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Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero, but not a very good one. 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 specialising in superhuman cases....

Title : Alias: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1
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Alias: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Mark Desrosiers
    2019-03-10 14:18

    Probably the most difficult thing to render in comics (as opposed to typing on the page) is natural speech -- conversations where people interrupt each other, pause for seconds on end, pantomime an assortment of awkward arm positions and facial tics, spiral upward in a union of witty banter. The combination of writer Bendis -- who I'd thought was very overrated -- and artist Michael Gaydos pushes this comic into damn near sublime territory: page compositions that emphasize how conversations just repeat repeat repeat, faces showing awkward smiling silences, even a scene of absolute violence is composed to show the mundane repetition that comes with beating the shit out of someone. A witty, hilarious, irreverent, and action-packed creative collaboration: seriously, the future of great literature may lie in odd concatenations like this. The plots concern one Jessica Jones, a former superhero now a chain-smoking, hard-drinking private detective. With some powers remaining. The cracking dialogue and tricky speech are time-honored features of the "noir shamus" genre, but Bendis and Gaydos take it to the next level. Her own thought patterns, sober elliptical speech, drunken cock-seeking, and generally awesome random pattern of solving crimes make her one of my favorite detectives ever, and I've only read this one comic... And I should mention that although Bendis is faithful to the Marvel canon, he's constantly sticking thorns in it, insinuating how the Avengers could side with a Republican president, or how "mutants" can become a sick target for religious types.

  • Oscar Torrado
    2019-03-23 21:17

    Hombre Púrpura: "Jessica Jones, mi personaje de cómics favoritos de siempre".Cuando voy a leer un cómic siempre intento buscar cómics con personajes más humanos que metahumanos, las historias de superhéroes invencibles y perfectos casi nunca me llaman la atención, prefiero que los personajes que leo se sientan más reales que perfectos, por eso, quizás fue que me decidí a leer Alias, quien hace parte de la línea MAX Cómics de Marvel, dirigida a un público más adulto.Al principio el cómic quizás sea un poco difícil de seguir, o al menos a mi me sucedió, nos presentan a Jessica Jones una investigadora privada, antes heroína, como si toda la vida hubiese hecho parte del universo Marvel, pero la verdad es que el personaje nace en esta historia gracias a Brian Michael Bendis y Michael Gaydos, quienes en catorce números logran que tengamos esa sensación que conocemos a Jessica de toda la vida.Me gusta mucho el enfoque que le dieron a Jessica Jones, como durante cada investigación a la que es solicitada se mezcla (aunque ella no lo quiera) con el universo de superheroes de Marvel, también como reniega de sus poderes, por otra parte, las crisis por las que pasa, sus temores e inseguridades la hacen un personaje muy fácil de querer, eso sin contar la forma en como se va desarrollando su personaje a medida que avanzan sus casos, es un personaje de cómic como nunca antes lo había visto y nos la presentan de una forma muy real.Los dibujos de Michael Gaydos son crudos y reales como la historia en la que se desenvuelven, dan una sensación de estar leyendo una novela negra aún cuando, a veces, hay de por medio esa parafernalia que envuelven a las historias de superheroes. Por otra parte, el guión de Brian Michael Bendis sólo lo puedo catalogar de perfecto, tomo tras tomo va enriqueciéndose y toca su punto más alto cuando toca el último arco argumental llamado: Púrpura.Decir que este cómic me encantó no sería suficiente, la historia de Jessica Jones me envolvió de una forma increíble y me hizo hasta que me sintiera identificado con su personaje, convirtiéndola, aún con sus muchos defectos y más humana que superhéroe, en uno de mis personajes favoritos de Marvel. Una historia que recomendaría a ojos cerrados, y sobre todo a quienes no son muy seguidores de los cómics, ya que es una historia que no se alimenta de otras historias para ser totalmente funcional.

