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

The Spire

Story by . . . . Simon Spurrier
Art by . . . . . . Jeff Stokely & Andre May

From Amazon:

Visit the strange and fantastic world of The Spire, where an inexplicable murder has turned an impossible tower of a city upside down.

The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone, a vast city that rises out of the middle of the radioactive desert. Filled with twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, and ancient machinery, it is home to over a million human and non-human residents. Sha, the last of the species known as the Medusi, is responsible for keeping the hodgepodge of forgotten technology and new biology safe as Commander of the City Watch. But when a string of grisly murders are committed just as a new Baroness of the Spire is about to be sworn in, Sha will have to find the killer and bring that individual to justice. With the new Baroness housing a deep hatred of non-humans, Sha will have more than one enemy at her back as a mystery buried in the history of the Spire unravels around her.

Brant says:

GGGGaaaaaahhh I love it! Tobiah loves it! Joe is…a…well…entitled to his own opinion. We talk about the Spire, weird fiction, what it takes to grab a reader and how how the Spire rates. Some mild yelling. We discuss Con Air and action movies of the Nineties for some reason.

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

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

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

Injection (v.1 & 2)

Story by . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire

From Brant (v.1):

I don’t like the synopsis I found, So here is my best shot:

In the wake of a partnership between industry and the government, the former members of  “Cultural Cross-Contamination Unit” discover that their mysterious legacy project, The Injection, breaks the rules of normal science and space to reach out and alter reality. As the members of the group each experience this revelation in different ways erstwhile CCCU leader Maria Killbride is recruited to investigate an apparent manifestation of ancient folklore come to life while the other former members of her group are forced to reckon with their past. This volume collects issues #1-5.

From Goodreads (v.2):

Consulting detective Vivek Headland tackles a case involving a stolen ghost, but when human deli meat causes him to call for help the details of his investigation reveal a new battleground between humanity and The Injection.

Brant Again:

Surely some our pre-episode Bond conversation infiltrated the podscast but otherwise we discuss the complexity of Ellis and the sheer talent of Shalvey and Bellaire. We make some obvious connections/comparisons/contrasts between Ellis and Grant Morrison while talking about how this book might be Ellis at his most balanced best. Threats between Toby and Joe occur which is really par for the course but are part of the opening so it felt necessary to acknowledge. The very knowing and observational Mike Gillis joins us from Radio vs. The Martians! Hopefully we didn’t chase him away forever. Fun!

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin and special guest Mike Gillis from the podcast Radio vs. The Martians. On our next episode we will be reading The Spire

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

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

Hellboy in Hell (v.1 & 2)

Story by . . . . Mike Mignola
Art by . . . . . . Mike Mignola & Dave Stewart

From Goodreads (v.1):

After saving the world in The Storm and the Fury but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy’s ongoing story for the first time since Conqueror Worm. It’s a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you’ve ever seen.

From Goodreads (v.2):

After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of mapmakers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused by his own sister of a terrible murder, and causes the destruction of Pandemonium itself in the climactic chapter of the series that the LA Times calls “the best work of [Mike Mignola’s] career.”

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Injection, Vol. 1 & 2

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

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

Dr. Strange: The Oath

Story by . . . . Brian K. Vaughan
Art by . . . . . . Marcos Martin, Alvaro Lopez, Willie Schubert
Letters by . . . . Javier Rodriguez

From Goodreads:

Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder – his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death’s door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.

Brant Says:

Tobiah lurvs himself the Oath…but I do too. Joe is maybe not as impressed and I have some questions about certain plot elements. We do however agree that the book is B E A Utiful and a number of its half page splashes are worthy of a print to hang on the wall. We note some of the fun similarities to the now out and successful Dr. Strange MCU film and talk about whether or not this story works best stand alone or was meant as the start of a new series. We argue about kissing…which you really just have to listen to the podcast to understand.

In addition to our own conversation about this book, Tobiah sat in with Arc Reactions this week to discuss the same book.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Hellboy in Hell

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, and Addison Appleby.

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

Superman: Red Son

Story by . . . . Mark Millar
Art by . . . . . . Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson & Walden Wong

From Wikipedia:

In the 1950s, the Soviet Union reveals its newest asset to be Superman. The sudden revelation of a superpowered alien under Soviet control causes panic in the United States, shifting the focus of the Cold War arms race from nuclear weapons to superhumans. CIA agent James Olsen recruits Lex Luthor, a scientist employed by S.T.A.R. Labs, to destroy Superman…

Brant Says:

Mill-AR? Mill-Er? Such questions spring eternal and we also talk about Soviet Superman! We join forces wit Sal from ComicPOP to dissect the undissecta…well actually its pretty easy to tear apart. We praise the concept, critique the execution and ponder why Batman would scream out Wonder Woman’s name if he never really knew her as we explore what is often heralded by many as one of “the” top Superman stories of this century.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kirbotron 2000 and special guest Sal Crivelli from ComicPOP. On our next episode we will be reading Star Wars (V2. #1-12)

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Jeremy Ballard.

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

Batman: Li’l Gotham (Volumes I and II)

Story by . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs
Art by . . . . . . . . Dustin Nguyen

From Goodreads:

These gorgeously drawn and painted all-ages tales feature all of your favorite Gotham City characters: Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and many others!

Brant says:

The goddamn Batman returns…in this adorable all ages book! I gush about how much I love this book while Adam concedes its not quite his cup of tea. We chat about Calvin and Hobbes like influences, the state of all ages superhero stories and Adam wisely pulls us out of a “what is wrong with the comics publishing model” rant.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Adam Panshin, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Asterios Polyp.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

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

Brass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds

Story by . . . . . . Ian Edington
Art by . . . . . . . . I.N.J. Culbard

From Goodreads:

Wren’s father has revealed to her the secret of their world, that it is only one of many in a clockwork solar system; but it is dying and to save her home, she must first escape it.

The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast Brass Sun via immense metal spars.

But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into eccentric fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren and Eptimus must find the key to restart the sun, but first must escape the world known as The Keep….

This is a wholly original new SF-clockpunk series from the bestselling artist of New Deadwardians and the hit writer of Scarlet Traces and Hunterkind.

Brant says:

We talk about worlds within worlds and what tickle our fancy sci-fi wise. Joe runs with a theory that we have all changed intellectual positions due to Brass Sun. I rant a bit about other things in this week’s news that make me angry despite the interesting premise of the work before us.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Li’l Gotham, Vol. 1 & 2.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Kar Fedosh, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.