Champions #22 Reviews

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “Champions continues to be a fun ride with a great cast of young heroes just trying to do the right thing and make a difference.”

Bleeding Cool: 7.5/10 “another strong installment for Marvel’s crew of young heroes. The characters are engaging and endearing, the story is interesting once it gets rolling, and the artwork is solid.”

Comic Book University: “A whole bunch of amazing stuff in here. So good.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “This is truly a master class in orchestrating a team dynamic. At one point or another, nearly every member of the Champions is given a vital role, and they all have to depend on one another.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “I think the best part of this issue is the emotional connections we finally get to form with this team, I feel like Viv and my emotions have been turned on.”

Comic-Watch: 10/10 “a strong, well-written team book that is a worthy modern successor to past offerings like the original New Mutants and New Warriors and consistently leaves you wanting more. This book earns the highest of recommendations.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.6/10 ” This is one of the more engaging of the ongoing Marvel titles out there and delivers genuine storytelling.”

Rogues Portal: “Zub in particular is adept at nailing the emotional stakes of his characters, no matter how big or small they may be, so who better than him to herd this group of emotional, hormonal teens?”

Shoot The Breeze: 9.8/10 “Jim Zub continues to delight and entertain with Champions, taking advantage of every potential story-opportunity to grow the characters, ensuring a very rewarding experience for loyal readers!”

South African Radio Interview

Champions artist Sean Izaakse and I were guests at Radio 702 in Johannesburg talking to Azania Mosaka, one of the biggest talk radio hosts in South Africa. We chatted live on-air for a full hour about comics, storytelling, pop culture, and the Icon convention. You can listen to the full interview here:

Mystery In Madripoor #2 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 9.5/10 “The combination of developed world-building, fantastic art, and witty dialogue makes for a solid issue in what’s proving to be a promising miniseries.”

Caped-Joel: “In terms of character depth and complexity this might be the best of the Hunt For Wolverine mini-series.”

Comic Book University: “This is awesome…I love that Zub has respect for the Kitty Pryde & Wolverine mini-series.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 7.5/10 “I’m really liking the anime-style art this book is using. It fits the story and setting really well.”

Heroes At The Summit: “the world building taking place in this title is masterful. The art is so important to show the heartbeat of a location and showing off the many layers of Madripoor gives the book a deeper meaning.”

Keeping Up With The X-Men: “It very much feels like when Patch wandered the streets of Madripoor hiding in plain sight.”

Infinity Countdown: Champions #2 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: 8/10 “a surprisingly intense story that challenges its protagonists and shows them how small they are in this dangerous universe.”

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “I honestly wish more tie-in stories were written like this.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “The crime-fighting teens face off against their biggest opponent yet — literally — and prove that with teamwork, anything is possible. This issue has tremendous amounts of heart”

Comic Book University: “This is such a brilliantly done comic book.”

Comic-Watch: 9/10 “Jim Zub manages not only to tell a fun, easy, breezy event tie-in but also manages to give two of the Champions – Sam Alexander and Riri Williams – some excellent character development.”

Fortress of Solitude: 8.5/10 “One of the most surprising tie-ins for Infinity Countdown…I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

Heroes At The Summit: “This story takes a toll on each member of this team and I am very excited to see how that is addressed in Champions #22 and beyond. The story deserves a high recommendation and the art an even higher one.”

League of Comic Geeks: 8/10 “The Champions versus Thanos and the Chitauri. Can it get much better than this?”

Shoot The Breeze: 9.9/10 “equally enthralling and enjoyable, providing more character development for not only Nova, but also Ironheart as well.”

Talking to the Writer Experience

I spoke to the gang at the Writer Experience about the creative process, collaborating with artists, working with editors, pitching, and more! Give it a listen.

The Toronto Star Talks About Canadian Superheroes

Raju Mudhar at the Toronto Star put together a pretty extensive article about Canadian superheroes as part of their Canada Day coverage and Snowguard is front and center. Check it out!

This Weekend: Zub at ICON in Johannesburg

This weekend is the 26th anniversary of the ICON – Comics and Gaming Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa and I will be there! Sean Izaakse (the amazing artist I’ve collaborated with on Pathfinder, Thunderbolts, Uncanny Avengers, and Champions) and I will be at the show signing and sketching for fans.

In addition, I’ll be on several panels throughout the weekend:

Friday, June 29th
Noon-1pm JIM ZUB – LESSONS IN SELF PUBLISHING

Over the past 17 years, Jim Zub has worked on a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients. He also juggles his time between being a freelance writer and being a program coordinator for an award-winning animation program for a college in his home town of Toronto.

In this informative and entertaining panel, Jim will take us on his journey from getting his first work in the comic book industry, the lessons in self-publishing game, through to present day where, partnered with Sean Izaakse, Jim is hitting it out of the park with Marvel’s Champions. And, if we’re lucky, Jim may talk about the insane Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons cross-over!

