CHAMPIONS #1 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “I liked this issue because it’s taking chances and pushing the team in a new direction. Zub has a clear handle on the characters and Cummings can handle a heavy dose of team action.”

All-Comic: 8/10 “Whilst the entire issue is dedicated to their lives as superheroes, the book contains plenty of tension and drama that fleshes out the characters and instantly reminds audiences why they’re so popular.”

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “Champions under Zub may be the modern day equivalent of the classic Teen Titans stories everyone loves and I think this new series here only strengthens that idea. The book is filled with so much positivity and youthful exuberance, something I think is sorely missing from superhero comics these days.”

ComicBook.com: 10/10 “This is Marvels finest team-up book currently in print. Period…Rarely do big groups like this give attention to all of the characters that deserve it, but Zub and his team handle the balance perfectly.”

Comicon: “Champions #1 is a promising and outright endearing new start to Jim Zub’s era on the title. The new members aren’t given that much page space, but they are still introduced in a defined manner while the core members are given some interesting character beats. This one easily earns a recommendation.”

Comic Book University: “Jim Zub is able to bring some hope to the world with these young heroes and there are no better heroes to do that with.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “Ever since Jim Zub came on to Champions I have been loving it, and that love continues here. This book is bigger and more ambitious than the previous volume and that makes it all the more appealing.”

Comic-Watch: 8.8/10 “The action scenes are easy to follow and expressive, and Cummings doesn’t resort to a lot of plain white backgrounds the way lesser artists might when faced with so many characters to draw.”

Do You Even Comic Book?: “This book did a really good job of laying out all the characters and laying out all the conflict and delivering an exuberant teen superhero adventure.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.5/10 “This new era for Champions began giving us the full package. The action delivered was satisfying, our first taste of adventure from them was bold, and the drama was heartbreaking. This iteration of Champions won’t just be about the work they do, it will be testing their fortitude in living up to the name.”

Graphic Policy: 7.75/10 “There’s a great mix of characters, some will be the future of Marvel, and Zub and team set up a series which will be as much action as it will be interpersonal conflict. Plus there’s that ending… “

Institute Of Idle Time: “This first issue is all about setting up the status quo, and, despite a big supporting cast, focusing the spotlight on the aforementioned key characters, with just the right amount of teenage angst to shake up the team dynamic.”

Major Spoilers: 7.7/10 “In short, Champions #1 has a ton of moving parts and story elements that stay mostly balanced, with expressive and attractive art and coloring.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8.8/10 “Zub throws a massive Champions team at you over the course of the issue but perfectly drops the breadcrumbs for the first story arc and future plot lines. To balance a vast roster and tell a coherent story is a significant accomplishment in itself, but what Zub does best is take a swing for the fence when it comes to the mission statement and purpose of the Champions.”

Newsarama: 9/10 “Zub and Cummings do an excellent job juggling the large cast, giving each a distinct look and voice that makes it easy to follow the ever-shifting action of the book.”

On Comics Ground: “Between the growing sense of dread that builds throughout the issue as the Champions seem to be slowly getting at odds with one another, the triumph of the three missions successfully carried out, and Kamala’s engaging and compelling struggles with this new position she finds herself in as the formal leader of the Champions, Jim Zub conveys all of this incredibly effectively.”

Paste Magazine: “Cummings has ample experience depicting teens in a supernatural version of Japan, and his long partnership with Zub bodes well for productive collaborative storytelling under the Marvel umbrella.”

Talking Comic Books: “I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the perfect balance of fun and drama, and I can’t wait to see what Jim Zub has in store for these young heroes.”

Times Union Read Pile Reviews: “A great first issue, at a time when it seems some first issues don’t do a good job. I’m definitely getting the next issue, I want to know more about these new young heroes.”

Year in Review

I’ve been writing these ‘Year In Review’ posts since 2010, and each time I try to summarize what’s happening in my life and the gratitude I have for all these incredible experiences.

2018 was intense but saying that at this point feels redundant. They’ve all been intense. Intense is now normal, I think I’m just better capable of handling it.

That was kind of the theme this year – This is crazy but somehow, we press on and make it work.

At Seneca we’re lining up our Animation program review for 2019, and it looks like big changes will be happening again as part of that process. It’s hard to believe I’ve been coordinator of the program for 12 years. I’m proud that we keep innovating, making improvements to keep the courses relevant and make sure our grads are ready to go out and kick butt in the industry. I’ve been here long enough now that some of our grads are coming back to teach as well and that’s a surreal and gratifying experience.

The new subway stop at York University has completely changed how I get to school for teaching. Instead of grinding my way through traffic and worrying about parking, I start my days by reading my lecture notes or catching up on comics. It’s been transformative and cut down on stress that used to eat into my day.

