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The SJW Comic Book Club is a book-club style podcast where three friends discuss a story arch in comics from a literary and progressive POV. We try to center the opinions of people of color, women, LGBTQ+, etc., who are sometimes overlooked in nerd culture.

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Season 12 Finale

Season 12 Finale

2023-09-2948:57

Now, it is time once again. Time to judge. Time to quantify. Time to assign value. And time, ultimately, to viciously rank the comics, leaving on one as the ultimate winner, reigning over all others.It is time! For the Finale!Veronica's theme for this season is stories from the DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults imprint. Monte's theme is the five top-selling superhero comic books of all time. The comic lineup for Season 12 was:Superman Smashes the KlanAmazing Spider-Man (2014) #1-6You Brought...
The time has finally come to read the best-selling comic book of all time! This week, we read and discussed X-Men (1991) #1-3 "Rubicon", a story about a lot of things and also nothing. This story concludes Chris Claremont's iconic run of X-Men, and contains great character exploration of Magneto as well as an introduction to the structure of the X-Men for most of the 90s, where artists and writers like Jim Lee and Scott Lobdell would take the reins. While a bit frenetic and confused, it is a ...
You guys, this is literally the most beautiful comic art we have ever seen. There's an alien corgi robot. You MUST see him. He is everything.Taylor struggles to feel herself in the town of Ozma gap--stifled, controlled, and forced to live in hiding as a human boy when her true identity is the alien princess known as the Galaxy Crowned. But when a new, vibrant girl from the city comes to town and draws Taylor in, she starts to realize that she not only hates the mask--there's space in the worl...
This week we read Fantastic Four (2002) #60 "Inside Out", a stand-alone promotional issue kicking off Mark Waid's run on Fantastic Four. This is a story introducing Waid's version of these classic characters, and setting the stage for the stories he will tell.Next book club episode, we will be reading Galaxy: The Prettiest Star, a story about a alien princess disguised as a human jock.Veronica's theme for this season is stories from the DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults imprint. Monte's them...
S12E7 - Nubia: Real One

S12E7 - Nubia: Real One

2023-07-2101:11:15

For many kids today, no matter how kind and upbeat, no matter how good their friends or how supportive and loving their parents, the world presents innumerable hurdles and hostilities. But each and every one of them, and each and every one of us, have a spark of true power to help protect our communities. It's just for one teen, Nubia, that spark is a flame. But just like the rest of us, she will have to figure out for herself what it means to be a hero.Join us as we discuss Nubia: Real One, ...
How much story can you get for only 10 cents?? Not that much, apparently. This week we read Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure by Greg Rucka. This issue (a prelude/teaser for an upcoming Batman event) was sold for the discounted price of 10 cents, resulting in it becoming the 3rd best-selling superhero comic book of all time. This issue was somewhat light on plot, but it did its job as a teaser and the art was fantastic.Next week we will be reading Nubia: Real One, an alternate universe origin sto...
Can you rebuild yourself after you realize every action you've taken up to that point has resulted in a person you absolutely do not want to be?Join us as we discuss Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux, a DC Graphic Novel for Young Adults that explores a reimagined origin story for Cassandra Cain, a legacy Batgirl. We are joined by George from Shortbox Summary, an excellent podcast that looks back at comics from the 2000s (a category that includes Cassie Cain's original a...
S12E4 - Ultimate Spider-Man

S12E4 - Ultimate Spider-Man

2023-06-0801:01:07

Teenage angst, radioactive spiders, a hulking goblin monster-man, bad friends, and questionable parenting. Must be a Spider-Man comic. This week we read Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #1-7 by Brian Michael Bendis & Bill Jemas with art by Mark Bagley.Next week will be a minisode, and then we will be reading Shadow of the Batgirl, an alternate take on the origins of Batgirl, Cassandra Cain.Veronica's theme for this season is stories from the DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults imprint. Monte's t...
We all remember adolescence. The changes to your body and to your relationships, experimenting with ways to define and express yourself, looking forward to going forth into the adult world, controlling the elemental force of water and discovering your secret origins...What, you guys didn't do that?Join us as we discuss You Brought Me the Ocean, an alternate Aqualad origin story written by Alex Sanchéz and with art by Jul Maroh.Next week will be a minisode, and then we will be reading Ultimate...
How do you rebuild from your worst enemy taking over your body and living your superhero life with all your superhero friends, forming new relationships and burning old bridges and leaving the existential question of "if I'm not in control of my body am I responsible for the things that happen"? This week we read a story that doesn't answer those questions, but it is very fun. We read Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1-6 "Parker Luck" by Dan Slott. Joining us is Ben from the Not a Hoax! Not a Dream...
*Audio Fixed*This week we discuss Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, with art by Gurihura, the earliest entry in the DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults (formerly DC Ink) lineup. Join us as we follow an old-school incarnation of Superman (from back when he just leapt tall buildings in a single bound, rather than fly so fast around the Earth he could reverse time!) trying to protect a Chinese-American family from the threat of the not-KKK (but actually it is the KKK)!Next week will be...
Season 12 Preview

