 (2018)

Fought evenly with and even got a clear upper hand on Moonstone in hand-to-hand combat.

Jessica Jones #6 (2017)
Jessica Jones #6 (2017)

She also stomped Doc Ock as Jewel.

Durability:

Jessica is honestly a bit of a wuss when it comes to durability; her strength is certainly her more impressive trait. That said Jessica has herself stated that she has superhuman durability and she can certainly survive attacks that would kill an ordinary person.

The Pulse #14 (2006)
The Pulse #14 (2006)

She's tougher than she looks.

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The Pulse #14 (2006)

During her brief, edgy, emotionally-charged stint as Knightress (still inexperienced here) she tanked a knife in the back and fought right through it.

Defenders #1 (2017)
Defenders #1 (2017)

Jessica walked off a bullet wound without getting medical attention. She was "mostly fine", according to Daredevil.

Jessica Jones #12 (2017)
Jessica Jones #12 (2017)

In an interesting feat of resistance, Jessica resisted the effects of tranq darts specially designed by SHIELD to scramble memories.

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Young Avengers #3 (2005)

She tanked a blast that knocked back Captain America and Iron Man and was only scratched up.

New Avengers Vol. 2 #14 (2011)
New Avengers Vol. 2 #14 (2011)

She tanked an explosion that blew away most of a building with no injury.

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Secret War #1 (2004)

She survived an indirect blast that blew the top half of a building to smithereens and critically injured Luke Cage.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #6 (2011)

Also tanked another indirect blast that blew out an apartment building.

New Avengers Vol. 2 #17 (2011)
New Avengers Vol. 2 #17 (2011)

Tanked the direct explosion of a building-sized robot, which sent her smashing into a building (tearing it up), again without injury.

Jessica Jones #12 (2017)
Jessica Jones #12 (2017)

Directly tanked an explosion that blew out her whole apartment. Got a black eye but stayed conscious and unharmed; didn't even bother to get medical attention.

Defenders #10 (2018)
Defenders #10 (2018)

Fuckin' tanked this shit. (Honestly forget about Jessica here; fucking Daredevil tanked this!?)

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Alias #19 (2003)

She took a punch from a man hopped up on MGH (mutant growth hormone- gives ordinary people superpowers) without any lasting injury (while not at her prime).

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #9 (2011)

She can drop the height of a building with no issue.

Jessica Jones #8 (2017)
Jessica Jones #8 (2017)

She tanked a fall from the top of a building into a van with no injury.

Alias #23 (2003)
Alias #23 (2003)

She even took a fall into the water from the NYC skyline without any injury at all.

New Avengers Vol. 2 Annual #1 (2011)
New Avengers Vol. 2 Annual #1 (2011)

Tanked having a pile of rubble thrown on her by Atlas- a giant that could tear through the Avengers mansion with his bare hands.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 Annual #1 (2011)

Said attack she was also there for, and not injured during.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #2 (2010)

She tanked a punch from a magic-amped Luke Cage that knocked her dozens of feet away, and returned without injury.

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New Avengers Vol. 2 #2 (2010)

Said Luke's strength was giving Captain Marvel, the Thing, Iron Fist and Wolverine all trouble at the same time, so needless to say he was hitting really hard at the time.

Secret Empire #0 (2017)
Secret Empire #0 (2017)

Casually blocked a blow from Thunderball's wrecking ball.

Jessica Jones #2 (2017)
Jessica Jones #2 (2017)

Tanks multiple punches from the Spider-Man villain Spot while sustaining minimal damage.

Defenders #9 (2018)
Defenders #9 (2018)

Fights evenly with Moonstone and takes at least one direct punch (on-panel, almost certainly more over a prolonged fight that occurs mostly off-panel) with no lasting damage. That's a former Captain Marvel!

Daredevil Vol. 2 #48 (2003)
Daredevil Vol. 2 #48 (2003)

Tanks being burned by Typhoid Mary... and then being hit by a car.

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Jessica Jones #18 (2018)

Tanks being punted out of a building by the Armadillo.

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Defenders #3 (2017)

Tanks the crash after being in a car that was swatted aside by a new, super-strong Diamondback, with no damage.

Defenders #4 (2017)
Defenders #4 (2017)

Also tanks being tossed through a window by Diamondback and merely complains about having glass in her hair.

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Alias #26 (2003)

She took both a blast from Iron Man's repulsors and an enraged punch from Vision (she had just clocked Scarlet Witch in the face), one after the other, and survived.

