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Power Dynamics in Jessica Jones

Okay, so lots of people have talked about how amazing Jessica Jones is, and I don’t want to rehash too much of what’s been said. Like about how the Bechdel test was flipped on its head, or how this is what a female driven show looks like, or how it is an amazingly realistic portrayal of abuse survival, and how its hero doesn’t act like a perfect survivor or hero, and how awesome that realism is.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record of how absolutely amazing this show was in regards to female characters and their portrayal. I’d like to talk instead about how Power Dynamics are handled, because they are one of the leading forces of the show (and not just because Kilgrave has the power of Mind Control).

Spoilers abound

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Female Characters and Superhero Comics – and the new volume of X-Men

X-Men #1As I deviously worked on getting Holly into comics books, and in watching the recent super hero movies, and just generally around this genre, the topic has come up – where are the female characters?

For instance, in talking about The Avengers – and the Bechdel Test, something Joss Whedon tends to pass – it doesn’t pass the test. And other than Maria Hill and Black Widow – both of whom were amazing – what other female characters were there to add? In particular, who aren’t mutants, since they aren’t mixing those two worlds (mostly due to movie rights). Yet Black Widow might be the coolest hero in the Avengers… except maybe for the Hulk.

More recently, the talk has been around the Marvel NOW reboot of the title X-Men, which has a full female cast of heroes. So far, they are two comics into this title, but that is enough for some solid first impressions.

Alright, so this is I suppose going to be a bit of a whirlwind tour: Where are the female characters in the comics world? Are they good or unique characters? And how is the all-female line-up of X-Men working out? Continue reading

A Character Study of Gretel from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel: WitchuntersDavid and I went to see Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters this weekend. Yes, I know that the movie is ridiculous, but we still enjoyed it. There are plenty of reviews of the movie out there my personal favorite being the review on io9,┬áso this is not a review. Instead, I want to do a character study of Gretel, because she is one of the stronger female heroines we have seen in a while – as well as being a female lead who did not need a love interest to complete her story. (SPOILERS for the movie after the jump.) Continue reading