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Once upon a time Jessica Jone was a costumed superhero. But not a very good one. Now a chain-smoking, self destructive alcoholic who is the owner and sole employee of a private investigations firm specialising in superhuman cases. When she exposes one hero's identity her life becomes expendable....

Title : Alias, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9780785111412
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Alias, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-03-26 21:25

    Four stars AKA I really liked!This TPB collected the comic book issues #1-9 of “Jessica Jones: Alias”.Creative Team:Writer: Brian Michael BendisIllustrators: Michael Gaydos with Bill Sienkiewicz (“Sidekick” sections) & David Mack (cover)COMICS FOR ADULTSIt’s funny how comic books (or any other format to tell a story) is “made for adults” if there are f-words, smocking, sexual scenes, sexual preferences, nudes, etc… even if they aren’t necessary to tell that story.I remember that when I was a kid, I watched basically the same TV shows than my parents but now I honestly don’t know what TV shows can watch kids different than the kiddie stuff in the cable channels designed to show that. Maybe not all, but a large quantity of TV shows always have here and there some of the mentioned “taboo” elements making that kids not being able to watch those TV shows. I don’t know in what state of mind the nowadays kids will grow up if they pass their childhood only watching talking trains, dancing dinosaurs and retarted colorful beings.Sure, maybe TV shows like Airwolf, Knight Rider and The A-Team weren’t exactly proper conduct guiding programs to become a productive adult (but a lot of fun!), but along with those, I was able to watch also The Little House in the Prairie, Eight is Enough and Highway to Heaven full of timeless lessons about life. Back then, I think that any kid can watch any TV show……but now? In the quest of “more matured series”, almost any successful TV show includes various of the already mentioned elements making them “exclusive for adults”. I noticed the same tendency in many films in the latest years (curiously enough, in those selected for the Oscars) where you are watching a good story that anybody not matter the age should watch BUT since the production decided to include some of the already mentioned elements, the kids will have to wait 10 years to watch those films that ironically most likely they won’t want to watch, since by then, those movies will be “something too old” for them. A shame.Certainly some stories need to present some (or several) of those elements but honestly I think that in many cases, they aren’t necessary, they only put them there “to be taken seriously” by the critics. Adulthood isn’t a “licence to live la vida loca”, it’s just another phase in life with its own priorities and responsabilities, so I believe that it’s laughable to think that a story magically is “made for adults” only because they insert taboo topics in the middle of a story that isn’t directly related to any of those elements.I wouldn’t be surprised if many kids think that we, adults, are just a bunch a foul-mouthed vicious perverts, since almost all the material labeled as “recommended only for adult audiences” are full of drugs, sex and profanity. I am not a prude, far FAR from it. I am just saying that writers (in any media format) should ponder how really indispensable is to add a “taboo topic” in their stories.And believe it or not, I am reaching my point here!This first volume of Jessica Jones: Alias is a really smart tale, but it’s funny (and not in the ha-ha sense) that you find a “Explicit Content” label on the cover along with the fact that the title is part of the “MAX” line of Marvel Comics designed to tell stories for “mature readers” that they can’t tell in its regular titles, only because……yes, you guessed right,……you happen to find: f-words, smocking, sexual scenes, sexual preferences, nudes.Kids are smarter than you think, and most of them can understand and enjoy stories like this one, if you don’t intentionally make “forbidden” to read them just because they contain “adult elements”.JESSICA JONES V. JESSICA JONES: DAWN OF MEDIAI bought this TPB because I watched the first season of Jessica Jones in Netflix.Yes, the TV series also has all those wonderful “adult elements”. (Honestly, I don’t know what decent TV show the kids can watch these days!) in the TV adaptation you have a LOT more of sex and even more fighting scenes, than in the comic book (at least in this first TPB).Jessica’s background is kinda different here (that obviously is the original one) since in the TV show, she is an orphan that she was adopted later, and that it’s a major issue in the storyline. In the comic book she is an orphan adopted by Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones, so in the comic “Jones” is her adopted last name, while in the TV series her “real last name” is Jones. While in the TV series you have some very few characters from the Marvel Universe as support cast to Jessica Jones, there is quite limited. However, in the comic book, you have a lot more presence of many relevant characters from the Marvel Universe. And cool enough, some of those appearances aren’t what you normally expected. Jessica Jones has powers: super-strength and limited flight. In the comic book, she was once a super-heroine named “Jewel” and even she had “contact” with The Avengers, but her times of costumes are gone and now she makes a living as a private detective, having her own agency: “Alias Investigations”. In the TV show, it’s not clear if she spared some time in costume, definitely she doesn’t met any Avenger, but she is a private detective alright.You won’t meet the main villain of the TV series, Killgrave, in the first TPB, I understand that he will appear alright but in further volumes of the title, BUT I believe that there is a small “cameo” if you know what to look and having the help of having watched the TV series and being aware of his “super-villain” codename.So, while in the TV series, Jessica Jones is dealing with the resurfacing of Killgrave and the dangers of his powers. In the first volume of the comic book, she investigates two different cases, involving in an indirectly way, the super-hero community of Marvel’s New York.Finally, the TV series is a solid product, with a good cast, but I think that a whole season (13 episodes) with only one villain was kinda tedious, and don’t take me wrong, it was a really good season, but I think it could a lot better with more villains and/or separate cases involved. In the comic book, you have two different cases, but I felt that Jessica was fooled too easy, too often, which isn’t a situation that you want to read about the lead character, and about the first case, it evolves in something so big way out of Jessica’s level, needing too much help of others, another situation that you don’t want to read about a lead character in her own solo title, being not a team title.However, this TPB is still a really good reading, showing a very different face of the Marvel Universe. I hope to read the rest of the run in the near future.