Speaking of reducing stress, I started working out in late July and it’s helped me keep moving so my sedentary jobs don’t continue to wreck my neck and back. I feel better than I have in years and I’ve lost a bit of weight too, so that’s been exciting and unexpected.

Stacy and I did the regular convention circuit in North America and also traveled to Johannesburg and Vienna. Zipping around the world for comic conventions, balancing work and sightseeing, is becoming a reality and it’s something I hope we get to keep pursuing in 2019 and beyond.

Creatively, 2018 was mind-boggling:

Hey Jim, how would you like to co-write the world’s biggest superhero team while their new billion-dollar movie comes out? While that’s going on, how about co-writing a crossover between one of the hottest cartoons on TV and your favorite hobby, the one that inspired you to become a writer in the first place? Just for good measure, how about taking the reins on a new generation of young heroes to guide their formative years?

Yeah.

I look at that insane rundown of releases and I’d say I could hardly believe it, but I’ve got the gray hairs to prove that it all really happened. Between teaching and writing it really is two full-time jobs, with promotion and travel heaped on top. I love all of it, but the juggling has been wild at times.

I decided to cash in some of the creative credit I built up at Marvel and worked with Nyla Innusuk and Sean Izaakse to create a new Canadian superhero. The response to Amka, and the way readers from Canada and abroad have embraced her has absolutely blown me away. If we get any Snowguard cosplay in 2019 I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle it.

Wayward the comic series wrapped up in October, but we still have our final Deluxe Hardcover and the co-op board game (designed by Jon Gilmour) arriving in 2019. The animated series fell through and the rights have been returned to Steven and I, so my agent is now back on the attack looking to get it attached elsewhere. Fingers crossed.

Writing Evil at Baldur’s Gate and co-writing Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons made this year special, but I’ve got even more Dungeons & Dragons material coming in 2019. Comics and game stuff aplenty, but I’m sworn to secrecy for now. More details coming soon.

2019 is looking good. If things go the way we’re planning it could be another banner year.

If your 2018 was rough, I hope the new year brings better news and brighter days. If the year was good, let’s keep that momentum going!

Champions Annual #1 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “It was an absolute joy. I think stories like this are indicative of the personality and flare Jim Zub brings to the world of Champions and its characters.”

ComicBook.com: 10/10 “Equal parts entertaining and powerful, this issue is fantastic from start to finish. It’s also worth noting that Snowguard is quickly become one of the most interesting characters in Marvel’s extensive lineup, and I would be first in line to buy a solo series.”

Comic-Watch: 9/10 “Marcus To is always, always a welcome artist on any book because his work is spectacular – smooth and detailed, lively and expressive. He’s given quite a bit to do here, especially when it comes to creating some of the mythical beings and monsters that Amka has to come up against, and he pulls it off very well.”

Comicon.com: “Champions Annual #1 is the spotlight that Snowguard both needed and deserved. She is the newest hero to have joined the Champions, and, here, we get to learn more about her and her home. She’s another great new hero, and Jim Zub and Nyla Innuksuk knocked it out of the park in writing this issue.”

Geeked Out Nation: 9/10 “A special supersized issue was the best use of time to flesh out the backstory of a character when the average issue can only offer so much to satisfy.”

WhatCulture: “It is the quintessential example of how to keep a superhero book feeling like a superhero book while also pushing an underlying message. The art by Marcus To is vibrant and sharp, keeping the energy flowing from action to dialogue and back.”

Marvel Comics Arriving March 2019


AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #4 (OF 10)
AL EWING, MARK WAID & JIM ZUB (W) • SEAN IZAAKSE (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARKO DJURDJEVIC (1 OF 4)
THE ALL-NEW WEEKLY AVENGERS EVENT CONTINUES!
Who is the Queen of Night? What brought Nyx to wage war on the gods themselves? Witness the origin of the Avengers’ latest, greatest foe!
LEGACY #711
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #5 (OF 10)
AL EWING, JIM ZUB & MARK WAID (W) • SEAN IZAAKSE (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARKO DJURDJEVIC (2 OF 4)
THE ALL-NEW WEEKLY AVENGERS EVENT CONTINUES!
As the Scarlet Witch works to escape Nyx’s prison of darkness, the Hulk takes on Hypnos, Lord of Sleep, in the realm of Nightmare!
LEGACY #712
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #6 & 7 (OF 10)
AL EWING, MARK WAID & JIM ZUB (W)
Issue #6 – SEAN IZAAKSE • Issue #7 – PACO MEDINA (A)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Issue #6 – CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARKO DJURDJEVIC (3 OF 4)
Issue #6 – VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Issue #6 – VARIANT COVER BY JIM CHEUNG
Issue #6 – VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
Issue #7 – CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARKO DJURDJEVIC (4 OF 4)
THE ALL-NEW WEEKLY AVENGERS EVENT CONTINUES!
ISSUE #6 – Welcome to the Hyborian Age, Wanda Maximoff — hope you survive the experience! An extra-long Conan epic like you’ve never seen before!
ISSUE #7 – Spectrum takes command as the Avengers take the fight to the Queen of Night — but whose side is Conan on?
LEGACY #713 – ISSUE #6 – 40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
LEGACY #714 – ISSUE #7 – 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


