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CHAMPIONS #3 Reviews

Bam Smack Pow: “While Zub seems to be focusing less on other dimensions and more on contemporary missions, he remains more committed to the interpersonal drama and moral dilemmas of teenage superheroes. This is a solid long term plan for this second volume.”

Caped-Joel: “Jim Zub is committed to weaving one heck of a layered tale.”

Comic Book University: “The weight of guilt is not just something you can hoist on your shoulders and walk around with. It weighs you down in your blood and that’s exactly what Miles Morales is feeling here.”

Comic Crusaders: “You know when you read someone is attached to something and immediately get super excited? I mean childlike enthusiam to the point that you’re tripping over yourself to read it? That’s how I felt about this issue of Marvel’s Champions.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “Jim Zub has done it again! I loved this issue” 10/10 “I’m running out of ways to say that Champions is one of best books of the year. That’s it; that’s my whole review. Just go buy it and read it and love it.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “This volume of Champions demonstrates its dedication to powerful, long-term plotting in its third issue.”

Henchman-4-Hire: “Anyway, this issue had a really classic comic book feel to it, largely because of Zub’s narration boxes. You don’t see narration boxes in comics much anymore. That was a neat touch.”

Marvel Report: 8/10 “Jim Zub’s take on Champions is shaping up to be one of the strongest Marvel comics of the year. While Champions #3’s longevity relies partially on how the current story arc ends, it’s one heck of a journey thus far.”

Multiversity Comics: “For readers who miss the days when superhero teams were made up of high strung teenage outsiders trying to figure themselves out, don’t miss “Champions.”

On Comics Ground: 9.6/10 “The artwork from Steve Cummings, Marcio Menyz, and Federico Blee continues to entertain, from the lighthearted-action of the Champions training exercise to the demented commitment within Kaldera’s eyes as she’s freed, the comic features a wide array of tone and moods, all handled very well. ”

Pop Culture Squad: 10/10 “This issue of the Champions is excellently done. Zub does a great job of advancing multiple plot lines in this issue. The fallout from the previous issue is a major focus, but there are other story threads being developed for future issues.”

Avengers: No Road Home #4 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “The pacing continues to be absolutely on point, the drama is there and there’s still so much story left to tell.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “Telling Nyx’s story in her own words gives the creators of No Road Home #4 an excuse to go as big as possible with their storytelling. It’s a successful and fascinating gambit, and it recaptures the huge scale this title had at its outset.”

Comic Book University: “This comic has a smidge of everything, everything you’re looking for. If you are an Immortal Hulk fan, you will have feelings of overwhelming joy and terror.”

Comic-Watch: 10/10 “The art this issue is yet again stunning and worthy of the Gods. And as the history of Olympus is told through the eyes of Nyx, it is only fitting the artist is different here also. Sean Izaakse joins the ranks of Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco and is a worthy follow on, as the baton is passed to him in this Marathon telling.”

Detail Comics: “Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Al Ewing do a fantastic job when it comes to the story, the scripting, and pacing. I feel like it’s non-stop action and development of the Avengers characters.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “There are some beautifully rendered pages, featuring the contrast between the colors of the world of Mount Olympus to the shade/darkness of the arrival of the Goddess of the Night and her children. The art stood out to me more this week than it had yet in this exceptional run of Avengers comics.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 9/10 “A great issue that explored Nyx’s past and her origin really well. I really love how the writers are actually doing a fantastic job in making my sympathize with the villain and root for her a little bit.”

Pop Culture Squad: “There is quite of bit of entertaining backstory in this issue, and Izaakse masterfully moves from setting to setting with ease. The characterization is excellent, and the team of writers are crafting a compelling story.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “The fighting is quick and cool, but it’s the last page that has me cheering. It’s completely unexpected and it’s flipping awesome.”

You Don’t Read Comics: “Nyx is actually a really cool villain with a profoundly resonant background, so the issue feels satisfying as it leads-in to the halfway point of the twelve segment No Road Home mini-series.”

Avengers: No Road Home #3 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “An enjoyable third issue continues to probe the characters well while offering new wonderments for the characters to interact with. The theme of gods fighting men is a good one and it’ll be fun to see how it plays out and how it might change the Marvel universe going forward.”

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “I continue to be really impressed with where this series goes. They’re doing some great continuity deep cuts and Nyx and her children are shown to be creative and outside-the-box thinking villains, which I always appreciate in big stories like these.”

