Amadeus Cho is a Marvel Comics character created by writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa in 2005 for Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #15. Amadeus was a major supporting character during the World War Hulk event and co-starred with Hercules in the Incredible Hercules series (co-written by Pak and Fred Van Lente) for four and a half years. In 2015, Amadeus became Marvel’s new Hulk and starred in the Totally Awesome Hulk ongoing comics series. Most recently, Amadeus led the new Agents of Atlas in their 2019 and 2020 miniseries.
Here’s some gorgeous new art from INCREDIBLE HULK #709, written by yours truly, drawn by Greg Land, with inks by Jay Leisten and colors by Frank Darmata!
Here’s the solicit:
RETURN TO PLANET HULK Part 1
When Amadeus Cho picks up a distress signal from a distant planet he’s shocked to find out it’s from SAKAAR. As the Totally Awesome Hulk, he’s been trying to avert the curse of anger that haunted Bruce Banner. But SAKAAR is a place for warriors and gladiators…a place where the Hulk fought brutally in the Imperial Arena…who is calling Cho for help?
In stores October 18 – ask your local retailer to pre-order it for you today!
A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted that Totally Awesome Hulk #15 might be the biggest team up of Asian American superheroes in a mainstream superhero comic ever. I’m thrilled to report that the book hits stores today, written by yours truly and drawn by Mahmud Asrar, with colors by Nolan Woodard, letters by Corey Petit, and a cover by Stonehouse!
The book’s already nabbed some rave reviews. At Nerds of Color, Keith Chow writes “I was actually moved to tears.” Jenn of Reappropriate writes, “childhood Jenn is all kinds of loving it!” And AIPT says, “Simply put, there aren’t a lot of comics that are as endearing as this.”
So where did this big team up story come from?
Over the years, I’ve had tons of dinners and karaoke sessions with fellow Asian American friends and colleagues at various comic conventions and film festivals where we get real and real ridiculous and everything in between. And I found myself thinking that the Asian American heroes in the Marvel Universe would probably hang out like that every once in a while, right? So what would they do and say? What kinds of bonding and what kinds of conflict would arise? And then what would happen if the other shoe dropped and they had to go straight from a night out to a massive superhero adventure?
Right now just felt like the perfect time for the book — Marvel’s really expanded the roster of Asian American heroes in recent years with Cindy Moon (Silk), Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), and Amadeus Cho (The Totally Awesome Hulk) all headlining books. And I’ve been itching to write classic characters like secret agent Jimmy Woo and Shang-Chi, the undisputed Master of Kung Fu. What makes it so much fun is that you’ve got all of this diversity within diversity, really interesting different angles on life within this group of characters, which allows for some nice subtlety and depth when you put ’em all together.
I’m particularly loving the chance to explore the way these different generations of heroes look at the world. In real life, Jimmy Woo’s actually one of the oldest Marvel characters — he starred in a comic way back in 1956, years before the Avengers and the Fantastic Four and almost all the others else hit the scene. In the context of our story, he’s the older dude, a kind of cool uncle who’s been around the block a million times. He’s also a secret agent, with a potentially much more ruthless edge to him than our teen heroes. So… tension! Drama! Adventure! And karaoke! The whole thing’s been a total blast and I hope folks dig it.
After I posted that gorgeous Stonehouse cover to issue #15 on Twitter, I was totally blown away by the overwhelming response. That post has been viewed over 400,000 times. It may be the most liked and retweeted tweet I’ve ever seen for one of my books. The excitement that folks of all different backgrounds seem to have for this funnybook about these Asian American heroes has been hugely inspiring and gratifying. Huge thanks to everyone who’s shared it — please do keep spreading the word and pick up that first issue today!
Check out the preview for Totally Awesome Hulk #15, which features what may be the biggest team up of Asian American superheroes to ever assemble in a mainstream superhero comic book! The book was drawn by Mahmud Asrar with colors by Nolan Woodard, letters by Corey Petit, and words by yours truly. It hits stores this coming Wednesday, January 25 — ask your local shop to hold a copy for you or pre-order it digitally at Comixology!
Totally Awesome Hulk #10 hits stores on September 28, written by yours truly with art by Mahmud Asrar, colors by Nolan Woodard, and a cover by Terry Dodson. Check out the lettered preview! Then ask your local shop to hold a copy for you!
Ridiculously excited about this! As AMNY reported on Friday, the great Jeremy Lin will co-star with Amadeus Cho in Totally Awesome Hulk #13 and #14, written by yours truly with art by Luke Ross and covers by Bernard Chang! The first issue hits in December — ask your local retailer to order a copy for you today!
