Shoot the Breeze Interview

I spoke to Ian Cameron at Shoot The Breeze all about the Champions in Weirdworld, our Champions relaunch, Avengers: No Road Home, and wrapping up Wayward. Check it out!

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME Launches in February!

Announced at New York Comic Con, there’s a new weekly AVENGERS story launching in February 2019. The creative team that brought you Avengers: No Surrender is back with AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME, a 10-part mythic monument drawn by Paco Medina and Sean Izaakse, and co-written by Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and me!

Check out our first three covers, beautifully illustrated by Yasmine Putri:

Why is there a new weekly Avengers story?

Avengers: No Surrender rode the wave of interest surrounding the Avengers: Infinity War movie and, in that same way, No Road Home looks to capitalize on the excitement for the movie sequel. It’s a wonderful time for both long time fans and new readers to start reading The Avengers.

Our creative team on No Surrender ran a tight ship in terms of organization and production and was well received by readers, retailers, and reviewers, so it was a natural fit to see if we wanted to dive back in and do it again. The chance to tackle another Avengers epic was too good an opportunity to pass by.

That said, the pressure is on to make sure we deliver a story worthy of the format. We’re not an untested experiment anymore, we’re veterans of the weekly war with a desire to prove No Surrender wasn’t a fluke.

Is this a sequel?

No. It’s a spiritual successor in the sense that it’s almost entirely the same creative team involved, but you do not need to have read Avengers: No Surrender in order to enjoy Avengers: No Road Home. They are distinct and self-contained stories. Obviously I want you to read both because they’re entertaining and we put our hearts into them, but they can each be enjoyed all on their own.

How many heroes are in the cast of No Road Home?

No Surrender had 26 heroes as three Avengers teams combined to battle 16 villains. It was epic, but also a ridiculous task keeping track of them all.

No Road Home is a tighter cast of Avengers, less than half the size, but no less exciting in terms of stakes and action. We wanted a leaner crew so we could spend more time with each character and advance their individual story lines more fully.

Revealed so far on the covers you see above are Hawkeye, Hercules, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Spectrum, Vision, Voyager, and Rocket Raccoon.

Wait a sec – Rocket isn’t an Avenger!

Yeah, well he’s been drafted into the team, whether he likes it or not.

How does this tie into Jason Aaron’s flagship Avengers series?

Last time, Avengers: No Surrender was the only Avengers book on the stands for 16 weeks as we cleared the field for what Jason had planned. This time we’ll be running alongside his series, showcasing what’s happening to some of the Avengers who aren’t in his cast. The two books will be doing their own thing, though there will be some little plot threads that carry over between them. That’s why we’re 10 issues this time instead of 16. We want to leave some room on your pull list for Jason’s story. 🙂

Midway through No Surrender you guys resurrected the Hulk. Will there be big stuff in No Road Home as well?

You betcha. Our mid-point has a huge reveal that will definitely have readers talking. It’s going to be wild.

Who are those creepy villains on the left half of the issue #2 cover?

To be revealed.

Who’s that lady with the big face in the back?

To be revealed.

You sound really excited.

Absolutely.

I want you to pre-order Avengers: No Road Home and wait at your local comic shop in frothing anticipation. I want every issue to hit you like a Kirby-crackling fist.

Paco and Sean are drawing the best pages of their career. Mark and Al are two of the best writers I’ve ever met and we’re all in sync with our plans and the way it’s delivered on the page. Writing epic action in the Mighty Marvel Manner™ is my jam and getting the chance to contribute new characters and key moments to No Road Home has been a thrill.

In February 2019, we are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once again. I hope you join us.

Champions #25 Reviews

Black Nerd Problems: 9/10 “I’m digging the medieval fantasy vibe, especially the dope fits our young heroes are wearing. You got my boy Miles in his ninja mode, kunais and all, and I’m digging it.”

Caped-Joel: 9/10 “You can tell this is the sort of passion project that only comes around once in a lifetime and Jim Zub is perfectly suited for this material.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, because it’s worth repeating: Champions is one of Marvel’s best team-up books. If you’re not already, you should be reading it.”

Comic Book University: “I knew it was going to be weird, but I didn’t expect it to be this good.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “The Champions’ arrival in Weirdworld gives us a lot of changes to adapt to. It’s a swing-for-the-fences story premise.”

DVS: “Jim Zub’s characters brim with youthful energy and hope, even when things look dark. He also balances quiet reverence when one character has to tap into the sentient source of her powers to solve a problem.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.5/10 “this was the perfect statement that this books has so much more to offer than your average superhero team book. They go through the things that you find genuine about the importance of heroes to one another, they tackle the importance of sacrifice, and emphasize the importance of having a sense of duty to those who matter.”

Multiversity: 8.1/10 “An engaging start to the new arc, with good pacing, character moments, world-building, and of course, great art. The creative team is in their zone for this one.”

Shoot the Breeze: “The set-up for this new storyline is very intriguing, and I absolutely love all the cool redesigns the Champions have each received, Sean Izaakse made each of them look great, balancing medieval/fantasy aesthetics with the visual core of each hero perfectly! “

Steam Box Podcast

I spoke to the Steam Box class all about writing comics, working for Marvel, and some of the challenges we had putting together the school shooting issue of Champions. You can listen to it below:

The Hollywood Reporter Covers Marvel NYCC Announcements, Including Avengers and Champions

Graeme McMillan at The Hollywood Reporter covered Saturday’s Marvel announcements at New York Comic Con, including my latest projects, Avengers: No Road Home and the Champions relaunch.
Check it out!

