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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!

Empyre: Avengers Begins in April!

Just announced on Marvel.com, I’m writing EMPYRE: AVENGERS, a special tie-in series to Marvel’s big Empyre event happening this summer.

“Empyre is all about an intergalactic threat targeting Earth, battling our heroes on multiple fronts, putting them on the defensive while the world hangs in the balance. EMPYRE: AVENGERS showcases three important conflicts with an eclectic group of Avengers, some who we haven’t seen as part of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in quite a while. Some of these Avengers are ones I’ve written in the past (on UNCANNY AVENGERS or AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) while others are characters I’ve been itching to write for years.”

“I don’t want to tip my hand too much, but I can also say that the Savage Land is one of the main locations for this tie-in and that brings Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil into the mix as well. Jungle action, heroic reunions, and big surprises. That’s what EMPYRE: AVENGERS is all about.”

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

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #5 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: “…this very fun issue makes all the right moves. This is a super enjoyable science and superhero adventure to kick the year off right.”

Chillmonger: 8/10 “Character consistency. You can plug this T’Challa into any comic and he would fit.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “Deadpool’s arrival in the latest Black Panther And The Agents of Wakanda essentially turns this into another Deadpool comic, but if you’re a fan of that you’ll find nothing but laughs in this issue.”

Comic Book University: “A whole lot gets explained in here, a whole lot of Deadpool in this, and another one of those surprise endings.”

Comic-Watch: 7.6/10 “It’s a pretty straight forward adventure where Deadpool falls ass-backward into joining the team for a mission. Zub delivers a solid story, some pretty funny lines, and some exceptional surprises.”

Green Machine Comics: “This whole issue was amazing. I laughed the whole way through it.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.8/10 “The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. I really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.”

Tipstor: “The writing nails the character of Deadpool and the tension between the two characters is both measurable and fun to witness. We really enjoyed the twist at the end of this issue as well and what it could mean going forward.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8.5/10 “I’m thoroughly looking forward to reading this month after month. I came into this series blind; I’ve read only a very little Black Panther in the past, and now I’m hungry for more.”

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.”

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in March 2020


BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #7
JIM ZUB (W) • LAN MEDINA (A) • Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT COVER BY IBAN COELLO
FIN FANG DOOM!
A trio of space dragons attacks Avengers Mountain, and now the Agents of Wakanda are all that stand between their epic reptile
rage and…FOOM?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


CONAN THE BARBARIAN #14
JIM ZUB (W) • ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (A) • Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
THE DEADLY TRAP IS SPRUNG AS “INTO THE CRUCIBLE” CONTINUES!
• CONAN, equipped with only his strength and wits, must survive the deadly traps of the Great Crucible!
• With a cadre of contestants against him, and only a local boy named DELIAN to translate, can anyone or any THING be trusted?!
• Who is really playing who…?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99


CONAN: SERPENT WAR TPB
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by SCOT EATON, STEPHEN SEGOVIA, VANESA R. DEL REY, IG GUARA & LUCA PIZZARI
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
A Conan event for the ages! The man named James Allison will die soon. It’s not his first death. James has lived many lives, across many eras — lives he can recall in vivid detail. But when a mysterious force reaches across time to engage his abilities to save all of reality, an era-spanning quest begins! The serpent god Set plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and only four chosen warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him: Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes…and the man known as Moon Knight! But where Marc Spector goes, will his own ancient deity — Khonshu — be far behind? In an unprecedented comics event, Robert E. Howard’s celebrated characters join forces alongside one of Marvel’s most fascinating heroes in a saga built on lore from across time itself! Collecting Conan: Serpent War (2019) 1-4, Supernatural Thrillers (1972) 3.
128 PGS./Parental Advisory …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92307-5


