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This is week one of our Rocking September Batman 75th Anniversary Extravaganza. During the month of September we’ll be talking a lot about the caped crusader, starting right now.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Batman: Knightfall, the classic first part of the Knight Saga which saw Bruce Wayne confined to a wheelchair, replaced him with Azrael as the Batman in what can only be described as the raddest Robo-Bat-Armor imaginable, and introduced Bane.

It was part of a wave of events at DC which saw many of their marquee heroes replaced, and has since become an indelible part of the Batman canon, with images and motifs that are still being called back to today.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Asterios Polyp, The Transformers [originally published by Marvel, collected as Transformers Classics by IDW], Namor: The Sub-Mariner, and Genesis for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Transformers Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 (collecting issue #1-25 of the Marvel series).

You can hear more about Batman from our sister podcast, Out of the Fridge, at outofthefridgecomics.com.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Fuse, Vol. 1: The Russian Shift, by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood. In the far future, The Fuse is an autonomous space station in orbit above Earth, five miles long and home to half a million people. In volume 1 we follow police detectives Dietrich and Klem as they investigate a pair of murders that seem to lead straight to the office of the mayor himself.

You can download a free digital copy of Issue 1 directly from Image’s website.

This week we are kicking off our Rocking September Batman 75th Anniversary Extravaganza. During the month of September we’ll be talking a lot about the caped crusader, starting with next week’s episode for we all pitched a Bat-family book.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, Batman: Contagion, Batman: Knightfall, Gotham Central, and Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Batman: Knightfall.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation Broken Ground, by Greg Rucka with art by Steve Rolston. Queen and Country is a modern espionage/thriller inspired by British TV series such as The Sandbaggers.

It primarily follows the missions of Tara Chace, as well as her co-workers in an MI-6 Special Intelligence Services group generally referred to as “The Minders.” In this first storyline we see Tara assassinate a former soviet general turned black market arms dealer, and the series of repercussions that result from that act.

Queen and Country is hands down one of the greatest examples of its genre, both in its comic book form and novels which expand Tara’s story. If you wish to read the rest of the series, this is the recommended reading order mentioned on the episode:

Queen and Country, Vol. 1-4
Queen and Country: Declassified, Vol. 1
Queen and Country, Vol. 5 & 6
Queen and Country: Declassified, Vol. 2
Queen and Country, Vol. 7
A Gentleman’s Game (Novel)
Queen and Country, Vol. 8
Private Wars (Novel)
The Last Run (Novel)

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Prince of Cats, Parker: The Hunter, Northlanders, and The Fuse for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Fuse, Vol. 1.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Wake by Scott Snyder with art by Sean Murphy and colors by Matt Hollingsworth. The Wake is a strange tale that mixes elements of science fiction and horror. It begins with the story of Lee Archer, a marine biologist who is approached by the Department of Homeland Security to investigate a mystery on a secret underwater oil rig. Not all is as it first appears, however, and the story slowly evolves to encompass billions of years of human history and a struggle for the future of mankind.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Pariah Missouri, The Brave and the Bold (Waid), The Light, Jan’s Atomic Heart, and Queen and Country for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Queen and Country, Vol. 1: Operation Broken Ground.

(Note: The original Volume 1 contains issues #1-4 . The currently in print Definitive Edition of Q&C contains the first 12 issues. This is a great value and we highly recommend picking it up, but for Episode 81 we will only be reading the first 4.)

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

Click here for the Pariah, Missouri kickerstarter. Volume 1 is available here (but appears to be sold out as of this posting).

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

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This week on View from the Gutters, circumstances conspired such that we simply could not record our weekly episode as usual. I’m assuming that supervillains have teamed up to attack our fair show with weather machines and bioengineered plagues. On the down side this means that we’re all going to have to wait until next week for our discussion of The Wake to happen. Believe you me that we’re all bummed about that fact because boy howdy do we have some thoughts about this one.

On the upside, it means that you get to listen to our occasionally mentioned, never-to-be-released secret bonus episode which we recorded a while back in case of emergency. Within, each of our hosts talk about “the comic book they hate the most.” We’ll be back next week with our regularly scheduled episode.

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

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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on all things news worthy in the world of comics. From the big buzz around the latest comics to comic book movies and TV shows, as well as other discussion that didn’t make it into our main show. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com

Due to weather-related circumstances this week our recording space was rendered temporarily uninhabitable. Episode 80 has therefore been unavoidably delayed until Friday. In the meantime we are pleased to bring you the return of Back Matter.

This week, on an All-New Back Matter, we discuss the latest movie from Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy. A departure from Marvel’s superhero films, Guardians is a comedic space opera romp through the cosmos. We also sit down to review Devil Dealers, an indie comic about people who have all wagered with the devil and won. Devil Dealers is written by Ross May with art by Brett Wood. It is available both in print and digitally at devildealers.com.

You can read more about Bill Mantlo’s condition, including a link to donate to his ongoing medical care, here.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Hawaiian Dick, by B. Clay Moore and Steven Griffin. First released in 2002, Hawaiian Dick is a supernatural noir comic which takes place in 1950s Honolulu. and follows the adventures of Byrd—a former mainland police detective who has moved to Hawaii to escape his past.

He is, however, soon recruited by his friend Mo (also a detective) to investigate a stolen car, and the two friends quickly find themselves up to their ears in mystery. The series is drawn in an interesting and colorful style, and it has a lot to recommend it to fans of the noir/detective genres.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Wake, Captain Britain and MI-13, Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z, and Chew for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Wake.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic on our subreddit.

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