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The Comic Book Book Club

The Comic Book Book Club

By Matthew Lacek
Join us as we read comics and discuss comic book culture! Weekly episodes alternate between reading specific comics and discussing broader topics within comic book culture.
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Episode 22 - Captain America: Sam Wilson: #TakeBackTheShield
CW: police brutality, racial injustice Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra cover part of Sam Wilson's time as Captain America, discussing topics such as depictions of the Black struggle and the worth of stories written by a white man that focus on people of color. Next time, we will be discussing issues 1-8 of Giant Days, collected in vols 1 and 2, by John Allison. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
54:17
April 22, 2021
Episode 21 - Falcon Deep Dive & James Gunn's The Suicide Squad
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra prepare for next week's discussion by digging into the lore behind Sam Wilson, the high-flying Falcon. They also give their first impressions of James Gunn's The Suicide Squad. Next week, we will be reading Captain America: Sam Wilson #14-21, collected in Vol 4: #TakeBackTheShield and Vol 5: End of the Line, by Nick Spencer. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
50:27
April 22, 2021
Episode 20 - Something is Killing the Children & Zack Snyder's Justice League
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss the first arc of James Tynion IV's Something is Killing the Children, give their review of Zack Snyder's Justice League, and talk about Marvel's Avengers... again. In two weeks, we will be reading Captain America: Sam Wilson #14-21, collected in Vol 4: #TakeBackTheShield and Vol 5: End of the Line, by Nick Spencer. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
55:37
April 2, 2021
Episode 19 - Explaining the Flash and the Speed Force
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra dive deep into the lore of everyone's favorite Scarlet Speedster, the Flash! They cover all heroes and villains that have access to the speed force and try to explain what the speed force itself is. Next week, we will be reading all 15 issues of Something Is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
53:30
March 24, 2021
Episode 18 - WandaVision & Infinite Frontier
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss the strengths and weaknesses of WandaVision, read some headlines, and Matt gives his thoughts on DC's new Infinite Frontier relaunch. In two weeks, we will be reading all 15 issues of Something Is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
53:00
March 10, 2021
Episode 17 - Invincible
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra give an introduction to the world of Invincible! Topics covered include the birth of Image Comics, the strength of Robert Kirkman's character work, and what sets Invincible apart from standard super hero stories. In two weeks, we will be reading all 15 issues of Something Is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
54:17
March 3, 2021
Episode 16 - Watchmen (part 3)
CW: sexual violence, r*pe Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra conclude their deep dive into Watchmen. They answer lingering listener questions, discuss how good of a villain Ozymandias is, and decide to watch the movie adaptation. In two weeks, we will discuss #1-13 of Invincible by Robert Kirkman, which have been collected as Vols 1-3, in Invincible Compendium Vol 1, and as Invincible Ultimate Collection Hardcover Vol. 1. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
54:28
February 20, 2021
Episode 15 - Watchmen (part 2)
CW: sexual violence, r*pe Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra continue their deep dive into Watchmen. They discuss Moore's ability to hide important details like Easter eggs, the rare moments of comedy, and how much Rorschach sucks. Next week, we will continue our discussion on Alan Moore's Watchmen, which has been collected and reprinted numerous times. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
50:10
February 10, 2021
Episode 14 - Watchmen (part 1)
CW: sexual violence, r*pe Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra begin their deep dive into Watchmen. They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the art, worldbuilding, and sheer wordcount of the series. Next week, we will continue our discussion on Alan Moore's Watchmen, which has been collected and reprinted numerous times. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
55:07
February 3, 2021
Episode 13 - Winter Break Catch Up
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss the current happenings in Marvel and DC, complain about how much comics love the status quo, and prepare for the big Watchmen discussion. Next week, we will be discussing Alan Moore's Watchmen, which has been collected and reprinted numerous times. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
52:19
January 27, 2021
Episode 12 - All Star Superman (part 2)
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra finish their discussion on All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, react to headlines, and get angry about Zach Snyder's takes on superheroes. When we return in January, we will be discussing Alan Moore's Watchmen, which has been collected and reprinted numerous times. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
58:15
December 25, 2020
Episode 11 - All Star Superman (part 1)
