Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos
Marvel Comics heroine Jessica Jones is a tough-talking private eye, a modern-day female Humphrey Bogart. But she's also a woman with a past — as a pink-haired young superhero who fought alongside the Avengers, then quit for reasons she's ashamed to reveal. In the first issue of Alias (unrelated to the Jennifer Garner show, incidentally), Jessica punches a client through a window, gets wasted at a local bar and initiates rough sex with a man from her superhero past. Here is a woman who began her life with a clear, noble purpose, only to have it taken away by the complications of the real world. When I was reading Alias, I'd just graduated from college, I couldn't find a job, and my idealistic ambitions were dying on the vine. Jessica's candy-colored superhero memories looked a little like mine; her sarcastic, vodka-drinking, ex-boyfriend-fucking mindset looked a whole lot like mine. Jessica Jones never goes back to being a superhero, but over the course of the comic, she learns to take her screwed-up, all-wrong life and run with it. And that's a good skill for anyone in their early twenties to learn