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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is JLA/Avengers, by Kurt Busiek and George Perez. Originally planned for release in the early 1980s, this long awaited team-up between the Justice League of America and the Avengers did not see the light of day until more than 20 years later… and that shows.

JLA/Avengers features a crisis of infinite proportions as the Marvel and DC Universes slowly collide. Meanwhile, the mysterious Grandmaster and the equally mysterious Krona battle by proxy in a game that will decide the fate of both universes!

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Sixth Gun, All-New Ghost Rider, Pedro and Me, Atomic Robo, Anime Club, and Penny Dora and the Wishing Box for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is All-New Ghost Rider.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

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The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In this episode of The Long Run we talk about The Sandman, created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg.

First published in 1989 and running through 1996, The Sandman was part of the British invasion of comics in the 80s, and was foundational to the creation of Vertigo as an imprint of DC along with titles such as John Constantine: Hellblazer and Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. It was also a hugely important work in the evolution of mainstream American comics, and its influence is still felt strongly today in works like Loki: Agent of Asgard.

It begins with Dream of The Endless—also known as Morpheus, the King of Dreams—being imprisoned in a bottle for most of the 20th Century, followed by his eventual escape and return to power. In the 75 issues which follow Gaiman explores the lives of Morpheus and his siblings; the nature of dreams, stories, and myths; and the way in which those stories impact the lives of human beings.

It’s an extraordinarily contemplative work which will be rewarding to the close reader, and often appears on “best of…” lists of all types.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Akira, the manga written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit DeForge, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Thor (2014), by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman. For this episode we read issues #1-7 and Thor Special #1. Released in the wake of Thor Odinson becoming unworthy of wielding Mjolnir during the events of Original Sin, this new series begins with a mysterious woman lifting the hammer from its resting place on the Moon.

The new Thor–whose secret identity remains a mystery as of the recording of this episode–launches on a series of adventures battling frost giants, Malekith the Accursed, and the Roxxon Corporation under the malevolent guidance of Dario Agger. Meanwhile, the old Thor–now simply called Odinson–struggles with his unworthiness and changing sense of identity, while trying to discover who is beneath Thor’s helmet.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Batman: Murder/Fugative, Chew, Afterlife with Archie, JLA/Avengers, and Comeback for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is JLA/Avengers.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Brant Gillihan-Eddy.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Change, by Ales Kot and Morgan Jeske. I’m not even going to try to summarize what this book is even about, so this week you’re just getting the blurb:

Dear Los Angeles: meet apocalypse. You have one day left. Unless, of course, someone decides to save you. Possible saviors include: a foul-mouthed struggling screenwriter who moonlights as a car thief, an obscenely wealthy rapper, a dying cosmonaut on his way back to Earth and one very deranged little boy. Good luck.

Change is, suffice it to say, surreal to the extreme, and not for the faint of heart.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Ghost Rider 2099, Thor (2014), Paranatural, Friends with Boys, and Howtoons: (Re)ignition, for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Thor (2014). We will be reading the entire series currently available, issues #1-7 and Annual #1.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Superman Unchained, by Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, and Dustin Nguyen. Published in 2013, the 9-issue mini-series was released to coincide with the Man of Steel film as well as Superman’s 75th anniversary. It features the reveal of a mysterious alien government operative who possesses stronger versions of all of Superman’s powers, who challenges Kal-El to re-examine the choices he’s made about how to be a hero.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Chew, Rocket Raccoon & Groot: The Complete Collection and Rocket Raccoon Volume 1: A Chasing Tale, Umbrella Academy, Shazam and the Monster Society of Evil, Velvet, and our Patreon listener pitch for this week, Change, for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Change, by Ales Kot and Morgan Jeske.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Avengers: Rage of Ultron, by Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña, and Dean White. Part of Marvel’s series of Original Graphic Novels, Rage of Ultron is primarily a story about lineage, and of fathers and sons.

It features another in a long series of battles between The Avengers and their long-time foe Ultron, with a particular focus on the relationship between Hank Pym and his “son” Ultron, as well as Ultron’s own relationship with his “son”, The Vision.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Ministry of Space, Black Science (Vol. 2), Superman Unchained, Madame Xanadu, Bad Houses, and MPH for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Superman Unchained.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Wayward, by Jim Zub, John Rauch, and Steve Cummings. The series features Rori Lane, a half-Irish half-Japanese teenager who moves to Japan for the first time to live with her mother. She quickly discovers that she possesses a secret magic, and encounters others with special powers as well as various magical monsters.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Afterlife with Archie, Superman Unchained, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, and The Fade Out for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Avengers: Rage of Ultron.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Cade Reynolds.