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Preview: Champions #8

Champions #8

(W) Jim Zub (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Fear, doubt, and deception…The Champions’ ideals are about to be tested, and not everyone will make the grade.
• Plus, the return of the Freelancers and the fate of Sam Alexander!

Champions #8
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Preview: Champions #7

Champions #7

(W) Jim Zub (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Kim Jacinto
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The WAR OF THE REALMS is over, but its effect on the Champions has shaken the team to its very core. Meanwhile, Sam Alexander’s mission in space takes an unexpected turn. Will he find redemption, or is this the last ride for the human rocket?

Champions #7

Preview: Champions #3

Champions #3

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

• The ultimate sacrifice or the ultimate betrayal?
• Ms. Marvel will find out the truth, even if it kills her…
• Jim Zub (AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into new territory, and the team will never be the same.

Champions #3

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.

Get your copy in comic shops on January 2nd! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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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

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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)!

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