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Witness the chilling creation of Marvel's greatest monster, and liberty's greatest enemy. As Berlin descends into chaos and ruin, sinister forces are on the rise...and the men who will form the Nazi Party ascent to power. Against this tragic backdrop of history, a boy comes of age: Johann Schmidt. Orphan, thug, urchin--Johann has nothing--and how far he would go for powerWitness the chilling creation of Marvel's greatest monster, and liberty's greatest enemy. As Berlin descends into chaos and ruin, sinister forces are on the rise...and the men who will form the Nazi Party ascent to power. Against this tragic backdrop of history, a boy comes of age: Johann Schmidt. Orphan, thug, urchin--Johann has nothing--and how far he would go for power will change the world. Greg Pak, the writer of X-MEN: MAGNETO-TESTAMENT, and breakout artist Mirko Colak (SECRET WARRIORS) bring to life the twisted birth of the Red Skull.COLLECTING:RED SKULL 1-5...

Title : Red Skull: Incarnate
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ISBN : 9780785152071
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Number of Pages : 120 Pages
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Red Skull: Incarnate Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-02-15 09:10

    Red Skull: Incarnate is the story of how Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull, came to be involved with the Nazis. Starting in 1923 with Hitler’s failed Beerhall Putsch, we follow Johann’s brutal young life through the hyperinflation of the 1920s to the Nazis’ increasing violence against the Jews and rival parties culminating in the burning of the Reichstag and Hitler’s rise to Fuhrer – with Johann at his side. David Aja’s incredible covers are what attracted me to this book which turned out to be… just ok. Book covers and judging, eh? Though considering Greg Pak wrote it, that’s pretty amazing! Johann’s story isn’t that remarkable to begin with – he escapes a miserable orphanage into a rough, violent life on the streets, living a more adult Oliver Twist-esque existence. It only really gets good towards the end with his plan to get into Hitler’s inner circle and onto the path where he will become the Red Skull (we don’t see the physical transformation here). For the most part it reads like Marvel doing high school history in a truncated fashion for those who never took it. I studied this era of history for a while so I’m very familiar with the subject which is probably why I wasn’t as engrossed in reading it. That and Mirko Colak’s capable but unimpressive art left me feeling that Red Skull: Incarnate, while decent, wasn’t that special a comic. Which is disappointing as I was hoping for a more interesting supervillain origin for one of Marvel’s most evil characters.

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2019-02-03 14:41

    Best origin of the Red Skull.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2019-01-21 16:09

    Ever wondered how the Red Skull became the Red Skull? Well, that will have to wait but this piece covers the Red Skull as a real orphan named Johann Schmidt coming of age as the Nazis rise to power.It's a tale of desperation and betrayal with the world of Schmidt being evident in that only the powerful will thrive, not the just or morale. In some ways the use of Nazi history may be too truthful and unsettling to some readers but in the afterward author Greg Pak felt today's politicians trivialized the brutality of the Third Reich and so he wanted to show it in action.ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B to B plus; HISTORICAL FOCUSES/ACCURACY: B plus;WHEN READ: mid December 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  • ***Dave Hill
    2019-02-03 12:08

    How does someone become a Nazi super-villain like the Red Skull? More to the point, how do you tell such a story without descending into some mustachio-twirling melodrama?You do it like this, a tale of young German orphan Johann Schmidt and his ascent (descent) into the trusted circle of the Fuhrer. Pak grounds his story solidly (with end notes, even) into German history of the 20s and 30s, using the economic, social, and political turmoil of that time to explain Schmidt's life.If the book has a weakness (which only comes up in retrospect), it's that events are so tightly woven around the historic events that it's not sometimes clear how much agency Schmidt has, or sometimes *why* he does the things he does. Schmidt on multiple occasions acts in an unexpected fashion (usually more, but sometimes less, brutally). You can tell there's a reason for it, but the reason isn't always obvious, especially as cast members come and go (and often look quite alike), and as the story hops forward from one historically-grounded vignette or another, mapped carefully into what's been established (more or less) for the Skull's history.In some ways, it's more a successful survey of Germany from the 20s-30s and the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler, from the perspective of a participant-witness (Schmidt). But by the end, there is little doubt that, safe for the mask, Schmidt is in place to become the Skull (and so take the story out of history and into the comic book realm, a step that Pak wisely never shows us).It's difficult to say anything positive about this book without making it sound like approval of its subject matter, which is dark and unpleasant. But it's an excellent example of how to do a historic work in comic book form, including backstory for the four-color heroes that inhabit most of the comic book world.

