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Monthly Archives: December 2009

ComicAttack loves “War Machine” #12

“War Machine” #12, the final issue of Greg Pak’s series, has nabbed a rave review from ComicAttack.net. Here’s an excerpt:

Pak has been impressive this entire series and brought War Machine to another level in my opinion. His interpretation of Rhodes feels the most real and has substance that (at this point anyway) makes him seem more viable and not some knock off or throw away character. Pak has introduced us to the strategist and forward thinker as well as the hero that is Jim Rhodes.

I suggest grabbing the trade as soon as it’s available and again I’ll say this: War Machine is one of the best books you’re not reading!

Click here to read the whole thing.

“Magneto Testament” makes a ComicAttack Top 5 of 2009 list

“Magneto Testament,” written by Greg Pak with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico, has been named one of the Top 5 comics of 2009 by Jeff Jackson at ComicAttack.net. Here’s the blurb:

One of the best stories Marvel has published ever, in my opinion, like Old Man Logan, featured a character not in his traditional element. This story fleshed out the background of Magneto in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. It was horrible, beautiful, and meaningful. Forget Hulk, this is Greg Pak’s best work.

Click here for all of the ComicAttack lists.

“Magneto Testament” named Favorite Collected Miniseries of 2009 by ComicList

Comic Lists’s Geek Goggle Year Ender has given the Favorite Collected Miniseries of 2009 nod to “Magneto Testament,” written by Greg Pak. Here’s the blurb:

Normally I don’t purchase trades if I own the single issues but this series was too good to pass up on in the collected form and it included a ton of extras in it. The volume had extensive information about the Holocaust as well as some of the items used to research this story. If you did miss this mini series it’s probably better to pick up the collected edition because of all of the extras.

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More bloggers put “Incredible Hercules” on their Best of 2009 lists

Shazhmmm:

Herc is better than all other superhero comics that came out in 2009, and frankly is about the only thing that gets me into the shop these days. It’s not just hilarious, but a smart integration of myth, archetypal heroic storytelling, and awesomely retarded superhero b***s***. All the epic godly grandeur, improbable science, and fantastic sound effects are grounded by one of the more believable relationships in comics, the friendship of Hercules and Amadeus Cho.

Section244:

MY FAVORITE ONGOING SERIES (SUPER HERO): Incredible Hercules by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente.
There were a number of ongoing titles I followed this last decade which I would consider great comics (see below), but above them all I’ve chosen Incredible Hercules.

Aptitude Test:

Maybe the most fun superhero book in years. On the surface, a super-goofy adventure book staring Herc and teen sidekick/super-genius Amadeus Cho, full of giant fights and the best sound effects in comics. On closer inspection, it becomes a great exploration on the nature of heroics, and the relationship between superheroes and their older brother, ancient myth.

UPDATE: Add Jeff at Jim Hanley’s Universe to the list!

Folding in intricacies of greek myth, quantum mechanics, asides that do everything from brilliantly extrapolating the mechanisms of the afterlife to the best sound effects in comics (SUKKA-PUNCH!), rip-roaring action set pieces and complex yet accessible stories, this is the smartest comic on the stands while never loosing its goofiness.

The eMate Hinge Fix: Yeah, I actually did it, and here’s what I learned

Another hypertechnical FilmHelp article by Greg Pak
In an article last month singing the praises of the 1997 Apple eMate as an outstanding low-tech writing machine, I noted that one of the big flaws of the eMate is its infamous hinge problem, which can result in a spring popping loose and puncturing the monitor cable.
I’m happy to report that I finally broke out my Torx screwdrivers and soldering iron and followed the excellent instructions at pda-soft.de, inventors-emporium.co.uk, and unna.org (warning: pdf) to fix my machine’s hinges.
It’s a pretty involved operation, and I highly recommend reading through the instructions and assembling all necessary tools and supplies before starting it. A few pointers:

  • The hinges are much smaller than the closeup photos in the guides might lead you to believe. I didn’t measure them, but if you’re planning to do the washer fix, you should have a few very small washers on hand to experiment with. The washer I ended up using was just 7/16 of an inch wide.

