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Creator-Owned: Code Monkey Save World, The CitizenKingsway WestLos Robos, Mech Cadet YuPhantom Limb Ghostpuncher, Rio Chino, Vision Machine

Aspen: Dead Man’s Run
BOOM: Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New YorkMech Cadet Yu
Dark Horse: Kingsway West
DC Comics: Action Comics, Batman/Superman
Dynamite: Battlestar Galactica, John WickTurok
Marvel Comics: 1602: New World, Alpha Flight, Amadeus Cho, Astonishing X-Men, Doctor Strange Season One, Hercules, Hulk, Iron Man, Magneto Testament, Marvel Nemesis, Red Skull Incarnate, Silver Surfer, Skaar, StormWar Machine, Warbound, Warlock, Weapon H, Weapon XX-Men: Phoenix Endsong & Warsong, X-Treme X-Men
Valiant: Eternal Warrior

2017.12.13 – WEAPON X #12, in stores today!

WEAPON X #12 hits stores today, with gorgeous art from Yildiray Cinar, colors by Frank D’Armata, cover by Razzah, and letters by Joe Caramagna. Check out the preview and go get it today!

CBR interviews Greg Pak about WEAPON H, the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous hero!

CBR has just posted an interview with yours truly about the new WEAPON H book I’m writing and Cory Smith is drawing, along with some of Cory’s gorgeous art! Check out the excerpt below:

CBR: As a reader, it’s been interesting watching the development of Weapon H as he moves from mysterious character to antagonist to hero of his own story. What can you tell us about the evolution of the character from a creative and editorial standpoint? When you were first working on the character, did you ever think you’d be writing him in his own series?

Greg Pak: As a Wolverine/Hulk hybrid, Weapon H looks like a marketer’s dream, right? But the character developed organically through the story. Back when we were developing the “Weapons of Mutant Destruction” storyline, we established that the Weapon X scientists were collecting DNA from various mutants to turn people into killing machines. I said, “Well, we’ve got the Hulk in the book now. Seems like they’d want to collect Hulk DNA, too.” Suddenly, we had a Wolverine-Hulk hybrid on our hands.

We eventually revealed this Wolverine-Hulk hybrid as the ultimate weapon that Weapon X had been developing. And in the subsequent story that Fred Van Lente and I cowrote in Weapon X, we revealed that the man who was turned into this Wolverine-Hulk hybrid was Clay, a former soldier turned Eaglestar military contractor who’d been drugged and shipped out to Weapon X when he started challenging Eaglestar’s brutal operating procedure.

I loved all of this because it was a chance to explore familiar tropes of Wolverine and Hulk through a different kind of character. The big danger of both Wolverine and the Hulk is, traditionally, that they can lose control, go berserk. But Clay was chosen for this procedure because he has intense military discipline. The idea is that he’s the perfect weapon because he can control this tremendous power. But now Clay’s free from Weapon X — so the question is what a person with this tremendous discipline is going to do with this terrifying power?

Read the whole interview here!

New MECH CADET YU interviews from Comicon.com and Outright Geekery!

Interior art from MECH CADET YU #5 – line art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell.

I’ve been interviewed by a few more folks about MECH CADET YU! The MECH CADET YU Volume One collected trade and MECH CADET YU #5 both hit comic shops on January 3 — please do call your local comic shop today and ask ’em to pre-order a copy for you!

Here’s an excerpt from the Comicon interview:

HMS: I think that as fun as giant robots are and can be in comics, animation, and film, they will fall a little flat if there’s not a bigger emotional component in some lead characters. In creating Stanford Yu, what main elements did you feel were core to his character? How did you develop those for the reader without getting too deeply into back story?

GP: Oh, the emotional story is always everything. We’ve all been to movies that are just spectacular in terms of action and visuals, but leave us totally cold and unmoved. Nothing’s more important than digging deep into your characters’ emotional lives and goals and conflicts. That’s the only reason we really care. In terms of Mech Cadet Yu, the most important details for us to establish were that Stanford’s an underdog–a janitor’s kid at an elite military academy. It’s also a subtle but important part of his story that his mother’s an immigrant and speaks to him in Cantonese, and his father died years ago, sickened by his work conditions, helping clean up in the wake of the first Sharg War.

This is a working-class immigrant family trying hard to make it in a world steeped in crisis and dominated by elites. We revealed those details mostly through showing rather than telling, bit by bit over the first few issues, doing our best to make it as organic and seamless as possible. The hope is that those elements help amp up the stakes for Stanford as he enters the Sky Corps Academy and provide depth to the conflicts he has with his fellow cadets–the General’s daughter, Park, in particular.