  • Martin
    2019-02-24 19:03

    The first of two volumes collecting the entire series, this book has 3 story arcs and a stand-alone story (issue 10): (1) the 5-part one in which we meet Jessica Jones, yet another Bendis creation, involving some sort of conspiracy regarding a US presidential candidate and a secret tape revealing the secret identity of Captain America (5 stars); and(2) a four-parter featuring a guy who's passing himself off as Rick Jones and a doctor in the closet who likes to meet other men (first on the internet, then in "real-life" to have sex with...) (4 stars)(issue 10) J Jonah Jameson hires Jessica to uncover Spider-Man's secret identity, but instead our protagonist uses this time to help out the community (while charging Jameson $ 200. a day). He finds out and he's pissed, but there's nothing he can do about it.(3) this time around Jessica Jones investigates the disappearance of a small town teenager. This was a solid arc, with the "investigative" nature of the series in full swing. The interactions between the different characters is pitch-perfect and Michael Gaydos' art is (again) ideal for the mood of the story. Because it's set in Small Town America (and also because Michael Gaydos was involved in both projects), this arc reminded me a lot of Daredevil: Redemption - which I also highly recommend.Bendis writes his usual "real" dialogue (thus time with the freedom the MAX imprint gives him - which another way of saying that it includes "coarse" language (read: the F word) & sex. Michael Gaydos provides the interior art and David Mack does the covers. This was an interesting book, in that it gives us another, different look at the goings-on of the Marvel Universe. Don't forget to check out the second half of the series in Alias Ultimate Collection Vol. 2.

  • Holden Attradies
    2019-03-20 18:26

    I feel like there are a few perfect in every way reviews of this already on Goodreads, so I'm not to pumped about writing a full review now. Pwehaps when I come back and give this a second read I'll re-write this review, make it more complete.Because I WILL be re-reading this. This is one of the top five best superhero comics I've read, right up there with Ultimates 1 and 2. Jessica Jones is so real... and this nontraditional view of the Marvel universe through her eyes makes that world seem SOOOOOO much realer. Brian Michael Bendis is an amazing writer, and this was even better than his Ultimate Spider-Man stuff. As for Michael Gaydos art, this book changed my opinion of his art. I've seen it before (I think in X-Factor) and thought it didn't really fit the Superhero Genre, but after just a few pages into this I felt it was a perfect fit for this story. By the end it had me wanting to read more MArvel stuff he drew because I had come to adore the way he drew faces, especially the noses and especially the facial expressions.- Second Read -Holy hell is this good... Even better this time through now that I've read so much more marvel stuff. The book does an amazing job at making each and every Marvel character that appears, even if its just a one panel cameo or a mention, seem real and human. Flawed, profane, and fucked up, but all so real.The art still stands out as the weak points. Most of the time its works just okay. But when it works really well its amazing, but sadly when it isn't working it really sucks. So in the end it evens out, but i wish it was more even all the way through.

  • Jeff Lanter
    2019-03-04 21:17

    THIS is why I read comics. I really do love Bendis's writing, but more importantly, his ideas and overall plots are some of the best in comics. Jessica Jones is so real I felt like I could almost touch her as I flipped through Alias. Not only does she look normal and not like a typical superhero, but she makes dangerous, personal decisions and beats herself up for it. This leads her to even more problems and keeps her from finding the happiness she so desperately craves. While Alias shows a different side of Marvel and of super heroes in general (much like Powers), there's something really special about this book and someone with only a passing knowledge of Marvel characters (Wasn't there a Daredevil movie once? And what about Captain America? Isn't he going to be in one too?) is more than enough to enjoy this book. The art fits the book well and the last story arc in this collection, perfectly captures how it feels when you're teenager who doesn't fit in. If any of this sounds appealing to you, please pick up what is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read. You will not be disappointed!

  • Cloak88
    2019-03-13 16:10

    Gritty realistic and definitely for a mature audience. This isn't your happy, fun comic. This is what the real world could be. Set in Marvel's superhero filled world, this is the story of Jessica jones an ex-superhero turned private investigator. Each story arc follows a new investigation, introducing new characters and revealing more about the world she lives in and her place in it. The stories themselves are varied and engaging. If your looking for a good graphic novel Alias is for you! (even if you're not usually interested in graphic novels and comics) Ps. This book is the inspiration for the Jessica Jones TV series. If you were interested in that one chances are you'll like this one to.

  • Jen
    2019-03-13 21:59

    Having just finished the 'Jessica Jones' Netflix series, I thought I'd check out what she was like in print. I enjoyed reading about Jessica's connections to other Marvel characters, but none of the individual stories gripped me. The language annoyed me too - pretty sure Bendis gets a bonus every time he crams f*&k into a speech bubble. I'd read the second collection and it has sparked an interest in checking out some more comics :)

  • Lord
    2019-03-18 15:25

    Easily one of the best comics I've ever read and not just because there's a fuck word in every other bubble. Both story and artwork are a total pleasure. What I enjoyed most are appereances of different characters from Marvel universe in not-so-tycpical roles. Bendis proves he's a fantastic writer.

