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Collects Alias #22-28.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 crimefighting career before it even got started? Now, for the first time, learn all oCollects Alias #22-28.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 crimefighting 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!...

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Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 4 Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-05-15 21:32

    This one collects the final issues of Marvel’s MAX version of Jessica Jones adventures and while I’m sad it didn’t last longer I also realize that all good things must come to an end. Or in superhero comic books it’s more accurate to say that one good version of the title has to come to an end and then start up again in another version.Brian Michael Bendis saved the best for last in which he concludes the character arc for Jessica as well as giving us her origin story via flashbacks, and we also learn what was behind her decision to turn away from being a costumed superhero and drove her self-destructive behavior. It’s a remarkably deft piece of storytelling that manages to mix in bits of Marvel history like Jessica going to high school with Peter Parker with the raw and gritty portrayal of a hard-drinking self-loathing private detective. I also loved how the art was done in this with the flashbacks to Jessica’s superhero days done in the bright clean style of a more typical Marvel book back in the day which contrasts with the darker grittier tone of a MAX comic with plenty of profanity and sex.We get the revelation of Zebediah Killgrave a/k/a The Purple Man as the main cause of Jessica’s pain. One of the most impressive things that Bendis has ever done is to take a B-list minor supervillain and turn him into one of the most dangerous and repulsive Marvel bad guys I’ve ever read without any major retconning. By digging into the full scope of what mind control powers could be used to do by a complete sociopath we get a chilling portrait of pure evil. Bendis also does a nice bit of metafiction here with Killgrave taunting Jessica with the idea that she’s a character in a comic book. That also works with the other tricks like changing the art styles to put a sly level of self-awareness and commentary about the whole thing.Overall, Alias was a great title that blended the realistic adult themes of the modern PI genre with Marvel characters and history to give us a fresh perspective on that universe as well as an intriguing character story.

  • Josu Grilli
    2019-05-21 19:50

    Termino la saga de Jessica Jones con una enorme sonrisa y conociendo por fin más detalles de su vida. Me gusta que el final conecte con la saga que continúa sus historias, y que se hayan incluido un par de one-shots en esta edición.Recomiendo los cómics de Jessica Jones a todo el mundo. Tienen elementos que pueden atraer a un gran público y no sé, es que estoy fascinado.

  • HFK
    2019-05-18 20:43

    And so comes the end of Jessica Jones: Alias graphic journey, although her story continues with Pulse. And as you can see, Bendis finally made me give him the four shiny stars, which I had kept from him for reasons of taste.First, to me the ending was not that much of a praise because I simply do not enjoy me superheroes. It just is not a subject that gets me all worked up unless it is Garth Ennis and HIS take on superheroes... because... you know. Well, you know HIS take on them, and if you do not, shame on you.But this is a perfect ending to a series. It is build from the start with its own and intelligent touch, a touch that reaches the finale with such an amazing talent, wit and tropes that majority would be extremely happy and satisfied with. So am I. Very. Jessica Jones is a character with multiple dimensions, there is a lot of good, a lot of bad, but all the traits make her fascinating to the bone, and it was a nice to get an ending she and the readers wanted and needed to have. It was fabulous. This is how you build up a graphic series in all its tiny details, take notes if you ever want to try and do it yourself. Praise the Bendis.

  • Bradley
    2019-05-20 23:42

    Killgrave! The Purple Man! Woo Woo!Okay, so the story isn't *quite* the same as the tv, all the fundamentals are pretty much spot on.I *do* rather wish I'd been able to see Jessica try to slap the Scarlet Witch or avoid Thor's hammer, though. :) The artwork turning Jessica (as Jewel) into a bright comic character was absolutely freaky, knowing her as we've been getting to know her. I love the contrast and it works so well here, from bright-eyed innocence into abject despair for 8 months. *shiver* Not to mention The Vision giving her a major time-out that I don't envy. I'm thinking I'm still very much in love. :) The *near* fourth-wall stuff was particularly effective. :)

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-05-12 17:45

    4.5 stars!Origin story, FINALLY! Killgrave, finally! Plus cameos from so many other superheroes, what more could you want?

