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Have comics on TV reached saturation?

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I started this site way back when with the name “Comic Book Clog” because I liked the name, the imagery it invoked, but more to the point, it’s the way I felt about comics at the time.  For example:  to follow Batman, you had to read all of the Batman family books.  (I made a video about this an even longer time ago.)  Same goes for Spider-Man… and this is how it’s been for a long time.  Then it became that way for other characters and groups like X-Men, The Avengers and so on.  It became too much (both from a content and cost standpoint) and it pushed me out of a ton of books.

And now, I feel that it’s reached this critical point on TV.

While I’m still watching the movies (although DC/WB has tried my patience – it’s great that 93% of reviews for Wonder Woman are positive, but a 7.6 average score isn’t exactly, “run, don’t walk” territory), it’s hard for me to get excited about comic books on TV.

I started watching Agents of SHIELD because I like the actor who plays Coulson as well as the character and a TV show seemed to be the perfect place to explore the MCU.  I enjoyed the first season and the way they tied it into Winter Soldier, but as the show devolved into Daisey’s Agents of X-Men somewhere in season 3, I completely lost interest.  (I’ve talked about this before.)

So, I moved into the Netflix corner of the MCU.  There, I enjoyed season 1 of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but Matt Murdock’s season 2 didn’t wow me the way the first one did and I have yet to finish Luke Cage or even start Iron Fist.

And don’t even get me started on Gotham.

So where do I go from here?  I watched the first few episodes of Supergirl and quickly got bored, I enjoyed the first episode of Arrow but immediately forgot it existed… and wtf is Preacher?  I heard The Gifted was good, but I just haven’t gotten to it.  Does it tie in with the X-Men movies?  I’m not sure I have the energy for that at this point.

I’ve reached saturation.  To everybody else, hang in there.

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Defenders Mini-Trailer

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At least there’s no Muzak…

Now that Iron Fist has finally come out, Netflix is moving forward with the big team up. The Defenders will feature all four heroes: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, much of their supporting casts, and there are rumors about the Punisher popping up. They have finally given us a release date: August 18th. And there’s a very short trailer going around now that really isn’t much more than all four of them in an elevator. Personally, I’m looking forward to this.

Jessica Jones #1 review

Catching up on a few review from the last few weeks.

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Bendis takes another crack at Jessica Jones, following the smash hit of her Netflix series. The series was based in part around some of her earlier appearances, and I guess Bendis prefers her in that setting. Her more recent comic appearances have her in much happier circumstances with a much better life. But all that seems to have been shredded, and Jessica is back to being alone and miserable. This even contradicts the recent Power Man and Iron Fist series from earlier this year, and I have to admit, I don’t really like the change. Read the rest of this entry

Jessica Jones Episode 13: AKA Smile

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Why is this woman smiling?

Jessica Jones’ first season goes out with a bang in “AKA Smile.” Everything comes together beautifully, if a bit tragically, but that seems to be the norm for Miss Jones. There were several surprises that I didn’t see coming, and a few things I hoped for didn’t happen… but I’m getting ahead. Read the rest of this entry

Jessica Jones Episode 12: Take A Bloody Number

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Well this can’t be good…

The end of Jessica Jones’ first season is almost here. Episode 12 is “AKA Take A Bloody Number,” and shows events building to a head. Several parts of the series that have been separate so far collide in this episode, at times violently. The writers do a great job of balancing the various superpowers with very human reactions. Read the rest of this entry

Jessica Jones Episode 11: AKA I’ve Got The Blues

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Jessica and Trish aren’t pleased by how things are going

Jessica Jones starts building towards the finale with episode eleven out of thirteen, “AKA I’ve Got The Blues.” They cut back and forth between the present time and the early days of Jessica being taken in by the Walkers. From the hints we’ve had about Mrs. Walker, it’s no surprise that it wasn’t an idyllic time. Read the rest of this entry

Jessica Jones Episode 10: AKA 1,000 Cuts

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That went… badly

Continuing my bid to catch up before Cage debuts…

“AKA 10,000 Cuts” is the tenth episode of Jessica Jones’ Netflix series, and it is one of the most tension-filled, violent, and hard on the cast shows they’ve done yet. A lot of things go badly here, and very little of it is Jessica’s fault, although I have no doubt she’ll blame herself. That’s what she does. Read the rest of this entry

Jessica Jones Episode 9: Sin Bin

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Let… me…. out

Continuing my efforts to catch up on the Netflix series.

Jessica Jones’ ninth episode is “AKA Sin Bin.” It starts off well for the good guys, but you know that won’t last. The way things go wrong is an interesting study in itself, but that’s getting ahead of things. Read the rest of this entry

Jessica Jones Episode 8: AKA WWJD?

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Jessica’s least favorite person

I recently realized how far behind I was posting some Netflix reviews. I’m going to get caught up before Cage premiers. Read the rest of this entry

I’d like to thank Marvel for wasting our time with this Defenders teaser

There’s teasers, and then there’s videos that include zero footage and at this point in my life, I have no patience for the latter. This makes the teaser for The Dark Knight look like a spoiler rich leaked video.

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