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Wayward #7 and Skullkickers #32 Reviews

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Wayward #7 arrived in stores last week. It’s my favorite issue of our series so far. Cover to cover content as our dramatic story continues. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it…

Big Glasgow Comic Page: 9/10 “The art is, as always, one of the strong points of this already brilliant series. Every character, every object, every frame has been brilliantly drawn, inked and coloured”

Black Ship Books: “Wayward remains a ‘must buy.’ It’s consistently been one of the most entertaining books to come out from Image over the last year and the art itself is worth more than the cover price.”

Comic Attack: “Cummings and Bonvillain have done excellent work in this series that has had fine attention to detail in both scenery are characters that transports you to Japan.”

Comic Book Bin: ” This seventh issue of Wayward is, so far, the best issue of the new story arc.”

Comics: The Gathering: 9/10 “Wayward has yet to slow down with seven excellent back to back issues. This is a story that could go down as one of the best if it keeps this consistency up.”

Comix I Read: 5/5 “I am heavily invested in the plot and characters and cannot wait for what’s to come. I 100% recommend this issue.”

Fandom Post: B+ “A very solid issue all around that again brings Japanese locales and cultural aspects in a great way to North American readers”

Geeks of Doom: “Wayward has quickly become one of my favorite comics, with its mix of exotic setting, interesting characters, and an unfolding mystery that makes me want to come back each issue to find out the next part of the story.”

Moar Powah: 5/5 “Wayward uses all of its pages to its advantage. The tantalizing ending seems to signal they’ll need all the new-found willpower they have.”

Nothing But Comics: “The art is outstanding, the characters are fun and the stakes are high.”

Omni Jer Bear: “One of the best storylines I’ve read in 2015. It’s like X-Men without the school.”

The Read Pile: “I love the characters and I love that they’re all kids in Japan.”

Shadowhawk’s Shade: 9.5/10 “The time away from the series doesn’t seem to have had any downsides for the art team, and all the supernatural stuff feels as vivid and engaging”

The Telltale Mind: 4.5/5 “Great dialogue, story and utterly captivating artwork help this book make its way to the top of the read-pile every month.”

We The Nerdy: 8/10 “…the comic looks stunning like always. I love how fluid Ohara’s powers are, how they move, and I’m impressed at these still images can convey their motion so well.”

TM Stash: 10/10 ” I find myself completely immersed in every issue, drawn in by Jim Zub’s script and amazed by the beautiful artwork by Steve Cummings (with colors by Tamra Bonvillain).”

Under the Comic Covers: “Steve Cummings art is really spectacular and this issue is no exception. I love the artwork and the story flows so well.”

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Skullkickers #32 also hit stores the same day and the brawl to end it all continues.

Comix I Read: 8/10 “Writer Jim Zub ups the ante in this issue, bringing the Demon Lord of the Dwell onto the scene to fight Thool for supremacy.”

Inside Pulse: “Lots of characters from earlier in the series are showing up, as the bar gets more and more full, and the mayhem increases exponentially.”

Skullkickers Vol. 6 Solicitation

Arriving in July, pre-order now!

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SKULLKICKERS VOL. 6: INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
COVER: EDWIN HUANG & ESPEN GRUNDETJERN
JULY 8 / 144 PAGES / FC / T / $16.99

In this volume the SKULLKICKERS story comes to an end, but it’s not going out without a fight!
Beer, blood, and battle collide in the ultimate brawl to end it all!

“If you like action or humor, no one is doing it better than these guys.” -The Weekly Crisis

Collects SKULLKICKERS #31-33 & #100.


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Skullkickers Vol. 6
Infinite Icons of the Endless Epic

(issues #30-34)
Introduction by Joe Zub

The Skullkickers story comes to an end, but it’s not going out without a fight! Beer, blood, and battle collide in the ultimate brawl to end it all!
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Newsarama Interview About the End of Skullkickers

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I talked to Chris Arrant over at Newsarama all about the impending end of Skullkickers and what it feels like to wrap up five years worth of work. Give it a read!

