View from the Gutters #62 — Annihilation, Vol. 1-3


View from the Gutters is our weekly book club podcast. Each week we discuss one graphic novel or trade paperback, then nominate and vote on what to read for the next episode so you can read and discuss along with us.

This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Annihilation, Vol. 1-3, primarily by Keith Giffen (with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning), and art by Andrea Di Vito and others. Annihilation is the 2006 event book that kicked off the modern era of Marvel’s cosmic-level characters, featuring appearances from Nova, Starlord (of later Guardians of the Galaxy fame), Thanos, Galactus, like 5 heralds of Galactus, Annihilus, and too many others to mention.

It is an epic tale of inter-galactic war and death on a scale never before realized. The Annihilation Wave—a vast army from the Negative Zone, lead by Annihilus—cuts a bloody swath across the universe destroying everything in its path. Those few heroes (and not so heroic individuals) band together in order to stop the unstoppable, no matter the cost.

This is one of the best Marvel event books of the past decade, and for anyone interested in the forth-coming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, or the Marvel cosmos in general, it’s the perfect place to get started as this event retooled and relaunched many of these characters who had not been seen in some time.

In our recommendation section, our hosts nominated Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, The Sixth Gun, Captain America and Falcon: Secret Empire, and Trillium for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

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

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