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Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Psalm 95: 1-7a
(English Standard Version)
Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

Jessica Jones Binge-Watch & Blog-Along (Part Five: Ep 13 & Post-Mortem)

Well, it’s official.  I survived my Jessica Jones marathon.  I started at 4 am Friday, November 20th and finished around 1:30 am Saturday, November 21st.  Considering I took time to write a blog snippet after each episode and took breaks to run errands, eat meals, etc., I made pretty good time!  Still counts as a #OneDayJJ success 😉

But enough patting myself on the back.  Let’s get to the good stuff…

Welcome to the the fifth and final part of the Jessica Jones Binge-Watch and Blog-Along!  This post will cover Episode 13 and some thoughts on the series as a whole. You can find reviews & reactions to previous episodes in Parts One, Two, Three, and Four.

Warning: Spoilers below!  (Also contains mild spoilers & discussion for the Jessica Jones comic, Alias.  Ye be warned!)

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Jessica Jones Binge-Watch & Blog-Along (Part Three: Eps 7-9)

Welcome to Part Three of the Jessica Jones Binge-Watch and Blog-Along!  This post will cover Episodes 7 through 9.  You can find reviews & reactions to previous episodes in Part One and Part Two.

Warning: Spoilers below!  (Also contains mild spoilers & discussion for the Jessica Jones comic, Alias.  Ye be warned!)

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Jessica Jones Binge-Watch & Blog-Along (Part Two: Eps 4-6)

Welcome to Part Two of the Jessica Jones Binge-Watch and Blog-Along!  This post will cover Episodes 4 through 6.  You can find reviews & reactions to previous episodes in Part One.

Warning: Spoilers below!  (Also contains mild spoilers & discussion for the Jessica Jones comic, Alias.  Ye be warned!)

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Jessica Jones Binge-Watch & Blog-Along (Part One: Eps 1-3)

Welcome to the Jessica Jones Binge-Watch and Blog-Along!  I am your host, Wise the Simple, and I totally took off work today just to watch Netflix. #geekpriorities 😉

Jessica Jones first appeared in the Marvel comics universe via the Brian Michael Bendis-penned series Alias.  I just finished reading the omnibus earlier this week, and loved every moment of it.

All 13 episodes of Jessica Jones were released on Netflix today, so I thought I’d do a “binge-watch and blog-along.”  What does that mean exactly?  Well, I will watch the show and type up my reactions immediately after watching each episode.  So theoretically, we’ll see how my thoughts about the show change throughout this series of posts.  I’ve tried it before with sense8, but I watched that show in chunks over the course of a week instead of trying a binge-watch marathon in one day.  Odds are I’ll stop and pick it up later if/when I need a break.  (Practice safe binge-watching, kiddos!)

At any rate, there will obviously be spoilers ahead!  This first post will include reviews and reactions to the first three episodes.  But enough with the preamble —  Let’s get to the show!

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Alias: In Which We Meet Jessica Jones

Happy Jessica Jones Week, e’erybody!

As you all know, Netflix’s Jessica Jones series is coming out this Friday, November 20th and I am HYPED!  In preparation for this, I just finished reading Alias, the comic series that introduced her to the Marvel canon.

Alias was written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Michael Gaydos.  The series was the first to be published under Marvel’s MAX imprint which specializes in mature, R-rated content.  The story is very much in the style of a gritty detective noir, with Jessica Jones as a private investigator with an acerbic tongue and a penchant for cigarettes and alcohol.

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Little Hits: The Continuing Adventures of Hawkguy & Lady Hawkman

I adored the first volume of Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja, and was excited to jump into the next trade paperback.  This second volume, Little Hits, collects issues 6-11 of the series.  And bro, it futzing delivered.

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To Quote the Poets — Monstress #1 is Pretty Amazeballs

Monstress is a new comic series written by Marjorie Liu with art by Sana Takeda.  The pair had previously worked together on X-23, and have rejoined forces to create an original, creator-owned property for Image Comics described thusly:

Set in an alternate 1900’s Asia, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power…a connection that will transform them both, and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers…

The 66-page, triple-sized first issue was just released yesterday, and I loved it.  I have heretofore mostly stuck with reading collected editions and trade paperbacks of comic books, but I pre-ordered Monstress #1 on a whim when I saw the gorgeous artwork by Sana Takeda.  The series’ unique visual style blends Eastern aesthetics with art deco and a dash of steampunk for good measure.

Monstress #1 Cover Art (via Image Comics)

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Bro. I Just Read My Life as a Weapon, Bro.

As a kid, I didn’t read too many comics.  But now as a twenty-six year old woman, I’ve been trying to make up for that by diving headfirst into the realm of sequential art.  I’ve generally been sticking to indie, creator-owned, non-Big 2 comics since I’m afraid of missing out on important backstory and/or references to the extensive Marvel and DC universes.  But as a fan of their respective mythologies via other media, it was nigh on inevitable that I would pick up some superhero books.

Enter Hawkeye.

Hawkeye Vol. 4 was written by Matt Fraction with illustrations by David Aja and various other artists.  After hearing many rave reviews about it, I picked up the four trade paperbacks that comprise the Fraction/Aja run.  The first of these, My Life as a Weapon, contains issues 1-5 as well as a Fraction-penned issue of Young Avengers Presents.

Let me start off by saying that I had little to no knowledge on Hawkeye prior to reading this book.  I was introduced to Clint Barton with the other comic non-savvy plebs in the MCU’s Thor (2011) and The Avengers (2012).  So to me, Hawkeye was just the “normal guy” who fought alongside the powerful Avengers with a bow and arrow.  Color me amused, then, when Barton himself lampshades this in the opening panels of the first issue.  In fact, you could say the whole volume is about exploring this strange dichotomy.  While the other Avengers are demi-gods or wear superpowered armor, Clint Barton is just a guy trying to keep his neighbors from being evicted from their building.

The opening description puts it thusly:

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Unlike many superhero comics, there are no universe-ending, global-scale issues at stake here.  Fraction’s Hawkeye is more of a street-level hero.  But the great thing about this series is that although the stakes may be smaller scale (e.g. the eviction of Barton’s building), there is still a weight to them since they are personally important to our characters.

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