Here’s Lin talking about the book:
“They had me with Hulk’s hair. We’re kindred spirits,” Lin said. “It is an honor and a cool opportunity to become part of the Amadeus Cho, ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’ storyline. Additionally, I think it’s great that Marvel is making real efforts to add diversity to its superheroes and their origin stories.”
If you’ve followed me during the basketball season on Twitter, you know I’m a huge Lin fan, so this storyline is a dream come true — it’s the biggest Asian American sports star teaming up with the biggest Asian American superhero! Amadeus is a cocky teenager who thinks he knows everything and is going to be the best Hulk ever. Lin knows a little something about the greatness that comes from teamwork and what it takes to keep going no matter what. So in between all the smashing and hooping, someone big and green might just learn a little something.
“It’s weird right? It was just a cool opportunity, and I think Greg [Pak] was really supportive of me and my story, so I’m thankful for that,’’ Lin told The Post, referring to the New York-based comics writer who became a diehard fan of the guard during his days as a Knick.
Don’t forget to ask your local retailer to order copies for you today!
The kind folks at the Fan Expo Dallas have invited me to the show as a featured comics guest! I’ll be attending all three days, June 3-5, and I’ll have a table in Artists’ Alley where you can get (free!) signatures and buy copies of a bunch of my books, including my children’s books ABC Disgusting and The Princess Who Saved Herself.
I’m also scheduled for a Comic Creator Spotlight at 6:30 pm Friday in room C155 and a Comic Writing Workshop on Sunday at 3 pm in room C155.
“The Totally Awesome Hulk” #1, written by yours truly with art by Frank Cho and colors by Sonia Oback, hits stores in December. Amadeus Cho was created by me and artist Takeshi Miyazawa way back in 2005. Totally thrilled about this totally awesome book and hugely grateful to everyone at Marvel to pulling us on board!
Here’s a quote from me from the EW article:
When [editor] Mark Pannica gave me a call, he said three words: “Amadeus Cho Hulk” and my head popped off. I said “I’m in! Let’s do it!” And Axel and Mark and I sat down and talked it all through, and it was immediately clear that we were all on the exact same page about this. I love Banner, I wrote Hulk stories for five and half years, and I loved writing Banner. Those stories mean a huge amount to me. At the same time, there’s a long tradition in Hulk stories of different people taking on that mantle, and with Amadeus in particular, it just set up a really great dynamic. Like Axel said, he’s going to be a very different kind of Hulk. He’s 19 years old, he’s on top of the world, he thinks he’s right about everything…and he might be. Or he might not be. But this is a kid who’s got a ridiculous amount of confidence. A lot of it has been justly earned, but he may be in over his head, and he’s going to come in here and he’s determined to be the best Hulk there’s ever been. He loves being the Hulk. And that may cause massive trouble for everyone else in the Marvel Universe. It’s just a great recipe.
Scroll on for some more glorious art from Frank and Sonia.
Thrilled to reveal that artist Takeshi Miyazawa and I are signing at the Beguiling comic book shop in Toronto on September 15 from 5 to 7 pm! Full details here.
Tak and I have collaborated on a million projects, from co-creating Amadeus Cho (now the new Hulk!) way back in 2005 to working together on “Code Monkey Save World,” “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” and the soon-to-be-published “ABC Disgusting.”
The Beguiling will have copies of both “Code Monkey Save World” and “The Princess Who Saved Herself” for sale.
This Sunday afternoon, I’ll be leading a comic book master class at the Museum of Chinese in America as part of the Asian American International Film Festival! It’ll be a blast — I’ll go over all aspects of comic book making and give out free books, Kingsway West posters, and ABC Disgusting stickers. Grab your tickets here: https://mocanyc.obsres.com/Info.aspx?EventID=7
Here’s the description:
For over a decade, Greg Pak has been writing acclaimed comic books featuring icons like the Hulk, Batman, Superman, and Storm — as well as creator-owned books and Kickstarter breakout hits like Code Monkey Save World and the Princess Who Saved Herself.
In this in-depth, practical master class, Pak will dive into the nuts and bolts of comic book making, using the 22 year development process of his newest creator-owned comic book as a case study. Topics will include:
The creative storytelling challenges and practical business considerations of moving from filmmaking to writing comics.
The huge joys of bringing Asian American and other diverse characters to life in comics.
The step-by-step work of making a comic book, from concept to story to script to art to publishing, promotion, and audience building.
The specific challenges of funding and publishing independent comics in the digital age — both via Kickstarter and traditional publishers.
Also featuring nifty comics-related giveaways and never-before-revealed sneak peeks from Pak’s secret, new creator-owned work!