  • Koen
    2019-01-30 16:02

    It was a nice story, but still it felt like it left me empty-handed..This didn't feel like an origin story of the Red Skull, one of the baddest asses from Marvel... No, I was expecting more depth from this.

  • UnionReader
    2019-02-18 12:43

    Origin of evil!I was impressed by the level of historical accuracy given to these comics , which given the target audience wasn't really necessary. A good origin story, more fleshed out than the original.

  • Unai
    2019-02-11 16:41

    Greg Pak repite a la hora de llevarnos a la Alemania nazi para contarnos la infancia de otro villano del universo Marvel. Ya lo hizo hace un par de años con “Magneto: Testamento” y ahora se mete con otro villano de enjundia, pero del bando contrario. Pasamos del judío victima que era Magneto, al miembro de confianza del partido Nazi que es Red Skull, o mejor dicho, Johann Schmidt.En esta miniserie de 5 números conocemos la vida de Johann desde su nacimiento, en el que muere su madre, al paso por el orfanato y posteriores tiempos conviviendo con un padre y su hija judíos. Al igual que él, somos testigos de la transformación que sufre Alemania, desde la crisis y la inflación galopante de los primeros años de su vida, al ascenso nazi.En un mundo duro y cruel, Johann va abriéndose camino, con claros síntomas de ser un autentico sociópata, pero en un tiempo y lugar donde eso no te convertía ni mucho menos en lo mas peligroso de las calles. Así al igual que Alemania se transforma, Johann lo hace con ella, siguiendo su filosofía propia de estar siempre del lado del más fuerte, sin importar si tiene razón o no.El problema es que a pesar de lo atractivo de la ambientación y del jugo que se lo podía haber sacado, al igual que con “Magneto: Testamento”, me vuelvo a quedar frío y con sensación de leer algo excesivamente simplista. No me hace comprender mejor a Red Skull ni entender mejor porque es como es y me he quedado con la impresión de que hubiera sido mucho más interesante conocer su etapa puramente nazi al lado de Hitler. No he ganado nada con esta lectura de sus orígenes y tengo que reconocer que me ha decepcionado bastante y mas teniendo en cuenta las portadas tan acojonantes dibujadas por el vallisoletano David Aja, que son con mucho, lo mejor de este cómic. Pero dan una idea equivocada de lo que nos espera dentro.

  • tony dillard jr
    2019-02-17 10:50

    Examining the origin of Johann Schmidt: the Red Skull. Being a huge Captain Captain America fan, when I came across this, I had to own it. I can't stand the Red Skull... don't get my wrong he's the perfect foil to the Sentinel of Liberty but I hate the Red Skull and everything he stands for. Still, I had to read it! From the economic crisis of World War I Germany up through the rise of the Nazi party and the beginning's of the Holocaust all the way to Hitler wrangling total control of Germany, Schmidt is there somewhere on the edge of history. He's just bidding his time until he can become a major power player in Nazi Germany and nobody will get in the way on his path to glory. Not friends, allies, and especially not those who wrong him. With riots, brutal beatings, racism, and terror, this scariest thing about this collected miniseries from 2012 is how much it reminds me of our world today.I had a little bit of trouble with how innocent Schmidt becomes. But now that I've had some time to process this story, I think writer Greg Pak (World War Hulk) did the right thing not making the pre-Red Skull lad entirely evil. Having someone who at first had good intentions turn his back on his beliefs basically signifies that Schmidt sold his soul for power. Another grim aspect of this powerful book that resonates through the headlines of today just as much as it did 70 years ago. With an afterword that documents the historical events that pepper this miniseries, this is something that as dark and gritty as it is, should not be missed.

  • Darko Djokic
    2019-02-18 13:56

    I am not a Marvel fan at all, only few books found a way to my bookshelf (1602, Eternals). But, given that my old friend illustrated this book, and Pak himself did everything to get myself to this year's NYC Comicon, I had an obligation to read it;-) Luckily, the theme of this book was something that interested me. It goes without saying that I never heard of Red Skull before (Marvel Universe can screw itself), naturally, but when I realized that I am going to read about Nazi Germany, my mood brightened!Greg really mastered Germany's history, so it was enjoyable to read how Schmidt slowly becomes Red Skull. For those who are not familiar with the rise of Nazism, this book might be overwhelming, even though Pak went an extra mile at the end with the endnotes (which helped me a lot to understand what is going on in the background, even though I have fine knowledge of European history).Why not 5 stars? Well, I didn't see full transformation of Schmidt into Red Skull. Maybe he did not became Red Skull by 1934. yet (as I said, I have no clue about Marvel Universe, nor I do care), but if the name of the book is Incarnate, I was expecting to see Red Skull on the last page, at least.Anyway, given that this comes from the Spiderman and Co. publishing company, this book is a refreshment!!!

