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On this episode of Back Matter, we were suddenly not able to record our regular episode at literally the last minute! Instead our hosts congratulate Joe and Kirbotron on their recent nuptials, respond to comments on our last episode, and discuss recent releases and announcements from DC Comics.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, and Adam Panshin.

planetary

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Planetary, by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday. Release between 1999 and 2009 and running for a staggering 27 issues, Planetary is one of Ellis’ master works. Nominally set in the Wildstorm comics universe, it is the story of Elijah Snow—one of the Century Babies: a group of apparently immortal superhumans all born on January 1, 1900—and the Planetary Organization, a group of crypto-archeologists dedicated to uncovering the secret history of the 20th Century.

Planetary is in many ways an attempt to make sense of a century of popular media. It makes frequent references to other works, including numerous characters from DC and Marvel, as well as Kaiju films, 50s B-movies, various stories and characters from the pulp magazines, and many more. It is also an exemplary supers story in and of itself, and expands upon the ideas Ellis presented in his two other notable Wildstorm works, Stormwatch and The Authority.

We encourage our listeners to share your own thoughts and discuss this week’s book either as a comment on our website, or on our Facebook page.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Luthor Strode Vol. 1 & 2, Boba Fett: Death, Lies, and Treachery, Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, Mouse Guard, and Samurai Cat #1-3 for discussion, and our selected title is Mouse Guard. We will be reading the collected volumes of Fall, Winter, and The Black Axe, as well as the Spring one-shot issue.

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

authority

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is The Authority, by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. An important touchstone of modern comics, The Authority is the banner example of the “widescreen comics” movement of the late 90s and early 00s which massively influenced the style and tone of super-hero comics of the last decade (and directly inspired the creation of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe).

Following directly from Ellis’s run on StormwatchThe Authority is a story which explores the idea of  a JLA-like group stripped of many of the genre conventions we typically associate with super-heroes, and is in many ways a reaction to Grant Morrison’s then-recent work on Justice League of America. It stands as an important work in the canon of super-hero comics, and it’s a great read to boot.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Outsiders, Vol. 1: Looking for Trouble, Supermarket, The Hedge Knight, Thunderbolts, Vol. 1, Azumanga Daioh, and Lazarus for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Supermarket.

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

 

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Desolation Jones, by Warren Ellis, J.H. Williams III, and Danijel Zezelj.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Earth X, Battlefields Vol. 2: Dear Billy, The Sixth Gun Vol. 1, and Cowboy Ninja Viking Vol. 1 for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Earth X.

Our hosts for this episode were Matt McGinnis, Bernard Viray, Joe Preti, and Andrew Chard.