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.

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40% Off Wolverine and the X-Men – But Be Quick!

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Perhaps due to the Christmas confusion, Forbidden Planet International still has its 40% off Wolverine and the X-Men Omnibus offer, which was supposed to go offline on 1st January!

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So get there quickly – as in today, I’d advise! – bring its £75 RRP down to just £45.

Here’s the synopsis:

Blockbuster writer Jason Aaron’s incredible, hilarious and touching Wolverine & The X-Men run is collected in one oversized volume! Wolverine returns to Westchester to start over with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises! But can Logan — and a staff including Beast, Iceman, Rachel Grey, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Husk and Doop — really lead the Children of the Atom into the future? Only if they survive the newHellfire Club, Krakoa, Sabretooth, an army of mischievous Bamfs, war with the Avengers, the Phoenix Five and more! 
 
 
As new students join the school, including the time-displaced original X-Men, new threats emerge from Frankenstein’s Murder Circus, Wolverine’s half-brother Dog Logan, Mystique, the Hellfire Academy…and S.H.I.E.L.D.! Welcome to the Jean Grey School, Wolverine — hope you survive the experience! Collecting Wolverine And The X-Men #1-35, #38-42 and Annual #1; written by Jason Aaron; pencilled by Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw, Jorge Molina, Mike Allred, Steven Sanders, David Lopez, Ramon Perez and Pepe Larraz, with cover artwork by Nick Bradshaw.
 
The 928-page book is will be released in June 2014.

Annihilation Omnibus Announced!

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Marvel has released details of an upcoming omnibus in their February solicitations; it’s a greatly-wanted book that’s expected to be published in May 2014 (though that’s unconfirmed for now…).

Annihilation Omnibus 

ANNIHILATION OMNIBUS

Written by Keith Giffen; Dan Abnett; Andy Lanning; Javier Grillo-Marxuach; Simon Furman; Christos Gage; and Stuart Moore.

Art by Mitch Breitweiser; Scott Kolins; Ariel Olivetti; Kev Walker; Renato Arlem; Greg Titus; Jorge Lucas; Andrea Di Vito; Giuseppe Camuncoli; and Mike McKone.

Cover art by Gabriele Dell’otto.

Marvel’s cosmic superstars return in explosive, widescreen sci-fi style! Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war! And as his unstoppable Annihilation Wave swarms into the Marvel Universe, demolishing all in its path, only a handful of heroes can resist the destruction! Nova learns the ways of war from Drax the Destroyer; the Silver Surfer seeks out his former master, Galactus, for aid; the Super-Skrull fights for his son’s life; and Ronan the Accuser faces Gamora and her woman warriors! Nova and Quasar’s army leads the charge — but as heroes fall and Annihilus rises, the universe’s one remaining hope may be Thanos, the Mad Titan!

Collects: Drax the Destroyer #1- 4; Annihilation: Prologue; Annihilation: Nova #1- 4; Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1- 4; Annihilation: Super-Skrull #1- 4; Annihilation: Ronan #1- 4; Annihilation #1- 6;  Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1- 2; and Annihilation: Nova Corps Files.

880 PGS.

RRP: $125 (Expected c. £75.)

X-Force, X-Men and Spider-Man Coming in 2014!

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Several omnibuses have been confirmed for release in 2014, including fan-favourite runs like Remender’s Uncanny X-Force and a second Claremont Uncanny X-Men.

It even looks like the omnibus range will expand faster than expected, with at least three being published in April alone…

Muppets Omnibus

(Please note that I haven’t listed all the upcoming omnibuses yet, but I will soon!)

MARCH 2014

• The Muppets By Roger Langridge.

1296 pages. Expected Publication Date: 18th March 2014.

Collecting The Muppet Show (2009) issues #1 to 4, The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure Of Peg-Leg Wilson #1 to 4, The Muppet Show Comic Book #0 through 11 and The Muppets (2012) #1 to 4.

