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Jackpot #1

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ALWAYS BET ON RED! A GANG WAR TIE-IN! Mary Jane Watson, A.K.A. JACKPOT, gets her first solo super story since her debut in ASM #31! New York City is in chaos as the super-powered criminal gangs are at war, and it’s all hands on deck! It’s a baptism by fire, but, come on, this is Mary Jane. What CAN’T she handle?!

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35 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Jackpot #1 is all-out action from beginning to end and feels like a classic Marvel comic, giving us a crossover with Spider-Man and She-Hulk (along with some great interaction between them), an explosive battle with a powerful villain and some quality downtime with MJ and Paul. What could have been just another book mired in the seemingly endless Gang War storyline turned out to be my favorite book of the week. Highly recommended.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Can anyone imagine Mary Jane Watson as a superhero?! It’s true as she adopts the Jackpot persona (Previously used by Sara Ehret during the “Brand New Day” era) for this “Gang War” tie-in; Right away, it’s a great concept that has strong potential due to MJ and her partner Paul being the Marvel version of Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis but this is the perfect way for MJ to be seen in a new light besides always being looked at as a typical foil for Peter Parker but her super heroics makes this a fun story to get lost in and with this new version of Jackpot being front and center, the character’s future looks bright.

  • 96

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    I highly recommend this book to people who want to see more of what is going on during the Gang War. But more importantly, I think Marvel fans, who are looking for a new hero to dedicate their time and emotions to, should be able to find a very loveable character in this new and improved MJ. It will be interesting to see how she overcomes all her inner conflicts and turmoil, while balancing all that with saving lives and kicking supervillain butt at the same time. I am looking forward to her next adventures, especially with Black Cat, as I am sure they have a lot to bond over with. Peter Parker must be sweating even more right now.

  • 60

    Major Spoilers

    Though Jackpot #1 isn’t the first appearance of the woman, the powers, or the identity, it makes for a fun first outing for a new superhero, and if you can deal with the fact that Spider-Man continuity means it will be erased in a year or three, there’s a lot of well-crafted comic book drama to be had here. If fans can get past the fifteen-year-old grudge about the first Jackpot tease and lean in, Mary Jane makes for a charismatic and fun protagonist.

  • 50

    “Gang War” is still commanding the streets of New York, and team Spider-Man is busier than ever trying to contain the chaos and find a way to stop it. That’s opened up the door for Mary Jane to take a more direct role in pushing back against that chaos, leading us to Jackpot #1. MJ’s Jackpot persona and power set are intriguing as concepts, and have been utilized well in the past. Much to Celeste Bronfman’s credit, I was unexpectedly taken with the dynamic between MJ and Paul throughout the issue. The glimpses of MJ and Paul in therapy yielded several strong moments that I would’ve loved to see even more of, and MJ’s interactions with other heroes like She-Hulk were also welcome. Unfortunately there were several moments of MJ dialogue that just took me right out of the story, including a major sequence that sets the tone for the rest of the issue. The action sequences by Joey Vazquez, Eric Gapstur, Edgar Delgado, and Erick Arciniega are stellar, especially when Electro is front and center. As a character and as a hero, this iteration of Jackpot just never clicked, and I found myself wanting more of MJ and Paul just dealing with life than anything in the Jackpot suit. I’m still excited for Jackpot’s future, but this issue didn’t push the character forward in the way that I’d hoped.

  • 45


    Jackpot is a very basic superhero yarn. There’s fighting and, primarily, a reminder Jackpot exists. The lack of character work or any real ramifications of the events in this story mattering makes this a relatively easy book to skip while we wait for Jackpot to have any relevance at all.

  • 30

    Derby Comics

    I just don’t get what Marvel is doing with Mary Jane’s new “powers” and Jackpot persona. They are literally the embodiment of a deus ex machina plot device that allows writers the ability to pull things out of thin air. Even aside from the randomness of her powers, how/where/when did MJ become trained in hand-to-hand combat or superhero agility?? There are a few scenes where she doesn’t use her powers but still manages to perform some Spider-Man ask moves that a normal person would never be able to do.

    For being a Gang War tie-in, there is hardly any connective thread aside from MJ’s battle with Francine Frye’s Electro. It doesn’t even make sense how these two come to blows. This felt like Marvel’s attempt to remind us that MJ now has powers ahead of her upcoming series with Felicia/Hardy Black Cat. Given how this played out, I have no interest in continuing to follow along on her adventures until Marvel can explain her powers more and shows us there’s a deeper reason for it all.

  • 20

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Jackpot #1 takes a bad concept and somehow makes it worse!What little potential the book had is lost in an issue that lacks setup, pacing, character work and unfortanelty, a reason to exist.The art is ok, but it’s hard to get past the clunky writing that dominates every panel.Plus, it has Paul in it!

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