Season 12 Preview

2023-04-1329:40

We're back! Join us as we discuss the new comics for Season 12!Monte's theme for this season will be the top-selling super hero comic books of all time. Veronica's theme will be stories from the DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults imprint.The comic lineup for Season 12 will be: Superman Smashes the KlanAmazing Spider-Man (2014) #1-6You Brought Me the OceanUltimate Spider-Man (2000) #1-7Shadow of the BatgirlBatman: The 10-Cent AdventureNubia: Real OneFantastic Four (2002) #60Galaxy: The Prettie...
Season 11 Finale

Season 11 Finale

2022-12-0248:53

Once again, only one comic can stand above them all as champion of the season. Which one shall it be?Monte's theme this season was works by writer Vita Ayala. Veronica's theme was a character study of Wonder Woman (with curation assistance by @AnneComics on Twitter, cohost of The Comics Collective). The comic lineup for Season 11 was:NimonaThe Wilds (2018) #1-5Wonder Woman: Earth One #1Livewire (2018) #1-5: FugitiveWonder Woman (1987) #8-14: Challenge of the GodsChildren of ...
We're going to round this season off with a shock to your system! This week we are discussing Static: Season One (the whole volume this time) with Marci and Ako of The Colored Pages Book Club! We were excited to finish this story arc, and it did not disappoint. Tune in to hear us talk about the reintroduction of Virgil Hawkins, the Dakotaverse, and Milestone Comics.Monte's theme this season is works by writer Vita Ayala. Veronica's theme is a character study of Wonder Woman (with ...
Why shouldn't we mix genres without constraint? I see no reason. They all are great and also terrible. Combine them, try to keep all the great, and keep less of the terrible, and then you can have stuff like this, where Wonder Woman fights a fully-painted old school pulp fantasy dragon.This week we are discussing JLA: A League of One with Anne of The Comics Collective, the podcaster who started it all by telling me where to start with Wonder Woman! Stand in awe of her knowledge and insights o...
Due to technical difficulties, this episode is a week late but it's still great! This week we discuss Nubia & the Amazons #1-6 with recurring guests and friends of the pod Marci & Ako of the Colored Pages Book Club! Unfortunately we lost a pretty big chunk of the audio for this episode, but our guests were gracious enough to re-record sections of the conversation and you can barely even tell it was Jerry-rigged. In fact if I hadn't told you, you probably wouldn't notice at all. Big th...
"Greek tragedy is always a story of the insoluble."When you cannot reconcile two conflicting moralities--or the same morality pulling you in two directions--what can be the result, but destruction?This week we are discussing Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia with with returning guest, comic creator, & commentator Ravian Ruys! In this comic, Wonder Woman must wrestle with the conflict between her duty to one she has sworn to protect, and duties of her role as a hero of justice. Join us as we talk...
This week we are reading the prematurely cancelled Children of the Atom (2021) #1-6 by Vita Ayala. Despite the early cancellation, this is a arc we would all suggest reading. It was fun, it was well-drawn, the story is well-told, and it was overall an interesting take on the status quo in the Krakoa era.Next week is a feature, and after that we are discussing Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia with with returning guest, comic creator, & commentator Ravian Ruys!Monte's theme this season is w...
This week we read Wonder Woman (1987) #8-14: Challenge of the Gods, by Len Wein and George Pérez, along with @dallas_comics on Twitter, cohost of The Comics Collective!Monte's theme this season is works by writer Vita Ayala. Veronica's theme is a character study of Wonder Woman (with curation assistance by @AnneComics on Twitter, cohost of The Comics Collective).***Check out the inaugural crossover of the Hall of Pods, our new podcast network! We discuss Doctor Strange In th...
What do you do when realize you've done something awful but for understandable reasons? This week we read a story that explores that situation with Valiant Comics' Livewire Vol 1 #1-4: Fugitive by Vita Ayala. In this story, a formerly respected hero faces the ramifications of a choice that caused a lot of harm to a lot of people. It was a great introduction to this character and a dive into a universe that we don't often explore.Next week will be a feature minisode, and the week after that we...
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