  • Paz R.M.
    2019-05-16 20:32

    4.5 StarsWell, fuck. I finished the run and I can honestly say this is one of my favorite series ever.Alias made me laugh, made me sick, mad and angry. I was uncomfortable and sad, but then a great line would have me smiling. For 28 issues I was simply fascinated. I loved this volume, the one where we get to learn so much about Jessica and her struggles and sorrows, but I was thinking about rounding this down to 4 stars (view spoiler)[mainly because I expected more of the final confrontation with Killgrave (hide spoiler)]. And then the last two pages happened. The last panel and the last line of dialogue brought tears to my eyes. So what can I say? I love Jessica and her grim world. I love what Bendis and Gaydos created here. What a great title. I miss it already.Full Review to Come!

  • Scarlet Cameo
    2019-05-03 23:54

    Esto se ha acabado (o bueno,hasta hace unos meses así parecía) , y tras tres volúmenes, sólo faltaba ver quien fue Jessica, y porque fue que dejo su vida como heróina.En esta historia nos encontramos con una Jessica que es alcanzada por su pasado, con aquello que la destruyó, y nuevamente vemos como sale su vena heróica cuando acepta un cara a cara con el hombre de sus pesadillas (a.k.a. purple man, a.k.a. Killgrave), con el objetivo de ayudar a otras personas cuya vida fue arruinada.Conforme avanza la historia realmente quedamos con un personaje que tras ver crecer notamos como se derrumba por un momento, como la angustia y el dolor vuelven a ella, pero igualmente como busca enfrentarse a ello. En esta última contienda ella no esta sola, al más puro estilo del cómic americano vemos un sin fin de personajes unidos contra la amenaza que representa Killgrave, pero sin que por ello se mande a Jessica al fondo, de hecho la responsabilidad final de cerrar esta historia cae en ella, no en quienes la acompañan.Personalmente creo que la resolución con Killgrave es buena, pero eso nunca fue el foco central de Alias, por ello el hecho de que aun existan cuadros tras está simplemente demuestran que el factor humano, las relaciones, las victorias y los fracasos son lo que realmente mueve a la historia y que el verdadero interes en ella recae en los personajes.Jessica Jones termina posicionándose como uno de los personajes más interesantes que hay en Marvel, y el cierre de esta historia es realmente magnífico.

  • Mike
    2019-05-15 22:50

    This. The retroactive origin story, right in the middle of Midtown High, this is the genius of Bendis. Cause of *course* Jessica would fit right into this world of fucked-up accidents and experiments - and of *course* she would end up going another way entirely from the guilt-ridden fools of the red-tinged-costume brigade. (Wait, did I just start channeling my inner Doom?)Through Alias' lens, hearing Ka-Zar tell his origin story in Matt Murdock's office is just hilarious. Like, if you were to hear Dr. Frankenstein show up at your door, asking if you had a few minutes to talk about the Great Lords of Electricity? Like that, only with better, blonder hair. Then we take a E ticket, jump straight on crazy train. The good stuff. The high life. The head trip. The mind fuck that is the Purple Man. What a fucking looney narcissist sociopathic piece of trash. This is a really good, tense, fucked up story - what with Killgrave breaking the fourth wall, playing games with our hero, seeing how far down the hole Jessica fell the first time, and knowing how jacked up over her the PM is, makes the whole scene preeeettty creepy, with a side of slasher flick tension just for fun. (I wouldn't be surprised if Rob Zombie popped out of the scenery)And man is that finale scene there to drag a tear out of your stoney eye, like they wanted to punch it out but figured it would only come willingly, so we'll make you suffer a little for it. Dat facial expression on him.It's little wonder this story became the focal point of the first season of Jessica Jones' series. That is some fucked-up way to live a life, Killgrave. And Bendis, you one fucked-up dude to see exactly how a guy like that would live, and give it to us with as little judgment as is possible to have over a piece of shit like PM.

  • Sesana
    2019-05-03 00:30

    This is what the other volumes of Alias have been building towards. Full disclosure of Jessica's past as a hero. And Bendis absolutely does not disappoint. Let's face it, the mind-controlling villain plot has been done many, many times. Even the hero as victim of mind control is old hat. Bendis takes the tried and true past the standard by making the Purple Man not just a credible threat, but a deeply frightening character. And he makes the aftermath on Jessica's side wrenchingly believable. It's that execution that takes what's really a standard storyline in comics and makes it special, and unforgettable.I've really liked this entire series. It's had a lot of hype over the years, and it's all deserved. As a whole, it's a fantastic piece of work, and it's Exhibit A for why Bendis is a top creator in the business.

  • Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
    2019-04-28 16:30

    Apparently I never marked this one as read more. Sufficiently shitty origins for a superhero, Jessica deals in unconventional ways.

  • Scott
    2019-04-27 16:32

    Wow. Just wow.Reading this was like (in my mind, at least) experiencing how Rogue One led directly into Star Wars: A New Hope. Is that the best example? I don't know, but it's what occurred to me after turning the final page. Everything makes sense now.We finally get an origin story (equal parts comedy and tragedy) and now understand some the skeletons in JJ's closet. Although her background was not particularly muddy - though not always well explained - in the previous three volumes there is now a sense of clarity. Some of the revelations strike with the impact of Thor's hammer. And the guest appearances and cameos read like a 'who's who' of the 70's / 80's Marvel Universe.Did anyone else think the JJ / 'Purple Man' situation was some sort of allegory for an abusive relationship or marriage? Just curious.Thanks, Ms. Jones - it's been a hell of a journey.

  • Roy
    2019-05-19 19:52

    The Purple Man!! Now I see where the source material for the Tv show has come from. Not exactly the same as the tv show but very similar. Loved this story line probably the most during this series.

  • James DeSantis
    2019-05-17 17:29

    Well shit, I loved this series. So this is the origin story. I think sadly I was spoiled by the TV show on Purple man. Getting a reallllll good look into his mind, who he is, broken, and a screwed up piece of shit. This purple man is far more...dark. As in he gives even less of a fucks (if that's possible) about the human life. It truly is remarkable what the TV show did, and it made me not love purple man in here as much (love to hate. Not love him as a good guy, cause he's not, he's a fucking asshole) So you get a big background feel for Jessica from kid to teen to adult. I thought it was well told for most part. Felt a little rushed at parts but it hit all the emotional parts. The Peter part was the best and made me die laughing. Then we get to the showdown, or meet, with Purple Man. It's both scary, and screwed up, but feels like it gets resolved so quickly. In one issue really. I wish we had a few issues of it. The ending was really fucking sad for Antman and Jessica. However the very ending actually gives hope. Not I gotta go and read Pulse. Overall this is dark in it's own way. I think if you love the TV show (like I do) you'll enjoy this volume a lot as well. Another 4/5!

  • Maria
    2019-05-22 23:39

    I only realised I had no clue about how exactly Jessica had obtained her powers the moment I opened this last volume. It was a first step down a memory lane that grew into quite an experience. Again, they managed to create an emotional balance that had its peaks without ever being too much of anything. There was time, and space, for the whole spectrum to play out.That said, I must confess I shuddered when Killgrave was first mentioned. I believe he was disturbingly well portrayed throughout the TV series, having left quite a dent behind, and was certainly not expecting his written version to feel even creepier. It was one of those surprises that I could have lived without, but that I am now embracing.Speaking of surprises, I felt rather nostalgic running into Jean Grey. Even though my relationship with her character is based only on the X-Men movie series, I always thought there was something incredibly soothing about her. Her presence ended up being quite reassuring.Back to the expectations discourse, I found the ending to be rather unexpected. It was… different, I guess, a step into a future that will certainly never be the same. Alas, it’s over. Sigh. I feel as though I should give The Pulse a go, having had such a great time with Alias.

  • Javier Muñoz
    2019-04-23 16:41

    En este último tomo de la serie Alias tenemos por fin el relato del origen de Jessica Jones, sus primeros pasos como superheroina así como el motivo por el que se alejó del mundo de los superhéroes para iniciar su carrera como investigadora privada.Es curioso que el momento que elije Bendis para contar esta historia de origen es justo el final de la serie, normalmente o se cuenta al principio o se deja en el aire. En este caso el misterio que hay alrededor del origen de Jessica Jones es parte importante de la trama y contarlo al final de esta serie de 28 números, junto con la conclusión final permite que esta historia adquiera un caracter circular.Bendis cierra con este tomo la colección terminando de redondear una historia completa que en realidad no necesita continuación. En este tomo nos encontraremos con un buen número de invitados especiales, pero como siempre la personalidad que Bendis imprime a Jessica permite que ninguno le haga sombra.Muy buena serie que mantiene un nivel de calidad muy alto durante todo su recorrido y que cierra muy dignamente.

