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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation Broken Ground, by Greg Rucka with art by Steve Rolston. Queen and Country is a modern espionage/thriller inspired by British TV series such as The Sandbaggers.

It primarily follows the missions of Tara Chace, as well as her co-workers in an MI-6 Special Intelligence Services group generally referred to as “The Minders.” In this first storyline we see Tara assassinate a former soviet general turned black market arms dealer, and the series of repercussions that result from that act.

Queen and Country is hands down one of the greatest examples of its genre, both in its comic book form and novels which expand Tara’s story. If you wish to read the rest of the series, this is the recommended reading order mentioned on the episode:

Queen and Country, Vol. 1-4
Queen and Country: Declassified, Vol. 1
Queen and Country, Vol. 5 & 6
Queen and Country: Declassified, Vol. 2
Queen and Country, Vol. 7
A Gentleman’s Game (Novel)
Queen and Country, Vol. 8
Private Wars (Novel)
The Last Run (Novel)

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Prince of Cats, Parker: The Hunter, Northlanders, and The Fuse for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Fuse, Vol. 1.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Wake by Scott Snyder with art by Sean Murphy and colors by Matt Hollingsworth. The Wake is a strange tale that mixes elements of science fiction and horror. It begins with the story of Lee Archer, a marine biologist who is approached by the Department of Homeland Security to investigate a mystery on a secret underwater oil rig. Not all is as it first appears, however, and the story slowly evolves to encompass billions of years of human history and a struggle for the future of mankind.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Pariah Missouri, The Brave and the Bold (Waid), The Light, Jan’s Atomic Heart, and Queen and Country for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation Broken Ground.

(Note: The original Volume 1 contains issues #1-4 . The currently in print Definitive Edition of Q&C contains the first 12 issues. This is a great value and we highly recommend picking it up, but for Episode 81 we will only be reading the first 4.)

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

Click here for the Pariah, Missouri kickerstarter. Volume 1 is available here (but appears to be sold out as of this posting).

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

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This week on View from the Gutters, circumstances conspired such that we simply could not record our weekly episode as usual. I’m assuming that supervillains have teamed up to attack our fair show with weather machines and bioengineered plagues. On the down side this means that we’re all going to have to wait until next week for our discussion of The Wake to happen. Believe you me that we’re all bummed about that fact because boy howdy do we have some thoughts about this one.

On the upside, it means that you get to listen to our occasionally mentioned, never-to-be-released secret bonus episode which we recorded a while back in case of emergency. Within, each of our hosts talk about “the comic book they hate the most.” We’ll be back next week with our regularly scheduled episode.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, 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

Due to weather-related circumstances this week our recording space was rendered temporarily uninhabitable. Episode 80 has therefore been unavoidably delayed until Friday. In the meantime we are pleased to bring you the return of Back Matter.

This week, on an All-New Back Matter, we discuss the latest movie from Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy. A departure from Marvel’s superhero films, Guardians is a comedic space opera romp through the cosmos. We also sit down to review Devil Dealers, an indie comic about people who have all wagered with the devil and won. Devil Dealers is written by Ross May with art by Brett Wood. It is available both in print and digitally at devildealers.com.

You can read more about Bill Mantlo’s condition, including a link to donate to his ongoing medical care, here.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Hawaiian Dick, by B. Clay Moore and Steven Griffin. First released in 2002, Hawaiian Dick is a supernatural noir comic which takes place in 1950s Honolulu. and follows the adventures of Byrd—a former mainland police detective who has moved to Hawaii to escape his past.

He is, however, soon recruited by his friend Mo (also a detective) to investigate a stolen car, and the two friends quickly find themselves up to their ears in mystery. The series is drawn in an interesting and colorful style, and it has a lot to recommend it to fans of the noir/detective genres.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Wake, Captain Britain and MI-13, Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z, and Chew for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Wake.

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

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

A few weeks ago a link went past me to a page from an old issue of Captain America. It was a story in which a fake Captain America takes up Cap’s identity in order to support an organization called “The Committee to Restore America’s Values.” The Committee was a organization that had appeared previously in Captain America—a front for the sinister Secret Empire—and with the help of the fake Captain they were quickly converting the US into a fascist state. Continue Reading

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Seconds, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Seconds is a beautifully drawn all-ages books which will very familiar to anyone who is a fan of O’Malley’s previous work, Scott Pilgrim versus The World. It is the story of a young chef named Katie, who is in a period of transition in her life as she prepares to leave the restaurant she has spent the last 5 years working at in order to open a restaurant of her very own.

Through a series of odd events Katie is presented with the opportunity to edit her own history to correct one regret from her past. Things quickly spiral out of control, however, as Katie decides she isn’t satisfied with just one change and begins a campaign to fix everything she ever did wrong in order to attain the perfect life. Unfortunately, things are never quite that simple.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Shooters, Queen and Country, Avengers Prime, What I Did, and Hawaiian Dick for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Hawaiian Dick.

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

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