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Review: The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

The_Totally_Awesome_Hulk_1_CoverThere’s a brand new Hulk in town, and his name is Amadeus Cho! Billed as the “craziest Hulk story of the millennium,” Cho has taken over the role of Hulk and is out to be the best Hulk that has ever existed?

How did he come to be? What happened to Bruce Banner? None of that is really revealed in The Totally Awesome Hulk #1, though Banner is slightly hinted out in this first issue which attempts to give us a very lighthearted and fun take on Marvel’s Green Goliath.

Instead of torment and anguish about his power, writer Greg Pak gives us an alter-ego who comes off as exactly that, full of ego. Brimming with confidence, Cho is arrogant in the first issue, making him almost unlikeable.

I’ll admit, I don’t have a lot of love for Banner or the Hulk, and have only read his comics in spurts, but I was really looking forward to checking out a new take, and there’s a good chance my checking out will be short-lived after reading this first issue.

I actually don’t mind the change, but Cho as I stated before is arrogant to the point of being borderline unlikeable, a quality I need in entertainment I’m consuming (of course I also do enjoy the occasional character I hate too). We get a smart kid full of ego he puts individuals in danger, and the comic comes off like teenage id in many ways. The comic goes for a fun tone, but Cho’s Hulk is having almost too much fun to the point you want someone to beat sense into him, which I guess is supposed to be Cho’s sister who is also in the series. Again, neither is a character I know all that well, but in my little reading of him, I never found Amadeus to be a character I wanted to beat senseless.

Frank Cho‘s art matches the fun tone, and I’ll say the style and vibe do match perfectly. This is a comic where I found the art more enjoyable than the story, but…. everyone looks too similar in their body types. Though there are cool images such as a double page spread of Cho/Hulk bunching a giant fire breathing turtle, the characters in the background all have similar body types. Even the hot dog vendor is svelte.

The comic goes for a comedic tone, but mixed with its main character, that tone becomes a turn-off at some points. The change in character and direction got me interested, but the first issue didn’t interest me enough to keep me around. One issue and I already want Banner back.


Story: Greg Pak Art: Frank Cho
Story: 6 Art: 7.8 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Dan Abnett, Tim Seeley and Greg Pak tapped for New Suicide Squad, Aquaman, & Teen Titans

Starting in February 2016, the ongoing creative teams for New Suicide Squad, Aquaman, and Teen Titans will feature some familiar faces from DC Comics’ lineup of writers and artists!

Kicking things off, New Suicide Squad #17 will be written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra. These regular Gothamites visit the dark and unspeakably violent world of the Suicide Squad for a thrilling new storyline! We’re excited to see what they bring to the Squad!

Indentured super villain Harley Quinn has made covert contact with someone outside the walls of Belle Reve prison—and this mysterious savior has discovered the secrets of Amanda Waller and Task Force X.


Next, Aquaman #49 will be written by Dan Abnett and illustrated by Vicente Cifuentes. Watch these two make waves with the beginning of a new chapter featuring your Atlantean heroes!

In the aftermath of the Thule invasion, Aquaman must show the people of Atlantis that he was the target of a conspiracy and earn their trust once more. And no, it’s not going to be easy…


Finally, Teen Titans #17 will be written by Greg Pak with art by Noel Rodriguez. The creative team isn’t going to give the Titans a single break. Run for your lives, Titans!

With their backs against the wall, the Titans are wanted across the country! Now, Tim Drake must find a way to clear the team’s name while staying one step ahead of the law. But Wonder Girl’s past is also catching up with her and it won’t wait for the Titans’ troubles to calm down.

Review: Batman/Superman #26

BatmanSuperman26Superman enlists the help of Batgirl, Redhood, Dick Grayson, and Batman to protect a group of people forced to mine uranium for Vandal Savage. As the story unfold, Vandal’s intentions become more clear and more treacherous. Now, everyone must figure out how to stop the immortal Savage before his destructive plan begins.

Batman/Superman #26 mainly focuses on Superman and the repercussions from a previous fight he had with Vandal Savage. He was defeated and psychologically, he has not been able to recover. Superman’s struggle with who his is and who he was is the heart of the story. Writer Greg Pak, does a phenomenal job showing how far he has fallen. Those he is protecting at the camp still see him as a hero. They see him as a symbol of hope. He himself cannot see this though and it causes a great ideological dichotomy between the two views. The character interactions are also well done. Each heroes personality shines through and feels appropriate. The main issue with the story is the way Batman is presented. He does not arrive until midway through and immediately solves all of the mystery behind Vandal Savage’s plan. This goes in the face of Superman actually calling Batgirl a genius. By establishing her as a genius, it makes little sense that she could not have solved everything herself. He also makes Red Hood and Grayson look incompetent in the process during the climatic battle.