  • Kemper
    2019-04-25 16:13

    A hard drinking private eye whose cases become explorations of the dark side of human nature is a character concept that has become a cliché of crime fiction. Ah, but what if the detective is a woman who used to be a superhero? Now you’ve really got my attention. Jessica Jones used to go by the name of Jewel when she hung around with people like the Avengers, but despite super strength and the ability to fly (Sort of.) she never really felt like one of them and eventually hung up her spandex. But a gal’s gotta eat and booze cost money so she tries to earn a living by getting the dirt on cheating spouses or locating people who don’t want to be found. Despite her best efforts to leave her old life behind she gets a couple of cases that force her to deal with superheroes again when she accidently ends up with evidence of a famous costumed crime fighter's secret identity and looks for a missing Rick Jones who is an old buddy of the Hulk’s.One of the more interesting aspects of a long running fictional setting like the Marvel universe is that it offers opportunities to explore different parts and ideas of it. We’ve seen superheroes by the dozen in this world, but with Jessica we get answers to interesting questions we haven’t thought to ask. What if everyone with powers isn’t cut out for wearing tights and punching bad guys? How do they deal with that realization? What do they do with their lives after that? How do you turn your back on abilities most people would love to have? Long time comic readers or people who have watched the Netflix TV series know that there are some dark reasons behind Jessica’s choices, but we aren’t there yet in this volume. Fans of the show might be shocked that there’s no Killgrave here yet since he was the focus of most of the first season, but what we do get is this damaged woman navigating a world that feels completely beyond her while trying to do the right thing as best she can. That makes for a damn fine comic book.My one complaint is that I’m not sure about the art. It seems muddy and all the people, including Jessica, come across as kind of ugly and distorted. That’s probably a deliberate choice to separate this from the more traditional look where everyone is gorgeous, and I’ve liked this style in other things I’ve read, especially Sean Phillips’ work in books like Criminal. However, there’s something about it that doesn’t set quite right with me. At least not yet.Fair warning that even though Jessica is a Marvel character this is one of those comics that is not for kids or the easily offended. There's plenty of profanity, sex, and violence. You know, all the things that make life worth living!

