Valiant Effort 046: The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage

We’re back from Nick’s wedding and it’s time to talk about a love story. No, not Nick’s marriage! It’s time to talk Dr. Mirage! Does Valiant succeed in telling a believable love story? What is Deadside? And what happens to you when you die? All this and more on our return! It’s Dia de los Muertos, the day we talk to our dead loved ones, and there’s absolutely no better book to discuss!

Valiant Effort 046: The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage


(Cover art by Travel Foreman.)

Valiant Effort 045: Enter: Armorines

Enter: Nick and Josh for another jam-packed episode of Valiant Effort. This time we’re talking about the 8th XO Manowar trade. Josh wants a world without politics, Nick wants a world with an Armorines Saturday morning cartoon, and Nick and Josh both want a world where they can do math. So put on your thinking caps and get ready for a tiny Nick and Josh to whisper another episode right in your ear.

Valiant Effort 045: Enter: Armorines

Also, Nick is about to be married! After this episode we’ll be going on a short break for bachelor parties, weddings and honeymoons. We’ll return soon. Meanwhile you can send Nick your best wishes and keep the conversation going by emailing us at and on twitter @vepodcast!

(Cover artist Raul Allen.)

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 43: The Delinquents

Forget Armor Hunters, this is the crossover event you’ve been waiting, (…or maybe not) Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody join forces to fight corporate farming! Tune in to listen to Josh struggle to talk intelligently about Monsanto when he really doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and Nick just struggles to read the book. It’s The Delinquents!

In the Valiant Effort Podcast,
It’s a land that’s fair and bright,
The podcasts grow on bushes
And a new episode every night.
The earphones all are playin’
And the sun shines every day
I’m bound to go
To the best show
Where the edits are small
And the conversations flow
In the Valiant Effort Podcast.

Episode 43: The Delinquents

The Delinquents Vol. 1 TPB, cover by Paolo Rivera

(Cover art by Paolo Rivera.)

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

We are now members of the Nerdy Legion Podcast Network, which you can find on  You can also reach out to us on twitter @vepodcast or email us at Thanks for listening!

(Cover art by Lewis LaRosa.)

Episode 41: American Wasteland

It’s time to read the conclusion to Fred Van Lente’s run on Archer & Armstrong! In this episode we talk about celebrity worship, conspiracy theories, and we find out who Archer’s parents are. Plus we discuss our views on the series as a whole and the longest easter egg section to date!

Episode 41: American Wasteland

Also, we did put our childhood movie trailer online. You can find it by scrolling down. Reach out to us on twitter @vepodcast or email us at Thanks for listening!

(Cover art by Michael Walsh.)

Valiant Effort Interacts 010: Strange New Kindle Worlds – XO Manowar

Welcome to another episode of Valiant Effort Interacts. In this episode¬†Josh and Karyn take a look at the eight XO Manowar stories published under the Kindle Worlds program. Don’t know what Kindle Worlds is? Take a listen and explore a new and exciting aspect of Valiant fandom!

Valiant Effort Interacts 010: Strange New Kindle Worlds – XO Manowar

Altogether there are 87 Valiant stories in the Kindle Worlds program and we hope to read them all at some point. If you have a favorite one let us know on twitter @vepodcast, or by emailing us at Thanks for the listen!

Kindle XO Manowar