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Champions #3 Celebrates International Women’s Day with a cover by Elsa Charretier and Sarah Stern!

In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, Marvel has revealed a brand-new variant cover for Champions #3 showcasing leading ladies Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Ironheart, Snowguard, and Wasp – as well as the legacy of Captain Marvel – illustrated by superstar artist Elsa Charretier and colorist Sarah Stern!

Best known for her work on 2017’s critically acclaimed The Unstoppable Wasp, Charretier’s art has appeared in series such as The Unbelievable Gwenpool and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! while Sarah Stern’s brilliant colors have been dazzling the industry in books such as Oni Press’s Rick and Morty and IDW’s Jem and the Holograms: Infinite.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up this stunning new variant cover in local comic shops on March 6th, just ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day! Champions #3 is written by Jim Zub with art by Steven Cummings, and a main cover by Kim Jacinto and Rain Beredo.

Champions #3 International Women’s Day variant

Exclusive Preview: Champions #2

Champions #2

(W) Jim Zub (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Aaron Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• When the dream is at stake, everything you believe in and have fought dearly for, what would you be willing to sacrifice to keep it alive?
• One of the Champions has made a choice that will haunt them for the rest of their days… And now the villain behind that decision has everything they need to shatter the next generation of heroes.
• Jim Zub (AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into uncharted territory, and the team will never be the same.

CHAMPIONS #2

Review: Champions #1

It’s a new team and a new volume for the Champions! Ms. Marvel is in charge and she’s got an idea and plan to go bigger. It means more members and more adventures! But, is bigger better? Find out!

Champions #1 is by Jim Zub, Steven Cummings, Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega, and Clayton Cowles.

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Review: Champions #1

Champions #1

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!

Champions has always been an interesting series for Marvel. When it launched, it had a mission to focus more on average people and help those that the Avengers (and the like) overlook. To some extent the characters and series did that but at times things missed the mark. This first issue refocuses the series by expanding the cast and making it clear they have a global mission. This first issue continues the previous series splitting the group into three teams with three missions. Two of those three are exactly that mission focusing on every day disasters and events that impact the average person. The third is the villain fight. That last one gets the short end as the other are more of the focus. It emphasizes the focus of the comic.

But, it’s not just the mission, it’s also the team members and writer Jim Zub puts that front and center. With an expanded cast including some obscure characters, this take on the Champions feels more like the interesting aspects of the Avengers: Initiative than the previous series. There’s a lot about the personalities and interactions and that’s key with so many characters. It grounds the series but sets up easy internal conflict and clashes and here that’s important and plenty.

The art by Steven Cummings is decent. It feels like the characters and style becomes more familiar as the series moves on as the first few pages don’t quite have the quality of later ones. Cummings is helped with color by Marcio Menyz and Erick Arciniega with lettering provided by Clayton Cowles. The mix of characters is good and together they still feel cohesive in a way despite the variation in costumes. There is some great pages and panels but at the same time, there’s some misses here and there when it comes to art. But, overall, it’s really good work where the style matches the attitude of the series.

Folks who haven’t read the series before, this is an opportunity to hop on and check it out. There’s a great mix of characters, some will be the future of Marvel, and Zub and team set up a series which will be as much action as it will be interpersonal conflict. Plus there’s that ending…

Champions #1 is a solid starting point and perfect chance to check out the series in 2019.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Steven Cummings
Color: Marcio Menyz, Erick Arciniega Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.55 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #2

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #2

Jim Zub (w) • Steven Cummings (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

“Krydle & Shandie: Honor Among Thieves.” The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms have changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny. Krydle thought he’d left behind his past as a thief and brigand, but his former allies have come to collect old debts—the kind that can only be paid in blood…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

IDW Publishing Announces a New Dungeons & Dragons Comic Series

Break out your 20-sided die and prepare to get spellcasting! Dungeons & Dragons returns to comics this April with more adventures starring the Baldur’s Gate heroes from series past. Fan favorite writer Jim Zub is back to weave another tale and he’s joined by a top-notch stable of artists including Dean KotzSteven CummingsHarvey TolibaoRamon Bachs, and Francesco Mortarino. Rounding out the stellar art team is Max Dunbar who returns to the world of D&D to provide covers.

Each artist will tackle an issue of the series which will focus on an individual hero from our band of adventurers to explore what makes them tick, making Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate the most character-centric series of D&D to date.

The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms has changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny. Minsc, Krydle & Shandie, Delina, Nerys Kathon, and Boo will all take center stage throughout this series. While it does continue Zub’s run on D&D, each story is self-contained and so fans can jump on board anywhere and introduce themselves to this beloved cast of characters.

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate arrives this April and is guaranteed to feature a miniature giant space hamster (in case you were wondering)!

Manga Entertainment Options Jim Zub and Steven Cumming’s Wayward for TV

Jim Zub has announced that Manga Entertainment has optioned his comic series with illustrator Steven Cummings Wayward for television. The comic series, which is published by Image Comics, is in development as a Japanese animated or live action series. Zub and Cummings will act as creative consultants including the development of the initial story treatment along with character and creature designs.