IRON MAN: THE ULTRON AGENDA TPB
Written by DAN SLOTT, JIM ZUB & CHRISTOS GAGE
Penciled by FRANCESCO MANNA, JUANAN RAMÍREZ & VALERIO SCHITI
Cover by MIKE DEODATO JR.
The countdown to Iron Man 2020! Reality lies in the eye of the beholder as Tony Stark questions his humanity while Jocasta seeks to evolve out of her robotic body. An artificial intelligence uprising has begun, and Ultron seizes this as his moment to strike! But is he the biggest problem — or is it Machine Man?! The A.I.s are on the attack, and they might be in the right. Battle lines are drawn, and there will be major consequences for Tony Stark and James Rhodes! To save the man she loves, the Wasp faces an incredible journey — and a bitter battle with her ex-husband, Hank Pym, now merged with Ultron! The boundaries between man and machine are blurred and broken. The robot revolution has begun. Prepare for a new Iron Age! Collecting TONY STARK, IRON MAN #15-19.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92088-3


MARVEL’S AVENGERS TPB
Written by Jim Zub, Paul Allor, & Christos Gage
Penciled by Paco Diaz, Robert Gill, Ariel Olivetti, Georges Jeanty, & Michele Bandini
Cover by STONEHOUSE
All-new stories leading directly into the highly anticipated game! When the Lethal Legion strikes, co-opting Tony Stark’s technology, it’s up to Iron Man to stop the leak. But can his teammates be trusted? Then, when the God of Thunder lends his hammer, Mjolnir, to aid Stark with a new experiment, it leads to an unexpected Asgardian encounter — and a titanic Thor vs. Hulk battle! Bruce Banner is trying to regulate his inner beast once and for all — but a catastrophe may spell the end for more than just the curse of the Hulk! Plus: Captain America and the Black Widow take the spotlight as the stage is set for the earthshaking events in MARVEL’S AVENGERS! Collecting MARVEL’S AVENGERS: IRON MAN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, HULK and BLACK WIDOW.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9465-1

Agents Of Wakanda #4 Reviews

Bleeding Cool: “Jim Zub’s script packs a lot of interesting things into this very creative issue that leans heavily on continuity in a way that’s still accessible to newer readers…This book has a Tom Strong meets Agents of SHIELD vibe, but not in a derivative way, so it’s a real page turner.”

Chillmonger: 7/10 “A satisfying ending of God Loves, Moon Kills.”

Comic Book University: “This is definitely a seed for a future comic book story.”

Comic-Watch: 9.4/10 “Zub crafts a well-told story that finds a perfect balance of science fiction and superhero adventure. Very well told!”

Major Spoilers: 9/10 “Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #4 makes good use of the characters and continuity of the Marvel Universe, with clever storytelling techniques, fun dialogue and, best of all, truly impressive art to knock one out of the park”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.4/10 “Lan Medina’s art is fantastic. Not only does the style of the art complement the tone and pace of the story, but the characters pop on the page and the panel progression fuels both the tension of the plot and the heroism of the characters.”

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 Book.com: 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!”

Marvel Zub Comics Arriving in February 2020


BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #6
JIM ZUB (W) • SCOT EATON (A) • Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
GWEN STACY VARIANT COVER BY TODD NAUCK

An old S.H.I.E.L.D. cache of experimental technology is a ticking time bomb the Agents of Wakanda need to defuse — but only if they get there before DEADPOOL! Time for a rematch between the King of Wakanda and the Merc with a Mouth! And adding more fuel to fire — the return of the Livewires!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


CONAN THE BARBARIAN #13
JIM ZUB (W) • ROGÊ ANTÔNIO (A)
Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Cover by TONI INFANTE

A NEW ARC BY JIM ZUB & ROGÊ ANTÔNIO
INTO THE CRUCIBLE AS THE MARCH TO KHITAI BEGINS!

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!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: HULK #1
JIM ZUB (W) • ARIEL OLIVETTI (A) • Cover by STONEHOUSE
VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM
VARIANT COVER BY PYEONG JUN PARK

HULK STARS IN THE SMASHING PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!

The adventure leading to MARVEL’S AVENGERS rages on, with an all-new story leading directly into the events of the highly anticipated video game!

