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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Greg Pak plugs “Incredible Hercules” #123 on Marvel’s Hotline

“Incredible Hercules” co-writer Greg Pak plugs “Incredible Hercules” #123 for this week’s Marvel Hotline. Check it out:
“Incredible Hercules” #123 hit comic book stores on Wednesday, November 26. As your local store to hold a copy for you today!

“Skaar” #5 preview at CBR

Comic Book Resources has posted a seven page lettered preview of “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #5, written by Greg Pak with art by Ron Garney and Butch Guice.
Click here to check it out!
The book hits comic book stores on November 26. Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today!

IGN talks with Greg Pak about “War Machine”


IGN has interviewed Greg Pak about his upcoming “War Machine” ongoing. Here’s an excerpt:

IGN Comics: Besides his increased publicity with the movie, what do you feel justifies giving War Machine his own solo book again?
Pak: The 30-year anniversary of Jim Rhodes’s first appearance is coming up next year, so there’s a nifty commemorative reason right there. And there’s the simple fact that Rhodey’s one of Marvel’s greatest supporting characters of all time. But most importantly, editor Bill Rosemann had a brilliant pitch for a new War Machine storyline that filled a niche in the Marvel Universe and provided a totally consistent yet shocking next step for the character.
War Machine has become a one-man army with the self-assigned mandate to take on dictators, monsters, and madmen across the globe who up until now have committed unspeakable atrocities with almost total impunity. That’s an incredible set up for insane action with political and social subtext. And it’s a great milieu for exploring and challenging the core motivations of Jim Rhodes, who developed an enduring commitment to sticking up for the underdog as a bullied kid on the mean streets of South Philly and willingness to use force as a military man and as the armored hero known as War Machine.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Comixtreme raves about “Magneto Testament” #3

Adam Chapman has posted a rave review of “Magneto Testament” #3 at Comixtreme.com. Here’s an excerpt:

This issue is particularly harrowing and emotional, as Max and his family try to smuggle themselves out of the Warsaw Ghetto, and sees turning points in Max’s young life, which inexorably brings him to Auschwitz. [Greg] Pak is truly writing one of the best mini-series he’ll probably ever write, he’s taken such care and dedication to making this series just right, to avoid any possibility of trivializing such a serious topic as the Holocaust. He’s treating it anything but lightly, and it really does show through in his script and his plotting.
The artwork by [Carmine] Di Giandomenico is absolutely brilliant, this is his second mini-series under the MK imprint, and I’ll most definitely be there for the next one. His style is very expressive, and he captures the pain, the emotion, the heartache, the sadness, every emotion that Pak weaves into the story, he portrays it brilliantly on the page.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Greg Pak talks about Skaar in “Hulk Family”


The upcoming “Hulk Family” anthology book features a Skaar, Son of Hulk, story written by Greg Pak with pencils by Jheremy Raapack. Here’s an excerpt from the Marvel.com article in which Pak discusses the story:

“[It’s] called ‘School for Savages’ and depicts the first meeting between the young Skaar and the mysterious Shadow person known as Old Sam who serves as his mentor in the ongoing series,” Pak reveals. “For fear of spoiling too much, I’ll just say someone thinks he’s going to teach someone something and gets taught a lesson or two in return. With bonus cutfrog venom poultices and creepy cannibals and a loin cloth joke! And, most importantly, Skaar paints!”

“Hulk Family” hits stores on December 3.

Newsarama interviews Greg Pak about “War Machine”


An excerpt:

NRAMA: With your work on Planet Hulk and World War Hulk, you’ve become associated with the epic story, the larger than life setting an action. Are you heading that way with War Machine, or are you looking at a “smaller” story in a sense with Rhodey?
GP: We may be approaching epic in terms of scope and emotion and even mythic scale. But one difference between the Hulk/Skaar stories and War Machine is that War Machine is very much set in the real world. Or at least, the Marvel Universe analogue to the real world. If you strip away some of the superhero trappings, almost every story we’re telling has an antecedent in real world conflicts and atrocities. We’re not using the names of actual countries — mainly because I don’t want to pretend a superhero can or has resolved the horrific conflicts from which actual human beings are suffering around the globe. But Rhodey’s new global mandate means we have a shot at investing his stories with a level of immediacy, realism, and relevance that’s deeply compelling to me both as a writer and a fan.

Click here to read the whole thing.
“War Machine” #1 hits comic book stores on December 17. Ask your local store to preorder a copy for you today. And check out the 8 page preview story for free at Marvel.com!

IGN loves “Magneto Testament” #3

An excerpt:

Not only is Testament already the definitive take on young Magneto, it’s becoming one of the best things Marvel has published all year.

Click here to read the whole thing.
“X-Men: Magneto Testament” #3 hit comic book stores on Wednesday. Ask your local retailer to hold a copy for you today.

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Impulse Creations interviews Greg Pak about “Magneto Testament”

Stephanie Carmichael of Impulse Creations has interviewed writer Greg Pak about his Marvel Comics miniseries “X-Men: Magneto Testament,” which follows a boy and his family as they struggle to survive against the Nazi onslaught from 1935 to 1945. Here’s an excerpt:

Impulse: We get a really interesting family dynamic going on here, too. What made you decide to portray Max’s family in this way? I mean, what were some of the things you thought were important and that you wanted to clearly portray when showing his home life?
Greg: The key was always to make Max’s family completely understandable as the kind of everyday, decent, funny, brave, and sometimes goofy folks any of us might know and love. They’re not faceless, helpless victims; instead, we wanted to depict them as everyday heroes struggling to make sense of their suddenly insane world in ways with which readers could completely identify. Most importantly, I wanted to find ways to show the tremendous love Max’s father has for his family—especially his son. My favorite moments in the series have been little interactions between Max and his father—the tiny gestures, the little jokes, and the awkward embraces. I love Max’s father as much as any character I’ve ever created.
Impulse: You handle the oppression and rise of the Nazis with such finesse in the comic. It’s subtle at some points (even though the reader is certainly aware, from knowing about what Magneto went through growing up and also the historical context), and dramatically strong at others. Why did you feel this route would work, and how does it play into the overall story, especially regarding Max as a character? Was there anything that influenced you in the way you chose to tell it?
Greg: I wanted to begin the story relatively early so that we could get to know Max and his family as human beings before the full gravity of their situation sank in. And I knew we should see almost everything from Max’s point of view. That would let us discover things bit by bit at the same time he does and help us understand how the Nazi rise and the Final Solution crept up around and then swept away their victims.

Click here for Part 1 of the interview.
Click here for Part 2 of the interview.

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