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Monthly Archives: January 2009

“Magneto Testament” #5 preview online

Comic Book Resources has posted a seven page preview of “Magneto Testament” #5, written by Greg Pak with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico. Here’s the solicitation text:

The boy survived Kristallnacht, the Einsatzgruppe, and the Warsaw Ghetto. But now Max Eisenhardt faces Hitler’s Final Solution in the death camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau. What will it take to endure? Who are the Sonderkommando? And will a vision of a girl named Magda bring hope – or horror? The definitive origin story of Magneto reaches its shattering conclusion.

Click here to view the preview.
“Magneto Testament” #5 arrives in comic book stores on February 4.

“War Machine” #1 sells out, gets second printing with Manco variant


“War Machine” #1, written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco, has sold out at Diamond and will get a new printing with a wrap-around cover by Manco. The new printing hits stores on February 18.
Click here to read the official Marvel press release.

Ron Lim covers “Skaar” #8

Beloved “Silver Surfer” artist Ron Lim has drawn a variant cover for “Skaar” #8, featuring the Son of Hulk battling the Silver Savage. Check out both the inked version and the colored version at Comic Book Resources.

War Machine versus God of War! Marvel.com interviews Greg Pak

Marc Strom at Marvel.com has just interviewed writer Greg Pak about the Ares/War Machine battle that comes to a head in “War Machine” #3, which hits comic book stores on February 25. Here’s an excerpt:

“So far, we’ve seen Rhodey take out a repurposed Sentinel, survive a ground zero explosion of daisy cutter warheads, and deal with damage by immediately incorporating any surrounding machinery or weaponry into his armor,” lists Pak. “He has more firepower and adaptability than ever before, which might just let him survive a few rounds with mighty Ares.
“But Ares isn’t just the god of war—he’s the god of battlelust and slaughter. He loves to fight regardless of the reason. But Rhodey’s on the ground in occupied Aqiria to save his childhood friend Glenda Sandoval from certain death. In a typical super hero fight, the commitment that comes from that kind of mission would be a strength. But against an implacable immortal, it could just as easily become a vulnerability and weakness.”

Pak also drops some major teases about upcoming developments in “War Machine,” including:

“… keep an eye out for a certain petite Hong Kong native named Suzie Endo in issue #4 and Rhodey’s mom in issue #6,” warns Pak. “And yes, I just said ‘Rhodey’s mom.'”

“Don’t miss issue #4 for a much deeper look at the man underneath the War Machine armor—and to find out more about the childhood bond between Jim Rhodes and Glenda Sandoval.
“And for the next story arc, it’s easy for most of the Marvel Universe to look the other way when War Machine takes out dictators and madmen in distant war zones like Santo Marco and occupied Aqiria, but what happens when the one-man-army finally picks a target on American soil? Don’t you dare miss ‘Homeland,’ beginning with WAR MACHINE #6!”

Click here to read the whole article.

Pak Talks Comics: Giant new Reader Q&A!

Greg Pak’s latest “Pak Talks Comics” column is up at BrokenFrontier.com — and it’s chock full of Reader Q&A about Skaar, War Machine, and Magneto — along with a few sneak preview pages from “Incredible Hercules” #126. Here’s an excerpt:

IH: 3) When can we be expecting another Warbound story? I’m not asking anything about the specifics of what’s going on in it if you are writing it but rather when we will get to see them in action again?
GP: Soon! And yes! And thanks for asking!

Taimur Dar: It’s been hinted that Skaar will soon be coming to Earth and meeting his dad. Any chance of him meeting up with the Warbound? Do you still have plans for them in one of the books you write?
GP: Hey, two Warbound questions in one sitting! Yes, we will see the Warbound again. And yes, that will happen in the pages of “Skaar.” As to the rest, keep on reading!

BS: … are you going to explain how Magda survived the liquidation of the Gypsy families at Auschwitz? Fans have speculated that Magneto, in his position as a Sonderkommando, was somehow able to arrange for her to be smuggled into the Jewish women’s camp. But it’s just a theory, and I hope you’ll address it. Thanks for staying true to history, and at the same time writing a truly compelling story.
GP: We absolutely will address this question in the last issue of “Magneto Testament.” Things won’t play out the way you might expect, but everything that happens matches the actual history of the Gypsy Family Camp in Auschwitz.

Click here to read the whole thing.

