- Series: Alias
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (May 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785111417
- ISBN-13: 978-0785111412
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alias Vol. 1 Paperback – May 1, 2003
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As the story progresses more of her history and her powers are revealed, and there are a lot of cameos from more famous Marvel heroes. The appearances of other heroes is pretty neat for readers who are familiar with the Marvel universe, but it doesn't prohibit people who haven't read from starting.
There's a little of everything in Alias, Jessica takes a normal case which leads her to a large governmental conspiracy which provides action and also shows Jessica at work as a detective. The major story arc aside, I found that the heart of Alias is Jessica's endearing personality, I think that people will see their own traits in her life. It's somewhat pricey compared to other graphic novels, but it's also pretty long by graphic novel standards, and I think that it's a smart buy.
Alias has the "MAX" rating which is comparable to a R rated movie. I didn't find it to be offensive, there's a lot of profanity though.
Not related to the television show "Alias".
This book is for a VERY specific demographic: people who grew up reading Marvel comics who are now adults rediscovering the world of comics. This is the Marvel Universe from an adult point of view. You've still got Captain America, the Avengers, Daredevil, your old Marvel favorites here, but they're filtered through an adult's eyes. The first word of the book is "F---!"
The protagonist, private investigator Jessica Jones, is complex, not totally likeable, like a real person. She has super powers but chooses not to use them (more is revealed about her background in the later books).
I'm not a "Bendis can do no wrong" kind of guy. A lot of his stuff is fluff written to please young fans and sell books. Not this time. This is a character piece, a huge risk in the comic biz. This might explain its short run.
The artwork is dark and moody, a refreshing change from the typically glammed out super-hero books. The art fits the character perfectly.
All four Alias books are totally engaging from start to finish. If you only buy one graphic novel, GET THIS!
There are rumors that this series will come back. I hope so!
Jessica Jones is currently in "The Pulse," a comic where she works for the Daily Bugle. It's an "ensemble cast" kind of book so she's not really in it that much. If you really want more of her story, Pulse is worth picking up. But get the other three Alias books first!
In his ongoing "Powers" title elsewhere, Bendis has been telling the story of superhero cops. Now he brings us the superhero private detective. Jessican Jones, the former Jewel, is a one-woman agency, taking on cases ranging from the pedestrian (tailing people at the behest of suspicious spouses, searching for missing persons) to the extraordinary (touching upon the private lives of fellow superbeings and high-level government machinations). She's no World's Finest Detective or even an Oracle; she gets things done the old-fashioned way (mainly through Internet searches). She rarely has to call upon her greater-than-normal abilities, but they can come in handy.
Since this is a so-called "mature" title, there's a lot of swearing going on (partially just for the shock value to show that "Ooh, Marvel Comics is all growed up now!"). And Jessica Jones is no perfect angel. She smokes, she drinks heavily, she has one-night stands, she quarrels with her friends, she messes up. Her superheroine heritage is a mixed blessing, because it just draws the ire and scorn of the cops, while she was such a small fry in the metahuman community that she has few reliable contacts who will so much as give her the time of day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A more adult realistic look at a hero who didn't always want to be one. Highly recommended,Published 7 months ago by thirdtwin
(This refers to items as read on Android device) I bought all of these on a whim. I should have known better. Like all digital comics from Amazon, the format sucks. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
"I heard someone say the Marvel Netflix series is going to focus on Jessica Jones, and Alias is the series where she first debuted. I am the kind of nerd that likes... Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Kady Turner
I was under the impression that something labeled "Vol. 1" would have the first storyline. What I got was just the first issue.Published on December 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer
this comic is a really nice, new and refreshing take on the marval universe. to all you comic lovers out there this is for you, and to all you newbies this is a little different... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by len hammer
Jessica Jones is a great character, drifting through life with an edge and a slightly self-destructive bent, trying to make it through each day. Bendis is a great writer. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Scott McFarland
i'd be the first person to say that bendis' run on daredevil was the best thing to happen to marvel, and that his book "goldfish" was the best crime-noir comic i've read, but for... Read morePublished on August 6, 2009 by medicine
The watercolor cover really pulled me into this book - distinctive art will keep me going irrespective of story. Once I opened it, I was a bit surprised to find J. Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by wiredweird