Alias #26 (2003)
Alias #26 (2003)

It is worth noting that this critically injured her, though, so she certainly cannot stand up to this kind of damage in general.

Speed/Mobility:

First off, Jessica can fly, and currently has pretty much total control of this ability. Initially she had very weak control of this ability, and in Alias she basically denied that she could fly at all because she had trouble landing. As Jewel, though, she had basically normal superhero flight, and in New Avengers and elsewhere she has regained that control.

Edit (2/15/2018): As of the most recent issue of Jessica Jones (issue 16) Jessica seems to be somewhat rusty with her flight again; this may be something of an inconsistency since she seems to describe it as something she has never been good at (certainly not true considering the New Avengers days) but it does seem to line up with her other most recent portrayal in Defenders given that to date I don't believe she has flown at all in that title.

It is also worth noting that while her flight speed is faster than her ground speed, she is fast on the ground, too, and she also has some good reaction feats to back all this up.

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Alias #4 (2002)

Some casual and precise flight even while out of practice.

Alias #8 (2002)
Alias #8 (2002)

Jessica is fast enough even on the ground to casually catch up to a man with a 20-foot lead who is already at full sprint.

Alias #16 (2003)
Alias #16 (2003)

Fast and evasive enough to briefly evade gunfire from a robber.

Alias #25 (2003)
Alias #25 (2003)

Casually creates a blur-streak behind her while in flight around the city.

The Pulse #5 (2004)
The Pulse #5 (2004)

Tags Green Goblin out of midair fast enough to steal his glider.

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Amazing Spider-Man #653/#654 (2011)

Can fly fast and accurately enough to keep up with even Captain Marvel during a combat situation. (Also held her own against numerous Spider Slayer robots, as a strength/skill feat.)

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Alias #26 (2003)

Narrowly dodges a blow from Thor Slowdinson.

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Alias #25 (2003)

Bullrushes and clocks Scarlet Witch in the face before she can react.

Alias #20 (2003)
Alias #20 (2003)

Hits Spider-Woman before she can react.

Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #5 (2013)
Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #5 (2013)

Wallops Ock-Spider-Man in the face before he can react even with his spider-sense. It's practically stated on-panel here that she outsped the spider-sense considering he bragged about it literally one sentence earlier, so this one's hard to argue against. (This also is a pretty good strength feat btw.)

Jessica Jones #3 (2017)
Jessica Jones #3 (2017)

Evades a punch from Spot, who fights with portals and is essentially a teleporter (and has repeatedly tagged Spider-Man using this method).

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Jessica Jones #4 (2016)

Effortlessly tags and pins down Frog-Man, another Spider-Man villain (though admittedly a bit of a joke one). Still, it also serves as a decent strength showing.

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Daredevil Vol. 2 #48 (2003)

Keeps up with Typhoid Mary in a fight, tagging her repeatedly and dodging a lethal blow at close range.

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Defenders #4 (2017)

Repeatedly tags and outspeeds Diamondback despite him demonstrating the speed and skill to tag and keep up with Iron Fist in a fight only moments prior.

Jessica Jones #8 (2017)
Jessica Jones #8 (2017)

Dodges close-range gunfire from (the Life-Model Decoy of) S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill without much effort.

At the end of the day, Jessica is pretty unimpressive for a Marvel superhero, but her high strength and flight still makes her a serious contender, kind of like a street-level Superman. She is pretty easy to underestimate which is usually results in pain for the people that cross her.

She doesn't fight often, but honestly she has a pretty good track record when she does. I think she is worth talking about more, and hopefully this respect thread has helped give her a little less obscurity.

Thanks for reading, all!

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Nice work! You might want to move this to General Discussion though.

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Worst respect thread I have ever seen.

Good job.

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Worst respect thread I have ever seen.

Good job.

I am not emotionally prepared to handle these mixed messages

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Also I don't know what's wrong with the spoiler blocks so I apologize for that.

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what a crappy respect thread

Impressive work though. Should cite issue numbers though for scans. Makes it look more professional.

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Nice work mate

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Nice!

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@watcher5000: I do think she's pretty slow especially in terms of reactions but maybe you disagree.

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@watcher5000: I do think she's pretty slow especially in terms of reactions but maybe you disagree.

well you shown her able to tag Spider-ock and hit Spider-woman before she could react.