The art is consistently strong throughout. The action scenes are well paced and well designed. Each character model is distinct and unique in both look and emotional expression.There really isn’t a bad panel in the entire issue. Each page is very solid.

Overall, this issue is only meant to build towards an eventual battle with Vandal Savage. And, while there may be issues with Batman and how his portrayal effects others, the story is very entertaining. There are many quality character moments and Superman internal struggle makes this a very good read.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Ardian Syaf, Cliff Richards
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Amadeus Cho Hulks Out in Totally Awesome Hulk #1!

Strap in, hold on and Hulk out True Believer. It’s time for a new Jade Giant for a new Marvel Universe. Amadeus Cho is here, and he’s throwing a gamma punch in your face this December in The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 –  the explosive new series from writer Greg Pak and artist Frank Cho!

A 19-year old boy genius is now the strongest being in the Marvel Universe. What could possibly go wrong? The mystery behind the Hulk’s new identity may have been revealed. But the questions don’t stop there. How did he come to be? What happened to Bruce Banner in the previous eight months. All will be revealed. But first – prepare for a completely different kind of Hulk. Not tormented. Not conflicted. Just a giant green wrecking machine who loves being the Hulk!

Now is the time to jump on board the series that already has the world talking. Big heart, big action and high stakes await Amadeus Cho on his very first Hulk adventure. Believe us, you’ve never seen a Hulk like this before and it’s going to be TOTALLY AWESOME. Be there as Amadeus’ exciting journey begins!

Written by GREG PAK
Art & Cover by FRANK CHO
Variant Covers by FRANK CHO (OCT150742) and WOO CHUL LEE (OCT150743)
Hip-Hop Variant by MAHMUD ASRAR (OCT150744)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (OCT150745)
Marvel ’92 Variant by DALE KEOWN (OCT150746)
FOC – 11/02/15, On-Sale – 12/02/15


Review: Action Comics #44

Action Comics #44 CoverThe epic “Truth” arc reaches its finale as Superman makes some brutal choices and discovers the source of the Shadow Warriors.

I began reading Action Comics #44 and immediately felt like I missed something, like I skipped an issue. Nope, definitely read issue 43, you can read my review here actually. The previous issue, things became much clearer as to writers Aaron Kuder and Greg Pak‘s focus, which to me was attempting to create that feeling of wanting to be Superman as a kid. This issue, I’m not quite so clear.

Wrapping up the “Truth” arc, and having “Lies” emblazoned on the cover, the issue is a lot of punching. Almost all action, with little else, the issue felt muddled and that there were some key plot points missing. I really felt like I was missing something, like I skipped an issue. What’s strange is, this formula of lull building up to conflict has worked quite well in the previous couple of issues. Here though, something is rather lost.

It could be the lack of details. It could be the wrapping up of the arc, while at the same time opening up a lot of questions. There’s just something very off with this issue. Possibly reading the arc as a trade, that might not be as apparent, but with a month gap, I definitely felt like something was off.

Aaron Kuder does double duty on art, and does an admirable job. I like his style and mixed with colors by Tomeu Morey, it looks like a mix of anime with a Western take. Kuder’s flow of action is very solid, as well as his use of the panels to keep the flow and show what’s going on.

Overall, the issue feels like its slipped a but with a muddied conclusion to this first arc. While it’ll probably sit well in the overall story, on it’s own, it just doesn’t hold up.

Story: Aaron Kuder, Greg Pak Art: Aaron Kuder
Story: 5 Art: 7 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Meet the “Totally Awesome Hulk” – Marvel’s First Korean-American Hulk!

Strap in, hold on and Hulk out – it’s time to meet your Totally Awesome Hulk, the one and only Amadeus Cho! That’s right true believer, it’s a all-new Jade Giant for an all-different Marvel Universe and he’s coming to you this December in Totally Awesome Hulk #1! Legendary and storied Hulk scribe Greg Pak returns to the fan-favorite character he created as he powers up to become the newest green goliath! And he’s bringing blockbuster artist Frank Cho along for the ride!

The mystery behind the new Hulk’s identity has been revealed! But what has happened to the original Hulk, Bruce Banner in the previous eight months? All will be revealed – and the answers will surprise you! But one thing is for certain – Amadeus Cho is a completely different kind of Hulk. Not tormented, not conflicted. Just a giant green wrecking machine who loves being the Hulk! What could possibly go wrong?

Big heart, big action and high stakes await as Amadeus Cho embarks on his first gamma-fueled adventure! Believe us, you’ve never seen a Hulk like this before – and it’s TOTALLY AWESOME. Be there as the Hulk’s exciting journey begins this December in the bombastic debut of TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1!

