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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Newsarama loves “Incredible Hulk” #604

David Pepose, writing for Newsarama’s Best Shots crew, has given “Incredible Hulk” #604 a rave review. Here’s an excerpt:

What do you call two exceedingly divergent tastes coming together for one delightful result? Incredible Hulk #604, whose unlikely alliance between Bruce Banner and Skaar — as well as two mish-mashed but surprisingly complementary art styles — makes for the most entertaining Hulk series I’ve seen in the history of… well, ever.

Click here to read the whole thing.
“Incredible Hulk” #604 was written by Greg Pak with art by Ariel Olivetti and Guiseppe Camuncoli. The book hit comic shops last Wednesday.

The eMate vs Dana vs Neo showdown!

In search of the perfect retro writing machine
A FilmHelp article by Greg Pak
Back in 2001 when my main laptop was a 6.1 pound G3 “Pismo” Powerbook with 90 minutes of battery life, I found out about the Alphasmart Dana, a two pound writing machine with a full-sized keyboard that ran on the Palm operating system, could sync with my main computer, and would operate for 25 hours on a single charge. After getting a Dana as a gift, I used it to keep a journal of the “Robot Stories” distribution process and to write some of my early comic book scripts for Marvel while on the road. I loved being able to carry it around in a backpack or satchel without feeling the weight at all. I liked being able to use it on the subway without the same level of anxiety I’d have pulling out a $3000 laptop. I loved the instant on/off nature of the machine. And I dug the way a simple interface combined with incredibly long battery life and supreme portability encouraged me to write whenever I had the chance or inspiration.
I put my Dana on the shelf and forgot about it for a while after I got my first iBook. The lightness of the iBook (and its fresh, long lasting battery) addressed some of the Pismo drawbacks that had pushed me towards the Dana. But while clearing my office of old electronics last month, I pulled the Dana down from the shelf and began using it again.
I had so much fun typing on the Dana that I found myself thinking about how it could be improved. A better screen, a stronger backlight. A different form factor that would make it easier to write while lounging on a couch or in bed. And lo and behold, while poking around various Macintosh websites, I stumbled across the Apple eMate, a four pound portable computer sold to educational markets in 1997 and 1998 that bore some surprising similarities to the Dana.
Both the Dana and the eMate were designed with the educational market in mind. Both are solid state computers with no moving parts and incredibly sturdy plastic bodies. Both run on software originally designed for pocket organizers and feature a stylus rather than a mouse. Both have black and white screens with green backlights. Both use their own barebones but functional word processors that can export and import rtf files. Both turn on instantly and automatically save everything that you type. And both run for days on a full charge.
The main difference is form. The Dana is the more stripped down machine — with a full sized keyboard and a wide but short, non-adjustable screen. The eMate has a laptop-style screen that shows about twice the number of lines that a Dana does. The eMate’s only four pounds, but the Dana’s just two.
After staring hungrily at eBay listings for a couple of weeks, I finally pulled the trigger on a used eMate — paying ten bucks for the machine and another twenty for shipping. And then I picked up a used Alphasmart Neo, an even more stripped down writing machine with a similar form factor to the Dana but without the Palm operating system and the non-writing oriented software.
So here, at long last, is a point-by-point showdown between the eMate, the Dana and the Neo to determine which computer is indeed the perfect writing machine.

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Marvel.com interviews Pak, Parker, and Loeb about “Fall of the Hulks”

Marvel.com has interviewed writers Greg Pak, Jeph Loeb, and Jeff Parker about which of the Hulks is the greatest as they prepare for the upcoming “Fall of the Hulks” event. An excerpt, in which the writers pick unexpected champions:

Which Hulk is the greatest there is?
Jeph Loeb: It’s ironic, but it’s Banner who makes the Green Hulk the greatest. The idea of a man who was at the top of his field, had people who listened to him, was respected, and lost it all by sacrificing himself for another-Rick Jones-makes the monster all that more tragic. He lost everything. His job. The woman he loved. His family.
While the Hulk has had many different personalities, they are all really different voices in Banner’s head. The child, the angry teenager, the concerned adult-all of them. It makes him complex, even though sometimes he talks like he isn’t and just smashes things. And sometimes complex is the most dangerous Hulk of all.
Jeff Parker: I call Skaar! And Skaar is easily the most metal of all Hulks. He slays dragons, he has an axe, and whenever faced with a dilemma, he will always make the most metal decision possible, like throwing Juggernaut off the planet or dooming billions to Galactus. He’s like a UniMind composed of Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy, and all of Judas Priest.
Greg Pak: Look, I know Jeph and Jeff are whispering sweet nothings into your ear about the mightiness of the Green Hulk and his savage son Skaar. And I can appreciate their wishful dreamings-after all, the Hulk’s my favorite comic book character of all time and I’ve spent the last couple of years lovingly chronicling the insane adventures of his bouncing barbarian boy. But let’s face facts: the contest is already over. And the Red Hulk won. In INCREDIBLE HULK #600, he took down the Green Hulk-took down the “Strongest One There Is!”-by touching him. Okay? He grabbed the guy and drained him of all his insane gamma-fueled power.
Red wins.

