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Today we take a look at the initial story arc from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ Alias…
With the news that Jessica Jones would be returning to the superhero game in New Avengers, I thought it’d be a fun idea to re-visit the early days of Jessica Jones in the pages of Alias.
When we first meet Jessica, she is accosted by a jerk of a client and she ends up throwing him through her door after he tries to hit her.
Thus we learn her background…
And soon after, we discover that she is in a dark, dark place in her life right now…
At the end of issue #1, after Jessica is hired to find the sister of a woman, she tapes the sister with a man, who turns out to be, well, someone that Jessica did not expect…
Jessica is then thrown into a whole big mess of a conspiracy that goes all the way to the highest level of national politics, and it all revolves around the world of superheroing that Jessica left behind long ago.
The greatest thing about Alias is that Brian Michael Bendis did such a good job creating a multi-faceted character in Jessica that he basically can just throw her into different situations just to see how she will react.
It makes Alias a very interesting book to read, especially because she’s a likable enough character that you WANT to see her make the most out of her life.
Michael Gaydos handles the darkness of the tale quite well – he is a strong storyteller and the sequences in the book are top rate.
This first storyline is collected in the first Alias trade, along with the following story arc.
If you enjoyed Bendis’ earlier crime comics, then Alias is right up your alley as it has the same character-driven focus that his crime comics had. Very well crafted comics.
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