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Word Balloon: Thunderbolts, Glitterbomb, and More!

John Siuntres and I get caught up on the Word Balloon Podcast after almost two years since our previous conversation. We cover Thunderbolts, Secret Empire, Wayward, Glitterbomb, fan pairings, working with continuity, events, and the state of creator-owned comics. Lots of great material here. Give it a listen!

0:00:00 John’s Introduction
0:05:56 Jim Interview Start: Thunderbolts
0:09:09 Marvel special projects division
0:11:40 How Thunderbolts came about and its ties to Secret Empire
0:19:21 Taking over Uncanny Avengers
0:21:23 Thunderbolts #11 revelations
0:29:34 Superior Spider-Man and shocking stories
0:33:40 Character “shipping” and fandom
0:42:51 Secret Empire: United and tie-ins
0:49:24 Continuity and the Thunderbolts Anniversary
0:56:14 The state of Wayward
1:01:57 Glitterbomb and modern entertainment
1:15:09 Glitterbomb back matter essays
1:26:15 The state of Skullkickers
1:29:22 Creator-owned at Image
1:30:40 Upcoming conventions and travel
1:39:43 Tutorials and my Patreon site

Thunderbolts #12 Letter

Today sees the release of THUNDERBOLTS #12, wrapping up our “Return of the Masters” 3-parter as the series heads into SECRET EMPIRE, Marvel’s big summer event. I’m not sure if Thunderbolts will return after Secret Empire or not, so I penned this letter for the back of the issue and wanted to share it here, just in case:


Hey Gang,

Thank you for joining us on this new-but-also-old school run of Thunderbolts! As my first monthly Marvel superhero series, it holds a very special place in my heart.

Right from the start when I was brought on board I knew that Bucky and Kobik’s story from Avengers Standoff would eventually lead to Secret Empire, but building the bridge between those two events as a fun and frantic story that stood on its own was an absolute blast each and every month. Our creative team (Jon Malin, Matt Yackey, and Joe Sabino, with Sean Izaakse in to pinch hit for a couple issues too) delivered their best and it really showed in every messed-up mission and sarcastic quip. From plot to printed page, it was a really fun ride.

Deep thanks to Tom Brevoort and Alanna Smith for entrusting me with this fan favorite series. I enjoyed reading Thunderbolts when it first hit the stands 20 years ago, and now, being a small part of the team’s legacy makes it even more incredible.

Where do we go from here? Well, Secret Empire, of course! Hydra’s greatest machinations are fulfilled and everyone in the Marvel Universe will be tested in ways you’ve never imagined. The ramifications of Secret Empire will reverberate for many years to come, especially with our team of criminals trying to be heroes except when they’re not.

What happens after that? I can’t say for certain. There are all kinds of wonderful plans still being percolated as I type this, and I’m hopeful we’ll see more of Justice, Like Lightning in one form or another before too long. (After all, we can’t just leave Songbird, Ghost, and Jolt out in the cold, can we? 🙂 )

In any case, please know that your support and excitement for this series has meant the world to me and that, on behalf of our whole creative team, we look forward to entertaining you again, whether that’s here or somewhere else in the mighty Marvel Universe.

Make Mine Moonstone!
Jim Zub
March 20, 2017


If you’ve enjoyed the work I’ve done on THUNDERBOLTS and want the series to continue in the Fall, please send an email to MHEROES@MARVEL.COM and let Marvel know!

Arriving in June – Thunderbolts Vol. 2: No Going Back

THUNDERBOLTS VOL. 2: NO GOING BACK TPB

Written by JIM ZUB & KURT BUSIEK
Penciled by SEAN IZAAKSE, JON MALIN & MARK BAGLEY
Cover by JON MALIN

If you operate in the shadows long enough, someone is going to shine a light on you. But Bucky Barnes didn’t think that person would be his best friend, Steve Rogers! Steve wants to know where Bucky’s loyalties lie. The thing is, Steve has secrets of his own. And when an original Thunderbolt returns, how will Songbird react to the reunion of her former team? Together, they all used to be the Masters of Evil — and if Baron Zemo has his way, their villainous legacy will be reclaimed with the infinite power of a Cosmic Cube! Past and present collide as Bucky confronts the truth about Captain America and the destructive path that led to him becoming the Winter Soldier! Plus: A 20th-anniversary-celebration tale by Thunderbolts co-creators Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley!

Collecting THUNDERBOLTS (2016) #7-12.
144 PGS./Rated T+ $17.99

ISBN: 978-0-7851-9669-3

Newsarama Thunderbolts Interview

I spoke to Newsarama about the upcoming THUNDERBOLTS anniversary event. We talk about the return of Baron Zemo, Kobik the cosmic cube girl, Bucky, Steve Rogers, and a whole lot more! Give it a read and get pumped for Thunderbolts #10, arriving late February.

20 favorite Thunderbolts Moments on Marvel.com

The Merry Misfits at Marvel asked me if I could put together a Top 20 list of my favorite Thunderbolts moments. Click on through and check them out!

Arriving in April: THUNDERBOLTS #12

Arriving in April…

THUNDERBOLTS #12
JIM ZUB (W)
JON MALIN (A/C)

The Masters of Evil, the fate of Kobik, betrayal, destruction and the future of the Thunderbolts — “Return of the Masters” concludes here. Don’t miss it!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Thunderbolts 20th Anniversary Interview on CBR!

I spoke to Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources all about the Thunderbolts 20th Anniversary event starting in February and the return of Baron Zemo. Lots of good material in there, including preview art of the big issue. Give it a read!

Thunderbolts #11 Arrives in March!

Arriving in March…

THUNDERBOLTS #11
JIM ZUB (W) • JON MALIN (A/C)
• Past and present collide as Bucky Barnes confronts the truth about Steve Rogers and the destructive path that led to becoming the Winter Soldier. “Return of the Masters” continues!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Thunderbolts #10 Arrives in February!

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Arriving in February…

THUNDERBOLTS #10
JIM ZUB & KURT BUSIEK (W) • JON MALIN & MARK BAGLEY (A)
Cover by JON MALIN
Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY

20TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!

• Once upon a time the Thunderbolts were the Masters of Evil…and if Baron Zemo has his way, their legacy will be reclaimed…with the infinite power of a Cosmic Cube!
• Captain America’s sinister plan for Bucky and Kobik begins to unfold.
• “Return of the Masters,” the Thunderbolts 20th anniversary event, begins here! Along with our pulse-pounding lead story, this special over-sized issue includes a brand-new Thunderbolts tale by series co-creators Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

Arriving in January: Thunderbolts #9 and Avengers-Monsters Unleashed #1!

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I’ve got two Marvel super hero titles in January 2017, Thunderbolts #9 and the Avengers one-shot special for Monsters Unleashed, a new 2017 event! Writing an Avengers story has been an absolute thrill. Can’t wait for you to see what Sean and I are putting together for it.

Here are the solicits:

AVENGERS #1.MU
JIM ZUB (W) • SEAN IZAAKSE (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
GWENSTER UNLEASHED VARIANT COVER BY TBA
A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN!
A seemingly straightforward mission for Spider-Man takes an unexpected turn when Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are caught off-guard by a monstrous invasion from the sky.
An all-star lineup of Avengers battling behemoths in this over-sized spectacular that’s a perfect jumping-on point for new readers and old.
40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99

THUNDERBOLTS #9
JIM ZUB (W) • JON MALIN (A/C)
Sometimes you have to do the right thing with the team you’ve got, not the team you want…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99