Random Reviews: Thieves, Lawyers, Journalists and Not-Very-Bright Superheroes



By: Andy Weir

Grade: C

This was a highly anticipated read for me as I absolutely loved The Martian. I knew little about this one besides it was about a thief called Jazz who lived on the moon. Now I did read some lukewarm reviews before this so I knew it wasn’t going to be The Martian but even still.

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Books, Movies

Ms. Marvel & a Bit of a Ramble

Ms. Marvel Volume 6

Ms. Marvel Civil War II

Grade: A

I’ve always enjoyed the Ms. Marvel books but after the last one I think I was ready for a break. Yet I jumped into this easily without really being caught up on Civil War (you don’t really need to be) and totally enjoyed it.

Kamala deals with a lot of issues here but I really liked the underlying theme of what happens when it’s your hero whose stepped on the other side of the line and can’t even see it.

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Jessica Jones

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Jessica Jones


Grade: A

The story of Marvel’s PI and would-be superhero whose life gets derailed when she runs into Kevin Kilgrave, whose power of mind control is frightening enough without the fact that he’s a complete and utter sociopath. She thinks she’s broken free of her time with him when the case of a young missing girl called Hope brings them both back into each others sight lines.

Only to find out she never really left his.

Mind control freaks me out but even so I did not think I’d enjoy this one as much as I did. I have to admit that I couldn’t binge like so many other people did. You’ve got a couple of episodes (mainly 8,9, 10 & 11) that were just so tense and so brutal and dark that I needed breaks before and after watching them.

Krysten Ritter and David Tennant are so good. Tennant plays Kilgrave, and I totally saw a Doctor Who resemblance in a couple of scenes. Purposeful? I don’t know. The whole cast was excellent. Trish Walker was probably the best surprise in terms of character.

The friendship between Jessica and Trish is really a standout here. You saw the deep bond between them and the importance Trish held in Jessica’s life even in the beginning when she was pushing her away. The flashbacks to their childhood were not overplayed or out of place. Carrie-Ann Moss is also excellent though her side story seemed a bit out of place I really loved it toward the end. (I don’t want to give away spoilers.)

The show really is a great character study- people making moves under the worst stressful situations. Are they wrong? Right? Would you do the same thing? Can you say they are bad people? There were just so many times when the episodes hit their stride around eight that I was just glued to the television.

As for Kilgrave I think the show did a great job with him. I couldn’t help compare him to certain other shows where the “villains” have to have shades of grey or be understood. (Yep, thinking of you Game of Thrones.) We don’t even really meet Kilgrave until a couple of episodes in. The show introduces him through his victims and never lets up. You see the damage and destruction he causes so much so that even when you meet him and even though Tennant is incredibly charismatic my stomach was turning.

Even better when the show does give you some back story it doesn’t excuse him or let him off the hook. It was almost refreshing to see. When he does try to bring up his issues with his parents I wanted to cheer Jessica when she told him he wasn’t a child anymore and needed to grow the hell up.

Tennant and Ritter are fantastic together (sick and twisted but fantastic acting wise). That dynamic along with Jessica/Trish really made the show for me.

Downsides? There are some dragging moments and the characters and actors for Simpson and Cage didn’t really do anything for me. I understood the point of them but honestly at a certain point I was just done with Simpson and when Cage showed up after a long absence it was like, “Eh, you. Okay…”

Recommend: Yes. I would just warn that if you aren’t familiar with the character this story deals with some really brutal and dark stuff.



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Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Gaydos

Grade: A


I had never heard of Jessica Jones before I started seeing ads for the new Netflix show which dropped today and I’m excited to start watching. Because I’m generally an impatient person since there’s source material I was like must read it now!

Overall I enjoyed Volume 1 & 2 which is as far as I’ve gotten. Jessica Jones is introduced as a troubled PI who tends to get herself into a lot of trouble. The story in the first two volumes doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what’s going to be the main story on the show.

But it’s definitely intriguing. The character was very likable despite her problems which mainly include drinking and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. It was fun to see little cameos by Captain America, Ant-Man and Daredevil.

The explicit material didn’t bother me either but honestly all the stuff I’ve been seeing about the show made it sound like the material was going to be so much worse. Maybe I’m desensitized these days? Probably.

My one problem with the novels themselves were the faces of some of the female characters were so interchangeable I thought some were simply Jessica wearing a wig! Hopefully it’s something that gets adjusted as they go on. The novels were very good and actually made me more excited to get into the show.

Recommend: Yes. The first two volumes are a lot of character set up but unlike some of the recent graphic novels I’ve read I’m intrigued enough to keep reading and still excited to see her story on television.