  • Jeff
    2019-04-15 20:34

    Does somebody want to finish watching the Jessica Jones Netflix series with me?My family has given up. Boring, they say. Glacially paced. Not enough action.Can’t stand the actress who plays Jessica (although they did like her on Breaking Bad).I agree up to a point, but I’ve got OCD, so I have to finish watching the show, and don’t feel like doing it by myself.Stop your g*d damn whining, Jeff!!! You big baby! Just tell us what you thought of the comic! It’s very good. It’s a lot of this……but Bendis is one of the best comic writers when it comes to natural, nuanced and entertaining dialogue, so it’s easy to absorb.Jessica Jones, has super powers and was once a costumed hero – briefly a member of the Avengers, around long enough to get a cup of coffee – “Light, one sugar, Jarvis.” Now for REASONS she’s grinding it out as a private investigator. Those reasons are explored as she goes about investigatin’. Bendis inches the reader along as he slowly unveils Jessica's character.Two story arcs are contained herein: Jessica gets played for a sucker in the first one and she’s hired to track down Rick Jones, best pal to heroes, in the second. The Jones story puts the spotlight on the hangers-on and fringe players in the superhero game.Bottom Line: Nice PI-superhero blend (or is it superhero-PI). Bendis and Mack get the noir aspects and the redundancy, sadness, anger and confusion of Jessica’s life spot on.And it’s a f**king Marvel MAX title, so, uh, keep it away from the kids.

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-03-27 21:23

    5 stars! So I recently watched the Netflix show, and loved it so much so I watched it twice in a row. I had never heard of Jessica Jones before viewing, and I wanted to know more. My local library had this series available and I took a chance and I fell in love with it!Alias is about Jessica, a former superhero named Jewel, who is now a private investigator. On her most recent case she is set up by her client to accidentally discover the secret identity of another superhero, and it puts her life in danger (and that's all I'll say).Normally when I read graphic novels, I am a naughty reader and I skim. Yes it's awful I know, but I didn't skim once when reading this book. I was enthralled from beginning until end. I love the grittiness of Jessica's world and the mix of superhero and normalness. Plus I love her attitude:I will say the show spoiled me on romance with Jessica and Luke Cage because there was none of that in this. We only got a glimpse of Luke and I didn't like what I met. Onto the next book!

  • Bradley
    2019-03-31 15:26

    After my second sitting through Jessica Jones, I found myself jonesing for more Jessica and I had this slow burn going on to read some of her comics.I'm glad I did! I had a great time! But at least for this volume, it shares very little in common with the TV version beyond some iconic glass breaking and the profession and the alcoholism. :) It's full of very interesting superhero mysteries, though. Shame on you, Captain. Both of you. :)I shouldn't be so impressed with all the mature audiences kind of thing, especially as it's all pretty understated and clever and cutting, with or without tossing your salad. :)I really really love Jessica. She's flawed, sure, but she has some really weird groupies that make me want to protect her. Badly. Power man has nothing on me. :)

  • Jan Philipzig
    2019-04-15 16:27

    Brian Michael Bendis first made a name for himself as a crime/noir writer, then quickly moved on to the financially more lucrative superhero genre. My favorite Bendis stories are the ones that combine the two genres, though, as it's the blending of both that allows for the kind of witty meta commentary Bendis excels at. My very favorite Bendis story has always been Alias, probably because protagonist Jessica Jones perfectly plays to Bendis' strengths. You see, she used to be a superhero but is now rather embarrassed by the whole thing, feels she never really fit in with the superhero crowd: "Just not me." These days, she tries to make ends meet as a private investigator specializing in superhuman cases. Living on the margins of the superhero community, she has lots of interesting, off-beat, revealing things to say - about superheroes, but also about people like you and me.

