Word Balloon: Avengers, Glitterbomb, and More!

Talking to John at Word Balloon about comics is always a blast and we cover a LOT here: Avengers, Glitterbomb, Wayward, online interactions, and a whole lot more. Give it a listen!

Brevoort Talks to CBR About Avengers: No Surrender

Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources has just put up a great interview with Avengers Editor Tom Brevoort discussing Avengers: No Surrender, including information about new characters created for the epic story and how the project was put together. Give it a read!

Wayward #24 Reviews

Geeked Out Nation: 8.9/10 “…everything exciting that you could ask for from a journey into the unknown, but also painful when you now know the depths in madness that comes from a fight for magic.”

TM Stash: 9/10 “The most beautifully written and illustrated book in comics today continues with an amazing battle that takes us to Tír Na Nóg!”

Under the Comic Covers: “This issue was so shocking but also so powerful.”

Glitterbomb: The Fame Game #2 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 7.5/10 “the creative team has delivered solid work yet again, and the series continues to be worth checking out.”

Bad Manta: 8/10 “…a real good story on their hands and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. The first issue did a real good job of setting up the story and this issue does a nice job of moving the plot along.”

Daily Indie Comics: 10/10 “The second story arc better showcases horror sequels than actual successful horror franchises do by exploring the same ideas, all the while, shifting focus in a purposeful way.”

G4ME (Dutch): 8/10 “This second chapter is even stronger than the first.”

Lyles Movie Files: 9/10 “Original, tense, heavy, and strong social commentary towards the core of fame makes Image Comics’ Glitterbomb: The Fame Game a story that is not to be missed.”

Newsarama: 10/10 “…one of the most powerful (and perhaps vital) books on the stands.”

The Oregonian: “…the winning thing here is how natural and real the series feels. While the media and Hollywood are stretched to an extreme, the portrayal is believable, which is the nauseating thing about it all.”

Outright Geekery: 10/10 “The horror elements work perfectly and Jim continues to be a fantastic writer. Djibril and K. Michael have a wonderful partnership resulting in beautiful artwork.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “Stunning in its scope and brevity there’s a haunting beauty to what we see playing out and I can’t look away for the life of me.”

Retcon Punch: “Are our we virtuous for virtue’s sake, or do we get some kind of perverse joy out of feeling like saviors? Are the monsters better or worse than the people they’re killing, or are they all just part of the same cycle?”

Snap Pow: 9/10 “…this is a smartly written piece adorned with pretty pictures that demand and earn your attention.”

Nerdy Jobs Podcast

I was interviewed by the crew at Nerds On Earth as part of their ‘Nerdy Jobs’ podcast. We talk about getting started in the comic industry, working and being professional, teaching, tutorials, creator-owned comics, and more. Give it a listen.

Off-Panel Episode #124: Avengers and So Much More!

I was a guest on the SKTCHD​ podcast with David Harper​. We cover a ton of topics in a fun conversation, including:
Dungeons & Dragons and creativity.
– Online harassment in the comic industry.
– Writing Avengers: No Surrender, the upcoming weekly Avengers story.
– Politics in comics.
– My articles about writing comics and comic economics.
– Comic sales.
– Traveling to Japan with the TCAF crew.
– The brilliance of Overwatch and playing online.

Give it a listen and share!

Arriving January- WAYWARD Vol. 5!

Arriving in January, pre-order now!
WAYWARD, VOL. 5: TETHERED SOULS TP
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART / COVER: STEVEN CUMMINGS, TAMRA BONVILLAIN
JANUARY 31 / 136 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99

Japan and Ireland are torn apart by conflict. The new power that defines the modern world rages out of control. JIM ZUB (Avengers, SKULLKICKERS) and STEVEN CUMMINGS (Deadshot, Legends of the Dark Knight) continue their supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer with foreign cultures and fascinating mythological monsters. This volume includes design artwork by artist STEVEN CUMMINGS and profiles on mythical creatures by monster scholars ZACK DAVISSON and ANN O’REGAN not found in the single issues.

