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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell, a 2014 original graphic novel by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones. The book, which takes place outside of the current New-52 continuity, features the two be-fishnetted heroines investigating a series of murders which surround a retired gang of thieves who Black Canary once befriended. It also explores the friendship between the two characters, from their unlikely first meeting, to joining the Justice League, and through to the modern day.

This is a great story, ideal for younger readers who are interested in the DC universe.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Catwoman, Formerly Known as the Justice League, Secret Identities, The Mask, Lady Killer, and Jem and the Holograms for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Catwoman, Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman, and Vol. 2: No Easy Way Down, by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke.

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

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Question: The Five Books of Blood, written by Greg Rucka with art by Jimmy Palmiotti, Diego Olmos, John Van Fleet, Jesús Saíz, Steve Lieber, Manuel Garcia, Eric Trautmann, and Matt Clark. Originally released under the title 52 Aftermath: Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood, this 5-issue mini-series follows the events of the seminal weekly DC series 52.

It features Renee Montoya—who took up the mantle of The Question in 52—continuing her crusade to both understand and ultimately bring to heel the Religion of Crime, who venerate Cain as the first criminal. It also guest stars Renee’s frequent companion (and former lover), Batwoman.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Black Science, The Winter Men, Damage Control: The Complete Collection, Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself, Vol 1 & 2, Samurai Jack, and The Incredible Hulk and the Thing: The Big Change for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself, Vol 1 & 2.

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

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On this episode of Back Matter, Joe and Tobiah sit down with the hosts of Fake Geek Girls to talk about superheroes. For this episode we recommended four books for Missy and Merri to read: Superman: Birthright, Batman: Venom, Dr. Strange: The Oath, and Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z.

Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Merri Christianson, and Missy Brinks-Hoppe.

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.

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.

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.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Flashpoint, by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. Released in 2011, Flashpoint is the event that shepherded the post-Crisis DC universe into that sweet goodnight, and launched the New-52.

It features Barry Allen—The Flash—who suddenly awakens to find himself in an altered reality where the world teeters on the precipice of destruction as Aquaman and Wonder Woman lead their respective nations in battle against one another. Batman has been replaced by his father, Thomas Wayne, while Superman seems not to exist at all and Cyborg is the premiere superhero of the United States.

Barry teams up with Batman to discover why reality has changed, and save the world long enough for him to set it back the way it was meant to be.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Liberty Meadows, Creature Tech, Aetheric Mechanics, The Nao of Brown, and Genius for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Creature Tech.

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