godhates

We’re attending Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle this weekend, so you get the episode a little bit early. This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is God Hates Astronauts, by Ryan Browne. Initially launched as a webcomic in 2007, the series was collected reprinted by Image as God Hates Astronauts, Vol. 1. In 2014 the series was relaunched as a print series, the first collection of which has been released as Volume 2.

The series is a crude and absurd satire of superhero comics. It follows a group of heroes called the Power Persons Five through a series of inane and insane adventures, most of which revolve around petty revenge. The comic is over the top in every way imaginable both in art and story, in a way that honestly defies brief summation.

However if you are amused by concepts like King Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger (his actual full name), centaur astronauts, or the dad from Family Matters with gorilla arms, this comic might be for you.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Brave and the Bold, The Strain, Black Widow, and Sexcastle for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Black Widow, Vol. 1 & 2.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

If you are at ECCC on Saturday and would like to say hi to us, we’ll be having an informal meet-up.

We’re going to be attending Emerald City Comic Con this weekend in Seattle, and we’d love to say hello to any of you that are attending as well. To that end we’re going to be hanging out in the atrium lobby on the 4th floor from about 2-2:30pm on Saturday. That’s the big glass area by where they sell all the merch, and cosplayers tend to hang out.

Chard, Joe, Tobiah, and Kayleigh should all be there (unfortunately Brant and Cade aren’t attending the con). So stop by and give us a high-five so we don’t just feel like a bunch of dweebs. We’ll also be tweeting and throwing some pictures up on Facebook, internet permitting, so keep an eye there all this weekend for updates. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there.

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singles3

Welcome to episode 3 of Singles Club! This is our new short-format show where every so often one of our hosts will take a little time to talk about a small-press, indie, or webcomic. If you have an independent work you’d like to share with us, send us a link or digital copy at review@viewfromthegutters.com.

This week Tobiah takes a look at Outcasts of Jupiter #1, by Shobo and Shofela Coker. It is available for $3 from Comixology, or at cokercoop.com.

Outcasts is a science fiction book, set a thousand years in the future, at a time when Jupiter has become the hub of the solar system, leaving Earth a cultural, political, and economic backwater, and it stars a group of mercenaries—exiled from Jupiter—who have come to Earth to break one of their team out of a Moroccan prison.

As with last time we’ve included a few preview images of the comic. Continue Reading

mysterysociety

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Mystery Society, by Steve Niles and Fiona Staples. Published in 2010 by IDW, it is a tongue-in-cheek story about a group of paranormal investigators led by Nick Mystery and his wife Anastasia. The comic follows their adventures fighting the US government and searching for the stolen skull of Edgar Allen Poe.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated God Hates Astronauts, Namesake, Fearless Defenders, and Bedlam for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is God Hates Astronauts.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Tobiah Panshin

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Nailbiter, Vol. 1 & 2, by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson. From Image’s website:

“Where do serial killers come from?” and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he’ll have to team up with the infamous Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to do it.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Mystery Society, The Unwritten, Namesake, Nowhere Men, Copperhead, and The Sculptor for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Mystery Society.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and special guest Alison Poppy of Out of the Fridge.

theroyals

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Royals: Masters of War, by Rob Williams and Simon Coleby. Published by Vertigo, The Royals is an alternate history of World War II in a universe where those of royal lineage possess superpowers. It stars Prince Henry of England, who unknowningly breaks a pact between the world royalty to not become directly involved in the conflicts between their nations.

What follows is a very different world war, as Henry—along with his siblings—become immersed in a super-powered battle spanning the globe which threatens to tear their family and the world apart.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Federal Bureau of Physics, Journey into Mystery: Featuring Sif, Alex + Ada, and Nailbiter for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Nailbiter, Vol. 1 & 2.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

preacher

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In this episode of The Long Run we talk about Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

First published in 1995, Preacher is dark nuevo-western which follows the life of Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher who bonds with a half-demon half-angel called Genesis which grants him the “Voice of God.” Jesse teams up with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire named Cassidy on a road trip across the United States in search of God, all the while being pursued by a resurrected cowboy known as the Saint of Killers.

Preacher was one of the break-out hits of the 90s, and has influenced numerous works since. It is almost amongst Ennis and Dillon’s most notable works, along with collaborations on Hellblazer and Punisher.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Sandman, by Neil Gaiman and various artists.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.