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I liked the respect thread in that CAV between her and the anime guy better.

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Very nice!!!!!!!!!!

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Worst respect thread I have ever seen.

Good job.

what a crappy respect thread

Impressive work though. Should cite issue numbers though for scans. Makes it look more professional.

WTF?

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I gotta use Jessica in the battle forums...

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@watcher5000: In both cases she caught them off guard. Ock was focused on Luke and Drew was just talking to Jessica.

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I gotta use Jessica in the battle forums...

Yeah go for it. She's way underused as is.

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awesome!

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Good stuff

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Guess who just did some legit gunfire dodging?

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Guess who just did some legit gunfire dodging?

Batman?

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Me likey! Good job, mah dude.

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@ms-lola: Thanks, I will keep this updated as Jessica Jones continues.

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She has some new showings in Secret Empire issue 0.Like blocking Thunderballs wrecking ball with her arm.

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Very noice.

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@shehulk528: Good catch! Will update accordingly. Her attack against Nitro is especially impressive as a showing of strength.

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Updated with her fight against Typhoid Mary from Daredevil #48, props to nick for that one.

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Jessica is back for the new Defenders comic cashing in on the Netflix shows' popularity. And she inexplicably has black hair now.

Something tells me she is going to come out of it with some much more impressive feats too. For now I added her walking off of an assassination attempt from #1.

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Jessica is back for the new Defenders comic cashing in on the Netflix shows' popularity. And she inexplicably has black hair now.

Something tells me she is going to come out of it with some much more impressive feats too. For now I added her walking off of an assassination attempt from #1.

Although I noticed that she may now unfortunately have more of the TV show's durability. It seemed like she was able to be shot pretty much like any normal person, although perhaps healing it more quickly, instead of the "survive a smack from Mjolnir in the face" kind of durability she has had in the comics.

I noticed the hair too. Weird.

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Although I noticed that she may now unfortunately have more of the TV show's durability. It seemed like she was able to be shot pretty much like any normal person, although perhaps healing it more quickly, instead of the "survive a smack from Mjolnir in the face" kind of durability she has had in the comics.

I noticed the hair too. Weird.

It wouldn't surprise me if they nerfed her to TV levels. The black hair is to make her look more like Krysten Ritter of course so they could do it if they are trying to attract the TV audience.

That said I wouldn't call her having a reduced level yet. Jessica has never been bulletproof. And she walked it off without that much damage. I mean in Pulse for instance she seemed about as hurt from a knife to the back.

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Although I noticed that she may now unfortunately have more of the TV show's durability. It seemed like she was able to be shot pretty much like any normal person, although perhaps healing it more quickly, instead of the "survive a smack from Mjolnir in the face" kind of durability she has had in the comics.

I noticed the hair too. Weird.

It wouldn't surprise me if they nerfed her to TV levels. The black hair is to make her look more like Krysten Ritter of course so they could do it if they are trying to attract the TV audience.

That said I wouldn't call her having a reduced level yet. Jessica has never been bulletproof. And she walked it off without that much damage. I mean in Pulse for instance she seemed about as hurt from a knife to the back.

Yeah, agreed. I think she has been better with blunt force than piercing damage.

It was surprising to me how much it took from the Netflix shows, even though it was obvious was inspired by them. I mean, Diamondback? The whole scene where he breaks in on Black Cat and gives her the whole speech about what he's going to do was pretty much exactly like a speech Black Cat gave someone else a few months ago in another Bendis book, except there the Black Cat was supposed to scare the crap out of everybody, and now Diamondback is supposed to scare the crap out of her. Lame.

But, I'm glad for Jessica to have another book, and I agree that this is probably intended to put her on more of a par with the more-established men in the group, so she should get some better feats.

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Man, and I thought just comparing to Typhoid Mary was impressive.

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Diamondback has got some crazy amps in the new Defenders comic... and yet Jessica nearly KO'd him with a punch.

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Secret Warriors #4 Jessica Jones was shown punching Tiger Shark in the jaw.Which it did look like it hurt!

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No problem

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Updated with issue numbers (and some pretty nice combat/flight feats from Amazing Spider-Man).

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@amendment50: you should read The Defenders if you haven't already.

Jessica did better against Diamondback than Iron Fist did (although it is bendis writing... soooooo)

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@warlockmage: I'm caught up; Jessica's feats from Defenders are already in the RT.

And Bendis has been very kind to Iron Fist in the past.

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