Brian Michael Bendis, who amazes me with every entry into the
Ultimate Universe, plays in the regular Marvel playground.

General Information

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

ISBN: 0-7851-1165-4

Cover Price: $16.99 US, $27.25 Can

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Jessica Jones, ex-super hero turned private investigator, works
on two
cases close to J. Jonah Jameson.

This collects issues 10, 16-21 of “Alias,” which is currently in its
fourth story arc.

High Point

The outcome of her first assignment with JJJ.

Low Point

The hypocrisy of complaining about having to pay for cigarettes.

The Scores

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
of 6.

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
end of
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.