Jessica Jones has lived a colorful life in the Marvel Universe. Introduced as a private detective in the early 2000’s Alias series by Brian Michael Bendis it was difficult to not take to her immediately.
She’s funny, self-deprecating and damn good at what she does. As the series begins we get hints at her former life as a costumed hero, it’s this part of her past that seems to act as a catalyst for some of her destructive behavior. It’s easy to root for her because she’s out taking cases that mirror the real world and helping everyday people cope with the heinous crimes committed in their life. All the while working to better herself.
Every once in a while you’ll read something that just seems perfectly tailored to your tastes and interests. Since I seemed to been having such gold luck with Brian Michael Bendis lately I thought I’d check out his series Alias. It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.
The story centers on Jessica Jones, a former super hero who has become a private investigator. She’s washed up and angry. Desperation and hard living had made her callous and beaten her down. I always liked the idea of seeing things from a non-costumed or “heroes” perspective in a world that’s full of them. This is one of the reasons that made the Marvels miniseries so successful. What we get here is basically film noir done Marvel style (and no, not that thankfully). It’s a hell of an idea.