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Alias Ultimate Collection - Book 1 [Paperback]

Brian Michael Bendis , Michael Gaydos


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May 20 2009 Graphic Novel Pb
Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero. But not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed icons that populate the Marvel Universe. In a city of Marvels, Jessica Jones never found her niche. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic with a mean inferiority complex, Jones is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations - a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. When she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero's true identity, Jessica's life immediately becomes expendable. But her wit, charm, and intelligence just may help her survive through another day. 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? Then, in "Rebecca, Come Home," Jessica travels to upstate New York to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl rumored to be a mutant in a prejudiced small town. And in "Raining Men," the hard-luck PI goes on a date ... with the Astonishing Ant-Man?! Collects Alias #1-15.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 20 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137320
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 17 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Detective Series in a Superhero Environment Jan. 5 2010
By Enrique Trevino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Alias is about an ex-superhero, Jessica Jones, working as a private detective. The first story is interesting because someone essentially tricks Jessica into finding out Captain America's identity by having her investigate a woman who ends up being Captain America's girlfriend and who gets killed that night. Jessica is then in trouble with the police and the only way out is to out Captain America which would be a big political hit on the President of the United States. As you can imagine this puts Jessica in a difficult situation.

During the series we get to know Jessica. Her good decisions, her bad decisions and we get to know a strong, flawed female character. The series is very good in that it mixes detective stories with superhero stories with ease, while also making us care for the main character. It develops a character and it tells stories about superheroes that we don't normally here. We get to see a young girl who is inspired by Daredevil to be her self. We see an ex-superhero sidekick go through issues. We get to follow interesting mysteries. A lot of cool stuff goes around in this comic.

I think the best thing about the art is that it does a very good job of making conversations seem real, which is important to do in a book where you have a writer like Bendis that writes a lot of dialogue. The art works great here.

However my favorite piece of art comes in the painted tenth issue. An issue that is not really involved into longer arcs. In the tenth issue we have Jameson trying to hire Jessica to find out who Spider-Man is. The whole issue revolves around this and a lot of funny things happen which I won't spoil. I highly recommend this issue.

The series is a very good book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in detectives in the superhero universe.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Jan. 14 2014
By TAO - Published on Amazon.com
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I’ve really been enjoying seeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to life, so when I heard there would be a Netflix series based on a character called Jessica Jones I wanted to find out who she was. The more I heard the more I was directed to check out Alias. I wasn’t disappointed.

Jessica Jones is probably the most complex Marvel character to date. Her character is well layered and is basically going through life as a X-hero going through post-traumatic stress syndrome. It is an interesting concept that makes for an entertaining story arc that takes Jessica on a journey connected to, but on the fringes of, the major players in the Marvel Universe. Great read, and I can’t wait to see how they adapt this character for live-action. Here’s hoping they do Jessica justice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection. May 19 2013
By luna - Published on Amazon.com
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Jessica Jones is one of the best Marvel characters ever. She is so human I feel like I know her. Alias is an Amazing series. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of Bendis' Spider Woman! April 14 2010
By Ekko - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like New Avengers but don't know who Jessica Drew is, this is the book for you. Definitely get Book 1 first, though, because it's one long "detective" story. I read about this at [...], who said it was Brian Michael Bendis' best work (other than Daredevil), and I have to agree.

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