Valiant Effort 050: The Valiant

Holy cow! We’ve made it to our 50th regular episode, and this time we’re talking about the critically acclaimed mini-series The Valiant. We talk about the creepy Mr. Flay, Gilad’s scars and the deaths of women in comics. If you haven’t read this story yet make sure you do before listening to this, and if you’ve already read it, read it again. Seriously! You won’t regret it.

On a personal note, it has been a blast for us recording these fifty episodes and we really appreciate you listening along with us. Here’s to fifty more!

Valiant Effort 050: The Valiant

The Valiant Vol. 1 TPB, cover by Paolo Rivera

(Cover art by Paolo Rivera.)

And to get you excited about the story:


Episode 44: The United

What does Valiant Comics, Queen Latifah and a small town in the middle of nowhere Maine have in common? U-N-I-T-Y. In this episode we take a look at volume 4 of Valiant’s Avengers as they square off against The United. Topics include: Growing up, super-heroes standing trial, and the concept of the Pacifist Hero. Also, way more information than you ever needed to know about the 1918 World Series.

Episode 44: The United

We had some audio issues with this episode, stay tuned to the very end to find out the hilarious reason why. In the meantime, thanks for listening, and we promise the sound quality that you’re used to hearing will return on our next installment.


(Cover art by Lewis LaRosa.)

Episode 42: Omegas

It’s time to talk Harbinger again! This time Josh and Nick are joined by Karyn for an in-depth conversation on Harbinger Volume 6: Omegas. In this episode we talk about the state of news today, the psychology of the angsty Peter Stanchek and the origins of the Bleeding Monk. We also talk about how awesome Choose Your Own Adventure Novels are and how we really want a ‘Find Peter’ app for our phones.

Episode 42: Omegas

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(Cover art by Lewis LaRosa.)

Episode 40: Armor Hunters, Part V

This is it! The final chapter of Armor Hunters. This time we’ll check in and see what the Generation Zero kids were up to during the world changing event. Also, a couple of Renegades may get peppered in there as well. If you’re ready for an in-depth conversation on text boxes this is the podcast for you. We also talk about the morality of making weapons of mass destruction and we talk about whether fate is real or not. But mostly text boxes. This episode we also wrap up our thoughts on Armor Hunters as a whole. Thanks for listening!

Episode 40: Armor Hunters, Part V

(Cover art by Lewis LaRosa and Brian Reber.)

Episode 33: Death of a Renegade

It’s time to read Valiant’s longest trade to date and we’re celebrating with our longest episode.  This episode we are joined by Karyn for a three-person discussion on Harbinger Volume 5: Death of a Renegade.  Who dies? Can Nick handle it?  Will Josh and Karyn bicker the whole episode?  Also, we want you to email us your story about when you read the Harbinger death issue and if we get enough we will share the stories on a future episode.  We remember where we were when we read Harbinger #23, do you? Email us at! Thanks for listening!

Episode 33: Death of a Renegade

(Cover art by Michael Walsh.)

Valiant Effort Interacts 006: Teaching Valiant, Part II

It’s part two of The Pedagogy. In this episode we continue our discussion with Karyn about teaching Harbinger to her High Schoolers.  We ask her about how the administration at the school reacted to the class. And we ask her how she would teach other Valiant Comics in her class.

Teaching Valiant, Part II


(Student rendering of Kris.)


(Student rendering of Faith.)

Valiant Effort Interacts 005: Teaching Valiant, Part I

Nick and Josh aren’t the only ones who read Valiant comics, Josh’s wife Karyn does too! In this episode we talk to her about how she teaches graphic novels, and specifically Harbinger Volume 2, to her high school students. How is teaching a comic different than teaching a book?  Are the themes in Valiant too adult for high schoolers? And what podcast about Valiant comics is Karyn playing for her students? Hint: It’s not ours.  This is a two part conversation.  Look for part 2 to come out next week!

Teaching Valiant, Part I


(How to read a comic 101.)


(Class discussion about Harbinger #6.)


(Student rendering of Flamingo.)

20141205_212723(Student rendering of Torque.)