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

East of West, Vol. 1-3

Story by…. Jonathan Hickman
Art by…. Nick Dragotta and Frank Martin

Brant says:

I don’t like the synopsis for this book’s volumes. They try to make pithy and light the weird and complicated work that Hickman is fully “on” in this book creating and pithy or simple or light is not where my mind goes. In the future of an alternate earth, one where an apocalyptic “word of god” has shaped the world and a constant reincarnation of the Four Horsemen sets up a cycle of demigod like actors, the various leaders of a re-imagined North American continent navigate the various religious, social, military and cultural conflicts that occur as various events unfold….as a Western?

Its a lot to take in. Joe and I are more on board than Toby but I think we do a good job of digging into these first three volumes. There is a lot to get into in the book and I doubt we put a light on all the dark corners this title has to offer. Take the time to read through this one a couple times if you can/if you enjoy it. I honestly think this is the kind of book we are lucky to get in a world where comics has broken out as a medium the way that it has. That said, its got a flavor that some may find offputting. Join us next time as we tackle Kill Six Billion Demons.

 

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

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

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

The Omega Men – The End is Here

Story by…. Tom King
Art by….Barnaby Bagenda, Ig Guara, Toby Cypress

From Amazon:

Kyle Rayner, the White Lantern, is dead. And the Omega Men killed him. On live TV. They’re a criminal gang, a terrorist organization, a fanatical cult.

And they’re the only hope for freedom this godforsaken sector of the universe has.

No matter what the citizens of the Vega System think they saw, the White Lantern lives…as the Omega Men’s prisoner. What they really want him to be is their latest recruit in their relentless war against the all-powerful Citadel and its tyrannical Viceroy.

As Kyle gets to know this motley crew of outlaws, he’ll question everything he knows about being a hero. In this strange system where the Green Lanterns are forbidden, will he break his oath and join their revolution? Or will he discover that the Omega Men are monsters in the end?

Brant says:

I’m sorta obsessed with this book because I am convinced I am both missing something and “getting” something from it. It was talked up quite a bit and it clearly has a strange taste. More political thriller than superhero story our group chews on the text quite a bit and I feel like we walk away from it sorta shell shocked (well maybe just me). The art throws us for a loop but I certainly enjoy the bulk of the books imagery. I’m sure there is some yelling in there somewhere. I have added some references to the end of this post because there are some interesting opinions about what the book “is” and “means”and I mention them in the post so want to follow through and acknowledge those other writers that helped me as I read the book.

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

Thank you to Addison Appleby, Kar Fedosh, Chris Bianculli, Shopping Mall Krampus, Jeb Korzilius, and Jeremy Ballard for sponsoring the show.

References:

Evan Naricsse @ Io9  – 1,2,3

Benjamin Bailey @ the Nerdist

Jesse Scheeden @ IGN

Vaneta Rogers talks to Tom King about the book @ NEWSARAMA

Mat Elfring talks to Tom King about the book @ Comic Vine

First and foremost, let me just say to everyone out there who has stood by with baited breath: Thanks for waiting. It’s once again announcement time, and I’m going to be brief and to the point: View from the Gutters is coming back from our… let’s just call it our “winter intermission.”

We’ll be returning next week with episode 186, in which we discuss Mockingbird, by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk. Wednesday will be our new regular release day, so you can look forward to that episode dropping on May 3, with additional comic book club episodes every 2 weeks.

You can check out our website for a listing of upcoming episode topics.

We’re incredibly excited about the episodes we’ve got in the pipeline, and we hope that you’ll join us for those discussions. Until then, keep reading.

Today on View from the Gutters our topic work is Iron Fist, the new original series on Netflix.

We will be discussing one episode of the series each day. On this episode we discuss the final episode of Season 1, Episode 13: Dragon Plays With Fire.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us for this special mini-series. We hope you’ll leave us a comment letting us know what you thought about the format for this mini-series, and what you thought of Iron Fist as a show.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin and Adam Panshin.

Today on View from the Gutters our topic work is Iron Fist, the new original series on Netflix.

We will be discussing one episode of the series each day. On this episode we discuss Season 1, Episode 12: Bar the Big Boss.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin and Adam Panshin.

Today on View from the Gutters our topic work is Iron Fist, the new original series on Netflix.

We will be discussing one episode of the series each day. On this episode we discuss Season 1, Episode 11: Lead Horse Back to Stable.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin and Adam Panshin.

Today on View from the Gutters our topic work is Iron Fist, the new original series on Netflix.

We will be discussing one episode of the series each day. On this episode we discuss Season 1, Episode 10: Black Tiger Steals Heart.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin and Adam Panshin.