Wayward #6 and Skullkickers #31 Reviews!

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Wayward #6 and Skullkickers #31, both the first part of their respective story arcs, arrived in stores last week and the response has been wonderful! Let’s see what reviewers thought…

All-Comic: 4/5 “…with the masterful art team of Steve Cummings and Tamra Bonvillain at the helm, the story couldn’t be in better hands.”

The Beat: “While there is a hefty amount of Japanese culture depicted in the story, there is also clean lines and bright coloring that move this story closer towards American comic book art standards.”

Big Glasgow: 9/10 “The detail in which Japanese culture is depicted in Wayward is fantastic.”

Black Ship Books: “Wayward #6 is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers, so if you have any interest in Japanese folklore or teens fighting the supernatural, this is the book for you.”

Brittlejules: “If you enjoy Japanese supernatural stories and monsters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ghosts, cats, and troubled teens with strange powers, then you should definitely check out Wayward.”

Comic Book Bin: “This comic book is like one big enchantment that draws me into the story. I guess I am not the only reader who wants to live in the world of this series.”

Comics the Gathering: 10/10 “This art team lays waste to so many other books. I can’t wrap my head around how they’re able to produce pages of this quality so quickly.”

Comix I Read: 4.5/5 “The new arc started very strong and I am very excited to conitnue reading WAYWARD for its Wayworld.”

Fandom Post: B+ “The book is definitely a welcome return to my reading schedule as Jim Zub handles the narration very well, making it engaging and interesting”

Horror Talk: 4/5 “Writer Jim Zub has an incredible talent for character development. Each of the students in Wayward feels like a real person.”

The Latest Pull: 8.5/10 “I went in to this book with a bit of cautious scepticism, but was pleasantly surprised by this new beginning and I expect good things in the future.”

Major Spoilers: 9/10 “Wayward #6, in particular, is a treat for readers of the series. We get to see the world, characters and magical elements we are familiar with, but through a fresh pair of eyes.”

Moar Powah: 4/5 “Wayward #6 brings in teases of what’s to come. We wonder what’s to become of our new and old protagonists.”

Outright Geekery: 10/10 ” So long as Jim Zub and Steve Cummings continue to deliver a great series, I will continue to recommend this series.”

Reading With a Flight Ring: “the characters and characterization is simply superb and demonstrates why I’ll follow Jim to whatever he writes”

Telltale Mind: 8/10 “With an ending to the story that can only be called mysterious, Zub and Cummings draw you back into this world and all that can be said is that it is good to be back.”

Third Eye Spotlight: “It’s great storytelling, great writing, and we can’t get enough.”

TM Stash: 9/10 “I have trouble deciding what impresses me more with this book – the exceptional script or the beautiful artwork”

Under the Comic Covers: “Another wonderfully paced issue. A great mix of mystery and action.”

We The Nerdy: 8.5/10 “The art too, is still fantastic. The battle at the end looks great, and some of the strange paranormal events that Ohara experiences are all great looking.”

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Comic Bastards: 10/10 “You have no excuse why this book isn’t in your life.”

Comics Alliance: “Skullkickers has been one of the great dark horse stories of the last few years, and it’s fantastic to see that it’s been able to go so long and maintain the fun”

Comix I Read: 4.5/5 “Skullkickers #31 channels the energy of a drunken game of D&D with your friends. It takes everything you love about the fantasy genre but throws in a laugh every half a second.”

Newsarama: 8/10 “This issue of Skullkickers, like those before it, makes a great example of how comics can be just fun and still be completely successful.”

Panel Culture: “Edwin Huang is just fantastic on these fight scenes. They’re dynamic, they’re fun, and Misty Coats’ colors are vibrant.”

Unleash the Fanboy: 9/10 “Equal parts lore, story and fun, Skullkickers #31 is a well-rounded stable issue that eagerly kicks back into the swing of things.”

Arriving in June: Skullkickers #100?!

