May 2013’s omnibus has been confirmed as New Warriors, a 1064-page book.

The HC is expected to be released on 1st May, with two covers; one by Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man; Fantastic Four) and the other by Skottie Young (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; New X-Men). Here’s the official blurb:

“Young, idealistic heroes Marvel Boy, Firestar, Nova, Namorita, Speedball and the mysterious Night Thrasher join forces as the New Warriors — determined to make a difference and fight the kinds of crime other heroes won’t touch! But as the naïve Warriors dig deeper into a world of grey areas and moral compromises, can they maintain their youthful ideals? And with foes like Terrax, the Juggernaut, Psionex, the Punisher, the Sphinx and more — along with a shocking threat from within — can they even stay alive? Guest-starring Thor, X-Force, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and more!”

It’ll collect New Warriors #1-26 and Annual #1-2; Avengers #341-342; and material from Thor #411-412, New Mutants Annual #7, X-Men Annual #15, X-Factor Annual #6, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12 and Web Of Spider-Man Annual #8.

The omnibus is written by Fabian Nicieza, Eric Fein, Dan Slott, Tom Defalco and David Michelinie, with art by Mark Bagley, Chris Marrinan, Darick Robertson, Tom Morgan, Brandon Peterson, Steve Buccellato, Steve Epting, Ron Frenz, Guang Yap, Tom Raney, Terry Shoemaker and Scott McDaniel.

It does seem an odd release, and the Collected Comic Library commented:

“You’re probably asking yourself, ‘Why would Marvel publish a New Warriors Omnibus’? The simple answer is because this team features Nova and he is getting is own new ongoing series as part of the Marvel NOW initiative. Granted the new Nova is not Richard Ryder and we’ll have to wait and see just what has happened to our original hero, but this was a fun series that featured a younger alternative team to the mainstream superhero groups of The Avengers and X-Men.”

It ‘ll have an RRP of £75, but you can pre-order it from Forbidden Planet International for just £50.25!

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