All posts tagged IDW

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Richard Stark’s??Parker, adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke. The series follows the eponymous Parker, a professional criminal in the 1960s who we are introduced to as he is seeking revenge against several??former compatriots who double crossed him and left him for dead.

In the subsequent volumes we see Parker in some of his other adventures, including committing heists, escaping the law, and combating an organized crime group known only as “The Outfit.”

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kit DeForge, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading??Engima,??by Peter Milligan??and??Duncan Fegredo.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month:??Jeb Korzilius, “Mike”, Jeremy Ballard,??Chris Bianculli,??Tony Queretaro,??Kerfy Gonzo, Shopping Mall Krampus, Becca Levendowski, and Bryan May.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Kill Shakespeare, by??Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, and Andy Belanger. The series follows Hamlet, of the Shakespeare play, who???having left Denmark and sailed for England as he should???is beset by pirates.??After escaping a bloody battle on a plank of wood Hamlet awakens not in England, but in a land populated by Shakespearian characters,??in the castle of Richard III.

He is soon embroiled in a great war between various factions, all seeking The Bard himself, for their own purposes.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Black Science, The Thessaliad, Friends with Boys, and Five Ghosts??for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is??Five Ghosts.

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Jem and the Holograms, by Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell, and M. Victoria Robado. This series is a revival, as well as a reimagining, of the outrageous 80s cartoon series of the same title.

It features the musical and romantic adventures of the eponymous band, composed of Jerrica Benton, along with her sisters Kimber, Aja, and Shana.??Following the recent death of their father, Jerrica???who suffers from crippling stage fright???uncovers his secret holographic supercomputer, Synergy, which she uses to transform into a glamorous and glittering alter-ego: Jem.??The group then??competes with rival band??The Misfits for fortune??and fame.

The series is light and colorful,??and strongly targeted towards younger readers.

This week we are adding a new feature to View from the Gutters. Each month one of our episodes will be devoted to a “redemption pick”???a previously pitched but unselected title picked by one of our hosts. We’ll be taking it in turns so that each of our six regular hosts gets two redemption picks each year. Our goal is to recover some of the books that have previously been benched due to our voting process, but which we feel??will prompt meaningful discussion.

Therefore, as selected by Joe??for Episode 150 we will be reading??Top 10, by Alan Moore.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated In Real Life, Bitch Planet, ODY-C, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is ODY-C. We will read that title for Episode 151.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti,??Missy Brinks-Hoppe, and Kirbotron 2000. Missy is the co-host of Fake Geek Girls, “a podcast looking at nerdy pop culture from both a fan and critical perspective.” We thank her greatly for joining us on this episode.

Welcome to our new Halloween bonus series,??Tales from the Gutter.??For the month of October we will be focusing each week on a different genre of horror/spooky comic.

This week we take a look at comics featuring monsters and the things that hunt them. To kick off this discussion, we read Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and art by Francesco Francavilla, October Faction by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, and iZombie by Chris Roberson with art by Mike Allred with colors by Laura Allred.

Our hosts for this episode are Kayleigh Fleeman, Kirbotron 2000, Kit DeForge and Cade Reynolds.??

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Mystery Society, by Steve Niles and Fiona Staples. Published in 2010 by IDW, it is a tongue-in-cheek story about a group of paranormal investigators led by Nick Mystery and his wife??Anastasia. The comic follows their adventures fighting the US government and searching for the stolen skull of Edgar Allen Poe.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated God Hates Astronauts, Namesake, Fearless Defenders, and Bedlam??for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is God Hates Astronauts.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Kayleigh Fleeman,??and Tobiah Panshin


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

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

Hosts: Joe Preti, Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Cade Reynolds

Suggested Titles: Powers, Batgirl: The Lesson, Turf, Luthor (Man of Steel)

Selected Title: Luthor (Man of Steel)

Hosts: Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Cade Reynolds, Joe Preti, Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin

Suggested Titles: 30 Days of Night, Rex Mundi, Asterios Polyp, Empire, Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil

Selected Title: Empire