Comic Book Writers and Artists to Follow on Twitter

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Since February, I’ve been lucky enough to work for MakeUseOf, a techie site full of interesting articles about the Internet, iOS, Winodws, social media, future tech – and loads more. Okay, so what has that got to do with Marvel? Well, naturally, I extend my fandom to other writing projects. So I present to you a few articles that might be of interest…

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10 Interesting Comic Book Writers Your Should Follow on Twitter!

Plenty of Marvel writers here, most notably the head honcho, Stan Lee. I’ve got some good feedback from this one, and I’m really pleased that it’s been tweeted over 800 times!

10 Talented Comic Book Artists You Should Follow on Twitter!

A bit of a wider range here, but still more than enough for the Marvel fans. This includes classics like Walt Simonson and newer names like Lee Garbett (who I met at the Bristol Comic Expo; really nice guy, very down-to-earth and approachable, with fantastic talent).

Now Playing: 5 “Astonishing” Websites for X-Men Fans

Something a little different here: a list of some of the best X-Men sites on the web. A very simple idea, but one which I think works quite well, particularly after the release of the astounding X-Men: Day of Future Past movie.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the articles. This blog is done in my spare time, whereas I make my living through work for places like MakeUseOf and the Doctor Who website, Kasterborous. Frankly, I wouldn’t be able to run Make Mine A Marvel Omnibus without them, so I really appreciate your support – whether that be simply reading them, or sharing them, or even commenting and giving me feedback, good or bad. Thank you.

Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus

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As if several further movies weren’t enough, there’s another treat in store for Star Wars fans: Marvel is reprinting their original comic series as an omnibus!

Star Wars Omnibus

Advertised as “The Original Marvel Years,” the 880-page hardback is a firm statement: Star Wars is back where it belongs. Marvel initially owned the license to  produce Star Wars comics, but they were then acquired by Dark Horse, who held it for over 20 years. Now, however, the copyright has reverted  Disney – the company who owns Marvel. As well as the ability to make new comics, this allows Marvel to also reprint tales from their archive. A bevvy of much-loved Marvel creators, including Jason Aaron, John Cassady, Salvador Larroca and Mark Waid, will also work on new ongoing series.

“With Star Wars poised to return to its comic book home, what better time to revisit the first adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and, of course, Darth Vader?” says Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso. “I am extremely proud to present these original Star Wars stories, told as only Marvel can, in the first in a massive and glorious Omnibus series.”

The book collects Star Wars (1977) #1- 44 and Annual #1, and is due for release in January 2015 with an RRP of £95.00. Two covers will be available: one by Howard Chaykin, and the other by Greg Hildebrandt. Currently, Forbidden Planet International has the cheapest price, but it’s worth waiting a little while to see what the book comes down to.

Hickman’s FF: Vol 2 in November

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Fantastic Four Vol 2

Good news for fans of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four: a follow-up to last year’s omnibus is on the way!

The second book picks up where Volume 1, released in October, left off, with the newly-formed FF after – SPOILERS - the death of Johnny Storm. Here’s the synopsis:

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman revamps and redefines Marvel’s First Family! The War of Four Cities escalates, with the Future Foundation caught in the middle! But as the Inhumans return to Earth, and Annihilus’ forces and the Kree armada lay siege to the planet, will the coming of Galactus turn the tide — or doom us all? When the Future Foundation contends with the Council of Reeds and the Mad Celestials, Valeria turns to their greatest foe! Find out why all hope lies in Doom! And in the aftermath of an endgame beyond imagination, the FF explore the furthest reaches of the Marvel Universe — from Wakanda to the Negative Zone, from the past to the future!

Collects FF (2011) #6- 23, and Fantastic Four #600- 611 and #605.1.

It comes with a great cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto and a bevy of interior artists including Steve Epting, Greg Tocchini, Barry Kitson, Nick Dragotta and Ron Garney.

The 832-page HC is released in November 2014.

“The Underneath”: 40% Off Alias!

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Forbidden Planet International is offering the Alias omnibus at a very special pre-order price of just £45.00 – that’s a saving of 40% off the £75 RRP!

But you have to get there fast – that price ends this Wednesday 14th May 2014.

As previously reported, the reprint, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Michael Gaydos, is released in September, and centres around Jessica Jones, superhero-turned-detective. She’s now best-known for marrying Luke Cage and featuring in the Avengers books.But she also grew up in High School with one Peter Parker. You may know the name…

Alias Interior Art

I expect the price to go up to about £50.25 once the promotion is over.

Oh, and this might not be one for younger fans: there’s a lot of swearing and some sexual references too. Nonetheless, Alias is a much-loved series by one of Marvel’s biggest writers!

Check out FP.co.uk for that price.

Alias Omnibus Reprint Coming Soon!

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The brilliant Marvel Omnibus reprints continue this summer – with Alias!

Alias Omnibus

 

The series, helmed by Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers; Ultimate Spider-Man) and Michael Gaydos (Powerless; Daredevil: Redemption), focuses on Jessica Jones, superhero-turned-private-investigator. Now, she’s married to Luke Cage (Power Man) and crops up in the Avengers, but this omnibus reprint introduced her to the MU.