  • Josu Grilli
    2019-04-16 20:19

    Creo que no me equivoco si digo que esta es mi primera incursión en el Universo Marvel mediante un cómic. Tenía muchas ganas de empezar por algún punto y tras haber devorado la serie de Netflix, creo que Jessia Jones ha sido un buen punto de partido.Con una tensión constante, de continua alerta, Jessica Jones es un personaje fuerte y lleno de matices que es un placer leer. Sus reflexiones son oscuras, reales. Me ha gustado mucho el acercamiento que hace hacia el lector.La trama me ha maravillado. Tantos crossovers con personajes como Matt Murdock, Ant-Man, Capitán América... Obviamente, estamos leyendo la historia de una ex Vengadora, y por tanto, sus lazos con el grupo son fuertes. O no. Eso depende de si lo leéis, pues juega un papel importante en la historia. Me han gustado mucho esas menciones a otros superhéroes, ver cómo eran sus relaciones y demás. Es muy interesante. Pero vamos, que la trama en sí del primer tomo me ha gustado mucho: primera toma de contacto con Jessica, con varios casos que te mantienen en vilo, y algún que otro altercado que te deja preguntando qué ocurrirá a continuación.El dibujo me ha gustado bastante y ha tenido un par de recursos muy cinematográficos que me han sorprendido. Continuaré con esta saga, solo espero que Panini no tarde mucho en terminarla de publicar. ¡¡Recomendadísima!!

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-04-02 19:16

    Jessica Jones used to be a superhero (“Jewel”) but she’s put the bright outfit away for a grunge-y grrrl look and opened her own private detective business, Alias Investigations. While her cases are mostly cheating spouses, her latest one sees her stumble across an iconic superhero’s secret identity, unwittingly becoming a pawn in a larger political game involving a Presidential candidate! The thing that struck me the most about this comic from 2001 is how poorly it’s aged. The “secret” the first storyline revolves around is people not knowing Captain America is Steve Rogers. Everyone’s known Steve is Cap for so long that I forgot that once upon a time it wasn’t common knowledge, same as Iron Man was originally “Tony Stark’s bodyguard”! Even quaint old Avengers Mansion is still a thing in this book! But it’s also the tech that really dates this. Steve checks his beeper, Jessica uses a camcorder to record footage on a VHS tape, a character uses what looks like a Palm Pilot while one character asks another if they have an email address! Jessica poses as a gay dude in a chatroom for work reasons and then muses “I wonder if this is the first time in the history of the internet that a guy was speaking to a girl posing as a guy?” - ahhh, the innocence! The book’s strength is also its weakness, namely Brian Michael Bendis’ dialogue. He must’ve really fancied himself as the comics Tarantino because he has his characters natter on and on and on about nothing (with the occasional swear as this is a MAX title) so much of the fucking time! I’ll give him that there’s a flow to some of it, that it sounds convincing and it’s sometimes interesting but there’s too goddamn much of it! Just when the story starts picking up pace Bendis chucks in a ridiculously lengthy conversation full of repetitive, redundant dialogue to slow everything down again. I just know a better writer could’ve said just as much in less than half the waffle Bendis spouts! And yet through all of the obnoxious amounts of dialogue and the nine-issue length of this first volume (roughly double the size of most Marvel books) I didn’t really come to know Jessica’s character that well. Why did she stop being a superhero? We’re told vaguely that she didn’t fit in or something but that’s it. Why did she become a private detective? Eh – Bendis wanted to write a crime noir comic with a former superhero as the lead. She just comes off as a depressed, dull woman, hardly a compelling protagonist. The first story is an elaborate conspiracy mystery full of the usual twists you’d expect from the genre, even the clichéd crooked politician trope is trotted out, but the second was so very slight and overlong for what it was. Four issues for that? Come on. Bendis’ characters are just blathering on again stretching out nothing. I didn’t really like Michael Gaydos’ ink-heavy artwork or the way some of the characters, rather than appear natural, looked like gargoyles! But the layouts of the book are really clever. There’s a good mix here: pages without dialogue, pages stuffed to the gills with it, wide panels, splash pages, tons of little panels, repeated imagery, negative space - it’s a very creative way of engaging the reader and telling the story.The first volume of Jessica Jones: Alias is a decent detective comic, fairly well executed in the classic noir style but with a girl detective. Maybe if I’d come across this ten years ago, possibly a bit more, I’d have been impressed with the rapid dialogue approach but I’m looking past it now and seeing a lot of extended scenes where there’s little else but the writer in love with hearing himself yammer on. I can see why people like this one – it’s chatty, accessible and breezy - but the creative team’s style and aged flavour kept me from enjoying it as much; as it is, it’s just an ok relic but not enticing enough to keep me reading the series.