Wayward is an action-drama set in modern Tokyo where Yokai, Japanese creatures and spirits of legend, battle against teenagers imbued with newfound supernatural power. The series launched to critical acclaim in August 2014 and is currently available in a monthly comic format and four collected trade paperbacks, with a new deluxe hardcover collection arriving in July. Wayward’s first volume, ‘String Theory’, made the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 List of ‘Great Graphic Novels for Teens’ and has been favorably reviewed by many outlets, including Kirkus.

Preview: Wayward #8

Wayward #8

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steven Cummings
Art By: Tamra Bonvillain
Cover By: Steven Cummings
Cover By: Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150614
Published: May 27, 2015

Ayane’s strange feline origin is revealed in the most unlikely of places. Cover A is part three of a five-part panorama by STEVEN CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN. Buy all five issues of this story arc to fit them together into a massive WAYWARD illustration. Cover B is a variant by acclaimed illustrator KEN NIIMURA (I KILL GIANTS).

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Dynamite to Launch New Pathfinder Comic

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the return of Pathfinder comics with a new series, Pathfinder: City of Secrets. The first issue releases in local comic stores and digitally May 2014.

Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1 is written by returning superstar writer Jim Zub, with interior art by Leandro Oliveira and cover art by Genzoman, Carlos Gomez, Sean Izaakse and Steven Cummings. This issue marks the beginning of a new adventure series and is the perfect starting point for new readers. Each issue also includes an exclusive Pathfinder Roleplaying Game encounter, sourcebook appendix, and a bonus removable playable tactical map/art poster.

In Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1, the Pathfinder heroes head to the city of Magnimar, and danger isn’t far behind. As the wizard Ezren seeks an audience with the Pathfinder Society, his adventuring allies explore the city’s ancient magic, well-hidden secrets, and deep political divides. The dangers and opportunities of the big city could bring the adventurers closer together-or tear them apart!

In celebration of Pathfinder: City of Secrets #1’s May release, Dynamite has partnered with Paizo’s Pathfinder Society Organized Play program to connect retail stores with volunteer Game Masters who can run in-store Pathfinder RPG demo events based on the encounters featured in the series. In the game scenario, Pathfinder goblins attack YOUR comic book store, and brave heroes must stand in its defense on New Comic Book Day! Contact the nearest Pathfinder Society Venture Captain regional coordinator from the list at paizo.com/pfs/venturecaptains to set up your store’s special event. Both Paizo and Dynamite will promote these events through social media.

The Pathfinder RPG game appendix for each issue of Pathfinder: City of Secrets beyond the first will include a special fan-created official Hero of Magnimar, chosen by the Paizo staff and illustrated by one of Dynamite’s artists. This is your chance to officially add your character to the Pathfinder universe, with game stats provided directly by Pathfinder’s professional game designers! Visit paizo.com/contests for more details on how to enter this exciting monthly contest and check back each month to see if YOUR hero made the cut.

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SDCC 2012 – Shiftylook Announcements Comics, Animation and More

Namco Bandai just announced during the ShiftyLook Panel at San Diego Comic-Con this week three new webcomics titles and its first two web animation series. Announcements coincide with the re-launch of the ShiftyLook website and new retro-inspired logo. New titles will join nearly a dozen webcomics already available through ShiftyLook, including Bravoman, Dig Dug and Wonder Momo. All ShiftyLook content can be accessed online, free of charge at shiftylook.com.

Web Animation:

Bravoman: Cartoon of Unequaled Excellence (Working Title)
Director: Jim Zub
Writers: Jim Zub & Matt Moylan
Starring: Rob Paulsen
Release Date: 2013

ShiftyLook’s #1 webcomic makes the leap to animation in this action-packed adventure! See your favorites characters including Bravoman, Alpha, Anti-Bravo and Waya now in animated form. Starring world famous voice actor Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs).

Mappy: The Beat (Working Title)
Director: Scott Kurtz
Writers: Scott Kurtz & Kris Straub
Starring: Scott Kurtz & Kris Straub
Release Date: Late 2012

Mappy is a cop on the beat, keeping tabs on deadbeat video game characters. It’s primetime crime drama meets late night cartoon in the style of Kris & Scott’s wildly popular Blamimations. Can Mappy keep the peace on the streets, or will the wacky cast of washed-up video game characters get the better of him? Featuring art by Mary Cagle (Kiwi Blitz) and voiced by Scott Kurtz (PvP Online) & Kris Straub (chainsawsuit).

Webcomics:

Dragon Spirit
Writer: Erik Ko & Jim Zub
Aritst: Steven Cummings
Release Date: September 2012

The 80’s vertical-scrolling arcade classic is back in this comedic sword & sorcery adventure.

Golly! Ghost!
Writer & Aritst: Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos
Release Date: July 2012

The 1990 cult classic arcade shooter gets revived in all-ages webcomic form by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos.

Klonoa
Writer: Jim Zub
Aritst: Hitoshi Ariga
Release Date: August 2012

Klonoa, lead character from the classic platformer, makes his return as a webcomic by writer Jim Zub with world famous mangaka Hitoshi Ariga.

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