Jessica Jones Month: AKA Purple Children

Posted: November 1, 2015 in Comic Book Breakdowns
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Welcome back to Day 11 of Jessica Jones Month everyone! Because it’s also Halloween, I wanted to cover one of the scariest things ever tied into Jessica’s history. While that almost turned out to be a post based entirely around the Purple Man and his torture techniques, instead I quickly found something even worse than that: the Purple Children.

In Daredevil #8, we’re reintroduced to the Purple Man, in the middle of abducting a child from his bedroom late at night. Bear with me, because that’s not disturbing for the reason that sentence might imply. Rather, the child is actually one of his children, born from a previous victim of Purple Man’s influence. Said victim is then forced by Purple Man to commit suicide as her child is being taken away.

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Death of the Purple Man. Image taken from Daredevil #8, via marvel.com

As it turns out, Purple Man has many children over the years, and has been taking them from their single mothers for the purposes of conquering the world/having a loving family. Unfortunately for him, the children merely played along until they could combine their wills and become far stronger collectively. After forcing him to walk in front of a train and kill himself, the Purple Children then began to wreak havoc in San Francisco before their inevitable defeat at the hands of Daredevil.

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The Purple Children. Image taken from Daredevil #9, via marvel.com

What’s scary about this whole situation to me is that, not only does Purple Man eliminate the mothers in various ways, not only are his children as sadistic and cruel as he is, but that this could have happened to Jessica Jones during her eight month long imprisonment.

Think about it: Jessica mentioned that her captor would abduct college girls and coerce them into having sex with him via his powers, essentially raping them and making them forget about it soon after (exactly how he left the mothers in this issue when he met them). With just the slightest change in attitude, the exact same thing could’ve happened to Jessica. Talk about dark.

I’ll get around to doing a full review of this Daredevil series later on, but for now, tell me: do you think this was one of the scariest things Purple Man ever did? Let me know, either in the comments below or with a tweet through that widget on the left. Better yet, like the Comic Books vs The World Facebook page, and subscribe to the official Youtube channel to keep up with all the latest on Comic Books vs The World. Keep coming back for more of Jessica Jones Month!

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