  • Scarlet Cameo
    2019-03-29 22:14

    El primer tomo de Jessica Jones se presenta como un alivio al cómic de superhéroes tradicional: uso mínimo de sus poderes, falta de deseos de ser una heroína, imperfecta y con una coraza para ocultar sus miedos. Es un personaje con el que fácilmente te puedes identificar, sin que necesariamente la veas como un ser perfecto, o estés de acuerdo con todas sus acciones.En este tomo, primero de una serie de cuatro, se presentan dos casos, permiten que conozcamos a Jessica como personaje, en todos sus matices y como heroína, pero no como una que rompe culos, sino como la heroína que puede ser cualquier persona que vemos por la calle, consistente principalmente en dilemas morales y que se mueven por la disposición de Jessica para hacer lo correcto, y no sólo de librarse de los problemas. El caso con Jessica Jones es que quienes se acercan a este cómic para este momento esperan algo más violento, más agresivo, incluso esperan que Jones sea más inteligente y astuta, que con todos sus problemas sea más segura en su andar dentro de su trabajo, y sea increíblemente incauta…lo cual no sucede; más bien es alguien que muchas veces se equivoca, que hace el mejor trabajo que puede con medios tradicionales de investigación (a.k.a. nada de súper tecnología, ni uso masivo de sus poderes, ni tampoco una red de aliados poderosos) y que a pesar de todos sus problemas e inseguridades, su muchas veces repelente actitud, es alguien que decide confiar en los demás, y ayudarlos en lo que le sea posible. Respecto a la historia es tranquila, cargada de diálogos inteligentes, que valen la pena por sí mismo, y que construyen la personalidad y entorno de todos los personajes que aparecen. Sin toda la grandilocuencia que caracteriza a los comics de superhéroes, ALIAS destaca por centrarse en la historia y en crear cierto grado de tensión, en lugar de impresionar al lector y hacerlo desear ser esta heroína, pero al mismo tiempo identificarse con ella en algunos aspectos y hacerla muy realista.

  • Sesana
    2019-04-13 19:16

    I feel like I have to point out that this is ten years old. And aside from what's going on in the Marvel U around Jessica, it hasn't aged a bit. It's really amazing how fresh the storytelling and dialog still is, a decade later. The dialog in particular, usually a strong point with Bendis, is particularly natural. I read this once before, soon after it came out, and I didn't really appreciate it then. Maybe I just needed to have a better understanding of just how much this sticks out from the standard Marvel offering, and not just because of the uncensored curses. Or maybe my tastes just needed to mature a bit.

  • Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
    2019-04-12 17:31

    So, more like 2.5 stars, because I liked the story. More than I thought I would, honestly speaking. The whole Private Dick/Film Noir thing has never done it for me, but the individual stories were interesting enough to carry my attention from the beginning, all the way to the ending.I especially liked Malcom, the random (annoying) teenage boy who lets himself into Jess' office and answers her phone (usually at inopportune times). Also, Jess is honest, sometimes excruciatingly so and usually says what she thinks -- she doesn't spare the litany of fucks either (a girl after my own heart).My one complaint about this series, that I know will be a consistent complaint, is the artwork. I think it is downright ugly and atrocious. Not my cup of tea AT ALL. But I will press on, because I like Jessica Jones and I'm liking the story Bendis is giving me about her.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-04-08 18:21

    Bullet Review:This is really a hybrid between the stereotypical private detective "whodunnits" with the smallest taste of superheroes. I don't think this is really that ground-breaking or amazing - but there is just something about this that really works. Whether it is the stark language (if you hate f-bombs, steer clear!), the seedier side of Marvel (Captain America, shame!), or maybe Bendis' capable way of writing dialogue (there's loads of other authors who could take a page out of this book), I may never be able to pinpoint it. The fact is, it was "good" and I didn't regret reading this.

