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 the third episode of this bonus series, we talk about Issues #1-160 of Ultimate Spider-Man (the Peter Parker years).
First published in 2000, the Ultimate Universe was conceived as a launching ground for new, modern interpretations of the classic Marvel Super-Heroes, divested of their continuity baggage and re-imagined for the 21st century. Spider-Man was one of the launch titles for Ultimate Marvel, and returned to Peter Parker’s roots as a nerdy high-schooler once again learning the ropes of being a super-hero while trying (and failing) to find a balance between the burdens of being Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s ordinary life.
USM also features one of the longest continuous runs of a single creative team on a book, with Brian Michael Bendis writing and Mark Bagley penciling. After Bagley’s departure the book was drawn by first by Stuart Immonen, then David LaFuente, and finally Sara Pichelli, who continues to draw with Bendis writing into the Miles Morales era.
In this episode we discuss the entirety of Peter Parker’s story in this series.
Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds
This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Scud: The Disposable Assassin by Rob Schrab. Published from 1994 to 1998 (with the final issues only being released in 2008), Scud is a wild, weird, frenetic story about a robotic assassin hired out of a vending machine who decides that he doesn’t want to die, and then searches for a reason to live.
It contains shades of other indie comics of the time, including The Tick, and is an excellent example of the nineties indie comic scene. It manages to be both hilarious and poignant (occasionally at the same time), with mind-bending character designs. Although not credited on the cover, parts of this series were also written by Dan Harmon, creator of the TV-series Community.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The OMAC Project, The Umbrella Academy, Stumptown, The Last Christmas, and Billi 99 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Billi 99.
Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Matt McGinnis, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.
This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. Originally published as a 4-issue Elseworlds story, Kingdom Come is one possible future of the DC Universe. A future in which conflicts between generations of heroes boil into apocalyptic battles.
It is a meditation on the nature of heroes in the DCU, and also a reflection on the state of superheroes in the 90s (which is all the more amazing for the fact that this comic was itself released in 1996). It is considered by some to be Alex Ross’s magnum opus, and is beautifully rendered in full oil paintings.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Scud: The Disposable Assassin, Battling Boy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, Pride of Baghdad, and Conan: Queen of the Black Coast for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Scud: The Disposable Assassin.
Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Eric Manix, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.
For nearly 30 year’s, Stan Sakai has been entertaining us. From lettering Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Argones and Mark Evanier to his own creation Uasgi Yojimbo, Stan has set the high-water mark for creator-owned comics.
Now Stan is dealing with one of the pitfalls of doing creator-owned comics… his wife Sharon has been battling a debilitating illness for a while that has included a long hospital stay and convalescence. She is home now but needs 24-hour care and medication and its more than their insurance covers.
CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society is putting together an auction where 100% of the proceeds will go to Stan and Sharon to pay their on-going medical expenses. CAPS is asking for fellow cartoonist and comic book artists to contribute original artwork to the cause.
Any artist interested in contributing can send artwork (including your name, estimated value and any additional comments or description) to:
This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Loaded Bible, Book 1: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels, by Tim Seeley. Published from 2006-2008, Loaded Bible is the story of the second coming of Jesus (sort of) in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the United States. It follows his adventures as he fights vampires, conflicts with the church, and tries to figure out his place both as a savior and a man.
Loaded Bible is a crazy fun trip, with incredible designs and a classic B-movie style. It’s our second work by Tim Seeley in recent weeks (you can check out our previous episode on Revival). The two works represent an interesting contrast, especially as Seeley worked with Mike Norton on both books.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Todd: The Ugliest Kid on Earth, Kingdom Come, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, and God Hates Astronauts for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Kingdom Come.
Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Matt McGinnis, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.
This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2, by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. Collecting the first two arcs of the Marvel NOW relaunch of Thor, this series takes a closer look at Thor not purely as a hero, but as a god. Thor follows a mysterious trail of dead gods across time and space, learning about and confronting the mysterious godbutcher across three different times.
Beautifully illustrated by Esad Ribic, God of Thunder is one of the best Marvel NOW relaunches (a crowded field, to say the least). It addresses an element of Thor which has been long neglected, and leaves nothing on the field when it comes to showing the spectacle and grandeur of the god of thunder unleashed.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Loaded Bible, Book 1: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels, Daughters of the Dragon, Flash: Fastest Man Alive, and Justice League of America: The Tornado’s Path for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Loaded Bible, Book 1: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels.
Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.
This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Strange Attractors, by Charles Soule, Greg Scott, and Robert Saywitz. Set in present day New York City, Strange Attractors is the story of a young graduate student, an aging math professor, and the odd magic they weave protecting New York from collapsing into chaos.
It features an elegant style of artwork which grounds the realism of the story, and impresses upon the reader just how close we are to a world like this one. It’s also a great story if you like math wizards and acts of SCIENCE! While not necessarily to everyone’s tastes, Strange Attractors is another incredible independent release by Archaia Press, who have published several great works previously either recommended or discussed on the podcast, including Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Global Frequency, Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2, Saga, Vol. 1, Young Avengers: Sidekicks, and Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2.
Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Matt McGinnis, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.