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Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #4 Reviews

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “This was a surprisingly good mini-series, one that used Stranger Things to demonstrate the beneficial values that playing any sort of tabletop RPG can have for a group of friends (or strangers).”

Comic Crusaders: 10/10 “The art was done by Diego Galindo coloring by MSASSYK. Spot on art. Beautifully capture the feel of the late 80’s while integrating the Stranger Things Gang as well.”

Flickering Myth: 8/10 “The story here ends with a twist, a turn and a satisfying conclusion. It has reached a logical closure point where the baton has been passed and friendships are stronger than ever before.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8.2/10 “It wrapped up everything neatly, but more importantly, it held true to the tone of the main series. It brought all of that full circle while providing just a touch of insight to everything that had gone on.”

One More Comic (Spanish): 8/10 “A friendship that is about to grow apart must say goodbye with the game that brought them together. This chapter is one of the most emotional.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “Jodie Houser and Jim Zub do a brilliant job of wrapping this story arc up. And get to do a story where the friends say their farewells to Will.”

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #2 Reviews

But Why Tho: 10/10 “Houser and Zub humanize two of our main fictional characters while Galindo brings out raw emotions through an amazing display of facial expressions.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “Honestly, this comic focuses on another great aspect of D&D—how people use it to grapple with complex emotions like grief or rage. It’s a surprisingly deep comic, one that clearly comes from a place of love for D&D.”

Comic Crusaders: 9/10 “The ability of this fellowship to bring Will back into the world of the living, to be able to experience joy, imagination and friendship once more is a key part of the story that we never saw play out on the screen. The healing feels organic and really builds up the bonds between the friends.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8/10 “…a bittersweet issue, one that follows the events of the first season. Its success is in making the characters feel so very human, as they learn to cope with everything they have seen and survived.”

One More Comic (Spanish): 8/10 “The love of playing Dungeons & Dragons transcends and is no longer just fun, it is a way to heal wounds.”

Scifi Pulse: “The art team does a great job on this issue. The character likenesses are bang on. As are the different locations. I particularly enjoyed the sequence of panels where Mike was devising the game in his attic.”

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1 Reviews

But Why Tho: 10/10 “…a perfect amalgamation of growing up, friendship, and a passion for geek culture.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “…a love letter to the bonding power of D&D…A great comic, one that syncs up perfectly with both Stranger Things and the D&D experience.”

Comic Book Club: “I was surprised how much I enjoyed this…I thought this was a lot of fun.”

Flickering Myth: “I look forward to more of this bizarre mix of intellectual properties; the concept sounds insane and yet I very much enjoyed the story presented so far.”

Mass Movement: “an uncanny ability to weave great stories featuring well-rounded, believable and relatable character and when you team them up with a staggeringly talented artistic duo the end result is inevitably going to knock you off your feet and completely blow your mind.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: “…a fun and charming beginning to this miniseries. It’s an endearing adventure, allowing for a sneak peek into the world they lived in before everything turned so…strange.”

One More Comic (Spanish): 10/10 “Both the story and art capture the camaraderie and tone of the Stranger Things series, as well as how exciting it is to participate in the game.”

The Pullbox: “The settings are well-rendered and attractive, and there’s a lot of play with panels and collages, maintaining strong eye appeal and interest. And the gaming scenes? You can tell, dude was just having fun.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “Diego Galindo does some epic work here and his fine line work is brought wonderfully to life by colorist MSASSYK. Furthermore, the artist does a wonderful job of capturing the likeness of the young actors that play the four key characters on ‘Stranger Things’.”

That Hashtag Show: “It was nice to get a look at Will, Mike, Lucas, and Dustin before their lives got turned “Upside Down”. This Stranger Things origin story mixed with the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons is a must for fans!”

Zub Comics Arriving January 2021

STRANGER THINGS and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #3 (of 4)
Jody Houser (W), Jim Zub (W), Diego Galindo (A), MsassyK (C),
E. M. Gist (Cover), Anna Dittmann (Variant Cover),
David Michael Beck (Variant Cover), Toni Infante (Variant Cover)
On sale January 6, 2021

Months have passed since Eleven defeated the Mindflayer by closing a gate to the Upside Down–saving her friends and probably the world. Life is rapidly changing for the young group of friends and despite all they have been through they are finding time to play D&D again. This time, new members are joining the party.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #19 (Legacy #294)
JIM ZUB (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by GEOFF SHAW

CONAN’S QUEST IN THE LAND OF THE LOTUS!
CONAN’s march to Khitai has landed him as the prisoner of the imperial guard…but it will take more than chains to keep a Cimmerian down! As Conan plans his escape, what dreaded beasts lurk in the land of Khitai, and what new dangers will impede his quest to return the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR to its rightful master? The travels of Conan the Barbarian continue with the perfect jumping-on point for new or lapsed readers! Join us as we welcome new series penciler CORY SMITH to the Hyborian Age in this epic adventure!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

