Comic Book HQ Podcast Interview

I spoke to the gang at Comic Book HQ and we cover the final issue of Wayward, breaking into the comic business, playing Dungeons & Dragons, Rick and Morty, and more! Give it a listen!

Wayward Concludes – A Few Thoughts

I sent Steven an email back in July 2013 proposing a story about supernatural stuff happening in Tokyo. The idea for it came from story bits I had been brainstorming about mythology in the modern world mixed with a cool illustration Steven had done years earlier in an art book called Vent.

Over five years later, here we are with thirty issues under our belt and a big crazy story about myth, destiny, and finding your way in a changing world.

I knew how the broad elements would come together for the finale but I wasn’t sure if it would end up being optimistic or something grim. Thankfully, a hopeful tone won out and, rereading it now, it feels right.

The unknown is scary, but it also carries great potential. Our past informs who we are, but it’s not the sum total of who we will be in the future.

Going on this journey with our creative team has been an incredible honor. Steven Cummings and I worked together on opposite sides of the world, keeping production going around the clock. I’d pop onto Google Hangouts late in the evening as he woke up to start another day of art production. We’d check in and encourage each other as we plugged away on each issue, each arc, year after year. Like any creative endeavor, it was stressful at times, but also a constant source of joy.

Tamra Bonvillain came on board to color Wayward at the end of our first arc and stuck with us until the end. Her ability to bring out the best in Steven’s line work and take it to a higher level with mood and atmosphere still makes me smile. She brought a distinct look to the series that kept us competitive with any other title on the stands.

Marshall Dillon has been with me on every creator-owned series I’ve done and with good reason. His work effortlessly enhances each page, keeping readers focused and moving through the story in a way that’s easy to take for granted. That’s what great lettering does.

Zack Davisson and Ann O’Regan brought their knowledge and research skills to the mix in a way that helped us stand out in a crowded field. Our back matter essays were educational without being preachy, fascinating and always relevant. The reference material they provided helped ground our supernatural story in the real world and brought added value to our single issues and collections.

Wayward gave me the opportunity to dig into my love of Japan in a way I hadn’t ever thought possible. It forged lifelong friendships, enabled trips around the globe and enriched my life, time and time again.

Thank you to my wife Stacy for her endless editorial support and love, to the crew at Image Comics for helping us every step of the way, and to the many retailers and reviewers who enthusiastically told people about what we were doing as we built our readership.

Thank you for supporting us. Every day I’m thankful I get to make comics and none of it would be possible without great people like you.

Right here, right now…Anything is possible.

Jim

Talking About The End of Wayward With ComicBook.com

I spoke to Nicole Drum at ComicBook.com about wrapping up Wayward after 30 issues, the way the characters evolved, and how we mixed real world locations with old world myths to build our story.
Check it out!

PROS AND (COMIC) CONS Announced!

PROS AND (COMIC) CONS, an anthology of real-life stories about working and attending comic conventions, will be published by Dark Horse Comics in May 2019 and I have a new short story in there illustrated by Vivian Ng (Avatar: The Legends Of Korra, Adventure Time).

You can read more about the book and other authors on board right HERE.

Dynamic Forces Avengers Interview

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces about the upcoming Avengers: No Road Home weekly story line starting in February. Check it out!

War Rocket Ajax Episode 421

Chris Sims, Elle Collins, and I were supposed to talk about comics, and we do, but also ended up chatting a whole lot of Dungeons & Dragons. Good times. My interview starts at the 43:40 mark.

Give it a listen!

CHAMPIONS #1 Arrives in January!

Arriving in January, pre-order now!

CHAMPIONS #1
JIM ZUB (W) • STEVEN CUMMINGS (A) • Cover by Kim Jacinto
Variant Cover by Michael Cho
Variant Cover by Lee Garbett
MARVEL 80TH VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
Variant Cover by Skottie Young

THE WORLD STILL NEEDS HEROES – AND THERE ARE HEROES ALL OVER THE WORLD!

The Champions have gone global! The team has seen explosive growth under Ms. Marvel’s leadership, with super-powered members ready to answer the call in a dozen different countries. They’re saving people and improving lives across the planet while they inspire the next generation… but something sinister lurks beneath the surface of their expanded mission. It’s a dark secret that could destroy the team and everything they stand for!

Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) ignite a new era of CHAMPIONS, filled to the brim with action, adventure and drama in the Mighty Marvel Manner!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Shoot the Breeze Interview

I spoke to Ian Cameron at Shoot The Breeze all about the Champions in Weirdworld, our Champions relaunch, Avengers: No Road Home, and wrapping up Wayward. Check it out!

AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME Launches in February!

Announced at New York Comic Con, there’s a new weekly AVENGERS story launching in February 2019. The creative team that brought you Avengers: No Surrender is back with AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME, a 10-part mythic monument drawn by Paco Medina and Sean Izaakse, and co-written by Al Ewing, Mark Waid, and me!

