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Alias, Vol. 4: The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones (Alias #22-28)

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  620 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Jessica's origins, including her source of powers, how she became a superhero, and why she quit are revealed.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 4th 2008 by Marvel
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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'
David Schaafsma
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 ...more
***Dave Hill

In many ways, "Alias" was the series that made Bendis the superstar writer he is today -- demonstrating his talent at dialog, at characters, and at making use of (while twisting to his own advantage) the Marvel Universe. This fourth volume, collecting #22-28 (the finale) of the series, details "The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones," the protagonist of the book. Once a super-hero -- heck, once an Avenger -- how did she turn into an unpowered (or at least non-power-using)
The fourth & final volume of this "mature" series is just as strong as the previous three. It shows us how Jessica got her powers, how she was in a coma (twice!) and how she was under the Purple Man's spell for eight months. Bendis took this ostensibly lame super-villain and made him into something really terrifying. What he accomplished over the course of this series (literally inventing this character and then having her evolve & grow, and also making us care [a lot] about her) is rema ...more
Nancy O'Toole
The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones is the fourth and finest volume in the Alias series by Brian Michael Bendis. Highly concerned with both Jessica's past and future, this volume shows us how Jessica became a superhero, and how she ended up at Alias. What you end up learning can be pretty disturbing at times, but it also really shows you a lot about why Jessica is the way she is. The main storyline, which focuses around an enemy from Jessica's past, can also be a little meta fictional at times, ...more
Reprints Alias #22-28 (July 2003-January 2004). Jessica Jones is about to face her past. From gaining her powers in the crash that killed her family to the tragic events that caused her to stop being a hero, Jessica’s problems are finally being exposed. As she deals with her complicated relationship with the men in her life Scott Lang and Luke Cage, Jessica learns that the man who ruined her is free from his prison in the Raft. Now Jessica is going to have to face Killgrave the Purple Man and br ...more
On the one hand, it's disappointing when a series you like comes to an end, but at least in this case, the story is wrapped up in a way that feels complete. Especially knowing a little about how Jessica's story has continued, I guess I'm kind of glad to have this one great story told with a beginning, middle, and end.

The final volume plays around (perhaps a bit too much, to be honest) with the disconnect between an adult comic book character trying to coexist in a mainstream comic book universe
Kelsey J.
I see. I see now why everyone raves about Bendis.

This is the shit. The shit I want to see in Marvel comics. This is what I want to see on my Netflix show.

All the right beats. All the right pauses. All the right words for characters that could leap off the page and be real.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Jessica Jones, superhero against her will, confronts her internal demons, both the guilty secret of how she acquired super powers, and her personal nemesis. There are so many pages here where Bendis and the artists achieve statements that couldn't be made in any other medium - the schooldays flashback, Jessica's first encounter with other superheroes, and the unspoken parts of her conversations with her friends and lovers. As I said of an ea ...more
Really not a fan of how Bendis chose to use the notion of having multiple sexual partners to indicate the spiralling nature of Jess' mental state, but apart from that I fucking loved this book. And if she'd joined the Avengers Disassembled never would have happened and she woulda ended up married to Cap?!? Jeez. Don't really know what to feel about that, except that maybe Steve should look outside the ranks of SHIELD when cruising for a new girlfriend.

Really glad I got this insight into Jess, a
From the secret origins storyline to the purple man arc, from the lost loves to the loves gained, the conclusion of Alias reads wonderfully. Jessica is flawed, with cause, but she never dwells on her past, and only opens up to the people she cares about, which is admirable if a little frustrating. The way in which Bendis weaved the marvel universe into the Alias series is genius and it makes you want to get to know these seemingly flesh and blood characters. The ending was not a surprise to me ( ...more
Mar 06, 2008 Callum rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any comic book fan!
Shelves: graphic-novels
The conclusion to Alias is appropriate in its plot and character development of Jessica Jones. We grow to appreciate even more her strength of character and resoluteness in the face of tragedy. Her personal story is tragic and reveals a vulnerability to her toughness that is heartbreaking to see taken advantage of. Her bonding with Cage is believable and heartening and the revelation of Jessica's pregnancy with their child is poignant and hopeful. With such a strong foundation to build on, I can ...more
An excruciating painful look at the life and times of superhero-turned-private-eye Jessica Jones, this volume explores why Jessica has become a mainstay of the main Marvel Universe proper. Bendis's high-school Jessica has a crush on science nerd Peter Parker, fantasizes about the F4's Human Torch, interacts with Jean Grey on the psychic plane, and fought the Avengers while in the thrall of the Purple Man. My first ComicCon purchase, I loved the various art syles representing Jessica's tortured p ...more
I adored all 4 volumes of Alias but the final volume found Brian Michael Bendis really knocking the story out of the park. The way he told the story of Jessica Jones' time with the Purple Man and how it affected her decisions to remain a costumed crime fighter is really intense, well-written and as moving as anything I've ever read in a comic book. She has got to be one of my most favorite contemporary comic characters and is wonderfully flawed and human.
Brian Michael Bendis is one of my favorite writers in comics right now, and seem to be able to squeeze the most from even the slightest characters. Alias brings together a really obscure, kind of silly villain from the 1960's, The Purple Man , and turn him into a truly fearsome creation. Jessica Jones, the former costumed hero-turned private detective, is a remarkable re-creation. Alias continues pushes the extremes. ...more
The final story arc in the series recounts Jessica's origins, which seem somewhat retconned from what we're told earlier in the series, in a narrative focusing on her horrific experiences with the Purple Man (possessed of the power of mind control), a story with a bit more emotional heft than the series managed hitherto. Bendis still likes to spread rela-tively little ploy over a lot of pages, though. . . .
John Jackson
A great end to a great series! Bendis at his finest.
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Alias è la conferma che una serie a fumetti oltre un certo numero di uscite mensili non dovrebbe mai andare.
La serie inizia bene, poi lentamente tende a ripetersi nei temi, nelle situazioni, fino al volume conclusivo, in cui arriva un finale ben congegnato, appena in tempo per evitare la perdita di interesse da parte dei lettori.
I'm so loving these. The dialogue is so darn funny! I really wish there was more than four books to read. Though, I've been recommended several of his other works to try next.

This is the last of the Alias books, and I really love the dynamic and dialogue between Jessica and Luke Cage.
There were a few things about this volume in particular I was a bit troubled by (why does every single female superhero's storyline ever feature at least one occasion of being raped or abused? why?), but on the whole, Alias was a fantastic, creative series that I really enjoyed.
Jordan Lahn
Wow. Seriously dark and disturbing at times, but a tremendously satisfying conclusion to the series. I can definitely see why this is such a popular character, and I'm really looking forward to the Netflix series coming in a few years!
Like every great noir, we are informed of the protagonist's shady past. With the addition of superhero colouring, we are treated to it. This volume makes a fitting end to Jessica Jones, although I wouldn't begrudge a continuation...
My biggest complaint about Alias is that I see so easily how it could have been awesome, but instead it's just good. I want Jessica to have so much agency and strength, but she just gets pushed around.
Sabra Embury
With special guest appearances by Thor, Peter Parker, Jean Grey, the Avengers, even the Hulk, we learn the origin story of Jessica Jones: private investigator/ex costumed super hero.

I need The Pulse right now.

This is such a great ending to the series.

Killgrave is an asshole. Luke Cage is amazing. The pregnancy!

Parker and Jessica Jones. How adorable.
Jessica's secrets are finally out in a mind bending, fourth wall busting show down with her nemesis Purple Man.
A sweet little ending to such a gritty series.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot
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