Jessica Jones

MINI COMIC REVIEWS: Jessica Jones Vol. 1, Tales of Suspense: Hawkeye & the Winter Soldier and FABLES: Cubs in Toyland

Jessica Jones Vol. 1: Uncaged! by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth

Newly released from prison, Jessica Jones has got a lot of problems. Her latest client wants her to investigate her husband, who thinks he’s from another universe, and Jessica’s own husband, Luke Cage, wants to know where their daughter is. Jessica’s got a lot on her plate when a new threat appears, one that wants to destroy all heroes.

I liked how this book managed to keep Jessica Jones and her story relatively grounded, while still having cameos from other superheroes like Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman and Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. It made Jessica and her PI business a part of the wider superhero world, but it also shows how Jessica is constantly fighting against the title of “hero” and being a part of that world.

Jessica and Luke’s relationship is strained, but I did enjoy seeing it and I hope they can work things out. Jessica has given a lot up to do what she thinks is the right thing, and it’s meant keeping a lot of secrets from the few people she cares about.

The main story in Jessica Jones Vol. 1 was interesting but I wasn’t that scared or intrigued by the main villain as I couldn’t really get their motives. This might have been something

I liked the art style in Jessica Jones, and I loved the monotone colours, it really set the tone of the story. While I didn’t love this comic, it does enough to make me want to continue the series to see how Jessica can possibly sort her life out. 3/5.

Tales of Suspense: Hawkeye & the Winter Soldier by Matthew Rosenburg, Travel Foreman and Rachelle Rosenburg

The Black Widow is dead, but someone is killing her old enemies one by one. With a broke heart and a bloody trail to follow, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye is looking for answers. The only place he might get them is from another of Natasha’s ex-boyfriends, Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Solider. Will Clint and Bucky be able to trust each other enough to get to the truth, or is the truth deadly and out to get them?

I really enjoyed this. It’s a sequel to everything that happened with Secret Wars, Captain America apparently being an agent for Hydra and a lot of bad stuff happening, but you really didn’t need to know any of that to read and enjoy this comic. I only knew the concept of Secret Wars and haven’t read any myself, but this book does enough to give you all you need to then enjoy these characters and their interactions.

I’m a big Clint Barton fan and I really enjoyed how he and Bucky interacted. It was great how in the fist issue it’s told from Clint’s point of view and then the second issue is from Bucky’s, giving you an insight into both of their minds. They both don’t like each other but they have a common goal in finding out what’s going on with Natasha’s past. They have some really funny moments, and Clint is his idiot but capable self which I loved.

I liked the art style and the colours too for the most part, though some facial expressions were a bit overexaggerated for my taste. Tales of Suspense: Hawkeye & the Winter Soldier is a really fun, character-driven mystery and I’d love to read more about Clint and Bucky’s reluctant partnership. 4/5.

FABLES: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Gene Ha

Theresa has a lousy toy boat that she doesn’t really like but it talks to her, encouraging her to run away to a land that she can be Queen of. Theresa travels to Toyland, where broken-down playthings dwell. Wooden, metal, plastic or stuffed, they’re all looking for a queen to fix their bodies and their realm. But these toys are broken in more ways than one. As Theresa’s family search for her, including her wild brother Dare, what will become of her when she discovers the truth about Toyland? And what will staying in that realm cost?

This graphic novel has been sitting on my shelves for years. A friend bought it for me for Christmas one year, but I had never gotten around to reading it as it’s Volume 18 in the Fables series and thought I wouldn’t be able to follow the story without reading the previous 17 volumes. Recently I did some googling and as everyone seemed to say this was a standalone volume I gave it a go.

I do agree it’s a standalone. I could follow the story and the various characters and their relationships easily enough, though there were the few odd moments that seemed to be tied to the larger story that I was unaware of.

The magic system and how all the characters are versions of the classic fairy tales is interesting. Cubs in Toyland was surprisingly sinister and dark at times – these weren’t the fluffy Disney-versions of the fairytales we all know. There were some bloody and violent moments too, which were even more disturbing as they featured young children.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t have as much of a connection to the characters as I hadn’t read the previous volumes, or maybe just the story wasn’t for me, but I did find Cubs in Toyland a bit of a slog to get through, especially the last 40 pages or so. I just didn’t really care to find out how the story would end or if Theresa would be OK. 2/5.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Favourite TV Shows of All Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week, in honour of Fall TV you can do a top ten about anything TV related. So I’m keeping it simple and sharing my ten favourite TV shows ever. I say “ever” but I’m pretty bad at keeping up with TV shows and some of these I might not have actually seen the entire series and I’m sure as soon as I finish this list I’ll remember a show I’ve forgotten but otherwise here’s my favourite TV shows.

White Collar
I love heist and con-artist stories so White Collar is right up my street. White collar criminal Neal Caffery gets offered to serve his jail time working for the FBI catching criminals with FBI Agent Peter Burke and lots of escapades happen. While it does get a little repetitive that the main story arc each season often revolves around Neal lying to Peter and Peter lying to Neil, I still love the relationships between all the characters and I love it when Neal’s criminal friend Mozzie and Peter’s awesome wife Elizabeth get involved in an FBI sting.
Please note: I have a series and a half left of this show to watch.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
I basically marathoned season one and two of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in just over a week and I loved every minute of it. I love the characters, all the different relationships, the humour and how the characters actually grow. I’ve written before why I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I would recommend it to anyone, even those who are like me and don’t usually like American comedy shows.
Please note: I haven’t watch season three yet because Netflix doesn’t have it yet.

Luther
This show can scare the bejesus out of me – the scene where a guy crawls from under a woman’s bed after she’s just gotten into it freaked me out – because it has gruesome murders and serial killers. It also has a great baddie in Alice Morgan and her relationship with Luther is a highlight of the series. (more…)

M is for Malcolm Ducasse

malcolm jessica jonesMalcolm Ducasse is a wonderful character. When you first meet him he’s the junkie who accidentally breaks into other people’s apartments when he’s trying to find his way to his own place but he ends up being so much more than that.

Malcolm is one of those characters that you think is going to be the butt of the shows jokes. When he breaks into one of his neighbours apartments it’s often seen as a comedic moment but as the show progresses and you find out why he’s such a mess it’s kind of heart-breaking. Malcolm does have some of the best lines though.

Malcolm is a really observant guy and because he seems like a joke and a mess people often don’t give him a second glance which allows him to pick up stuff about people. Malcolm is a sweet, caring person that has had some bad stuff happen to him. His friendship with Jessica Jones is amazing because in many ways they are complete opposites but they balance each other out and still care about each other a lot.

I just want to give Malcolm a hug!

J is for Jessica Jones

jessica jonesJessica Jones man. God she’s messed up and bitter and she has every right to be. She suffered a horrendous trauma but managed to come out of it with a bit of PTSD and an attitude where she won’t let anyone control and take advantage of her like that again.

Jessica is a sarcastic, cynical and sharp-tongued private investigator. Her methods are often unusual and she’s not afraid to throw a punch when cornered. Jessica’s “superpowers” are the fact she is incredibly physically strong and she can also jump great distances. Really though, I think her superpower is that no matter how tough things might be and how sometimes she really does feel like giving up, she still fights.

She’s a badass that still gets hurt, both physically and emotionally, but she works through it. Admittedly the way she works through it might not be the best way to do it, it often features a lot of whiskey and breaking things, but people cope in different ways and she has her best friend Trish Walker to help her, when Jessica lets her that is.

I’ve only seen the Jessica Jones Netflix TV show which I absolutely adored but I do really want to read the Alias comics because I need more Jessica Jones in my life.