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Conan the Barbarian #13 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8.5/10 “I enjoyed this first issue immensely. Cut down the middle, it sets up the story with some good fighting and then breaks for some dark mysteries and adventurer traps.”

Big Comic Page: “Jim Zub’s narrative for issue #13 of Conan The Barbarian must have been an utter delight for any fantasy tabletop role-playing fans, what with its feats of forte, ferocious fist-fights and utterly ruinous snares.”

Comic 8/10 “Jim Zub’s script is great (especially in the second half), and the art from Roge Antonio portrays the violence in a tasteful but bloody way. This is definitely the start of something interesting”

Comic-Watch: 9.2/10 “Jim Zub is certainly no stranger to the Conan universe and his masterful writing will lead you on a journey through savage worlds and brutal locals. I was reminded, fondly, of the old Conan tales from the mid-’70s and with every twist and turn I began to regret that it ever had to end.”

Cool Comic Reviews: “Under Jim Zub’s writing, Conan still feels like Conan. He cares not for anything but combat, grog, and women. The art is fantastic also. “

Geeks WorldWide: 8/10 “Zub’s familiarity with Conan and his world is apparent as he eases readers into Conan’s thoughts, demeanor, physicality.”

Graphic Policy: “It’s really cool and feels a bit more accessible to those who might not necessarily be into Robert E.Howard or Conan the Barbarian, a solid first issue that anyone can hop in and enjoy.”

Hero Press: “Beautifully paced, from its introduction right through to the start of the subterranean trials, the adrenaline-drenched Into The Crucible is pure excitement of the most primal kind.”

Kabooooom!: 10/10 “Zub perfectly captures the adventurous spirit of the original Robert E. Howard stories and, with Antonio’s art, waves together a book that feels like you’re watching an old-school Dungeons and Dragons dungeon crawl play out.”

Newsarama: 9/10 “Armed with a keen drive and high adventure fun, Conan the Barbarian #13 keeps the main Conan title on strong legs.”

Paint Monk’s Library: 8.5/10 “Zub and Antônio are off to a great start. Highly recommended.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.4/10 “The story is entertaining and the stakes are laid out in a way that increases the tension of each moment. Not only is the story gripping, but the climax is sufficiently jarring enough to make me want to see what happens next.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 7.5/10 “Overall, this first issue was an entertainingly quick read that will get new readers to the heart of the story fast.”

Midnight’s Edge Interview

I spoke to Andre Einherjar from Midnight’s Edge about my comic writing career and excitement for taking over Conan the Barbarian at Marvel in February. We cover a lot of ground in this interview, so check it out.

Spoiler Country Podcast

I spoke to Casey, Jeff and the rest of the crew at Spoiler Country all about my current comic titles, including Conan the Barbarian, Serpent War, Dungeons & Dragons, and more!

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.