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Uncanny Skullkickers #1 Reviews

Who knew a lil’ old #1 on the cover could bring so much attention?

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Thank you everyone who picked up a copy of UNCANNY SKULLKICKERS #1. The feedback from retailers, readers and reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive. Here’s the word from the internet at large:

The Beat: “Uncanny Skullkicker’s #1 does work as an excellent jump-on point for readers, with an inclusive sense of humor which fizzes on the page. The characters are fun to read about, the artwork is striking and tells the story well, and it left me interested in going back and reading the previous 18 issues.”

Newsarama: “8/10 …a Mountain Dew-fueled Saturday night around the kitchen table playing Dungeons & Dragons wrapped up into 22 pages of highly polished comic fun.”

Weekly Crisis: “Must Read. Zub combines elements of the fantasy genre while at the same time making you laugh yourself silly. The book is just plain old fun!”

Multiversity: “8.8/10 Jim Zub’s jokes are laugh-out-loud funny, the story is exciting, and the artistic team of Edwin Huang and Misty Coats is dynamite.”

Futile Position: “Uncanny Skullkickers #1 is a great issue. It’s not only a good jumping on point for those new to the series it also sends the series off in a new direction with a new central dynamic and the usual balance of fantastic action scenes and truly-funny funny parts”

Comic Vine: “4.5/5 …an original adventure story with perfect amount of satire and parody.”

IGN: “7.7/10 All in all, Uncanny Skullkickers #1 is worth at least a chance to win your loyalty.”

Nerds of a Feather: “Pick of the Week. …a witty book that provides moments of genuine laughter and has an interesting cast of characters.”

Eat@Shrimpy’s: “9/10 …one of the smartest, funniest, self-aware books on the market”

Image Addiction: “Thank god, they finally added adjectives. I don’t think I could have tolerated another issue without them.”

Fanboy Comics: “Jim Zub delivers a crazy world full of giant monsters, insane magic, and some of the coolest action heroes you’ll ever meet. His skullkickers aren’t quite good guys and gals, they’re just the heroes we’re stuck with.”

Page & Panel: “Issue #1/#19 doesn’t miss a step in fire-grilling some of the craziest, over-the-top violence and wrapping it in a buddy-comedy tortilla, ready for your consumption!”

Graphic Policy: “8.5/10 After a too long break, this week sees a new release, either the nineteenth issue or the first issue of an ‘uncanny’ new series. Either way, the issue kicks ass!”

Comicosity: “8.5/10 Skullkickers is an adventure title in its purest form. Every page flip reveals a new monster, or trap, or any number of scenarios you wouldn’t have expected when you first opened the comic.”

Comic Bastards: “5/5 …this is the best fake first issue I’ve read in the past two years.”

First Comics News: “9/10 …every panel successful conveys the journey the characters are going on with crisp visuals and a fun layout.”

Here Be Geeks: “All in, Skullkicker is still a great comedic take on the fantasy genre. There’s really not much to fault, other than wishing for even more of the funny, but that’s only a good thing.”

OH! Entertainment: “Skullkickers will bring a light dose of humor and big time adventure into your comic book reading, and it will do so in an attractive package.”

Fellowship of the Geeks: “Titles like this are what make me want to review comics. And read comics. It’s just brilliant, folks.”

Nerd Span: “It’s a new direction with all the old charm and magic. It’s a great jumping on point for new readers and an issue old readers will thoroughly enjoy.”

Alpha Comics: “Don’t skip to the last page and ruin the ending of the epic tale of the dwarf in the water that is equal parts Ben Hur, Citizen Kane and M. Night Shyamalan.”

Third Eye Comics: “Imagine a buddy comedy like THE HANGOVER, and then mix that with the fantasy world setting of LORD OF THE RINGS or DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Now, throw in some bloody slapstick gore ala ARMY OF DARKNESS, and you’ve got yourself a very cool little read.”


Zub at ECCC This Weekend!

Convention season 2013 begins with the always-amazing Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington!

MARCH 1-3
Washington Convention Center
Exhibit Floor 4, Artist Alley Table I-14

Jim Zub will be exhibiting at the show all three days and will have books and comics on hand for you to check out, including our wonderful Emerald City Comicon variant of the brand new UNCANNY SKULLKICKERS #1 with cover art by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (who is also attending, so you can get two signatures).

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In addition he’ll also be hosting two panels and signing at both Image Comics and Dynamite Entertainment at select times.

SATURDAY 11am-12pm at BOOTH 1802 Signing at Dynamite Entertainment

SATURDAY 1pm-2pm in HALL C: CONVENTION HORROR STORIES
Join Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and Jim Zub (Skullkickers) as they tell tales about what it can be like behind the convention table. Stories like that of a man in California that introduced a fox puppet as his son, to a man in a tiger costume that talked about his removable loincloth! Sometimes the folks that go to conventions really are “those weirdos”. Some stories will make you laugh out loud, some will make you cringe! (May not be appropriate for all ages)

SUNDAY 11am-12pm at BOOTH 1802 Signing at Dynamite Entertainment

SUNDAY 12pm-1pm in HALL C: WRITING & PITCHING CREATOR-OWNED COMICS
Creator-owned comics have grabbed the imagination of the comic-reading community all over again and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as creators Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), Charles Soule (27), and moderator Jim Zub (Skullkickers) discuss pitching their hit comic series to publishers and offer advice on how to climb to the top of the treacherous submission mountain, along with comic writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.

