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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1 & 2, by Ted Naifeh. First released by Oni Press in 2002, it’s titular protagonist is Courtney Crumrin, a teenage girl who moves with her parents—a pair of social climbing nitwits—into the home of her great uncle Aloysius. Or perhaps her great-great uncle. No one seems to be sure.

Courtney soon discovers that her uncle is a powerful warlock, and begins to help herself to his mystic knowledge to both benefit herself and combat the Night Things—creatures of myth and fable that seem to inhabit her new home town in prodigious numbers. As the series develops Courtney—and we the audience—learn more about the world of witchcraft which she inhabits, and the magical community which she now finds herself a part of.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Top 10, Swamp Thing, Moon Knight, Girl Genius, and Southern Bastards for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan, Vol. 1.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Tobiah Panshin, and Adam Panshin.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation Broken Ground, by Greg Rucka with art by Steve Rolston. Queen and Country is a modern espionage/thriller inspired by British TV series such as The Sandbaggers.

It primarily follows the missions of Tara Chace, as well as her co-workers in an MI-6 Special Intelligence Services group generally referred to as “The Minders.” In this first storyline we see Tara assassinate a former soviet general turned black market arms dealer, and the series of repercussions that result from that act.

Queen and Country is hands down one of the greatest examples of its genre, both in its comic book form and novels which expand Tara’s story. If you wish to read the rest of the series, this is the recommended reading order mentioned on the episode:

Queen and Country, Vol. 1-4
Queen and Country: Declassified, Vol. 1
Queen and Country, Vol. 5 & 6
Queen and Country: Declassified, Vol. 2
Queen and Country, Vol. 7
A Gentleman’s Game (Novel)
Queen and Country, Vol. 8
Private Wars (Novel)
The Last Run (Novel)

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Prince of Cats, Parker: The Hunter, Northlanders, and The Fuse for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Fuse, Vol. 1.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Hopeless Savages, by Jen Van Meter and various artists. It’s the story of the Hopeless-Savage family, as told from the perspective of the youngest daughter, Skank Zero Hopeless-Savage. In the first story, after Zero’s parents (noted 70s punk rockers Dirk Hopeless and Nikki Savage) are kidnapped, she assembles her siblings Twitch Strummer, Arsenal Fierce, and Rat Bastard to find and rescue their lost parents.

Hopeless Savages is an all ages story, featuring a compelling cast with strong family bonds. It uses a variety of  styles across its three stories, and is artfully drawn. It combines deep characters with an emotionally honesty which is rare in a comic written for all ages.

For discussion about this book, please check out our open discussion thread on reddit, where we invite you to share your own thoughts on this week’s book.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Chew, Titans: Old Friends, Powerless, Scurvy Dogs, and The Infinity Gauntlet for discussion, and our selected title is The Infinity Gauntlet.

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

This is our special “Ladies Night” episode, staring none of the regular hosts! We’ll be back next episode, having read the book our guest hosts picked for us. Enjoy this view into the perspectives of four female comic fans.

Hosts: Amarantha Kost, “Kirby” Green, Kayleigh Fleeman, Annjeanette Thompson

Suggested Titles: I Kill Giants, Empowered, Locke & Key, Echo

Selected Title: I Kill Giants