Greg Pak: Magneto Testament

“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 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.

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“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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YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily names “Magneto Testament” the best comic of 2009

Anderson at 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.

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2009.12.08 – “Magneto Testament” event with Pak and Simons at Simon Wiesenthal Center in NYC

From the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s official announcement:

Please join us for a conversation with
Author and Editor of
Moderated by Mark Weitzman
(SWC Director of Government Affairs and Historical Consultant to X-Men: Magneto Testament)
Today, the whole world knows him as Magneto, the most radical champion of mutant rights that the world has ever seen. But in 1935, he was just another schoolboy – who happened to be Jewish in Nazi Germany. The definitive origin story of one of Marvel’s greatest icons begins with a silver chain and a crush on a girl – and quickly turns into a harrowing struggle for survival against the inexorable machinery of Hitler’s Final Solution.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
6:30 pm
New York Tolerance Center
(226 East 42nd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
$20 per person
The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing
(books will be available for purchase)
Space is limited: reservations must be made in advance.
Please respond no later than December 7
To RSVP or for more information, please contact Carly Sorscher at 212-370-0320 or via email at

Atomic interviews Pak on Hulk

Atomic Comics has interviewed “Incredible Hulk” writer for their latest “Radiation Interrogation” column. Here’s an excerpt:

AC – When we last saw Bruce he was “Hulk no more”. Now he has to come face to face with his son. But is it really Banner’s son or is it Hulk’s son?
GP – That’s an excellent question, sir, and it goes right to the heart of the story we’re telling. Skaar and Banner may have very different answers to that question, which could lead to some interesting conflicts.
AC – How is Skaar showing up on Earth and hanging around with Bruce going to be treated by the other Marvel heroes?
GP – Bruce Banner is going to pick a lot of fights during the course of this storyline. The heroes may have a tough time deciding whether the real threat here is Skaar or Banner himself.

Click here to read the whole thing — and don’t miss “Incredible Hulk” #601, hitting stores tomorrow!

Magneto Testament endnote weblinks

By Greg Pak
As promised, please see below for clickable links to the websites listed in the endnotes to the collected hardcover of “Magneto Testament.” I hope these links will be helpful to readers of “Testament” and anyone who’s interested in learning more about the Holocaust.

General Web Resources
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority
Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
Specific References
Issue One, Page 13
Archival image of the “Ich habe deutsches Mädchen geschändet” sign
Issue One, page 14
More about the Nuremberg Laws and other anti-Jewish legislation in the pre-war period
Full text of the Nuremberg Laws

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Pak Talks Comics – Super Giant Reader Q&A!

By Greg Pak
Over the next few months, I’m reworking the format of my “Pak Talks Comics” column for The new and improved column should appear towards the end of the summer. But in the meantime, I’ll continue the Reader Q&A portion of the column right here at, so keep those questions coming and read on for answers to the latest batch!
WARNING: Some spoilers ahead for a few recent issues of “Incredible Hercules,” “Skaar,” and “Magneto Testament.”
Hrungr: With the Olympians now on Earth along with the Asgardians, does anyone remember that the Celestials had ordered them to stop interfering with humanity? Or is it a case where humanity has grown to the point that the gods are simply another group of superpowered beings?
Thanks for the question, Hrungr. As you’ll see, Bill has a similar question about the nature of the gods below – I’ll answer them together in a second. Also, since we’re on the subject, “Incredible Hercules” #129 hits comic book stores today — feel free to check out the preview!
Bill Frank: I just want to start out by saying that I am really enjoying your and Van Lente’s run on “Incredible Hercules.” You both seem to have caught the real feel for a mythological character that some writers miss. With that in mind, I was wondering a few things about your run that can be roughly divided into three sets of questions, if you don’t mind:
In universes like Marvel’s there are a myriad of super powerful beings with powers and abilities rivaling if not surpassing gods. Some beings like Eternals have been mistaken for gods in the past and have almost identical power-sets except they are science based instead of magic based. When writing a series like “Incredible Hercules,” what separates gods from other super powered beings? What distinguishes Hercules, an immortal super-strong man from other immortal super-strong men like Gilgamesh or Wonder Man or makes him different from being just some ancient superhero?
I’m not saying this is the case, but it’s within the realm of possibility that all of the powers of Herc and his relatives could be explained via Marvel science; maybe they’re not gods, just immortal superhumans. But for millennia, Herc has been told he’s literally a god and has been worshipped as a god. So a huge part of his story is this struggle with questions of a god’s prerogatives and responsibilities. Characters like Wonder Man and the Hulk and Wolverine, who might be functionally immortal, haven’t had that millennia-long struggle with the question of godhood that Herc has, nor do they come from a family and culture of fellow gods struggling with the same issues. Those are major differences that create different animating themes for these characters.

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