Collects WAYWARD #21-25

Arriving in January, pre-order now!

UNCANNY AVENGERS: UNITY VOL. 5 – STARS AND GARTERS TPB
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by SEAN IZAAKSE
Cover by SEAN IZAAKSE
ON SALE FEBRUARY 2018
Wanda Maximoff has returned to the Avengers at last! But not everyone is happy about it. Will the team be split down the middle by the Scarlet Witch’s arrival? And as the Unity Squad faces this challenge to group harmony head-on, an old enemy makes his explosive return at the worst possible time! Our heroes’ lives will be turned upside down by friend and foe alike! Then, two of Earth’s mightiest friends reunite at last! When it comes to super-heroics, Wonder Man and the Beast have seen it, done it and gotten the T-shirt. So what happens when Hank and Simon share a beer or two? Would you believe the Juggernaut crashes the party?! There’ll be stars and garters, love and loss — but where does the Unity Squad go from here?
Collecting UNCANNY AVENGERS (2015) #26-30.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99 • ISBN: 978-1-302-90645-0

No Surrender Solicits: Avengers #675-678 Arrive in January!

AVENGERS #675
MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
OCT170809 WRAPAROUND COVER BY MARK BROOKS
OCT170810 TRADING CARD VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
OCT170811 CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (1 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
OCT170812 VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
OCT170813 SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY ALEX ROSS
OCT170814 AVENGERS VARIANT COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
OCT170815 YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
OCT170807 PARTY VARIANT VARIANT BY DANIEL ACUÑA
OCT170808 SKETCH PARTY VARIANT BY DANIEL ACUÑA
NO SURRENDER Part 1
AVENGERS goes WEEKLY for the stunning sixteen-part saga that will write the end of an era! The Earth has been STOLEN! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world! The Avengers are the last line of defense between Earth and the mysterious forces threatening to tear it apart. It’s time to ASSEMBLE! The teams you know and love from AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, U.S.AVENGERS and OCCUPY AVENGERS come together to face a threat beyond any they’ve faced before in a weekly epic adventure that will define the future of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

AVENGERS #676
MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (2 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Avengers Variant Cover by ALAN DAVIS
NO SURRENDER Part 2
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
The Black Order. The Lethal Legion. Two teams of powerful villains bent on destroying each other have arrived on Earth, and they don’t care who gets caught in the crossfire. But who’s pulling their strings? And what is the secret of the lost Avenger?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #677
MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (3 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Avengers Variant Cover by ESAD RIBIC
NO SURRENDER Part 3
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
Quicksilver flamed out of the Avengers, leaving devastation in his wake. But now that it’s all hands on deck, is this his chance at redemption? Or will his hunger to prove himself be his downfall?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #678
MARK WAID, AL EWING & JIM ZUB (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)
Cover by MARK BROOKS
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER (4 OF 4) BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Avengers Variant Cover by Mike Del Mundo
NO SURRENDER Part 4
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
The Avengers are caught in a game of cosmic proportions, but they don’t know the rules – and one of them is about to pay the ultimate price! THE FIRST AVENGER FALLS!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Uncanny Avengers #28 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: 8.5/10 “This is my favorite Avenger book right now, and it gets a strong recommendation. Give this one a try.”

Comic Book University: Grade A. “One of the best comic books that I’ve read in a while…I really felt like this was written by someone who not only knows, but cares about these characters and I really haven’t seen that in a while.”

Comic Crusaders: 8/10 “You get a good mix of character development and their histories, but doled out in manageable amounts and a little action to boot.”

IGN: 8.5/10 “This is a terrific-looking comic book that captures a lot of the old Avengers spirit.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8/10 “For being one of the quieter starts of the new era, there wasn’t a single moment of boredom.”

Uncanny Sessions: 9.3/10 “It continues to be awesome. We covered a lot of ground in this issue…Everyone needs to go read this”