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!)
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.
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.
No need to beat around the bush — I loved this book. Not only did Little Hits continue & expand upon everything that was great with My Life was a Weapon, it took what few issues I may have had with the first volume and fixed them nicely. Continue reading
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.
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:
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.
*Spoilers from here on out!* Continue reading
WARNING: This post contains vague spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and other properties of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including mentions of broad plot points from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. up through last night’s episode (S2E20, “Scars”). Proceed at your own risk!!