Comic Book University: “This is a comic book that shouldn’t be giving you feels, it should just be giving you stories, and yet somehow they find time and it works.”

Comic 8/10 “This remains a largely fun, unpredictable comic that serves as a wildly different adventure than what’s being delivered in the standard Avengers series. It’s got a solid roster and good villains, but Hawkeye and Rocket are the ones that really elevate it to new heights.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “The art team continues to do outstanding character work; the first team’s story is ennobled by the presence of the best-looking Rocket Raccoon in all Marveldom. And the colors continue to draw high-intensity shades from all across the spectrum.”

Detail Comics: “Avengers: No Road Home continues to be a stand-out part of the Marvel line-up even though it’s a maxi-series and doesn’t really deal with a lot of current continuity. It’s one I continue to recommend for all kinds of different comic readers.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “Avengers: No Road Home is a must read. It has been fantastic so far and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.”

Fortress of Solitude: 9/10 “I just love how well this story flows. It all feels so natural and information is being given to us in equal doses.”

Newsarama: 8/10 “the writers are using fun character moments and terse narration to keep the story on track and give it some stakes. Paco Medina’s artwork is a great fit, imbuing the work with the right mix of emotion and action.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “The team is split with three dealing with a classic villain and the others carrying an unsuspecting traitor. I was thrilled to see who the big bad was and he’s fantastic. The cosmic locale is interesting and I’m hoping to see more of it and the character encountered there.”

You Don’t Read Comics: “The action in Omnipotence City at the end of the issue glides across the page beautifully thanks in no small part to the luminous coloring of Jesus Aburtov. His star-scape behind Omnipotence City in the big 2-page reveal is as gorgeous the radiant light radiating from it. “

Avengers: No Road Home #2 Reviews

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “I think the thing I’m most impressed about this series so far is just how seamless the three writers can work together.” 8/10 “With a team of gods, androids, and immortal beings, Hawkeye shouldn’t be the most interesting character on this Avengers roster, providing the inner monologue that narrates the entire book. But, here we are, and it seriously works.”

Comic Book Resources: “It’s rare that comics like this don’t suffer from a case of ‘Too Many Cooks.’ Combine that with a punishing weekly schedule and the fact that this is not only good but great is a genuine delight.”

Comic Book University: “This is an awesome comic book and an awesome series so far. I’m looking forward to more and more out of this.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “I cannot wait until next week. The art by Medina is a great fit for this as he and Aburtov balance the light of the Avengers and the dark of Nyx and her children.”

Comic-Watch: 10/10 “This Avengers series is what everyone should be talking about. Avengers No Road Home is writing at its best. The three writers that work on this event appear to work perfectly together.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “This issue’s script lays a lot of challenges on the art team, and they pass with flying colors. It takes considerable “under the hood” skill to organize big battles with lots of participants and push a complicated narrative thread through them. This is done magnificently, while also making space to introduce Nyx’s children without slowing down the breakneck pace.”

Detail Comics: “Overall, Avengers: No Road Home is a relatively isolated event but I’m excited to see where this goes because it continues to be non-stop stylish action. It’s just got its foot to the floor and, without taking its foot off the gas, it continues to world build and give readers a lot to anticipate in each issue.”

DVS Gaming: “You would think that three writers balancing so many characters would be a mess, however, the flow of this comic is extremely strong.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “I have been fully engaged so far after only two issues. I love the grouping of Avengers involved in this series.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 9/10 “Another awesome entry in the weekly series which, as of this issue, is now in full swing.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: “The visuals are great in this chapter, with every blow massive and every tear in flesh felt by the reader. This is exactly how the Avengers should be shown! Marvel is making magic with this book.”

Talking Comic Books: “Paco Medina’s artwork is a great choice for this series. His classic style and storytelling abilities lend themselves perfectly to this tale. All in all, Avengers: No Road Home #2 is an issue jammed full of incredible talent, which makes for a highly enjoyable story.”

Uncanny Nerdverse: 9/10 “Solid writing, solid art, great story. What more could you ask for?”

Newsarama Interview About Cyclops in Champions #5

I spoke to George Marston at Newsarama about Cyclops guest-starring in Champions #5, arriving in May. Read on to find out a bit more about the emotional reunion between Scott and the Champs!

