Comic Book Club Four Year Anniversary Meeting: The Life & Times of Martha Washington, Transmet vols 3+4

Holy smokes, it’s the Ash Ave Comic Book Club’s fourth anniversary, and the beginning of our fifth year reading across the many genres of the comics medium.  I promise, it’s not an intentional tradition, but we’ll once again be tackling another comic from Frank Miller for our September 9 anniversary (last year we read and discussed Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s all time classic Batman Year One), this time he’s joined by comic legend Dave Gibbons (yes, of Watchman infamy) for the often overlooked epic The Life & Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century.  We will continue our ongoing reading of Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s Transmetropolitan with a discussion of volumes 3 and 4 on Sunday, September 23.

For a complete list of what our reading groups have read in year four, check out the list below as well as information for our September and October discussion groups.

September: Batman Year One + Saga of the Swamp Thing vol 5

October:  Uzumaki + Saga of the Swamp Thing vol 6

November: V For Vendetta

December: Klaus

January: Red Rocket 7

February: Hellblazer vols 1+5

March: Runaways + Hellblazer vol 6

April: Ronin + Hellblazer vol 7

May: Vision + Hellblazer vol 8

June: Hellboy Omnibus Seed of Destruction

July: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

August: Transmetropolitan vols 1+2

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of September’s title:

Sunday, September 9: The Life & Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century

Sunday, September 23: Transmetropolitan vols 3 and 4

Sunday, October 7: Wytches 

Sunday, October 21: Transmetropolitan vols 5 and 6

Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. Her fight will take her far, from the frontlines of the second American Civil War to the cold, unforgiving reaches of space. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights-liberty-will inspire a movement that will never surrender.
Collecting remastered versions of every Martha Washington story, an extensive behind-the-scenes section, an introduction by Frank Miller, and a brand-new cover by Dave Gibbons!

Comic Book Club August Meetings: Transmetropolitan vols 1+2

For August we will begin our latest long read with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s sci-fi classic Transmetropolitan (For those keeping track we’ve now read most of the Vertigo classics; Saga of the Swamp Thing, HellblazerPreacher, The Invisibles, Sandman, and Y The Last Man), we’ll begin with volume 1 on August 5, volume 2 on August 26, and will read two volumes a month in the following months until we conclude in December.  For our main title in September we will be reading Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ sci-fi saga of Martha Washington, this meeting will also be our Comic Book Club’s fourth anniversary, so we’ll probably be doing something special that night as well.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of August’s titles:

Sunday, August 5: Transmetropolitan vol 1

Sunday, August 26: Transmetropolitan vol 2

Sunday, September 9: The Life & Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century

Sunday, September 23: Transmetropolitan vols 3 and 4

After years of self imposed exile from a civilization rife with degradation and indecency, cynical journalist Spider Jerusalem is forced to return to a job he hates and a city he loathes. Working as an investigative reporter for the newspaper The Word, Spider attacks the injustices of his surreal 23rd century surroundings.  In this first volume, Spider ventures into the dangerous Angels 8 district, home of the Transients – humans who have decided to become aliens through cosmetic surgery. But Spider’s interview with the Transients’ leader gets him a scoop he didn’t bargain for. And don’t miss Spider’s first confrontation with the President of the United States . . . in a men’s room.

Comic Book Club July Meeting: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Our July title is a big one, and one of the most critically acclaimed, lauded, and awarded comic works in recent memory. For our Sunday, July 8 Comic Book Club we will be discussing Emil Ferris’ My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and we will begin our next ongoing comic book club in August with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s sci-fi classic Transmetropolitan.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of July’s title:

Sunday, July 8:
My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Sunday, August 5: Transmetropolitan vol 1

Sunday, August 19: Transmetropolitan vol 2

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a murder mystery, a family drama, a sweeping historical epic, and a psychological thriller about monsters, real and imagined. Set against the political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically visual style, Emil Ferris’ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb. This is a revelatory work of striking originality and will undoubtedly be greeted as the debut graphic novel of the year.

 

Comic Book Club June Meeting: Hellboy Omnibus Seed of Destruction

As summer finally arrives with June, it’s fitting that the Ash Ave Comic Book Club plumb the depths of darkness and horror with a character accustomed to the heat, with Mike Mignola’s classic comic creation Hellboy.   This month we will be reading and discussing Mike Mignola’s Eisner Award winning Dark Horse in the new chronologically ordered omnibus format, following that in July is Emil Ferris’ critically acclaimed graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and in August we’ll kick off our next ongoing read with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s Transmetropolitan.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of June’s title:

Sunday, June 3: Hellboy Omnibus: Seed of Destruction 

Sunday, July 8: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

 

The Hellboy saga begins-with over 300 pages drawn by Mignola! For the first time, Hellboy’s complete story is presented in chronological order for the ultimate reading experience.
The story jumps from Hellboy’s mysterious World War II origin to his 1994 confrontation with the man who summoned him to earth, and the earliest signs of the plague of frogs. Avoiding his supposed fate as the herald of the end of the world, Hellboy continues with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, fighting alongside Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and drafting Roger Homunculus into his own ill-fated service with the B.P.R.D.
This 368-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures published from 1994 to 1997, reprinting Seed of DestructionWake the Devil, and “Wolves of St August,” “The Chained Coffin,” and “Almost Colossus,” from The Chained Coffin and The Right Hand of Doom.

 

Comic Book Club May Meetings: Vision + Hellblazer vol 8

May is nearly here, and with it comes the high temps, and another month of the Ash Ave Comic Book Club! This month we will be reading and discussing Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Michael Walsh, and Mike Del Mundo’s Eisner Award winning Marvel mini-series Vision, and we will be concluding our reading of writer Garth Ennis’ run of Hellblazer with The Rake at the Gates of Hell. Coming up in June is Hellboy, and in July we’ll kick off our next ongoing read with Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s Transmetropolitan.

Our meetings begin at 6 PM, and per usual we recommend attendees BYOB (be it beer, beverage, or BBQ).  Listed below are our next two months of readings, and a photo and summary of May’s main title:

Sunday, May 6: The Vision

Sunday, May 20: Hellblazer vol 8

Sunday, June 3: Hellboy Omnibus: Seed of Destruction 

(W) Tom King (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Michael Walsh (CA) Mike Del Mundo
WINNER OF 2017 Eisner AWARD for Best Limited Series!
One of the most celebrated comic books of the century, collected alongside an expansive array of special features! Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family? So he heads back to the beginning – to the laboratory where Ultron created him as a weapon. The place where he first rebelled against his destiny and imagined that he could be more – that he could be a man. There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Teenage twins, Viv and Vin. They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition – or obsession? – the unrelenting need to be ordinary. Behold the Visions! Theirs is a story of togetherness and tragedy – one that will set the Android Avenger on course for a devastating confrontation with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Collecting VISION (2015) #1-12, plus the extras from VISION DIRECTOR’S CUT #1-6.