  • Lissa
    2019-03-04 19:16

    Jessica Jones is a former Avenger who has given up the caped life and is now a private investigator. I've read a few trades where Jessica appears - mostly New Avengers, also written by Bendis - and this is definitely grittier than the sanitized "mother" archetype she tends to fill elsewhere. She's a chain smoker, has a one night stand with Luke Cage (who is apparently dating someone else), and uses curse words often. I like this portrayal of her much better.As for the story itself, I thought that it was engrossing. I'm not a big fan of the art, however. I guess it's supposed to be dark and gritty looking to match the "Max" imprint, but I thought that it detracted from the story rather than adding to it.

  • Justin Vargas
    2019-03-16 16:15

    Que belleza lo que acabó de terminar sin duda este es de los mejores cómics que he leído Jessica seguirá siendo de mis personajes favoritos de Marvel, la amo y amo este comic

  • Caleb Anderson
    2019-03-08 18:58

    It was a great book that I really think captured the character in the light that she deserved!

  • Dan Wilson
    2019-03-12 18:19

    Alias Ultimate Collection Vol. 1, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Michael Gaydos, collects the first 15 of 28 issues of Alias, a comic which ran from 2001-2004. This is the first appearance of Jessica Jones, a retired superhero turned hardboiled private eye, now the title character of her own Marvel Netflix TV series. The tone here is decidedly noir, with the main divergences from the noir tradition being Jones' gender and the existence of superpowers in this world. Jones' character--kind of a grownup, R-rated Veronica Mars--is probably the strongest element here, but this collection also delivers three great stories. Issues 1-9 have Jones on what turns out to be more of a trap than a case. This story arc also includes a missing persons case which takes a bizarre turn. Issue 10 pits Jones against J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle, and Issues 11-15 puts Jessica on another unusual missing persons case. Throughout the collection, Jones is faced with moral and ethical challenges, most of which she handles adeptly. Bendis created a great character and put her through some interesting challenges, and Gaydos helped to give her flesh and to tell Jones' and Bendis' stories.I've watched two episodes of the Marvel Netflix show so far (also recommended!). From what I can tell, this collection does not spoil the show's story, which I understand to be mainly based on a story arc which is in Alias Ultimate Collection Vol. 2. There is, however, a short sequence in the first few pages which is depicted in the show's first moments.Review copy received as a loaner from the Queens Public Library.

  • Damián Vives
    2019-03-19 19:22

    El primero de los dos volúmenes que presentan a uno de los más sugestivos personajes que ha conocido Marvel en el siglo XXI. Hace algún tiempo, Jessica Jones fue una superheroína, pero no le fue demasiado bien. Ahora, se desliza por una pendiente autodestructiva de alcohol y amargura. Jessica es la única empleada de Investigaciones Alias, una agencia de detectives especializada en un terreno que ella conoce muy bien: el de los superhéroes. En esta obra de culto, Brian Michael Bendis, uno de los mejores guionistas estadounidenses mainstream de la década, junto al extraordinario dibujante Michael Gaydos, ofrece una perspectiva distinta y única del Universo Marvel.Alias fue una de las cabeceras más celebradas del desaparecido sello Max, subsidiario de Marvel creado para que autores de prestigio investigaran las posibilidades del cómic adulto en el género superheroico. La serie despertó furiosas controversias desde su primer número por su realismo sucio y su desprejuiciada mirada sobre el sexo y la condición femenina. La cabecera editorial fue atacada por la rama más conservadora de la sociedad norteamericana al presentar, en su primer número, una fuerte escena de sexo interracial entre la protagonista y Luke Cage, el héroe de alquiler. Bedis no sólo ganó la pulseada sino que logró transformar a ambos personajes en referentes de la cultura pop y personajes centrales en el universo Marvel de fin de siglo.

