Pick of the Week – Alias #24 – 07.02.2003

Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Gaydos
Colors by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Cory Petit

Published by Marvel Comics / $2.99

I keep waiting to finally be not impressed by something that Bendis writes. But the little guy just keeps writing and writing and it’s all quality. No joke! His work on Ultimate Spider-Man is already established to be quality and everyone knows about it. But its his work on Daredevil and Alias that has impressed me the most of recent.

Alias especially as it’s riding under the radar, plugging along with its quirky take on the life of an ex-superhero. Upcoming on its 25th issue, Alias is going to go down as one of those memorable amazing runs. I know it. I know it because every issue ends and I get pissed that I have to wait another month until the next.

Michael Gaydos’ art is to Alias as Alex Maleev’s art is to Daredevil. What I mean by that is that the pairing of the art to the writing is just perfect. I couldn’t imagine the look of Alias to be anything other than Gaydos’ textured imagery. The management of lighting and shadows is unique in and of itself.

Finally, Bendis just imagines some of the most amusing situations. For instance in this issue, our heroine Jessica Jones is having an argument with her friend Ms. Marvel on the lawn of the Avengers Mansion. Suddenly Captain America appears in the door, interrupting the argument, inviting Jessica in for tea. That’s just priceless.


Ron Richards
Doesn’t Like Tea


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  1. I still haven’t read this one, but ALIAS is one of the books I’m most excited about every month. And it seems to come out every month too. Someone should give Bendis an “on time most of the time” award. What’s going on with Kevin Smith? I haven’t seen an issue of Spiderman/Black Cat in like a YEAR.

    Kudos to you, Brian Michael Bendis.

  2. Kevin Smith does have that movie career going on you know. Still, that’s little excuse for agreeing to a project and then not finishing it. I’m guessing he’s never going to take over Spider-Man like they said on a regular basis.

    Bendis says he’s at least 6 months ahead in everything he writes. So he never feels deadline pressure and never gets behind, cuz he only writes what he feels like writing at a particular time. Very unlike myself.

  3. What do you write?

    Kevin Smith? Movie career? ya don’t say.

  4. >

    I’m an aspiring TV and film writer (and who isn’t?), but I have a hard time keeping myself on any sort of schedule, so it seems to take a long time to finish anything. Of course, were I being paid to do it, I might be able to stay on course a bit more.

  5. cool!

  6. very nice