Saturday, June 30th
10am-11am CHAMPIONS – WITH JIM ZUB & SEAN IZAAKSE

In the aftermath of Civil War II, six adolescent heroes; Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan), Viv Vision, the Totally Awesome Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Nova (Sam Alexander), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and the time-traveling teen incarnation of Cyclops sought to change the face of superheroics in the Marvel Universe. They did so by forming the Champions, a team dedicated to not just fighting super criminals, but making the world a better place.

Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse took over the creative duties of the Champions title with issue #19, and ushered in a new era that welcomed new members and brought new challenges. Join us as we discuss how the dynamic creative duo brought their own energy and ideas to this hit Marvel series!

2pm-3pm CHARACTER CREATION – FROM AN IDEA TO REALITY
Sean Izaakse and Jim Zub have been credited with taking Marvel’s Champions comic to another level with their fantastic stories and artwork. The two have also worked on creating new characters within the title – and we want to know how they did it!

In this panel, Sean and Jim will take suggestions from the audience and, by the end of the session, come up with a new super hero concept – one that ICON has big plans for over the next year! Come join us for what promises to be an amazing and fun session!

Sunday July 1st
10am-11am JIM ZUB & RAYMOND E. FEIST – VILLAINS!

Often, a story is only as good as the antagonist – a great villain can make or break a story. So what is it that makes a ‘great’ villain? What do writers think about when it comes to avoid key bad guy tropes? How do you make a villain truly special?

Comic book creator Jim Zub and fantasy legend Raymond E. Feist take the stage to discuss what it takes to make a villain truly epic – and answer your questions!

Wayward #26 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 9/10 “Wayward has always excelled in the visual department, and finally it’s rising to the occasion writing-wise through riveting character drama and escalating the plot to a wonderful crescendo.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “With an intriguing story, haunting realism, and a dose of optimism Wayward #26 might be the most perfect comic book you read this week.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.4/10 “Wayward continues to be that drama with teens that rescues you from all of the cliche. Issue #26 brings these kids together again, but only to challenge the things that keep them sane, and keep them on the right side of this war.”

Horror Talk: 10/10 “If this is how the final arc begins, I can’t imagine how it’s going to end.”

Multiversity Comics: 8/10 “It’s the kind of issue that has made reading the series an overall pleasure. The march to the Wayward finale begins, and the book is firing on all cylinders.”

TM Stash: 10/10 “This series is quite possibly the most beautifully written and illustrated book in comics today.”

Champions #21 and Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 Reviews

CHAMPIONS #21

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “What I continue to love about Izaakse’s art is that he has such a pitch-perfect grasp on everyone’s power. Just pay close attention to every panel during the fight scenes and you’ll see that every hero is represented to the fullest.”

Bleeding Cool: 8.5/10 “a fun and action-packed issue with a compelling conflict with intriguing implications. This is an all-around strong issue giving the reader conflict and character”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “This comic has loads, and loads, and LOADS of heart. All people deserve to have a voice, no matter where they come from, and Champions makes sure we all understand that. This book is quickly becoming a must-read for any and all comics fans.”

Comic-Watch: 9/10 “This book earns a strong recommendation, especially at the end of its first arc. It’s got everything a comics fan could ask for – great characters, beautiful art, amazing action scenes, and sparkling dialogue.”

Marvel Report: 10/10 “The choice to put Zub and Izaakse on Champions is one of the best decisions that Marvel’s made in recent months.”

Shoot the Breeze: 9.8/10 “This has been a VERY FUN, VERY VIBRANT start to writer Jim Zub & artist Sean Izaaske’s new run on Champions”

INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CHAMPIONS #1

Bleeding Cool: 8/10 “a nice first step for this tie-in two-shot. Its characters are endearing, it’s story compelling, and the art is solid and fitting for the narrative.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “writer Jim Zub continues to knock it out of the park with this coming-of-age superhero troop.”

Comic-Watch: 10/10 “a well-written, beautifully illustrated space adventure, with beautiful art and some great character work.”

Do You Even Comic Book: 10/10 “the best Infinity Countdown tie-in yet. As a book it knows exactly what it is and successfully balances the needs of the cosmic story line with an honest Champions adventure.”

Heroes At The Summit: Grade A “Written with a youthful flare and drawn with poise, this issue is a compelling story of hope and desire.”

Shoot the Breeze: 9.8/10 “This story is a very effective character-piece for [Nova]. The art by Emilio Laiso is equally effective, showing a wide-range of expressive faces and the Champions all look very distinct!”

Snowguard on CBC’s The National

Nyla Innuksuk and I spoke to CBC’s The National all about developing Snowguard, a new Inuk Canadian superhero in the Marvel Universe. Lots of great artwork from Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz, and RB Silva on Canadian national TV (plus a nice peak at The Beguiling comic shop downtown) as we talk about story, character, and representation. Give it a watch!