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Champions #4 Reviews

All-Comic: “It’s absolutely unmissable for a fan of any of the characters and given how well Zub manages to balance the dynamic between the cast as well as introduce powerful new players to the game, it’d be almost criminal not to read this book at this point.”

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “Cummings artwork was practically made for explosive action scenes that look damn good in every panel. It also helps that he gets to play with a lot of the teams’ different powers and abilities.”

Caped-Joel: “Jim Zub continues to deliver the hits with this book. This really does feel like the end of a major chapter in the series history.” 10/10 “It’s rare that a team of young heroes is this relatable and written this well, this consistently.”

Comic Book University: “These are kids and they’re played as kids. If Zub is writing a comic book, he’s going to deliver the character the best way possible.”

Comic Crusaders: 8/10 “If you’ve been following this title, this issue is it. You need to read it, if only for the peace of mind. It’s necessary if you want closure, much like these characters deserve.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “Overall this is one of the best and most consistent books Marvel is putting out.” “Steven Cummings continues to prove himself an artistic powerhouse with this comic. The action scenes are lively, the and the more dramatic scenes come together really well under Cummings’ pen.”

Major Spoilers: 7.7/10 “Zub and Cummings are delivering a strong book with some very entertaining use of characters who deserve the spotlight”

On Comics Ground: “The artwork from Steven Cummings and Marcio Menyz remains very effective, as the emotional heart-to-heart between Miles and Kamala, and the brawl between Kaldera and the rest of the Champions are both equally attractive and compelling!”

Pop Culture Squad: “This is a fantastic team superhero book. Zub has everyone’s voice down. Cummings deftness at placing many different characters in panels from different camera angles is superb.”

Avengers: No Road Home #8 Reviews

Caped-Joel: “Another enjoyable issue in what has probably been one of the most enjoyable series at Marvel this year.”

Comic Book Resources: “Fight issues can be complicated to read on their own as part of a larger story, but Avengers: No Road Home #8 succeeds in moving the plot forward while balancing its cast with strong character moments.”

Comic Book University: “This is a crazy-good comic book, guys.” 8/10 “With some great (and beautifully illustrated) fight scenes, and a few very sincere and meaningful moments, this stands out as one of the better entries in the No Road Home saga.”

Comic-Watch: 8.7/20 “Once again, Jim Zub, Mark Waid and Al Ewing manage to maintain the precarious balance of explosive action and contemplative characterization which has become the Hallmark of this series. There’s a clever duality to this series which is reflected on every level, from the structure of the narrative to the layout of the art. “

Comics: The Gathering: “Hercules’ struggle with Oizys is the stuff of epics. The Prince of Power doesn’t shy away from making the fight allegorical, and his thoughts on how misery need to be fought land firmly in universal applicability.”

Detail Comics: “Probably one of the best mini-series that’s come out in recent years.”

Do You Even Comic Book?: 8/10 “The series is strong largely due to the unique makeup of the various teams and how the characters interact with each other. The characters get to display their humanity whether it’s Hercules or even Vision. I like how the writer’s take opportunities to explore the emotional vulnerabilities of the characters.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “The key to this entire series is how expertly these Avengers blend together. An unlikely crew, they work surprisingly well together.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 8.5/10 “With two issues left, I’m really looking forward to seeing the Avengers go all out in trying to stop Nyx.”

Fanbase Press Talks Stone Star

Barbra Dillon from Fanbase Press spoke to Max Dunbar and I about Stone Star, space-fantasy, digital distribution, and more. Give it a read!

Avengers: No Road Home #7 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “I’m quite impressed at how this series is able to shift perspective the way it does without losing any story fidelity.”

Comic Book University: “This comic book is fire. It’s like holding fire in your hands, but somehow you are tempered steel so you’re okay with it.”

Comic-Watch: 8.3/10 “The AVENGERS series every Avengers fan should be reading.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “A complex, satisfying star turn by Monica Rambeau is the shining beacon that steers this issue safely onto solid ‘good comics’ ground.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “The reason Avengers: No Road Home is so great is that they are focusing on characters. Even in a major battle between the Avengers and Nyx, they focus in on Monica and her doubts, and Wanda and her perceived weaknesses.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 8.5/10 “A surprising twist of an issue that saw the bad guy inching closer to unlocking her power.”