And here’s an excerpt from the Outright Geekery interview:

OG: How often do you and series artist Takeshi Miyazawa have the same vision of the mechs, the cast, and their first true threat, the Sharg?

GP: Tak’s one of my favorite collaborators on the planet. We co-created Amadeus Cho for Marvel back in the day, and from the beginning I knew we had something special going on. He just kind of gets everything I write. All the little character details, all the tiny bits of body language, all the subtle drama and humor… Tak gets it all. So whenever he sends in character or robot or monster designs, I pretty much just cheer him on. He’s soooo good.

This is a good place to plug the rest of the creative team. Colorist Triona Farrell and letterer Simon Bowland are doing tremendous work, and my BOOM editors Cameron Chittock and Eric Harburn have just been fantastic. Everyone just gets this story and is doing everything they can to make it sing.

Review of the MECH CADET YU Vol. 1 trade from Geek Out Book Club!

The Geek Out Book Club podcast has released a rave review of the MECH CADET YU Volume One trade collection, which hits comic book shops on January 3.

Check out the review here — or play it below!

And call your local comic shop to pre-order the MECH CADET YU Volume One trade and MECH CADET YU #5 today — both come out on January 3, and today is the deadline for preorders for comic shops!

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Vote for MECH CADET YU in the IGN Best New Comic Book Series poll!

IGN has announced its nominees for Best New Comic Book of 2017 — and MECH CADET YU made this list! Please do feel free to check it out and VOTE for your fave today!

MECH CADET YU comic book trailer!

Hey, friends! Here’s the brand new trailer for the MECH CADET YU comic book, written by yours truly, with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Triona Farrell, letters by Simon Bowland, and published by BOOM! Studios. Music for the trailer is by the great David Libby.

MECH CADET YU tells the story of a janitor’s kid who bonds with a giant robot and joins the elite Sky Corps Academy — and ends up taking on the deadly Sharg invaders from outer space. It’s probably the best reviewed book of my career and I just love it and hope I can keep writing it forever. Hope very much you get a kick out of it, too!

The first collected trade and issue #5 both hit stores on January 3 — please do pre-order them from your local comic shop by December 11, the final order cutoff date!

2017-12-09 – Greg Pak signs at Anyone Comics in Brooklyn with Hama, Yarsky & Ma!

I’m signing comics at Anyone Comics in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 9, at 5 pm! Come see, come see! Larry Hama, Caitlin Yarsky, and Jerry Ma will also be signing!

All the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/381008305688812/

2017.12.01 – Greg Pak signs JOHN WICK #1 at Midtown Comics Downtown!

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Hey, I’m signing the new JOHN WICK #1 comic book on December 1 at Midtown Comics Downtown in NYC!

Very excited about this one. It’s a prequel story that takes place before the events of the first JOHN WICK movie. Written by yours truly, with line art by the great Giovanni Valletta.

The signing starts at 6 pm at Midtown Comics Downtown, 64 Fulton Street, New York, NY. More details at the Midtown Comics Facebook page!

Also, check out these great advance reviews for JOHN WICK #1:

“It’s a book full of intense action and really hits the ground running. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Even if you don’t know the films there is something for all comic books fans. If you are a hardcore John Wick fan? Then this book is definitely for you.” — 2G1 Reviews

“This is a very entertaining first issue, which lays some solid foundations for what is to come…” — SciFiPulse

“I love how far Greg Pak is taking us back in Wick’s world and life. I was pulled in to the story and even to unfamiliar characters right away – and I never do that.” — Chico Comics Page

“Thanks to the perfect union of Greg Pak’s writing and art by the team of Giovanni Valletta and David Curiel, the origins of Baba Yaga promise to be an impressive foray into what made the movies great.” — Pullbox Reviews

WEAPON H coming from Greg Pak and Cory Smith!

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Very happy to report that Marvel’s launching WEAPON H, a new series written by yours truly with art by Cory Smith! The gorgeous cover above is by Leinil Yu.

WEAPON H stars the mysterious soldier who was amped up with Hulk and Wolverine DNA in the WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION story earlier this year. The series is gonna be a blast — huge, bombastic action with searching emotional subtext worthy of a Hulk/Wolverine hybrid. Also, MONSTERS, starting with a terrifying new Wendigo in issue #1!

The series starts in March. Cory’s already started drawing, and the pages are incredible. Call your local shops and add it to your pull lists, friends!

Read the press release at Newsarama.

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