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kingdom1

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is??Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. Originally published as a 4-issue Elseworlds story,??Kingdom Come is one possible future of the DC Universe. A future in which conflicts between generations of heroes boil into apocalyptic battles.

It is a meditation on the nature of heroes in the DCU, and also a reflection on the state of superheroes in the 90s (which is all the more amazing for the fact that this comic was itself released in 1996).??It is considered by some to be Alex Ross’s magnum opus, and is beautifully rendered in full oil paintings.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Scud: The Disposable Assassin, Battling Boy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, Pride of Baghdad, and Conan: Queen of the Black Coast??for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Scud: The Disposable Assassin.

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

From Bleeding Cool:

For nearly 30 year???s,??Stan Sakai??has been entertaining us. From lettering??Groo the Wanderer??with??Sergio Argones??and??Mark Evanier??to his own creation??Uasgi Yojimbo, Stan has set the high-water mark for creator-owned comics.

Now Stan is dealing with one of the pitfalls of doing creator-owned comics??? his wife Sharon has been battling a debilitating illness for a while that has included a long hospital stay and convalescence. She is home now but needs 24-hour care and medication and its more than their insurance covers.

CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society??is putting together an auction where 100% of the proceeds will go to Stan and Sharon to pay their on-going medical expenses. CAPS is asking for fellow cartoonist and comic book artists to contribute original artwork to the cause.

Any artist interested in contributing can send artwork (including your name, estimated value and any additional comments or description) to:

CAPS ??P.O. Box 656, Burbank CA. 91503

loadedbible

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is??Loaded Bible, Book 1: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels, by??Tim Seeley. Published from 2006-2008,??Loaded Bible is the story of the second coming of Jesus (sort of) in the post-apocalyptic ruins of the United States. It follows his adventures as he fights vampires, conflicts with the church, and tries to figure out his place both as a savior and a man.

Loaded Bible is a crazy fun trip, with incredible designs and a classic B-movie style. It’s our second work by Tim Seeley in recent weeks (you can check out our previous episode on Revival). The two works represent an interesting contrast, especially as Seeley worked with Mike Norton on both books.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Todd: The Ugliest Kid on Earth, Kingdom Come, Enemy Ace: War in Heaven, and God Hates Astronauts for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Kingdom Come.

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

thor

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is??Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2, by Jason Aaron and??Esad Ribic. Collecting the first two arcs of the Marvel NOW relaunch of Thor, this series takes a closer look at Thor not purely as a hero, but as a god. Thor follows a mysterious trail of dead gods across time and space, learning about and confronting??the mysterious godbutcher across three different times.

Beautifully illustrated by Esad Ribic,??God of Thunder??is one of the best Marvel NOW relaunches (a crowded field, to say the least). It addresses an element of Thor which has been long neglected, and leaves nothing on the field when it comes to showing the spectacle and grandeur of the god of thunder unleashed.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Loaded Bible, Book 1: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels, Daughters of the Dragon, Flash: Fastest Man Alive, and Justice League of America: The Tornado’s Path for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Loaded Bible, Book 1: The Jesus vs. Vampires Gospels.

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

strangeattractors

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is Strange Attractors, by??Charles Soule,??Greg Scott, and??Robert Saywitz. Set in present day New York City,??Strange Attractors is the story of a young graduate student, an aging math professor, and the odd magic they weave protecting New York from collapsing into chaos.

It features an elegant style of artwork which grounds the realism of the story, and impresses upon the reader just how close we are to a world like this one. It’s also a great story if you like math wizards and acts of??SCIENCE!??While not necessarily to everyone’s tastes,??Strange Attractors??is another incredible independent release by Archaia Press, who have published several great works previously either recommended or discussed on the podcast, including Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Global Frequency, Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2, Saga, Vol. 1, Young Avengers: Sidekicks, and Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1??for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Thor: God of Thunder, Vol. 1 & 2.

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

With the program moving into its second year we are looking at creating lots of new content, including additional bonus episodes, expanded video content, interviews, and more. But, as with all endeavors, there are various costs associated with producing a weekly podcast. To that end we have added a donation button on the sidebar on the right.

If you would like to support View from the Gutters, please click early and often. Any funds raised will only be used to defray costs associated with the podcast, and definitely not to build a commemorative statue of Joe Preti made entirely out of caramel. Definitely not that. Who would want that… being able to just take a big delicious bite out of his stupid caramelly head? Nobody, that’s who.

Right. So please do the right thing, and support your local podcast. We’ll know if you don’t.

supermarket-cover

This week on??View from the Gutters, our topic work is??Supermarket, written by??Brian Wood??and illustrated by??Kristian Donaldson, published in 2006. Set in a cyberpunk-ish near future,??Supermarket is the story of a teenage girl name Pella Suzuki, who mediates on her existence and the city we know only as “The Supermarket”, in between bouts of fleeing from the rival organized crime families who killed her parents.

Supermarket is a radical and colorful comic with an amazing amount of style, and just enough grounded realism to almost-but-not-quite be cartoony, and it’s a hell of a fun read.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Daredevil: Yellow, Strange Attractors, The Five Fists of Science, The Black Beetle, and The Plain Janes for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Strange Attractors.

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