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.”

D&D Young Adventurers Guide: Wizards & Spells – Preview!

Wizards & Spells, the fourth D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, arrives in bookstores on March 10th.

In this guide you’ll find:
• Profiles for six magic-wielding character classes.
• Six magic-wielding legendary heroes.
• 40 spell spotlight listings.
• 40 magic item spotlight listings.
• 70 brand new illustrations!

Here are preview pages to show you some of the great content inside, perfect for new players or young readers:

Magic-Wielding Character Classes:


Types of Magic:

First Level Spells – Cure Wounds and Disguise Self:

Legendary Item – Wand of Wonder:

More information on the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides can be found right HERE.

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide 4
Wizards & Spells

This illustrated guide transports new players to the magical world of Dungeons & Dragons and presents a one-of-a-kind course on the wizards, sorcerers, and other magic-makers for which the game is known. Featuring easy-to-follow and entertaining explanations of how spells are created and used in the game, along with original illustrations of the game’s essential magical characters, this book shines a spotlight on the mystical side of D&D.
Barnes & Noble
Hudson Books

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.

BBC News Article on Comic Piracy

I know the recent BBC article on comic piracy was intended to be helpful, but it skims so lightly along the subject that the whole thing becomes anecdotal. The fact that I’m “quoted” twice, but just from tweets not an actual conversation with me, makes it even more awkward.

I wasn’t going to say anything about it, but since it’s on the BBC site it’s hitting a more mainstream audience than usual and now I’m getting a swath of messages praising/punching me for it.

The anecdotal nature of the article really annoyed me, but I also realize that it strikes at the heart of why the piracy conversation always goes sideways so fast:

Anecdotes are all we have because the actual help/hindrance of digital piracy is nearly impossible to accurately measure.

There are stats of a sort (page views, torrents, downloads) but we have no way to measure how that translates to sales lost or visibility gained.

Some readers justify why they do it or explain how it helped them and then project that experience across the whole thing. Equally, creators see their own struggles and the shakiness of the system and project those losses on to the whole. Neither is accurate, but neither is completely wrong, either.

I’m not a fool. I don’t think every illegal download is a lost sale. I know it’s complicated and everyone can point to themselves or others as reasonable/justified/worthy customers who pirate stuff for the “right” reasons. The complexity destroys any reasonable discourse.

The fact that it’s digital and a whole other segment can get pedantic and explain that it’s not actually “theft” because it’s a just a copy and nothing was physically stolen muddies the whole thing even more.

Piracy is a diffused mess of disparate data injected with enough anecdotes and frustration that none of us has to change our opinion or behavior.

Everyone sees what they want to see and keeps on screaming.
Which is online discourse in a nutshell right now.

The easy play is to just smile and nod and pretend it’s all good.
“Fuck you, I got mine” feels very 2019-appropriate.

There isn’t much else to say that hasn’t already been said-
Be good to each other.
Be honest with yourself.
Support creative work the best you can.

Thanks for reading (my work, not the social media vortex).

Talking Conan With Issue Zero

I spoke to Fearless Fred on the Issue Zero podcast’s latest episode all about Conan the Barbarian. Fred does a great job summarizing the character’s history in prose, film, and comics. Give it a listen:

SyFy Wire Preview of Dungeons & Tombs

Josh Weiss spoke to Stacy and I about Dungeons & Tombs, the third D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide, arriving in bookstores everywhere on November 26th. Check it out!