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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Pak Talks Comics: Comics and Charity

As the year draws to a close, Greg Pak suggests a few possibilities for charitable giving that might be of particular interest to comic book fans in his latest “Pak Talks Comics” column for BrokenFrontier.com, complete with handy links and addresses.
Click here to read the column — and Happy New Year!

JHU raves about “Magneto Testament” #4

Jeffrey O. Gustafson has posted an advance review of “Magneto Testament” #4 at the Jim Hanley’s Universe blog. Here’s an excerpt:

It has always been hard to wrap one’s mind around the sheer scale of the horror of the Holocaust, and Pak and [DiGiandomenico] find a simple and powerful way to translate that unfathomable tragedy in a two-page spread of inanimate objects that stops you cold. This is a book of subtleties – from the beautifully rendered use of Max’s powers to a jump in time represented by empty panels a la Brubaker/Phillips Criminal – mixed with scenes of the worst the human species has ever inflicted on its own, and it is a stunning, moving work.

Click here to read the whole review and click here for a seven page preview of the book.
“Magneto Testament” #4 is written by Greg Pak and drawn by Carmine DiGiandomenico. The book hits stores on January 2.

“War Machine,” “Incredible Hercules,” and “Magneto Testament” previews!

Three comic books written or co-written by Greg Pak hit comic book stores on Friday, and all of them have lettered previews up at ComicBookResources for your viewing pleasure. Check them out:
“War Machine” #1
“Incredible Hercules” #124
“Magneto Testament” #4

“Magneto Testament” wins Best Miniseries of 2008 from IGN

IGN has named “Magneto Testament” the Best Miniseries of 2008. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Greg Pak has spent years researching Magneto’s past, mapping events in his life with true historical accounts of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. The result is a tragic tale that not only respects the horrors of that era but lays down a definitive, sympathetic origin for one of the greatest villains of all time.

Click here to read the whole article.
“Magneto Testament” is written by Greg Pak with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico. The fourth issue of the miniseries hits comic book stores on January 2, 2009.

2009.01.02 – “War Machine” #1

“War Machine” #1, written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco, hit comic book stores on January 2. Here’s the solicitation text from Marvel.com:

From the pages of IRON MAN and AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE, War Machine blasts into his own ongoing solo series! Across the globe, from the killing fields of Santo Marco to the blasted deserts of occupied Aqiria, butchers and tyrants are committing the most horrific atrocities imaginable. The outside world won’t raise a finger to stop them, but now Jim Rhodes is on the job. And forget a finger – he’s raising a couple of ginormous shoulder mounted rocket cannons! From WORLD WAR HULK scribe Greg Pak and DEATHLOK artist Leonardo Manco comes the most shocking incarnation of War Machine you’ve ever seen – along with a surprisingly familiar supporting cast and one of the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe!

2009.01.02 – “Incredible Hercules” #124

“Incredible Hercules” #124, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, hits comic book stores on January 2. Here’s the solicitation text from Marvel.com:

“LOVE AND WAR” (Part 4)
Hercules, Namora and Athena rush to Washington, D.C., to stop the Mad Amazon Artume from shifting the Axis Mundi and placing the whole world under her control. But now Artume has both Amadeus Cho and the mightiest of the Titans, ATLAS, at her beck and call — and Atlas hasn’t forgiven Herc for ripping him off during the Eleventh Labor!

2009.01.02 – “Magneto Testament” #4

“Magneto Testament” #4, written by Greg Pak with art by Carlo DiGiandomenico and colors by Matt Hollingsworth, hits comic book stores on January 2. Here’s the solicitation text from Marvel.com:

The Poles called the little town Oswiecim…but the conquering Nazis have given it a new name. Now the young man who will eventually become Magneto faces the most unfathomable horrors of his life within the death camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Whose familiar face will greet him? What will it take to survive? And in the face of such overwhelming inhumanity, how can our hero keep hope alive?

2009.01.28 – “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #7

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #7 hits comic book stores on January 28 — and features the return of the Silver Surfer to the savage planet of Sakaar! Marvel.com has an interview with writer Greg Pak about the upcoming hijinks. Here’s an excerpt:

“On an emotional level, the Surfer’s an important figure for Skaar because he’s the first genuine friend of his father’s that he’s met. For better or for worse, Skaar’s encounter with the Surfer will absolutely play a role in preparing Skaar for his eventual showdown with the Hulk. SKAAR #9 will be a critical issue in this regard.”
As for what brings the Surfer back to Sakaar in the first place, Pak explains that it comes down to his master’s ravenous appetite.
“Galactus the Worldeater is hungry, and the Surfer’s heard rumors through the cosmic byways of the massive destruction that preceded the Hulk’s departure from Sakaar,” the writer elaborates. “But when he arrives, he discovers that many survivors still live on the savage planet—including a particularly argumentative character by the name of Skaar, Son of Hulk!”

Click here to read the whole thing.

2008.12.24 – “Skaar: Son of Hulk” #6

“Skaar: Son of Hulk” #6 hits comic book stores today. Click here to read an eight page preview!

Greg Pak on Amadeus Cho in the LA Times “Hero Complex” blog

Corina Knoll has interviewed Greg Pak about his Amadeus Cho character for the LA Times “Hero Complex” blog. Here’s an excerpt:

CK: Let’s talk about why you wanted to create a Korean American character.
GP: I’ve always thought it was particularly fun when you take a genre or story that doesn’t have anything to do with Asian American issues and then you cast that story with Asian American characters. Sometimes it allows for almost a more subtle kind of commentary that can come out of almost surprising or unexpected ways. We didn’t throw Amadeus out there like, “Here is the latest and greatest Asian American character: It’s Asian Man!” The hook was, this is a great conflicted character with a fun attitude, a good sort of Marvel-esque tragic back story, a big learning curve ahead of him and some dramatic potential.
CK: So why the name “Amadeus”?
GP: I thought of Asian American families giving their kids crazy names like Stanford and Harvard, and I just thought it was a fun idea that this family would name their kid Amadeus because they want or know he’s going to be a genius.

Click here to read the whole thing.

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