seconds

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.

rocketgirl

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Rocket Girl, Vol. 1, by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare. Launched by a Kickstarter campaign, Rocket Girl is the story of DaYoung Johansson, an officer of the New York Teen Police in the far-out future year of 2013, a time of jet packs, flying cars, and robots which is all controlled by the omnipresent Quintum Mechanics. DaYoung discovers that Quintum has been perpetrating crimes against time, and travels all the way back to the year 1986 in order to stop them.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Sin Titulo, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, Seconds, and Deadly Class for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Seconds.

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.

hellboy2

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil—collected as trade paperback Vol. 1 & 2, or Library Edition Vol. 1—by Mike Mignola. First published in 1993, Hellboy is the story of its eponymous hero, a demon summoned from hell by the mad monk Rasputin in the dying days of World War II, who is found and raised by an American professor. Hellboy works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, fighting monsters, ghosts, demons, and nazis… so many nazis.

Hellboy is a mix of humor, superheroics, pulp action, Lovecraftian horror, and general mystic weirdness. It’s a fun stomp through the end of the world, with amazing (and very stylized) art. Hellboy is one of the great indie comics of the past 20 years, and is well worth the time to explore across both its main title and side books such as B.P.R.D. and Lobster Johnson.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Street Angel, JLA: The Obsidian Age, Sex, and Rocketgirl for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Rocketgirl, Vol. 1.

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

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

Top of the Stack is a weekly show presented by View from the Gutters that highlights single issue comics that were released that week.

Hosts: Andrew Chard, Eric Manix

Title card designed by: Eric Trautmann http://www.erictrautmann.us/

This episode we discuss:
0:46 Grayson #1
3:49 New Suicide Squad #1
5:36 Spread #1
7:48 Spider-Man 2099
10:38 Empty Man #2
13:32 Great Pacific #16
18:48 100th Anniversary Spider-Man
20:39 Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13
22:56 Death Vigil #1
24:02 Lumberjanes #4
25:36 Detective Comics #33
28:30 Royals: Masters of War #6 of 6
32:26 Shutter #4
34:37 Daredevil #5
34:54 Worlds Finest #25
36:12 Federal Bureau of Physics #12
36:55 Black Dynamite #3
38:51 Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3
39:52 United States of Murder Inc #3
40:54 Winter Soldier: Bitter March #5
41:39 Rai #3
42:15 Captain Marvel #5

Collected Editions:
42:57 Chronicles of Conan vol 27
43:55 Animal Man vol 6
44:19 Bruce Wayne: Fugitive
44:46 Rocket Girl

Top of the Stack: Spider-Man 2099 #1, Spread #1

universex

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Universe X, by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross, with art by Dougie Braithwaite and Bill Reinhold. The sequel to Earth X (which we discussed previously), Universe X takes the next step forward in plumbing the depths of the Marvel Universe, past, present, and alternate.

Created by the same team as the previous series, Universe X could, perhaps, be thought of an anti-Crisis on Infinite Earths. Rather than tear its universe apart at the seams in order to start fresh, Universe X seeks to bind together all of the loose cloth of the Marvel U, binding it together into a single cohesive quilt. It is at times ponderously slow and inscrutably dense in its pondering of the many hows and whys that have piled from over (at the time) 40 years of continuity. However, for the right reader it is a deeply engrossing work with many rewards for a close reading.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Paradise X; Formerly Known as the Justice League; Journey into Mystery featuring Sif; Hellboy Vol. 1 & 2; and Lazarus #1-9 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Hellboy, Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil (collected together in Hellboy Library Edition, Vol. 1).

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.

We’re changing our format for the Long Run slightly for the next episode of the series. Rather than reading an entire run of a series, we will be following the chronology of a particular character: Stephanie Brown.

Unfortunately due to the age of the material portions of it has never been collected in trades or are out of print. Many of these issues are available digitally through Comixology. I have tried to provide links where possible to the older material. We apologize deeply to any of our listeners who have difficulty reading along with us on this one.

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