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Preview: Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Avengers encounter Venom in Yokohama, but he’s supersized, super charged and out of control!
• Can Tony Stark’s untested “Do Hatsu” mode upgrade turn the tide, or is this the beginning of the end?
• AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Review: Avengers: Tech-On #2

Avengers: Tech-On #2

Every once in a while you come across a comic that’s just fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. It might recognize everything it riffs off of. But, those comics mostly just cut loose with crazy ideas and imagery you can only see on the page of a comic. Avengers: Tech-On #2 continues that type of series as the newly armored Avengers first take on a powered up Red Skull and then a powered up Venom. Its over the top images and ideas nail the manga feel it takes its influence from.

Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #2 continues the battle for the struggling Avengers. Red Skull has used shards of Infinity Stones to gain more power and stripped the heroes of their powers. This forces Iron Man to equip the team with their own suits of armor also powered by the same energy as the Red Skull.

Zub is mining a lot with the comic. There’s a clear manga influence in the action scenes and art but it’s the “tie-in” aspect that stands out. I grew up in the age that began toys having their own tv shows and comics to go along with them. G.I. Joe, Transformers, these were some of the pioneers of the 30 minute commercial. Avengers: Tech-On #2 reminds me of that in some ways with creations that feel like I should have action figures to recreate the scenes. And, that is happening in some ways with collectables based on the characters and armor comic. They aren’t cheap action figures but it recreates some of the “classic” product tie-in.

Zub also makes sure the comic is fun. There’s battles, lots of battles, each with their own style. But, the characters at the center of this all is what matters. There’s some conflict and questioning as the Avengers attempt to figure out what to do next and how to stop Red Skull. This isn’t a simple “go with the flow” type of story. There’s actual questioning of what Tony Stark has built for the team.

But, what really works for the comic is Jeffrey Cruz‘s art. With Travis Lanham on lettering, the art pops over and over again. The colors and style work so well that I felt like I was reading Marvel manga. There’s clear influences throughout the comic and every single one of them work. This isn’t some cheap knock-off manga, it feels like I should be reading this in a small digest format. The only negative is that we get so few pages compared to a volume of manga. I want more. The visuals are fantastic and you staring at the page long after finishing reading Zub’s dialogue.

Avengers: Tech-On #2 is a hell of a lot of fun. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s a comic that just throws crazy ideas out there and you run with it. The art is fantastic and just nails the tone and concept of the series. The designs are a hell of a lot of fun. It’s a comic to just sit back and enjoy, going along for the ride.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Conan the Barbarian #25

Conan the Barbarian #25

(W) Jim Zub, More (A) Cory Smith, More (CA) Geoff Shaw
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $4.99

CELEBRATING 300 ISSUES OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN… AND THE RETURN OF BÊLIT!
By Crom and Mitra, it’s been 300 issues since Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith first brought the Barbarian to comics in 1970’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1! CONAN’s oversized 300th-issue spectacular kicks off with Jim Zub and Cory Smith’s ongoing saga, as we return to Conan’s much-lauded days sailing with the queen of the seas herself, BÊLIT! But – past, present and future will collide in ways unexpected and strange!
Sharpen your blade for three additional, all-new tales from across Conan history! Dan Slott enters the Hyborian Age with Marcos Mart n, for an untold NIGHT OF OBLIVION from Conan’s thieving days. Larry Hama and Christopher Priest at last return to the saga with their own new stories – from a hotheaded young barbarian in battle to an aged KING CONAN, who must defend his kingdom from the re-emergence of WRAARL, the DEVOURER OF SOULS!

Conan the Barbarian #25

Preview: Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

• The Avengers encounter Venom in Yokohama, but he’s supersized, super charged and out of control!
• Can Tony Stark’s untested “Do Hatsu” mode upgrade turn the tide, or is this the beginning of the end?
• AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (of 6)

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #24

Conan the Barbarian #24

(W) Jim Zub (A) Cory Smith (CA) Geoff Shaw
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A PERFECT STORM!
• CONAN sails home from his adventures in Khitai…but crossing the sea will prove to be his deadliest experience yet!
• If the crew is to survive, they’ll need to pull together against the forces of nature…but is there something else at play? And who can Conan trust?
• It all leads up to the landmark 300th issue next month and a shocking return to a fan-favorite Conan era!

