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Jessica Jones, Vol. 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2018-comics-and-manga-read
Read 2 times. Last read April 22, 2018.

[Read as single issues]
As part of Brian Bendis and Michael Gaydos's final arc, the Purple Man is back. Because of course he is.

I feel like the relationship between Jess and Kilgrave has really been mined for all of its possible story at this point. The journey that Bendis himself took them through in the previous Alias series really hit all of the notes it needed to hit, and bringing him back now just feels kind of cheap.

Bendis rewrites his own canon and allows Kilgrave to control Jess again, as well as throwing in a few odd twists and turns to drag this out just enough. And then there's the dialogue. There's. So. Much. Dialogue. There are few things as demoralizing than opening a page and seeing a fucking essay all over the place. Bendis has the uncanny ability to have characters speak thousands of words but not say anything of substance, and that's in full force here.

The final issue redeems the collection a bit, with Jess experiencing her version of one perfect day that manages to tie up some long standing Bendis plotlines from his numerous books, which is both clever and self-aggrandizing so I'm not sure whether to praise him for that or not.

Eh. Not the worst of the run, but not the best. Kind of a whimper to end on, instead of the bang you'd expect given Jessica's current surge in popularity. Go watch the TV show instead.
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Finished Reading
April 21, 2018 – Shelved
April 21, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-comics-and-manga-read
April 22, 2018 – Started Reading
April 22, 2018 – Finished Reading

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