Click here to read all about it.

2009.11.18 – “Incredible Hulk” #604

“Incredible Hulk” #604, written by Greg Pak with art by Ariel Olivetti and Giuseppi Camuncoli, hits comic book stores on November 18.
Comic Book Resources has posted a four page lettered preview — click here to check it out.

“Assault on New Olympus” recs and reviews

The “Assault on New Olympus Prologue,” written by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with art by Rodney Buchemi, has gotten some nice recommendations and reviews. A couple of excerpts:

“So, yeah, this is a comic where Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente writes a fight between Spider-Man and Hercules over a seemingly airhead goddess. It has everything that makes Pak, Van Lente, Incredible Herc, Spider-Man, MarvelComics, mythological superheroes, and comics in general great.”
— Brad Curran, Comic Book Resources
“The stellar team of Pak and Van Lente unleash the next arc of the Hercules series in this one shot. Hercules, Amadeus, two teams of Avengers, the Agents of Atlas, and Ares all feature in this event, and Olympus itself will never be the same. Step-Mommy Dearest Hera has been a really bad girl as of late, and Hercules has a few things to sort out with her. Pak and Van Lente are responsible for one of the best series out there today, and backstopped by artist Rodney Buchemi, they’re going to give us even more in the next few months.”
— William Keogh, ComixFan.com

“Incredible Hulk” #605 preview


Marvel has released a five page preview of Ariel Olivetti’s interior art for “Incredible Hulk” #605, written by Greg Pak.
Click here to check it out!

2009.11.04 – “Assault on New Olympus Prologue” #1

The “Assault on New Olympus Prologue” hits comic book stores tomorrow, and Newsarama has an early review. Here’s an excerpt:

It helps, of course, that the terrific writer combo from “Incredible Hercules”, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, are on the case. They manage to cram that past few years of exposition into the story in a way that builds momentum while catching you up. This is one of those rare cases where a new reader could jump right in, while the “constant readers” will no doubt appreciate the updates provided.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Greg Pak’s “Dark Reign: The List – Hulk” sells out!

From the official Marvel press release:
Dark Reign: The List – Hulk Sells Out & Returns With New Printing
Marvel is pleased to announce that Dark Reign: The List – Hulk has sold out at Diamond (though copies may still be available at retail level) and will return with Dark Reign: The List – Hulk Second Printing Variant! New York Times best-selling author Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Incredible Hercules) and fan favorite artist Ben Oliver deliver an earth-shattering father and son tag-team smack down! This time, the Hulk Family is up against Norman Osborn’s right hand herself, Victoria Hand! But she’s not alone—Moonstone (AKA the new Ms Marvel) is along for a battle of both minds and mettle! When Bruce Banner and Skaar come a knockin’ on a secret HAMMER facility’s door, smashing ensues! Nothing will ever be the same for Banner and Skaar! Dark Reign: The List – Hulk Second Printing Variant has the answers features an all-new cover by Paul Pelletier!
Critics are raving about Dark Reign: The List – The Hulk!
“[Ben Oliver’s] polished, clear pencils are absolutely beautiful and the issue contains a number of simply stunning panels.” – Bryan Joel, IGN.com
“Greg Pak is currently one of my favorite Hulk writers to date…” – Charles Webb, ComicsBulletin.com
Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on Dark Reign: The List as all issues in the series continue to sell out and draw mainstream media attention! It’s brains versus brawn in Dark Reign: The List – Hulk Second Printing Variant!
DARK REIGN: THE LIST – HULK 2nd PTG VAR (SEP098064)
Written by GREG PAK
Pencils by BEN OLIVER
Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 11/05/09, On Sale – 11/25/09
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