Graphic Novel Review: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos (@mlsimmons) #JessicaJones

Posted March 21, 2016 by Melanie in Fantasy, Melanie / 40 Comments

Graphic Novel Review: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos (@mlsimmons) #JessicaJones
Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Published by Marvel
Published on: March 31, 2006
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 720
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Once, Jessica Jones was a super hero. But not a very good one. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic, Jessica runs Alias Investigati ons - a one-woman private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. But Jessica's life becomes expendable when she uncovers a famous hero's true identity. Thrust into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels, has Jessica burned too many bridges to turn to old friends for help? Plus: Jessica investigates the disappearance of a teenage girl rumored to be a mutant in a prejudiced small town.


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I’ve not read a large amount of comic books or graphic novels. The ones that I have read were based on novels that I had already read (Mercy Thompson, Anita Blake, Women of the Otherworld, etc.). I have been a huge fan of comic book TV shows and movies for as long as I can remember. I remember when Batman came out starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. I loved it. I also watched a ton of the cartoons, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, X-men, He-man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more. Today, I love the Marvel movies and TV shows. I recently watched the Netflix original Jessica Jones and decided that I wanted to learn more about her. She was a character that I knew nothing about before the show. So, I grabbed Alias, an enormous, textbook sized book.

So, if you’re not familiar with Jessica Jones, (first, why not??, second, you should go and check out her show now on Netflix), Jessica is a former superhero and a PI. She is quite the anti-hero. She’s a bit of a drunk. She has a habit of sleeping around. She helps her clients, but she has this “I don’t really care” attitude. But then when your career is chasing down cheating spouses only to have the one who hired you get upset when you actually have the proof, (I guess they were hoping you wouldn’t find anything at all), I would be cranky too.

This omnibus actually has a five different story arcs, all of which I enjoyed immensely. In this, Marvel has made Jessica into a real person, someone you can relate to. Because, let’s face it, none of us can relate to Thor, Captain America or Black Widow, as much as we would like to. Jessica is a person who has so real problem in her life. She has bad run-ins with the cops. Cops, who don’t like the Avengers and other superheros wearing capes and masks. She has her own run-in with a superhero who is more powerful than her (see the Jessica Jones TV show for this plot, which is only a small part of this omnibus). I will say that I’m really glad that Marvel Studios didn’t make David Tennant wear purple makeup, as he is known as The Purple Man in this book and is purple.

I did love that we got to see characters from several other parts of the Marvel universe. Captain America, Madame Web, J. Jonah Jameson, Dr. Jean Gray, Ant Man, Attorney Matt Murdock and Luke Cage all have large parts in this book. There is also a character called Carol Danvers, who I didn’t know at all from any of my previous experience with Marvel. You also see some other characters show up, but they don’t have large parts, Thor, Spiderman, Dr. Octopus, Hulk, the Lizard, among others. I will say that it is Jessica Jones who really does steal the show. I can’t recommend this book enough.

I will caution you. This is a Marvel Max comic. I didn’t know what that meant at first. It is Marvel’s version of the “R” rated comics. If you’ve watched the show, this will not surprise you in the slightest. I don’t think any of the reader of this review (people who have followed my reviews in the past) will have issues with anything in this book, but I did want to call out, just in case. This isn’t a comic for kids. There is a lot of sex, a lot of drinking a lot of the “F” bomb.

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Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Alias Omnibus by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos

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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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40 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos (@mlsimmons) #JessicaJones

  1. Melanie, what does it say about me that I’m *not* familiar with Jessica Jones?!? Well, I know the name but only because you mentioned it on my Marvel post! *haha* So, should I check out the graphic novel or the tv show first??

  2. Ok, I’m not familiar with graphic novels OR Jessica Jones. I do have a few graphics at home and I’ve tried to read them, but I find they really bother my eyes. Too distracting or too colorful or something. I adore the art in them though. I am hearing about Jessica Jones EVERYWHERE and I’m thinking she might have to be my next Netflix binge.

  3. I liked comics and TV show comics as a kid, but for some reason I just haven’t gotten into it much as an adult. I do read the ones attached to favorite series.
    But, I think at some point I can get bitten by the superhero comic/tv show bug. It is nice that she is relate-able. And the private investigating reminds me of the hard-boiled detectives I like from the old days.
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  4. I went through a period where I read lots of manga’s, but besides that I never read many graphic novels. I do like them though, there’s something fun about getting the story and pictures.
    I am not familiar with Jessica Jones though or the Avengers or any Marvel comics actually. But your review does make me curious and the artwork looks great, which is always a good thing in comics and graphic novels. The art is almost just as important as the story and can enhance the story.
    This sounds like a great editions with the five different story arc’s. Great review!
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  5. I haven’t gotten around to watching Jessica Jones yet, but I love the sounds of her character. (I’m tempted to search this collection out just because you mentioned Carol Danvers makes an appearance. I love Carol! Especially Kelley Sue DeConnick’s run with the character in her Captain Marvel comics.) I agree, it’s good that they drew the line at Tennant not wearing purple make-up. From what I can tell, I don’t think that would’ve fit the tone of the show.
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  6. Interesting… I still haven’t delved into the graphic books genre I don’t know why because heck I like pictures. I really think this sounds fun. I will have to put it on my list to check out.

  7. I actually don’t know Jessica Jones, Melanie, but she sounds pretty great! I enjoy an anti-hero, and I have a particular soft spot for drunken PIs, don’t ask me why!
    I’m glad you enjoyed this, with the different story arcs and all πŸ™‚

  8. Micheline from Lunar Rainbows Reviews  

    I adored the Jessica Jones Netflix series so naturally, it made me want to know more about her. I’ve been wanting to read more comics/graphic novels for a while now (I used to read tons when I was a kid) and this seems like a perfect way to do it! Glad you enjoyed this one so much Melanie^^ we’ll have to compare notes when I read it πŸ˜€
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