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Monthly Archives: October 2008

2008.10.29 – “Incredible Hercules” #122

“Incredible Hercules” #122, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with art by Clayton Henry, hits comic book stores on October 29. Here’s the solicitation from Marvel.com:

LOVE AND WAR, Part 2 – What’s an Atlantean/Amazon war without the Avenging Son himself? For the first time since “World War Hulk,” Hercules, Prince of Power, faces off against Namor, Prince of Atlantis! Meanwhile, an infatuated Amadeus Cho dances on the edge of doom with a deadly Amazonian princess — and loves it, baby!

“War Machine” sneak preview digicomic now at Marvel.com!

A brand new “War Machine” comic book series written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco debuts in December — but you can get a sneak peek at what’s coming right now at Marvel.com!
Pak and Manco have created a special eight page “War Machine” story that’s available exclusively at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. Right now the story is viewable only by members; on October 20 it will be available free to the public.
Click here to learn more and click here to check out the story!

ComicCritique loves “Savage World of Sakaar” special

Adam McGovern has posted a five star review of “Skaar Son of Hulk: Savage World of Sakaar” special, written by Greg Pak with art by Carlo Pagulayan, Tim Truman, Tim Green II, and Gabriel Hardman. Here’s an excerpt:

Pak has a flawless ear for the unadorned eloquence of peasant speech and warrior philosophy, and, as keen an observer of how wonder can decline into mysticism as he is, he sees the ways that desperation can morph events into myth just as clearly; a nightmare verso of the Jesus story is playing out in the way that Skaar draws people to his side, and how his personal sacrifices are interpreted as holy gifts. At the same time, Pak’s characterization of a brutal protagonist is quite subtle in the mysterious way that Skaar seems to be appearing to different constituencies the way they need to see him – capable of tenderness for the seer who is his would-be father figure; unrelentingly ruthless for the warrior princess who had been skeptical of his mettle – an inherently diplomatic, even merciful trait, in the context of a world caught in a kind of perpetual prehistory and scraping toward survival.

Click here to read the whole thing.

JVibe interviews Greg Pak about “Magneto: Testament”

Michele Pinczuk has interviewed Greg Pak about his Marvel Comics miniseries “Magneto: Testament” for JVibe.com. Here’s an excerpt:

What kind of message do you want people to get from your comic books?
I want people to be so totally consumed by the characters and story that they don’t even think about what message is in there; they just want to find out what happens next because they care so much about the characters’ conflicts and struggles. But since more often than not I find myself writing about outsiders and outcasts—from racial and religious minorities to robots, cyborgs, mutants and monsters—maybe that’s just another way of saying one of my central themes is that we’re all human.

Read the whole thing — and check out the rave reviews for “Magneto: Testament” #2, which hit comic book stores on October 8.

Rave reviews for “Magneto: Testament” #2

“Magneto: Testament” #2, written by Greg Pak with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico, has scored rave reviews after hitting comic book stores on October 8.
From IGN:

Even though Magneto’s history as a holocaust survivor has been referenced on many occasions, it’s never been brought to life with this sort of precision. Testament is both touching and revelatory, providing an unprecedented look into one of Marvel’s strongest characters. If Pak continues to produce at this level, he’ll leave an indelible mark on Magneto in a way few have in his forty-plus years of his existence.

From Comixtreme:

A fantastic book, really deep and heady with regards to the material that is analyzed and engaged in. But it’s really worthwhile, and when this series is completed, you’re going to end up with a truly beautiful, full origin of Magneto. Highly Recommended!

2008.10.12 – Greg Pak and Jim Lee panel at the San Diego Asian Film Festival

On Sunday, October 12, at 2:30 pm, writer Greg Pak and artist Jim Lee will be on a panel about comics at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Click here for more details.

2008.10.11 – Greg Pak signing at Comickaze in San Diego

The deets:
Book Signing with Greg Pak
Saturday, October 11th at 3:00 pm
Comickaze
5517A/B Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 278-0371

2008.10.08 – “Magneto: Testament” #2

“Magneto: Testament” #2, written by Greg Pak with art by Carlo Di Giandomenico, hit comic book stores on October 8. Here’s the solicitation from Marvel.com:

The definitive origin story of one of Marvel’s greatest icons continues as young Magneto, a Jewish boy in Hitler’s Germany, travels to Berlin with his father in a desperate attempt to secure protection from the Nazi menace. What new rules and skills must father and son learn to survive in this insane new world? And will those lessons be enough to save their family on the Night of Broken Glass?

WizardWorld interviews Greg Pak about War Machine

This December marks the launch of a new ongoing Marvel comic book series focussing on Jim Rhodes, aka War Machine, the character played by Terrence Howard in the “Iron Man” movie. The book will be written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco. Here’s an excerpt from Brett White’s WizardWorld interview with Pak about the series:

Since War Machine is going to start acting globally, have you used real life global conflicts and political events to inform the series’ tone or stories?
PAK: You bet. For the most part, we’re avoiding the use of actual countries because we don’t want to create a fake history in which a superhero solves the problems of real world conflicts that continue to this day. But there’s a real world precedent for almost every outrage and atrocity we’re showing. If you’ve ever opened up the newspaper and shook your head with dumbfounded amazement at the horrific stories that the whole world seems to be doing its best to ignore, War Machine might just be the comic book for you.
You’ve gone from creating the epic “Planet Hulk” storyline to this new, globally conscious “War Machine” series. What attracts you to the bigger storylines and how do you balance character work with explosions and high-action?
PAK: When you’re telling a giant story, concentrating on the characters is pretty much the only way to make it work. We’ve all been to spectacular action movies with the most mind-blowing action sequences imaginable…that were totally boring because there was nothing there to make us care about the characters. So I’ve always loved stories that combine those big genre hijinks with genuine emotional stories. “Seven Samurai” is probably my favorite movie of all time, both for its ridiculously entertaining epic scope and for its utterly human and humane depiction of every character. As far as I can figure, the trick is to make certain that every big action piece reflects and furthers the emotional conflicts at the core of the story. So in every issue of War Machine, we’re aiming to blow your mind viscerally and emotionally.

Click here to read the whole interview. And ask your local retailer to preorder “War Machine” #1 for you today!

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