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tmnt

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is IDW’s??Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol. 1.??Created in 1984, TMNT was at the forefront of the anthro-boom of the mid and late 80s, and have been featured in dozens of comics, cartoons, movies, and toy series. For those who have grown up under a rock, TMNT features the adventures of four anthropomorphic ninja turtles and their allies fighting thugs, monsters, and aliens on Earth, in space, and even in parallel dimensions.

The IDW series serves as a new beginning for the Turtles, and features both a retold origin for the cast as well as the return of creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird to the series. In this series the Turtles are still learning about themselves and the world they inhabit, unaware of the forces aligned against them, such as the other-worldly (and classic villain) General Krang.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated DC: The New Frontier, X-Men: Mutant Massacre, Erfworld Book 1: The Battle for Gobwin Knob, X-Treme X-Men, and Justice League International for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Erfwold??Book 1: The Battle for Gobwin Knob??(readable online at erfworld.com)

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

betaray

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is??The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill, by the legendary Walt Simonson. The arc???currently collected In Thor Visionaries: Walt Simonson, Vol. 1???formed the beginning of Walt Simonson’s classic character redefining run on the title, introduced the character of Beta Ray Bill, and foreshadowed events that continue to influence Thor even today.

Simonson’s time writing and drawing Thor in the mid 80s continues to be a stellar example of what 80s comics could produce. It transformed Thor from a super-hero with a secret identity and damsel love-interest into a full-time god who transversed the star-ways and battled elves and demons. This is the beginning of an era as important to Marvel as Jim Steranko’s??time on Nick Fury: Agent of Shield or Chris Claremont’s relaunch of the X-Men in Giant-Sized X-Men #1

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated??Cerebus, Vol. 1, X-Men: Vignettes, The Rabbi’s Cat, The Invincible Ironman: The Five Nightmares, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles, Vol. 1 (IDW) for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles, Vol. 1 (IDW)

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

godland

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is??G??dland, by??Joe Casey and Tom Scioli. First released in 2005, G??dland is a wild, weird comic that takes on the style of Jack Kirby from his seminal creations The Eternals and??The Fourth World, treats it??as a genre, and leaps off from there into even stranger directions.

The comic follows the adventures of Adam Archer, the only surviving astronaut from the first manned mission to Mars, who discovers an alien device which grants him awesome super powers. In volume one he encounters strange super-villains, alien dogs, and a legion of cosmic babies. This is one of the oddest comics we’ve read on??View from the Gutters, and it definitely did not disappoint!

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Batman: The Cult, Thor Visionaries – Walt Simonson, Vol. 1, Meanwhile, The Underwater Welder, and The New Warriors: Reality Check for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Thor Visionaries – Walt Simonson, Vol. 1.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Eric Manix, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.

killingjoke

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is??Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Released as a one-shot in 1988, The Killing Joke is a classic Batman story which defined the character of The Joker in the post-Crisis DC Universe, and had resounding effects on the Batman family of characters.

The Killing Joke has remained a topic of much debate, even 25 years after its release, and it stands as one of the critical works for anyone interested in the history of superhero comics broadly, the DC universe generally, and Batman specifically. It is also the “origin”, in a sense, for the character of Oracle.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Powerless, Godland, The Adventures of Barry Ween: Boy Genius, and Spider-Man: Blue for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Godland.

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