Hiketeia

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, by Greg Rucka and J. G. Jones. Published in 2002, this original graphic novel predates Rucka’s critically acclaimed run on Wonder Woman by a year. In The Hiketeia, a young woman pursued by the Batman runs to Wonder Woman for sanctuary, swearing a sacred vow of slavery in exchange for protection.

Wonder Woman then finds herself in a no-win situation,trapped between her oath and her friendship, in the tradition of the classical greek tragedy.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Big Book of Barry Ween, Pretty Deadly, Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Haunted Knight, and D4VE for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Big Book of Barry Ween.

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

Hey everybody! A listener of the show recently got in touch with us to share some fan-art he’d drawn of yours truly, the View from the Gutters gang. He asked if he could send some prints our way, and we said “yes, obviously, that would be hell of dope.”

The prints just arrived in the mail, and man oh man do these guys look slick. So first to Ali Jaffery, thanks buddy! We’re totally going to hang one of these bad boys up on the studio wall. Second, if any of y’all like Ali’s artwork you can check out his art blog at latenitedraw.tumblr.com. You can check out more of his cool art, and maybe even pick up a print for yourself why not.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Swamp Thing, by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Roger Petersen and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Published in 2000, this volume of Swamp Thing follows the daughter of Alec Holland, Tefé—a hybrid human and plant elemental, who travels the world in search of personal understanding and to find a way to balance the two sides of herself.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Wonder Woman: Hiketeia, Captain Marvel, COPRA, Daredevil: Guardian Devil, and Nimona for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Wonder Woman: Hiketeia.

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

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

Last year I set myself the task of trying to in some way explain or contextualize Hickman’s run on the Avengers. I struggled and failed to explain what I was feeling then, which was that Hickman’s Avengers—itself a continuation of his run on Fantastic Four—is in some way representative of a new way of thinking about superheroes. I put aside the topic as one I wasn’t ready to deal with. However, another year’s worth of comics and some recent conversations have helped shape and clarify my thinking. I’ve come to the conclusion that what I was perceiving was more than a single writer handling supers in a unique way. Rather, I believe we’ve entered into a new era in superhero comics—by my count the 6th.

I want to talk about why I feel that’s the case and what I see as the defining aspects of this new era. But I need to back up a little first and talk about the previous superhero eras to put these thoughts in context. I’ll address the first three very briefly because they are generally well understood, and then talk in a bit more depth about the second three—all of which have at various times been called “The Modern Age.” Continue Reading

courtneycrumrin

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1 & 2, by Ted Naifeh. First released by Oni Press in 2002, it’s titular protagonist is Courtney Crumrin, a teenage girl who moves with her parents—a pair of social climbing nitwits—into the home of her great uncle Aloysius. Or perhaps her great-great uncle. No one seems to be sure.

Courtney soon discovers that her uncle is a powerful warlock, and begins to help herself to his mystic knowledge to both benefit herself and combat the Night Things—creatures of myth and fable that seem to inhabit her new home town in prodigious numbers. As the series develops Courtney—and we the audience—learn more about the world of witchcraft which she inhabits, and the magical community which she now finds herself a part of.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Top 10, Swamp Thing, Moon Knight, Girl Genius, and Southern Bastards for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan, Vol. 1.

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

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

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on all things news worthy in the world of comics. From the big buzz around the latest comics to comic book movies and TV shows, as well as other discussion that didn’t make it into our main show. 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 issue of the representation of women in comic books, and in particular the objectification of women being misrepresented as empowerment. This discussion happens through the lens of Jim Balent’s Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, an ongoing series published by Broadsword Comics.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Kirbotron 2000, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kelsea Hume, and Henry Branscombe.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Losers, Book 1, by Andy Diggle and Jock. This book collects issues 1-12 of the series, previously collected as volumes 1 & 2, Ante Up and Double Down, respectively. The titular Losers are a band of special forces operatives working (initially) as a CIA black ops team. Before the series begins, however, their handler—the mysterious Max—attempts to have the group killed for seeing something they weren’t supposed to see. The series proper begins 5 years later, when the team assembles to track down and get their revenge on Max, and hopefully get their names taken off the CIA death list at the same time.

The Losers is part intense action flick, part espionage-thriller, expertly combining the best aspects of both. Diggle’s writing is sharp, and mates perfectly with Jock’s high-contrast artwork. The Losers is one of the great action comics of the 21st century, and should rightfully be on the book-shelf of anyone who considers themselves an aficionado of comic books.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated DC: The New Frontier, Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1 & 2, Phonogram: Rue Britannia, and The Mercenary Sea for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, and the ghost of Cade Reynolds.