CHAMPIONS #5 Advance Solicits

Arriving in May…

story JIM ZUB
– The War of the Realms rages across Midgard, bringing together heroes from across the globe to fight for our world against mythic evil.
– In the midst of this chaos, the Champions need…Scott Summers?
– Cyclops reunites with the Champions, all grown up!

Avengers: No Road Home #1 Reviews!

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8.5/10 “It’s hard to read this issue and not marvel and how good of a handle these three writers have on the characters. Hercules is the perfect amount of pompous yet endearing. Rocket Raccoon is the perfect amount of sassy and grumpy. And so on and so forth. Every character that appears sounds like themselves, which should mean a lot to longtime readers.”

All-Comic: 10/10 “Avengers: No Road Home was a pleasure to read. Everything about this book screams epic. The writing team has a formula that continues to knock it out of the park and make this a winning series. The art is simply stunning. This is a must read book!”

Beta Ray Greg: 9/10 “Holy hell. That was vicious. This is going to be an amazing run. The team has come together only to lose a member right off the bat. These writers pull no punches.”

Caped-Joel: 9/10 “This was a really solid premiere issue…Everything that works well in No Surrender works well here, and then some. This book gives the spotlight to some Avengers who rarely ever get it as well as a ton of fan favorites.”

Comic Book Resources: “Avengers: No Road Home #1 is an excellent, accessible debut that promises an epic story driven by more offbeat characters. A streamlined experience in comparison to No Surrender, the issue trims the cast and scope without compromising the stakes.”

Comic “These characters come from such contrasting styles in their own franchises that blending them together could be a challenge, but the three writers do a splendid job of balancing their needs and stories. Everyone gets their own moment and not one character really feels wasted.”

Comic Book University: “This is a great book! You want to start off a limited series right? This is how you do it.”

Comic Hunter: “This is a definite for fans of The Avengers, Marvel, or those who just enjoy a good end of the universe scenario.”

Comic Relief: “All the characters are written great and I’m curious where the story will go.”

Comic-Watch: 8.6/10 “The writing team takes great care in this first issue to ensure that each character stands on their own, with distinct voices and personalities…Avengers: No Road Home #1 is a fascinating start to what could be the surprise hit of the year.”

Comics: The Gathering: 10/10 “This story roars out of the gate with passionate characters, a clear antagonist, and simply gorgeous storytelling in words and art. Time will have to tell how the story ends, but it absolutely could not be off to a better start.”

Comicsverse: 9.8/10 “Avengers: No Road Home #1 is a wonderful book. It proves that the original weekly series wasn’t a fluke. Zub, Ewing, and Waid are a true dream team.”

Detail Comics: “I’m really excited about where Avengers: No Road Home is going to go.”

Do You Even Comic Book?: 9/10 “The pencils of Paco Medina, the inks of Juan Vlasco, and colors of Jesus Aburtov come together to create this modern comic book style which I love so much. The level of details in the pencils mixed with heavy inks made the characters stand out in every scene. “

DVS Gaming: “this comic is over-sized, but fast paced and easy to read. You will not spend any time bogged down in set-up because it picks up speed directly into the central story before the end of the comic.”

Embrace Your Geekness: “The art of Paco Medina is top notch here and the combination of writers on this book are wonderful.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 9/10 “A fantastic start to an action-packed weekly story with all of the hallmarks of a great Avengers book.”

iFanboy: “The choice of Paco Medina really helped with the tone on this. His art feels like a foot in the modern world and a foot in the older history of Marvel Comics. It’s evocative of both and fills the gap nicely.”

Inside Pulse: 8/10 “Solid art and a great line-up through an interesting yarn.”

Joe Ryan Comics: “It’s a great #1. It’s a great set-up…With really classic Marvel storytelling.”

Major Spoilers: 9/10 “Paco Medina really makes the issue work, delivering on quiet moments of conversation in diners as well as massive battle sequences and Voyager’s dramatic teleportation effects.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8/10 “Artist Paco Medina is the glue that holds these three mighty writers together. Medina does a fantastic job making this read as a coherent story, rather than a mess with too many cooks in the kitchen.”

Nerdy Legion: 8/10 “The team is very cool and they’re not a typical Avengers line-up, which is why it works very well. Hercules is hilarious!”

