A fastball special, as any avid X-Men reader will know, is a combat maneuver usually performed by Colossus and Wolverine, in which the large, metal Russian strongman throws the short, indestructible Canadian berserker at their opponent. It looks something like this:

Art by Alan Davis, courtesy of marvel.wikia.com

Art by Alan Davis, courtesy of marvel.wikia.com

A gutterball, of course, is my signature bowling move, in which the ball goes in the gutter and fails to strike any of the pins. The title, “Gutterball Special,” is not simply self-deprecation, however: in comics, the gutters refer to the space between the panels. This being a blog about comics, that is exactly the space I intend to occupy.

Thus: welcome to Gutterball Special. I am your host, Aaron Alex King.