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superherogirl

This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??The Adventures of Superhero Girl, by Faith Erin Hicks.??Superhero Girl was originally published weekly online from 2010-2012, and was reprinted in color by Dark Horse??in 2013. It features the lighthearted (mis)adventures of the eponymous Superhero Girl (for whom no other name is ever supplied) as she struggles against bad hair days, her own (evil) future self, and a never-ending supply of ninjas.

It can be read for free online in its original form at??superherogirladventures.blogspot.com/.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Mind MGMT;??Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman; Johnny the Homicidal Maniac; and Runaways, Vol. 1??for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Mind MGMT, #1-18.

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

Top of the Stack is a weekly show presented by View from the Gutters that highlights single issue comics that were released that week.

Hosts: Andrew Chard, Eric Manix

Title card designed by: Eric Trautmann https://www.erictrautmann.us/

This episode we discuss:
0:16 Batman Eternal #3
3:12 Flash #30
9:45 Batman Superman #9
10:43 Secret Origins #1
17:08 Justice league United #0
18:09 Electra #1
19:49 Original Sin #0
22:19 Daredevil #2
23:17 Avengers Undercover #3
23:55 Conan the Avenger #3
27:31 Lazarus #8
28:30 Hacktivist #4
29:26 Manhattan Projects #20
29:40 Bunker #3
31:00 Massive #22
31:09 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33
31:28 7th Sword #1
31:51 City Mind in the Machine #3
33:28 Mind MGMT #21
34:09 Witcher #2
35:22 Soverign #2
37:35 Eltingville Club #1
39:52 Undertow #3
40:40 Dead Body Road #5

Collected Editions:
41:05 Mighty Thor Walter Simonson vol 5 TPB
43:57 Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction HC
45:25 Books of Magic TPB
46:56 Something Strange HC
47:38 The Killer Omnibus vol 1 TPB

Top of the Stack: Conan the Avenger #1, 7th Sword #1/City mind in the Machine #3

superiorspiderman

This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??The Superior Spider-Man, written by Dan Slott with art by??Ryan Stegman,??Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and others. Beginning in January 2013 and ending this month,??Superior Spider-Man??is??not??the story of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man. Doctor Octopus??swapped brains with Peter in??Amazing Spider-Man #700, leaving Peter to die is Doc Ock’s terminally sick body. Otto, however, swears that he will devote himself to not simply continue the legacy of Spider-Man, but to become the??Superior Spider-Man, outdoing his arch-rival by doing more with his life than Peter ever did.

Thus begins??The Superior Spider-Man, as we witness Otto adapting to life as Peter Parker and putting his own unique spin on what it means to be Spider-Man.??Superior??has been an interesting change in status quo for??Spider-Man as a comic, altering much of the landscape of what??Spider-Man has been over the past 50 years, moreso even than when Peter was previously replaced by his clone (who legit everyone thought was the original Peter, until it turned out he wasn’t, and then he died; comics everybody).

This series also sees the return of fan-favorite Spider-Man 2099, as well as other??nods to the 2099 line??such as the founding of future megacorp Alchemax.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Dumbing of Age, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, and Juice Squeezers??for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??The Adventures of Superhero Girl. You can read it for free online at superherogirladventures.blogspot.com.

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

In a recent episode of the podcast??we spoke in passing about the ???future of comics,??? in the context of digital releases. In that conversation we touched on both motion comics and infinite comics, and I wanted to speak about both types of comics a little bit more and the future of digital comics in general, because I think we are in an important moment of transition right now in terms of the way that graphic narratives are presented.

Comics possess an entire visual language with its own particular lexicon and kind of grammar. Word balloons, for example, are a piece of visual grammar. They do not correspond to anything in reality, but they are a commonly understood element of the visual language of comics. By the same measure so are the breakdowns of panels and pages, as well as graphic elements such as motion lines, swirlies, anger fumes, and any number of other visual flourishes which artists employ to depict certain actions or emotions. There are even dialects, of sorts, within comics. Japanese comics depict rapid motion differently than western comics do. They also have their own visual language for depicting emotions like embarrassment or extreme anger, such as the enormous sweat drop.

