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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??Stormwatch,??The 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.

 

A New Way to Listen

As we approach our 50th episode, we’ve been getting a great response from our listeners (thanks guys!). We love hearing from people, and among the feedback we’ve gotten has been a??huge number of requests for a Youtube channel. Well, we listened to you and now that is a thing that exists.

You can find all of our existing episodes there now, and new episodes should go up on the Youtube channel later the same day that they are available on our podcast feed. So if that’s something you’re interested in be sure to subscribe, like us, or do whatever the heck it is that people do on Youtube to show that we’re awesome.

revival1

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is Revival, by??Tim Seeley and??Mike Norton:

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect.

Revival??is an excellent entry into the emerging genre of small-town supernatural horror stories, and contains more twists and reveals that readers might expect on first read.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Authority, Vol. 1, Daredevil: Born Again, Suburban Glamour, Batman: The Long Halloween, Godzilla: The Half-Century War for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??The Authority, Vol. 1.

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

longshot

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is X-Men: Longshot. Originally released in 1985-6 as a six-issue miniseries under the title simply??Longshot, this series introduced the characters of Longshot, Spiral, Mojo, and the rest of the Mojoverse to the Marvel Universe. Although Longshot would go on to join the X-Men the following year???and remain closely associated with the mutant arm of the MU thereafter, hence the title of the collection???this series didn’t feature any of the X-Men characters (although Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and Dr. Strange do make guest appearances).

Longshot is a strange story from a transitional time in comic books. It features the incredible artwork of Art Adams and is penned by Ann Nocenti, who went on to write a well-remembered run on Daredevil. In this story Longshot is a lost renegade with no memory, haunted/hunted by demons and searching to understand who he is and what his purpose is in life. It is far from a traditional super-hero story, and stands out as an oddity even by the standards of Marvel.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Justice League of America: Zatanna’s Serach, Wolverine Legends, Vol. 5: Snikt, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, Supreme: Story of the Year, and Revival for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Revival.

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

empowered

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 the second episode of this bonus series, we talk about Volumes 1-7 of Adam Warren’s??Empowered.

First published in 2007,??Empowered is a refreshing take on the superhero genre. While at first glance it seems to be yet another cheesecake comic book,??Empowered??lampoons, deconstructs, and reconstructs the many genre conventions that compose superhero fiction with a level of wit and savvy that few “serious” comics manage. It features the adventures of the titular Empowered as she struggles with self-confidence, body image issues, and a universe that seems at times designed to get her down, all while trying to live up to her own ideals of what a superhero should be.

It is an incredibly human work that manages to talk about serious issues and still be a hell of a lot of fun, while telling an engaging story at the same time.??Empowered??stands as one of the great modern superhero comics, which ironically seems to struggle with being taken seriously in much the same way as its own protagonist.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, “Kirby” Green, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds

erfworld

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Erfwold Book 1: The Battle for Gobwin Knob. Erfworld is an ongoing webcomic series first released in 2006. It features the somewhat bizarre adventures of Parson Gotti, a master strategy wargamer who has been summoned into/trapped in a universe which operates according to the rules of a wargame.

Forced into the role of Chief Warlord for the side of Gobwin Knob and ordered to win an unwinnable battle against a vastly superior foe, Parson must apply every ounce of his cunning???and a few dirty tricks as well??? to win, while learning the rules of this universe at the same time.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Top 10, JLA, Vol. 1: New World Order, X-Men: Longshot, Hard Time, and Superman: Red Son for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is X-Men: Longshot

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