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Before You Plug into Netflix, We’ve Got Your Jessica Jones Cheat Sheet

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I’ve been waiting months for the premiere of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and the debut of our first female comic-book anti-hero. As much as I dig Agent Carter, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, their heroics lean towards the squeaky-clean. Jessica Jones will be our first female hero with some grit under her nails, dirty laundry lying around the apartment, and the smell of alcohol on her breath. Up until now, flawed heroes were limited to men—Wolverine and Iron Man, to name a couple. Jessica will be our first 3-dimensional female superhero. And it’s not just because of the conventional noir trappings of too much hard living and hard drinking; it’s the character herself. She’s deeply damaged and powerfully conflicted.…

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Your mutant primer: The X-MEN Cheat Sheet (no spoilers!)

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We agents of the BookTrib Nerd Squad may be grown adults with grown adult lives, but we’ve been trembling like bunny rabbits in anticipation of X-Men Days of Future Past ever since plans for the movie were announced. Like Marvel’s The Avengers, this movie will assemble for the first time casts of different movies from a franchise that features comic book heroes whose adventures we followed in print throughout our formative years (in fact, one member of the Nerd Squad grew up just a stone’s throw from the X-Men’s fictitious base of operations!). The new film also will tell one of the team’s greatest stories, in which the future of all the world’s humans and mutants are at stake. Wait—mutants?…

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