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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Rest in Peace, Michael Turner

Early this morning, Vince Hernandez of Aspen Comics posted a deeply sad message about the passing of Michael Turner.
I was only lucky enough to spend a few hours in person with Mike. But he dazzled me with his great intelligence, curiosity, and enthusiasm; by the absolute joy he took in the creative process; and by the easy, beautiful warmth and openness he radiated.
My deepest condolences to his family and his many, many, many friends.
— Greg Pak
For those who wish to send notes or make donations in Michael’s name, Vince provided this information:

Anyone wishing to send their condolences to Michael Turner’s family is encouraged to send to:
Aspen MLT, Inc.
C/O Michael Turner
5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
Culver City, CA, 90230
Aspen also encourages anyone wishing to make a charitable donation to please send to Michael Turner’s requested charities:
The American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
Or
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
http://www.wish.org/help?s_kwcid=make%20a%20wish|917760391

2008.06.18 – “Incredible Hercules” #118

“Incredible Hercules” #118, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with pencils by Rafa Sandoval, hits comic book stores today — and it’s already scored a rave review from ComicsBulletin.com! Here’s an excerpt:

Pak and Van Lente continue to do excellent work here, utilizing Hercules’ mythic past to draw parallels to the current story…. I couldn’t be happier with both the art and the story. They work hand in hand to create one of the best current Marvel runs I can remember. It’s consistent, too. This is a title that everyone should be reading.

Click here to read the full review — and tell your local store to hold a copy for you today!

Tuesday Sneaks: “Incredible Hercules” #121 cover!

Okay, it’s not Tuesday, but here’s a nifty sneak: in his latest Myspace column, Joe Quesada revealed the beautiful new Arthur Suydam cover for “Incredible Hulk” #121, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente. Shift your eyes to the right to see the cover.
And click here to read Joe’s whole column — and read a four page preview of next week’s “Incredible Hercules” #118!

More bloggers rave about “Skaar”

Pink Kryptonite:

I was worried about this book. … However, given that it’s Greg Pak and Rom Garney I suppose I should have known better. Both men are consummate professionals and are adept at straddling the line between old school action and great character pieces.
We really do feel for both Hulk and Skaar in this book. They’ve been lied to and attacked from all sides for their entire time on Sakar and all they wanted was to be left alone (well, before Hulk became king anyway). But seeing Skaar grow up by himself and try to simply survive, we see glimpses of a Hulk we’ve not seen for some time. He is savage and raw and just anger personified.

Giant Size Marvel:

I’ve been looking forward to Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 ever since World War Hulk concluded, and the premiere issue does not disappoint! Ron Garney is the perfect choice to draw this character and the world he lives in [and the] story by Greg Pak really recaptures the sword and sorcery atmosphere as well.

DailyPop

This is possibly the most violently impressive Marvel comic I’ve read in ages… since Planet Hulk to be exact. Greg Pak brings all the danger of Sakaar back to readers in such a brilliant way that I wish Planet Hulk never ended. And Ron Graney steps up to bat as artist with such a ferocious energy that is unheard of in modern comics.

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1 was written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney. Ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you today!

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1 sells out — in TWO DAYS!

Marvel has announced that “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1 has sold out at the distributor level after just two days on the shelf! The book may still be available in retail stores — ask your local shop to hold a copy for you today!
Marvel has also released the image at the right, just in time for Father’s Day.
Click here to read the full press release.
“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1 was written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and colors by Paul Mounts.

Marvel interviews creators about their favorite Hulk stories

Marvel.com has interviewed a slew of creators about their favorite Hulk stories, and “Planet Hulk” writer Greg Pak has plugged Bill Mantlo’s “Crossroads” saga:

I’m a big sucker for Bill Mantlo’s “Crossroads” epic, in which Dr. Strange exiled the Green Goliath to an extra-dimensional nexus of portals in hopes that the Hulk might find a place where he could finally be happy. What ensued was a series of almost “Twilight Zone”-ish fables, eerie little stories in which the Hulk found himself in a variety of dangerous new worlds in which his rage and power played out in surprising new ways. Fred Van Lente and I had a great writing a brand new Crossroads story with our HULK VS HERCULES one-shot, which is part of the INCREDIBLE HERCULES: AGAINST THE WORLD hardcover that just hit comic book stores Wednesday.

