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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 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.

daytripper

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Daytripper, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. It is the critically acclaimed story of the life and deaths of Bras de Olivias Dominguez. Each issue follows Bras at a different moment in his life, and each one ends with his demise. It is a meditation on the nature of life and death, and about stories.

It is an experience far outside the mainstream of comics, and one not to be missed. The artwork is rendered in a beautiful style which expertly complements the story, which is equally tender, uplifting, and heart-wrenching.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Private Eye, Vol. 1; Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers; Spacetrawler; and Planet Hulk for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Private Eye. It is available digitally on a “Pay What You Want” basis (including free) at http://panelsyndicate.com/.

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

animalman

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, Cade Reynolds

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.

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