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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is High Crimes, by Christopher Sebela and Ibrahim Moustafa. The 12-issue series follows the life of disgraced former-Olympic snowboarder Zan Jensen, who works in Nepal for a man who retrieves the corpses of people who have died climbing mountains. Unfortunately the two find the corpse of a former black ops super-agent, which sets off a violent confrontation which said agents former employers, and ultimately a race against both time and self.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Sex, The Michael Moorcock Library Vol.1: Elric of Melnibone, East of West, EI8HT, Daredevil: Yellow for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is The Michael Moorcock Library Vol.1: Elric of Melnibone.

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

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 & 2, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. Premiering in 2007, Umbrella Academy is the brain-child of and first comic by Gerard Way, front-man of the band My Chemical Romance.

It examines the disfunctional lives of 7 super-powered people who were adopted and trained to save the world by the mysterious Sir Reginald Hargreeves. In style it follows in the footsteps of Hellboy, Atomic Robo, and Invincible with a slightly tongue-in-cheek romp, with brilliant art by Gabriel Ba whose work we previously discussed on Episode 58 — Daytripper.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Nimona, Rumble, Gotham Academy, Amory Wars: Second Stage Turbine Blade, and Oppolpolis for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Nimona.

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Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil—collected as trade paperback Vol. 1 & 2, or Library Edition Vol. 1—by Mike Mignola. First published in 1993, Hellboy is the story of its eponymous hero, a demon summoned from hell by the mad monk Rasputin in the dying days of World War II, who is found and raised by an American professor. Hellboy works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, fighting monsters, ghosts, demons, and nazis… so many nazis.

Hellboy is a mix of humor, superheroics, pulp action, Lovecraftian horror, and general mystic weirdness. It’s a fun stomp through the end of the world, with amazing (and very stylized) art. Hellboy is one of the great indie comics of the past 20 years, and is well worth the time to explore across both its main title and side books such as B.P.R.D. and Lobster Johnson.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Street Angel, JLA: The Obsidian Age, Sex, and Rocketgirl for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Rocketgirl, Vol. 1.

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Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

mindmgmt

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is MIND MGMT, by Matt Kindt. For this episode we read issues #0-17 (Vol. 1-3). It’s the story of Meru Marlow, a journalist who—two years after the publication of her bestselling first book—decides to investigate a mysterious incident in which an entire plane full of people spontaneously lost their memories.

Meru quickly discovers she is being followed by the CIA and hunted a pair of mysterious assassins, both of whom are seeking the elusive Henry Lyme, a passenger on the flight who went missing while the plane was in the air. Meru finds herself embroiled in a world of psychic secret agents where nothing and no one are exactly certain, least of all the supposedly defunct cold war agency which once employed these various agents: Mind Management.

MIND MGMT is a weird—yet highly engaging—story which draws inspiration from real life stories of the paranormal, such as those told in the book and movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, as well as strange fiction like House of Leaves. It employs a rough art style with incredible water colors which complement the uncertainty and other worldliness of the story.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated All-Star Superman, Spider-Man: The Death of Gwen Stacy, Ocean, and Family Ties for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is All-Star Superman.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

superherogirl

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks. Superhero Girl was originally published weekly online from 2010-2012, and was reprinted in color by Dark Horse in 2013. It features the lighthearted (mis)adventures of the eponymous Superhero Girl (for whom no other name is ever supplied) as she struggles against bad hair days, her own (evil) future self, and a never-ending supply of ninjas.

It can be read for free online in its original form at superherogirladventures.blogspot.com/.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Mind MGMT; Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman; Johnny the Homicidal Maniac; and Runaways, Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Mind MGMT, #1-18.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

billi99

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Billi 99, by Sarah Byam and Time Sale. It’s a great story from twenty years ago which carries an amazing amount of resonance for the world of today. But since it was a fan recommendation, I’ll just let the person who pitched it summarize the book:

Billi 99 is a collection of a 4 issue mini series from the early 90’s. It’s a different take on a near-future inspired by Sarah Byam’s experiences with the rapidly decaying Detroit of the 1980’s. Billi Chadam, the heiress of a mega-corporation, is framed for her father’s murder and becomes the vigilante The Sword of Toleado, roaming the streets of the poverty stricken part of the city called “The Cordon”. A series of rapes/murders, as well as the increasingly unstable situation at her father’s former corporation and it’s workers union draws her back into the world of her father’s murder mystery and corporate espionage to put an end to the chaos and clear her name.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Daredevil, Vol.1, JLA: Tower of Babel, Alias, Masks and Mobsters, and Atomic Robo, Vol. 3 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is JLA: Tower of Babel.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Matt McGinnis, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

empowered

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 second episode of this bonus series, we talk about Volumes 1-7 of Adam Warren’s Empowered.

First published in 2007, Empowered is a refreshing take on the superhero genre. While at first glance it seems to be yet another cheesecake comic book, Empowered lampoons, deconstructs, and reconstructs the many genre conventions that compose superhero fiction with a level of wit and savvy that few “serious” comics manage. It features the adventures of the titular Empowered as she struggles with self-confidence, body image issues, and a universe that seems at times designed to get her down, all while trying to live up to her own ideals of what a superhero should be.

It is an incredibly human work that manages to talk about serious issues and still be a hell of a lot of fun, while telling an engaging story at the same time. Empowered stands as one of the great modern superhero comics, which ironically seems to struggle with being taken seriously in much the same way as its own protagonist.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, “Kirby” Green, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds