The SJW Comic Book Club

The SJW Comic Book Club

The SJW Comic Book Club is a weekly 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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September 29, 2022 53 min

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, &am...

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God, does Veronica know any comic other than Sandman? Debatable. But the show is out, so let's watch it!

This week we discuss the first two episodes of Netflix's live-action The Sandman series.

Next week we are reading Children of the Atom (2021) #1-6.

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,...

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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).

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Check out the inaugural crossover of the Hall of...

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September 9, 2022 35 min

The time has finally come to discuss the most enjoyable superhero film of the 2000s and possibly the most enjoyable superhero film of all time. It's time for us to talk about Catwoman starring Oscar Award winner Halle Berry opposite Golden Globe winner Sharon Stone. Costarring SAG Award winner Benjamin Bratt. And of course for such a momentous and inevitable occasion we need a momentous and inevitable co-host. So Monte's br...

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September 1, 2022 52 min

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 ofte...

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August 25, 2022 39 min

In this week's minisode we discuss the charming and insightful graphic novel Hugged by writer and YouTube content creator, Verily Bitchie/Verity Richie. Written as a sketchbook diary, the novel explores her experiences in defining her gender and sexuality using a mix of humor and candor.

Next week we will be discussing Livewire Vol 1 #1-4 by Vita Ayala.

Monte's theme this season is works by writer Vita Ayala.  Veronica's ...

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August 18, 2022 65 min

This week we read Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol 1 an interesting (if a little chaotic) take on Wonder Woman's first adventure in Man's World written by one of our favorite comic book writers, Grant Morrison.

Next week we will be discussing Livewire Vol 1 #1-4 by Vita Ayala.

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 @A...

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August 10, 2022 26 min

With Season 3 newly released, it's time for us to check out the first episode... uh... the first SEASON of the Harley Quinn animated series!

Next week is Veronica's first comic of Season 11, Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol 1.

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 Collecti...

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August 3, 2022 56 min

Season 11 has begun in earnest! This week we kicked things off with The Wilds by Vita Ayala. This story features flower-faced zombies, badass queer lady-types, and an arrogant piece of shit doctor that got way too many speaking lines for our pleasure.

Next week is a feature minisode, followed by Veronica's first comic of Season 11, Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol 1.

Monte's theme this season is works by writer Vita Ayala.  Veron...

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July 27, 2022 64 min

What had slipped from our grasp has been picked up by Netflix, and the Nimona movie is going to happen!

In celebration, this week we're reading the seminal work of ND Stevenson, the graphic novel Nimona, adapted from the webcomic of the same name! Join us as we revel in its awesomeness!

A comic about ND Stevenson's name.

Next week is Monte's first comic of Season 11, The Wilds (2018) #1-5.

Monte's theme this season wi...

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July 20, 2022 59 min

Another season finished, and another begins! Join us as we discuss the new comics for Season 11! (And a special guest appearance by Anne of The Comics Collective, and @AnneComics on Twitter!)

Monte's theme for this season will be a sampling of works by writer Vita Ayala. Veronica's theme will be a character study of Wonder Woman.

The comic lineup for Season 11 (subject to change at any time) will be:

The Wilds (2018)  #1-5
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July 13, 2022 42 min

Once again, only one comic can stand above them all as champion of the season. Which one shall it be?

Veronica's theme this season was Redemption (for characters we didn't like before). Monte's theme was Femme Fatales.

Batgirl: Year One #1-9
Sin City (1994): The Babe Wore Red
Daredevil (1964) #226-233: Born Again
Black Widow (2014) #1-6: The Finely Woven Thread
Ghost Rider (1973) #68: The Curse of Johnathan Blaze
Catwoman: Sel...

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July 6, 2022 72 min

The Femme Fatale. A woman so magnetic, no man can resist her--literally. Like, physically incapable. Because she has eldritch seduction powers, beyond even her control.

No, that's not EVERY femme fatale, but it is Jo from the Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips collaboration  Fatale (2012) #1-5: Death Chases Me, which we discuss this week with comic creator & commentator Ravian Ruys! Join us!

Next week is the finale of Season 10! W...

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June 30, 2022 58 min

Finally we read a femme fatale story written by a woman. This week we read Red Sonja (2014) #1-6: Queen of Plagues, a more modern story about the She-Devil With a Sword herself. This is a character that none of us were too familiar with, and this story was a great introduction. Join us in getting to know the Queen of All Fermented Beverages, Red Sonja.

Next week, we will be discussing Fatale (2012) #1-5: Death Chases Me with comic c...

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We can't read ALL the comics, even if we want to. Thus, today we sample just the FIRST issue of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Next week we will be reading Red Sonja (2014) #1-6: Queen of Plagues. We invite you to read along with us.

Veronica's theme this season is Redemption (for characters we didn't like before). Monte's theme is Femme Fatales.

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Guest Appearances:

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When you have the power to punch a spaceship to death, are you going to be satisfied stopping muggings in the street?

Carol Danvers certainly isn't. Therefore, she must go into space! (And insert herself into tense political situations!) Join us, as we join Carol and her cat in their mission across the stars.

Next week will be a mini feature. The week after that,  we will be reading Red Sonja (2014) #1-6: Queen of Plagues. We inv...

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Did you know there are just, like, SO many amazing queer comics out right now? Like, almost too many to read?

But you have to start somewhere, so let's dive into Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms, the story of a young trans girl reconnecting with her prickly friend over the shared activity of cheerleading, and discuss! And let's do it with our amazing new friends,  Mike and Jessika from the EXCELLENT podcast Ten Cent Takes!

Next wee...

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We can't read ALL the comics, even if we want to. Thus, today we sample just the FIRST issue of Static: Season One, the reboot of the Static Series with writer Vita Ayala.

Next  week will be a bonus episode, in which we discuss Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms with Mike and Jessika from the EXCELLENT podcast Ten Cent Takes! The week after that, we will be reading Captain Marvel (2014) #1-6: Higher, Further, Faster, More. We invite you...

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Ever done something you wish you could take back? Ever made a series of steadily escalating poor decisions where you knew at every turn you were careening towards disaster and dragging the people you love along with you? If so, you can probably relate to Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in this week's story, Selina's Big Score by Darwyn Cooke.

Monte's theme this season is Femme Fatales. Veronica's theme is Redemption (for char...

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Wait, what's happening? What happened to the regular episode? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

Four shows simultaneously discussing Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness? That's right, it's an incursion--multiple podcast universes crashing into each other until all that's left is chaos! Or maybe... just maybe, if we work together, we can spin this into something great?

Announcing the launch of the Hall of Pods network, wh...

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