Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil

Story and Art by . . . . . . Jeff Smith
Color Art by . . . . . . . . . .Steve Hamaker

From Goodreads:

Granted the powers of the ancient gods, young Billy Batson transforms into Captain Marvel whenever he says the magic word, Shazam! Now, Captain Marvel faces an alien invasion and must stop the Monster Society of Evil from taking over the world. Jeff Smith, the award-winning creator of Bone, brings back an icon of the comic-book world.

Brant says:

Special thanks to Adam Panshin from swooping in and taking my spot due to a family emergency. The conversation ranges from the book itself, to Shazam’s/Captain Marvel’s name, publication history, relevance in the DCU and of course the use of the character in the New 52 with some well tread New 52 laments.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Black Orchid, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

batvsups

Back Matter is our show focused 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 discuss the 2016 film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

ECCC

Back Matter is our show focused 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 relate their experiences at Emerald City Comic Con 2016, which took place in Seattle, WA on April 7-10.

During the con Tobiah sat down with Bryan May, long-time fan of the show and freshman comic writer, to discuss his experiences in the comics industry.

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

IVAR

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Ivar, Timewalker

Story by . . . . . . Fred Van Lente
Art by . . . . . . . . Pere Perez, Clayton Henry, Francis Portela

From Valiant:

At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!

Brant says:

We read and talk about issues 1-8 of this run because, apparently, I am a bad bad person. I thought I provided all 12 issues to the hosts but I dropped the ball. We laugh at me about that. We discuss Doctor Who, time travel and some snippets of Valiant trivia.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds . On our next episode we will be reading Everyday Abnormal  by Jon Grasseschi.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeremy Ballard, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Addison Appleby, and Becca Levendowski.

Deadpool -VFTG

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Deadpool

Story by . . . . . . Joe Kelly
Art by . . . . . . . . Ed McGuinness, Aaron Lopresti , Bernard Chang, Shannon Denton, Pete Woods

From Goodreads:

Wade Wilson is a self-loathing killer for hire…but he dreams of being a hero. So when an interdimensional organization reveals that his destiny is to save the world, is it the chance for redemption Deadpool has longed for – or is it too good to be true? Either way, with reluctant allies like Siryn, Monty, Weasel and the elderly prisoner Blind Al, and formidable foes like Taskmaster, Typhoid Mary and T-Ray – who carries a soul-shattering secret that could destroy Deadpool – the odds are stacked against the merc with a mouth!

Brant says:

We read and talk about issues 1-16 of this run though, lets face it, we talk about more of the run too. Lots of conversation about the evolution of the character until now plus the character use in the recent film starring Ryan Reynolds.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kirbotron Twothousand, Joe Preti, Cade Reynolds and special guest John from Arc Reactions!. On our next episode we will be reading Ivar, Timewalker  by Fred Van Lente & Pere Perez, #1-12.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeremy Ballard, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Addison Appleby, and Becca Levendowski.

alexada

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Alex + Ada

Story by . . . . . . Sarah Vaughn, Jonathan Luna
Art by . . . . . . . . Jonathan Luna

Alex + Ada is a 15-issue SF/Romance series set in the near future. Several years before the beginning of the series the world’s first sentient AI was constructed and immediately went on a violent rampage. Following this all sentient AI were outlawed, although advanced non-sentient AI robots are prevalent.

The series follows a man, Alex, who is given such a non-sentient AI as a birthday present. Deeply unsatisfied with its lack of—for want of a better word—humanity, he sets on a course of action which leads him to “jailbreak” the robot, allowing it to achieve sentience. The series follows Alex and his now self-aware robot, Ada, as they navigate the perils of romance amid fear, violence, and deep-seated prejudice.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kit DeForge, Kayleigh Fleeman, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Deadpool, by Joe Kelly, #1-16.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeremy Ballard, Becca Levendowski, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, and Addison Appleby.

bplanet

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:

Bitch Planet

Written by . . . . Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art by . . . . . . . . Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, Robert Wilson IV
Color Art by . . . Cris Peter, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Lettering by . . . Clayton Cowles

Bitch Planet is a feminist science fiction series in the style of exploitation films, set in a near-future in which patriarchal domination of Earth has reached the level of orthodoxy. Women are made entirely subservient to men, and any woman who is deemed “non-compliant” for any reason can be exiled to a prison facility on a distant world known colloquially as “Bitch Planet.”

The series follows several such women, examining their lives and histories, as well as the world and society they left behind. The main protagonist of the series is Kamau Kogo, a woman of color who is trying to find her already incarcerated sister, and who—through a series of events—is forced into captaining a team of prisoners to compete in the world’s most popular sport: Megaton.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kit DeForge, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Alex + Ada, Vol. 1-3.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeb Korzilius, “Mike”, Jeremy Ballard, Becca Levendowski, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Shopping Mall Krampus, Addison Appleby, and Bryan May.