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Monthly Archives: July 2008

2008.07.30 – “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #2

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #2 hit comic book stores yesterday, and Wizard has a review. Here’s an excerpt:

More stabby, bloody goodness. Skaar continues his badass rampage in the second installment of the ‘Planet Hulk’ spin-off series. It’s a quick, fun little read filled with awesome art from cover to cover.

Click here to read the whole review.
“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #2 was written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and Butch Guice.

Hasbro reveals Son of Hulk Superhero Squad action figure


At the San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro revealed the Son of Hulk Superhero Squad action figure based on the “Skaar: Son of Hulk” character created by writer Greg Pak. See above for a photo of the figure, which reportedly will hit stores in September.

Wizard and IGN interview Greg Pak about “War Machine”

WizardUniverse.com and IGN.com have interviewed writer Greg Pak about his upcoming “War Machine” comic book series for Marvel.
From the IGN interview:

IGN Comics: The previous War Machine MAX series seemed to be a critical hit, but failed to really find an audience. What steps are you taking this time around to hopefully change all that?
Greg Pak: In terms of mainstream awareness, we’re lucky to be coming on the heels of the amazingly and deservedly successful Iron Man movie, which featured a standout performance by Terrence Howard as James Rhodes. And longtime Marvel fans may take special interest since our story takes place right in the middle of the Marvel Universe — and eventually we’ll reveal a villain who’s as big as any alive. But most importantly, we have a pretty shocking take on the character that’s entirely consistent with his roots and history while launching him into explosive new stories that are different from just about anything else in super-hero comics right now. Jim Rhodes may just blow a few minds here. Literally.

From the Wizard interview:

What can you say about the artist, Leonardo Manco? What does he bring to the title and the character?
PAK: Leonardo has a great feel for dark realism and an almost eerie ability to merge tech with humanity. He’s perfect for this series.

Seven page lettered preview of “Skaar” #2

Marvel has posted a seven page lettered preview of “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #2, written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and Butch Guice. Click here to check it out!
“Skaar” #2 hits comic book stores on July 30. Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

Pak and Rosemann talk “War Machine”

Newsarama and Comic Book Resources have posted new interviews with writer Greg Pak and editor Bill Rosemann about the new “War Machine” comic book series, which debuts in December with pencils by Leonardo Manco.
From the CBR article:

“Remember that awesome scene in the Iron Man movie where Tony rocketed to that small village and took out all the thugs that were threatening the innocent families? That’s the tone we’re aiming for,” Rosemann said. “It’s like when you’re watching the evening news and see a story about Darfur or Chechnya or Myanmar and you want to reach through your TV screen and smack some dictator upside the head. ‘Why isn’t anyone doing something about this?’ you ask. Well, War Machine is! (If only he existed in our world.)”
Pak had always been a fan of James Rhodes, so when Rosemann offered him the new ongoing “War Machine” series the writer eagerly accepted. “This new hook fits right in with his past history while taking him to the next level,” the writer remarked. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it from the minute I heard Bill’s pitch.”

From the Newsarama article:

With the first issue not set to debut until December, the team is loathe to discuss what’s coming up in specifics, but hey, this is comics, and the tease is this industry’s bread and butter. So what will people going to be saying after reading the first issue?
Rosemann: “Hopefully you’ll be talking about how much Greg and Leonardo ‘get’ James Rhodes as a character – and how crazy the twists and turns his life is once again taking. It’s time to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Rhodey’s first appearance…with a big blow-out!”
Pak: “Holy Hannah… I can’t believe they actually let them do that!”

Marvel announces “War Machine” ongoing written by Greg Pak

During yesterday’s Mondo Marvel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that writer Greg Pak will be penning a new series launching in December that stars Jim Rhodes, aka War Machine, the character played by Terrence Howard in the recent “Iron Man” movie. The book will be penciled by Leonardo Manco and edited by Bill Rosemann.
Marvel.com has posted an interview with Pak about the new series. Here’s an excerpt:

“I was hooked by Jim Rhodes the first time I ever saw him in the funny books,” the writer confesses. “He wasn’t ever just the other guy in the Iron Man armor; he brought a brand new perspective as a kid who grew up fighting bullies in South Philly and developed a whole new angle on the use of force through his military training.
“For better or for worse, War Machine will go places few other Marvel heroes dare,” Pak adds. “And that makes for explosive, high stakes stories that we’re champing at the bit to tell.”

