This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Alias, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Released in 2001 and running for 28 issues, Alias kicked off Marvel’s MAX line of comics for mature readers which abandoned the Comics Code for the first time. It follows the adventures of Jessica Jones, a one-time superhero who retired from the powers game to become a private eye.
The term “gritty and realistic” has been vastly overused, but is an accurate description of this series, which attempts to look at the Marvel universe in the same serious light as contemporary TV series such as The Wire or Homicide: Life on the Street did for TV cop dramas. It deals with both real-world topics like homosexuality, sexual assault, and drug-use; as well as more traditionally superhero elements like maintaining secret identities.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Here, The Fuse Vol. 2, Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself Vol. 1 & 2, Ring of the Nibelung, 5 Ghosts, and Stumptown for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Stumptown, Vol. 1-3.
Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.
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The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In the third episode of this bonus series, we talk about Issues #1-160 of Ultimate Spider-Man (the Peter Parker years).
First published in 2000, the Ultimate Universe was conceived as a launching ground for new, modern interpretations of the classic Marvel Super-Heroes, divested of their continuity baggage and re-imagined for the 21st century. Spider-Man was one of the launch titles for Ultimate Marvel, and returned to Peter Parker’s roots as a nerdy high-schooler once again learning the ropes of being a super-hero while trying (and failing) to find a balance between the burdens of being Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s ordinary life.
USM also features one of the longest continuous runs of a single creative team on a book, with Brian Michael Bendis writing and Mark Bagley penciling. After Bagley’s departure the book was drawn by first by Stuart Immonen, then David LaFuente, and finally Sara Pichelli, who continues to draw with Bendis writing into the Miles Morales era.
In this episode we discuss the entirety of Peter Parker’s story in this series.
Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds
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