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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.

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

All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder

Story by . . . . . . The Goddamn Frank Miller
Art by . . . . . . . . The Goddamn Jim Lee

From Wikipedia:

All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder is an American comic book series written by Frank Miller and penciled by Jim Lee. It was published by DC Comics, with a sporadic schedule, between 2005 and 2008… This was the first series to be launched in 2005 under DC’s All Star imprint. These series are helmed by renowned writers and artists in the American comic book industry and attempt to retell some of the history of prominent DC Universe characters, but outside of DC Universe continuity, and not be restricted by it, in order to appeal to new and returning readers. Each title under the All Star imprint is set in its own continuity and separate universe. According to Miller, the series takes place in the same universe as The Dark Knight Returns.

Brant says:

The goddamn hosts of this goddamn podcast try to figure out what the hell is going on with this goddamn comic…I’ll stop now. We, like so many before us, struggle to reconcile the craziness of this story and fit it in its time and place in an attempt to understand what really cannot be understood. I go on a sort of strange rant about Marvel fanboys. Much like the comic we read, this episode is sure to leave most wondering what the hell they just experienced.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, Kenny “Coach” Wisdom and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Monstress.

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

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

Lucky Penny

Story by . . . . . . Ananth Hirsh
Art by . . . . . . . . Yuko Ota

From CBR:

“Lucky Penny” collects a story arc from “Johnny Wander,” Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota’s webcomic, into print. It follows the travails of Penny Brighton, who finds herself without a job or a home at the beginning of the story…Most of “Penny Lucky” has an off-kilter, slice-of-life tone to it, but this changes two-thirds of the way through the book, when Penny’s place gets trashed and the action shifts from believable to bizarre. It’s a risky move to change the framework and the stakes like this without warning, but there’s a significant payoff. The jump is jarring, but Hirsh and Ota successively use the reader’s momentary confusion to add tension to the climax…

Brant says:

I miss this one, much to my regret because I really enjoyed this book. The group breaks down what they like about the book, Joe rants about Johnny Wander for a bit and also admits that he likes sweetness in general. There is praise for the dialogues in the book around relationships. The convo wraps with a conversation about the notion of maturity and how certain ideas and works tend to be tied to considered as more “sophisticated” due to their darker tone. (Much to our chagrin as we see lightness having an equal position in informing the human experience.)

Our hosts for this episode are Kirbotron 2000, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Infinite Kungfu.

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

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

Supreme: Blue Rose

Story by . . . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . . . Tula Lotay

From Goodreads:

…Supreme: Blue Rose re-introduces the central Image Comics character Supreme, in a multi-layered and often hallucinatory mystery presented by New York Times bestselling writer Warren Ellis and acclaimed new artist Tula Lotay in her astonishing graphic novel debut.

Brant says:

We work our way through an entire episode looking to express how Warren Ellis and other brit comic authors make us feel as we rave about Tula Lotay’s art and argue just how well we actually understood this book. We struggle to make Joe talk into his mic and we wax about Alan Moore in a positive light as we wonder how the hell Rob Leifeld ever convinced him to be involved in this property’s history that Ellis so capably takes on in his own intense way.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Lucky Penny.

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