Marvel Report: 9/10 “Paco Medina is doing some of his best work on this book he truly is giving us modern classic takes on the Avengers”

Newsarama: “Essentially an issue-long fight sequence, the writing staff keeps the pace pretty brisk throughout, scaffolding the whole thing with some in-depth narration from Monica.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “A fun issue with lots of action, while the Hulk continues to scheme. I was happy with the action in the Hyborian Age and look forward to seeing more of the Avengers and Conan in action together.”

You Don’t Read Comics: “The human-against-god conflict is smartly constructed. A heroic human struggles against a villainous god. It’s capable of being compelling stuff. Zub, Waid and Ewing frame the conflict cleverly in a satisfying issue.”

Stone Star Launch Press

The crew at comiXology lined up press in a few different outlets to let people know about Stone Star, the new creator-owned series Max Dunbar and I are doing. Check it out:

io9/Gozmodo had the exclusive reveal of the new series and our surprise launch.

SYFY Wire has an in-depth look at Max Dunbar’s concept art for the series and his thoughts on designing new worlds.

The SKTCHD podcast has an exclusive audio interview with me all about the industry side of this release – digital VS print, flexibility, new stories, creator-owned comics, and the joys of conventions.

I’m a Surprise Guest at WonderCon in Anaheim This Weekend!

After announcing and launching STONE STAR, our surprise brand new creator-owned series from comiXology Originals on Wednesday, Max Dunbar and I are surprise guests at WonderCon in Anaheim this weekend to celebrate the launch and see fans! If you’re headed to the show, come to BOOTH #2151 for free STONE STAR swag!

Friday, March 29
2:00-3:00pm Comixology Originals: What’s Next

The biggest news in comics is comiXology’s exclusive digital content program: comiXology Originals. Now you can join comiXology’s head of content Chip Mosher and a surprise all-star cast of comic creators to get the scoop on an all-new, yet-to-be-announced, comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making it! They’ll wow the crowd with stories on the process of bringing creator-owned comics to life and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics and beyond. Moderated by comiXology’s Kiersten Wing.

3:30-4:00pm FREE Limited Edition Stone Star prints to be given away at BOOTH 2151

Saturday, March 30
12:30-1:30pm Breaking in and Staying in Comics

Like with any creative field, comics is a tough business to break into, and possibly tougher to stay in, but fear not! This panel of comics veterans from across the creative and administrative spectrum of comics are here to help! See this panel of comics superstars including Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons), Max Dunbar (Champions, Teen Titans), Chip Mosher (comiXology head of content), Ivan Salazar (comiXology PR and events), and more surprise panelists as they teach you the tricks of the trade to break in and stay in comics, possibly for life. Moderated by comiXology’s Kiersten Wing.

2:00-3:00pm FREE Limited Edition Stone Star prints to be given away at BOOTH 2151

5:00-6:00pm Signing at IDW Publishing – BOOTH #1109

Sunday, March 31
2:00-3:00pm Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics

Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? This panel can help! Hear from some of the industry’s best and brightest including Jim Zub (Avengers, Dungeons & Dragons), Max Dunbar (Champions, Teen Titans), Mark Sable (The Dark, Graveyard of Empires), Biserka Stringer Horne (comics editor and facilitator), Ivan Salazar (comiXology PR and events), and more special panelists as they impart their vast comic knowledge by personally recommending series just right for you! See the eternal comics fans at comiXology along with a riveting panel of comics superstars as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics! Moderated by comiXology’s Kiersten Wing.

3:30-4:00pm FREE Limited Edition Stone Star prints to be given away at BOOTH 2151


ComiXology Originals Announces STONE STAR,
A Sci-Fi Action-Adventure Comic Series
by Jim Zub and Max Dunbar

Available Digitally Starting Today
Now Included Exclusively in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

March 27, 2019 – New York, NY – ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service, dropped a surprise new series today, the first issue of Stone Star, a 5-part sci-fi, action-adventure comic series by Jim Zub (Champions, Avengers: No Road Home, Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons) and Max Dunbar (Champions, Dungeons & Dragons). Stone Star #1 is digitally available to read now for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and is also available for sale on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99.

