Jessica Jones

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Like most people (or at least a heck of a lot of people) I enjoyed watching Jessica Jones on Netflix.  It took me longer than most because I watched it at a Friend’s house over a couple of different weekends while drinking beer into the late hours of the evening.

Shortly there after, that same friend loaned me the compilation comic books of Jessica Jones. These are titled Jessica Jones:  Alias.

I have been a fan of Brian Michael Bendis since I collected some of his Avengers comics …I don’t even remember when that was. I definitely can see his style of writing (and dialogue) in these comics.  So far I am enjoying them quite a bit.  The conversation between Jessica Jones and Carol Danvers about the Ant Man was priceless.

The art is pretty dark and moody.  The lines aren’t too crisp, but since Jessica walks around in a bit of an alcoholic haze of indifference, I am pretty sure it is intentional.  I generally prefer something a bit crisper…but I can see the value in what was done for these books.

I can definitely see how the subdued nature of the comics translated into a darker form for the Netflix series. I haven’t read the issues in which the purple man is featured, but I look forward to it.

It was nice to read comics again. I don’t need to wax nostalgic about it, since it hasn’t been that long since I read some.  However, it isn’t one of my regular hobbies these days.  Maybe it is a space issue.

 

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Comic Books, Prices and Priceless

Why do comic books have to cost so much money (and why do any books have to cost so much for that matter.  Shouldn’t we be encouraging literacy instead of discouraging it?

I went to my local bookstore, and found myself looking at the latest comics as well as their repackaged (and now hardcover) versions.  I must say the art looks great, and the production seems pretty slick, but the price left me gasping for air.  Comics were about a dollar when I was growing up, but now they are closer to five dollars.

We live in a modern world, and you would think that the technology for printing and binding books would be much more advanced, and also cheaper.  As the price of comic books, and regular books for that matter, has increased over the last decade, I am left to conclude that this is indeed not true.

I guess I should look at it another way.  Maybe now creators, writers, artists, and all the other people involved in producing the books are making more money now.  Maybe this means that they can focus on a smaller number of books in order to survive.  This should me better quality, but probably not a better price.

I still like my comic books and I am a sucker for any superhero movie that hits the big screen.  I think the genre is largely untapped, and there is a lot of room to grow.  I am sure we can count on sequels to the Avengers, Iron man, Spiderman, and The Xmen.  There is also likely to be other major superhero movies, but I don’t know which ones they are yet.

I would love to have a big collection of books, but that doesn’t seem likely.  Both space and monetary considerations make this less likely than I thought in my past.  If I filled up the guest room with comics where would my family sleep when they were visiting?