Comic Book Club Interview From NYCC

I spoke to Pete at Comic Book Club on Sunday at New York Comic Con all about Avengers: No Road Home, Champions, and the comic community as a whole. My interview starts at the 19 minute mark of the audio. Give it a listen!








Marvel Live Interview at NYCC 2018: Avengers and Champions

I spoke to Ryan and Jamie at Marvel’s booth on Sunday at New York Comic Con all about the exciting titles I’m writing for Marvel that were announced Saturday afternoon. We also talk about writing team books, collaborating with great artists, the importance of trust with your creative team, finding empathy in characters, story drama, and more! WATCH IT HERE.

Multiversity Interview at NYCC: Avengers, Champions, Wayward, D&D, and More!

I spoke to Elias at Multiversity Comics all about my big announcements from New York Comic Con. My voice is really smokey sounding because this video was shot on Sunday after a long and crazy convention weekend. Watch it HERE.

CHAMPIONS Relaunch in January!

The World Still Needs Heroes and There Are Heroes All Over the World!

Announced on Saturday at New York Comic Con, CHAMPIONS gets a brand new issue #1 in January and we are bringing aboard my incredible Wayward co-creater, Steven Cummings, to celebrate this new era of Marvel’s next generation of heroes!

Check out this stunning first issue cover artwork by Kim Jacinto, with colors by Rain Beredo:

Why a new issue #1?

The response to my Champions stories has been great so far and many of the single issues have gone into second printings, but in the current retail climate the simple truth is that readers look to issue #1’s as a clear jumping on point for stories and characters. When new Marvel Editor-In-Chief CB Cebulski came on board I was already announced as the writer of Champions with issue #19 and so, as other Marvel series have been getting Fresh Start issue #1’s to mark important story changes and signal to readers and retailers that they have big plans, it was decided that Champions should get the same treatment in the new year. Marvel is really happy with what I’ve been doing and they want to make sure more people know about it and get on board.

In order to make sure we were worthy of that new issue #1, we’re swinging for the fences with wild ideas and a big dramatic story to open things up in 2019. Bringing on Steven, the phenomenal line artist on Wayward, gives me the confidence that we can really go for broke with action and drama in the Mighty Marvel Manner.

What kind of big ideas?

Ms. Marvel is now the formal leader of the Champions and she’s decided that the team needs to make their mission bigger than ever. She believes that since young people will inherit the world some day, they need to step up and make it a better place. Dozens of teen heroes around the globe have answered her call and the Champions are becoming a movement like no other.

How many heroes are we talking about?

On our first cover there are 11 characters, and inside that first issue there are 3 more who join them. That means there are 14 heroes so far and more will appear in future issues. There are five heroes at the center of the Champions story – Kamala Khan, Miles Morales, Amadeus Cho, Sam Alexander, and Viv Vision – with many others contributing depending on where in the world (or across the universe) they find themselves. There are a lot of popular and obscure teen heroes in the Marvel Universe who haven’t had a ‘home’ in quite some time and I hope Champions will be able to spotlight some of them as our story grows.

You mentioned big drama…

Yeah. With a team this big, the Champions have gained the attention of some A-list evil in the Marvel Universe as well, a major villain who wants to stop their movement before it starts. This villain’s plans lay the groundwork for our first arc, a twisted tale of dark secrets and betrayal that could destroy the very future Kamala is working to protect. This first arc will have major repercussions on the team and will change some of them forever.

At the same time, there’s unrequited love brewing among team members, friendships being broken, and new egos to contend with. More heroes means the Champions can tackle huge threats, but it brings a ton of other unexpected problems. Ms. Marvel and her friends will be tested like never before.

As we get closer to the January launch, I’ll be showing preview pages and teasing story revelations. Keep an eye out because in 2019 the Champions go BIG and I can’t wait for you to read it!

Zub at New York Comic Con 2018!

As October weather takes hold, it’s time once again for the annual New York Comic Con, one of the biggest and craziest shows in North America! I’ll be there, set up in Artist Alley at TABLE A-21, and if you’re in town for the event I hope to see you there.

Here are signings and panels where you can find me as well:

Friday October 5th
5:15-6:15 PM – ONI PRESS & IDW PUBLISHING PRESENT: RICK AND MORTY VS. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS! – Room 1A24

Roll for initiative! Join superstar writers Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) and Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons, Wayward) to talk the Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons comic crossover. Learn how this Oni Press/IDW Publishing project came to be, and about the madness that lies within. Moderated by Oni Press Editor Sarah Gaydos.

Saturday October 6th
4:30-5:30pm – MARVEL COMICS: NEXT BIG THING – Main Stage 1-D

Monumental events are on the horizon for the Marvel Universe, and Editor-in-Chief CB Cebulski can’t wait to tell you all about them! Industry luminaries Jason Aaron (Avengers, Conan the Barbarian), Donny Cates (Guardians of the Galaxy), Gerry Duggan (Infinity Wars), Dan Slott (Fantastic Four, Tony Stark: Iron Man) and Jim Zub (Champions) have incredible new stories in store for your favorite characters, and this is the place to hear about them first! PLUS – don’t miss a surprise exclusive giveaway variant comic!

Sunday October 7th
11:00am-Noon Signing at the Marvel Comics Booth