Comics – Alias Vol 2

27 04 2007

Alias TPB Vol 2

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Alias Vol 2 – Collecting Alias #11 – #15

Here I am into the second volume of the Alias TPB and I am still enjoying every reading moment of it. This second volume continues the excellent storytelling of happenings in the life of the main character – Jessica Jones.

Readers join Jessica on one of her cases to find a missing girl in a small town. The art on every panel of every page is fantastic. As I read, it was so natural to feel a part of Jessica’s drive out of the city to more rural areas to meet the requirements of her job.

And how Jessica goes about her job as a PI is indeed very normal – nothing superhuman at all. Interviewing the girl’s friends at school, checking in with her family and having a peek in her room for clues. I guess this is a story where superheroes remain in the background.

Characters like Luke Cage, Matt Murdock and Scott Lang who are acquaintances with Jessica Jones all appear out of their day job costumes. I particularly enjoyed the conversation between Cage and Jessica outside Murdock’s office. Pretty funny stuff coming from superheroes.

When superheroes do appear in costumes, they are at a distance and you view them as an observer on the street. Something reminiscent from Astro City. And you get the idea that superheroes also have a social life and may not respond to every call for help if their colleagues are onto it. That’s a good break from all the bruising situations their jobs bring!

This volume also tries to bring across the issue of discrimination through mutant discrimination. Sometimes, things can be blown out of proportions in a conservative and confined environment. When you do get out of it, you’ll find that not everyone thinks a big deal of a particular discrimination. You start to embrace life, embrace diversity.

Alias Vol 2 continues to be fantastically illustrated and well-thought graphic novel. The creators demonstrate focus and confidence by concentrating on their desired story to tell without succumbing to potentially fan favourite genres. I believe therein lies the appeal of Alias.




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