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“AKA The Octopus” begins to tie the season’s various themes and threads together. We start off with Jessica (Krysten Ritter) in jail for a crime that she obviously didn’t commit (given how insanely Trish was driving that night how many street cams do you think clocked them both on the other side of the city?) which forces her to make a new friend on the police department. As for Trish (Rachael Taylor), her firs foray into Simpson’s drugs don’t actually help in the investigation but they go give the former addict a dangerous taste of the power she has sought all her life. And for Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), the dead weight of her illness finally begins to serve the larger storyline when Jess delivers a woman who once worked at IGH, and knows all about the death-defying experiments, directly to her door.

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The aptly-titled “The Big Goodbye” isn’t only writer Brian Michael Bendis’ final comic on the character created but it’s also one of the last comics of Bendis’ run at Marvel before moving to DC. The set-up gives us a Jessica a bit more in control than usual, while the world around her is still quite crazy. Hired by the girlfriend of the Armadillo (a D-list Marvel character if there ever was one) to find the unfortunate sod who has being picking fights with all the wrong super-hero types and convince him to come home leads Jessica to conversations with various heroes including Spider-Man, the other Spider-Man, the Thing, and Ironheart.

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Jessica Jones #17 brings a conclusion (at least for now) to the odd relationship between Jessica Jones and Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man. It’s a talky final issue between the pair as Jessica refuses Kilgrave’s offer and verbally spars over the reasoning against using his powers at all (even for the greater good). Despite the temptation, Jessica is firmly against the possibility of using Killgrave to “fix” the world. Is it the right decision? Perhaps, perhaps not, but it is the only one (given their history) that Jessica could make.

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We now have our first look at what’s in store for the Second Season of Jessica Jones which will appear to center upon Jessica (Krysten Ritter) investigating the origins of her powers. Season Two will be released on Netflix on March 8th.

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After her attempt to kill (and then beat-up) the Purple Man failed, Jessica Jones #16 picks up the story with Kilgrave in control of Carol Danvers (and the surrounding mob) and wanting very much to sit down for a conversation with his favorite human being.

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Jessica Jones #13 is all prologue for one hell of a creepy-ass final panel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s damn good prologue. Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias run introduced the connection between Jessica Jones and the Purple Man. The run made such a lasting impression its run became the source of Netflix’s Jessica Jones television series. The only surprise is it took the new comic series this long to bring him back.

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The slow inter-connection between Netflix’s four Marvel super-hero shows begins here as Misty Knight‘s (Simone Missick) multiple run-ins with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and the bitchy private eye’s proximity to dead bodies, which also allows her to meet a certain Hell’s Kitchen lawyer, and the more violent meeting between Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) whose separate investigations lead them to the same warehouse where the Chaste have been slaughtered. The Cage/Iron Fist battle is pretty much run-of-the-mill comic story with two heroes mistaking each other for adversaries and duking it out before discovering they are on the same side. While the Knight/Jones interaction is less explosive, it does help set the stage for the police getting involved in the heroes’ battle with the Hand.

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For a show that had 65 previous episodes to set-up all the characters necessary to tell a combined storyline, the first episode of The Defenders spends an awful long time reintroducing us to the characters from each show. Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is released from prison, thanks in part to the help of Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and returns to Harlem and Claire (Rosario Dawson). Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Colleen (Jessica Henwick) stop their worldwide travels searching for the Hand and return to New York after an encounter with a familiar deadly warrior. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is slowly drinking herself to death and refusing to take any case until threatened to stay away from the search for a missing architect piques her interest. And Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), long since putting his horned-mask and billy-club aside, continues to struggle against leaving that part of his life behind.

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For the past few issues Jessica Jones has been hunting down the identity of the person who put a hit out on Maria Hill, former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her current client. Things got complicated when evidence seemed to suggest Hill herself was responsible and a Life Model Decoy of Hill attempted to kill Jones in her office.

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The life of Jessica Jones isn’t getting any less complicated. After being released from prison, finally putting her family back together, run-ins with S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, or whoever is actually calling the shots now, and cases which have ended badly for everyone, Jessica sits in her office and stews waiting for her client to show up. She doesn’t have to wait long, although the arrival of Maria Hill doesn’t help the super-powered private eye make sense of the shit-show she’s somehow landed herself in.

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