Darwyn Cooke

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Richard Stark’s Parker, adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke. The series follows the eponymous Parker, a professional criminal in the 1960s who we are introduced to as he is seeking revenge against several former compatriots who double crossed him and left him for dead.

In the subsequent volumes we see Parker in some of his other adventures, including committing heists, escaping the law, and combating an organized crime group known only as “The Outfit.”

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Kit DeForge, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds. On our next episode we will be reading Engima, by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo.

A special thank you to our Patreon sponsors for this month: Jeb Korzilius, “Mike”, Jeremy Ballard, Chris Bianculli, Tony Queretaro, Kerfy Gonzo, Shopping Mall Krampus, Becca Levendowski, and Bryan May.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Catwoman. For this episode we read Catwoman, Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman, and Vol. 2: No Easy Way Down, by Ed Brubaker, Darwyn Cooke, Cameron Stewart, and other artists.

This series, beginning in 2002, finds Selina Kyle on the slow path to redemption. She teams up with characters from her past, including the infamous Slam Bradley, to protect Gotham’s violent East End, encountering both villains familiar to fans of the Batman books and faces from Selina’s past.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Miami Vice: Remix, Autumn Lands, Tintin, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Kit Deforge.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is DC: The New Frontier, the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning series by Darwyn Cooke. Published in 2004, The New Frontier is one of DC’s finest Elseworld comics. Set primarily in the 1950s, it visits a version of the DC universe on the boundary between the Golden and Silver Ages, in which the various heroes first appear in the year of their first publication—primarily focusing on Hal Jordan as Green Lantern and J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, although the JSA, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and other popular characters of the time feature prominently.

The series aims for a more realistic take on the period, including addressing issues of racism, sexism, the red scare, and the space race—albeit through a comic book lens. The dichotomy of the upbeat 4-color attitude of the times when contrasted with a more modern story-telling and social sensibility creates a fascinating landscape against which Cooke paints a story of heroism against all odds.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Fables, Freak Angels, iZombie, Stagger Lee, Translucid for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Stagger Lee.

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