But imagine for a moment a comic which could change to reflect where the reader is when it is read. Read it in one place, and it is set in New York City. Read it in another and the panels magically change and it is set in Seattle. Read a panel and watch a character actually blushing red, or hear the click as a gun is cocked. Instead of turning a page, tap on a panel and watch it expand to fill the screen as a whole new page. Continue Reading

Top of the Stack is a weekly show presented by View from the Gutters that highlights single issue comics that were released that week.

Hosts: Andrew Chard, Eric Manix, Chris Johnson

Title card designed by: Eric Trautmann https://www.erictrautmann.us/

This episode we discuss:
0:22 Batman Eternal #2
5:19 Hulk #1
7:14 Translucid #1
12:11 Star Mage #1
14:10 Genesis GN
16:28 Batman #30
17:54 Ultimate FF #1
20:41 Sinestro #1
22:06 Caption Action Cat #1
23:23 Solar Man of the Atom #1
25:19 Ms Marvel #3
28:22 Stray Bullets Killers #2
30:38 American Vampire Second Cycle #2
31:42 Winter Soldier #3
34:01 Thor God of Thunder #21
34:46 Superior Spider-Man #31
36:10 Mega Man #35
37:01 Mercenary Sea #3
40:26 Skinned #1
41:13 X-Men Rant

Collected Editions:
43:16 Gaijin American Prisoner of War GN
44:16 Family Ties GN
46:10 Daytripper Deluxe Edition HC
46:41 Justice League of America Omnibus HC
47:43 Sex Criminal vol. 1
47:57 Daredevil HC vol 7
48:23 Superior Spider-Man vol 5
48:41 Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC vol 2

49: 30 Top of the Stack: Ms. Marvel #3, Mercenary Sea #3, Translucid #1

darkknight

On this giant-sized episode of??View from the Gutters??our topic work is Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, written and penciled by Frank Miller, with inks by??Klaus Janson and colors by??Lynn Varley. The Dark Knight Returns??is one of the seminal Batman works, and along with Year One (released the following year, also written by Miller) not only helped redefine Batman in the post-Silver Age period but also inspired a generation of comic creators.??It is credited as one of the books that ended the Silver Age itself, along with??Watchmen??and??Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In??The Dark Knight Returns we find a 55-year old Bruce Wayne, retired from his Batman persona, struggling to find meaning in his life without the crusade. Shortly after the book begins Wayne puts on the Batman again for the first time in years, once again trying to save a Gotham City on the brink of anarchy, but this time struggling not just against criminality gone rampant, not just against the police, but against his own mortality.

The Dark Knight Returns is a dark and violent book, which demonstrates Miller’s brilliance as a writer and artist, as well as many of his worst flaws???not least of which is the pervasive undertone of misogyny which permeates so much of Miller’s work. This is a very conflicted piece of work, but it’s also critical to understanding the evolution both of Batman as a character and superheroes as a genre.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Heck; The Red Wing; The Hedge Knight, Vol. 1 & 2; and The Superior Spider-Man #1-31, for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??The Superior Spider-Man #1-31.

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

??annihilation

This week on??View from the Gutters??our topic work is??Annihilation, Vol. 1-3, primarily by Keith Giffen (with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning), and art by??Andrea Di Vito and others.??Annihilation is the 2006 event book that kicked off the modern era of Marvel’s cosmic-level characters, featuring appearances from Nova, Starlord (of later Guardians of the Galaxy fame), Thanos, Galactus, like 5 heralds of Galactus, Annihilus, and too many others to mention.

It is an epic tale of inter-galactic war and death on a scale never before realized. The Annihilation Wave???a vast army from the Negative Zone, lead by Annihilus???cuts a bloody swath across the universe destroying everything in its path. Those few heroes (and not so heroic individuals) band together in order to stop the unstoppable, no matter the cost.

This is one of the best Marvel event books of the past decade, and for anyone interested in the forth-coming??Guardians of the Galaxy movie, or the Marvel cosmos in general, it’s the perfect place to get started as this event retooled and relaunched many of these characters who had not been seen in some time.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, The Sixth Gun, Captain America and Falcon: Secret Empire, and Trillium for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is??Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

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