It’s the news that so many have waited for:
Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men will be reprinted as an omnibus later this year.
The previous HC came out in December 2006, and is long-since out-of-print.
You can, however, get it from one of Amazon’s third parties – for £863.72! While this might be waaaay too expensive – who’s really going to pay that?! – you can find second-hand copies for about £150; still a huge amount.
If you’ve paid an insane price for the book though, I’m sure you’ll be kicking yourself!
The reprint will RRP at £79.95 – very weird; I would’ve guessed about £95 – but Amazon has it for just £60.47. No other company – ie. Forbidden Planet – has it listed yet. The book is due for release in August, so there’s plenty of time to get in your orders.
I’d guess that fp.co.uk will have a good pre-order price coming up though (maybe around £50), so it might be worth waiting a while.
It’s interesting to note that the previous omnibus housed an incredible 1096 pages… and the reprint includes even more material, weighing in at a gigantic 1120 pages!
This is expected to include Grant Morrion’s entire run, alongside such artists as Frank Quitely, Ethan Van Sciver, Marc Silvestri and Leinil Francis Yu. It’s a bit worrying, however, that Amazon have listed fewer artists on the reprint than the original – let’s hope this is just an accident; not that some issues will be excuded.
Morrison (who has also worked on Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel Boy and Batman) came to the title with a startling new vision for the X-Men, and has the audacity to kill off sixteen million mutants – in his first storyline!
The omnibus is expected to contain the following critically-acclaimed storylines:
E is for Extinction;
The Man from Room X;
Riot at Xavier’s;
Murder at the Mansion;
Assault on Weapon Plus;
Here Comes Tomorrow.
The run has left quite a legacy for the mutant team, including secondary mutations, the introduction of Emma Frost as a member of the X-Men and huuuge developments between Scott Summers and Jean Grey. The Weapon Plus facility and Fantomex has recently been explored further in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force (which is one of the best comics on the shelves today), while Quentin Quire reappears in Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega.
Find out more about New X-Men here.
Could this usher in an era of reprints? Let’s start a petition!
If so, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Daredevil By Frank Miller Volume 1…!