Check out our first three covers, beautifully illustrated by Yasmine Putri:

Why is there a new weekly Avengers story?

Avengers: No Surrender rode the wave of interest surrounding the Avengers: Infinity War movie and, in that same way, No Road Home looks to capitalize on the excitement for the movie sequel. It’s a wonderful time for both long time fans and new readers to start reading The Avengers.

Our creative team on No Surrender ran a tight ship in terms of organization and production and was well received by readers, retailers, and reviewers, so it was a natural fit to see if we wanted to dive back in and do it again. The chance to tackle another Avengers epic was too good an opportunity to pass by.

That said, the pressure is on to make sure we deliver a story worthy of the format. We’re not an untested experiment anymore, we’re veterans of the weekly war with a desire to prove No Surrender wasn’t a fluke.

Is this a sequel?

No. It’s a spiritual successor in the sense that it’s almost entirely the same creative team involved, but you do not need to have read Avengers: No Surrender in order to enjoy Avengers: No Road Home. They are distinct and self-contained stories. Obviously I want you to read both because they’re entertaining and we put our hearts into them, but they can each be enjoyed all on their own.

How many heroes are in the cast of No Road Home?

No Surrender had 26 heroes as three Avengers teams combined to battle 16 villains. It was epic, but also a ridiculous task keeping track of them all.

No Road Home is a tighter cast of Avengers, less than half the size, but no less exciting in terms of stakes and action. We wanted a leaner crew so we could spend more time with each character and advance their individual story lines more fully.

Revealed so far on the covers you see above are Hawkeye, Hercules, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Spectrum, Vision, Voyager, and Rocket Raccoon.

Wait a sec – Rocket isn’t an Avenger!

Yeah, well he’s been drafted into the team, whether he likes it or not.

How does this tie into Jason Aaron’s flagship Avengers series?

Last time, Avengers: No Surrender was the only Avengers book on the stands for 16 weeks as we cleared the field for what Jason had planned. This time we’ll be running alongside his series, showcasing what’s happening to some of the Avengers who aren’t in his cast. The two books will be doing their own thing, though there will be some little plot threads that carry over between them. That’s why we’re 10 issues this time instead of 16. We want to leave some room on your pull list for Jason’s story. 🙂

Midway through No Surrender you guys resurrected the Hulk. Will there be big stuff in No Road Home as well?

You betcha. Our mid-point has a huge reveal that will definitely have readers talking. It’s going to be wild.

Who are those creepy villains on the left half of the issue #2 cover?

To be revealed.

Who’s that lady with the big face in the back?

To be revealed.

You sound really excited.

Absolutely.

I want you to pre-order Avengers: No Road Home and wait at your local comic shop in frothing anticipation. I want every issue to hit you like a Kirby-crackling fist.

Paco and Sean are drawing the best pages of their career. Mark and Al are two of the best writers I’ve ever met and we’re all in sync with our plans and the way it’s delivered on the page. Writing epic action in the Mighty Marvel Manner™ is my jam and getting the chance to contribute new characters and key moments to No Road Home has been a thrill.

In February 2019, we are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once again. I hope you join us.

Champions #25 Reviews

Black Nerd Problems: 9/10 “I’m digging the medieval fantasy vibe, especially the dope fits our young heroes are wearing. You got my boy Miles in his ninja mode, kunais and all, and I’m digging it.”

Caped-Joel: 9/10 “You can tell this is the sort of passion project that only comes around once in a lifetime and Jim Zub is perfectly suited for this material.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, because it’s worth repeating: Champions is one of Marvel’s best team-up books. If you’re not already, you should be reading it.”

Comic Book University: “I knew it was going to be weird, but I didn’t expect it to be this good.”

Comics: The Gathering: 8/10 “The Champions’ arrival in Weirdworld gives us a lot of changes to adapt to. It’s a swing-for-the-fences story premise.”

DVS: “Jim Zub’s characters brim with youthful energy and hope, even when things look dark. He also balances quiet reverence when one character has to tap into the sentient source of her powers to solve a problem.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.5/10 “this was the perfect statement that this books has so much more to offer than your average superhero team book. They go through the things that you find genuine about the importance of heroes to one another, they tackle the importance of sacrifice, and emphasize the importance of having a sense of duty to those who matter.”

Multiversity: 8.1/10 “An engaging start to the new arc, with good pacing, character moments, world-building, and of course, great art. The creative team is in their zone for this one.”

Shoot the Breeze: “The set-up for this new storyline is very intriguing, and I absolutely love all the cool redesigns the Champions have each received, Sean Izaakse made each of them look great, balancing medieval/fantasy aesthetics with the visual core of each hero perfectly! “