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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Wizard loves “War Machine” #3

Andy Serwin has posted a rave review of “War Machine” #3 at WizardUniverse.com. Here’s an excerpt:

My favorite new ongoing Marvel series continues to impress. Greg Pak’s tech-heavy thriller keeps the action pumping faster and more furious than rounds from a .50 caliber Gatling gun, as James Rhodes continues his one-man crusade against military aggression from private security force Eaglestar, a black ops outfit that makes Blackwater look like the Boy Scouts…. With all these shady players on the board, it’s hard to know who to root for, but I don’t mind one bit, because Pak’s powerful plots keep me guessing at every turn. Meanwhile, I’m in constant awe of Manco’s visuals here, which seem to be drawing on Richard Corben’s exaggerated realism to potent effect. If Pak and Manco continue to mine gold from Marvel’s grittier corners, consider me on board for the motherlode.

Click here to read the whole thing.
“War Machine” #3 hit comic book stores on Wednesday. The book was written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco.

Comic News Insider interviews Greg Pak at the NYCC

Jimmy Aquino and Joe Gonzales from Comic News Insider have posted their interview of writer Greg Pak from the New York Comic Con!
Check it out. The Pak interview begins roughly around the 17 minute mark.

Pak Talks Comics: Cosmic Colloquy with new Skaar artist Ron Lim!


“Skaar” writer Greg Pak interviews new “Skaar” artist Ron Lim for BrokenFrontier.com — and shows off new preview pages from “Skaar” #8, which hits comic book stores this Wednesday!
Check it out.

Washington Post picks War Machine as one of the Top 10 Black Superheroes of All Time!

Here’s the blurb:

Whatever similarities Rhodey might have with his buddy Iron Man/Tony Stark when it comes to armored wardrobe, the comparisons end when it comes to his lethalness, artillery and humanity. War Machine packs way more heat that Iron Man. And as the pages of his current series reveal, he’s a lot less human. In a recent issue of War Machine, Rhodey is blown in half in a war zone, and when the enemy thinks he’s dead, he proceeds to connect his blown-off torso to a tank, and run after the guys who blew him up. Sounds like Black Lightning could use this guy in Suicide Slums. (I smell crossover.)

Click here to read the whole article.

“War Machine” #3 preview at CBR

Comic Book Resources has posted a five page lettered preview of “War Machine” #3, written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco. Click here to view the pages.
“War Machine” #3 hits comic book stores on February 25.

“Skaar” #8 preview — with Ron Lim art!

Marvel.com has posted a six page lettered preview of “Skaar” #8 — featuring pencils by legendary “Silver Surfer” artist Ron Lim!
Click here to read the pages.
“Skaar” #8 hits comic book stores everywhere on February 25.

Comixtreme raves about “Magneto Testament” #5

Comixtreme has posted an absolute rave review of “X-Men: Magneto Testament” #5, written by Greg Pak with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico. Here’s an excerpt:

A great series, and I can’t wait to pick up the Premiere Hardcover edition of this book, because it’s most definitely going to be worth purchasing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! THIS SERIES IS A MUST-READ, MUST-HAVE, ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!

Click here to read the whole thing.

“War Machine” #2 sells out, gets second printing

“War Machine” #2, written by Greg Pak with art by Leonardo Manco, has sold out. Marvel will release a second printing featuring interior art by Manco of Rhodey in his “centaur tank” form on March 25.
Click here to read the official press release.

Marvel.com interviews Pak and Fraction

Kiel Phegley has interviewed “War Machine” writer Greg Pak and “Iron Man” writer Matt Fraction about their respective books for Marvel.com. Here’s an excerpt:

Marvel.com: One thing that the two books seem to share is the idea that since both Iron Man and War Machine were always together for 20 years at least, now that they’re apart they’re each developing a new supporting cast. How do those new players help you develop your characters and story line in the absence of that best friend?
Matt Fraction: For me, it’s all about Mariah Hill, who I think [writer Brian] Bendis and I may be the only two people working in the Marvel Universe who like her. I’ve been very fond of Mariah Hill, and with Rhodey gone, I asked Brian, “Do you have plans for Hill?” and he said, “No. Do you want her? And I said, “Absolutely I do.” Then we both went, “Yaaaaaay!” which is sad but true. So Hill has filled the Rhodey-shaped hole in my book, but I’ve had the added advantage of having them sleep together, which Tony and Rhodey wouldn’t get into unfortunately. So I’ve lost a Rhodey, but I’ve gained a love interest—or at least a sex interest.
Greg Pak: [Laughs] People always talk about continuity being a bear to work with, and it can kind of drive you crazy with characters who have 40 or 50-year histories. But the awesome thing about continuity is that, like with the history of Rhodey, it’s like a real human being, and we all have great, strange little things going on in our pasts. And any new story may tap into those old stories in ways that illuminate things in a whole new way. In terms of Rhodey and his supporting cast, I’d always been struck by a few characters including Parnell Jacobs who is an arms dealer who is also one of Rhodey’s oldest friends. I think he was the very oldest friend that had ever been revealed. Actually, Parnell’s wife Glenda Sandoval may be Rhodey’s oldest friend because he knew her even before he knew Parnell. These are characters who appear in just a few issues, but they were so interesting to me because Parnell was a great foil for Rhodey since they both came from the same military background, but Parnell went one direction and Rhodey went another. Parnell became a mercenary and an arms dealer, but at one point Rhodey walked away from that life as he didn’t approve of the moral choices Parnell was making. Parnell was a great character to bring back because Rhodey was going down a much more morally dangerous road, and if Parnell thinks something is crazy…boy, it’s got to be really crazy.

Click here to read the whole thing.
And dontcha dare miss “War Machine” #3, which hits comic book stores on February 25.

Newsarama interviews Pak about “Planet Skaar”

Newsarama’s Pete Lapage interviews writer Greg Pak about his upcoming “Planet Skaar” storyline, which was announced last weekend at the New York Comic-Con.
Click here to view the video.

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