Spider-Man Reprint Price Increase: A Taste of Things To Come?

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A few days ago, I bought you news of the latest batch of Marvel Omnibus Reprints being reduced in price by Amazon UK to just £46.50. The first of these reprint, Amazing Spider-Man: Volume One, was released yesterday, and Amazon has put the price up…

… To £75.

ASM omnibus at Amazon

Of course, this might just be a brief mistake and the price might drop down again. Or it could be a taste of things to come. At the moment, other reprints – including Daredevil by Frank Miller, Uncanny X-Men: Volume 1 and Fantastic Four: Volume 1 and 2 – are still up for pre-order for £46.50.

But will those prices increase when they’re released?

We have to wait until 17th September, when the Uncanny X-Men goes on sale, to find out.

Also of note: despite being a brand-new book, this Spider-Man omnibus is only dispatched within 1 to 3 working weeks. Seems a bit lax, don’t you think?! Are they just covering themselves – and if so, why this product specifically?

Otherwise, head to Forbidden Planet.co.uk, which lists this book at £50.25.

UPDATE: Thanks for everyone who either commented – here’s looking at you, Eamon – or emailed me to let me know that, thankfully Amazon UK has dropped the price back down to £46.50. My copy (from Forbidden Planet.co.uk) was delivered a few days ago – and I love it. Let me know if you’ll be buying this beaut of a book!

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Amazon UK’s August Savings: Fantastic Four, Deadpool & Reprints!

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Thanks to Peter Hardy for letting me know about these amazing Amazon UK deals…

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Jonathon Hickman’s Fantastic Four (due out in October) has a massive 54% off the RRP, bring the £75 label down to just £34.71. The 800-page book collects Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5, Dark Reign: The Cabal, Fantastic Four #570-588, and
FF #1-5.

And January’s Deadpool By Joe Kelly 1160-page omnibus is just £50.74!

And perhaps most importantly for those desperate to read those long-since out-of-print books, Amazon have them on pre-order for £46.50 each. These are: Amazing Spider-Man: Volume One; Uncanny X-Men: Volume One; Daredevil By Frank Miller; Fantastic Four: Volume One and Fantastic Four: Volume Two.

Once again, big thanks to Peter Hardy – and if you spot any deals I should know about, please email me!

“Hey, It’s Deadpool!”: 40% Off

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Head over to Forbidden Planet International before the end of July to get 40% off January 2014’s newly-announced Deadpool By Joe Kelly omnibus.

Cover B

Cover B

The 1,160-page HC has an RRP of £95.00, but those Early Birds amongst you can pre-order it for just £57.00 (plus £1 p&p). But you’ll have to head over to the site before Wednesday 31st July… That’s right, you’ve got only a week!

The book basically collects together the first 30-odd issues of Deadpool Volume 1 (1997) – and then some! Here’s the synopsis:

“Wade Wilson is a self-loathing killer for hire — but he dreams of being a hero. So when an interdimensional organization reveals his destiny to save the world, is it the chance for redemption Deadpool has longed for — or is it too good to be true? Either way, with reluctant allies like Siryn, Monty, Weasel and the elderly prisoner Blind Al, and formidable foes like Taskmaster, Typhoid Mary and T-Ray — who carries a soul-shattering secret that could destroy Deadpool — the odds are stacked against the Merc with a Mouth!

Joe Kelly’s hilarious, brutal, twisted and definitive take on Deadpool is presented in one oversized hardcover! Collecting Deadpool (1997) #1-33, #-1 and #0, Daredevil/Deadpool Annual ’97, Deadpool/Death Annual ’98, Baby’s First Deadpool Book, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #47 and #611, and material from Deadpool (2008) #90. Written by Joe Kelly, James Felder and Stan Lee; pencilled by Ed Mcguinness, Aaron Lopresti, Bernard Chang, Shannon Denton, Pete Woods, Walter McDaniel, Steve Harris, Anthony Williams, David Brewer, John Romita Sr., Eric Canete, Rob Liefeld and more, with covers by Ed McGuinness.”

This special offer is only for Cover B, but Cover A is also available for £63.65.

Deadpool Omnibus Cover A

Neither Amazon UK nor ForbiddenPlanet.com have listed it yet. Head over to Forbidden Planet International to pre-order it now.

And I’m expecting a second volume to be released maybe in 2015 finishing off the series, depending on the sales of this first one.

(Thanks to Nicola.)

The Greatest Stories Ever Told?

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Comic Book Resources have recently run a number of ‘Best Stories’ polls, as voted for by readers. You can find the homepage of these here:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/10/25/the-return-of-the-greatest-stories-ever-told/

As I write this, a few more have gone up, but it’s a work in progress.

And for you Marvel Omnibus fans, there are quite a few that may be of interest.

