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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is DC: The New Frontier, the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning series by Darwyn Cooke. Published in 2004, The New Frontier is one of DC’s finest Elseworld comics. Set primarily in the 1950s, it visits a version of the DC universe on the boundary between the Golden and Silver Ages, in which the various heroes first appear in the year of their first publication—primarily focusing on Hal Jordan as Green Lantern and J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, although the JSA, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and other popular characters of the time feature prominently.

The series aims for a more realistic take on the period, including addressing issues of racism, sexism, the red scare, and the space race—albeit through a comic book lens. The dichotomy of the upbeat 4-color attitude of the times when contrasted with a more modern story-telling and social sensibility creates a fascinating landscape against which Cooke paints a story of heroism against all odds.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Fables, Freak Angels, iZombie, Stagger Lee, Translucid for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Stagger Lee.

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

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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 Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in post-World War III Neo-Tokyo, the series begins with battling motorcycle street gangs, but quickly expands to including psychic powers, secret military projects, revolutionary terrorists, and ultimately the potential destruction of the world.

It is both a seminal work of the cyberpunk genre and was instrumental in exposing the United States to anime/manga.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Elephantmen, written by Richard Starkings with art by Moritat.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Rachel Rising, Vol. 1 & 2, by Terry Moore. This series begins with its titular protagonist, Rachel, digging her way out of her own shallow grave. Her memory of her death missing, she seeks to discover who killed her and why she is still walking around despite being quite clearly dead.

There is—of course—more to this comic than a simple murder mystery, as strange forces take hold of Rachel’s small hometown.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated DC: The New Frontier, Star Wars (2015), Silver Surfer (Slott), Annihilator, Wonton Soup, and Asterios Polyp for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is DC: The New Frontier.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, with colors by Becka Kinzie. It is the story of two people, Suzy and John, who independently discover that when they reach orgasm time stands still. One day they meet, they begin to date, and they discover they can enter into The Quiet (or Cumworld, depending on who you ask). Then they do the only logical thing they can, which is rob banks. Oh, and they’re not alone.

Sex Criminals is a raunchy—yet touching and human—romp with tons of humor and style. It is also the definition of NSFW, so you have been warned.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Superman for Tomorrow, Astro City, Madame Xanadu, Rachel Rising, and Sunstone for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Rachel Rising, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Goners, written by Jacob Semahn with art by Jorge Corona and colors by Gabriel Cassata. This series follow the life death and adventures of the Latimers, an ancient family of monster hunters. The series begins with the deaths of Raleigh and Evelyn Latimer on national television, followed by the ensuing battle between their children and the forces of darkness.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Trillium, Arkham Asylum, Sex Criminals, Oglaf (NSFW), and Bad Houses for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Atomic Robo, Vol. 1-3, by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. Launching in 2007, it follows the life and adventures of an atomic robot designed and built by Nikola Tesla in 1923 as he and his team of action scientists fight Nazis, intelligent dinosaurs, and the horrors of unexplained science not yet named!

Atomic Robo is a delightful series suitable for kids and adults, filled with action, adventure, and hilarious banter. It follows the adventures of our hero across his life, from pulp adventures in the 1930s to fighting in World War II, combating eldritch horrors with Carl Sagan in the 1970s, and up through to the present day.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Astonishing X-Men, Morning Glories, Animal Man, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Goners for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Goners.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Lumberjanes, Vol. 1, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, with art by Brooke Allen and colors by Maarta Laiho. The series is an all-ages book which follows the adventures of 5 best friends at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types (also known as the Lumberjanes) as they fight monsters, investigate mysteries, and survive the travails of summer camp.

It is the winner of Eisner awards for Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Federal Bureau of Physics, Punisher MAX, Atomic Robo, Supreme: Blue Rose, and Roche Limit for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Atomic Robo, Vol. 1-3.

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