Click here to read the whole thing.

2008.07.24 – 07.27 – UPDATED! – Greg Pak at the San Diego Comic-Con

Comic book writer Greg Pak will attend the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con from July 24 to July 27. His schedule will include the following signings and panels recently announced at Marvel.com:

Thursday, July 24
*** UPDATE: Due to airline delays, Greg Pak will NOT be able to attend the Thursday signing at 3 pm. He should, however, still be arriving in time for the 4:45 Mondo Marvel Panel. ***
WHAT: Signing
WHEN: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: The Marvel Booth
WHAT: Mondo Marvel Panel
WHEN: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
WHERE: Room 6A
THE 411: 2008 has already been a huge success for Marvel in all corners of the Universe. Now, join the industry’s top editors and creators like Greg Pak (SKAAR, SON OF HULK), Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN), Ed Brubaker (CAPTAIN AMERICA), Jeff Parker (AGENTS OF ATLAS), C.B. Cebulski (LONERS), Warren Simons (Editor), Mark Paniccia (Editor), Jim McCann (Publishing) and special guests to find out what’s to come for Iron Man, Hulk, Daredevil, cosmic, the FF, and all things Marvel!
Friday, July 25
WHAT: Signing
WHEN: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WHERE: The Marvel Booth
Saturday, July 26
WHAT: Signing
WHEN: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: The Marvel Booth
WHAT: Secret Invasion Panel
WHEN: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
WHERE: Room 6A
THE 411: The best-selling event of 2008 is at its midpoint. Come get your first look at what’s in store and what’s to come in the Marvel U when the dust settles…assuming there is a Marvel Universe when it’s all done! Guests include Joe Quesada (Editor-In-Chief), writers Greg Pak (INCREDIBLE HERCULES), Chris Gage (AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE), Chris Yost (SECRET INVASION: RUNAWAYS/YOUNG AVENGERS), Daniel Way (DEADPOOLl) and more!
Sunday, July 27
WHAT: Signing
WHEN: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WHERE: The Hero Initiative Booth

Wizard loves “Incredible Hercules” #119

An excerpt:

Pak and Van Lente keep the plot moving at light speed and pepper the ish with plenty of light-hearted moments, which make the action even splashier when the danger quotient rises. Marvel might want to consider a new adjective for this series; ‘Incredible’ doesn’t quite do Herc justice anymore.

Click here to read the whole thing.

The PULSE interviews Pak about Skaar

Jen Contino has interviewed writer Greg Pak about his new ongoing series “Skaar: Son of Hulk.” An excerpt:

THE PULSE: Solicits called the first issue a “epic fever dream,” so does that mean this story is “imaginary” or does that just mean you were very sick when you wrote the first arc?
PAK: Sick? No, just cra-a-a-azy-y-y!
So the story’s imaginary in that it came out of my head. But it’s as real as anything in comics and, eventually, may just have a massive impact on the Marvel Universe proper.
THE PULSE: Got it. So aside from insanity, what did inspire you to take Skaar in this direction?
PAK: I’m perpetually compelled by the central themes of the Hulk, by exploring the price of anger and that sometimes vanishing line between a hero and a monster. “Planet Hulk” and “World War Hulk” gave us an epic field on which to run with these ideas. But Skaar gives us the chance to raise the stakes. Deep down inside, the Hulk is Bruce Banner. Which means he’s a fundamentally decent human being from Dayton, Ohio. But deep down inside, who’s Skaar? A savage manchild born in fire and raised by monsters. The character will let us explore — and challenge — this fantasy of heroic savagery in the most hardcore way possible.

Click here to read the whole thing. And check your local store for the “Skaar” #1 reprints, which arrived yesterday, and “Skaar” #2, which hits shelves July 30.

2008.07.16 – “Incredible Hercules” #119

“Incredible Hercules” #119 hit comic book stores yesterday — and it’s already nabbed another rave from IGN. Here’s an excerpt:

Very easily one of the most solid performers in the Marvel catalogue.

Click here to read the whole thing.
“Incredible Hercules” #119 was written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with pencils by Rafa Sandoval. Ask your local store to hold a copy for you today!

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