Click here to read the whole thing. And then visit Wowio and download David Yurkovich’s “Mantlo: A Life in Comics”. It’s completely free to you, but every time the book is downloaded, Wowio makes a donation towards the ongoing care of Mantlo, who suffered traumatic brain injury in the 1990s. So make with the clicking, True Believers!

Pak Talks Comics: Reader Q&A about Cho, Hulk, Emma, Magneto… and Squirrel Girl?

BrokenFrontier.com has posted Greg Pak’s latest “Pak Talks Comics” column, featuring Reader Q&A about everything from Amadeus Cho to Magneto to where Squirrel Girl was during “World War Hulk.” Click here to read the column, and click here to submit your own questions for future columns.

Newsarama interviews Greg Pak and others about the appeal of the Hulk

Just in time for the debut of the movie, Newsarama has interviewed a number of comics pros, including “Planet Hulk” and “World War Hulk” writer Greg Pak, about the enduring appeal of everyone’s favorite Green Goliath. An excerpt:

“The beauty of the Hulk is his simplicity: Banner gets angry, Banner turns into the Hulk, and the Hulk smashes,” says Greg Pak, the award-winning screenwriter who penned both Planet Hulk and World War Hulk for Marvel. “That’s unbelievably fun on a sheer, visceral level. But what makes the character truly great is that once you scratch the surface, that ongoing theme of the price of anger becomes endlessly compelling on a deeper emotional level.”
Peter David, one of the writers who is indelibly linked to The Hulk after years of writing the character during the ’80s and ’90s, said the character also appeals to that part in all of us that hides a darker side. “Because everyone has an inner monster,” the writer said. “Most people aren’t Gods, or supergeniuses, or independently wealthy. But everyone has a dark side, whether they want to admit to it or not.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Wizard dubs “Skaar” #1 Book of the Week!

Wizard’s Thursday Morning Quarterback crew has given Book of the Week honors to “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1, written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney. An excerpt:

I just love the post-apocalyptic scope of Sakaar in the wake of the end of the world. It’s just awesome, eat or be eaten. That’s what it boils down to. Forget politics, religion, whatever; it’s all about pure survival of the fittest. And whose more fittest than the son of Hulk?

Click here to read the whole thing.

Bloggers dig “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1 hit stores yesterday, and bloggers are hitting back today. A few excerpts of the raves:
Sam Wilson at the StatueForum.com’s Mighty Reviews:

Let’s just call this one. This book is my pick of the week.

This book, from the story to the art, just plain hits the ground running. With only one issue it looks like Marvel has a new and unique winning character and title on its hands. … The possibilities seem endless but for right now I’m content to strap my seat belt on and let Pak, along with the amazing Ron Garney, take me back to planet Sakaar in a book that’s just found itself at the top of my reading pile going forward.

Creative Loafing Charlotte

I love the rough-and-tumble setting of the planet Sakaar, which is teeming with strange monsters and sadistic bad guys…. Skaar is shockingly enjoyable.

Jason Michelitch:

People less acquainted with comics may assume that a book called “Son of Hulk” would feature Hulk Dad, though, but those people should easily be won over by such lines of dialogue as “It’s AXEMAN BONE! Run for your lives!”
It’s really hard not to love a comic with a character in it named Axeman Bone.
This is a really great comic. Really. The plot is all people killing other people with spears, and then sometimes they use axes. Oh, and sometimes big alien bugs kill people, but then Son of Hulk kills alien bugs. And people.

Occasional Superheroine:

If you’re not going to buy it for the great Greg Pak writing — basically bringing the same epic narrative to this work as he did for World War Hulk — then for God’s sake do it for Ron Garney’s art.
Garney’s art in this book is like a cross between Joe Kubert and Gil Kane. Together with great, understated color by Paul Mounts, Skaar Son Of Hulk is absolutely freakin’ gorgeous.

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #1 was written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and colors by Paul Mounts. Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

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