As the incredible HULK, the monstrous alter ego of scientist BRUCE BANNER, he’s done good for the world. But with the virtually uncontrollable, gigantic green rage monster always bubbling under his skin, Banner has teamed up with an inquisitive scientist in an attempt to regulate the beast once and for all. As their experiments go deeper, a catastrophic event may spell the end for more than just Banner’s curse!

Witness crucial incidents and intrigue in the saga tied to the earthshaking events in the MARVEL’S AVENGERS game next year!

32 PGS./ ONE SHOT/Rated T+ …$3.99


BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA VOL. 1 TPB
Written by JIM ZUB
Penciled by LAN MEDINA & SCOT EATON
Cover by JORGE MOLINA

Our first line of defense in a world under siege from all sides! From the pages of Jason Aaron’s AVENGERS come the Agents of Wakanda — assembled by the Black Panther to fight the foes that Earth’s Mightiest can’t! Vampires. Aliens. Angry fish kings. T’Challa’s handpicked Agents can handle it all. But as Wakanda makes waves on the world’s map, not everyone is a fan. Now, General Okoye and T’Challa will take Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar and the Wasp on a global fight for survival! But when a source of dark energy emanates from a small Oklahoma town, is it a super villain…or a savior? What if the greatest threat to Earth…is the moon? And can the squad keep a S.H.I.E.L.D. cache of experimental technology out of Deadpool’s hands?

Collecting BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #1-5.
112 PGS./Rated T …$15.99 ISBN: 978-1-302-92008-1


LEGENDS OF MARVEL: X-MEN TPB
Written by LARRY HAMA, CHRIS CLAREMONT, SAM KIETH, JIM ZUB, JED MacKAY & ED BRISSON
Penciled by SCOT EATON, SALVADOR LARROCA, SAM KIETH, MAX DUNBAR, DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN, SCOTT HEPBURN & BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

Legendary storytellers tell new tales featuring classic heroes! He goes by many names — Logan, Weapon X, Patch — but most just call him the Wolverine! Three savage sagas show exactly why Wolverine is the world’s most dangerous mutant — and the best there is! Brace yourself for blood, blades and brutality — you asked for it, bub! Then, the greatest creators the Great White North has to offer unearth the secret history of Alpha Flight with tales spotlighting the Canadian team’s most iconic lineup! Finally, Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz reunite with the New Mutants for an untold tale from the past! Can the teen team cope with a haywire Warlock and the growing threat of Magik’s inner demon?

Collecting WOLVERINE: EXIT WOUNDS, ALPHA FLIGHT: TRUE NORTH and NEW MUTANTS: WAR CHILDREN.
112 PGS./Rated T+ …$15.99 ISBN: 978-1-302-92194-1

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3 Reviews

Adventures in Poor Taste: 7.5/10 “Although the roster is ever-expanding and evolving, it is nice to see each member have a brief moment to shine throughout the issue.”

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “This book is just all-around enjoyable and Medina’s art is on point. In a comic book world dominated by A-list heroes, it’s great that more obscure characters can get some love from talented creators.”

Chillmonger: 9/10 “continues to thoughtfully manage this newly assembled cast of Marvel heroes. As a fan of Champions, I say that this series is Champions with a grown-up Instagram filter.”

ComicBook.com: 8/10 “Once again Jim Zub’s comedic banter between teammates is the standout, with Okoye and Mockbird’s interactions being particularly funny.”

Comic Book University: “This is a really incredible story that has a whole bunch of really cool things I want to talk about.”

Comic-Watch: 9.4/10 “Artist Lan Medina isn’t a household name yet, but he should be, and I believe he will be soon. He’s consistently awesome, knows his stuff when it comes to visual storytelling, and is just simply, great.”

Screen Rant: “Jim Zub escalates the conflict at speed, moving from some classic horror tropes to sheer, Jack-Kirby-esque cosmic chaos.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9.4/10 “Lan Medina captures both characters, backgrounds and tech perfectly. All of the details in the art are fantastic and the action is brilliant in its scale and design.”