REVIEW of 'Alias: Come Home' (Vol.2) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos (Illustrator)

Alias 2I read the first volume of ALIAS and was blown away by the story, the characters and the artwork. The reading experience was unlike anything I’d ever read in the comic book world.

I mean the writer and artist seem so attuned to each other in their storytelling skills that the result of their efforts was a huge win for this reader.

Alias, which is apart of the Marvel MAX line, follows an ex-superhero who now works as a private investigator. To briefly recap, Jessica Jones aka “Jewel” hung up the costume in favor of doing investigative work. She’s the sole proprietor of Alias, Inc. Comparatively, her superhero powers were not really all that great compared to the other icons in the Marvel universe and so she quit.

In “Come Home”, the story arc in here is supposedly related to a couple of true stories per the author. Jessica Jones is asked to investigate a missing teen-age girl from a small town in upstate New York. It doesn’t take Jessica long to ascertain that she has landed in a bigoted town.

There’s been rumors about Rebecca Cross, the young teen who is missing, being a mutant. The term, “mutant” has the negative connotation of being labeled gay, black or Jewish. The town’s preacher espouses on hate regularly every Sunday thereby amplifying the bigoted views of the town. Maybe even prompting some of the town folks to put action behind their radical, bigoted views.

We later learn that there’s a story going around town about a kid who had fallen out of tree but didn’t break any bones. He was labeled a mutant, too. The boy’s family was targeted and harassed and ended up leaving their son behind. Did Rebecca suffer the same fate? Did someone harm her? The conclusion to this story arc wasn’t a big surprise but enjoyable all the same.

In “Raining Men,” this thread has Jessica going out on a date with another superhero, Ant-Man. Her friend, Carol Danvers aka Mrs Marvel, set this one up for her. It just shows the two of them having a very enlightening conversation while Spiderman is outside fighting with Doctor Octopus and neither of which are moved to help, which I thought was amusing. This story arc was a bit ho-hum and delved more into Jessica’s private life.

jessicajonesJessica is a interesting character with flaws. Among her character flaws, she is too fond of the bottle which tends to screw up her judgment which results in her making some bad choices and yeah, she loves to say “fuck” a lot, too.

She chain smokes and seems to have some self-esteem issues. Other than that, her character is built pretty strong and is an ongoing development, meaning that with each new entry we learn a little more about her. As of yet, she’s revealed nothing about why she quit the superhero business.

There are some added bonuses with this volume in that artist David Mack shares his “sketchbook” of Rebecca’s drawings which are a collage of images that are used to provide insight into Rebecca’s character while she was missing. Some of it is rather riveting. Anyway, this volume collects #11 to 15. Again, the storytelling is superb as are the characters and the artwork by Michael Gaydos. I enjoyed it but probably not as much as the first volume. My grade, B. I plan to finish this series.

Marvel MAX line contains explicit content. It should go without saying that the content of this series is not appropriate for children as it has sexuality and bad language.


About Keishon

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