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Preview: Invincible Iron Man #5

Invincible Iron Man #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The world now knows about Riri Williams and what she can do. So other heroes come to court her for their super-teams and villains come looking for revenge on Iron Man. Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Riri Williams! (Oh, and Deadpool.)

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Preview: Spider-Man #14

Spider-Man #14

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Sara Pichelli
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“SITTING IN A TREE” PART 5!

Someone’s stolen a Web-Warriors interdimensional teleporter, and only Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy can get it back! They just need to find whoever took it, first.

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #18

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Gamora is said to be the most dangerous woman in the galaxy… which makes her the most dangerous target S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ever gone after! But she won’t be stopped until she gets to Thanos!

Review: Jessica Jones #6

There’s always a danger of female protagonists losing their agency when men take the reigns to tell their stories. In the case of this issue of Jessica Jones Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t exactly keep up with that trend but, he doesn’t exactly disprove the logic behind women telling women’s stories. Bendis’ writing gives the hero a lot to work with and provides some much-needed tension. Unfortunately, for female fans, there’s the problematic nature in Jessica’s choice coming back to bite her in the ass. In this issue, we find Jessica ready to turn in Captain Marvel in an attempt to gain favor with the group she’s trying to infiltrate.

Michael Gaydos starts the issue off with some heavily pixelated old-school art to show us a flashback in to the initial meeting between Jessica (as Jewel) and Carol (as Captain Marvel. The artwork that shows their relationship is more pop art styled and modern. The switch in art style isn’t jarring but, it does provide the reader with a timeline to follow. The art and color is more ominous and defined in the present time panels which portrays the nature of the issues at hand.

This issue hones in on the lady-powered Cabal that Captain Marvel is spearheading and early on shows us the tension that this Cabal has created. We watch her and Jessica’s plan unfold and despite everything she has lost trying to do the right thing we see the good in her. She’s a mother first and a superhero second and her focus is on doing what’s right for her daughter, which is in itself noble. Captain Marvel gets her villain in the form of the anti-Jessica and we get a sense of hope that Jessica will be able to set her life back on track after embarking on this undercover mission. We get to see the ramifications of her actions and how they affect Luke Cage who misses his daughter and is on some level worried about his wife. When it’s all said and this issue comes to a close we don’t see a happy ending and family reunion in her future and it’s disheartening.

I’m not sure if the story would have gone down different levels if there were more women involved but, this issue punishes Jessica for choosing her career over family. There’s even a panel at the end where her estranged mother taunts her by saying “A mother’s first and only priority is her family.” It knocks the sheen off of an otherwise stellar ending to this arc. It’s akin to the problematic horror film tropes, sure you killed the killer but, it won’t come without suffering. You will still be punished for doing the right thing, you will lose everything you love. I had hoped for a happier ending for our hero, who doesn’t appear a lot in this issue with her own agency until the very end. Throughout the issue, Jessica is shown as an afterthought, a footnote in her own legacy, a person seen as adjacent to all the other characters to show what they are capable of. In some ways, I felt that in addition to her being punished for daring to have her own desires outside of being a mother, she is treated as a side note in her own story.

The story itself isn’t that bad, it’s actually well thought out and well written, it’s just not what I would call a Jessica Jones story. It was a very odd way to end this arc, I understand that things have to end with some loose ends to propel the character into the next adventure and arc but, this seems to be too much. There are other ways to move the character and story forward without relegating the main character to the back seat. It seems an odd ending place and bad starting point for a usually self-aware, despite her faults, strong, feminist character. There are other ways to add tension to a story without having her life torn asunder because of her choice to try and save the world. She’s punished for finding a place to keep her child safe and her husband out of harm’s way while she goes on her mission. I’m not sure where the story goes from here except that she now has to hunt down her child and Luke and hope he will understand. But, that resolution isn’t one worthy of her. Jessica deserves more than being a cautionary tale for working wives and mothers and I’m not sure this issue did her justice.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Michael Gaydos
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Jessica Jones #6

I could hear the “theories” that filled my earlier reviews of the new Jessica Jones series laughing at me as the foe that Jessica Jones and Carol Danvers team up to fight up in Jessica Jones #6’s only redeeming moment is just another no-name HYDRA leader, who happens to hate superheroes and hire visually interesting henchmen like The Spot. Instead of being like Dennis Hopeless in Spider-Woman, writer Brian Michael Bendis decides to walk back over a decade of character development and wreck Luke and Jessica’s marriage in a single arc complete with a messy custody battle over Dani and some shaming from Jessica’s mother. Now, she’s single just like in the Netflix show, and there’s not even time for them to talk it over at the end of the issue or tell Luke that she was on a top secret mission. It’s just over.

