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Alias Volume 1 TPB: v. 1 Paperback – 1 May 2003

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785111417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785111412
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once upon a time Jessica Jone was a costumed superhero. But not a very good one. Now a chain-smoking, self destructive alcoholic who is the owner and sole employee of a private investigations firm specialising in superhuman cases. When she exposes one hero's idenity her life becomes expendable.


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Format: Paperback
So what happens when superheroes retire?
Alias follows Jessica Jones, former Avenger as she makes her way through the marvel universe as a private investigator, more interested in paying the rent on her office space then saving the world.
In this first collection Jessica is duped into following an avenger and narrowly escapes exposing his identity to the world, this is a smart, funny, well written and involving book.
If you've only read the superhero books up until now give Alias a try, it's the flipside of the marvel universe and it's worth more than a glance.
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In three letters -WOW!
Not since the seminal 'Watchmen' has a writer so sharply captured the vulernable underbelly of the 'superhero' mythos. 'Alias' is Jessica Jones , a former Avenger (Bendis re-writes comic history to fir his creation) who has given up superheroics and turned private eye. One particular assignment turns out to be a set-up involving politics and a major superhero. The plot is good, excellent even.
But this is not what makes 'Alias' stand out so much. It is the heroine herself, aflawed, lonely woman, not above one-night stands but yearning for love, ready to take on a seedy adultery case but also strong enough to risk her life for what she believes is right. She is a cynic who dreams still, a dreamer who wakes up to a dull nightmare every morning.
I fell in love with Alias within the first thirty pages. I ordered the second collection two days after receiving the first.
Thank touMr Bendis, for writing a work which moved me .
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Format: Paperback
In three letters -WOW!
Not since the seminal 'Watchmen' has a writer so sharply captured the vulernable underbelly of the 'superhero' mythos. 'Alias' is Jessica Jones , a former Avenger (Bendis re-writes comic history to fir his creation) who has given up superheroics and turned private eye. One particular assignment turns out to be a set-up involving politics and a major superhero. The plot is good, excellent even.
But this is not what makes 'Alias' stand out so much. It is the heroine herself, aflawed, lonely woman, not above one-night stands but yearning for love, ready to take on a seedy adultery case but also strong enough to risk her life for what she believes is right. She is a cynic who dreams still, a dreamer who wakes up to a dull nightmare every morning.
I fell in love with Alias within the first thirty pages. I ordered the second collection two days after receiving the first.
Thank you Mr Bendis, for writing a work which moved me .
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a240354) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a388d98) out of 5 stars Painfully funny, smart 22 Feb. 2004
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Format: Paperback
Alias follows the life of Jessica Jones, private investigator. Jessica Jones is a mutant, and is considered in some circles to be a super-hero, although that description doesn't fit her very well. This part of Alias doesn't clearly say what Jessica's powers are, in the beginning we learn that she has a mean left hook and later on she breaks a shotglass in her hand with no cuts after.
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".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8aefb528) out of 5 stars My All-Time Favorite TPB Series 26 Mar. 2005
By C. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
***not related to the Jennifer Garner TV show***

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!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e23b3a8) out of 5 stars Excellent 20 Dec. 2003
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The great Brian Michael Bendis has done it again. With Marvel's first title to warrant the "MAX" title (intense violence and language), Alias shows Bendis at his best. His penchant for dialog and unconventional storytelling is so proudly displayed in this first collection of the series that it is easy to see why he is one of the most revered writers in comics. Alias tells the story of former Avenger Jessica Jones, who has since quit being a superhero and has opened her own private detective agency called Alias Investigations. Even though she still has superpowers and Alias takes place in the underbelly of the Marvel Universe, Bendis manages to make Jessica seem like a real life everyday person. She is obsessive, self destructive, and usually looking to do the right thing. In this first collected volume, she has a one night stand with Luke Cage, becomes entangled in a conspiracy involving Captain America's secret identity, and meets Matt Murdock. Michael Gaydos' art is a gritty almost Frank Miller-esque style that suits Alias well, even though it may take some getting used to. All in all, this is superb comics storytelling that one could only expect from Bendis.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a69bdec) out of 5 stars A Private Eye for the Capes 'n' Masks Set 28 July 2005
By Rodney Meek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some of you old-schoolers might recall a superheroine named Jewel from back in the day, who had several adventures alongside the Avengers among others. And you WOULD BE WRONG. Jewel is an original creation for Bendis' now-defunct series "Alias" (not in any way affiliated with the acclaimed Jennifer Garner spy series on TV). She was retconned into the Marvel Universe and so she's "always been there", but as an exceptionally minor metahuman with relatively unremarkable powers, of course she never stood out.

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.

This means that this is more than just a series of mystery yarns...it's also a bit of a study of what happens when you think you've reached the heights of glory, sailing through the skies alongside Thor and Iron Man, only to realize that you're really just not good enough and that your compatriots really don't think much of you.

Since the end of "Alias", the Jessica Jones character has been appearing as part of the cast of "The Pulse" and evidently has just started showing up in the new title "Young Avengers" as a mentor to the second-generation of Avengers. And with her nemesis the Purple Man on the loose again, we might see her in the rebooted "Avengers" title itself (especially since she's the pregnant lover of Luke Cage, a member of that reformed group).

If you've ever wondered what happens to a superhero when their adventures come to an end and they have to get a real job and they turn out to be a bit of an all-too-human foul-up, this is the title for you. The art is a bit sketchy, but it's rather suited to the seedy and desperate world the former Jewel now inhabits. This first collection, at least, is worth a look (the second volume is rather less impressive).
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a38a24c) out of 5 stars Bendis proves he is the man..... again! 14 Mar. 2005
By Juan carlos Veras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Alias a couple of hours ago, more than years after being originally released. I already knew that Bendis was the best writer in modern comics, since I have his whole Daredevil run and his Ultimate Spider-Man.

I decided to buy all the Bendis stuff I could find and afford, and a week ago I finally got Alias Vol.1 and aboy was it worth it!!!! While I was reading Alaias I was thinking "it would be so much more interesting if the Marvel Universe was like the Max-comics line". And am not refering about the profanity nor the cursing, but more about the real-life element in the book, or as real-life as a super-powered community could get. I mean, in this book you can really see the Marvel universe as OUR OWN universe but with super-powered beings, as opposed to what Marvel has been: another universe, similar to this one, but with super-powered beings. And the credit for that belongs to Bendis.

You can check out his Daredevil run and you'll see that the Marvel Universe accodring to Bendis feels really familiar, only that we have no-one wearing costumes out here. Of course, Bendis is not limited to gritty comics books only, but since this is about Alias, and Alias is gritty, I'll stick to that subject.

In a few short words, Alias is as down to earth as possible, as long as "fantastic" books are concerned, and those looking for a more realistic look at super heroes should definately get this one.
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