Daredevil

 

Daredevil #32

 

There are some fantastic surprises here, especially – for me –at number one. But such a great surprise…

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/01/the-greatest-daredevil-stories-ever-told/

Jason Aaron

 

Ghost Rider #34

 

There are a few Marvel titles in this writer’s best work, but only a couple are collected in omnibus format. I’m busy reading PunisherMax at the moment, and it’s a fantastic run so far. Oh, and in amongst the results is Ghost Rider. Fighting a Demon Truck Driver. Oh yes.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/10/the-greatest-jason-aaron-stories-ever-told/

Matt Fraction

 

The Sensational Spider-man Annual #01

 

Matt’s stories are a bit like Marmite, but I’m a fan of much of his work. Here, we have a bit of The Immortal Iron Fist, as well as some Invincible Iron Man stuff. And The Sensational Spider-man Annual #01 was just amazing. Seriously; read it!

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/16/the-greatest-matt-fraction-stories-ever-told/

And finally…

Iron Fist

 

The Immortal Iron Fist #16

 

Even more Immortal goodness here, with Brubaker and Fraction’s run peppered among the Top Five. As a follow-up, Duane Swierzynski’s The Mortal Iron Fist is also on the list, available as both a TPB and HC.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/17/the-greatest-iron-fist-stories-ever-told/

So what do you think? Which other stories would you have put in the lists? And which definitely shouldn’t be there? Let me know below!

“The Art of War”: 40% Off Apocalypse!

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Personally, I think Apocalypse is one of the best characters in the MU, and if you’re a like-minded individual, you’ll want to get over to forbiddenplanet.co.uk to pre-order the upcoming Age of Apocalypse Omnibus.

Enter the AoA!

The 1072-page hardcover collects Uncanny X-Men #320-321, X-Men #40-41, Cable #20, X-Men Alpha, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, Factor X #1-4, Gambit & The X-Ternals #1-4, Generation Next #1-4, Weapon X  #1-4, X-Calibre #1-4, X-Man #1-4, X-Men Omega, Age Of Apocalypse: The Chosen and X-Men Ashcan #2.

The massive book encompasses the entire MU, and sees the death of Charles Xavier and the victory of Apocalypse. What more could anybody ask for?! Well, how about a wealth of incredible creators, like Mark Waid, Scott Lobdell, Steve Epting and Salvador Larroca?

Cover B by Joe Maduriera.

Until 7th SEPTEMBER 2011 – Yes, tomorrow – you can get 40% off, bringing the price down to £57, if you visit:

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=66034

With an RRP of £95, its certainly worth pre-ordering now to avoid paying more upon its release in February 2012. The discount is for Cover B, by Joe Madureira, while Billy Tan’s Cover A is available for £63.65; I expect the price of Cover B to increase to this when the offer ends. Cover A looks to be that of X-Men Alpha, re-coloured for two of the TPB editions of the 1995-96 mutant epic.

X-Men Alpha

These aforementioned four trade paperbacks were issued between 2005 and 2006, and can be found for about £15 each on the web. To get the whole story would cost you £60; so this omnibus is definitely worth it! Oddly, it apparently omits two issues that were included in May’s Prelude to Age of Apocalypse TPB (http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=63534); very strange indeed! Can anybody give us a hint as to why those two are missing from the omnibus? Or will this change nearer publication date?

Cover A by Billy Tan.

Amazon.co.uk doesn’t have the omnibus listed yet, while forbiddenplanet.com has the Tan cover for £64.85. So it’s definitely advisable to get to fp.co.uk as fast as possible.

The omnibus comes at a particularly good time, with the excellent Uncanny X-Force series focussing on many elements from the story. First of all, X-Force went face-to-face with Apocalypse (…sort of) and his horsemen in The Apocalypse Solution… Then, most recently, they journeyed into the actual Age of Apocalypse!

Uncanny X-Force #04. Cover art by Esad Ribic.

Come back soon for Spider-man, the Avengers… and the War Lord of Mars!

Price list – June round-up

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As you probably know by now, the new price lists are up, with a few changes and surprises. Here’s the round-up of the released omnibuses; a pre-order price list round-up will follow soon.

Art by Steve Ditko.

Since the last list, a lot of omnibuses have sold out, including most of the older ones, like Fantastic Four Volume One and Amazing Spider-man Volume One. Obviously, these may be found in comic or book shops, or through auction sites like eBay. In fact, those particular two seem to crop up quite frequently on eBay (UK), though at the moment, only one FFV1 can be found at £82.25 plus postage and packaging. And no one seems to have ASMV1! But wait a bit, and perhaps they’ll be some more for sale soon.

Amidst a sea of ‘sold-outs,’ it’s a nice surprise to see Amazon.co.uk getting more stock in of Captain America By Ed Brubaker Volume One, at very reasonable prices (hovering between £38-42). None of these can be found on eBay or on either of the Forbiddenplanet sites. The follow-up, The Death of Captain America, can also be found on Amazon.co.uk for the great price of £30.77. For the third one, Captain America Lives!, it’s best to go to Forbiddenplanet.co.uk, who has it for £32.82.

I am Iron Man!

Forbiddenplanet.co.uk seems to have some variant editions of Invincible Iron Man Volume One at £48.75. It looks to be the movie variant edition, with the Mk1 armour (ie. the bulky one used to escape from The Ten Rings), which is a fantastic cover, albeit lacking a Kirby/Heck quality which some may seek. These older omnibuses are rare, especially variant editions, so it might be worth getting the omnibus at a good price.

