This blog post is intended for readers 21 and over.
This Weeks Pairing:
"Jessica Jones: Alias" Volume One- Written by Brian Michael Bendis- Art by- Michaels Gaydos- Colors by Matt Hollingsworth- Published by Marvel Worldwide Inc.(as part of their MAX Comics Imprint)
Love Stout- English Stout- 5.5% Alcholol By Volume (ABV)- Yards Brewing Company-Philadelphia, PA USA
Our pairing begins with our featured subjects, Jessica Jones and Love Stout. At first glance they appear to be your "A" typical moderately attractive woman and English stout; but that's where "A" typical stops. Both are complex and intriguing, each offering distinctive layers to their respective character and taste. The imbiber who partakes in this pairing must be prepared to unveil those layers to get to the heart and core of each. Therein lies the makings of a superb story and a tasty stout.
Brian Michael Bendis' creation Jessica Jones is a foul mouthed, take no "$#!+", private investigator and former Avenger. She has very little trouble speaking her mind or using her fists to make a point. However, underneath her rough, street wise exterior, Jessica is very much a vulnerable woman. She has been through hell and back and the experience has left her damaged and guarded; not even her closest friend Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) knows how deep Jessica's scars go. It's that vulnerability and steadfast strength that forges Jessica into an unforgettable character.
Jessica Jones is the type of person who will forsake all, including love and life to ensure the right thing gets done; she is someone you'd want by your side in a fight and someone you could trust with your deepest, darkest secrets. Bendis skillfully pens the story of a true underdog and leaves you little choice, but to root for her and hope for the best.
At first pour Love Stout has a dark brown/black body with a respectable beige head. The aroma offers faint hints of coffee and mocha, which captures the dark and gritty New York City backdrop of Jessica Jones. The taste is bitter on the front end and balances out across your palate with the same essence found upon first sniff. It is smooth and silky with a proper English bite. Love Stout is a stout Yards should be proud of.
The art of Michael Gaydos and the colors of Matt Hollingsworth play well off of Love Stout. Deep inks and the dark colors provide the reader with the necessary stress and tension this comic requires, so much so, that reaching for a sip of your Love Stout as you read, will feel like second nature. I know Love Stout is brewed in Philadelphia, but within its taste and tone beats the heart of New York City.
Thanks to the Netflix series, Jessica Jones may be a house hold name, but believe me when I tell you, what you watched was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There is so much more to her story, a story Bendis has masterfully told.
"Jessica Jones: Alias" Volume One is just the beginning of an incredible journey featuring one of the strongest female characters to debut in comics since Wonder Woman.
So the next time you're in a "New York state of mind" pick up Yards Love Stout and "Jessica Jones: Alias" Volume One for an unforgettable evening.
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Until next week, read and consume responsibly.
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