Jessica Jones was one of the genre-redefining characters born during my hiatus from regular comic reading. Created by Brian Michael Bendis (writer) and Michael Gaydos (artist), she first appeared in Alias #1, released in November 2001. Coincidentally enough, I spent that fall falling for another Alias – J.J. Abrams’ cliffhanger and slow-mo running loving spy show starring Jennifer Garner. At the time, I had no idea another Alias existed. Once I saw (and enjoyed!) Jessica Jones on Netflix, I kept my eyes peeled for her comics. Alias isn’t on Marvel Unlimited and I’d never seen the collected trades below $25.99 apiece (which I’ll spend but it’s a risky move without reading a single issue). But then magic struck! I found Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1, 3, and 4 (of four!!!) as I strolled Ollie’s Bargain Outlet last week! I tracked down Vol. 2 as well, and then…well, you know how some books are overhyped? It turns out, even after the endless praise I’ve heard about Jessica Jones as a character and Alias as a comic, it ended up being better than I imagined.
Whenever anyone asked me what I thought of Avengers: Endgame my answer was generally some form of, “I loved it! While I thought there were a few serious problems, by and large I thought it was a damn near perfect movie, delivering just about everything I could have wanted from it.” One of the things that bothered me was Marvel’s sidelining several of their prominent female characters (again). Now, I grant we had that kickass scene on the battlefield in the final showdown with Thanos. And I grant Nebula’s story arc was brilliant (but that’s the story for another post). However, the way they left some of their major players off the board – most notably Okoye and Carol Danvers – bothered me. Here I want to consider why Captain Marvel should have had a far larger role in Endgame and wade through one of the most commonly cited (and paper thin) arguments about why she’s such a “difficult” character to handle. Continue reading
As I was working my way through a marathon grading session earlier today, I was struck with an idea for a new series. I’m the type of guy who’s in his own head a lot and, as a result, I tend to over think things too. However, if I’m being honest, not everything I spend my time obsessively thinking about is worthy of the time I devote to it…or really even important at all. So this series will highlight the questions and/or issues that I devote plenty of mental energy to – as I wrestle with all their ins and outs, awash in angst over a solution I just can’t find – when I should probably be thinking about, you know, things that really matter :). Our first topic? Why it’s none other than Wolverine’s claws! Continue reading
Legacy Characters have become a central (and vitally important) part of modern comic storytelling but Thor was doing it long before it was a trend. Many sets of hands have held Mjölnir over the years and this Thor’s Day (that’s right Thursday…we’re going back to your original purpose and honoring the Thunder God!) I thought it would be fun to look at some of my favorites and consider why they’ve resonated with me. (I also wanted to explore Mjölnir’s power set a bit, just for funzzies.) I returned to reading Thor comics when Jane Foster became the Goddess of Thunder but my original run with the title was from 1991 to 1997. Obviously there are more Thors than I’ll examine here, but these are my favorites :). Continue reading
I think this has to be a question as old as human imagination. Right? Once we began thinking of mythic beings, demigods, and superheroes – beings imbued with fantastic abilities – the next logical step after imagining their daring exploits would be to wonder what it would be like if we had those powers ourselves. And that ties to the question this little post will consider – If you could choose, what superhero’s power set would you pick for yourself?? Continue reading