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Mistakes Go Unmade: The ‘Jessica Jones’ Mixtape

Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth (Marvel)
Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth (Marvel)

Since her debut in Alias, the 2001 Marvel Max series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones has become emblematic of a kind of deeply flawed female protagonist that there are far too few of in popular culture. Living with PTSD, a drinking problem, and a self-destructive streak a mile wide, she’s always created as many problems for herself as she solves for others in her job as a super-powered private detective. In recent years, her marriage to Luke Cage and the birth of their daughter has brought more stability into her life, but the current Jessica Jones series, also by Bendis and Gaydos, brings all of that stability into doubt.

In assembling this mix tape, I looked for songs that embody the conflicts and contradictions within Jessica Jones and her stories. Songs about flawed and troubled people searching for something to keep them going.

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This Magazine Kills Fascists: Living Under A ‘Dark Reign’

Leinil Francis Yu / Marvel Comics
Leinil Francis Yu / Marvel Comics

This Magazine Kills Fascists looks at times that comic books and superheroes have dealt with tyrannical, corrupt and outright fascist world leaders — not because we think we can find a solution, but because art can provide inspiration in the face of oppression.

Today, for absolutely no reason at all, we're going to talk about the time a violent and unqualified businessman was raised up to a position of global importance and how he used it to give his unqualified criminal friends jobs, swindle America and was ultimately brought down by his own fragile ego. Like I said... no reason at all.

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Bendis and Marquez Bring ‘The Defenders’ Back To Comics, Starring Exactly Who You Expect

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The Defenders are back! Except now they're four of Brian Michael Bendis's New Avengers. Which is to say, they're the same four heroes who are starring in the Netflix Defenders franchise: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

The newly announced ongoing series comes from Bendis and artist David Marquez, who also worked together on Civil War II, and previously worked together on Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and Invincible Iron Man.

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Civil War Correspondence: Ceasefire [Recapping ‘Civil War II’ #8]

David Marquez & Justin Ponsor / Marvel Comics
David Marquez & Justin Ponsor / Marvel Comics

Civil War II completely overwhelmed the Marvel Universe over most of the year, but thankfully all your favorite titles are now free from its clutches and we’re finally at the last issue.

With Iron Man and Captain Marvel ready to duke it out one last time, and with Spider-Man caught in the middle, let’s get together for one last Civil War Correspondence and see how the world has changed forever... this time around.

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What You Might Have Missed In Marvel’s March 2017 Solicitations

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

This month, in Marvel’s March solicitations, we've got some surprising returns, a most welcome homecoming, and the Marvel Comics debut of one of the best superhero cartoonists in the business today.

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: What To Buy For Video Game Fans

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There's always been a seamless crossover between video games and comic books, and odds are if you're a fan of one, you're a fan of the other. Comics have been adapted into video games and vice-versa for almost as long as video games have been "a thing," and as both mediums have evolved, so too has the quality of those crossovers. With the holidays around the corner, we've put together a selection of some of the best video game related comics and art books for the gamer in your life.

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Civil War Correspondence: There’s Something About Spider-Man [Recapping ‘Civil War II’ #6 & 7]

David Marquez. Image credits: Marvel Comics
David Marquez. Image credits: Marvel Comics

After nearly two months without a Civil War Correspondence, we're back to recap the events of Civil War II #6 and 7, as things head towards their inevitable conclusion and the stakes get higher but more personal.

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Strip Panel Naked: Negative Space in ‘Jessica Jones’

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There’s a particular sequence in the latest issue of Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos and Matt Hollingsworth’s Jessica Jones that I want to focus on this week. About halfway through Jessica Jones #2, Jessica heads back to her office and, before she enters, she imagines what might be waiting for her behind the door. Soldiers, Avengers, or the street-level New York superheroes. Instead of going in, she decides to flee.

The double page spread makes unusual use of white space, but what does that white space represent?

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Ironheart Shares The Sky In ‘Invincible Iron Man’ #2 [Preview]

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Riri Williams' origin as the armored Iron Man successor Ironheart continues in Invincible Iron Man #2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli. In the first issue, we saw some of Riri's childhood and learned about a recent tragedy in her life. But even with the last page reveal of the A.I. based on Tony Stark, she's not quite Ironheart yet. In classic Bendis tradition, this origin is taking its time.

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The Thing’s In A New York State Of Mind In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ #15 [Preview]

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As of Guardians of the Galaxy #15, by Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti, the titular team officially no longer exists. Their ship has blown up, they're all stuck on Earth, and they've gone their separate ways. So naturally Ben Grimm is spending time in the city of his birth, but Manhattan isn't the same without his family, the Fantastic Four, living in it.

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