Category Archives: Conan

Talking Conan, Avengers, and Dungeons & Dragons on Word Balloon!

Listen to “Comic Books Marvel writer Jim Zub On Conan D&D Avengers and Serpent War” on Spreaker.

John Siuntres and I get caught up on the Word Balloon Podcast after over two years since our previous conversation. We cover Conan the Barbarian in a big way, along with Serpent War, Avengers, the resurgence of Dungeons & Dragons, conventions, and more! So much great material here.
Give it a listen!

0:00:00 John’s Introduction
0:04:06 Jim Interview Start – Taking over Conan the Barbarian
0:16:58 Conan: Serpent War – James Allison, Solomon Kane, and Dark Agnes
0:33:00 Intense fandom and reaching readers
0:40:22 Building the Avengers: No Surrender and No Road Home weekly stories
0:51:54 Dungeons & Dragons is back in a big way
1:09:20 Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons
1:13:53 The Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides
1:24:34 Playing Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop RPGs
1:28:50 The Convention Circuit – SDCC memories and more
1:34:58 Original art – browsing and buying
1:45:55 Hong Kong action movies and the wrap up

Conan: Serpent War #2 Reviews

Newsarama: 8/10 “Stephen Segovia and Frank D’Armata driving forward with consistent set pieces versus various Set cultists and creatures…Zub’s dynamics between the pairing raise sparks along with the team’s weapons, especially the stoic, fanatical Kane and the droll Moon Knight.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.75/10 “Zub writes them well, and there is plenty of breakneck action that keeps the story rolling along. But for all that action, it’s the underlying mystery that is the glue that holds the story together and keeps it from being just another event cross-over.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “This is the kind of storytelling that is universally beloved. The writing is strong and crafted superbly while the interiors are stunning in their detail and the impact the imagery has is beyond compare.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “Jim Zub’s story is ticking along nicely here. I am loving the banter and the relationships he has set up between the four lead characters.”

Talking Conan With Dynamic Forces

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces about taking over Conan the Barbarian in February. We talk about sword & sorcery storytelling and a whole lot more. Check it out.

Caped-Joel Interview

I spoke to Caped-Joel all about conventions, Conan the Barbarian, Serpent War, Dungeons & Dragons, and more! Check it out.

Serpent War #1 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “Make no mistake, if you love pulp adventures you are positively going to be head over heels for this comic because it’s one giant love letter to the works of Robert E. Howard and the pulp genre in general.”

Capes & Scowls: “It’s really done well. The parallels between the different characters are really good.”

Comic 8/10 “the issue does establish an exciting tone; anyone who enjoys a good pulp fantasy tale will appreciate it. When the issue ends with first meetings, readers will be eager to see what comes next.”

Comics: The Gathering: 7/10 “Serpent War #1 is an atmospheric introduction to an all-star roster of Robert E. Howard heroes — and Moon Knight. It sketches its characters in bold, pulpy strokes and delivers some passionate visuals”

Embrace Your Geekness: “I think the art was very special. It was the perfect feel for the story that was being told and the first few pages of the dream involving Niord was beautiful.”

Fortress of Solitude: 8/10 “I’m looking forward to issue 2 since that’s when the core story will get going and how the assembled heroes will work together.”

Graphic Policy: 7.5/10 “The various eras and settings work well together and the teams present each page in the dreamlike storytelling that’s presented. Travis Lanham‘s lettering stands out as so many characters have a unique voice when it comes to that and it all enhances the read.”

Kabooooom!: 8/10 “Though the Howard purists may turn their noses up at it, this is a spirited team-up book that introduces new readers to Howard’s heroes wonderfully.”

Newsarama: 8/10 “Jim Zub’s clear reverence for the Robert E. Howard canon and research into Conan’s Marvel history, Conan: Serpent War stands as a respectfully entertaining pulp blockbuster, one graced with not one, but two game art teams providing solid cinematic pages. As Marvel’s first modern-era Robert E. Howard canon crossover event, Conan: Serpent War #1 sets the bar high.”

The Multiverse: 8/10 “The artwork is vividly detailed, with two teams handling different sections of the story. Vanesa R. Del Rey and Jean-Francois Beaulieu turn the sequences showing James Allison into vivid works of horror, reminiscent of the EC Comics of the early 1950s. The main section of the comic showing our heroes in action look more traditionally heroic but are no less skillfully brought to life by Scot Eaton, Scott Hanna and Frank D’Armata.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 10/10 “Conan: Serpent War #1 is a crowning achievement and my favorite comic so far in Marvel’s re-acquisition of the Howard properties. By Crom, this is how one bloody does it. Future authors, take note.”

