WIR: Jessica Jones: Alias Vol 1


Why yes I have jumped on the Jessica Jones bandwagon and as I was lucky enough to get a copy of this for christmas I just had to devour it in basically one go.

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Ryan Reynolds is officially playing Deadpool!

B4CTg3EIEAAq6nSUsing the above image on Twitter Ryan Reynolds announced that yes he would be returning to the role in 2016 and we’re all going to pretend that other movie was a horrible horrible fever dream. Now it does sadden me that Wade has epic unending skin cancer so his face looks like hamburger meat because Mr. Reynolds is a pretty pretty man but I’ll deal. He’s honestly the only actor that I can currently think of as being sarcastic enough to pull off the role. I’m going to really hope that Marvel’s movie luck holds at least through February 2016.

Why is There No Marvel Character Buy Back Kickstarter?


Remember this chart by The Geek Twins? For those of you that missed it, here’s the chart that breaks down which movie studio owns which beloved character. So as you can see the reason we aren’t getting any of Spidey’s witty Queens banter in the epic snark fest that is Joss Wedon’s Avengers is because Sony owns Spiderman while Marvel owns the Avengers. Apply the same for the majority of the marvel mutants that matter. With recent news that Benedict Cumberbatch is up for the role of Doctor Strange a companion of mine pointed out that Cumberbuttons would make a better Mr. Fantastic.


And you know after looking at the lanky bastard for a moment I have to agree. Cumberbuttons would make a mean Reid Richards. But that brings us back to the problem of Fox owning the Fantastic Four so they’re also in the Avenger Time Out Movie Sandbox.


Now I assume it would cost Marvel a lot of money to buy the rights back from all these companies. After all Avengers and X-Men both sold tickets like gangbusters. Marvel, while having a lot of money probably doesn’t have quite that much money. Sounds improbable I know but remember even Paul McCartney couldn’t afford the rights to his own music. Shit happens and corporations care about making money not movies jam packed with characters we love. So here’s my question, why haven’t we as the nerd community made a Kickstarter to buy back the rights for all those characters?

Do you want to see Marvel Civil War? Because this is how you get Civil War. Or Onslaught or Avengers Vs. X-Men…but fuck House of M, I’m still mad about that. I digress….

Kickstarter? Anyone? Hey it got me more Veronica Mar’s I figure it’s worth the attempt. I got a spare 20 on me.


Ms. Marvel the Hero We Need


Ms. Marvel is my current favorite title. As I mentioned in my Batgirl post I really expected Marvel to fumble. I expected them to give it a college try and fail but they didn’t. G. Willow Wilson manages tell a great story as well as give us clear messages about finding your place in the world and accepting yourself without being heavy handed. It’s one of the few comics that consistently ends in a way that makes me curse the fact that I have to wait another month for the next issue. Kamala Khan is the Peter Parker of this generation only better. Where Peter is a snarky kid who comes into helping people due to a great personal loss Kamala becomes a superhero because she already knows the whole with great power thing. She steps up because she implicitly knows it is the right thing to do and as I watch the youngins on Tumblr and Twitter trying to build a better safer digital world for each other her character rings even truer. I don’t think every character should be a role model for kids, some of them sure are warnings (I’m looking at you Deadpool) but I think we do have a need for a diverse set of role models. Captain America is great but the world he inhabits isn’t mine, Kamala’s is.

So to honor the fact that the first trade of this fantastic comic came out this week lets celebrate by re-watching one of my favorite Youtube channels. The fabulous IdeaChannel created a video about Ms. Marvel and comic book representation way back at issue two. The video is both full of great ideas (see what I did there?) and self awareness of the privilege that comes with being a cis-white dude discussing the experience of being a female person of color. Really it’s just all around great and if you’re not a subscriber already you need to remedy that right quick.

Squirrel Girl Can Kick Your Ass


To use the parlance of our times, Squirrel Girl is getting her own comic and I can’t even. Written by the awesome Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson, Marvel just shut up and take my money already. I’ve long loved Squirrel Girl, a member of the Great Lakes Avengers whose also happened to have beaten almost every major Marvel villain…but you know no big D or anything. She’s always been a side character who is often forgotten when discussions of strong women in comics comes up. I’m happy to see Marvel is finally giving this furry little badass her due. I can’t wait to have more of her on my shelves. Check out Entreatment Weekly for the full scoop.