Category Archives: Dark Horse

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #2 Reviews

But Why Tho: 10/10 “Houser and Zub humanize two of our main fictional characters while Galindo brings out raw emotions through an amazing display of facial expressions.”

Comic 8/10 “Honestly, this comic focuses on another great aspect of D&D—how people use it to grapple with complex emotions like grief or rage. It’s a surprisingly deep comic, one that clearly comes from a place of love for D&D.”

Comic Crusaders: 9/10 “The ability of this fellowship to bring Will back into the world of the living, to be able to experience joy, imagination and friendship once more is a key part of the story that we never saw play out on the screen. The healing feels organic and really builds up the bonds between the friends.”

Monkeys Fighting Robots: 8/10 “…a bittersweet issue, one that follows the events of the first season. Its success is in making the characters feel so very human, as they learn to cope with everything they have seen and survived.”

One More Comic (Spanish): 8/10 “The love of playing Dungeons & Dragons transcends and is no longer just fun, it is a way to heal wounds.”

Scifi Pulse: “The art team does a great job on this issue. The character likenesses are bang on. As are the different locations. I particularly enjoyed the sequence of panels where Mike was devising the game in his attic.”

Stranger Things and D&D Panel and Liveplay – Part 2

Dark Horse hosted a second live panel and livestream D&D session about the Stranger Things comics with creators. Watch the crew discuss Stranger Things and D&D, an upcoming comic series, and our many other Stranger Things graphic novels and comics, and then play a session inspired by the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.

00:08:10 Stream Start
01:02:49 Game Session Begins

Stranger Things and D&D Panel and Liveplay – Part 1

On October 9, 2020, Dark Horse hosted a live panel about the Stranger Things comics with creators and special guest Matthew Modine – who plays Dr. Brenner on the hit Netflix series. Watch the crew discuss Stranger Things and D&D, an upcoming comic series, and our many other Stranger Things graphic novels and comics, and then play a session inspired by the Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.

00:01:20 Stream Start
00:34:56 Matthew Modine Stops By
01:05:05 Game Session Begins

Stranger Things and D&D on the Cover of Previews

This is the first project I’ve worked on that’s been on the cover of the big comic distributor catalogue and it’s a beauty! Make sure you pre-order because this one’s going to be special.

story – Jody Houser and Jim Zub
art – Diego Galindo
letters – Nate Piekos

Follow the crew from Hawkins, Indiana, as they discover the legendary monsters and epic adventures of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game together.

Long before the dreaded Demogorgon took one of them to the Upside Down, watch Mike, Lucas, and Will bond with Dustin for the first time over the game that would define their childhood. See the party come together as a team through communal stories and perilous quests to learn important lessons about friendship and find the courage to stand up to the bullies that challenge their everyday.

COVER A – E.M. Gist
COVER B – Anna Dittman
COVER C – Diego Galindo
COVER D – David Michael Beck

Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons Announced!

Cover art by Diego Galindo

Announced today on D&D Live, Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons is a new 4-issue mini-series being co-published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW that starts in November!

Jody Houser and I are co-writing this new 4-issue mini-series that shows how Dungeons & Dragons has defined and strengthened the friendships in Stranger Things. This story is filled with adventure, heart and a few supernatural surprises.

Deep-diving into research on first edition D&D and working on this series with our team has been so much fun. Fans of the hit Netflix series and gamers new and old will find a lot to love here. Look for more details and preview art coming soon.


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.

Conan Red Sonja #4 Reviews


Conan Red Sonja #4, the end of our epic team-up, arrived last week. I posted some thoughts about it last Wednesday. Here’s what critics thought of it…

Fandom Post: B+ “Conan Red Sonja 4 concludes the story well, providing solid action and excellent interaction and growth between the two protagonists.”

Geeked Out Nation: “With its sharp art, occasionally poetic writing, and relentless action, Conan/Red Sonja #4 is a frenzied conclusion to the ultimate fantasy fiction crossover.”

Geeks of Doom: “This is going to be a repeated read for me, and I think it will be for you, too.”

Hulking Review: “Conan Red Sonja #4 was a satisfying conclusion to a series that successfully avoided all the potential pitfalls of such a crossover due to its excellent writing and character portrayals.”

My Geeky Geeky Ways: “Gail Simone and Jim Zub have spun one hell of a ripping yarn with this series. And this issue proves an epic and satisfying conclusion to the tale.”

TM Spot: 10/10 “This series has been everything we had hoped it would be and more”

Conan Red Sonja #4 – Now In Stores!


Yesterday saw the release of CONAN RED SONJA #4, wrapping up our sweeping crossover story.

I’m so honored to have been be a part of this with Gail Simone, Dan Panosian, Randy Green, Dave Stewart, Rick Ketcham, and Comicraft. Growing up a Conan fan (the novels, the comics, the movies) and seeing my name on one of them now is a gloriously surreal experience.

A deep thank you to Dave Marshall, our glorious Editor, and the rest of the team at Dark Horse Comics who kept the whole project rolling forward.

An additional thank you to Gail Simone, my co-writer and friend, who brought me aboard this delightful adventure and made the story shine.

Gail and I treated this mini-series like our first and last chance to give these two characters an appropriately epic story worthy of their legend. It was a wish list of bombastic situations and action-packed set pieces in every chapter. I’m really proud of the final result and feel like this is a career milestone for me. Thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy and let me know that they enjoyed it.

In August Dark Horse is releasing a hardcover collection of the mini-series. I can’t wait to put it on my shelf.

Conan Red Sonja
(issues #1-4)

Gail Simone and Jim Zub team up to bring together legendary warriors–Conan and Red Sonja! Spanning 3 eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja must become comrades to take down a twisted sorcerer-priest hell-bent on creating a new age in Hyborian warfare!
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Talking Conan-Red Sonja With the Maniacal Geek

Sam from Maniacal Geek interviewed me about Conan-Red Sonja at Emerald City Comicon and has transcribed our conversation. Lots of good stuff in there about working on the two fantasy legends and teaming up with Gail Simone. Give it a read!


Conan-Red Sonja #3 Reviews!


Conan Red Sonja #3, the penultimate part of our epic team-up, arrived in stores on March 25th. Let’s see what reviewers thought of it…

Comic Crusaders: 4/5 “It’s hard to combine elements of two different books, let alone two different companies without stepping on any toes. The fact that Sonja and Conan are similar does help this, but it is the talent on hand that makes the whole book work.”

Fandom Post: “The next issue ends this mini-series, and I’m looking forward to seeing how our heroes get out of this mess.”

Fangirl Nation: “Conan Red Sonja is a book fans of either series should read.”

Geeks of Doom: “This is not a ‘wait for the trade’ book. This is a ‘have to get it every month’ series without a doubt. Now go grab it!”

The Planetary Pull: “Yet another recommend book. A very good team-up here.”

Rock! Shock! Pop!: “Simone’s and Zub’s script makes for a great read whether you are a fan of either character (or both) or just looking for some good-time barbarian hijinks.”

This Is Where I Write About Comics: 9/10 “Whether you read this in single issues or as a collection, you owe yourself a fantasy series as perfect as this one.”

TM Stash: 10/10 “This series has delivered everything one could hope for and more from these iconic characters.”

Unleash The Fanboy: 8.5/10 “Once again delivering a fluid, and immersive narrative, the writers make it easy to enjoy this tale.”