Jessica Jones: Alias
by Brian Michael & Michael Gaydos
“Jessica Jones is a hard-nosed private investigator, and the dark underbelly of the Marvel Universe is her beat. But it wasn’t always this way. Once, Jessica stood alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, as a costumed super hero. What changed? What ended her crime fighting career before it even got started? Now, for the first time, learn all of Jessica’s hidden secrets – how she was orphaned, how she got her powers, and the dark, unspoken chapter in Marvel Universe history that changed her life forever. Guest-starring Peter Parker, Jean Grey, Luke Cage, Ant-Man and the mighty Avengers!”
I’m a huge fan of the Netflix series, Jessica Jones so when I saw this comic I wanted to read it and see how it compared to the show. This comic is the fourth volume but it actually goes back to Jessica’s origin story and how she became the person she is so I think it’s a great read for an introduction to fans of the series or fans of other comics she may appear in. The illustrations vary throughout the comic because of the time difference in Jessica’s story so you’re also getting a few different visual experiences.
The first few pages find Jessica in the classic Archie style of vibrant colours and thick lines. There we find Jessica pining for Peter Parker and drawing their names in hearts together. Jessica is finally ready to ask him out but then he falls ill in class (probably due to a spider bite) and leaves before she has a chance. Then she goes home and fantasises about The Human Torch in bed while a copy of Fahrenheit 451 lays next to her. Then her little brother bursts in and ruins her good time. The next day, Jessica, her brother and her parents are in the car when she starts bickering with her brother. This causes her father to become distracted and they crash into a military truck carrying hazardous material. Jessica is the only survivor and remains in a coma for six months.
When she wakes the illustration style has changed and we go into the main story of Jessica Jones and Kilgrave, a well-known story to fans of the show. We read along as Jessica discovers that the accident that killed her family also left her with superpowers and see how she becomes Jewel! But becoming Jewel is what caused her to have her first encounter with Kilgrave and that turned into a eights months of abuse and control. She recounts her horrible tale to Luke Cage with enough detail to make anyone form an instant hatred for the awful purple man. He’s a complete monster but they write him very well and you can’t help but feel slightly impressed by his completely cocky attitude.
Of course, Kilgrave escapes and threatens to kill many people, take control of Jessica again and make her kill all of The Avengers and anyone else that would threaten him. But with the support of all her super-friends, Jessica defeats Kilgrave with an epic beatdown and gets her happy ending for the Alias series!
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