Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Book-A-Day #198 (1/30): Alias, Vol. 3: The Underneath by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos

Yes, another one. I do like the dialogue, and I like Jessica Jones's narrative voice. And the fact that the only super-folks who show up are third-stringers at best (two different Spider-Women! Speedball!) is also nice.

It's got that gigantic "Parental Advisory EXPLICIT Content" purely because people swear -- the violence is less explicit and common than most longjohns comics, and the sex is mostly implied (there's no "nudity" that I can remember -- people are naked, but they're movie-naked, and you never see anything). Yes, if it were a movie, it would be R-rated, but only because Jessica's every fifth word is "fuck." (Let's see -- it would say "R for Sexual Situations and Pervasive Obscenity.") Mainstream comics, as usual, are desperately conflicted about creating stories for grown-ups, but they can do it, now and then, if they really want to.

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