Sunday, January 02, 2005

What If...Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers? one shot

writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artist: Michael Gaydos
published by Marvel Comics

I absolutely loved the original What If...? series, and was mostly pleased with the second coming of it in the 90s. Now, Marvel has put out a quickie revival of the title with a handful of one shots...and sadly, I only bought one of them.
Nothing against the others...I just picked up one because I bought an assload of other stuff.
It's nice to see Michael Gaydos and Brian Michael Bendis back together, and the story really does deal with issues that were brought up in Alias. One simple choice could have changed Jessica Jones' life. And the lives of the Avengers. Had she accepted Nick Fury's offer to be the SHIELD liason to the Avengers, she not only would have prevented the recent Avengers: Disassembled storyline, she also could have landed Captain America, whom she had a slight spark with during her detective days that was never explored.
Most of the What If...? books dealt with crucial moments in Mavel Universe history, and much as I loved Alias...her abduction by the Purple Man and subsequent encounter with the Avengers just wasn't an earth shattering event. While a nice story, fairly well just doesn't end up being a great What If...? book.

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