Any fans of Daredevil will want to go straight to eBay, however. Most of the modern runs (Bendis/Maleev; Brubaker/Lark) are available at pretty good prices. At the moment, the most recent (Daredevil By Brubaker and Lark Volume Two) can found with a Buy-It-Now price of £35.50. You might have a job finding either of the Frank Miller omnibuses at reasonable prices, though. I’m still in search of Volume One myself (without paying massive amounts); 2ToneComics have one available on eBay… for £250!

Art by Jack Kirby.

A few omnibuses have sold out quite suddenly; Elektra, for example, has vanished completely from the “big three.” Amazon.co.uk and Forbiddenplanet.com have also sold out of Wolverine, The X-Men Volume One and Secret Wars 2, but Forbiddenplanet.co.uk has all three for £50.25 each. They also have Captain Britain by Alan Moore and Alan Davis at the same price; any fans of Avalon will want to grab one of these rare editions.

It’s odd that they haven’t got The Astonishing X-Men omnibus at all, but if you’re interested in Whedon and Cassaday’s tale of Danger, the Hellfire Club and the Breakworld, go to Amazon.co.uk, who have it for £39.24.

Finally, the latest omnibus, Captain America Volume One, with art by Jack Kirby, can be found at the brilliant price of £31.50 from Amazon.co.uk.

Art by Jack Kirby and Ron Garney... What a pairing!

You might also want to take into consideration Amazon.co.uk’s free postage and packaging when you spend more than £15 offer.

Remember to leave a comment with any bargains you’ve snapped up or if you’re selling any omnibuses on eBay!

October Price List

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Here’s October 2010’s price list for future reference. Take a look at the updated price list when you’ve got a mo, and tell me what you think!

Omnibus Amazon.co.uk Forbiddenplanet.co.uk Forbiddenplanet.com
Fantastic Four V1 71.25                       — 46.80
Alias             —                       —                       —
Uncanny X-Men V1             —                       —                       —
The Eternals             —                       —                       —
New X-Men             —                       —                       —
Miller’s Daredevil V1             —                       —                       —
Amazing Spider-man  V1 53.67                       —                       —
Silver Surfer             —                       —                       —
Fantastic Four V2             —                       —                       —
Devil Dinosaur             —                       —                       —
Amazing Fantasy 41.99 41.99 32.99
Brubaker’s Captain America V1              —             —                       —                       —
Miller’s Daredevil Companion             —                       —                       —
Invincible Iron Man V1             — 48.75                       —
Incredible Hulk V1             — 50.25 41.23
Howard the Duck             —                       — 43.55
Bendis’ Daredevil V1             —                       —                       —
Elektra             — 33.49 34.49
Tomb of Dracula V1             —                       — 44.85
The Punisher             —                       —                       —
Secret Wars 56.49 50.25 42.90
Wolverine 63.75 50.25 48.46
The X-Men V1 56.49 50.25 51.75
Secret Wars 2 56.49 50.25 51.75
Brubaker’s Daredevil V1             —                       — 37.51
Immortal Iron Fist 47.59 37.51 37.51
The Ultimates             —                       —                       —
Captain Britain             — 50.25 49.99
Astonishing X-Men 47.59 37.51 44.16
Golden Age of Marvel 63.39 63.65                       —
The Death of Captain America 30.40 33.59 33.59
Tomb of Dracula V2 52.59 50.25 51.75
Bendis’ Daredevil V2 42.71 50.25 51.75
Invincible Iron Man V2 63.75 50.25 51.74
Brubaker’s Daredevil V2 41.99 37.51 38.63
Tomb of Dracula V3 52.50 50.25 51.74
Straczynski’s Thor             — 32.82 33.80
Ghost Rider 26.59 25.45 26.21
Squadron Supreme 39.19 37.51 38.63
On Pre-Order:
Women of Marvel 66.5 63.65 64.85
Acts of Vengeance             — 50.25 51.74
The Mighty Thor 56.25 50.25 51.74
Captain America Lives! 34.99 32.82 33.8
Atlantis Attacks 47.59 37.51 38.63
Kirby’s Captain America 41.99 37.51 38.63
Simonson’s Thor 71.25 63.65 64.85
X-Men V2 63.75 50.25                       —
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants 56.25 50.25                       —

UPDATED: 25th October 2010. All prices are in British Pound (£), unless otherwise stated.

NOTES:

Bold:     Best deal.

–:           Omnibus not available/ OOP (out-of-print)

V:            Volume.

Fp:          Forbidden Planet ie. fp.co.uk =  forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

Italics:   Item not in stock at fp.com, but available to order. There is no guarantee that you will get the omnibus, so it will not be considered the best deal, even if the price is the lowest, unless amazon.co.uk and fp.co.uk do not have stocks available either.

Underlined:        Variant edition only. Generally, variants copies have a more limited printing, so are rarer to find.

Things to remember:

Look at regular blog for deals at other stores, like whsmith.co.uk, and waterstones.com. All prices are correct at time of update. Prices do not include postage and packaging.

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