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Writer Greg Pak Takes On 'X-Men' Comic Book

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Comic book writer Greg Pak will be taking his literary skills to the “Astonishing X-Men” comic book, publishing giant Marvel announced yesterday.

Pak, coming off a successful five-year run as writer for “The Incredible Hulk,” will join forces with artist Mike McKone for the November issue of “The Astonishing X-Men.”

Although Pak might be best known for his work on The Hulk, he’s ventured into the mutant of the Marvel Universe on numerous occasions with limited series focused on Magneto as well as the Phoenix Force. But his run on ASTONISHING X-MEN puts him at the heart of things, dealing with X-Men’s biggest players.

“I am so ridiculously happy to be working with Mike on this book,” Pak told Marvel.com. “He’s tearing it up with his trademark clean lines, dynamic action, and phenomenal character work. And he’s cranking up the sexy like nobody’s business.”

The New York-based writer is also a filmmaker and made his feature film directorial debut in 2003 with “Robot Stories.”

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Amadeus & Greg's Excello Adventure

For comics writer Greg Pak, reimagining an old Marvel Universe superhero from the 1940s as a Korean American teenage brainiac was also a chance to turn a decades-old stereotype on its head.

by Jimmy Lee
Photos courtesy of Greg Pak and Marvel Comics

Amadeus Cho holds his own fighting a god.
Even the Mighty Thor can’t fend off Amadeus’ headache-inducing mace blows, not to mention his sarcastic verbal assaults. And using his lightning-quick brain to calculate velocity vectors, Amadeus can turn Mjolnir, Thor’s magical hammer, against the Norse god of thunder. “There is nothing about you that does not annoy me,” the frustrated Thor tells the precocious teen. Despite getting under this deity’s skin, Amadeus is soon teaming up with Thor to thwart the bad guy and restore some order to the Marvel Universe.

Amadeus Cho’s rise to prominence in the comics world is a triumph of the geek. Here’s a guy who can’t fly, lacks anything close to the power of a locomotive and is far slower than a speeding bullet. Rather, what gets him through sticky situations is his incredible smarts, with a snarky, biting comment often thrown in for good measure.

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