Dungeons & Tombs Reviews

Bell of Lost Souls: “You can’t help but want to start playing, as you read through these books. They do such a wonderful job of hooking you in. And I think a huge part of that is, they’re not bound by having to make way for rules.”

Bleeding Cool: “This is the series of books I wish Scholastic had when I was growing up. They’re great ways to learn the game from the start, or grasp concepts of the game without having to go buy the Player’s Handbook and deep-dive.”

CFT RPG: “They’re well written, the layout is fantastic and nothing is re-hashed from the existing 5e line. I can’t praise it enough.”

d20 Diaries: “These are cool, exciting places to adventure and imagine, that showcase a wide variety of environments, locations, and play styles. The information included in the monster entries is absolutely wonderful.”

Fanbase Press: “Dungeons & Tombs is a strong addition to the Young Adventurer’s Guide series. The book stands on its own as an introduction to dungeon crafting, but its greatest value will be as part of a set. Collectively, these books make for a beautiful introduction to the world of fantasy gaming and would make an effective tool even for older audiences who were less than familiar with the tropes and ideas of tabletop fantasy.”

Geek Tyrant: “These are good tips for everyone to keep in mind as they create their adventures and this is what makes the book such a standout addition to the series.”

Noticias RTV (Spanish): “this particular book guides them through some of the potential scenarios, villains and monsters, as well as a set Ingenious of guidelines to keep in mind when creating your own dungeon.”

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

D&D: Infernal Tides #1 Reviews

Bravo, Bard: “a delightful adventure that pulls a lot from its inspiration without feeling like a rehash of it. With fantastic art and clever writing, this comic will please not only D&D fans, but fans of good stories in general.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “While Zub and Dunbar are a fantastic pairing in any circumstance, Infernal Tides feels like their strongest work to date. Dunbar’s art is absolutely phenomenal and Zub integrates elements from Descent Into Avernus effortlessly without making it feel like a rehash of the adventure.”

Comic Book University: “I think that we’re in good hands with these books.”

Here Be Wonder: 10/10 “Jim Zub and Max Dunbar have kicked off an amazing new chapter of the D&D comic and I am loving it.”

The Pullbox: 10/10 “Adventure and intrigue abound, expertly seasoned with just the right dose of humor…Layered and well-paced, we get glimpses of the horror to come and just enough information to leave us tantalized for more”

Multiversity: 8.6/10 “A fiend-fighting fun time in Baldur’s Gate, bringing the beloved band of brave heroes back to battle the forces of badness. Everyone working on this comic must have rolled a Natural 20, because it’s a critical hit.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “The linework is exquisitely laid down and the varying weights being utilized really bring about some of the best attention to detail that you’ll see. Max and Sebastian are able to bring this to life with such awe and wonder that even the tiniest of details are displayed.”

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:

Wizard:

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.
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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 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!”

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!