  • Have all the necessary supplies on hand, assuming you’ll go all the way through with the hinge fix. I opened up the machine thinking I’d just check the hinges. But when I saw that one of the springs on the hinge near the monitor cable had begun to shorten, I realized I needed to go through with the whole operation. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the recommended grease on hand, so I ended up just using a few drops of 3-In-One oil. I’m guessing that’s an acceptable substitute at least for the short term, but if the lid seems to stiffen over the next few years, I may have to open the machine up again and grease the hinges properly with the right stuff.
  • When reassembling the machine, make sure the volume and dimmer tabs from the front case are lined up with the sliders on the motherboard. I forgot about this step and had to reopen the machine (which required another round of soldering).
  • I freaked myself out a bit when the machine wouldn’t start up after the whole operation. But when I pressed the reset button on the back of the unit, it came back to life. I think the blank screen’s a reaction to all power being cut off from the machine during the repair process.
  • It’s a good idea to have some strong epoxy ready before undertaking the repair. When I opened up my eMate, one of the small plastic posts on the inside of the machine that serves as the base of one of the battery cover screws cracked. The top of the post fell off and I had to glue it back on during the reassembly. That makes me think it’s also a good idea not to over-tighten the screws to the battery compartment to avoid stressing those posts too much.
  • Make sure you have enough time to complete the project before starting. It’ll probably take at least two hours — and probably longer, if you’re taking proper care and it’s your first time opening the machine.

Austin American Statesman names “Incredible Hercules” as one of 2009’s notables

The Austin American Statesman has dubbed “Incredible Hercules,” “Captain America,” “Secret Six,” and “Detective Comics” as “four of the very best mainstream comics being published today.” Here’s the blurb about Herc:

“Hercules” is a perfect admixture of vintage mythology, sitcom humor, high adventure and punching.

Click here to read the whole thing.

The Buy Pile loves “Incredible Hercules” #139

Comic Book Resources’ “Buy Pile” once again lauds “Incredible Hercules” with a rave for issue #139. Here’s an excerpt:

Between the action and the backstory there’s just enough going on for it to all meld together interestingly, thanks again to a well-balanced script from Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with creative and engaging artwork from Rodney Buchemi, Reilly Brown and Guillem Mari. Some things worth noting: Zeus and Quicksilver sharing a very fun moment, Amadeus using other people to do his will (“What the hell, kid?”) and an “amazing” line from Peter Parker (“I prefer to think of myself as an irreverent commentator on the mundane foibles of everyday existence. Like a Thurber or Keillor! Except I do it while kicking people in the face!”) that are all gems that help this issue shine.

Click here to read the whole thing.

YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily names “Magneto Testament” the best comic of 2009

Anderson at YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily.com has dubbed “Magneto Testament,” written by Greg Pak, the best comic book of 2009. Here’s an excerpt from the review:

Pak wrote a humanistic tale full of authentic and dark experiences that shaped the Magneto that we know today. It’s an origin story, much like Frank Miller’s seminal Batman: Year One but takes it one step further in crafting a storyline that doesn’t deal with men in tights and super powers.

Click here to read the post.
Click here to buy the “Magneto Testament” collected hardcover from Amazon.com.

CBR interviews artist Paul Pelletier about “Incredible Hulk”


Paul Pelletier becomes the new artist for “Incredible Hulk” starting with issue #606 and the start of the “Fall of the Hulks” storyline. Comic Book Resources has interviewed Pelletier about the Hulk and working with writer Greg Pak. Here’s an excerpt:

The main cast of Hulk lately has been Skaar and Bruce Banner in his non-Gamma irradiated form. What have you gotten out of drawing each character?
Well, just the disparity between the two characters is fun. You’ve got Banner, who’s spindly and a little wimpy, while Skaar is this big barbarian-type character. With the two characters, it’s fun to see them work together. Growing up, one of my favorite comic books was “Power Man & Iron Fist.” You put the two of them together and it’s fun to see the types play off each other. That’s what it’s like with Skaar and Banner.

Click here to read the whole thing — and view more gorgeous preview art!

NYCC giving away tickets to “Planet Hulk” DVD premiere screening events

The New York Comic Con is giving away tickets to the January 14 premiere screening events of the “Planet Hulk” DVD in New York and Los Angeles.
Visit NewYorkComicCon.com to enter to win tickets!
“Planet Hulk” comic book writer Greg Pak will attend the New York screening in person.

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