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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 this episode of The Long Run we talk about Doom Patrol, by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Scott Hanna, and John Nyburg. This series continues the adventures of DC’s not-quite-the-X-Men team of misfit superheroes, quickly veering into Morrison’s trademark brand of existential surrealism. Witness as the Doom Patrol combats imaginary cities and the nonsensical Brotherhood of Dada, while teaming up with allies such as Danny the Street (an actual street) and Flex Mentallo, muscle wizard.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading The Sixth Gun, by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds.

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Bonus Episode! We just had so much interest in this comic from our hosts we decided to put out a bonus episode with commentary from Joe, Eric, and Kirby, who weren’t able to be on the regular Episode 67. Once again our topic work is All-Star Superman, written by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Eric Manix, and Kirby Green.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is All-Star Superman, written by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant. Published over three years, All-Star Superman is the second title in DC’s short-lived All-Star line, that sought to present iconic visions of their banner characters outside of the constraints of continuity. It is Morrison’s distillation of all that is Superman.

After an encounter near the surface of the sun, Superman receives an overdose of solar radiation which super-charges his power, making him more powerful than he’s ever been before, while at the same time slowly killing him as his body is unable to handle the super-dose of yellow sunlight. Confronted with his own mortality, Superman races to complete 12 impossible tasks before his time on Earth is finally up.

This story is considered by many to be one of the very best Superman stories of all time. It serves as an excellent introduction to the character if you’ve never read (or liked) Superman before, and expresses a deep love for the character (particularly his Silver-Age incarnation) that long-time fans will appreciate.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Earth One, Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., and Hellheim for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Animal Man, written by Grant Morrison with art by Chas Truog and Doug Hazlewood. Prior to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Animal Man was a D-list superhero with less than a dozen appearances in total over the course of the silver age. Published in 1988 in the wake of the first crisis, Morrison reimagines Buddy Baker as a much younger man with a wife and young children, who decides to relaunch his superhero career in search of wealth and recognition.

However, Buddy soon finds himself drawn into real-world issues of the time like animal rights, vegetarianism, apartheid, for which he finds no easy punchable solution. Meanwhile, a weird meta-textual undercurrent runs through the background of the series regarding the events of the crisis and the very fundament of reality, ultimately culminating in one of the oddest conclusions possible for a superhero comic.

Animal Man is a strange, surreal story, one of a handful of books printed by DC at the time (along with Sandman, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, and Morrison’s concurrent work, Doom Patrol) that ultimately led to the creation of Vertigo Comics. It’s a must-read for any fan of Morrison’s work, and a great introduction for someone who’s never read a Grant Morrison book before.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Sandman,Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, Pedro and Me, Agents of Atlas, and Superior Foes of Spider-Man for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Superior Foes of Spider-Man (#1-6).

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

Hosts: Joe Preti, Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin

Suggested Titles: Prophet Vol. 1, Scud the Dispodable Assassin, Four Eyes Vol. 1

Selected Title: Prophet vol 1