REVIEW: 'Alias Vol.1' by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos

Alias comic book series ran from 2002-2004 and was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis. The artwork is by Michael Gaydos and the publisher is Marvel Comics.

Alias: Volume 1 contains issues 1 to 9. Alias is available in hardcover and paperback at your favorite retailer. Alias is the first imprint from the Marvel MAX line (for explicit content).

Jessica Jones is a reclusive, chain-smoking, down on her luck ex-superhero.  An ex-superhero with unremarkable powers compared to the other icons that inhabit the Marvel Universe. After shedding the costume and superhero persona she goes straight into private detective work as the sole employee of Alias Investigations.

Detective work isn’t easy nor is it glamorous. Soon as the story opens, an interesting case comes walking through the door. This case turns out to be explosive and puts Jessica in a dilemma. Jessica is asked to investigate a missing person case only to inadvertently find herself involved in a conspiracy. It turns out that Jessica has videotape of the secret identity of…Captain America.  After much backtracking, Jessica learns that a third party wants to exploit that information for political gain and of course, revenge.

After that case is closed Jessica tackles another set of cases, where one is pro bono and involves a missing husband and alongside that case, she’s also investigating a _cheating husband_ who might be “in the closet.” Jessica tracks down the missing husband and learns that he was an ex-superhero like herself and the two seem to connect. The outcome of both cases were predictable and shall we say, amusing?

As I was reading Alias, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This is one of the best comic books I’ve read thus far. Bendis is very good with plot and dialogue especially the dialogue. It’s no surprise to learn that he is the five time recipient for the Eisner award.

Other Marvel universe characters that make an appearance in this volume include Mrs. Marvel aka Carol Danvers who is the love interest of, well, Captain Marvel and she’s also Jessica’s friend. Daredevil aka Matt Murdock (not Ben Affleck) has a walk on role as Jessica’s attorney. I think that’s it.

Ah, let’s see, a word about the language.  Jessica likes to swear _a lot_ so if this is a problem then you might want to skip this series. But it is completely in character and never felt gratitutious.

This comic is mostly character driven. I liked how the author showed Jessica’s strengths as well as her weaknesses. Jessica is flawed. She has one night stands, swears a lot and has alcoholic tendencies. On the positive side, she genuinely likes to help people. For me,  this was an awesome read. After I finished reading volume 1, I ran out of the house to find the other three volumes that completed the series.

I can see rereading this series in the future. Alias is strongly recommended even if you’ve never read a comic book in your life. So, if you’re in the mood for something different that is at turns suspenseful and fun, keep this title in mind, ok? My grade, A. This is a good one with a kick ass heroine where superpowers are overrated anyway.

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This is a re-post of an earlier review that I did more than a year ago. Yesterday was a busy day and I didn’t finish reading the graphic novel that I had started to review for this Monday. Anyway, I should have a new graphic novel review up for next week. Thanks.

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About Keishon

Voracious reader of just about everything.
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