Valiant Effort 052: Battle for New Japan

Today’s episode of Valiant Effort is brought to you by the letters STP and DMX. In this installment we take a look at the second Rai trade. We talk exploding cereal, Jonah and the Whale, and wet voice acting. Also, Nick has very strong opinions on roman numerals and who he thinks Father is. It’s the commentary you crave and it’s in your headphones now!

Valiant Effort 052: Battle for New Japan

Rai Vol. 2 TPB, cover by Clayton Crain

(Cover art by Clayton Crain.)

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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.

UNITY_TPB_004_COVER_LAROSA

(Cover art by Lewis LaRosa.)

Episode 37: Armor Hunters, Part II

It’s part two of our Summerfest Extravaganza! In this episode we talk about the third Unity trade which also ties into Armor Hunters. We talk about what we like and don’t like out of Unity so far and we also discuss how well this story fits in with the overall story of Armor Hunters!

Episode 37: Armor Hunters, Part II

Also, remember to tweet your #VagueNews fake spoilers at Nick’s twitter handle @loungefly02!

And lastly, you’re running out of time! Your intrepid hosts, Nick and Josh, made a movie in High School. Do you want to see the trailer to that (awful) movie? Five new itunes reviews by the end of June will lead to our forever embarrassment. So get reviewing world or the trailer goes back in the vault!

Unity Vol 3 Armor Hunters TP

(Cover art by Mico Suayan.)

Episode 35: Welcome To New Japan

Murder in the 41st century! This episode Nick and Josh tackle the first volume of Rai. Discussions include the Pullbox Plus edition, Rai’s character design, whether Father is really the bad guy and Clayton Crain’s artwork. And also we discuss whether the premise of our show is still viable: Is Nick still a new comic book reader.

Episode 35: Welcome To New Japan

One more thing: your intrepid hosts, Nick and Josh, made a movie in High School. Do you want to see the trailer to that (awful) movie? Five new itunes reviews by the end of June will lead to our forever embarrassment. So get reviewing world or the trailer goes back in the vault!

(Cover art by Clayton Crain.)

Episode 29: Trapped By Webnet

It’s time for a new episode of Valiant Effort. In this episode we explore the second Unity trade.  Hear our discussion on Bond villains, Josh’s inability to pronounce words, and gripes about how short this volume is.

Livewire: “Do you expect me to talk?”
Dr. Silk: “No Livewire, I expect you to die!.”
(Cover art by Clayton Crain.)

Episode 24: To Kill a King

For months Nick has been teased with one word: Unity. Now it’s time to find out what it all about. In this episode we review Unity: Volume 1 – To Kill a King. Is this a team book or an event book? Is Ninjak more like Batman or James Bond? Should Nick be forced to see the Avengers movie? All that PLUS we don’t talk politics in this episode.

Also, time is running out to enter in our Valiant GOLD BOOK giveaway. Just leave us a review on iTunes to be entered. A winner will be chosen in our 25th episode. Thanks for listening!

Episode 24: To Kill a King

(Cover art by Doug Braithwaite.)