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss the first half of All Star Superman, their problems with Grant Morrison's writing style, and various tv adaptations of DC comics. For the first time in CBBC history, this episode will be a two-parter! So next week, we will still be covering Grant Morrison's All Star Superman. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
55:36
December 9, 2020
Episode 10 - Matt's Solo Adventure
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt answers listener questions, reacts to headlines, and dives into Superman lore. THERE WILL NOT BE AN EPISODE NEXT WEEK! In two weeks, we will be discussing Grant Morrison's All Star Superman, which ran for 12 issues and has been collected in various TPBs as well as adapted into an animated film. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
58:34
November 26, 2020
Episode 9 - Vision (2015)
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss the highs and lows of the series, how the energy of the covers don't match the story within, and the strengths and weaknesses of Tom King's writing style. In two weeks, we will be discussing All Star Superman by Grant Morrison, which ran for 12 issues and has been collected in various TPBs. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
57:30
November 18, 2020
Episode 8 - Even More Robins
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra read some headlines, go in depth into Vision and Scarlet Witch's connected backstory, and talk about the Robins again. Next week we will be reading Tom King's 2015 Vision series which ran for 12 issues and is collected in two TPBs, Little Worse Than a Man and Little Better Than a Beast, as well as a larger TPB, Vision: The Complete Collection. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
57:30
November 11, 2020
Episode 7 - Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra review Hellboy's first outings, compare them to the 2004 movie, and discuss the peculiarities of Hellboy's character. In two weeks we will be reading Tom King's 2015 Vision series which ran for 12 issues and is collected in two TPBs, Little Worse Than a Man and Little Better Than a Beast, as well as a larger TPB, Vision: The Complete Collection.  Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
53:53
November 4, 2020
Episode 6 - Chilling and Chatting
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra answer listener questions, read and react to headlines, and discuss the quality and importance of MCU media outside of the movies. Next week we will be reading the first two Hellboy storylines: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil, printed as issues #1-4 and 7-11 of the original Hellboy ongoing and collected in individual TPBs with the same names and in Hellboy: Library Edition vol 1. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
56:46
October 27, 2020
Episode 5 - Batman: The Court of Owls
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss Batman's first adventures in the New 52, how well the New 52 functioned as a jumping in point, and how the Court of Owls functions as a dark mirror of what Bruce Wayne could have become. In two weeks we will be reading the first two Hellboy storylines: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil, printed as issues #1-4 and 7-11 of the original Hellboy ongoing and collected in individual TPBs with the same names and in Hellboy: Library Edition vol 1. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
52:39
October 20, 2020
Episode 4 - Timelines and Crises and Robins, Oh My!
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra do their best to wade their way through the DC Comics timeline, wonder why The New 52 was named so, and describe the history of everyone's favorite sidekick, Robin. Next week, we will be discussing Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls and Vol 2:  The City of Owls, which collect #1-12 and Annual 1 of Batman (vol 2). Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
56:15
October 13, 2020
Episode 3 - Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1
Greetings, heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra discuss the muddy real life history of Spider-Man, how pacing has changed in comics, and the formulaic nature of comics from this era. In two weeks, we will be discussing Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls and Vol 2:  The City of Owls, which collect #1-12 and Annual 1 of Batman (vol 2). Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
46:02
October 6, 2020
Episode 2 - Gamer's Rage
Greetings heroes! This week, Kendra and Matt read comic headlines, got mad about video games, and tried to explain timelines. Next week's episode will be about Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1, which collects Amazing Fantasy #15 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1-10. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
50:43
September 29, 2020
Episode 1 - Our Origin Story
Greeting, Heroes! This week, Matt and Kendra battle extensive technical issues and growing pains. Moving forward, episodes will be closer to an hour long. They also discussed the show's structure and went over some commonly used comic industry terms. In two weeks, they will be discussing Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1, which collects Amazing Fantasy 15 and The Amazing Spider-Man 1-10. Contact us at cbbcpod@gmail.com Twitter: @CBBCPod YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGps-ZtCGZQFE0HHDZahJsA
21:24
September 22, 2020