By Brian Bendis (writer), Michael Gaydos (art), Jose Villarrubia (colors)

When I was picking this up from the local comic store, I overheard the clerks saying this issue was Alias all over again. I had no idea what they were talking about until I opened it up. Michael Gaydos (the artist on Alias) has reunited with Brian Bendis and how poignant it is that this issue starts off at the Alias Investigation Office.

Things get heated in this issue between Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Jessica has registered as a super-human and is now living in Avengers Tower. Luke feels completely betrayed, not only because Jessica has fled, but because she took their child too. Luke, who’s pretty furious at this point confronts her. Jessica keeps herself composed for most of the argument, but inflames the problem by tossing in a few verbal jabs here and there. Bendis writes their dialogue in such a realistic way, that it’s hard not to sympathize with each character. This book really should have been called Avengers: Kramer Vs. Kramer, because that’s what ultimately plays out.  And shame on Jarvis for eavesdropping on their argument! Dirty old men, I tell ya.

Eventually, the “registered” Avengers come into the mix to apprehend, but Ms. Marvel, Queen of the Sellouts, let’s him go once again (this is like the third time she’s let him go in the last two months). Before Luke walks away, he opens a big can of worms.

This issue features no action or fist throwing, but plays upon a story that’s been building for a long time. The “Secret Invasion, Infiltration” title on the cover is a bit misleading, so don’t expect any revelations. All in all, a solid read. (Grade: B)

– J. Montes

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