The Pullbox: 10/10 “Zub goes all in to unite as crazy a selection of fictional heroes and anit-heroes as will ever be found on the page. He manages it, and I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “The interiors here are utterly marvellous to see. The linework is interesting and I like it because it has this throwback feel to it in a sense of what we saw in the 70’s, when coincidentally is also when Conan was published by Marvel.”

Sidekick Weekly Pull: “I loved issue #1 of Conan: Serpent War…As a Moon Knight fan it satisfied my craving for canon and continuity and it sets up the crossover well.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “Scot Eaton does some phenomenal art for this first issue, which is a whistle-stop tour of many different timelines. “

Starships and Steel: 9/10 “I think the whole team has done a great job on this book right down to the Howard underpinnings across the whole thing. Using James Allison, a perhaps even MORE obscure character as the glue to hold this all together is pretty brilliant”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.6/10 “Zub manages to craft a story that is both entertaining and engaging in how those things come to pass. I like the tone and pace of this issue. There is an immediacy to the story, but it doesn’t feel rushed.”

Taran Barker: “This is a really good first issue. It does a great job setting up what we’re going to see in the later issues…I’d like to read more about all these characters.”

Villain Media: “Conan: Serpent War #1 mixes horror and action into a thrilling read. I love how the Marvel Universe and Robert E. Howard’s works are brought together for an epic crossover!”

Talking Serpent War With Newsarama

I spoke to George Marston at Newsarama about bringing together characters from Robert E. Howard’s stories, the meta nature of James Allison, the Moon Knight connection, our incredible art teams and more – Give it a read!

Conan: Serpent War #1 is available from your favorite comic shop starting today!

Paint Monk Interview All About Conan the Barbarian and More

I did an extensive interview with Paint Monk’s Library all about CONAN THE BARBARIAN, along with my writing career, growing up as a sword & sorcery fan, and more.

Conan the Barbarian #13 arrives in February, beginning a new era of Hyborian Age Adventure!
Pre-order now.

Talking Conan With Issue Zero

I spoke to Fearless Fred on the Issue Zero podcast’s latest episode all about Conan the Barbarian. Fred does a great job summarizing the character’s history in prose, film, and comics. Give it a listen:

I’m the New Writer of CONAN THE BARBARIAN!

As revealed on the latest episode of the Marvel Pull List with Ryan Penagos and Tucker Markus, starting in February 2020 I’m the new ongoing writer of CONAN THE BARBARIAN!

Writing Conan again in Avengers: No Road Home was a blast, putting together Conan The Gambler and Serpent War was an unexpected thrill, and all of it has led to this, the chance to build all new ongoing stories of one of the most famous characters in sword & sorcery literature. It’s an absolute creative bucket list item for me, and I can’t believe all this has taken place over one year.

Rogê Antônio‘s line art is going to knock people out. It has a strong visual tie to the incredible work Masmud Asrar has been doing on the core title this year, but also manages to carve out its own distinct look. E.M. Gist‘s covers are classic pulp fantasy fare with all the grit and earthiness I could hope for. It’s a heck of a creative line up and I’m doing everything I can to live up to their top notch storytelling skills. Deep thanks to Mark Basso and C.B. Cebulski for this incredible opportunity and Jason Aaron for setting a high bar on the issues preceding mine.

My first issue is issue #13, the beginning of a new arc called Into the Crucible and here’s an advance look at the cover and solicitation for the first issue:

Written by JIM ZUB
Cover by E.M. GIST



Conan has faced many foes since leaving Cimmeria, but the greatest challenge lies ahead! A perfect jumping-on point for new readers as Conan finds himself in a city in the mystical Uttara Kuru, further on the eastern border than the young barbarian has ever traveled. And with the new city comes new dangers! Unfamiliar with the language, Conan inadvertently agrees to be the latest entrant to the Great Crucible. The people of the city support their foreign champion…but what deadly traps does the Crucible hold, and what will Conan sacrifice to overcome his ordeal?

Writer JIM ZUB (SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME) and artist ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (CONAN 2099, X-MEN RED) lead Conan on an all-new journey, as we begin a new era for CONAN THE BARBARIAN into undiscovered country!

If you’ve ever enjoyed my comic work, especially my fantasy writing, I’m asking you to please consider pre-ordering issue #13 at your local comic shop – it would mean the world to me and the rest of the team. Then, get ready in February for Sword & Sorcery Splendor in the Mighty Marvel Manner!