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
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!