CBR posts previews of “Skaar” #7 and “Incredible Hercules” #125

Comic Book Resources has posted colored, lettered previews of “Skaar” #7, written by Greg Pak, and “Incredible Hercules” #125, written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente.
Click here for the Skaar preview, in which the Son of Hulk finally seizes the Old Power of his Shadow ancestors — and the Silver Surfer makes the scene!
Click here for the Hercules preview, in which the Lion of Olympus and Amadeus Cho find themselves in an alternate reality — the United States of Amazonia!
Both books hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 28.

Wizard digs “War Machine” #2

Kevin Mahadeo has reviewed “War Machine” #2 for WizardUniverse.com. Here’s an excerpt:

While the title does a fantastic job of telling a compelling story that incorporates real-world concerns, it truly succeeds through the use of simple, fan-fulfilling moments of sheer awesome–such as War Machine’s legs getting blown off and him replacing them with tank parts. Tank. Parts. Seriously, how does one not love Greg Pak?

Click here to read the whole thing.
“War Machine” #2 hit comic book stores on Wednesday. The book is written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco.

CBR digs “War Machine” #2

Doug Zawisza reviews “War Machine” #2 for Comic Book Resources. Here’s an excerpt:

Pak does a very good job of putting this series over the top. This issue is 100% war theatrics and high ordnance explosions, laced with some very tricky tech that makes sense in a world where geniuses are commonplace. From the camera bug to the way War Machine assimilates weaponry, this issue has quite an arsenal of “You gotta be kidding me!” moments. And yet, in a world where the Green Goblin’s fractured alter ego (who, by the way, is now more ego than ever before) is the last great hope for the free world, this all almost makes sense. This is the dirty, blood-stained, gun-powder-charred underbelly of the Marvel Universe.

Click here to read the whole thing.
“War Machine” #2 was written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco. The book hits comic book stores on January 21.

ComicMix interviews Greg Pak about Herc, Skaar, Magneto, and War Machine

Matthew Weinberger of ComicMix has interviewed writer Greg Pak about “Incredible Hercules,” “Magneto Testament,” “Skaar: Son of Hulk,” and “War Machine.” Here’s an excerpt with a tease about upcoming events in “Skaar”:

GP: Skaar is about to have the biggest showdown of his life as the Silver Surfer returns to savage Sakaar in Skaar: Son of Hulk #7! Fortunately for Skaar, at the end of issue #6, he finally seized the Old Power of his ancestors, which allows him to channel the massive tectonic forces of the entire planet. Of course, whether that will be enough against the Power Cosmic remains to be seen.
But in addition to titanic physical clashes, the “Return of the Silver Savage” arc will hit Skaar with the biggest emotional trauma of his brief existence. Since his birth in the explosion that killed his mother, Skaar has known nothing but blood and fire. To survive in this brutal, war-torn world, he’s done nothing but fight every day of his life. Now he’ll begin to face the emotional consequences of that kind of existence and make some monumental decisions that will lead to some shocking twists.
CMix: Will the Son of Hulk ever meet the original?
GP: My lips are sealed. Except to say that sometimes good things come to those who wait. And that you might not even have to wait that long. (How’s that for a graceful tease?)

Click here to read the whole thing.

Another excerpt from the Pak Talks Comics “War Machine” #1 director’s commentary

Greg Pak has written a column for BrokenFrontier.com about the creative decisions behind “War Machine” #1. Here he talks about the scene on page 1:

… Santo Marco is a fictional country found only in the Marvel Universe. Every atrocity in “War Machine” has real world antecedents and we’re striving for immediacy and realism in both the storylines and Leo Manco’s brilliant art — the image of anguished UN peacekeepers standing by while people are murdered because their mandate prevents them from intervention is based on horrific accounts of the genocide in Rwanda, for example.
But I always planned to use fictional countries because for better or for worse, War Machine’s actions will have a transformative, long-term impact on the nations he visits. Magneto’s history in the real world events of the Holocaust works because the history informs the character rather than the other way around. But the stories we’re telling in “War Machine” require the character to change the course of history for the nations he deals with. It just didn’t sit well with me to use real world human beings who are suffering unbelievably horrific atrocities even as we speak as characters in a story that would require outcomes that ultimately contradict real world events.

Click here to read the whole thing.
And click here to read the first six pages of “War Machine” #2, which hits comic book stores on January 21.

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