2013 in review

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Thanks to WordPress for making this nice little summation of 2013 on this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

But enough about 2013! What would you like to see on Make Mine A Marvel Omnibus in 2014…?

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“Solve Everything”: 40% Off Hickman’s FF!

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Get 40% off Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 1 when you pre-order before Wednesday 1st May!

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The 736-page book is due out in October 2013, priced £55.99 – but if you go to ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk now, you can get 40% off that RRP, bringing it down to just £33.59.

The newly-announced omnibus collects together the first part of Hickman’s critically-acclaimed run that includes the ground-breaking Three storyline – in which a lead member of the Fantastic Four dies! – and launches the new FF series (that’s the Future Foundation). Here’s the full synopsis:

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman revamps and redefines Marvel’s First Family in a sweeping and epic saga across time, space and reality! And it all begins when Mr. Fantastic decides to solve everything! As the team contends with Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign, an older Franklin arrives from the future with an ominous warning! And as the Fantastic Four fight the War of the Four Cities, Mr. Fantastic assembles a band of genius youngsters.

But when Nathaniel Richards returns, Galactus rises and a new Annihilation Wave threatens to invade from the Negative Zone, tragedy suddenly strikes. Grieving, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four dissolve the team — but from its ashes rises the Future Foundation! Guest-starring Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, Sub-Mariner and the Inhumans!

Collects Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5, Fantastic Four #570-588, FF #1-5 and material from Dark Reign: The Cabal #1; written by Jonathan Hickman; pencilled by Sean Chen, Dale Eaglesham, Neil Edwards, Steve Epting, Nick Dragotta and Barry Kitson, with cover artwork by Alan Davis.

I expect fp.co.uk’s price to increase to about £38 after this promotion, and anyone who wants to explore the team that kick-started the Marvel Universe is well-advised to pick the book.

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I particularly like this run as one of its titles quotes my favourite band, The Killers: ‘When Everything’s Lost, the Battle is Won… Because of All These Things I’ve Done.’

Pre-order before Wednesday 1st May 2013 here.

(Thanks to Rubèn.)

“Looking Forward”: 40% Off Iron Man!

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Until Wednesday 4th April 2013, you can pre-order the upcoming Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus at a 40% discount, bringing its RRP of £95 down to £57.

Iron Man Omnibus

The 1024-page book is released in September, and, whilst primarily by Busiek, is also written by Mark Waid (Fantastic Four; Daredevil), Dan Jurgens (Thor) and Chris Claremont (X-Men), amongst many others.

Chen is obviously on art duties (as well as providing the cover), but joining him are John Romita Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man; Avengers), Salvador Larroca (Cable and X-Force; X-Treme X-Men), and Terry Shoemaker (X-Factor; Excalibur).

Here’s the official synopsis:

“It’s a new beginning for Iron Man as Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen reinvent the Armored Avenger! Tony Stark is back, with a new company, Stark Solutions — but the Mandarin plans to destroy Tony’s dreams before they take shape! And if that’s not enough, Iron Man must face Firebrand, Whiplash, M.O.D.O.K., Controller, Fin Fang Foom, Count Nefaria, the Exemplars, Ultimo and the new War Machine — while romancing the beautiful Rumiko Fujikawa and protecting his secret identity! Good thing he’s got Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to help him out!”

As he comes face-to-face with the Mandarin, the omnibus will be released soon after Iron Man 3 hits cinema screens worldwide.

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Iron Man by Busiek and Chen Omnibus collects Iron Man (1998) #1-25, Captain America (1998) #8, Quicksilver #10, Avengers (1998) #7, Iron Man & Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (1998) #15, Iron Man Annual 1999, Thor (1998) #17, Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #11, Juggernaut: The Eighth Day and Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2.

The series ran from 1998 to 2004, an 89-issue run that led up to Avengers: Disassembled. So if this one sells well (and I think it will), then we can probably expect at least one further volume in the future!

Iron Man 3

If you want to pre-order at a 40% discount, go to Forbidden Planet International before 4th April. I expect the price will rise to between £60 and £65 after the special offer.

New Warriors Coming in May

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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!

“Taking Care of Business”: 40% Off West Coast Avengers!

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You can pre-order the upcoming West Coast Avengers omnibus for just £45.00 – a saving of 40% off the RRP of £75!

The offer ends on Wednesday 7th November, and all you have to do is head over to Forbidden Planet International. The offer only applies to the cover by Al Milgrom; the Greg Land cover is available for £50.25, which is what the Milgrom cover is expected to rise to in just over a week’s time.

Here’s the blurb:

“Earth’s Mightiest Heroes head west! Hawkeye splits from the Avengers and sets up shop in California. But the newly recruited members of Avengers ‘franchise’ – including Tigra, Wonder Man, Mockingbird and a new Iron Man – soon find themselves in over their heads! Meanwhile, Ultron and the Grim Reaper target Wonder Man’s “brother,” the Vision – and the Vision’s wife, the Scarlet Witch! Can the West Coasters keep this complex bloodline from getting bloodier? Plus: Both Avengers teams are betrayed from within! Also guest-starring the the Thing, Hank Pym, Firebird and Nick Fury!

Collecting West Coast Avengers (1984) issues #1 to 4, Iron Man Annual #7, Avengers (1963) #250, West Coast Avengers (1985) #1 to 16, Vision And The Scarlet Witch (1985) #1 and 2, Avengers Annual (1967) #15, West Coast Avengers Annual #1, and material from Avengers (1963) #239, #243 and 244 and #246, and Avengers West Coast #100; written by Roger Stern, Bob Harras, Steve Englehart and Danny Fingeroth, and pencilled by Bob Hall, Luke Mcdonnell, Al Milgrom, Richard Howell, Steve Ditko and Mark Bright.”

The 760-page HC will be release in April 2013. You can read more about the West Coast Avengers here.

And thanks to Ruben and Nicolas; I really appreciate you both reading. Please let me know if something else slips under the net!

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