Written by GREG PAK
Art & Cover by FRANK CHO
Variant Cover by FRANK CHO
On Sale in December!

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Amadeus Cho is the Totally Awesome Hulk

In a release to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel has revealed the identity of the new Hulk that’ll star in Totally Awesome Hulk. Long time Hulk friend Amadeus Cho will be the new green goliath. The Korean-American lead character written and drawn by a Korean-American creative team Greg Pak and Frank Cho.

After months of guessing, and many predicting Cho, what are your thoughts?


Preview: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Vol. 3 TP

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Vol. 3 TP

writer: Greg Pak, Paul Tobin
artists: Lee Ferguson, Ruairi Coleman, Stephen Downey. Felipe Cunha
cover: Bart Sears
FC • 128 pages • $16.99 • Teen+

Life is difficult for Turok in the “civilized” England of the 1200s, where he’s treated as a savage despite being able to tame dinosaurs better than anyone. But a murder conspiracy against one of his allies will send the hunter deep into Sherwood Forest, and back in his natural element. In his attempt to survive this struggle for power, Turok starts to learn why dinosaurs still exist… while the Sheriff of Nottingham gathers crusaders, archers, and a menagerie of thunder lizards to wipe out Turok’s merry men!


Review: Action Comics #43

Action Comics #43“Truth” continues as Superman defies the Metropolis police and faces a new threat from the shadows!

The deconstruction currently occurring in the various Superman comics is fascinating. Depowered, and focused on what Superman truly stands for, Action Comics has become more street, with flashes of Ferguson, but with a superhero twist.

Written by Aaron Kuder and Greg Pak, the series is interesting, and reading Action Comics #43, what’s being done has become much clearer to me. There’s an intrinsic goodness, an almost pure superhero, that’s embodied by Superman. With having the character fight aliens, and super monsters, there’s also become a bit of a disconnect of the superhero with the average people he’s supposed to inspire.

There’s something special about kids wrapping a towel around their neck and trying to be Superman, and it feels to me Kuder and Pak are attempting to bring that real world inspiration to the comics, in a way getting back to basics and distilling the character down to some of his most important characteristics. They’re able to do this while at the same time having a mysterious villain who is so alien, and also touching upon real world issues.

Aaron Kuder brings his talents to the art, which is pretty solid. There’s solid action that has an almost anime vibe about some of it. The art isn’t consistent throughout, but there’s some very cool scenes when it comes to the action. It’s the quieter moments that aren’t quite as dynamic, instead opting for far out views and a decrease of detail in the characters. Its’ not bad though.

This comic is both a throwback and very relevant to today. Pak and Kuder (and the rest of the Superman team) are trying to remind us that even though Superman is also Clark Kent, we the readers can be Superman too through our every day actions to improve our neighborhoods. You don’t need to fight aliens and save the world to be a superhero, you can also just do some good in your own town too. This comic is a reminder of that, and hopefully will inspire some more folks to tie towels around their necks and attempt to be the hero they enjoy reading about.

Story: Aaron Kuder, Greg Pak Art: Aaron Kuder
Story: 8 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2015: Superman News!

At San Diego Comic-Con, Superman fans were treated to a Fortress of Solitude-sized dose of news about the Man of Steel.

DC Comics announced that legend Neal Adams will be tackling the character in Coming of the Supermen, scheduled for November. In this six-issue limited series, fans can expect the same sense of wonder that Bat-fans encountered with his Batman: Odyssey miniseries. This story pits Superman against the evil Darkseid and his son, brutal Kalibak. But this time he has help from an unlikely place: Three national heroes from the city of Kandor (now known as New Krypton) who see Superman as a legend. Even Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor is forced to ally himself with these heroes to prevent Darkseid from laying waste to the universe.

Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner-nominee Max Landis will take on November’s Superman: American Alien, a seven part collection of stories from the life of Clark Kent. Ranging from heartwarming and simple to gritty and two-fisted and even humorous, each story captures a pivotal moment in Clark’s development into the archetypical hero he’s become. Landis will be joined by seven of the industry’s greatest artists, Ryan Sook will provide the cover art, with artists JOCK, Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, Joelle Jones, Jae Lee, Francis Manapul, and Jonathan Case providing interior art.

Award-winning graphic novelist and new Superman writer Gene Yang and Action Comics co-writer Greg Pak updated fans on Superman, recapping the events from “TRUTH” and giving fans a look into what’s happening next in “JUSTICE,” where a newly de-powered Superman continues to deal with the consequences of his now public secret identity and a Metropolis police department making things increasingly difficult for folks in his neighborhood.

Fans also heard the latest on Superman’s opposite number Bizarro, courtesy of writer Heath Corson. He provided a sneak peek at what’s next for the mismatched duo of Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen as they continue on the craziest road trip in the DC Universe!

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