  • Anthony
    2019-04-24 18:37

    Fuck. Alias has been on my list of things to read for a long time now. Bendis is probably my favourite writer (at least, that's what my 'most read authors' list on here tells me), and Alias is some of his early Marvel work.It's very dialogue driven, much like parts of his Ultimate Spider-man and some of his Avengers. But it's not always just characters given long rifts of exposition, the dialogue is used to build on the character, forward the story and generally help create the world. There's also inner monologuing going on, because it's a solo title and the lead doesn't always have someone to say stuff out loud too, and it always reads very personal. This was printing in the MAX imprint, which meant Bendis could write whatever he wanted, and use whatever language he wanted, so he goes more personal with his character then he has done in more recent stuff (there's a splash page of her sat on the toilet).Good comics. This Bendis guy might go somewhere one day.

  • Trudie
    2019-04-22 21:41

    I know next to nothing about the Marvel universe and have never really taken to comic books or graphic novels, so it's probably important to take that into consideration while reading this review. Nevertheless, I needed to find a"Superhero comic with a female lead"for a Read Harder task and Jessica Jones seemed closest to my style of female superhero - dressed in slouchy black, world weary, hard-drinking and not super interested in actually being a superhero. This was like a comic book version of a Dashiell Hammett novel and as has been noted before the opening is certainly borrowing heavily from Roman Polanski'sChinatown . The illustrations by Michael Gaydos are very noir as well, with Jessica's New York drawn in dark blues, browns and reds. Alias Vol. 1is a curious mix of character establishment and a few disjointed cases strung together. It didn't really feel very satisfying as a story to me but I am sure more is made of things in later volumes. It probably helps to understand the background of other Marvel characters like Captain America and Luke Cage - I needed to do some research to find out who they all were. But in general my problem with comics remains - the writing and dialogue always feels clunky and I hate reading things in speech bubbles. However, after watching the trailer ofJessica Joneson Netflix I think I would enjoy this as a TV series much more than the comic book experience of it. Now.... back to novels.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-04-19 17:41

    I often forget that I get free downloads through Amazon Prime but this was a good chance to try out the comic book functionality of my Kindle Paperwhite (will be familiar to former users of Comixology since Amazon bought them.) This first volume of Jessica Jones shows Jessica as the former superhero and new detective but does not introduce the darkest villain of all time that played a prominetn role in the tv show (which is also on Amazon Prime, hmm, seeing the connection now.) I did like understanding slightly how she relates to the larger Marvel universe but I'm not an expert. This is a "mature content" comic, which will be no surprise if people have seen the show.

  • James DeSantis
    2019-04-18 22:18

    Holy smokers (I'm so lame) this was good. So yeah, why haven't I read this earlier? Weird right? Jessica Jones isn't part of the Avengers anymore. She's a PI, doing her own thing, living her own life. She also loves the word fuck. Like more than me. That's insane...cause I fuck all the time. I mean say fuck, but yeah, FUCK IS MY WORD JONES! But yeah my main two issues are the cursing and art. Well partly. I just feel sometimes they curse for the sake of cursing. Also the art kind of hurts my eyes at times. Everyone is very ugly...but sometimes I love it because it's very very unique. And I gotta appreciate it. Now the storylines. They're noire style, weird, down to earth, yet still feels like it's in the marvel universe. I freaking love the storyline with Cap, and then the one with Jones (not Jessica) is intriguing, keeps you guessing, and ends with sadness. I really loved it. The art here makes some scenes downright depressing, but in a good way...know what I'm saying? So yeah, my wife ordered me volume 2-4 for Christmas and I'm excited to read them just as much!