Stone Star is a mobile asteroid where entertainment abounds, and competition and celebrity are intertwined. Gladiators fight to find their fortune, but there are other secrets lurking beneath the surface as a new season begins. Evoking the very best of science fiction, cyberpunk, and modern-day sports entertainment, Stone Star follows the story of Dail, a teenage thief who is pulled into the arena and has to decide where his loyalties lie. Zub and Dunbar have created a fast-paced adventure full of stunning sights, intense action, and colorful characters.

“Stone Star is a wild mix of everything that ignited my imagination growing up – strange creatures with a fantasy flare, weird worlds, and unexpected danger,” says writer Jim Zub. “Max is channeling that excitement and unleashing it on every page with a level of kinetic action and detail that readers have never seen from him before.”

“It’s exciting to surprise fans with a new series no one knew was coming,” said comiXology Originals Head of Content Chip Mosher. “We love Stone Star – Zub and Dunbar have really delivered the goods and we know that new and existing comic fans will enjoy the heck out of this rollicking sci-fi adventure. And with digital distribution we can surprise and delight readers everywhere with new content they didn’t know was coming. It’s a blast!”

In celebration of this surprise announcement, Jim Zub and Max Dunbar will be at WonderCon—March 29-31 in Anaheim, CA—to promote and discuss Stone Star. The two creators will be signing two exclusive, limited edition giveaway posters, illustrated by Max Dunbar and available from their table at Booth #2151.

Avengers: No Road Home #6 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 9/10 “Marvel Comics has cleverly snuck a Conan comic into an Avenger comic with great results. This has everything you’d want in a Conan book”

Caped-Joel: “A high point in a series that’s already been filled with lots of high points.”

Comic Book University: “This was a great comic book, dare I say the best in the series so far? I think I’ve said that about every issue.” 8/10 “Conan and Scarlet Witch are the focus of the entire issue, and they’re a fantastic pairing as the elements of magic and brutality make for a wonderful duet. It’ll be exciting to see where their story goes from here.”

Comic-Watch: 9.1/10 “Avengers: No Road Home #6 manages to execute a neat magic trick– to fold Conan into the Marvel Universe without it seeming forced or sloppy but fully organic to the essence of the character.”

Comics: The Gathering: 9/10 “The fast takeaway is that the creators have sneakily inserted a Conan comic (a really good Conan comic) into their Avengers event. But that’s not the whole story. This is also a good Avengers comic. It’s even a pretty dang good Scarlet Witch comic.”

Detail Comics: “I’m a real big fan of Avengers: No Road Home and I think #6, while a strong departure from the rest of the story line, is still a really solidly put together issue that’s going to keep people coming back for more.”

Do You Even Comic Book?!: 8/10 “In all, this has been a fun, beautifully-drawn adventure so far, and I’m excited to see how the story goes, especially with the addition of Conan.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “I love this book after six issues. It has taken a non-typical Avengers threat and weaved an amazing story with some exceptional character moments.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 8.5/10 “Avengers: No Road Home #6 was a great fantasy epic portion of the story that added Conan into the plot and teamed him with Scarlet Witch. That team-up was a really awesome pairing.”

Legion Of Myth: 9/10 “I can’t believe it. Conan in the Avengers is good. I’m really liking it. I thought it was dumb as an idea, but I’m really liking it now.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8/10 “Readers will appreciate the addition without feeling robbed of their Avengers story. Zub, Waid, and Ewing are expanding the heroes’ landscape in a remarkable way.”

Newsarama: 10/10 “the team here really rises to the occasion, for the audience and the story, making Conan’s modern Marvel debut feel like the moment it should be. By Crom, I can’t wait for more.”

You Don’t Read Comics: “Izaakse’s art carries the same aggressive weight in the world of Conan that it does in the Marvel Universe, which keeps the story feeling quite fluid in the weird Hyborean fugue that dominates this issue.”

SyFy Wire Interview

During Emerald City Comic Con, Max Dunbar and I spoke to Whitney Moore at the SyFy Channel all about Dungeons & Dragons comics, including the crazy cross-over in Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons. Find out how the comics got started, our favorite parts of working on D&D and a whole lot more.

CBR Interview About Conan and the Avengers

Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and I chatted with Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources all about the new issue of Avengers: No Road Home where the Scarlet Witch adventures in Hyboria with the world’s greatest barbarian. Give it a read!