Mark Waid

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Daredevil, Vol. 1, written by Mark Waid with art by Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. Daredevil is one of Marvel’s classic characters with a long and sorted publication history. This new Daredevil series (which began in 2011 and is still ongoing) focuses on Matt Murdock as he tries to put his life back in order after his secret identity has been revealed to the public at large—an event which continues to have repercussions for him in both identities.

Rivera and Marcos’ artwork on this book is fantastic, with a great deal of effort put in the depicting the in many ways unique way in which Daredevil perceives and interacts with the world. Waid is a masterful comics storyteller, and he is firing on all cylinders in this comic. This series is a breath of fresh air for a character that has tended towards repetition in recent decades, and in many ways feels like a trailblazer for the style that Marvel has been pushing in their Marvel NOW relaunch. In our recommendation section our hosts nominated NYX, Deadpool: The Merc with a Mouth, Sin City, JLA: A League of One, and Gunnerkrigg Court for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is JLA: A League of One. We invite you to discuss both this episode and Daredevil itself on our subreddit. Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Brant Eddy, the Kirbotron 2000™, and Cade Reynolds.

towerofbabel

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is JLA: Tower of Babel, by Mark Waid and Howard Porter. Following Grant Morrison’s revival of the “Big 7” Justice League team in the mid-90s, Mark Waid took over writing duties on the book with issue 43. Tower of Babel is the critic and fan-acclaimed first arc of Waid’s run, which was recently adapted as the direct-to-video Justice League: Doom.

This story sees dissent and disorder amongst the JLA, as they try to deal with a global threat while also trying to defend against a series of coordinated attacks against league members, as planned by Batman! It was an incredibly important story for DC at the time, as the repercussions from this arc reverberate throughout the DC Universe, and are directly linked to both Identity Crisis and the events leading up to Infinite Crisis.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Animal Man Omnibus, North 40, Fearless Defenders, Old City Blues, and Supercrooks for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is The Animal Man Omnibus.

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

kingdom1

This week on View from the Gutters, our topic work is Kingdom Come, by Mark Waid and Alex Ross. Originally published as a 4-issue Elseworlds story, Kingdom Come is one possible future of the DC Universe. A future in which conflicts between generations of heroes boil into apocalyptic battles.

It is a meditation on the nature of heroes in the DCU, and also a reflection on the state of superheroes in the 90s (which is all the more amazing for the fact that this comic was itself released in 1996). It is considered by some to be Alex Ross’s magnum opus, and is beautifully rendered in full oil paintings.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Scud: The Disposable Assassin, Battling Boy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1, Pride of Baghdad, and Conan: Queen of the Black Coast for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Scud: The Disposable Assassin.

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

Hosts: Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, Cade Reynolds, Brant Gillihan-Eddy

Suggested Titles: Transmetropolitan, Batman: Year One, Street Angel, Rising Stars, F.E.A.R. Agent

Selected Title: F.E.A.R. Agent