SUNDAY 1pm-1:45pm at BOOTH 1110 Signing at Image Comics


Uncanny Skullkickers #1 Arrives!

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Today’s the day!

UNCANNY SKULLKICKERS #1 (aka. Skullkickers #19) arrives in comic shops across North America and Europe today to kick-off our fourth story arc called ‘Eighty Eyes on an Evil Island’!

In addition to our ridiculous adjective-laden title we have four spiffy covers to choose from-

Cover A: UNCANNY COVER by Edwin Huang and Misty Coats
Cover B: LEGACY NUMBERING COVER by Chris Stevens
Cover C: ECCC CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE COVER by Chamba
Cover D: PHANTOM RETAILER VARIANT COVER by Chamba

Buy your favorite or collect them all. Let us know what you think of the new issue and, as always, tell your friends we’re bringing the goods.


Multiversity Interview All About the Adjectives!

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Walt Richardson at Multiversity gets to the heart of our ridiculous Skullkickers relaunch promotion in this fun interview. Give it a read!


Weekly Crisis Interview With Jim Zub

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Over the Weekly Crisis comic site they’ve posted a brand new interview with Jim Zub discussing a wide range of topics, especially Skullkickers.

Click on through and give it a read.


Diamond Interview: Uncanny Skullkickers #1

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The gang at Diamond Previews (our distributor to book and comic shops) asked Jim Zub some questions about Wednesday’s impending Uncanny Skullkickers #1 release. Click on through and give it a read.


Uncanny Skullkickers #1 Preview on CBR!

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On Wednesday February 27th Uncanny Skullkickers #1 (aka Skullkickers #19) arrives in comic shops everywhere. Comic Book Resources has an exclusive 6 page preview of the story. Click on through and check it out, then tell all your friends to go buy a copy!


Arriving in May- The All-New Secret Skullkickers!

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This May, Image Comics forces you to wonder why we keep pushing this silly comic book over and over again in a new adjective-laden comic called– THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS!

“We can’t stop now. It… it has a life of its own. This reboot-itis has permeated our souls,” said Image PR and Marketing Director Jennifer de Guzman. “I hated it at first but now it feels kind of good. Warm… safe… In a darkened world full of uncertainty it’s all we have left.”

THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS #1, written by promotional broken record Jim Zub and drawn by innocent mp3 Edwin Huang, continues the epic six-arc SKULLKICKERS story line on a haunted island of mystery, apes and rampant violence. It’s good.

“At this rate I figure we’re still a couple months away from using up any goodwill I might have built up in this industry,” said series creator Jim Zub. “This is the kind of thing that can happen when you let creators write their own press releases.”

If you’re a diehard collector of SKULLKICKERS who’s sad that you won’t have a SKULLKICKERS #22 to add to your collection, fret no longer. In addition to the regular “All-New Secret” cover we’re offering a special “issue #22 variant” B cover to make sure your numbers stay in order. You can tell everyone you started reading “before they became horrible sell-outs.”

We’re sick. We can’t help it. Comic price guide makers will curse this stupid string of title changes for the rest of their natural lives. THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS #1 will be available in May wherever fine comics are sold. Pre-order it now from the March issue of Previews and stop the hurting.


Twinfinite Interview

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Muaz Zekeria over on Twinfinite interviewed Jim Zub all about Skullkickers and where things are headed with the fourth story arc that begins next month with Uncanny Skullkickers #1.

Click on through and give it a read.


Arriving In April- Mighty Skullkickers #1 !

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NO REST FOR THE MIGHTY

THE MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS #1 has “#1″ on the cover

Berkeley, CA – January 11, 2013 – This April, Image Comics invites readers to keep jumping on board action and adventure with a big ol’ adjective shuffle in – THE MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS!

“After twenty issues of critically-acclaimed bone-busting adventure, we felt it was important to re-remind retailers and readers that Skullkickers is the most enjoyable adventure series in the whole crazy comic industry,” said Image PR and Marketing Director Jennifer de Guzman. “And when you need people to take notice, you reboot that $#%@ just like the big boys do.”

MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS #1, written by commercial sell-out Jim Zub and drawn by the young and impressionable Edwin Huang, continues the epic six-arc Skullkickers storyline. It’s good stuff. Really good. Tell your friends.

“Some jokes get funnier with time. Some adjectives describe a concept perfectly. When we sat down and discussed the ideas at the heart of Skullkickers, we realized all along it should have been called ‘Mighty’” says series creator Jim Zub. “Also, sales. Dirty, dirty sales.”

If you’re a diehard collector of SKULLKICKERS who’s sad that you won’t have a SKULLKICKERS #21 to add to your collection? Don’t worry, we’ve thought of everything. In addition to the regular “Mighty” cover we’re offering a special “issue #21 variant” B cover to make sure your collector streak is unbroken.

It’s back. It never left. It’s a restart that continues right where it left off. MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS #1 will be available wherever kick-ass comics are sold on April 24! Pre-order it now from the February issue of Previews.