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

Paper Girls, Vol. 1-3

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by Cliff Chang, Jared K. Fletcher, and Matt Wilson

From Amazon:

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and special guest Annj.

Tobiah will be on a panel at Rose City Comic Con on Friday, Sept. 8, at 5pm. He would love it if you could be there.

Joe was on an episode of Radio vs. The Martians this week, talking about the films of Keanu Reeves. You should check it out.

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:

Kill Six Billion Demons – Vol. I

EVERYTHING by…. Tom Parkinson-Morgan

Brant says:

Lets play a game first read these two synopsis…

From Image:

In this collection of the first story arc of the popular webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons, sorority sister Allison Ruth must travel to Throne, the ancient city at the center of the multiverse, in an epic bid to save her boyfriend from the clutches of the seven evil kings that rule creation. Includes excerpts from in-universe religious texts, stories, and more.

From TVTropes:

God Is Dead. Far beyond Earth, The Multiverse is in chaos as criminals rule and callous kings maintain a fragile peace. One day, a mysterious and bloody figure appears to a barista named Allison Wanda Ruth, and bestows her with an Ancient Artifact known as the Key of Kings. In the process, Allison finds herself suddenly transported to the final resting place of the gods in the exact center of the multiverse, the red city of Throne. Allison must now travel through Throne and the 777,777 universes of creation to save her kidnapped boyfriend (even if he is a creep) and stop the plans of the stone angels, masked demons and mad god-kings that want her Key for themselves.

Brant says:

So remember when I said last time about East of West “Its a lot to take in…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 off-putting…”?

YYeeeaaaaahhhhh. If the synopsis comparison hasn’t given it away this work is pretty darn intense. Joe found it VERY off-putting, I am weirdly mixed on it, especially since recording the episode and mulling it over more and Tobiah seem pretty much all in. Adam seems between me and Tobiah? Probably closer to Tobiah than me.

So this is a weird read… And I mean that in like a very dictionary way, it has an odd flavor that isn’t like anything else and that can be a great thing if it hits you right. This book has found some very solid fans much in the way (as we briefly discuss) things like Homestuck or even something grander like Star Wars has in that its found a fan base that’s become interested in not just the text but the mythology and relationships of the back matter and so on. Not every work gets that level of attention.  Join use next time as we swing back into superheroes for Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet.

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

In this episode Tobiah references The Land of Make Believe, by Jaro Hess.

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:

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:

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:

Monstress

Story by . . . . . . Marjorie Liu
Art by . . . . . . . . Sana Takeda

From Image.com:

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

 

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Eddy, Joe Preti, and Tobiah Panshin. Our next episode will be a bonus episode featuring never before released content cut from our first 50 episodes. In two weeks we will be reading Brass Sun.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

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

Supreme: Blue Rose

Story by . . . . . . Warren Ellis
Art by . . . . . . . . Tula Lotay

From Goodreads:

…Supreme: Blue Rose re-introduces the central Image Comics character Supreme, in a multi-layered and often hallucinatory mystery presented by New York Times bestselling writer Warren Ellis and acclaimed new artist Tula Lotay in her astonishing graphic novel debut.

Brant says:

We work our way through an entire episode looking to express how Warren Ellis and other brit comic authors make us feel as we rave about Tula Lotay’s art and argue just how well we actually understood this book. We struggle to make Joe talk into his mic and we wax about Alan Moore in a positive light as we wonder how the hell Rob Leifeld ever convinced him to be involved in this property’s history that Ellis so capably takes on in his own intense way.

Our hosts for this episode are Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Lucky Penny.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Tony Queretaro, Chris Bianculli, Bryan May, Becca Levendowski, Addison Appleby, and Kerfy Gonzo.

 

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

Alex + Ada

Story by . . . . . . Sarah Vaughn, Jonathan Luna
Art by . . . . . . . . Jonathan Luna

Alex + Ada is a 15-issue SF/Romance series set in the near future. Several years before the beginning of the series the world’s first sentient AI was constructed and immediately went on a violent rampage. Following this all sentient AI were outlawed, although advanced non-sentient AI robots are prevalent.

The series follows a man, Alex, who is given such a non-sentient AI as a birthday present. Deeply unsatisfied with its lack of—for want of a better word—humanity, he sets on a course of action which leads him to “jailbreak” the robot, allowing it to achieve sentience. The series follows Alex and his now self-aware robot, Ada, as they navigate the perils of romance amid fear, violence, and deep-seated prejudice.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kit DeForge, Kayleigh Fleeman, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Deadpool, by Joe Kelly, #1-16.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeremy Ballard, Becca Levendowski, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, and Addison Appleby.