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Reviews Aplenty

Three comics arrived over the past two weeks, Skullkickers #25, Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller, and Red Sonja and Cub, so it’s been a lot to keep track of. Let’s do a review quote blowout here:

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SKULLKICKERS #25
Nerds on the Rocks: 7/7 “An action/adventure/comedy with a dungeons and dragons/video game vibe that is executed perfectly? I’m sold.”
Newsarama: 8/10 “Skullkickers delivers some laugh-out-loud moments that left this reader more than satisfied”
Comic Bastards: “It is a niche title and like I said a guilty pleasure that I like to read.”
The Outhousers: “Jim Zub and co. can wait as long as they need to between issues; especially going into the penultimate arc, I have no problem dragging this series out as long as possible!”
Whatcha Reading: 4/5 “I can’t wait to see how Zub is going to reconcile all this cross-dimensional doppelganger mumbo-jumbo.”
Geeks of DOOM: “This is just a fantastic comic and this issue is a great jumping on point if you’ve been thinking about picking it up for a while.”
Comic Attack: “…any longtime reader will be happy to know that the hilarity and madness you’ve come to expect continues here!”

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SUICIDE SQUAD: AMANDA WALLER
IGN: 8.8/10 “…an action-packed exploration on the psychological costs of making the tough choices.”
The Good Kind of Geek: 7.8/10 “Overall, it’s an interesting issue that develops Amanda Waller’s character even more.”
Comic Book Resources: 3.5/5 “…a strong command of Waller’s personality shown through deliberate narrative choices and tight plotting.”
Shadowhawk’s Shade: 7.5/10 “The core of who she is can never be taken away from her and that’s partly what this one-shot is about.”
Too Dangerous: “Zub does a great job of showing us how resourceful Waller is. Her leadership skills and knack for strategy are admirable.”
Cinelinx: “It does a great job of injecting a dose of humanity into the character I think she’s denied in many of the incarnations we’ve seen in the past. “

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RED SONJA and CUB
TMStash: “This is a touching tale and well worth the rating of 9/10.”
Geeks In Capes: “Kudos to Jim Zub for crafting a compelling story of Red Sonja that covers many aspects of her character. Jonathan Lau does a wonderful job on art with great action sequences.”
Whatcha Reading?: 5/5 “The art is gorgeous. The colors are vibrant, the fight scenes are dynamic, and I love the way Lau draws Red Sonja.”
Comic Bastards: 4/5 “…entertaining and true to the main character and that’s all you can ask for from a good one-shot.”
Unleash the Fanboy: 8/10 “The overall journey is the star of the piece as the scribe takes on the ideas of a promised union, betrayal and a sense of honor.”
Adventures in Poor Taste: 7/10 “Not a bad one-shot by any means with plenty of taut action to keep the action fans happy.”
Fanboy Nation: “Lau creates some of the most violent battle scenes I have yet seen in a Red Sonja book”
Shadowhawk’s Shade: 9/10 “Jim Zub front-loads a lot of character development and he shows a softer side of Sonja, which contrasts excellently with her bloodlust and her fighting skills when she gets into the thick of things.”
My Geeky Geeky Ways: “I came into this book expecting comedic sword-and-sorcery akin to what you’d see in Skullkickers. What I got was Red Sonja ala Kurosawa. And this is not a bad thing.”

Skullkickers #25 In Stores Tomorrow – Preview!

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We’re finally back! Skullkickers #25 arrives in comic shops tomorrow and Comic Book Realm has a preview of the issue to whet your appetite for fantasy fun.

Skullkickers #28 Solicitation

Arriving in June, so please pre-order now!

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SKULLKICKERS #28
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: JAMES GHIO
JUNE 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50
“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Part Four

Dastardly doubles duel while deranged dwarves dig deep. Don’t deny dis dynamic demented drama.

Skullkickers #27 Solicit

Arriving in May…

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SKULLKICKERS #27
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: JAMES GHIO
MAY 28 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Part Three

Not a new #1 – not a reboot – not a paradigm-shifting crossover event… and yet, still totally worth picking up and reading, we promise!

“SKULLKICKERS is one of the smartest comics out there.” – Newsarama

Skullkickers #26 Solicit

Arriving in April…

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SKULLKICKERS #26
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: JAMES GHIO
APRIL 23 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Part Two
In this special issue (they’re all special, but whatever): The HISTORY of DWARVES (The ‘Short’ Version). Pre-order yours today.

Skullkickers #25 Solicit

Arriving in March…

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SKULLKICKERS #25
story JIM ZUB
art EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover JAMES GHIO
MARCH 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Part One
Weep no more. SKULLKICKERS is back with another head-crushing story arc to fill the fantasy fun void in your life.

The dwarf has been forcibly returned to his homeland and the deranged diminutive denizens of Dwayre will make sure it’s a homecoming like no other.

Skullkickers Treasure Trove 2 Misprint

Skullkickers Treasure Trove 2 has been delayed after a misprint. The mistake was caught as copies arrived at the Image Comics office but it looks like a handful found their way into distribution through Amazon.

Here’s what the misprint looks like:
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The above spread has a page double printed from the previous chapter of the book.

It’s supposed to look like this:
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I spoke to my Image rep about this and, if you’re one of the people who already received a copy, you can report that it’s defective to Amazon and receive a replacement when the new printing arrives.

The book is being reprinted now and, with a bit of luck, I’ll have the corrected version at New York Comicon this week, but that corrected book probably won’t be in stores until early-mid November.

My apologies for the hassle. Believe me, I wish it was correct and already available everywhere right now.

Skullkickers Original Art is Part of the RWP Fundraiser!

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Want to get a one-of-a-kind piece of Skullkickers artwork and also help a great cause?

Reading With Pictures is running a fundraiser and Edwin Huang (artist on Skullkickers) has donated the original full size inked artwork for the splash page of Mighty Skullkickers #1 to the cause.

Bidding starts at $75 (A steal – Edwin’s commission drawings are more expensive!) so make sure you get in there and make it yours before Monday.

Skullkickers Vol. 1 Review and School Material

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Over on Katie’s Korner they’ve added a review of Skullkickers Vol. 1: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body that also includes some recommended educational components teachers or librarians could use in tandem with the book. I’m flattered and thrilled that they enjoy the book so much and appreciate the extra effort put into enhancing its value as a resource in a classroom.

“What I like most about Skullkickers: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body is its ability to blend various stylistic techniques that invite comic book, anime, and graphic novel readers of all persuasions to its pages.”

Skullkickers #24 Reviews

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Skullkickers #24 arrived in comic stores on Wednesday and it’s been well received. Here’s a selection of reviews that have popped up so far:

Newsarama: “8/10 Skullkickers is one of the smartest comics out there and issue #24 only sets the stage for more crazy to come.”

Weekly Crisis: “Before Skullkickers is hilarious with precious plot nuggets sprinkled here and there. Verdict: Must Read!”

Comic Bastards: “4/5 I think all of the stories were pretty funny and stayed true to the Skullkickers brand.”

Comic Spectrum: “4/5 I think this works as a stepping on point for the book.”

Nerdspan: “The theme made for some interesting stories and the various creative teams really brought it home with their respective tales.”