Jessica Jones vs Alias: the series on Netflix, in comparison to the comic

Published on Mar 06, 2018

Jessica Jones has proved to be one of comics most successful in the home on Netflix, a real triumph, in the unexpected, on the small screen. A really great result given how little was known of this character, even among the fans of the comics supereroistici.

The character of Jessica Jones was born on the pages of Alias, a series of background crime/noir of 28 numbers written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Michael Gaydos.

The series belongs to the series of the Marvel “Max”, a label whose main feature is the narration of stories, not canonical, for a more adult audience, starring the characters of the Marvel. The famous “Punisher” by Garth Ennis it is also part of it.The series of Netflix is similar in many ways to the comic strip: Jessica is a superhero, but decides not to wear the costume to become a private investigator.

Even if Jessica Jones is inspired by the stories of Alias, Netflix has decided to follow a road of their own, more personal. If the atmosphere of the comics has offered the inspiration for the basis of the narrative, but the characters have been radically changed, and others even abandoned completely.

Saw the imminent arrival of the second season (here we propose the new trailer), we have, therefore, decided to compare the two worlds (comic and television), so as to understand where they converge and where, in contrast, take different roads.

In both of its incarnations on Netflix and the comics, Jessica Jones is kidnapped and held captive by a supervillain with the ability to do to people whatever through the command of his voice. Both in the comics and in the series tells of the profound trauma of Jessica, born from that experience, so destructive to the psychological level, so as to bring it to alcoholism.

The similarities, however, mostly end there.In the comics the villain is Zebediah Killgrave, the Man Purple, a sadistic and insane murderer, the purple skin, who delights in mass murder. His history with Jessica and his subsequent attempt at revenge, we are told in a brief portion of the story. On Netflix, instead, we see that Kilgrave (with one L only, and masterfully played by David Tennant) is an individual more pathetic but at the same time addictive.

With regard to the image, the largest difference that we can notice about her appearance devoid of the traditional leather purple (like her counterpart in the comics) that is replaced by a more elegant apparel of the same coloring.

At a psychological level, however, the obsession of Kilgrave for Jessica seems to be that of a former boyfriend abandoned that refuses to go forward after a bad break-up and that of a classic antagonist. This tv version is more quietly terrifying, a psychopath more computer and thin, dedicated to committing the actions the most horrific.

Tennant plays Kilgrave as if it was a boy, cruel and insensitive, we could call it extremely flawed: his powers have always done to get what you wanted, pursuing it aggressively, and childish things that I may not have. The selfishness with which rages in orchestrating the machinations of the diabolical, for it to pay to the girl that wounded him, it is much more terrifying than what we are told in the pages of Alias.

In the comic feels more like a supporting actor that has to play the role of a good villain, while Tennant, in the series, makes it a further protagonist succeeding, in certain moments, even to be more interesting than the same Jessica. Without any doubt it has proven to be the best villain in the entire MCU so far seen.

In Alias, Jessica Jones and invulnerable superhero of the road, Luke Cage, they know each other already for a long time; they are well aware of the mutual reputation, and have no qualms about sharing the bed occasionally. Since Luke is a Marvel character long, and this choice is apt to introduce the best of this relationship. Only in the pages of the final of the last number of the run, Jessica and Luke begin to try seriously something for each other: she is pregnant and decides to keep the baby, and Luke proves to be happy to become a father.

Currently in the world of Marvel Comics, Jessica and Luke are parents and have been married for a long time. In the series of Netflix, the choices of plot, it will still take long before between the two to blossom some sort of relationship. Jessica proves not to happy to find out that Luke is a person with “talent” like her, but their relationship is nipped in the bud by a series of events none of which is present in the Alias.

It is a decision that makes perfect sense given that in the MCU, Luke is a new character to his series. Surely the skill demonstrated by Mike Colter, in the interpretation of Luke Cage, there is cause for hope that the two will follow, probably, the trajectory of the comics, sooner or later, even if the pregnancy and the marriage will take place probably very far away in time, in the near future. At least this is what we hope.

Jessica has many friends in any of its incarnations, but is an Alias that Jessica Jones has a best friend and confidant. On Netflix, this is Patricia “Trish” Walker (Rachael Taylor), a former child prodigy and is currently a radio host, that could become superoina Hellcat. Logical deduction; otherwise, why the series would have given life to this “companion“, skilled in the martial arts, if they had no intention of making them wear a costume at some point?

Trish in the series replaces Carol Danvers, alias Captain Marvel, who in the comics is old friend of Jessica. Currently, however, the Marvel Studios decided to debut on the big screen Captain Marvel, so it was not an option that can be used in series of tv.

Promote then Trish in this role we reserve the right to secure interesting twists, especially in the second season we will see his approach to his alter ego Hellcat. It would be a great consolation prize if it does happen.

In any case,Trish is shown to be a character solid enough, much more Foggy in the tv series Daredevil always by Netflix. Trish is the anti - Foggy, a perfect shoulder, which would serve as the bread to Matt Murdock/Darevil because, unfortunately, the interpretation of a Foggy, extremely without the stain has had deleterious effects on the series itself.


One of the characters that has been most changed from page to screen, is definitely Malcolm (Eka Darville). An Alias is an unbearable teenager that flaunts a veneration nothing short of manic to superheroes. In those few appearances inside the run, you can see it hang around like a stalker for the office of Jessica with the hope of being hired as an assistant.

In the series, instead, has a role much more demanding; is near addict Jessica, initially a pawn in the revenge plan of Kilgrave and then, once cleaned up and detoxed, becoming a valuable ally.

In the last scene of the final episode, we are given a hint right on the possible collaboration as assistant of Alias Investigations. In the pages of Alias, Malcolm has no thickness, we can definitely define insipidus, never having the feeling that his role has much importance, probably because the run ends before the character is actually involved in the work of Bendis.

The reinvention of the television proved to be instead a huge improvement thanks also to the excellent interpretation of Darville, who has been able to instill the right depth to the character making him a great leader.


Although the story of Jessica Jones to be part of the MCU, which also houses the characters of the film the Avengers and the various series on urban Netflix (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher), the work is something if, outside of the events success during and after “the Battle of New York” in the Avengers 2012


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