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 annihilation

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Annihilation, Vol. 1-3, primarily by Keith Giffen (with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning), and art by Andrea Di Vito and others. Annihilation is the 2006 event book that kicked off the modern era of Marvel’s cosmic-level characters, featuring appearances from Nova, Starlord (of later Guardians of the Galaxy fame), Thanos, Galactus, like 5 heralds of Galactus, Annihilus, and too many others to mention.

It is an epic tale of inter-galactic war and death on a scale never before realized. The Annihilation Wave—a vast army from the Negative Zone, lead by Annihilus—cuts a bloody swath across the universe destroying everything in its path. Those few heroes (and not so heroic individuals) band together in order to stop the unstoppable, no matter the cost.

This is one of the best Marvel event books of the past decade, and for anyone interested in the forth-coming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, or the Marvel cosmos in general, it’s the perfect place to get started as this event retooled and relaunched many of these characters who had not been seen in some time.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, The Sixth Gun, Captain America and Falcon: Secret Empire, and Trillium for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

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

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is our 3-part 50th Episode Special! In part 3 we discuss Infinite Crisis, written by Geoff Johns with art by Phil Jimenez, Jerry Ordway, George Perez, Iven Reis, and Andy Lanning. Released almost exactly 20 years after the first Crisis, Infinite Crisis is the event that bought the multiverse back to DC.

Infinite Crisis is both a direct sequel and homage to Crisis on Infinite Earths. It sees the Superman of Earth-2, Superboy of Earth-Prime, and Alexander Luthor of Earth-3 returning from the pocket dimension they traveled to at the end of the first crisis in order to correct their perceived mistakes in creating the current DC Universe. In the process they cause a massive war between heroes and villains, literally break magic, shatter the Justice League, and threaten to destroy the universe.

It is the capstone of two decades of DC continuity, and with this book our journey from Crisis to Crisis is at an end. We hope that you enjoyed our 50th episode. We’ll be back next week returning to our usual format, discussing the book we picked in episode 49, The Manhatten Projects.

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