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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.

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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

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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.

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

Congratulations to the winner of the Absolute Long Halloween contest youtube subscriber thebirdcenter! Thank you to everyone who has supported the show and continues to support us. We hope that you enjoy what we make because we enjoy making it! We will be doing more contests in the future to get hyped.

Hosts: Andrew Chard, Eric Manix

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

This episode we discuss:
1:55 Rocket Racoon #1
3:13 Legendary Starlord #1
6:04 Hack/Slash Son of Samhain #1
8:16 Tech Jacket #1
10:33 Batman/Green Hornet #2
12:40 Deadpool vs X-Force #1
16:36 Daredevil #0.1
19:04 Superman Unchained #7
23:05 Batman/Superman #12
25:10 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spiderman #3
29:04 Iron Fist Living Weapon #4
31:40 Magneto #6
35:19 Figment #2
36:14 Black Widow #8
36:40 Moon Knight #5
37:41 Lazarus #9
39:26 Nailbiter #3
39:47 Tiny Titans #2
40:50 Southern Basters #3
41:43 Thor: God of Thunder #24
42:42 Caliban #4
42:53 Big Trouble in Little China #2
43:23 The Woods #3

Collected Editions:
43:40 Wonton Soup
45:07 The Maxx vol 1 Maxximized Edition
46:13 Five Ghost vol 2
46:38 Tech Jacket vol 2
47:17 Usagi Yojimbo vol 28
47:27 Daredevil vol 3 HC
48:03 Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus
49:56 Lone Wolf and Cub vol 5 Omnibus

Top of the Stack: Magneto #6, Iron Fist Living Weapon #4/Rocket Raccoon #1

blackscience

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Black Science, Vol. 1, written by Rick Remender with art by Matteo Scalera and colors by Dean White. Launched in 2013, Black Science is an ongoing series. Using “The Pillar”, a device of their own creation, Grant McKay and his team of scientists are able to jump from reality to reality. However, shortly after their first successful test jump The Pillar is sabotaged, and the team—along with their financier and Grant’s two teenage children—find themselves uncontrollably leaping from reality to reality.

Black Science is in some ways a continuation of the love-letter to classic SF movies that Remender began in his now classic series, FEAR Agent, along with a dash of Conan the Barbarian for spice. Scalera and White’s art is vivid and imaginative, with amazing designs and tons of atmosphere. If you enjoyed some of the previous Remender penned titles we’ve discussed on this show, you’re sure to get a kick out of this one too.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated JLA/Avengers, Midnight Nation, Universe X, and Dead Body Road for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Universe X.

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.

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