  • Michelle Morrell
    2019-04-18 21:15

    A PI barely making it in the grit of New York, Jessica Jones was once was a costumed superhero with the whole world at her fingers. Now? Now she's undeniably damaged, an unidentified something has brought her crashing to earth and she hardly resembles the girl she once was. Sent out on a routine case, she instead finds conspiracy and danger, and must use all the tools and connections available to set things right.If you've watched the Netflix series (and you absolutely should, it's fantastic) you know why she's damaged, but readers of the comic are still in the dark at the end of this volume. Instead, we get a portrait of hidden pain, deep stoicism, and glimmers of the epic story to come.

  • Melania 🍒
    2019-03-26 18:22

    3,4/5An interesting concept and POV on the superhero universe. It starts dark ,but that tones down through the issues . I’m not the biggest fan of the illustrating style and the secondary characters sound too much alike ,yet the story as a whole really worked for me . I enjoyed the sense of reality that defines the novel ,even if it feels a bit dated . I ended up really liking Jones , she has this quiet type of charm and she feels real . I would have enjoyed this even more if the things got darker ; but a girl can hope , there’s more volumes out there .

  • Mike
    2019-04-17 22:32

    In light of the upcoming Netflix series, it would be only right and proper to say I'm re-reading this book because I am just a good Marvel boy. In actual fact, I lent this book to a friend who I thought might like it - and turns out, both he and his wife loved it so much they started quoting back some great stuff they liked about it back to me. And asshole that I am, I nodded and went along with what they were saying, because any fan of a book who liked it so much they'd recommend it - why wouldn't he be intimately familiar with the artistic choices that drove his love of the book? Why indeed?See, I have an uncanny memory for the way my software products work, and how my users like to use them. I'm riddled with stupid details of TCP/IP protocols, and which cryptographic algorithms were considered secure over the why can't I remember more than one overarching plot detail from a great and theoretically memorable comic book from a great creative team?Which is to say, this story is hitting me in all the right corners this second time around. The only details I know of it are those that Bendis resurrected years later in his wondrous Avengers runs. All the rest - the plot, the characters, the three-dimensionally perfect snarky attitude on this Jessica Jones - are the kind of surprise that keeps me coming back to comics. Halfway through this book, I couldn't help but think, "I have no idea who is screwing with whom, or where this story is headed, and my heart is pounding and I'm feeling kinda uneasy about Jess' safety, and I am so very happy reading this on a Sunday afternoon." Thankfully this unease didn't drag the whole book down, but it was good to see we're not going to be nice to our characters all the time.

  • Aaron
    2019-04-11 17:33

    A private eye tale set in the Marvel Universe. An ex-superhero, Jessica Jones, runs a private detective agency and gets tangled up in a Big-Sleep-like plot surrounding a murder and the exposure of Captain America's secret identity. Her second case revolves around tracking down Rick Jones, which quickly takes an unusual turn.This was a very appealing story with a street level focus, with Jessica depicted as down on her luck and desperate for almost any kind of connection. Her mysterious past as superhero Jewel is barely touched on, but Jessica shrugs it off as a job that wasn't for her despite retaining some powers that she puts to work in her new day job. Bendis has somehow created a form of historical fiction through her character, effectively placing her in Marvel's history so subtly that it feels like she's been there the whole time. She hasn't, which makes her hidden story something compelling. The story itself is twisting, unpredictable, and ends in an interesting place. It's certainly enough to hook me for the entire series.

  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-03-30 20:16

    Gritty, my first look at a realistic graphic novel, with profanity, with superheroes being in the background. I liked the approach in this one. Excited about the Netflix's series. I fondly remember DareDevil making an appearance in it, that was nice. Jessica Jones series is a pitch perfect adaption, very impressive and best Marvel content out there in my opinion. I like the squalor series has. Very Noir.

