Brian Michael Bendis, who amazes me with every entry into the
Ultimate Universe, plays in the regular Marvel playground.
Title: Alias Vol. 3: The Underneath
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator: Michael Gaydor
Original Publication Date: 2003 reprint of material first published
2002 and 2003
Cover Price: $16.99 US, $27.25 Can
Buy from: Amazon.com
Jessica Jones, ex-super hero turned private investigator, works
cases close to J. Jonah Jameson.
This collects issues 10, 16-21 of “Alias,” which is currently in its
fourth story arc.
The outcome of her first assignment with JJJ.
The hypocrisy of complaining about having to pay for cigarettes.
This is a crime comic that happens to take place in a world
by superheroes. That’s original enough for me; I
give it 5
out of 6.
The artwork can be downright ugly. If it weren’t for
very nice work on issue 10, it wouldn’t have scored as high as 3
The story is done well enough, and is new reader
The case seems easily solved, though. I give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization is very well done. Our hero is
but has a serious lack of confidence. I really liked her after issue
10, since that shows how she treats others, but I didn’t care for
in the rest of the collection, given how negative she is about
much everything. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response this produced spiked at the
issue 10, and at the guest appearance by Speedball. I honestly
see why this title is so highly regarded; it’s good, but it only truly
impressed me once. (Do I still need to specify that this happened
the end of issue 10?) I give it 3 out of 6.
The flow was done well enough, and was mainly
impeeded by my
occasional desire to close my eyes rather than look at more of
art. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a decent crime story read, but I don’t see
revolutionary material that other reviewers seem to attribute to it.
I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Alias: The Underneath receives 29 out of 42.
Additional Notes and Comments
Yes, I’m a huge Speedball fan. I bought this, bypassing the first
volumes, because I knew he was in it. I’d love to see the
come back in a more mainstream fashion. The good news is, this
works without any prior knowledge of the title.