  • Michael Alexander Henke
    2019-03-23 21:08

    I really wanted to like this more than I did. I had read so much about it, how good it was, and it was nominated for awards, etc. I loved Brian Michael Bendis on Daredevil and Moon Knight, he's really good when it comes to those street level heroes. I also like a good detective story, so all the pieces seemed to add up.My main gripe however, is the fact that this is a Max comic. Around the time this was coming out, Marvel launched their Max line of comics. This was in an effort to have more "mature" story lines, and it basically meant that anything goes. Swearing, nudity, and sex were all fair game. The problem was, it didn't fell mature, it felt decidedly immature to be quite honest. I'm not sure if maybe the writers were testing their new found freedom, but it feels like an excuse to drop as many f-bombs in as few pages as possible. Also it just didn't fit the characters for me. They've never sweared before, and they don't do it in the other books, so why here do they cuss like sailors? The sex thing is also kind of weird too. Super heroes talking about f***ing other super heroes is just way too odd for me. I will continue with Volume 2 and see how it goes.

  • Ana
    2019-03-03 18:19

    Quise leerme este cómic desde que vi la serie de Netflix de Jessica Jones y pensaba que no me iba a gustar tanto como la serie, porque los cómics de súper héroes no suelen ser demasiado complejos en cuanto a trama y personajes, pero me equivoqué, porque me lo leí en un día y parte de la madrugada anterior, lo cual creía que me duraría más, pero engancha, no es la típica historia de súper héroes, pues Jessica dejó de serlo hacía tiempo, por causas que en este tomo no explica. Es muy rápido de leer y aunque el estilo del dibujo no es mi favorito está bastante bien, además no la hacen perfecta, como a otras muchas heroínas. Muy recomendable si te gustan las historias que tienen súper héroes, pero también son más que eso. 4/5.

  • Jacobi
    2019-03-04 15:15

    Often, when I revisit a comic series I've already read, I find it doesn't hold up. Not Alias. This is as good as I remember it. Bendis was on the top of his game while writing this series. Gaydos, who's art I would never call pretty or appealing, fits perfectly with the stories being told here. Can't wait to plow through vol. 2 again.

  • Cassie
    2019-02-26 15:00

    3.5 stars. I mostly read this out of curiosity after watching Jessica Jones on Netflix. I like the grittiness of it, but wasn't completely enthralled by most of the cases. Not sure how I feel about the depiction of Luke Cage here, either, but I liked it enough that I'll seek out the rest of the collection.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-03-02 16:23

    Leído de a tandas pero siempre en esta edición. Si bien los dos "tomos" que contiene (y que suman como cuatro o cinco sagas) no llegan a las cuatro estrellitas cada uno por su lado, la enorme y sorprendente suma de méritos y originalidad pone a esta serie en la lista de imprescindibles de Marvel. Espero poder agarrar el tomo 2 cuanto antes y después lanzarme a The Pulse.

  • La Revistería Comics
    2019-03-15 17:18

    Tanto para los fans de la primera hora como para las masas que se hayan sumado con la interesantísima reinterpretación netflixera de Jessica Jones, este primer integralito de la Yesi a la espera de la reedición en "Marvel Sagas" prevista para el año que viene.

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-18 15:59

    Jessica Jones is a great character, but the art style—lots of heavy, craggy dark lines—is just not for me. To his credit, Gaydos has some nice page layouts to go with the trademark dialogue heavy Bendis script.

  • Koen Claeys
    2019-03-05 14:23

    Not as good as I thought it would be, "the stories" are not so strong. Typical lifelike Bendis dialogue of that era (his better days) but not the jewel it's made out to be. Still, I liked reading it and I'm looking forward to the second half.

  • Xxilvi
    2019-03-22 18:19

    Nada que ver con la serie de televisión, y como era lo que buscaba, me ha decepcionado completamente.

  • Elise
    2019-03-10 15:16

    Gritty and fantastic, if definitely for adult readers. A lot of people dislike Bendis's writing, but he shines in this character-specific work.

  • Sara
    2019-03-11 19:03

    What if you had superpowers, but didn't want to be a superhero? Super cool spin on your classic super story.

  • Dony Grayman
    2019-03-19 21:22

    Edición española publicada dentro de la Colección Extra Superhéroes, con la primera mitad de la serie Alias.

  • Jill
    2019-03-12 18:59

    My introduction to comic books - Love this entire series and the TV show! More Jessica Jones Please!!!

  • Lis
    2019-02-20 16:05

    It's a weird one. Definitely gives a different view of the superhero universe - the best word might be "proctological."