Greg Pak: Red Skull

Holocaust Remembrance Day

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, here are a few pages from RED SKULL INCARNATE and MAGNETO TESTAMENT that depict some key events during the rise of the Nazis.

Never forget. Never again.

To learn more about the rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust, please visit the United States Holocaust Museum website,

MAGNETO TESTAMENT pages were drawn by Carmine Di Giandomenico with colors by Matt Hollingsworth and letters by David & Natalie Lanphear.

RED SKULL INCARNATE pages were drawn by Mirko Colak with colors by Matt Wilson and letters by Clayton Cowles.


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“Red Skull Incarnate” on sale TODAY ONLY for 99¢ an issue at Comixology!


“Red Skull Incarnate,” a comic book miniseries written by yours truly with art by Mirko Colak, is on sale digitally at Comixology for just 99¢ an issue, today only!

“Red Skull Incarnate” tells the origin story of Marvel’s most evil villain, following an orphan as he struggles to survive and dominate during the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis. The book’s gorgeous and disturbing covers were drawn by David Aja. Colors are by Matt Wilson and letters by Clayton Cowles. Alejandro Arbona edited.

“Red Skull Incarnate is a thorough psychological portrait that savagely avoids cliche. Pak never makes the easy choices in his storytelling, and each major turning point is delivered in unexpected ways. The ending, which everybody knows is coming, is still surprising, fulfilling, and even more ominous than foreknowledge prepares us for, and the characterization is on another level entirely. Watching Johann transform from an orphan boy into a powerful sociopath is seriously engaging, and Pak performs these feats without making excuses for Johann, and without making him unsympathetic. It might be Pak’s most skillful work to date.”

— John Parker, ComicsAlliance

Free Greg Pak Marvel books at Comixology!

By Greg Pak
A bunch of my books are part of the Marvel #1 digital comics giveaway at Comixology right now. The site’s pretty bogged down, so it might be tricky to download everything, but it appears that you can nab the following:
“Red Skull” #1
“Silver Surfer” #1
“Dark Reign: The List: Hulk”
“Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Clash”
“Planet Skaar Prologue”
“Skaar Son of Hulk” #1
“Iron Man: House of M” #1
“War Machine” #1
“Chaos War” #1
“World War Hulk” #1
“World War Hulk Prologue” (includes the Amadeus Cho origin story, I think)
“World War Hulk: Aftersmash” #1
“Herc” #1
“X-Treme X-Men” #1
“X-Men: Phoenix – Endsong” #1
“X-Men: Phoenix – Warsong” #1
Good luck, and enjoy!

Comics pros please read: Shameless “Red Skull Incarnate” promotion!

By Greg Pak
I told you last month how proud I am of “Red Skull Incarnate,” a historically accurate comic book miniseries that tells the story of a boy who becomes a monster as Weimar Germany collapses and the Nazis seize power.
I also intimated I’d promote the book shamelessly. Well, the collected trade paperback came out today, and I’ve come up with a crazy idea to get this book into the hands of some more people and maybe raise some money for charity at the same time.
Cover artist David Aja, interior artist Mirko Colak, colorist Matt Wilson, letterer Clayton Cowles, and editor Alejandro Arbona did incredibly amazing work on this book, and I’d love for them to have a shot at various upcoming comics industry awards.
So if you’re a comics professional who hasn’t read the book but plans to vote for awards like the Harveys and Eagles, please email me at vm at pakbuzz dot com . I will send a bunch of trade paperbacks of “Red Skull Incarnate” out into the world (alas, US mailing addresses only), each with a bundle of stamped envelopes. So you can read the book, then use one of the envelopes to mail it to another industry friend you think might enjoy it. And so on and so on.
Finally, I’ll include a blank comic book backing board in the packet. Everyone who reads the book is encouraged to sign the backing board — and do a quick sketch, if you’re so inclined. The last envelope will be addressed to me. When I get the book and signed card back, I’ll auction them off on eBay with the proceeds going to a charity like Doctors Without Borders.
Sounds crazy, huh? That’s because it is! Let’s see if it works!
Looking forward to hearing from you.

2012.01.25 – “Red Skull Incarnate” paperback

By Greg Pak
The “Red Skull Incarnate” collected trade paperback hits stores this Wednesday, and I really hope you’ll consider picking it up. The book tells the historically accurate story of a boy turning into a monster as Germany’s Weimar Republic collapses and the Nazis rise to power. Artist Mirko Colak, cover artist David Aja, colorist Matt Wilson, letterer Clayton Cowles, and editor Alejandro Arbona poured their hearts into the book and it’s one of my proudest Marvel comics productions.
The collected trade includes extensive footnotes to show historical sources and help interested readers find suggestions for more exploration into the time period.
iFanboy has featured the book in this week’s Don’t Miss Podcast.
Splinter Comics has a great, thoughtful, extensive review (warning: some spoilers!)
Ask your local shop to hold a copy for you today.
Or you can preorder at Amazon.

“Red Skull: Incarnate” reviews

By Greg Pak
“Red Skull: Incarnate” is a five issue comic book miniseries drawn by the amazing Mirko Colak with chilling covers by the great David Aja that tells the story of Johann Schmidt, an orphan in Weimar Germany who eventually becomes the Nazi monster known as the Red Skull.
If you’re interested in historically accurate fiction dealing with this time period, crime thrillers, and/or explorations of the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe, please feel free to check it out. The first three issues are already out and the fourth comes out on October 26. Please read on for some reviews — and if you’re intrigued, ask your local store to hold you a copy!

“This is a hugely effective opener for the five-part series with Pak putting his central character on the periphery of the political and social turmoil that plagued Germany following the end of the Great War.”
Paradox Comics Group
“It’s a masterful character study by one of the best writers in the business, and may shape up to be one of the best mini-series released this year.”
Alex Zalben, MTV Geek
WARNING: Some spoilers in some of the reviews below:
Issue #1 reviews:
Comic Book Resources
Crave Online
Comics And
Comic Book Critic
Issue #2 reviews:
Comic Book Critic
Issue #3 review: