Greg Pak has written multiple classic runs of Hulk stories, including the Planet Hulk epic that inspired the gladiator storyline in the Thor: Ragnarok movie, the 2007 event comic World War Hulk, Skaar: Son of Hulk, which starred Hulk’s half-alien barbarian son, and The Totally Awesome Hulk ongoing series starring Amadeus Cho.
You can buy signed copies of a lot of these books at the Greg Pak Shop!
So a little movie called THOR: RAGNAROK hit movie theaters this week, and I’m thrilled to report that it’s fantastic — and that it’s inspired in part by the PLANET HULK story that I wrote and Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti, Gary Frank, Chris Sotomayor, Mark Paniccia, Nate Cosby, Randy Gentile, and many others worked on for Marvel!
Here’s a fun article from Vulture in which Abraham Riesman interviews me and editor Mark Paniccia about the making of the original comics.
Thrilled to share that I’ll be a guest of the Baltimore Comic Con this weekend, attending Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’ll be at table 208 in Artists Alley with tons of comics, including MECH CADET YU, KINGSWAY WEST, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, PLANET HULK, TOTALLY AWESOME HULK, and tons more!
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!
The PLANET HULK prose novel will be my first published novel and I’m over the moon about it. The entire experience has been amazing, flexing new muscles and diving back into one of my favorite stories to find new nuances and surprises. If you’ve never read the PLANET HULK comics, have no fear — this will be entirely accessible to brand new readers. If you’re an old-school PLANET HULK fan, you absolutely don’t want to miss this — it’s packed with deeper looks and some surprising developments.
Huge thanks to everyone who’s been so supportive of my Hulk work over the years — this wouldn’t have happened with out you. Much love to all the editors and artists who made the PLANET HULK comics so special. And big thanks to my PLANET HULK prose novel editor Stuart Moore!
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!
“Totally Awesome Hulk” #9, written by yours truly with art by Mike del Mundo, colors by Marco D’Alfonso and letters by Cory Petit is in stores TODAY! Cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson. Here’s the solicit:
CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN!
• AMADEUS CHO has lost someone very close to him. Now he’s mad. VERY MAD. No one would like him when he’s very mad.
• Introducing new series artist, the critically acclaimed Mike del Mundo!
Comics writer Greg Pak will be a guest of Eternal Con this Saturday and Sunday in Garden City, Long Island. He’ll have a table in Artist Alley and will be selling his children’s books ABC Disgusting and The Princess Who Saved Herself as well as comics and trade collections of his acclaimed Hulk and Superman comic book runs.
Pak will also be on a panel about writing comics with Brandon Montclare (“Rocketgirl,” “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”) on Friday at 2 pm in Panel Room 2.