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flashpoint

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 Batman has been replaced by his father, Thomas Wayne, while Superman seems not to exist at all and Cyborg is the premiere superhero of the United States.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

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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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Happy 100th Episode! Thank you to everyone who has listened to the show in the last 2 years. We hope you will continue to listen and enjoy our podcast for the next 100 episodes.

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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Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on all things news worthy in the world of comics. From the big buzz around the latest comics to comic book movies and TV shows, as well as other discussion that didn’t make it into our main show. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at contact@viewfromthegutters.com

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.

Hiketeia

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.

We invite you to discuss both this episode and its topic??on??our subreddit.

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

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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??Nausica?? 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.

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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.

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.