• Uncanny X-Force By Rick Remender

X-Force Omnibus

928 pages. Expected Publication Date: 18th March 2014.

Collecting Uncanny X-Force (2010) issues #1 through to35, #5.1 and #19.1; plus material from Wolverine: Road To Hell #1.

APRIL 2014

• Spider-Man By Roger Stern.

1248 pages. Expected Publication Date: 8th April 2014.

Stern's Spider-Man Omnibus

Collecting The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #43-61, 85, The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 203, 224-252 & Annual (1964) 16-17 and material from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15, Spectaular Spider-Man Annual #3, Web Of Spider-Man Annual #3 and What If…? #34.

• Age of Apocalypse Companion.

992 pages. Expected Publication Date: 15th April 2014.

Collecting X-Men Chronicles #1-2, Tales From The Age Of Apocalypse #1-2, X-Man #-1 and #53-54, Blink #1-4, X-Universe #1-2, Exiles (2001) #60-61, X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse #1-6 and One-Shot, What If? (1989) #77 and #81, and What If? X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse — plus material from Hulk: Broken Worlds #2, X-Men Prime, X-Man Annual ’96, X-Men: Endangered Species, Exiles: Days Of Then & Now and Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe: Age Of Apocalypse.

• The Uncanny X-Men: Volume 2.

912 pages. Expected Publication Date: 29th April 2014.

X-Men Volume 2

Collecting X-Men (1963) #132-141, Annual (1970) #4-5; The Uncanny X-Men (1981) #142-153; Avengers Annual (1967) #10; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #1-4; Marvel Treasury Edition (1974) #26-27; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #100; Bizarre Adventures (1981) #27; Phoenix: The Untold Story (1984) #1.

MAY 2014 – UNKNOWN

JUNE 2014

• Punisher MAX By Jason Aaron.

Expected Publication Date: 17th June 2014.

Contents Unknown as yet, but likely PunisherMAX #1- 22, and possibly 2009’s PunisherMAX X-Mas Special: “And on Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men.”

The Muppets Omnibus Coming in 2014?

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Marvel has announced that Roger Langridge’s Muppets comics are to be released in omnibus format.

The Muppets Show

The book is expected to hit shelves sometime in 2014, likely around March, when the second Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted – which stars Loki actor, Tom Hiddleston, and comedian, Ricky Gervais – is released; however, no release date has been confirmed.

Printing privileges – originally published by BOOM! – reverted to Marvel after the publisher’s parent company, Disney, acquired the rights to the Jim Henson characters. Langridge’s four-issue Muppets tale, The Four Seasons, was ‘in limbo’ after the acquisition but was recently released by Marvel. This omnibus is set to reprint The Muppet Show, The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson, The Muppet Show Comic Book and The Muppets titles, according to Digital Spy.

Langridge's Doctor Who

I really like New Zealand-born Langridge, who I’ve met a few times at comic conventions and is always very giving with his time. He’s worked on Doctor Who Magazine and Inside Soap, as well as writing (and sometimes illustrating) a Popeye comic for IDW. Originally a miniseries, after the success of the first two issues, it was announced that Popeye would become an ongoing title and has inspired reprints of the original comic strips. He’s perhaps most famous for creating the Buster Keaton-inspired Fred the Clown and Snarked!

He’s also on the immensely well-received Thor: The Mighty Avenger and on the character, Fin Fang Foom, with writer Scott Gray.

Hearing the news of this upcoming omnibus, Roger said:

“I’m extremely proud of the work I did on the Muppet Show comic books and thrilled to hear that they’ll be available soon in this long-lasting format. This is one of those rare cases where corporate imperatives neatly intersected with a cartoonist’s own interests and passions, and I’m pleasantly surprised to hear that Marvel thought my efforts were worth commemorating with such a prestigious edition.”

This is a lovely, fun detour from the usual serious nature of omnibuses, one which I hope will be expanded upon in the future. Roger’s work (both his art and his writing) really is a joy to behold, so head over to his website now!

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