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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.

After recording our episode on The Sandman, we found that some of our hosts had more yet to say about this incredible work. So here we are again for a short addendum to our regular episode. If you have not listened to it already, please listen to episode 11 of The Long Run before this episode.

Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Kit DeForge.

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 The Sandman, created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg.

First published in 1989 and running through 1996, The Sandman was part of the British invasion of comics in the 80s, and was foundational to the creation of Vertigo as an imprint of DC along with titles such as John Constantine: Hellblazer and Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. It was also a hugely important work in the evolution of mainstream American comics, and its influence is still felt strongly today in works like Loki: Agent of Asgard.

It begins with Dream of The Endless—also known as Morpheus, the King of Dreams—being imprisoned in a bottle for most of the 20th Century, followed by his eventual escape and return to power. In the 75 issues which follow Gaiman explores the lives of Morpheus and his siblings; the nature of dreams, stories, and myths; and the way in which those stories impact the lives of human beings.

It’s an extraordinarily contemplative work which will be rewarding to the close reader, and often appears on “best of…” lists of all types.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Akira, the manga written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Royals: Masters of War, by Rob Williams and Simon Coleby. Published by Vertigo, The Royals is an alternate history of World War II in a universe where those of royal lineage possess superpowers. It stars Prince Henry of England, who unknowningly breaks a pact between the world royalty to not become directly involved in the conflicts between their nations.

What follows is a very different world war, as Henry—along with his siblings—become immersed in a super-powered battle spanning the globe which threatens to tear their family and the world apart.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Federal Bureau of Physics, Journey into Mystery: Featuring Sif, Alex + Ada, and Nailbiter for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Nailbiter, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

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 Preacher, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

First published in 1995, Preacher is dark nuevo-western which follows the life of Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas preacher who bonds with a half-demon half-angel called Genesis which grants him the “Voice of God.” Jesse teams up with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vampire named Cassidy on a road trip across the United States in search of God, all the while being pursued by a resurrected cowboy known as the Saint of Killers.

Preacher was one of the break-out hits of the 90s, and has influenced numerous works since. It is almost amongst Ennis and Dillon’s most notable works, along with collaborations on Hellblazer and Punisher.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Sandman, by Neil Gaiman and various artists.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Swamp Thing, by Brian K. Vaughan with art by Roger Petersen and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Published in 2000, this volume of Swamp Thing follows the daughter of Alec Holland, Tefé—a hybrid human and plant elemental, who travels the world in search of personal understanding and to find a way to balance the two sides of herself.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Wonder Woman: Hiketeia, Captain Marvel, COPRA, Daredevil: Guardian Devil, and Nimona for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Wonder Woman: Hiketeia.

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

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Losers, Book 1, by Andy Diggle and Jock. This book collects issues 1-12 of the series, previously collected as volumes 1 & 2, Ante Up and Double Down, respectively. The titular Losers are a band of special forces operatives working (initially) as a CIA black ops team. Before the series begins, however, their handler—the mysterious Max—attempts to have the group killed for seeing something they weren’t supposed to see. The series proper begins 5 years later, when the team assembles to track down and get their revenge on Max, and hopefully get their names taken off the CIA death list at the same time.

The Losers is part intense action flick, part espionage-thriller, expertly combining the best aspects of both. Diggle’s writing is sharp, and mates perfectly with Jock’s high-contrast artwork. The Losers is one of the great action comics of the 21st century, and should rightfully be on the book-shelf of anyone who considers themselves an aficionado of comic books.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated DC: The New Frontier, Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1 & 2, Phonogram: Rue Britannia, and The Mercenary Sea for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Adam Panshin, Joe Preti, and the ghost of Cade Reynolds.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Wake by Scott Snyder with art by Sean Murphy and colors by Matt Hollingsworth. The Wake is a strange tale that mixes elements of science fiction and horror. It begins with the story of Lee Archer, a marine biologist who is approached by the Department of Homeland Security to investigate a mystery on a secret underwater oil rig. Not all is as it first appears, however, and the story slowly evolves to encompass billions of years of human history and a struggle for the future of mankind.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Pariah Missouri, The Brave and the Bold (Waid), The Light, Jan’s Atomic Heart, and Queen and Country for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation Broken Ground.

(Note: The original Volume 1 contains issues #1-4 . The currently in print Definitive Edition of Q&C contains the first 12 issues. This is a great value and we highly recommend picking it up, but for Episode 81 we will only be reading the first 4.)

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

Click here for the Pariah, Missouri kickerstarter. Volume 1 is available here (but appears to be sold out as of this posting).

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