CHAMPIONS #3
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A)
Cover by KIM JACINTO
SPIDER-MAN VILLAINS
VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
• The ultimate sacrifice or the ultimate betrayal?
• Ms. Marvel will find out the truth, even if it kills her…
• Jim Zub (AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into new territory, and the team will never be the same.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


MARVEL COMICS: THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW HC
Written by JOE SIMON, STAN LEE, STEVE GERBER, BOB LAYTON, DAVID MICHELINIE, CHRIS CLAREMONT, SCOTT LOBDELL, PETER DAVID, J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, JOHN NEY RIEBER, MARJORIE LIU, G. WILLOW WILSON, JIM ZUB, ZEB WELLS
Penciled by JACK KIRBY, GIL KANE, GENE COLAN, JOHN ROMITA JR., JACKSON GUICE, MARK PACELLA, RICHARD BENNETT, GARY FRANK, JOHN CASSADAY, MIKE PERKINS, MIRKA ANDOLFO, SEAN IZAAKSE, TODD NAUCK
Cover by STEPHANE ROUX
The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window — from the moment Captain America charged into battle in World War II, to the present day! Marvel’s characters face relevant and real-life issues alongside their extraordinary adventures — from grappling with alcoholism, to participating in politics, to celebrating diversity and everything in between! These powerful stories from Marvel’s 80-year history feature iconic heroes tackling heavy-hitting subjects including drug abuse, teen suicide, HIV, terrorism, school shootings and more.

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 97, HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) 8, IRON MAN (1968) 128, NEW MUTANTS (1983) 45, ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) 106, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 303, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) 420, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) 36, CAPTAIN AMERICA (2002) 1, ASTONISHING X-MEN (2004) 51, MS. MARVEL (2015) 13, CHAMPIONS (2018) 24; material from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 2, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) 583.
320 PGS./Rated T+ …$50.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91872-9
Trim size: oversized

Dynamic Forces Interview About Champions #1

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces all about our Champions relaunch arriving in stores on January 2nd, 2018. We cover a lot of great information. Give it a read!

Elegant Weapon Podcast Interview

Back in October at New York Comic Con I spoke to J.M. Clark at the Elegant Weapon Podcast about social media, writing tutorials, plugging away on comic projects, and more! My voice is pretty scratchy here because this interview was recorded Sunday after a busy, busy weekend of convention-ing. Give it a listen!

Newsarama Interview About CHAMPIONS #1

I spoke to Chris Arrant at Newsarama about our new CHAMPIONS #1 arriving in early January: who’s on the team, their expanded mission, a new hero, and dark secrets.

THIS is the article you need to read to get ready for CHAMPIONS #1 in January.

Please share far and wide, (and tell your local comic shop you want to pre-order). Thanks for the support, gang!

The Avengers meets Conan the Barbarian in ‘Avengers: No Road Home’ this March

New York, NY–December 7, 2018–The all-new weekly Avengers event continues in March with an epic story from Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and Jim Zub, with art by Sean Izaakse and Paco Medina – and the famed barbarian himself is slashing his way into the Marvel Universe in AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME!

It all starts when The Scarlet Witch enters the Hyborian Age, and continues when the Avengers take their fight to the Queen of the Night! And while Conan and the Avengers will fight together, the question remains…whose side is Conan really on?

It’s an action-filled, jam-packed story that you won’t want to miss, and it all starts in AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #6 – when the Marvel Universe will be forever changed, by Crom!

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #6
Written by AL EWING, MARK WAID, JIM ZUB
Art by SEAN IZAAKSE
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
On Sale 3/20/19

Imposter Syndrome Article

I contributed to Matt O’Keefe’s new article on The Comics Beat all about Imposter Syndrome and the fears creative people have around their work and success. Give it a read.

Arriving in Feb: Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons #1 – Director’s Cut Edition

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons #1 – Director’s Cut Edition
(W) Jim Zub, Patrick Rothfuss
(A) Troy Little
(CA) Alex Cormack

Re-presenting the sold-out first issue in deluxe format! This special edition includes excerpts from Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub’s original script, work-in-progress process pages from the art table of Troy Little, and a section of some of the rare and hard-to-find covers! Presented in conjunction with Oni Press! Patrick Rothfuss, the multiple award-winning, bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle series, joins Dungeons & Dragons fan-favorite Jim Zub (Avengers, Wayward) on a tri-dimensional fantasy adventure!
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019