I Miss Amadeus Cho

Amazing Fantasy #15 (2006)

While reorganizing some comic boxes from the move — I should copy and paste that phrase to use over the next two years — KC found a good memory for me. Amazing Fantasy (Volume 2) #15 was cover-dated January 2006. According to the text page in the back, it was created to “revisit, revamp, or recreate… idle Marvel character names.”

The lead story in the anthology was the introduction of Amadeus Cho, by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. Given the editor’s comments, I wondered if this was a reuse, but according to the character’s Wikipedia bio, it’s not. That’s good, because I like the idea of Amadeus being totally original.

I admire Pak for being willing to take on a super-smart character. It’s hard to write more intelligent than normal (just like, judging from current superhero comics, it’s hard to write nicer or more moral than you are). That’s one of the reasons I loved Cho — he was different and creative and someone I wanted to see more of. He was also a nice contrast to the more physically powerful characters, and he brought some needed diversity to the Marvel universe. And he had a cute dog (actually a coyote called Kirby).

Cho was used on the titles Pak moved through, supporting the Hulk and Hercules, but there’s not a lot of shelf space or audience attention for quirky books like those these days. At least no one’s killed him off yet.

I also miss the art of Miyazawa. He draws terrific young people with strong feeling. Seems he’s moved to Japan to work in manga.

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7 Responses to “I Miss Amadeus Cho”

  1. James Moar Says:

    “That’s good, because I like the idea of Amadeus being totally original.”

    He’s tenuously connected to a Golden Age character called Master Mind Excello — it’s more of an excuse than anything.

  2. Jer Says:

    Honestly I’m not sure that I’d want to see anyone write Amadeus Cho other than Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and maybe Jeff Parker. Outside that group I’d be afraid that someone would decide that Cho should put on a fetish costume and start calling himself Penance. Or something equally stupid.

  3. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, James, that explains the placement in this anthology — and the use of that silly term in the story!

    Jer, you make a good point. It’s not just the character but the combination of character, writer, and artist that matters.

  4. Vanja Says:

    It’s strange that with X-Treme X-Men’s cancellation, Pak doesn’t seem to have a new project lined up at either Marvel and DC (that I know of). His career has definitely taken a slow turn following his association with the Hulk titles, as despite some quality titles to his name, like “Red Skull: Incarnate”, he has slipped away from the spotlight. It’s all the more bizarre when one compares him to his fellow Marvel event writer Matt Fraction’s career trajectory.

  5. gooftastic Says:

    Man, I miss Cho too. Then again, I miss The Hulk stories being good instead of Rulk garbage.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Vanja, that happens more often than we know, I think. People think that getting a book at DC or Marvel is “making it”, but with so much competition, it’s not a sure thing that that status can be kept. Especially with the publishers thrashing for more sales and new directions.

  7. James Schee Says:

    Cho fans might want to check Savage Wolverine out. Though he looks very different than how I remember him.

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