  • Jerome
    2019-02-03 15:55

    In this intriguing work, Pak tells the story of the Red Skull’s childhood in Nazi Germany and how he eventually rose within the Nazi party’s ranks.The story is bleak but very human and grounded. The artwork is great, and the story avoids cliches and has many interesting twists.Pak tells how Schmidt learns cruel truths from various father figures, and how, in the midst of clashes between Nazis and Communists, he is willing to go to anyone for protection,and betrays them if it suits his needs. By the time he actually joins the Nazis for real, he has already killed several of them. Pak’s Red Skull has no ideology and believes only in himself.A great story overall.

  • Matt
    2019-01-31 09:56's about a kid making his way into the Nazi ranks, because that's how he feels he can stay on top. It's utterly horrifying, as you can imagine anything about the rise of the Nazi party would be. And Johann's a fascinating character; every time he says something or makes a decision (like the one at the end of the fourth chapter), I imagine that he absolutely means what he's saying. It's terrifying and horrifying to think that people like this exist (and make no mistake, they do), but it's valuable to understand them, as well, and understand how they gain power. Great, great stuff.

  • Michael
    2019-02-05 14:55

    I read and loved this series when it was originally released, for the art as well as the story - the covers alone are some of the most powerful of any comic books I've ever seen. This trade paperback collection makes me like the story even more. The historical references add weight that is most welcome in a tale that revolves around the Nazis' rise to power, and the endnotes meticulously cite specific references. Chilling, well-written, and nuanced.

  • Hal Halbert
    2019-02-01 16:01

    Pak's genius is to show the slow development of a child psychopath pushed by circumstance, history, and his own genetics into becoming Hitler's personal super soldier. It is genuinely scary and utterly engrossing: the levels at which this youth thinks through his position and ruthlessly chooses to advance himself are worthy of the most sophisticated villain. A must read.

  • Emmanuel Nevers
    2019-02-08 11:03

    Very well done. I'm impressed at how good this was. I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this to any Marvel Fan boy or anyone interested in early history of the Nazi party pre world war too. This was an excellent period piece and explanation of the Red Skull.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-17 10:43

    It was really interesting. There was a lot of actual history in there, which made it all the more depressing! No, but it was well-researched & they even had a bibliography, which is pretty awesome for a comic book.

  • Shaun
    2019-02-17 08:54

    An actually enjoyable read. I like stories that give a human face to evil characters like the Red Skull. It is true artistry when the writer and artist make their audience actually want to see their main character fall deeper into hell.

  • Mrs. Murfee
    2019-01-20 13:40


  • Peter
    2019-02-12 17:02

    Powerful stuff, can easily recommend this to anyone and everyone.

  • Jota Houses
    2019-01-21 14:56

    Lo único que merece la pena son las (maravillosas) portadas de David Aja, la historia quiere contarnos como el futuro Craneo Rojo llegó a conocer a Adolf Hitler. La historia pasa sin pena ni gloria.

  • Jeff Lanter
    2019-02-08 10:09

    This is a hard book to review because I honestly thought I would enjoy it more than I did. First of all, I want to salute Greg Pak for trying to write about a difficult topic and in a difficult fashion. Johann is a very unlikable character and seeing him turn evil will turn off some readers almost immediately. Trying to show the rise of Nazism in Germany is difficult too, because there were so many things going on all at once that it can't be captured in one graphic novel.The problem I had is that Johann's descent into immorality happened too fast and before I really liked or connected with him as a character. This kind of story hinges on the reader either liking the character despite their many flaws or being fascinated by the protagonist and that didn't quite happen for me. The plot also seemed too much like a Charles Dickens' novel where characters bump into each other accidentally in a large city and then play a crucial (life changing even) role in the story. This can really make it hard to suspend your disbelief. By the second issue, I kind of wanted to quit reading, because I thought I knew what direction the story was going in, but thankfully it changes and that shift kept my interest until the end. The art also kept me reading because I liked the more realistic style that you don't always see in superhero comics.While Red Skull Incarnate was a very interesting read, for me it wasn't as pleasurable (even if in a depressing way) as I had hoped. I think it is worth reading for something different or someone interested in the subject matter, but most people will find the novelty wears off quicker than they would like.

