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This Week In Marvel Podcast

I spoke to Ryan Penagos at Marvel HQ all about breaking into the business, creative stuff, writing comics, collaboration and Avengers: No Surrender. Give it a listen!

Avengers #676 Reviews

When you’re releasing a weekly comic, the feedback and reviews come in fast and furious…How did our second part fare?

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8.5/10 “This is a good issue that reveals key details and gets the villains into the story too.”

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “No telling what’s going to happen next with No Surrender, but overall I’m invested in where it goes.”

Comic-Watch: 8/10 “This story has the potential to be a really fun ride. There are plenty of elements to this story that any reader would be happy with.”

Comicosity: 9/10 “I’m all-in with this Avengers adventure, especially since Avengers #676 expands the horizon of battle, widens the cast of characters, and brings something new to a story that has a classic Avengers feel.”

Comicsverse: 8/10 “All of these questions have me curious and that’s always a good thing after reading a comic book.”

Diskingdom: 8/10 “the Avengers continues to tell a interesting story that has some major aspects to it and it’s certainly peaked my interest in this series and I certainly want to keep turning the pages to find out what’s happening next”

Fortress Of Solitude: 9.5/10 “This series has been running at a really nice pace.”

Graphic Policy: 8.5/10 “This is an event that’s paying off and the weekly pace is helping a ton so far. I know I wouldn’t want to wait a month or even another week for this fast paced adventure.”

IGN: 8.4/10 “Artist Pepe Larraz ensures that the whole package goes down smoothly, crafting another set of detailed, vibrant pages that really capture the gravity of this conflict.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: “No Surrender is a big deal on its own merit, not because Marvel wants you to think so.”

Newsarama: “Kicked off by an expansive and lovingly detailed double page splash of the two groups of antagonists preparing to strike, [Larraz and Curiel] move outward from there, breaking the engagement into sharp, dutch angled panels that are rich in character blocking, vibrant colors, and plenty of anime-inspired speed lines and booming SFX from letterer Cory Petit.”

Rogues Portal: “Avengers #676 slows the action down with just enough time to breathe before launching into one hell of a cliffhanger.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “The final page is a full-paged splash that’s a jaw dropper. It’s an image that’s not supposed to happen in comics and Larraz makes it utterly epic. I wish Larraz could be cloned so he could draw everything.”

The Beat: “Avengers #676 throws a ton of plot into the ether and took some big chances–don’t miss this one!”

You Don’t Read Comics: 8/10 “No Surrender is starting to feel like a modern version of a classic Marvel epic, with big villains with mysterious powers behind them”

All Comics Considered Interview – Part 1

I spoke to the gang at the All Comics Considered podcast about breaking into comics, building a career piece by piece, working with editors and continuity, teaching, Avengers: No Surrender, collaborations, and a lot more. Give it a listen!

Champions #19 Arrives in April!

Arriving in April – Pre-order now from your local comic shop!

Cover by Stefano Caselli

• IRONHEART and THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP join the Champions at last! The team has grown but the mission stays the same – the Champions fight to make the world a better place for all!
• Writer Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) and artist Sean Izaakse (UNCANNY AVENGERS) reunite to push the Champions beyond their limits with any icy Antarctic adventure that will challenge everything they believe in!
• Don’t miss this first chapter of a new era of Champions – and the birth of a brand new hero!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

No Surrender Interview on Comic Book Resources

Avengers: No Surrender Part 3 (Avengers #677) arrives in comic shops tomorrow! In preparation for its arrival, Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and I talked to Comic Book Resources about how things are going, mysteries, and more. Check it out!

I’m The New Writer On Champions!

Marvel just announced that Sean Izaakse, Tamra Bonvillain, and I are the new creative team on Champions starting in April with issue #19!

New team members, new adventures, and lots of surprises. I can’t wait for people to see what we have planned!

If you’ve never read Champions before, it’s a team of new teen heroes in the Marvel Universe. The Champions represent a hopeful generation gripped by big problems they had no part in creating – political strife, climate change, the overreach of technology invading our lives, and more. These teens want to change the world, but figuring out how to do that while juggling their personal lives and emotions; well, that’s the trick.

Check out this interview at Comic Book Resources for more details:

D&D: Evil At Baldur’s Gate Begins in April!

Geek & Sundry has the scoop – the fourth Dungeons & Dragons mini-series, titled Evil At Baldur’s Gate, begins in April!

This time we have a series of five one-shot stories that focus on different characters from our cast, delving into who they are while also showcasing some aspects of Dungeons & Dragons that has never shown up in the comics before. Head on over to Geek & Sundry to read an interview with me where I talk about what’s in store and also talk about why tabletop gaming is so much fun.

Glitterbomb Interview on The Beat

I spoke to Matt O’Keefe at The Beat all about developing Glitterbomb, the wave of harassment being revealed in Hollywood, and my own personal low points in my writing career. Lots of material to cover here. Check it out.

Avengers #675 Reviews

Avengers #675 arrived in stores last Wednesday, the beginning of our 16-part/16 week story line. What did reviewers think of it? Let’s find out…

All-Comic: “The artwork is on fire here as penciller Pepe Larraz and colorist David Curiel are fantastic. Each page is a visual treat”

Alpha Comics: “By and large this is a great place to jump into the Avengers series if you aren’t already on board. And for those who are already fans: get ready for a wild ride!”

Bleeding Cool: “with a plot this massive, it’s impressive that it manages to remain as character-focused as it does.”

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “A good first issue that has an event-vibe and stuffs a lot of characters into it.”

Chuck’s Comic of the Day: “…it’s a very entertaining mystery (the best kind!), and I’m in for the long haul.”

