‘Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1’ review
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
Comic fans are waiting with bated breath to see if the new Marvel/Netflix collaboration, Jessica Jones, is as successful as their last attempt, Daredevil. Curious, I decided to check out the character of Jessica Jones before her small screen debut. But Jessica Jones: Alias by Brian Michael Bendis just doesn’t live up to its interesting concept. In short, it’s a missed opportunity.
The story of Jessica Jones is a pretty fascinating one. It tackles the issue of superheroes with less than stellar powers. What do you do when you’re not normal, but you’re not strong enough to fight alongside the likes of Thor? Apparently, you open a detective agency that deals mostly in superhuman investigations.
Overall, I liked the character of Jones: she’s crass and funny, but I found that in trying to portray a very reality-based world, Bendis allowed that aspect to overtake his narrative. The constant reminders that Jones is still human, and has to do things like go to the bathroom and deal with menstrual cramps, got very tedious and weighed the plot down too much. It became distracting rather than something that drove the narrative.
Jessica Jones: Alias suffers from an artistic issue that I like to call “cover syndrome,” where the cover art misleads a potential reader. Though Bill Sienkiewicz’s cover art is beautiful, stylistically it is extremely different than the art inside, which is done by Michael Gaydos. Aesthetically, Gaydos uses heavy cell shading, but his work lacks the detail that makes that choice effective, so the art comes off looking very paint-by-numbers.
Though I still have high hopes for the Netflix original series, I can’t say I enjoyed Jessica Jones: Alias. I probably won’t be buying the next installment, and definitely won’t be recommending it to anyone.