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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Big Book of Barry Ween, by Judd Winick. This collection contains all four previously released trades of The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius as well as the color-special crossover with Whiteout. First released in 1999, Barry Ween is one of the great indie comics of its time.

It stars the titular Barry Ween and his best friend Jeremy in a series of adventures involving vulva-shaped dimensional rifts, evil government conspiracies, time travel, aliens, sasquatchi, and the machinations of god-like entities. It is replete with crude humor and hilarious quips that will surely delight young and old alike.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated J. Michael Staczynski’s Thor, Astonishing X-Men, Secret Avengers, and Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Thor. We will be reading all three trades of JMS’s run, which collect Thor, Vol. 3 #1-12; Thor, Vol. 1 #600-603; and Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size #1. These are collected in trade simply as Thor, Vol. 1; Thor, Vol. 2; and Thor, Vol. 3. Comics, everbody.

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Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Andrew Chard, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

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.

Fan Art Thursday

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.

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

The Modern Age(s)

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

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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.