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Review - I Kill Giants

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I Kill Giants (2017), NR, 1h 46min - This film is a live action adaptation of the 2008 Image Comics series of the same name, created by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.  It was a series that I had long heard great things about, and one which I was happy to have finally gotten the chance to read this past week.  This weekend marks the film's initial, limited, theatrical release - meaning it won't get to my area for at least another week or two - however, thanks to its simultaneously being available to rent digitally through Amazon Prime, I didn't have to wait, and I'm happy to report that this is a pretty worthy adaptation.

I gave a vague overview of the story in my review of the graphic novel yesterday, and I will attempt to do the same here: I Kill Giants is the story of Barbara Thorsen (Madison Wolfe), a nerdy, sarcastic, introverted, middle school-aged girl, using her imagination to simultaneously avoid and cope with life's problems while interacting with others as…

Collected Comic Review - I Kill Giants: Titan Edition

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I Kill Giants: Titan Edition - Collecting I Kill Giants (2008) #1-7.

I Kill Giants by writer Joe Kelly and artist JM Ken Niimura is a series from Image Comics that I have heard great things about for a while now, but had never had the chance to read.  Mostly due to my preference for nice, oversize hardcover editions and the fact that this Titan Edition is out of print and not the easiest to track down at a decent price.  About a week ago, the stars aligned and I was able to add a copy of this book to my collection and read it in time for the release of its live-action film adaptation (which hits theaters in a limited release this weekend).



More so than with other stories, I'm paranoid about spoiling details of such a short series, so this is going to be even more vague than usual.  I Kill Giants follows the nerdy, sarcastic, imaginative, introvert Barbara Thorson, whom we are first introduced to as she sits in the back of the classroom, generally ignoring the goings on of her fifth…

Review - Jessica Jones (Netflix), Season 2

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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)

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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

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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…