EMPYRE OMNIBUS (HC)
Written by AL EWING, DAN SLOTT, ROBBIE THOMPSON, JONATHAN HICKMAN, CHIP ZDARSKY, ANTHONY OLIVEIRA, ALEX PAKNADEL, GERRY DUGGAN, PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, JIM ZUB, KELLY THOMPSON,
CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN & MORE
Penciled by HUMBERTO RAMOS, MATTIA DE IULIS, JAVIER RODRÍGUEZ, PEPE LARRAZ, R.B. SILVA, VALERIO SCHITI, SEAN IZAAKSE, MATTEO BUFFAGNI, LUCAS WERNECK, ANDREA BROCCARDO, JORGE MOLINA, MANUEL GARCIA, ALEX LINS, THOMAS NACHLIK, GREG SMALLWOOD, ARIEL OLIVETTI, CARLOS MAGNO, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, PACO MEDINA, CORY SMITH, JON DAVIS-HUNT, GUIU VILANOVA, LAN MEDINA & MORE
Cover by JIM CHEUNG

The entire intergalactic event! When the long-warring Kree and Skrull races unite under a new emperor and set a course for Earth, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four stand in the way! But another alien race is working in the shadows, and soon the galaxy will face a far deadlier threat than its two most powerful empires combined! As a three-way war rages across Earth, Captain Marvel, Venom, the X-Men and more feel the effects — and the fallout will be huge for the Avengers and FF!

Collecting INCOMING #1; ROAD TO EMPYRE: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR; EMPYRE #0: AVENGERS; EMPYRE #0: FANTASTIC FOUR; EMPYRE #1-6; EMPYRE AFTERMATH: AVENGERS; EMPYRE FALLOUT: FANTASTIC FOUR; EMPYRE: X-MEN #1-4; LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING, CELESTIAL MESSIAH and SWORDSMAN; EMPYRE: SAVAGE AVENGERS; EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-3; EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1-3; X-MEN (2019) #10-11; FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #21-23; CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019) #18-21; IMMORTAL SHE-HULK #1; WEB OF VENOM: EMPYRE’S END; BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #7-8; and EMPYRE HANDBOOK..
1088 PGS./Rated T+ …$125.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-92825-4
Trim size: 7-1/4 x 10-7/8

DISNEY KINGDOMS: FIGMENT (TPB)
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE & RAMÓN BACHS
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
One of Disney’s most popular characters — Figment, the ever-curious star of Epcot’s mind-bending attraction Journey into Imagination — stars in all-new adventures! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the astonishing inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created the purple dragon called Figment! Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike — but back on Earth, a clockwork army is assembling under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Dreamfinder and Figment find themselves in a time and place not their own, mysteries unfold — and old friends return! Can the imaginative adventurers put their heads together to help stop the world from falling into darkness?

Collecting FIGMENT #1-5 and FIGMENT 2 #1-5.
272 PGS./Ages 9 & Up …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92661-8
Trim size: 6 x 9

Stranger Things and D&D Panel and Liveplay – Part 1

On October 9, 2020, Dark Horse hosted a live panel about the Stranger Things comics with creators and special guest Matthew Modine – who plays Dr. Brenner on the hit Netflix series. Watch the crew discuss Stranger Things and D&D, an upcoming comic series, and our many other Stranger Things graphic novels and comics, and then play a session inspired by the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.

00:01:20 Stream Start
00:34:56 Matthew Modine Stops By
01:05:05 Game Session Begins

Dragon Talk – Talking Stranger Things, D&D, and More!

Jody Houser (Black Widow, Doctor Who) and I chatted with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito from Dragon Talk all about Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons, the 4-issue mini-series starting in November that delves into the 80’s gaming glory that defines the friendships of the Stranger Things cast.

I also chat about Beasts & Behemoths, the fifth D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, and the 10th anniversary of Skullkickers! So much good stuff here. Check it out!

Stranger Things and D&D on the Cover of Previews

This is the first project I’ve worked on that’s been on the cover of the big comic distributor catalogue and it’s a beauty! Make sure you pre-order because this one’s going to be special.

STRANGER THINGS and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #1
story – Jody Houser and Jim Zub
art – Diego Galindo
letters – Nate Piekos

Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together.

Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas, and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together as a team through communal stories and perilous quests to learn important lessons about friendship and find the courage to stand up to the bullies that challenge their everyday.

COVER A – E.M. Gist
COVER B – Anna Dittman
COVER C – Diego Galindo
COVER D – David Michael Beck

Bardic Inspiration for Minsc and Boo!

It was a pleasure to be on stream with Dylan Wilks and musician and Jason Charles Miller as we composed a blues song for Minsc and Boo. We had a fun time hanging out, reminiscing about gaming and talking about these two legendary heroes of Baldur’s Gate. Check it out!

D&D Live 2020 Comic Showcase Panel

Yesterday on D&D Live we announced Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons, a new 4-issue mini-series! Here’s the comic showcase panel where we made the announcement along with artwork and insights into At the Spine of the World, the new D&D comic mini-series set in Icewind Dale. Check it out!

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons Announced!


Cover art by Diego Galindo

Announced today on D&D Live, Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons is a new 4-issue mini-series being co-published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW that starts in November!

Jody Houser and I are co-writing this new 4-issue mini-series that shows how Dungeons & Dragons has defined and strengthened the friendships in Stranger Things. This story is filled with adventure, heart and a few supernatural surprises.

Deep-diving into research on first edition D&D and working on this series with our team has been so much fun. Fans of the hit Netflix series and gamers new and old will find a lot to love here. Look for more details and preview art coming soon.