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In June, Skullkickers comes to an end with the wrap-up of our sixth and final story arc “Infinite icons of the Endless Epic”. We didn’t want this momentous occasion to go unnoticed, so we decided to do what the other comic publishers do when they want to celebrate a big story event – we bull$#@&ted a big number on the cover because we could.

Here’s the June ordering solicitation:

SKULLKICKERS #100
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: CHRIS STEVENS & ESPEN GRUNDETJERN
JUNE 24 / 40 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC” Finale

ISSUE 100?! Hey, if other publishers can just slap any old number on a cover and call it an anniversary, then we want in on that action for our final issue.

Yup, this is the big finish. All skulls must be kicked.

Join us in sending off the series in style with a big 3-digit number and tweet with the hashtag #SK100 to let us know what happened in the 66 issues in between. The best entries get a place in Skullkickers history.

That’s right, we’re jumping straight to #100 to finish the series and are letting our fans fill in the 66 issue gap with the Twitter hashtag #SK100. Tell us in 140 characters a summary of what happened in an unpublished issue of Skullkickers (from #34-99) and the best ones will be listed in the back of our final issue. Anyone could be one tweet from their first Twitter comic writing credit.

So few creator-owned comics ever have an issue 100. We’re feeling quite honored to share this rarified air with Spawn, Savage Dragon, Walking Dead, and Invincible. It’s a milestone for creator-owned comics and we couldn’t do it without Image Comics and our dedicated fanbase.

Thank you for 34 100 issues of love and support.

Skullkickers Interview on Dynamic Forces

The gang at Dynamic Forces interview me about the final arc of SKULLKICKERS. We talk a bit about five years of fantasy fun and what comes next.

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Skullkickers #33 Solicitation

Arriving in May. Pre-order now!

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SKULLKICKERS #33
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: EDWIN HUANG & JEFF “CHAMBA” CRUZ
MAY 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC” Part Three

Double, double, toil and trouble… heroes burn and dimensions bubble!

This issue has the second of two connecting gatefold covers by Edwin Huang and Jeff “Chamba” Cruz. Get this one and the previous month’s issue to put together the ultimate Skullkickers battle panorama!

Skullkickers #32 Solicitation

Arriving in April… Pre-order now!

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SKULLKICKERS #32
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: EDWIN HUANG & JEFF “CHAMBA” CRUZ

APRIL 29 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC,” Part Two
Monster mashers, elder evil, and now deadly demons… Everyone’s invited for the brawl at the end of it all!

This issue has the first of two connecting gatefold covers by EDWIN HUANG & JEFF “CHAMBA” CRUZ. Get this one and next month’s issue to put together the ultimate Skullkickers battle panorama!

Skullkickers Minis Now Part of the Rum & Bones Kickstarter!

The Skullkickers have just been announced as part of the Rum & Bones board game Kickstarter! They’re an exclusive set of 5 figures (complete with their own character-centric rules) only available as part of the Kickstarter pre-order process.

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Rum & Bones is the new pirate-themed board game by Cool Mini Or Not, creators of ‘Zombicide’, one of my absolute favorite board games. I’ve been singing the praises of Zombicide for a couple years now and when I had a chance to meet the Cool Mini crew at Gen Con we talked about the possibility of teaming up in the future. Once they started work on Rum & Bones, we both felt it would be a great way to use the SK cast, especially since we had a pirate story of our own in Volume 3, ‘Six Shooter on the Seven Seas’.

As you can see, the character archetypes from Skullkickers marry themselves well to the Rum & Bones play style and the miniature sculpts look awesome!

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If you’re a board game fan or Skullkickers fan I hope you’ll click through to check out Rum & Bones (which wraps up pre-orders on December 28th) and tell your friends about it too. I can’t wait to battle it out with our very own skullkicking pirate crew!

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Skullkickers #31 Solicitation

Arriving in March… Pre-order now!

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SKULLKICKERS #31
story: JIM ZUB
art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS
cover: JAMES GHIO
MARCH 25 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC,” Part One

This is it, the beginning of the end. Beer, blood, and battle. Get on board now so you can say you were there when it all blew up.

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