This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

The Spire

Story by . . . . Simon Spurrier
Art by . . . . . . Jeff Stokely & Andre May

From Amazon:

Visit the strange and fantastic world of The Spire, where an inexplicable murder has turned an impossible tower of a city upside down.

The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone, a vast city that rises out of the middle of the radioactive desert. Filled with twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, and ancient machinery, it is home to over a million human and non-human residents. Sha, the last of the species known as the Medusi, is responsible for keeping the hodgepodge of forgotten technology and new biology safe as Commander of the City Watch. But when a string of grisly murders are committed just as a new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in, Sha will have to find the killer and bring that individual to justice. With the new Baroness housing a deep hatred of non-humans, Sha will have more than one enemy at her back as a mystery buried in the history of the Spire unravels around her.

Brant says:

GGGGaaaaaahhh I love it! Tobiah loves it! Joe is…a…well…entitled to his own opinion. We talk about the Spire, weird fiction, what it takes to grab a reader and how how the Spire rates. Some mild yelling. We discuss Con Air and action movies of the Nineties for some reason.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. 

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

This week on View from the Gutters we have a special New Year’s bonus episode:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From Tobiah:

Welcome to the new year. Today we’re discussing the recently released Rogue One. As always, major spoilers are contained within, so please see the film before listening to our discussion about it.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Adam Panshin, and Audrey Preti. On our next episode we will still be reading The Spire

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Injection (v.1 & 2)

Story by . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire

From Brant (v.1):

I don’t like the synopsis I found, So here is my best shot:

In the wake of a partnership between industry and the government, the former members of  “Cultural Cross-Contamination Unit” discover that their mysterious legacy project, The Injection, breaks the rules of normal science and space to reach out and alter reality. As the members of the group each experience this revelation in different ways erstwhile CCCU leader Maria Killbride is recruited to investigate an apparent manifestation of ancient folklore come to life while the other former members of her group are forced to reckon with their past. This volume collects issues #1-5.

From Goodreads (v.2):

Consulting detective Vivek Headland tackles a case involving a stolen ghost, but when human deli meat causes him to call for help the details of his investigation reveal a new battleground between humanity and The Injection.

Brant Again:

Surely some our pre-episode Bond conversation infiltrated the podscast but otherwise we discuss the complexity of Ellis and the sheer talent of Shalvey and Bellaire. We make some obvious connections/comparisons/contrasts between Ellis and Grant Morrison while talking about how this book might be Ellis at his most balanced best. Threats between Toby and Joe occur which is really par for the course but are part of the opening so it felt necessary to acknowledge. The very knowing and observational Mike Gillis joins us from Radio vs. The Martians! Hopefully we didn’t chase him away forever. Fun!

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin and special guest Mike Gillis from the podcast Radio vs. The Martians. On our next episode we will be reading The Spire

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Hellboy in Hell (v.1 & 2)

Story by . . . . Mike Mignola
Art by . . . . . . Mike Mignola & Dave Stewart

From Goodreads (v.1):

After saving the world in The Storm and the Fury but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy’s ongoing story for the first time since Conqueror Worm. It’s a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you’ve ever seen.

From Goodreads (v.2):

After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of mapmakers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused by his own sister of a terrible murder, and causes the destruction of Pandemonium itself in the climactic chapter of the series that the LA Times calls “the best work of [Mike Mignola’s] career.”

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Injection, Vol. 1 & 2

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

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 Scott Pilgrim, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

From Goodreads:

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes.

 

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Fables, by Bill Willingham.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Kirbotron2000, and Cade Reynolds.

Back Matter is our show focused interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com.

On this episode of Back Matter, we sit down with author Jen Van Meter to discuss social media and more.

Jen is the author of the Eisner-nominated series Hopeless Savages, as well as various stories for Marvel, DC, and Valiant Comics. She can be found on both Twitter and Tumblr.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, and Audrey Preti. It was recorded on location in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

 

 

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Dr. Strange: The Oath

Story by . . . . Brian K. Vaughan
Art by . . . . . . Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez, Willie Schubert
Letters by . . . . Javier Rodriguez

From Goodreads:

Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder – his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death’s door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.

Brant Says:

Tobiah lurvs himself the Oath…but I do too. Joe is maybe not as impressed and I have some questions about certain plot elements. We do however agree that the book is B E A Utiful and a number of its half page splashes are worthy of a print to hang on the wall. We note some of the fun similarities to the now out and successful Dr. Strange MCU film and talk about whether or not this story works best stand alone or was meant as the start of a new series. We argue about kissing…which you really just have to listen to the podcast to understand.

In addition to our own conversation about this book, Tobiah sat in with Arc Reactions this week to discuss the same book.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Hellboy in Hell

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.