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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.

 

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

Daredevil: Love and War

Story by . . . . . . Frank Miller
Art by . . . . . . . . Bill Sienkiewicz

From Goodreads:

Daredevil: Love and War, in which the notorious Kingpin of Crime must rescue his own wife from the clutches of extortionists.

Brant Says:

I love the terseness of the blurbs for this book. Considered by many to be one of the great hidden gems of Miller’s Daredevil work, this is a book that features a lot less Daredevil than one might expect but helps to serve as a defining work for the Kingpin. I miss this one due to illness but our intrepid hosts discuss the book in depth and tear into the problematic Miller onion and some of his issues with women, men, superheroes, and so on and how he serves as a source for modern stories and how the critique of that works is also used to source modern stories.

Our hosts for this episode are Kit DeForge, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Adam Panshin and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Pedro & Me.

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:

Black Canary, Vol. 1:  Kicking and Screaming

Story by . . . . . . Brenden Fletcher
Art by . . . . . . . . Annie Wu & Pia Guerra

From Comixology:

Spinning out of the pages of BATGIRL, writer Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and artists Annie Wu (Hawkeye) and Pia Guerra (Y: THE LAST MAN) present a fresh new take on one of DC Comics’ fiercest female characters.

Former crime fighter Dinah Lance is tearing up the music scene fronting the recently rechristened four-piece band Black Canary. Now using the alias D.D., Dinah and her one-of-a-kind voice are rocketing the band to stardom. But Black Canary has somehow become a magnet for trouble-their shows ending in brawls more often than not. If the group can’t shake the violence following them, their fame-and their lives-might be cut short.

To keep the band safe, the vigilante-turned-vocalist will have to face off against government agents, shadow-monsters, ninjas and one ticked off former lead singer!

Brant says:

Another DC title, another convo about the hard hearts and feelings of the New 52/ DCYou. Kayleigh and I see this as a redemption title but Joe is not as convinced. I struggle with the loss of “my” Black Canary and Kayleigh talks about her love of the book and fun is had by all.

Our hosts for this episode are Kayleigh Fleeman, Joe Preti, and Brant Eddy. On our next episode we will be reading Black Orchid, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean.

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

For Episode 167 we’ll be discussing Daredevil: Love and War, and we’re inviting everyone to listen in to our recording session live. Join us on May 18 at 8:15 PM (PDT), and add your comments to our discussion.

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

Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil

Story and Art by . . . . . . Jeff Smith
Color Art by . . . . . . . . . .Steve Hamaker

From Goodreads:

Granted the powers of the ancient gods, young Billy Batson transforms into Captain Marvel whenever he says the magic word, Shazam! Now, Captain Marvel faces an alien invasion and must stop the Monster Society of Evil from taking over the world. Jeff Smith, the award-winning creator of Bone, brings back an icon of the comic-book world.

Brant says:

Special thanks to Adam Panshin from swooping in and taking my spot due to a family emergency. The conversation ranges from the book itself, to Shazam’s/Captain Marvel’s name, publication history, relevance in the DCU and of course the use of the character in the New 52 with some well tread New 52 laments.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Black Canary, by Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu.

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:

Ivar, Timewalker

Story by . . . . . . Fred Van Lente
Art by . . . . . . . . Pere Perez, Clayton Henry, Francis Portela

From Valiant:

At this very moment in Geneva, Switzerland, history is being made. A thousand meters underground inside the Large Hadron Collider, researcher Neela Sethi is about to discover time travel – and jeopardize her life in the process. But she doesn’t know that yet. Ten minutes from now, every deadbeat chrononaut, wannabe conqueror, and misguided protector of the timestream will be banging down her door. Good thing that the legendary Ivar, Timewalker, got there first…right? Now it’s down to history’s most jaded, most tempestuous time traveler to stop the worst of everything that is, was, and will be…before time runs out!

Brant says:

We read and talk about issues 1-8 of this run because, apparently, I am a bad bad person. I thought I provided all 12 issues to the hosts but I dropped the ball. We laugh at me about that. We discuss Doctor Who, time travel and some snippets of Valiant trivia.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds . On our next episode we will be reading Everyday Abnormal  by Jon Grasseschi.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeremy Ballard, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Addison Appleby, and Becca Levendowski.

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

Deadpool

Story by . . . . . . Joe Kelly
Art by . . . . . . . . Ed McGuinness, Aaron Lopresti , Bernard Chang, Shannon Denton, Pete Woods

From Goodreads:

Wade Wilson is a self-loathing killer for hire…but he dreams of being a hero. So when an interdimensional organization reveals that his destiny is to save the world, is it the chance for redemption Deadpool has longed for – or is it too good to be true? Either way, with reluctant allies like Siryn, Monty, Weasel and the elderly prisoner Blind Al, and formidable foes like Taskmaster, Typhoid Mary and T-Ray – who carries a soul-shattering secret that could destroy Deadpool – the odds are stacked against the merc with a mouth!

Brant says:

We read and talk about issues 1-16 of this run though, lets face it, we talk about more of the run too. Lots of conversation about the evolution of the character until now plus the character use in the recent film starring Ryan Reynolds.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kirbotron Twothousand, Joe Preti, Cade Reynolds and special guest John from Arc Reactions!. On our next episode we will be reading Ivar, Timewalker  by Fred Van Lente & Pere Perez, #1-12.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeremy Ballard, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Addison Appleby, and Becca Levendowski.