Friday, January 13, 2017

Jessica Jones: Alias Book Reviews



Jessica Jones: Alias

Review by Lauren

source: copies from library; all opinions are my own

I'm an Amazon Associate (so if you buy through my link; I get a small percent) so check out the volumes here:

JJ Vol 1- link
JJ Vol 2- link
JJ Vol 3- link
JJ Vol 4-link 


Review: You might know the name Jessica Jones from the Netflix TV show. This is how I learned about the ex-super hero too. I haven't finished the first season yet, but I plan to very soon. However, over Christmas break, I decided to give the graphic novels a shot. They are called Jessica Jones: Alias and there are only four volumes, so if you're curious, it won't take you too long.

What I want to point out right away is that these graphic novels are very different from the show. Yes, they are just as dark. Yes, Jessica is an ex-Marvel superhero turned investigator. However, the other Marvel characters play more of a role and Jessica even ends up dating one. Also, Kilgrave doesn't appear until near the end and while his skills are the same, his looks are...not expected.

That's about all I'll say since I don't want to give away things. Half the fun is discovering all these little details. Despite it being different from the show that I'm currently loving, these are still really good stories. I liked the added addition of the Marvel characters, and I liked hearing about Jessica's background as the story goes on. The illustrations are done really well, and it's definitely a graphic novel for adults, which is appreciated. It's not gratuitous, in the sex or the violence, but the themes are there and the language is definitely there. It all works though.

Would I recommend these? Yes, especially if you already watch and enjoy the show. If you do not, then still give these a shot and maybe you will be inspired to check out the show!

20 comments:

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I am sure it is fine to compare the graphic novel with the show. I haven't heard of either. Happy weekend, Lauren.

Farrah @ Fairyburger said...

I haven't finished season 1 yet either of the Netflix series but now I wanna read these too, haha. I miss reading graphic novels!

Carrie said...

Hmm! Interesting! I will have to look for this on Netflix, I have recently really gotten into their shows!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

bermudaonion said...

I've never seen the show but have heard of it. I didn't realize there are books too!

Greg said...

I haven't read these although I know some of the backstory, and I have seen the Netflix show. I'm really looking forward to the Defenders on Netflix, which is going to bring all these characters. Should be fun. :)

kimbacaffeinate said...

Glad to hear the illustrations are done well and that this is clearly meant for adults :)

Single Vegas Girl said...

I think I got spoiled with the tv show but this is definitely something I'd be interesting in checking out. Thanks for posting this so I know that it exists! (:

Single Vegas Girl
http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Sounds like some fun differences. I have Netflix now so I'll have to look up the show :D

Bec Reader said...

I've been thinking about reading these comics at some point because I really enjoyed the show! Maybe one day I'll get to them haha

Keertana said...

I haven't seen the show and I don't often read graphic novels but the illustrations look beautiful so I should definitely pick these up! Thanks for putting them on my radar!

Erika Sorocco said...

Maybe I need to start watching this show - then reading the graphic novels!

xx

mypixieblog said...

I haven't heard of these (the books or the TV show) but sounds interesting--and you always have such great book reviews! Thanks for sharing :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I haven't seen the show, but I am intrigued by the graphic novels :)

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

Ooo, I'm so glad this graphic novel worked for you!! I am soooo picky about Graphic Novels; I hate when the illustrations are bad but these look great, very classic style! I'll have to check the show out, too. I'm slightly addicted to Marvel-verse at the moment :)

Great review!!!!!!

Melliane said...

I liked the show so I confess that I'm curious there too

Gingi Freeman said...

Now THIS I need to get my hand on!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Alyssa Susanna said...

Huh. Is it bad that I'm not really familiar with Jessica Jones? Then again, I don't have Netflix... *peeks out from under rock* I'm glad you liked this one, and you're liking the show! That's always great when the show (or movie) are decent, compared to the books.

Great review! =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Nicole Hewitt said...

I enjoyed the show, so I'll definitely have to check these graphic novels out. I'm curious which came first, the show or the graphic novels? I'll have to investigate!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Jennifer Humphries said...

Jessica Jones was dark, but I loved it! My husband has read this and has been urging me to read it too. Maybe it's time! Thanks for sharing your review!

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Good to know!!I am wanting to read more graphic novels this year, so it's good to hear your full opinion on these! :) XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things