In the early days of the 21st century Marvel Comics were pulling themselves together after a decade that very nearly saw them go out of business, but thanks to new editorial policies from the likes of Joe Quesada revamped titles like Grant Morrison’s X Men, and new titles like Alias gave Marvel the sales and critical boost they needed.
Alias was one of the titles that made it clear Marvel were moving away from the frankly, fucking dreadful spandex crap they pumped out in the 90’s. Even though it was written by Brian Michael Bendis, a writer I don’t have much time for normally, this was an exceptional comic ably drawn by Michael Gaydos that showed that Marvel’s Max imprint (their supposed ‘adult’ imprint) was something a bit more than just sex ‘n violence.
Fast forward 15 years and we’re weeks away from title character Jessica Jones appearing in her self-titled Netflix series so Marvel have released this 12 page freebie comic to tag onto the series but it’s very clear from the start this isn’t in normal Marvel continuity (whatever the hell that is after that Secret Wars bollocks) but the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though it’s created by Bendid and Gaydos.
As a comic this is pretty thin pickings, plus it reads more like a Daredevil story that has Jessica Jones in it, but it does it’s job in raising the anticipation level while not giving anything away at all.
So don’t expect this to be anything more than a teaser, but it does make me long for a return of Alias in some shape or form. assuming of course Jessica Jones is a hit which to be honest is pretty much going to be the case. We’ll see come the 20th of November…