Greg Pak: City Boy

CITY BOY is a DC Comics series in the We Are Legends imprint written by Greg Pak, drawn by Minkyu Jung, colored by Sunny Gho, lettered by Wes Abbott, and edited by Jessica Chen. The story features Cameron Kim, a Korean American hero with the ability to tap into the consciousness of any city he’s in.

DC interviews Greg Pak about CITY BOY #1

Panel from CITY BOY #1 showing Cameron Kim looking down at the street and seeing into the infrastructure of the city, rendered in glowing blue lines, while saying "I got no idea what you're talking about." Art by Minkyu Jung, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Wes Abbott. interviewed yours truly about CITY BOY #1 — check it out here! Here’s an excerpt:

I’m such a huge fan of heroes with more off-the-wall abilities and powers and I think Cameron definitely fits the bill. Can you give us a rundown of how his city-speaking powers work and what fans should expect from him?

Cameron has the ability to tap into the consciousness of any city he’s in, which gives him access to all the city’s secrets and sometimes even control the infrastructure of the city in spectacular ways. I don’t want to spoil all of the ways Cameron uses his powers, but I can say that he starts small, basically scrounging for little lost treasures to pawn, but things amp up pretty quickly and the stakes will get enormously high. I’ll also note that the cities have their own consciousness and free will, so exactly what Cameron is able to do at any given moment may depend on the nature of his bond with any given city. Lots of room for interesting dynamics!

The interview also teased an appearance by Superman in issue #3 of the series. I’m ridiculously excited about this — I wrote Superman in ACTION COMICS and BATMAN/SUPERMAN for two years and absolutely love the character. It’s been great having the chance to spend time with him again, especially with City Boy in the mix.

Are there other characters you’d like him to team-up with in the future?

One of the biggest on my list is coming up in issue #3: Superman! In terms of powers, I love that Cameron and Clark both have access to more information about what’s going on around them than is probably good for anyone’s mental health—and both have to consider all kinds of moral and ethical questions as a result. At the same time, I love that Clark’s basically lawful good and Cameron is deeply, instinctively chaotic, so their ways of dealing with the world and their responsibilities are very different. That’s all solid gold for storytelling, and I can’t wait till we can share that issue with folks!

So to complete the tease, here’s Minkyu Jung’s gorgeous, uncolored cover for CITY BOY #3, featuring the big blue boy scout himself!

Uncolored cover for CITY BOY #3 by Minkyu Jung featuring Superman descending over City Boy as City Boy tips his hat and disappears into the shadows between the bricks on the ground.

CITY BOY is written by Greg Pak (hey, that’s me!) with interior art by Minkyu Jung, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Wes Abbott, and editing by Jessica Chen. Ask your local comics shop to hold copies for you today!

CITY BOY #1 gets rave reviews!

City Boy #1 cover by Minkyu Jung and Sunny Gho, featuring the titular character standing on the street as the city warps behind him.

Launching a brand new character in a superhero universe can be incredibly hard, so I’m thrilled to report that CITY BOY #1 is getting rave reviews in its first day of release!

CITY BOY is written by yours truly with art by Minkyu Jung, colors by Sunny Gho, letters by Wes Abbott, and editing by Jessica Chen. The book is part of Jessica’s amazing We Are Legends imprint of Asian American stories at DC Comics, and it tells the tale of Cameron Kim, a Korean American kid with the ability to tap into the consciousness of the city he’s in.

Comic Watch writes, “With great characterization, solid heart, and natural connection to the DCU, City Boy #1 is the start of something really great.”

Weird Science says, “Pak’s writing is tight, efficient, and almost melodic in its delivery. Minkyu Jung’s art presents memorable characters, dramatic composition, and gritty action.”

ComicsBeat says, “We get a solid main character, a cool new powers concept, and all the basics done right — we get a great new superhero debut comic.”

Ask your local comic shop to hold a copy of CITY BOY #1 for you today!

And feel free to check out the extensive interview AIPT did with me!

2023-05-06 – Greg Pak at Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY for Free Comic Book Day!

Cover art of the MECH CADETS and DC WE ARE LEGENDS comics available on Free Comic Book Day during the Greg Pak signing at Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY.

Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day, and I’ll signing books from 12-3 pm at Aw Yeah Comics in Harrison, NY!

Come see, come see, and nab your free copy of the MECH CADETS book that includes the first issue of the MECH CADET YU series that the upcoming Netflix animated show is based on!

And also grab DC’s WE ARE LEGENDS sampler, that includes an introduction to the City Boy character who’ll debut in his own series later this month!

UPDATE: Also signing at the event: Franco, Jason May, Chris Gugliotti, Adam Wallenta, and Paul Kupperberg!

Sneak peek of City Boy, a brand new DC Comics character co-created by Greg Pak and Minkyu Jung

City Boy sneak peek art by Minkyu Jung

I’m thrilled to share a sneak peek of CITY BOY, a brand new DC Comics character co-created by artist Minkyu Jung and yours truly! City Boy will appear for the first time in the WILDSTORM 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on November 30 and then in LAZARUS PLANET: LEGENDS REBORN on January 31.

I’ve had the idea for this character rolling around in my head for over a decade. It’s been a thrill to develop him with brilliant editor Jessica Chen and artist Minkyu Jung. He’s a special little troublemaker and we love him — can’t wait for y’all to meet him!