  • P.M. Bradshaw
    2019-02-04 14:03

    Disappointing. Greg Pak wrote the X-Men character graphic novel – Magneto Testament. That was brilliant! Pak wrote a new origin story for the greatest villain in the X-Men universe, and it set a new standard in comics. Filled with pathos and sorrow, we see the people and events that begin to shape the complex character of Magneto. Red Skull Incarnate shares… none of this. While actual historical events are followed closely, the character of the Red Skull himself fails. He is essentially evil from the get-go. His character is cold and calculating from the beginning, unlikable in nearly every way. He protects a young girl, but only because he was told to. This ability to follow orders doesn’t necessarily endear the audience to him. 120 pages drug on for what seemed like 420, with the final conclusion being that the Red Skull is evil and is not to be trusted. But we already knew that, didn’t we? The Red Skull is an excellent villain in the Marvel universe, but this is not a good example of it. You’re better off looking at Captain America vs. the Red Skull, or Death of the Red Skull, or (if you can find it) X-Men/Red Skull: the Chaos Engine.

  • Andy
    2019-02-12 17:03

    For the author of engrossing Magneto: Testament, the standard was set high. Simply put, Pak fails to meet the mark. Do not misconstrue what I just said. The artwork at times by Mirko Colak is stylistically provocative. The majority of the time however, the artwork is fairly standard. The uninspired art is possibly due to an poor story as delivered by Pak. While Pak has obviously shown and led his readers through brilliant stories... this is not it. Unlike Paks more developed works, simplistic melodrama seems to rule the day in his narrative. A factor that, due to an audience would include younger members, was a limitation in what drove this manically evil man evil.

  • Santiago L. Moreno
    2019-02-07 09:05

    Un guión discreto pero efectivo que viaja hasta el nacimiento de Cráneo Rojo. Pak cuenta el origen del monstruo con menos alharaca y complejidad que la que le dio, por ejemplo, Jason Aaron a la creación de Thanos, un cómic que compartía objetivo con este; el resultado, en este caso, deja un poso de satisfacción mayor. Lo notable en esta obra se encuentra en el dibujo de Mirko Colak, artista a seguir en adelante, y en las fantásticas cubiertas-carteles de David Aja. El aspecto gráfico se coloca por encima del texto. En realidad un 3 y medio.

  • Mark
    2019-02-19 08:43

    This is a fairly decent read with some good artwork. I always have mixed feelings about these comic book stories that attempt to blend superhero stories with real history. The attention to detail is nice and the references to real historical events adds a level of reality but it ultimately doesn't tell you much about the Red Skull and it lacks fantasy elements that would link the story and the character to the comic we're familiar with. It works mostly as a slice of life in an environment that breeds psychopaths but it's too brief to be of any real depth.

  • Ernest
    2019-01-20 15:50

    Despite a meticulously researched historical background and solid art, the story fell flat for me, failing to add anything to the character or to the larger Marvel universe. While the blurb had the arresting phrase in large print ‘Witness the Birth of Evil’, the story did not provide any character development for any birth but merely planted Red Skull’s place almost like a deus ex machina within this historical setting. For me, it is only the interesting historical background that elevates this volume from being totally bland to merely a severe disappointment and a struggle to read.

  • Bill Williams
    2019-02-09 11:07

    This grim little graphic novel tells the tale of the young man who will grow up to be Captain America's archenemy, the Red Skull. It's the story of street kids in Berlin in that chaotic gap between World War I and World War II. The story concerns young Johann and his constant exposure to violence and how he uses a knife to get ahead in the world.All of this is interesting. But a book about the Red Skull should probably have the title character in costume somewhere in the book.

  • Hális Alves
    2019-01-22 11:53

    A nice reading. It was very challenging to keep up with the careful research implemented by the authors about the Nazi Germany, so I am disappointed in myself for not being able to accomplish what could be a fulfilling experience. This hardcover edition also compiled all the excellent covers published previously.

  • BellaGBear
    2019-01-29 10:48

    Hmm not sure what to think about this. May that is partly because I did not know the character of Red Skull at all (also why I read this book). It seemed to end very abrupt when the story was just starting because the main character still does not look like the red skull. THis puzzles me even more becuase there do not seem to be and continuing parts. Can somebody explain that to me?

  • Camilo Guerra
    2019-01-19 13:58

    De como un par de chicos se lian entre judios, nazis y comunistas y uno se convierte en uno de los mayores villanos del Universo Marvel, todo de manera...predecible, lenta y aburrida. Esperaba mucho mas, apenas las portadas de David Aja son excelentes, de resto es una historia muy ,muy normalita.