Comic Book Club

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

The Star Wars

Story by…. JW Rinzler (George Lucas)
Art by…. Mike Mayhew, Rain Beredo, Nick Runge, Michael Heisler

Reprinted in Star Wars Epic Collection: Infinities (Star Wars Legends)

From Amazon:

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the softcover collection of the official adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars, the film that changed motion pictures and the world. You’ll see familiar characters and places–but not all is the same in this long-ago and faraway galaxy. Still, strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and a battle to defeat the evil Empire! Collects issues #1-#8 The Star Wars.

Brant says:

Uhhh…..ummm…gosh. What a crazy book. Honestly I feel like this is one of the most insane things I have ever read but boy oh boy is it fun to talk about. Throw out everything you know and marvel at how different our world could have been…

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

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

The Immortal Iron Fist #1-16

Story by…. Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction,
Pencils by…. David Aja, Travel Foreman, Derek Fridolfs, Tom Palmer, Sai Buscema, Russ Heath, Leandro Fernandez, Khari Evans, Kano
Inks by…. David Aja, Derek Fridolfs, Tom Palmer, Kano, Victor Olazaba
Colors by…. Matt Hollingsworth, Dan Brown, June Chung, Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
Letters by…. Dave Lanphear, Artmonkeys Studios

From Amazon:

Experience a brand-new kind of Iron Fist story, one steeped in legends and fables stretching back through the centuries! Orphaned as a child and raised in the lost city of K’un-Lun, Danny Rand returned to America as the mystical martial artist Iron Fist – but all his kung fu skills can’t help him find his place in the modern world. After learning that the legacy of the Iron Fist holds more secrets than he ever dreamed, Danny is invited to fight in a tournament against the Immortal Weapons. At stake is the life of his friend, the legacy of his father and mentor…and the future of K’un-Lun!

Brant says:

Wow! Nostalgia can be a buzzkill. We argue a bit over the logic of this pick and look at where we think Brubaker or Fraction were the stronger voice. I get cranky and thumbs down the book while everyone else tends to take the “but I still like it” tack. I grouse about how a mixture of artists really take away the consistency of tone for me, while special guest Patrick helps shine the light on the foundational elements that would one day build toward an award winning Hawkeye run for Fractio and Aja. We compare a bit to the recent Iron Fist Netflix series and I ask questions about the history of Danny Rand. Next time we take on The Star Wars!

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

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

Mockingbird Vol 1.

Story by . . . . Chelsea Cain
Art by . . . . . . Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg, Sean Parsons, Ibrahim Moustafa,

From Amazon:

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi Morse, the former Avenger known as Mockingbird, goes solo in her own incredible adventures! With a scientific mind and a lethal mastery of martial arts, she’s one of the most versatile, in-demand assets at Maria Hill’s disposal – that makes her ideal for investigating strange goings-on in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s own medical and recovery network. And when Lance Hunter’s undercover gig at the London Hellfire Club goes south, Mockingbird sets off, battle staves at the ready, to save him – and the Queen of England! From helping out a teen driven bonkers by her own new powers, to doing a little dog-sitting, Bobbi shows that she’s a woman of many talents as bestselling author Chelsea Cain and artist Kate Niemczyk make Mockingbird sing!

Brant says:

I brought this book because…I like it? Joe too. Toby is wrong, like ALWAYS…except all the times he isn’t. We return from the VOID to read comics and dish about things relating to this book, women in comics, the fatal flaws of comics and sales and, in general, EASE back on in to our shenanigans. Next time we check out The Immortal Iron Fist!

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

 

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:

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:

Asterios Polyp

Story and Art by . . . . . . David Mazzucchelli

From Goodreads:

The triumphant return of one of comics’ greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

 

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Superman: Red Son. We will be joined on that episode by special guest Sal Crivelli of the Youtube channel ComicPOP for that episode.

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