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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 Batman has been replaced by his father, Thomas Wayne, while Superman seems not to exist at all and Cyborg is the premiere superhero of the United States.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.

On this special bonus episode of View from the Gutters, we discuss the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder.

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 Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. One of the seminal modern comics, Watchmen is an emotionally, politically, and metatextually dense work. On one level it is the story of a world on the precipice of nuclear armageddon, desperately looking for any way to avert disaster. On another, it is a meditation of the nature of superheroes, their morality, identity, and the effect they would have on society.

Set in 1985, and released in ’86 and ’87, the story begins with the assassination of The Comedian—a retired golden-age superhero. His death attracts the attention of Rorschach, an outlaw crime-fighter, whose investigation leads us to examine the various heroes of this universe, from the street-level to the god-like.

Please be sure to tune in later this week when we will release a bonus episode discussing the 2009 film adaptation of Watchmen. And on the next regular episode our topic work will be Flashpoint.

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

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On this episode of Back Matter our hosts discuss some of the forth-coming events from Marvel and DC.

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

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, by Greg Rucka and J. G. Jones. Published in 2002, this original graphic novel predates Rucka’s critically acclaimed run on Wonder Woman by a year. In The Hiketeia, a young woman pursued by the Batman runs to Wonder Woman for sanctuary, swearing a sacred vow of slavery in exchange for protection.

Wonder Woman then finds herself in a no-win situation,trapped between her oath and her friendship, in the tradition of the classical greek tragedy.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated The Big Book of Barry Ween, Pretty Deadly, Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Haunted Knight, and D4VE for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Big Book of Barry Ween.

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

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 life and times of Stephanie Brown. For this special episode we read a selection of titles including many issues of Robin and Batgirl, the crossover events War Drums, War Games, and War Crimes, and several one-shots and special issues. A full list can be found here.

Stephanie Brown began as a minor supporting character during the 90s in the Tim Drake Robin series. As the daughter of C-list Batman-villain The Cluemaster, Stephanie dressed up as The Spoiler in order to foil her father’s schemes. As time went on the character garnered a following, and she evolved into a love-interest for Tim, and ultimately a full fledged member of the Bat-family.

She eventually (and briefly) graduated to the role of Robin when Tim quit, but was quickly shuffled off both the team and the mortal coil. Death, however, could not keep Stephanie down and she returned DC Comics, this time as the 3rd Batgirl. Her series received critical acclaim, and ran for two years until Stephanie finally suffered totally existential failure, blinking out of existence in the New-52 reboot of the DCU.

On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the manga which served as the basis (and as a continuation of) the classic animated film.

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

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.

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

A few weeks ago a link went past me to a page from an old issue of Captain America. It was a story in which a fake Captain America takes up Cap’s identity in order to support an organization called “The Committee to Restore America’s Values.” The Committee was a organization that had appeared previously in Captain America—a front for the sinister Secret Empire—and with the help of the fake Captain they were quickly converting the US into a fascist state. Continue Reading

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is JLA: A League of One, by Christopher Moeller. While it says Justice League on the cover, this is at its heart a Wonder Woman story. Released as a graphic novel in 2000, A League of One is beautifully illustrated in a full painted style by Moeller, who handles every duty on this book save lettering.

In the masterfully painted JLA: A LEAGUE OF ONE, Wonder Woman, a hero with irreproachable morals, must make a choice between betraying her teammates and saving their lives. While visiting her homeland of Paradise Island, Wonder Woman learns from an oracle that an ancient evil will rise up in the form of a dragon and destroy the JLA. Painstakingly deciding to sacrifice her own life for those of her teammates, the Amazon Princess individually defeats and dispatches Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and the Flash so that she can fight the dragon alone. But even if Wonder Woman is successful in her gambit, will she ever be able to regain the trust of the JLA? [DCcomics.com]

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated 3 Elseworlds titles (Gotham by Gaslight, Speeding Bullets, and In Darkest Knight.), X-Men: Eve of Destruction, 47 Ronin, and Black Science for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Black Science, 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, Joe Preti, and Cade Reynolds.

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Bonus Episode! We just had so much interest in this comic from our hosts we decided to put out a bonus episode with commentary from Joe, Eric, and Kirby, who weren’t able to be on the regular Episode 67. Once again our topic work is All-Star Superman, written by Grant Morrison with art by Frank Quitely and Jamie Grant.

Our hosts for this episode were Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Eric Manix, and Kirby Green.