Review - Jessica Jones (Netflix), Season 2

Jessica Jones (2015), Season 2, TV-MA, 13 Episodes - The second season of Jessica Jones has been out on Netflix for about a week and a half now as it was released a day earlier than usual to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.  I wasn't sure what to expect from season 2 as her comic book history is relatively limited when compared to her Defenders teammates (she first appeared in 2001) and her primary villain (Kilgrave) had already been dealt with in the first season.  What I got was a well paced, deeper exploration into Jessica's past that also provided significant character development for a number of characters (one of which hit very close to home for me personally, which I will discuss more in the spoiler section).

Season 2 takes place shortly after the events of The Defenders series.  Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is trying to go about her business running Alias Investigations with the help of her neighbor Malcolm (Eka Darville), but she finds it increasing…

Collected Comic Review - Black Widow TPB Vol. 1-2 (Waid/Samnee)

Black Widow Vol. 1 - S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted - Collecting Black Widow (2016) #1-6
Black Widow Vol. 2 - No More Secrets - Collecting Black Widow (2016) #7-12

I recently re-read the Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus Vol. 1 in preparation for this past week's release of the Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee Omnibus Vol. 2.  When that went much more quickly than I had planned, I found myself needing something short to read between volumes.  Since I was already in the middle of a Waid/Samnee kick, I figured their twelve issue Black Widow run from 2016 would be the perfect 'filler'.  I had actually read this series digitally as it was originally released, but it read even better all together this second time around, which really shouldn't have surprised me at all.

Waid and Samnee are credited as co-writers on this series, as they similarly were for a good portion of the second half of their time on Daredevil.  They waste no time in showing us why, producing a firs…

Collected Comic Review - Daredevil: Shadowland Omnibus

Daredevil: Shadowland Omnibus - Collecting Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil (2009) #1, Daredevil (1964) #501-512, Shadowland (2010) #1-5, Shadowland: Elektra (2010) #1, Shadowland: Bullseye (2010) #1, Shadowland: Moon Knight (2010) #1-3, Shadowland: Ghost Rider (2010) #1, Shadowland: Spider-Man (2010) #1, Shadowland: Blood on the Streets (2010) #1-4, Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow (2010) #1-3, Thunderbolts (1997) #148-149, Shadowland: Power Man (2010) #1-4, Shadowland: After the Fall (2011) #1, and Daredevil: Reborn (2011) #1-4

As a long time Daredevil fan, I was beyond excited a few months ago when it was first announced that Marvel was going to release this collection.  And I know for a fact that I was in the minority!  More often than not, if you ask someone about this era of Daredevil, they don't have kind things to say.  Personally I feel that it gets a bad rap, so hopefully my review (which I will keep as spoiler free as possible) will help you decide whether or not you…

Review - Black Panther

Black Panther (2018), PG-13, 2h 14min - Until recently, I had very little working knowledge of Black Panther's comic book history.  I have always been aware of the character, but was not familiar with his non-Avengers exploits.  Considering his fifty two year history (created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), I have still only scratched the surface.  However, the material that I read leading up to this film's release is highly regarded - Christopher Priest's run from the late '90s and the beginning of Ta-Nahesi Coates' current run on the title (review to come) - both heavily influencing what we see on the big screen.  Despite my prior lack of familiarity with T'Challa's history, this film recently topped my Most Anticipated Films of 2018 list and it didn't disappoint!

We were first introduced to T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, when we learned the basics of the character: he is the King of a fict…

Collected Comic Review - Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection TPB Vol. 1-4

Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 1 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #1-17
Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 2 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #18-35 and Deadpool (1997) #44
Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 3 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #36-49 and #57-58, The Incredible Hulk (2000) #33, Marvel Double Shot (2003) #2, and Thor (1966) #370
Black Panther by Christopher Priest Complete Collection Vol. 4 - Collecting Black Panther (1998) #50-56 and #59-62, and The Crew (2003) #1-7

With Marvel's Black Panther movie hitting theaters in just under two weeks, I figured it was high time that I finally read some of his solo material.  I've always thought that the character was really cool, but until now, had only been exposed to him through his appearances in Avengers related titles.  A good friend of mine has been telling me for ages that I needed to read this run by Christopher Priest (going back even…

Most Anticipated Films of 2018

Every year, compiling this list proves to be both extremely fun and difficult.  Fun because it's a chance to get excited about the year's upcoming films and difficult because often times there hasn't even been a teaser trailer released yet for films coming out later in the year (as will become evident as you work your way through this list).  A lot of this is based purely on speculation, but that's ok (and part of the fun when looking back on it each year).

What films are you most looking forward to in 2018?  Without further ado, here's my list for this year:

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)Deadpool 2 (June 1), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald (November 16)Isle of Dogs (March 23), Mission: Impossible - Fallout (July 27), Pacific Rim: Uprising (March 23)The Predator (August 3), Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (November 23), Red Sparrow (March 2)

10) Mary Poppins Returns (December 28) - Honestly, at fi…

Review - Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour (2017), PG-13, 2hr, 5min - I was able to knock Darkest Hour off of my 'Movies from 2017 I Still Want to See' list last week, just a couple of hours after publishing my Top 10 of 2017 post.  This film has been nominated for six Oscars this year, and if I had seen it a day earlier than I had, I likely would have paired it with Dunkirk a number nine on that list (more on that in a bit).

Darkest Hour is set in the early to mid-1940's during World War II.  Nazi Germany's forces have made significant advances across Europe towards the Atlantic Ocean.  The resignation of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) is being called for as he has not provided the authority in leadership that Great Britain needs in order to fend off Germany's impending invasion attempt.  Chamberlain resigns, and Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who has a spotty political record but has proven to be correct in his beliefs that Adolf Hitler is a danger to everyone (a…

Timmmaaaaay's Top 10 Films of 2017

After skipping a Top 10 list last year because I don't think I had even seen ten films (due to the second job era), this post marks the return of this feature to!  I transitioned the content of the blog a bit in 2017, but even so I saw and reviewed more than enough films to compile this list which is pretty exciting.  What I didn't realize was how difficult it was actually going to be to pick out just ten films as I really enjoyed most of what I saw this past year.

I've compiled such a list five of the past seven years, so those of you familiar with the blog may remember the stipulations I use when putting this list together, but for those who are not, here are a couple of quick points before we get started:
The list is pulled only from the movies released in 2017 that I actually saw (a second list comprised of the films from 2017 that I would still like to see appears after my Top 10).These are the films that I enjoyed or appreciated the most when I saw t…