Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones #15

by Alan Rapp on December 29, 2017

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Jessica Jones #15 comic reviewJessica Jones has issues. I’m just saying. Jessica Jones #15 brings the super-hero detective face-to-face with the Purple Man for a mostly-civil discussion about how Kilgrave has missed her company and needs something from her. Mostly civil, that is to say, until Jessica’s pals (with the help of Kraven the Hunter) spring their trap and assassinate the mind-controlling super-villain in mid-sentence. And then things get interesting.

By interesting, I’m not so much referring to Jessica beating up the dead man’s corpse (which see does with ferocity). No, I’m referring to the fact that death doesn’t seem to agree with the Purple Man who rises to his feet in a far less agreeable mood than when his conversation with Jessica began.

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Jessica Jones #13

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2017

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Jessica Jones #13 comic reviewJessica Jones #13 is all prologue for one hell of a creepy-ass final panel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s damn good prologue. Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias run introduced the connection between Jessica Jones and the Purple Man. The run made such a lasting impression its run became the source of Netflix’s Jessica Jones television series. The only surprise is it took the new comic series this long to bring him back.

Learning at the end of the last issue that Kilgrave had escaped S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, the latest issue of Jessica Jones features our heroine processing that information and taking the steps necessary to protect her child. The comic has no real action and little drama other than the growing anticipation (and Jessica’s dread) of what’s to come. However, this does offer us a humorous interaction with Carol Danvers who earns a new moniker I’m not going to let her live down any time soon.

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Jessica Jones #12

by Alan Rapp on September 14, 2017

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Jessica Jones #12 comic reviewJessica Jones #12 wraps up the Maria Hill arc with answers for Jessica about why Hill put out a hit on herself, hired Jessica to dig into her past, refused to answer questions about the reason for why she hired Jessica, and then shot her for doing her job. After a couple of final battle blows, including seeing her office explode, Jessica is able to track down her client and get paid (along with an overdue apology).

The issue answers most of the questions the arc has raised but not in an altogether satisfactory manner. Hill’s need to find a classified file but hide it from others makes sense from her character’s point of view but her behavior, even after being explained, is baffling. No longer frenemies, the arc’s end at least allows the two women to sit down together and talk honestly for the first time.

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The Defenders – Mean Right Hook

by Alan Rapp on August 23, 2017

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  • Title: Marvel’s The Defenders – Mean Right Hook
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Marvel's Defenders - Mean Right Hook television review

The slow inter-connection between Netflix’s four Marvel super-hero shows begins here as Misty Knight‘s (Simone Missick) multiple run-ins with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and the bitchy private eye’s proximity to dead bodies, which also allows her to meet a certain Hell’s Kitchen lawyer, and the more violent meeting between Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) whose separate investigations lead them to the same warehouse where the Chaste have been slaughtered. The Cage/Iron Fist battle is pretty much run-of-the-mill comic story with two heroes mistaking each other for adversaries and duking it out before discovering they are on the same side. While the Knight/Jones interaction is less explosive, it does help set the stage for the police getting involved in the heroes’ battle with the Hand.

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The Defenders – The H Word

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2017

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  • Title: Marvel’s The Defenders – The H Word
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Marvel's Defenders - The H Word 1 television review

For a show that had 65 previous episodes to set-up all the characters necessary to tell a combined storyline, the first episode of The Defenders spends an awful long time reintroducing us to the characters from each show. Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is released from prison, thanks in part to the help of Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and returns to Harlem and Claire (Rosario Dawson). Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Colleen (Jessica Henwick) stop their worldwide travels searching for the Hand and return to New York after an encounter with a familiar deadly warrior. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is slowly drinking herself to death and refusing to take any case until threatened to stay away from the search for a missing architect piques her interest. And Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), long since putting his horned-mask and billy-club aside, continues to struggle against leaving that part of his life behind.

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