  • Anna(Bananas!)
    2019-05-10 22:51

    Much as I want to, I cannot get into this character or comic. I get the impression the Max imprint was edgy for the time but nowadays with all the oddball, interesting, and explicit comics out there, specifically non-DC and Marvel, this falls a little flat for me. So she curses and drinks. Who cares??Sigh... I really did want to like it more. There was just nothing emotionally investing for me. Luke and Jessica, maybe a little. (And ok, I did skip the middle two volumes but whatever.) Also, they could have done SO much more with Killgrave. Especially after seeing the Netflix show, the comic was pretty underwhelming.But - go watch the show. It's wonderful.

  • Ben Kimpell
    2019-05-09 19:39

    Really really good book and series, I just wish it wasn't so fast paced.

  • Lila
    2019-04-29 19:49's not that previous volumes were not good- they are excellent- but I reserved highest rating for last one because it had such a huge emotional impact on me it defined my experience of entire run. Despite not being blown away by first three, this one makes up for in a big way.So, being first MAX imprint, featuring foul-mouthed character, being gritty and mature...this all stands, but for me Alias will always be about Jessica coming to grips with her past and her fears to come on top at the end.This volume starts with story on how Jessica got her powers and how she decided to become hero. It's not unusual origin story: car accident, collision with truck carrying toxic material, her family gone and she with freakish strength and limited ability to fly.There is this a great visual effect creators did: panels depicting time pre-accident had this oldy style with simplistic drawings and basic colors and not overly detailed. Jessica as a hero Jewel is lush, with deer-like look in her eyes, surrounded by vibrant, light colors. This is a huge contrast compared to overall dark and grim tones of previous volumes and it makes you even more curious to find out what the hell happened? Why is she such a mess?This is all combined with the fact that Jessica finds herself in Luke's bed. Again. She has no idea how she ended up there, which is not surprising considering the events of previous volume when case with young girl superhero got to her. Luke and Jessica have amazing chemistry and completely unconventional relationship that somehow works. It's right there, sitting on ugly couch with Cage at her most miserable and vulnerable that Jessica spills her story.And it's not a pretty one. I don't want to spoil what happened to those who never read comics (or want to watch Netflix show), but Purple Man is fucking psychopath and he messed Jessica up so much it actually makes you angry. Themes of abuse, mind control, manipulation and blackmail are all big words and hard topics and they should make you uncomfortable and mad for Jessica.And yet... what really got to me is the fact (view spoiler)[nobody fucking noticed she is missing for 8 months and nobody was looking for her. She was part of good guys and they didn't even know. Even worse, they didn't even recognize her when she attacked Scarlet Witch on PM's order. They fucked her up brutally defending themselves not knowing that girl standing in front of them is one of their own and needs help more than anyone.(hide spoiler)]The biggest group of superheroes in one place you want to slap.You really feel for Jessica and want her to make it at the end. And this triumph, dealing with hard things, with crippling fear and panic attacks- this is why Alias is the best Bendis work in my opinion.Now let's hope tv version would do this amazing comic justice. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-19 18:40

    Okay, so... umm... that's it? That's the end? But... This volume finally delved into the Killgrave plotline (aka The Purple Man) and I'm torn. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed this more or less if I hadn't already watched the show on Netflix. As far as villains are concerned, he was much more... real... in the show. I mean, purple doesn't really strike terror into the hearts of evil doers, y'know what I mean? His ability is still one of the better ones out there, and there's this one scene where the artist perfectly captured his unrestrained violence. Speaking of artwork, this final volume captured my attention. The artistry changed with her timeline and memories, which allows the reader to follow the quick scene changes, but also changes the feel of each scene. I'm going to be sad to see this series go. I'll definitely check out The Pulse, but I'm a little wary of what it will be like without the gritty vulgarity that I've come to expect from Jessica Jones.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-05-03 22:26

    A great finish to this series, where Bendis and artist Gaydos (with help from other artists) pulls out all the stops to help you explain why it is Jessica got out of being a superhero (and in Bendis's conception, out of being an Avenger, which helps explain her appearance in Bendis's relaunch of The New Avengers…). So she went to high school with Peter Parker, and her great nemesis became The Purple Cape (the once foil of Daredevil), a pretty effectively scary guy whose power is to control your mind, which works in a meta-fictional way to help us further understand Jess…)… and the "love triangle" gets resolved… And in terms of the art, we get different art styles for different periods of Jessica's past, which is interesting… So you can see this is chock full of ideas… It's really a great series, with great dialogue, fresh ideas, good art. I really liked it and will read it again.