Comic Book University: B+ “This is a fantastic comic book.”

Comic Buzz: 8/10 “It’s a fun start to this story and I hope it can keep up this momentum.”

Comic Crusaders: 8.8/10 “It’s an intense issue and great reading!”

Comic Pop: “Written by three different people but manages to maintain a single voice.”

Comic-Watch: 9/10 “This is exactly what you want from a superhero story. The world is in danger and the heroes have to come together to save it.”

Comics Beat: “The art was on point throughout the issue. It’s nice when comic artists take the time to draw big splashy moments and fight scenes as well some more subtle, nuanced stuff for older readers. There is much to love here”

Comics the Gathering: “If you’re looking for an exciting, visually appealing book, this crossover is the one for you.”

Comicosity: 8.5/10 “This is a great start, the weekly pace should battle any story or memory atrophy, and the character assortment has enough for every reader to find an anchor.”

Comicsverse: 8.2/10 “I’m excited for the next issue, so at least that’s a good thing to take away. A weekly series needs to be anticipated, so let’s hope that stays true in the weeks to come.”

Critical Blast: “We still have a long way to go with No Surrender, but I really enjoyed this first issue. Great art, exciting story, compelling character moments, and a lot of mysteries left to be answered. “

Diskingdom: 8/10 “This No Surrender storyline kicks off with a bang, with loads of action, loads of heroes and a huge question hanging over the entire Marvel Universe…This first issue completely sold me on getting invested in this story.”

Fandom Post: “The writing by Waid, Ewing, and Zub flows rather well, and honestly came out very cohesive, even if things were happening fast.”

Fansided: “…the first chapter of Avengers: No Surrender gets the pacing right.”

Fortress of Solitude: 9/10 “I’m really excited to see this massive 16-part story play out.”

Graphic Policy: 8.2/10 “I was skeptical about this event series but after this first issue, I’d be lying if I didn’t want to read more. Thankfully with a weekly event, I won’t have to wait long for that.”

Heroic Legacy: 8.8/10 “…this is a promising start. It would be easy for a story like this to start off confusing, but it is actually easy to follow along.”

IGN: “…straightforward and focused more on spectacle than characters, this first chapter starts the crossover off on solid footing.”

The Lost Lighthouse: “Avengers #675 is off to a good start, and with the writers involved and the art so far there is a lot of promise for No Surrender.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: “This is a big, bold project for Marvel and these creators. Avengers starts its now weekly story in a classic comic book structure and pace.”

Newsarama: “Avengers #675 gives us more questions than it does answers, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t a good-looking book that keeps its heroes’ characterization intact.”

Pop Culture Philosophers: “Really cool artwork. Really epic story. Worthy of the Avengers.”

Rogues Portal: “With an interesting plot, appealing art, and a variety of characters both beloved and obscure, Avengers #675 launches the weekly “No Surrender” storyline with a great result.”

Super Hero Nexus: “Great comic. I highly recommend you pick this comic up and join me on the ride “

Talking Comic Books: “With a top notch group of writers and the beautiful artwork from rising star Pepe Larraz, Avengers #675 is a Buy.”

The Mighty Blog (French): “The pacing is perfect, the alchemy between characters is there, and that’s no small feat given the size of the cast.”

Two-Headed Nerd: “I’m really enjoying Avengers No Surrender so far. I hope this team can keep up this momentum”

Uncanny Nerdverse: 9/10 “A solid start. I’m excited to see where it all goes from here.”

Some Thoughts on Avengers: No Surrender

With the arrival of AVENGERS #675 in comic shops today and the kick-off to 16 weeks of epic Avengers action for our weekly No Surrender story line, I wanted to put together some quick thoughts to celebrate.

Tracking back through my messages, it looks like the first formal email where we discussed the possibility of a weekly Avengers book combining our individual titles was December 19th, 2016. From there, we spent five weeks tossing ideas back and forth (what kind of threat would be big enough to encompass this story, which characters would be at the core of it, etc.). Our story summit was on February 2nd, 2017. That was our marathon brainstorming session in the Marvel office hashing out the biggest parts of the story and building the over arcing structure that would take us from month-to-month.

Tom Brevoort (Avengers lead editor and Marvel Senior VP of Publishing) and Alanna Smith (editor in the Avengers office) built our strenuous schedule. In order to make sure we had enough material in the can for three different art teams to be working simultaneously without compromising quality, our first script was due March 3rd and from then on we had to deliver a script every two weeks through to the end of October.

No Surrender wouldn’t be formally announced until late September, by which time we had 14 out of the 16 issues written. It was a surreal feeling busting away on this massive story in secret. At first it was kind of maddening and I wanted to tell everyone but then, over time, it just became normal. When it was finally announced, so much time had passed that people actually knowing about it felt a bit wrong, like we’d broken the hushed spell that had been cast over it. I’d gotten used to our mysterious project quietly chugging along with a steady flow of writing and art moving back and forth across multiple time zones.

Now, at last, here we are. The first issue is out. Over a year of work put into this and it’s time for readers to see the fruits of our labors and tell us what they think of it – week after week, issue by issue.

At the end of April when we come to the end of this roller coaster ride I’ll have more to say, but for now I just want to thank everyone on our team for their hard work. When we handed in our first script (on time!) Tom told us that he felt it had been a real team effort, “very much in the spirit of the Avengers.” I can’t fully express how much that meant to me at the time and how much momentum it gave me as we looked ahead to 30 more weeks of intense writing along with proofing and revisions that continue even now as each issue heads out the door to the printer.

It may sound a bit silly, but for the next four months we are the Avengers.

I hope you’ll join us.