After that highly negative paragraph, I would like to discuss the one positive of Jessica Jones #6: Carol and Jessica are officially friends again. Of course, Carol has to get punched around by The Spot in some gut wrenching art from Michael Gaydos to sell the subterfuge that Jessica Jones is selling out the superheroes. However, Bendis foreshadows that everything is going to be dandy early on when Carol works around Sharon Carter to keep the SHIELD safe house where they fight Allison and Spot away from SHIELD eyes. The issue also has a pretty fun opener where Jessica Jones (in her old superhero identity as Jewel) kicks Dr. Octopus’ ass, makes dick jokes about him, and the instantly befriends Carol Danvers, who is wearing her original 1970s costume. It’s easily the best part of this story arc complete with a nauseating color palette from Matt Hollingsworth and made me long for a Bronze Age superhero version of Broad City that this Jewel/Ms. Marvel team up comic would probably read like.

After assassinating Carol Danvers’ character in Civil War II and putting James Rhodes six feet under, Bendis turns his sights on a couple of his “babies” in Jessica Jones #6, namely Jessica and Luke Cage. Unlike his humorous, yet still nuanced portrayal by David Walker in Power Man and Iron Fist, Luke is just loud, angry, and not the brightest bulb in the box in Jessica Jones #6. He spent an entire arc looking for Dani before finally having the bright idea to check Jessica mom’s house after telling his “bro” Iron Fist that he didn’t sleep with his ex, Misty Knight after a tabloid pictures pops up of them close together. Yes, this is the guy that Bendis previously had leading the Avengers and then making an adult decision and stepping back from the team to be there for his family. And now he won’t even have a conversation with his estranged wife, who finally came back to him.

In retrospect, Jessica Jones‘ overarching plot where Jessica Jones goes to jail, sells herself out to HYDRA agent after pretending to hate all the superheroes, and sends baby Dani to live with her mother seems like one huge contrivance to break her and Luke’s marriage up. At least, it wasn’t dissolved by Mephisto. Allison Greene doesn’t even seem like that great of a villain and even worth the sacrifice to take out. Sure, she has some crazy, if derivative ideas about killing teen superheroes, but never really shows that she has what it takes.

Basically, after a whole arc of pain and teases not coming to fruition, Bendis and Gaydos put Jessica Jones back on square one as the colossal screw-up that she was towards the beginning of Alias. They also put the actual interesting mystery of the multiverse being destroyed on the backburner for the time being. Jessica almost tells Carol about this “case,” but is shushed and pretty much told to sleep it off. At least with no husband or kid to worry about, she’ll have plenty of free time to ponder the mysteries of the missing Earth-1610.

The story that he is drawing is mediocre, but Michael Gaydos continues to be a solid artist of body language and showing the flaws of superheroes beneath their bright costumes. If there’s any artist who can tell a story in a rhythmic grid about someone completely ruining their life with all the messy emotions in between, it’s him. He deserves better than Jessica Jones #6, which is a conclusion to an arc that had the clear purpose of breaking up Jessica and Luke in way that doesn’t feel earned and is buried underneath a cacophony of subplots and countless panels of The Spot punching people.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Michael Gaydos Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Jessica Jones #6

Jessica Jones #6

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

With the reveal of how and why Jessica’s life has been destroyed, with the reveal of who the new bad guy is in Jessica’s life, can Jessica put the pieces back together or is it just too late? Guest-starring Captain Marvel.

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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wolverine

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three more volumes from Marvel covering a wide range of characters and years.

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Earth’s Mightiest Hero collecting issues #1-11 from 2014 by Kelly Sue Deconnick, David Lopez, Marcio Takara, Laura Braga, and Lee Loughridge.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Civil War II collect Guardians of the Galaxy (2105) #11-14 and material from Free Comic Book Day 2016 Civil War II #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti, Kevin Maguire, Jim Cheung, John Dell, Richard Isanove, and Justin Ponsor.

Wolverine: Prehistory collecting Wolverine (2003) #32, Logan: Path of the Warlord, Shadow Society, Wolverine: Agent of Atlas #1-3, First X-Men #1-5, Wolverine: Hunger, Wolverine (1988) #1, Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm & Logan #1-3, Wolverine/Cable, Material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #93-98, Wolverine: The Amazing Immortal Man & Other Blood Tales, and Wolverine (2010) #1000 by various writers and artists.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores February 15 and bookstores February 28.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Captain Marvel Vol. 3: Earth’s Mightiest Hero
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Civil War II
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Wolverine: Prehistory
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

 

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Preview: Invincible Iron Man #4

Invincible Iron Man #4

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Stefano Caselli
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

With every issue Riri discovers more about what being a hero really means in this modern complicated world. Her actions start to have a powerful effect across the world and the question is, is Riri ready to take on that responsibility? All this plus, Not only did Tony Stark leave a laundry list of things that need taking care of, he left a laundry list of criminals looking to destroy his legacy.

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Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #17

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

GROUNDED!

Angela has come a long way from the skies of Heven… to find herself grounded on the Earth. Can she find a new home among the heroes?

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Preview: Jessica Jones #5

Jessica Jones #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Jessica made some tough choices to save her husband and child from the clutches of the latest hateful madness that has hit the Marvel Universe. But was it enough? Another all-new chapter from Jessica’s original creators. The new adventures of Jessica Jones that you’ll only find right here.

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