Conan the Barbarian #24

Preview: Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark’s experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers – Avengers Tech-On!
Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against super villains enhanced to match. It’s mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!
Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Review: Avengers: Tech-On #1

Avengers: Tech-On #1

Marvel over recent years has been launching interesting licensing agreements that have seen their classic characters reimagined in other ways. There was a deal with Bandai that had characters given a Samurai spin. Most recently, superheroes armored up with mechs they could pilot. Now, we get another version, with collectible figure tie-in, that has the Avengers getting Iron Man-like armor. Avengers: Tech-On #1 delivers a fun start that feels part manga, part Saturday Morning Cartoon, and part kid playing with their toys.

Written by Jim Zub, Avengers: Tech-On #1 has the avengers facing a powerful Red Skull who has taken dust from the Infinity Stones and harnessed their power. Outmatched, the Avengers must look for solutions to win the day.

Zub delivers a fun and entertaining start that can be enjoyed by long-time fans and new readers. While similar in concept to the recent “mech” miniseries (both using tech suits to win) the style is far different. Zub blends an American style of storytelling with manga for a combination that feels like it’s an homage in some ways. There’s some solid dynamic moments of action but Zub also makes sure to deliver heart as well.

Where the comic stands out is its subtle exploration of what each hero brings and what they stand for in some ways. We’re reminded of their most basic being in many ways as they’re forced to deal with what the Red Skull has done. And, while exploring that, Zub emphasizes what makes many of these characters so special and what also makes them special even without their powers, technology, or weapons.

The art by Jeffrey Cruz takes inspiration from manga but doesn’t attempt to recreate the style completely. It honors the over-the-top moments at times but also keeps the comic squarely in a Western style as well. With lettering from Travis Lanham, the art and style of Avengers: Tech-On #1 pops. It captures the vibe and energy that Zub goes for in his story. The character designs as well really stand out. Red Skull powered up looks like a character straight out of manga. The designs for the characters as the story progresses is fantastic as well.

Avengers: Tech-On #1 is a fun comic. There’s a popcorn entertainment aspect to it that it leans in to. While it’s clearly a tie-in to a toy line, it still delivers a lot of heart and emotion and remembers the characters are what’s important. Add in some solid artwork, this is a series that screams summer enjoyment.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Jeffrey Cruz Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

(W) Jim Zub (A) Chamba (CA) Eiichi Shimizu
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark’s experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers – Avengers Tech-On!
Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against super villains enhanced to match. It’s mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!
Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

Avengers Tech-On #1 (of 6)

Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker is a Prequel to Baldur’s Gate III

Beginning in October, IDW Publishing returns to the Forgotten Realms with Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker, a five-issue monthly comic book series that takes place before the events of Baldur’s Gate III, the highly-anticipated video game!

Acclaimed author Jim Zub, whose prolific career spans publishing, film, role-playing games, and video games, joins artist Eduardo Mello in a tense tale of familiar Dungeons & Dragons adventurers Krydle, Shandie, Delina, Nerys, Minsc, and Boo, as they discover that something insidious has taken root in their homeland!

Mindbreaker builds upon IDW’s expansive library of Dungeons & Dragons tales written by Zub, a sixth entry in a Baldur’s Gate saga that includes prior publications Legends of Baldur’s GateShadows of the VampireFrost Giant’s FuryEvil at Baldur’s Gate, and Infernal Tides.

Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Max Dunbar, Cover B by Max Davenport, and a Retailer Incentive edition featuring art by Celia Lowenthal.

Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #1

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #23

Conan the Barbarian #23

(W) Jim Zub (A) Cory Smith (CA) Geoff Shaw
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

HUNTER OR HUNTED?
• CONAN has been framed for the murder of the emperor and is hunted by the Imperial Guard.
• But Conan has not survived the Hyborian Age without learning some hunting tactics of his own…
• The dramatic conclusion to the Nightstar saga!

Conan the Barbarian #23
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