  • Dan
    2019-03-31 15:13

    This is way better than the Netflix show. I know they always say the book is better but this blows the series out of the water. so much depth to this character and the stories.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-10 19:40

    I had only seen, and thoroughly enjoyed, the Netflix series before. First Jessica Jones comic read, awesome and sassy as expected.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-26 20:16

    This morning I finished watching the Netflix Jessica Jones series and I did not want it to be over; so on to volume one of the Alias comic book from the early 2000's.Wow! I really like the two stories in this volume. Very sophisticated and nuanced writing, if slightly dated, by the technology being used in the stories. It was a page turner, and I read it in one sitting.The first story is about Jessica getting duped into making a potentially embarrassing video of a well know super hero. Who tricked her and why?The second story is about Rick Jones; can't really say much about that one or I'd ruin it for you, but it's a very psychological story. Too bad I can't say I care for the art, which I only found to be passable, at best. It's mood inducing but pretty unattractive and dull.Extended Review with Pictures:

  • Damon
    2019-04-21 18:27

    Some of Ed Brubakers researched dialogue technique here makes this interesting.

  • Josh
    2019-04-17 16:33

    A great mix of crime noir and the world of superheroes. Reminds me a bit of Gotham Central, which I loved. Definitely continuing this series. I also need to try the show.

  • Arielle Walker
    2019-04-22 17:41

    Having compulsively watched every episode of the fantastic Netflix adaptation of Jessica Jones, the obvious thing do do while waiting for season two was to finally read the source material. It doesn't disappoint. From my understanding, the show takes place much further along the series, and has also changed a few details - especially in Jessica's backstory. The rest of the Marvel universe is far less apparent in the show than here, other superheroes mentioned only briefly in passing. Here there is full reference to the Avengers, Captain America, AntMan etc. I actually preferred the more subtle approach of the show, but the comic Jessica is just as witty as her tv counterpart. The comic is also a lot lighter than the tv show, at least for now, but I hope that in later volumes issues such as PTSD and consent are covered just as well as they were on-screen.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-04-22 21:32

    I had been meaning to read this for a long time and finally picked it up. And liked it. Crime/P.I. story with a twist: the PI is a messed up alcoholic woman from NYC who is a former superhero… investigating missing people… and goes to a small town… the art work I didn't love but I liked the gritty dialogue and the scrapbook that a missing girl put together that is part of the story.

  • Emily
    2019-04-06 19:36

    This was not a superhero comic, but it was a comic about superheroes, which for whatever reason just wasn't what I wanted. The stories in this collection are very firmly set in the Marvel universe, and one of the things that I liked about the Jessica Jones Netflix show was that Jessica wasn't having lunch with Ms. Marvel, or trying to get in to see the Fantastic Four, or solving mysteries that touched on Captain America. (And my complaint about that - (view spoiler)[if it's so easy to get a video of Captain America putting on his costume, how in the world has that secret been kept for decades?? (hide spoiler)].) For me, Jessica Jones is interesting because it explores what being a hero really means behind all of the trappings, in stories that aren't set in the Avengers mansion. But Alias has so many superheroes, and the tension is about deciding whether to be a superhero. That just wasn't what I wanted. I have the next two books from the library and am filled with great ennui when I think about starting them, so that probably says something.

  • Martin
    2019-04-03 21:26

    This inaugural volume of the series, this book has 2 story arcs: (1) the 5-part one in which we meet Jessica Jones, yet another Bendis creation, involving some sort of conspiracy regarding a US presidential candidate and a secret tape revealing the secret identity of Captain America (5 stars); and(2) a four-parter featuring a guy who's passing himself off as Rick Jones and a doctor in the closet who likes to meet other men (first on the internet, then in "real-life" to have sex with...) (4 stars)Bendis writes his usual "real" dialogue (thus time with the freedom the MAX imprint gives him - which another way of saying that it includes "coarse" language (read: the F word) & sex. Michael Gaydos provides the interior art and David Mack does the covers. This was an interesting book, in that it gives us another, different look at the goings-on of the Marvel Universe. Next up is Alias, Vol. 2: Come Home.