Here’s the synopsis:

Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero. But not a very good one. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic, Jessica is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations — a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. This deluxe hardcover collects all 28 issues of super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis’ ALIAS — plus all-new, behind-the-scenes bonus material compiled in conjunction with the writer himself! In her inaugural arc, Jessica’s life immediately becomes expendable when she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero’s true identity. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive through another day. Thrust into the midst of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels, has Jessica burned too many bridges to turn to old friends for help? Plus: Jessica travels to upstate New York to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl rumored to be a mutant in a prejudiced small town; goes on a date with the Astonishing Ant-Man; teams up with Jessica Drew; the original Spider-Woman; and confronts the demons of her past! Collects Alias #1-28 and What If Jessica Jones Had Joined The Avengers?
720 PGS./Explicit Content …$99.99″

It’s a surprisingly expensive collection, with a beautiful cover by David Mack and Mark Bagley.

It’s a very popular series and the original omnibus has been long out-of-print, so I expect this to be high on many people’s ‘To Buy’ list!

Acclaimed Infinity Gauntlet in July

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Jim Starlin and George Perez’s epic Infinity Gauntlet is to be released in omnibus form on 2nd July 2014.

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The 1,248-page book collects together all the issues of The Thanos Quest, Silver SurferCloak & Dagger, and Quasar that lead up to the main event, as well as the titular six issue series, tie-ins (including The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man), plus two issues that deal with the aftermath – though bizarrely seems to exclude Warlock and the Infinity Watch. Here’s the official synopsis:

Death has released Thanos from her cold embrace, and he plans to repay her by murdering half the universe! But even as the Mad Titan gathers the six Infinity Gems from across the galaxy, assembling them into the Infinity Gauntlet and gaining truly godlike powers, a host of heroes gather to oppose him — including the Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Dr. Strange and the Hulk! Even with Dr. Doom, Galactus and the universe’s cosmic powers aiding them, can Marvel’s mightiest possibly prevail against Thanos the all-powerful? At long last, the fan-favorite cosmic event is collected in its entirety!

Collecting Silver Surfer (1987) issues #34-38, #40 and #44-60; Thanos Quest #1-2; Infinity Gauntlet #1-6; Cloak And Dagger (1988) #18;Spider-Man (1990) #17; Incredible Hulk(1968) #383-385; Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #31-36; Quasar #26-27 and Sleepwalker #7. Written by Jim Starlin, Ron Marz, Terry Kavanagh, Ann Nocenti, Peter David, Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Mark Gruenwald and Bob Budiansky; pencilled by Ron Lim, George Perez, Todd Smith, Tom Raney, Dave Ross, Rick Leonardi, Dale Keown, Tony Dezuniga, Chris Marrinan, Dan Lawlis, Dave Hoover, Greg Capullo and Bret Blevins; with covers by George Perez and Jim Starlin.

At the moment, Forbidden Planet International has the best price, at £63.65 (though, no guarantees, there might be a further special offer available from their newsletters sometime in the future), with ForbiddenPlanet.com not far behind with a price of £65.55.

With an RRP of £95.00, Amazon UK hasn’t discounted it at all yet (their prices are particularly odd at the time of writing), and Amazon US has it listed for $96.11, a 23% saving of the American RRP of $125.00.

For Those Who Want Their Devil Dinosaur Fix…

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Don’t worry: Annihilation will be released as an omnibus in May; nonetheless, the May solicitations from Marvel feature a few graphic novels omni-fans might be interested in.

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The Devil Dinosaur omnibus has been long out-of-print, but those eager to read the Jack Kirby-helmed tale will want to snap up the upcoming 184-page Complete Collection book. Here’s the synopsis:

“The adventures of a boy and his dinosaur! At the dawn of human evolution, during a time when primitive man co-existed with the dinosaurs that dominated the Earth, a unique friendship is born — a friendship that may be the only thing that can save mankind! Meet Moon Boy and his Tyrannosaurus pal — the red-skinned Devil Dinosaur — as they face off against giant spiders, enormous ants, and rampaging dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes! And don’t forget the Small Folk, led by the warlord Seven Scars, who rejected Moon Boy for befriending the fearsome Devil — and who aim to dominate the forest by force! Throw in aliens from outer space, and you’ve got a timeless romp through the ages — delivered courtesy of the imagination of Jack “King” Kirby!

 

Collecting Devil Dinosaur #1-9.”

There’s also a bevvy of galactic spacey-wacey adventures, including Marvel BoyGalactus the Devourer and Avengers: The Legacy of Thanos. Just in time for the Guardians of the Galaxy, featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace and the beautiful Karen Gillan!

And on a personal note, I highly advise you pick up Fury MAX: My War Gone By HC, which is simply brilliant: fantastic writing and gorgeous art throughout. Here’s what Marvel say:

“Written by GARTH ENNIS

Penciled by GORAN PARLOV

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Colonel Nick Fury, veteran CIA operative, has been at war for a lifetime. Now he sits alone in a dank hotel room, coughing his confession into a tape recorder, laying out a legacy of carnage stretching back to World War II. Because when that war ended, another one began — and Fury sought it out, regardless of the cost to those who loved him, including loyal George Hatherly, congressman Pug McCuskey and the beautiful Shirley DeFabio. From Indochina to Cuba, Vietnam to Nicaragua, Fury battled across the decades, encountering young Marine sniper Frank Castle and the nightmarish Barracuda — his constant lust for combat blinding him to all other concerns. But the end is coming. The debt is long past due. And Fury’s true legacy will soon be written in blood for all to see. Collecting Fury MAX #1-13.

 

312 PGS. Explicit Content.”

What are you itching to buy from the May Solicits?

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