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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.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is The Infinity Gauntlet, by Jim Starlin, with art by George Perez and Ron Lim. Released in 1991, The Infinity Gauntlet is one of Marvel’s earliest big crossover events. The mad titan Thanos, paramour of Death herself, has collected the fabled Infinity Gems. Each gem is an artifact of great power in and of itself, but together they grant the wielder ultimate power over the universe!

Soon the effects of Thanos’s power are felt all across the universe, and the heroes of Earth—those that survive the initial onslaught—must band together in a desperate attempt to wrest the gems from their new master. Along the way they receive help from some of the most powerful entities in the Marvel U., including the Celestials, Love and Hate, Order and Chaos, and the personification of all that is: Eternity.

The Infinity Gauntlet is a great, fun, classic Marvel event. It’s also a great story if you are a new reader who has seen the Marvel movies, and wants more information on the Infinity Gems Stones mentioned in Thor 2: The Dark World, or about the big purple guy shown at the end of The Avengers.

We will not be posting a reddit discussion thread this week. But we encourage our listeners to share your own thoughts and discuss this week’s book either as a comment on our website, or on our facebook page.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Green Hornet: Parallel Lives, The Frank Book, Planetary, and East of West for discussion, and our selected title is Planetary.

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.

 

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is our 3-part 50th Episode Special! In part 1 we discuss the ur-event book, Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Released in 1985-6, the Crisis was one of the first great event books (Marvel in fact rushed Secret Wars out the door just to beat DC to the punch). Touted not as a mini-series, but a maxi-series, the 12-issue event brought the Silver Age continuity of DC to an end.

The Crisis sees world after world of DC’s vast multiverse being destroyed by a mysterious force. An equally mysterious figure who had been appearing in random places throughout the DCU—The Monitor—assembles a team of heroes from across space and time in order to combat this existential threat to all reality. Over the course of the series it is revealed that the source of the threat is the villainous Anti-Monitor, The Monitor’s double from the sole anti-matter reality of the multiverse.

In battling The Anti-Monitor numerous heroes die—including the famous deaths of Barry Allen, the silver age Flash, and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl—and eventually all but a handful of realities are destroyed. Those that remain are only saved by merging them down into a single reality which would serve as the sole DC Universe for the next 20 years. Crisis on Infinite Earths is a critical moment in the evolution of superhero comics, and it continues to have an influence on comics even 30 years later.

On Part 2 (out now!) of our 50th episode we will discuss the next crisis on our list, Identity Crisis.

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