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Samurai Jack #5 Reviews


Samurai Jack #5 came out this week, wrapping up our first story arc ‘The Threads of Time”. What did critics think of it? Read on and find out…

Eat Your Comics: “Issue #5 gets four stars, the new series gets five stars. Welcome back Jack!”

Stash My Comics: “Fans of the show should already know how good this comic is and, if not, they’re missing out.”

The Outhousers: “Jim Zub’s terse narration, injected with sparse dialogue, allows Andy Suriano’s art to take center stage. “

Comic Book Therapy: “Samurai Jack brings things full circle and tells a really fitting story for the fan-favorite character.”

Nerds on the Rocks: “This is one of those rare issues where you could remove every word from it and the art would tell the story with clarity.”

Rock! Shock! Pop!: “Zub and Suriano have done a great job bringing Cartoon Network’s coolest sword swinger back to the printed page with the give issues that make up The Threads Of Time.”

Geeked Out Nation: “Even against the insurmountable odds, Jack is able to portray the hero that every story involving samurai needs.”

Shadowhawk’s Shade: 9/10 “All the things that I wanted from this issue, I got, because Jim understands the setting and the characters, and because the artists are just so damn good in every possible way.”

Samurai Jack #5 Solicitation

Coming in February…


Samurai Jack #5
Jim Zub (writing) • Andy Suriano (art and cover) • Genndy Tartakovsky (subscription variant)

Martial artists, warriors, nobles, monsters and more… Samurai Jack has defeated them all in his quest to gather the Threads of Time. Now, one last strand remains in the lair of Aku the demon wizard. Can Jack defeat his greatest foe and return back to the past?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

• IDW’s first Samurai Jack story arc wraps up!

Evil At Baldur’s Gate #5 Arrives in August!

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #5
Jim Zub (w) • Francesco Mortarino (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

Brave Boo—Hamster Quest

Boo has traveled far and wide as companion to Minsc the Beloved Ranger, but there comes a time in every hamster’s life when they must stand alone and face the darkness. If you read only one comic about a miniature giant space hamster this year, make sure it’s this one.

Evil at Baldur’s Gate acts as a perfect jumping on point for new readers and D&D fans. Each story is self-contained and introduces readers to the world of D&D.
• Fan favorite writer Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Avengers) continues his run on D&D paired with a top-notch group of artists for Evil at Baldur’s Gate.
• Variant covers by Adam Kosh of Code Name, and Max Dunbar.

D&D #5 Solicit

Arriving in August…


Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #5
Jim Zub (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

This is it — Count Strahd Von Zarovich versus the Baldur’s Gate heroes! Even if they survive, how can they escape the clutches of the Realm of Dread?

•Jim Zub (Wayward, Samurai Jack) delivers an action-packed D&D story set in the fan-favorite Ravenloft setting.
•Featuring characters from the “Curse of Strahd” Ravenloft adventure for Dungeons & Dragons.
•Misc and Boo are cult favorite characters from the best-selling Baldur’s Gate video game series which has sold millions of copies around the world.

Reviews: Baldur’s Gate #4 and Samurai Jack #16

Both IDW series I’m working on had new issues arrive last week. Let’s see what critics thought of Legends of Baldur’s Gate #4 and Samurai Jack #16…


Bleeding Cool: “Jim Zub’s script continues to be incredibly well written, and intense. There’s really never a dull moment.”

Comics Online: 4.5/5 “There’s a reason that fantasy comics are dominating my pull-list, and his name is Jim Zub.”

Fanboy Comics: “Dunbar is keeping it tight with the visuals as usual. He’s got such a keen sense of drawing combat; there are no wasted panels or energy, every strike makes complete sense, and the subtlety of maneuvers is stellar to witness.”

Fanboy Nation: “Dungeons and Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate continues to be a tremendously fun sword and sorcery book recommended to all fans of the genre.”

Geeks With Wives: 8.5/10 “The creative team isn’t just telling us a story and leaving it at that, they’re beautifully and completely describing and coloring the details of Baldur’s Gate for us to explore with our eyes.”

Merric’s Musings: “The story kicks into high gear with this instalment, getting ready for the Big Finale in issue #5.”

Nerdy But Flirty: “There’s an awesome fight sequence in the last section of the book, and I love how Max Dunbar can make static images have a feeling of motion/action.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is exactly what comics are about and it should be read by all.”

Shadowhawk’s Shade: 9.5/10 “Legends of Baldur’s Gate is, first and foremost, a story about a band of misfits and screw-ups who come together under some really extraordinary circumstances.”


Comic Bastards: “I didn’t think that Samurai Jack could get better than the last story arc, but I think the Master of Time could give Aku a run for his money.”

IGN: 8.6/10 “New artist Sergio Quijada fits right in with the book’s general aesthetic, bringing a real sense of energy to Jack’s quest and plenty of visual gags for good measure. “

Rock! Shock! Pop!: “All in all, another great chapter – bring on the next installment!”

Shadowhawk’s Shade: 10/10 “The dialogue is, as ever, sharp and to the point with Jim wasting not a moment on any inconsequentials along the way.”

Creator-Owned in 2015

Just posted a comment on Heidi MacDonald’s new article about Image creator-owned financials in 2012 VS 2015:

Once I get the financial breakdown for Wayward #5 I’ll post a comparison of Wayward #1-5 + Skullkickers #1-5. The short version: Five years has changed a LOT.

Image is in a completely different place with a much bigger market share and footprint in comic shops, book stores, and digital sales. The audience for new creator-owned series has expanded thanks to the Walking Dead, Saga, Sex Criminals and a host of other Image hits. On top of that, my own career/visibility has grown along with my retailer and press contacts, making it easier to get the word out.

Put that all together and Wayward is much, much more financially viable/stable than Skullkickers has ever been. That’s not a knock on SK. Skullkickers is the bedrock of my comic writing career and established the path I’m now on. It’s O.Z. (Original Zub).

Wayward is not making dump trucks of money but it’s financially viable right from the get-go and hopefully grows from there with TPB/digital. Steve Cummings gets to make Wayward his day job and we build on strong reviews and retailer support hoping to find Chew-like stability.

100% control, 100% ownership + the best possible pay day if a series succeeds.
Image has the creator-owned deal to beat, especially in 2015.

When some people read my original financial article they get the misinformed idea I don’t like the Image deal. Not true at all. I say it right in there:
“Writing/Creating Skullkickers and being published by Image Comics is a thrill and an honor.”

I entered the market in 2010 as a virtual unknown with a sword & sorcery-comedy in a market that was playing grim, serious, and superhero-y. Even against those odds we garnered good buzz and have slowly built a following, especially in long tail digital and TPB sales.

Skullkickers was/is an investment in myself and the incredible opportunities that have come from doing it have been overwhelmingly positive. Those charts/figures don’t translate that. They don’t tell the story of establishing writing credibility and owning something I’m proud of. Legends of the Dark Knight, Samurai Jack, Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, Figment, and a bunch more all because that ball started at Image.

But even if those work-for-hire opportunities didn’t come along, it was (and is) still worth it because it’s my story brought to life. When someone says Skullkickers or Wayward is great I know they wouldn’t exist at all without our team’s dedication. It’s hard for me to express how proud that makes me.

I post about the financial realities and difficulties because I don’t want creators to go in starry-eyed and expecting insta-riches.

Be informed, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Make something you’re proud of and learn from each new project, successful or not.

Okay, went a bit buck there., Thanks for listening.
Also, pre-order Wayward Vol. 1 so I can keep on keeping on. 😛