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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Three, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Ryan Kelly. Three is Gillen’s direct response to Frank Miller’s 300. It is the story of three Helot slaves in Sparta, roughly a century after the Battle of Thermopylae—a period when Sparta was in decline. The three slaves are the lone survivors of an uprising against the masters and are fleeing Sparta, pursued by an army of Spartans seeking revenge.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Hacktivist, Trinity, Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman (New-52), and Zero for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan). For this episode we will be reading issues #1-9.

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

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on discussion that doesn’t make it into our main show, including 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 our hosts have read volumes 1-3 of Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi. It is the story of a young girl named Emily, her brother, and their mother who are all transported to a mystic land which was once home to Emily’s great-grandfather. There they have a series of adventures involving a mystic amulet of great power, the King of the Elves, and a group known as The Stonekeepers.

We use this comic to frame our discussion with Audrey about her experiences as a young female comics reader, as well as a larger discussion about the relationship between the comics industry and younger readers.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti,  Audrey Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Tobiah Panshin.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Paradise X, written by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, with art by Dougie Braithewaite. The conclusion to the Earth X trilogy, Paradise X continues from the end of Universe X. Death has died, but all is still not well in the afterlife where Captain America—now leader of a host of angels—attempts to awake the souls of the dead. Meanwhile on Earth, millions suffer from mortal wounds, dying and yet unable to die, as Mephisto continues to weave his web of plots.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Auteur, Three, Pride of Baghdad, Exiles, and Hedge Knight for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Three.

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

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on all things news worthy in the world of comics. From the big buzz around the latest comics to comic book movies and TV shows, as well as other discussion that didn’t make it into our main show. 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 our hosts discuss some of the forth-coming events from Marvel and DC.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Thor, by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Oliver Coipel and Marko Djurdjevic. This series of Thor began in the aftermath of Civil War, and features the return of Thor and Asgard from non-existence after being destroyed in Ragnarok some years previous. In this series we see Thor, now king in Asgard, striving to revive his people and his home, and find a new purpose for both them and himself without Odin or the specter of Ragnarok hanging over them.

It also features the return of Dr. Donald Blake, Thor’s long abandoned para-persona (now invested with a life of his own) and the first appearance of female Loki (a favorite of cosplayers and fans of cool character design everywhere). This book is a great run, and a great jumping on point for readers interested in picking up Thor for the first time.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Flashpoint, Paradise X, Captain Marvel, and Superman: Red Son for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Paradise X. You can also check out our prior episodes on Earth X and Universe X.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Big Book of Barry Ween, by Judd Winick. This collection contains all four previously released trades of The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius as well as the color-special crossover with Whiteout. First released in 1999, Barry Ween is one of the great indie comics of its time.

It stars the titular Barry Ween and his best friend Jeremy in a series of adventures involving vulva-shaped dimensional rifts, evil government conspiracies, time travel, aliens, sasquatchi, and the machinations of god-like entities. It is replete with crude humor and hilarious quips that will surely delight young and old alike.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated J. Michael Staczynski’s Thor, Astonishing X-Men, Secret Avengers, and Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Thor. We will be reading all three trades of JMS’s run, which collect Thor, Vol. 3 #1-12; Thor, Vol. 1 #600-603; and Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size #1. These are collected in trade simply as Thor, Vol. 1; Thor, Vol. 2; and Thor, Vol. 3. Comics, everbody.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, by Greg Rucka and J. G. Jones. Published in 2002, this original graphic novel predates Rucka’s critically acclaimed run on Wonder Woman by a year. In The Hiketeia, a young woman pursued by the Batman runs to Wonder Woman for sanctuary, swearing a sacred vow of slavery in exchange for protection.

Wonder Woman then finds herself in a no-win situation,trapped between her oath and her friendship, in the tradition of the classical greek tragedy.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Big Book of Barry Ween, Pretty Deadly, Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Haunted Knight, and D4VE for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Big Book of Barry Ween.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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