Newsarama: 9/10 “No Road Home certainly has the talent, the cast, and the potential to succeed, topped off with a high fantasy hook that is tailor made for serialization. Eyes front, True Believer, because Avengers: No Road Home #1 is Marvel Comics in their purest form.”

Sequential Planet: 7.8/10 “If you’re an Avengers fan, you should read this. Even if you’re not, you should still read this.”

Talking Comic Books: “an incredible creative team and an engaging first issue that draws the reader in and makes you anticipate next week’s issue”

The Beat: “Medina also does a good job keeping the action fluid and smooth when the different heroes start to coalesce and bleed into each other’s storylines. We also get a chance to see the gods of Olympus depicted by Medina, who does an excellent job designing and crafting the visual direction for the characters.”

This Week In Comics: “That’s what’s so fun about the book, we get a chance to read about characters that don’t have a huge spotlight, and explore their development. The writers know what they are doing, and the combination of these characters are being put together for a reason.”

Uncanny Nerdverse: 8.5/10 “The pacing is perfect. If you read every issue in a row you’d never know if a different writer is writing the different characters. It just reads like it’s one writer all the way through. It’s a great combination.”

CHAMPIONS #2 Reviews

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “This is a heavy issue for the Champions. Zub is aiming to test the team in a new way by giving them impossible choices and forcing them to experience new dangers.”

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “Jim Zub really throws down the gauntlet this issue and says that he is not playing around. This may be a team of young heroes, but these are not kid problems.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “Jim Zub is killing it! I love the Champions ever since he took over and this is a perfect example of why. The emotional depth and intensity in this issue are palpable.”

Comic Watch: 8/10 “This is quickly becoming one of Marvel’s must-read books.” 10/10 “Champions is a nearly perfect team-up comic. There. I said it. This issue (and so far, this entire run) takes things so far beyond the plights of a teenage adventure. There are real stakes, and the decisions of these young people have real consequences.”

Fanfest: “Zub is holding no punches and presenting some major elements that will shake this group to the core.”

Geeked Out Nation: 9/10 “Jim Zub really knows how to pull the rug from under your feet. This is the second issue of Champions he has written where for me he hits all the right notes with real world situations for a hero. Champions #2 showed us exactly what consequences you can face when a young hero taking on the world.”

Henchmen-4-Hire: “This was a solid issue that ups the stakes for what’s to come, putting a lot of pressure on the core of the Champions team, especially since only two of them know what’s happened. “

Newsarama: 9/10 “If this isn’t the most intriguing Big Two book of the week, I’m not sure what is.”

I’m Co-Writing IRON MAN!

Came through the door and saw a bunch of messages congratulating me, so I guess the news is out–

I’m pitching in on IRON MAN starting with issue #9!

Dan Slott has phenomenal plans for Tony and company.
Valerio Schiti and Edgar Delgado are a powerhouse art team.
I can’t wait for all of you to see this issue (and what comes next) because it is top notch!
Big thanks to Tom Brevoort for bringing me on board Stark Unlimited. 🙂

Here’s the first solicit:

(W) Dan Slott, Jim Zub
(A) Valerio Schiti
(CA) Alexander Lozano

• Who controls the eScape? Who controls the real world? And who is in control of Iron Man?
• The answer to at least one of these questions is the Controller.
• The answer to the others might surprise you.
• It’s an all-out battle on multiple fronts with reality, the cyberscape and the heart, mind and soul of Tony Stark at stake!
Rated T+In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
Final Orders Due: Feb 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

CHAMPIONS #3 International Woman’s Day Variant Cover

New York, NY—January 31, 2019—In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, Marvel is excited to show off a brand-new variant cover for CHAMPIONS #3 showcasing leading ladies Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Ironheart, Snowguard, and Wasp – as well as the legacy of Captain Marvel – illustrated by superstar artist Elsa Charretier and colorist Sarah Stern!

Best known for her work on 2017’s critically acclaimed THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP, Charretier’s art has appeared in series such as The Unbelievable Gwenpool and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! while Sarah Stern’s brilliant colors have been dazzling the industry in books such as Oni Press’s Rick and Morty and IDW’s Jem and the Holograms: Infinite.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up this stunning new variant cover in local comic shops on March 6th, just ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day!


Written by JIM ZUB
International Women’s Day variant cover by ELSA CHARRETIER and SARAH STERN (DEC188992)

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