  • Heatherblakely
    2019-05-16 16:41

    This was the jumping off point for the Netflix series, and even though I've watched the show and knew most of the content in this, I really enjoyed it. There's Jessica backstory as well as explorations into Jessica's relationships with other super people, plus the Killgrave story. I like this series because the progression is similar to that of a tv show--the first volume was like a pilot episode, with a brief introduction of the characters and settings, and the subsequent volumes were the more in-depth seasons. (view spoiler)[The pregnancy bit at the end would have annoyed me if I didn't already know they had a kid--Jessica and Luke and the daughter are in Secret Wars Too, and that little biracial child made me so damn happy.(hide spoiler)]

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-24 16:37

    Ok so, first things first. I genuinely like the whole Alias series. It's got to be one of my favorite Marvel series ever. The feel of the whole thing is unlike anything else I've read from Marvel to this point. I did have some exposure to this character before reading Alias because I read the Pulse collection first. I have also watched a few episodes of the Netflix series. This volume does a fairly good job of tying up some loose ends and questions I had from previous volumes as well as bringing in the Purple Man/Killgrave character and explaining his history with Jessica.Solid 4 stars.

  • Raquel -
    2019-05-13 17:39

    Superhéroes y villanos reales. Por fin puedo encontrar una heroína que valga la pena y un villano que inquiete de verdad. Las emociones que manifiestan los personajes son más reales pero no dejan de lado el mundo fantástico de Marvel. Además encontramos historias sobre superpoderes donde los disfraces no nos cuentan tanto como los sentimientos de su protagonista. Tal vez parte del encanto de Jessica Jones sea que está destinado a un público más adulto donde el sarcasmo, el sexo, las palabrotas y sus picos emocionales hacen que empaticemos más con el personaje. El trabajo del color y la separación de capítulos en el cómic es fantástico.

  • Miri
    2019-05-14 18:44

    Damn. Pretty epic storylines in volume four. I really enjoyed the different styles used for the flashbacks, particularly the origin story. And I just love Jessica Jones. I was about to despair because this is the last volume in the series, but she continues in The Pulse, so I guess I have three more volumes of that before I have to mourn.

  • Amy
    2019-05-06 19:53

    We finally see where Jessica Jones came from/got her powers/why she quit being a costumed superhero. Her time with Kilgrave is covered here (it's a little different than what they do on the TV show).As always, I'm not a big fan of the artwork (though they get fancy with a different look for the flashback to her time as Jewel), but I love Jessica so I just accept her bloated face.Now: to read the next chapter of Jessica's saga: Pulse!

  • nevillegirl
    2019-05-08 18:51

    May change it to 4 stars later... this was so good, especially the parts about trauma and how it is never your fault. ...on an unrelated note, was the show adapted from pretty much only this volume?! That's soooo weird. This is the only book in the whole series with the Purple Man. I mean, Hope was in the first book, but the majority of stuff I associate with this character is from this volume. Interesting. I mean, there's certainly a lot of material to work with here...

  • Amy
    2019-05-06 00:39

    3-stars for this volume, 4-stars for the overall set of 4. There was waaaay too much Marvel crossover crap - so much so that it almost seemed to be making fun of itself when Kilgrave made a comment about it. Personally I think the trauma was handled more realistically in the TV show but it was still pretty good here.

  • Anna
    2019-05-14 19:35

    Amazing end. I want more though. I NEEDS IT!

  • C. Varn
    2019-05-11 18:29

    This brings us to Jessica Jones dual origin story and covers a lot of the material that was in the show. What is markedly different, however, is how most of the conflict of this arc is over and in flashback, and frankly, some of the backstories seem rushed. Bendis and Gaydos are still in top form here, but one feels like they knew the arc was ending and that they had a limited time to really explore the themes they set out to uncover about how Jessica got to the point she was at. Excellent in theme and execution except the pacing is rushed. I wanted more, which we got elsewhere.

  • Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
    2019-04-29 22:49

    Great. For fans of the Netflix show, this volume details Jessica’s past and current encounters with Kilgrave, so it’s fascinating to see the differences and similarities between mediums. The use of the fourth wall break as Kilgrave gets under Jessica’s skin is brilliant, and creepily effective. I didn’t think the comic version could be half as terrifying as Tennant, but clever writing and a creative technique left me genuinely unsettled.