January 2012’s Solicitations

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Marvel has just released details of what’s coming in January 2012… and it looks like Amazon.co.uk was right with their prediction of Mark Millar’s run on Ultimate Comics Avengers. It seems that December will be a quiet time for Omnibus fans, but the New Year will continue the trend of two releases a month. Here are the solicitations for Ultimate Comics Avengers and – get ready to be excited – The Amazing Spider-man Volume Two…!

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS BY MARK MILLAR OMNIBUS

Cover art by Leinil Francis Yu.

Written by MARK MILLAR

Penciled by CARLOS PACHECO, LEINIL FRANCIS YU, STEVE DILLON & STEPHEN SEGOVIA

COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU

All of superstar Mark Millar’s ULTIMATE AVENGERS sagas, collected in one volume!

• Captain America goes rogue to learn the truth about the Red Skull, and S.H.I.E.L.D. commissions a new team to bring him in!

• A 7-foot-tall biker with a flaming skull has been brutally murdering the rich and powerful, and the White House orders the Avengers to take down the Ghost Rider!

• The various vampire clans have united under a charismatic new leader encased in a salvaged Iron Man suit. Can Blade and the Avengers work together to stem the blood-red tide?

Collecting Ultimate Avengers #01-06; Ultimate Avengers 2 #01-06; Ultimate Avengers 3 #01-06; and Ultimate Comics Avengers vs. New Ultimates #01-06.

608 PGS./Parental Advisory …$75.00

ISBN: 978-0-7851-6132-5

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2

Cover art by John Romita.

Written by STAN LEE

Penciled by JOHN ROMITA with DON HECK, LARRY LIEBER, JIM MOONEY & MARIE SEVERIN

Covers by HUMBERTO RAMOS & JOHN ROMITA

The Stan Lee/John Romita era starts here! Lee and Romita transformed the web-slinger into Marvel’s top title with stories that raised your spirits, tore at your heartstrings and kept you on the edge of your seat. From the revelation of the Green Goblin’s secret identity to the unforgettable entrance of Mary Jane Watson, these classics define Spidey to this day — with star-studded debuts including the Kingpin, the Rhino and Captain Stacy; Spidey’s disastrous first tryout with the Avengers; the iconic “Spider-Man No More!” issue; the true story of Peter Parker’s parents; and an epic battle against the Green Goblin!

Cover art by Humberto Ramos.

Collecting Amazing Spider-man#39-67 and Annual #03-05; Spectacular Spiderman Magazine #01-02; and material from Not Brand Echh #02, 06 and 11.

968 PGS./Rated T …$99.99

ISBN: 978-0-7851-5857-8 (Ramos cover) and ISBN: 978-0-7851-6014-4 (Romita cover).

The first ASM omnibus was released in 2007, and collected the entire Steve Ditko run, so it’s about time we had a follow-up, featuring the brilliant art of John Romita.

Amazing Spider-man #67

Obviously, with this omnibus finishing on ASM #67, there’s plenty of Lee and Romita’s legendary run remaining, so maybe we’ll see even more of the web-head in 2012. Who else is hoping for a follow-up to Uncanny X-Men Volume One or other classic omnibuses?

January’s going to be a great month – especially for those with excess money from Christmas!

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“Too Many Mutants!”: 40% Off The X-Men!

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Recoloured art by Jim Lee

Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s exceptional collaboration on Marvel’s #1 mutant team continues in January 2012’s omnibus, which sets the X-Men up against Skrulls, The Shadow King and – of course – Magneto. The X-Men By Claremont and Lee Omnibus Volume Two also sees X-Factor take on Apocalypse, Wolverine versus Omega Red, the return of Mojo, the loss of Cyclop’s son, and time-travelling chaos with Bishop.

Omnibus cover art by Jim Lee

The pair’s award-winning run brought the X-Men into the 1990s with a bang. With a massive 880 pages, collecting Uncanny X-Men#273- 280, X-Factor #63- 70, Ghost Rider #26- 27, and X-Men #1- 9 – plus material from #10 and 11 –  this release will be a must for fans of mutantkind.

Uncanny X-Men #280

If you’re not a member of Friends Of Humanity, you’ll want to get over to forbiddenplanet.co.uk before Wednesday 10th August to save 40% off the RRP of £95, bringing the cost down to £57! They list the expected delivery date as 4th January, so perhaps something to spend that money you get for Christmas on…

While the Omnibus is available with two different covers  – both by Jim Lee –  only the one based on Uncanny X-Men #275 is on offer for £57 from fp.co.uk. It’s a great design, but anyone searching for the other, more Wolverine-centric one can get it from fp.co.uk for £63.65, which is also the same price as the previous Claremont/Lee X-Men omnibus. Following the current promotion, the Volume Two omnibus will probably go for this price as well.

The Recoloured X-Men!

Amazon.co.uk, meanwhile, have both omnibuses for the pre-order price of £71.25 each (which is kinda rubbish, really!), and forbiddenplanet.com have Volumes One and Two – all covers  – for £64.85 each.

Other X-Omnibuses include The X-Men Volume One and Two, which collects the earliest tales of the team, the long-OOP New X-Men with stories by Grant Morrison, and the formation of the second team – including Wolverine, Storm and Nightcrawler – in Uncanny X-Men By Claremont and Cockrum. Yep, the X-Men have a history of going out-of-print…

Marvel Omnibus releases 2011 (July- November)

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The solicitations for the next five months have been released, and there’s a few nice surprises in there! Here’s your month-by-month guide:

July 2011

Acts of Vengeance: Crossovers.               

Collects: Fantastic Four (1961) #334-336; Wolverine (1988) #19-20; Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme (1988) #11-13; Incredible Hulk (1968) #363; Punisher (1987) #28-29; Punisher War Journal (1988) #12-13; Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989) #8-10; Daredevil (1964) #275-276; Power Pack (1984) #53; Alpha Flight (1983) #79-80; New Mutants (1983) #84-86; Uncanny X-Men #256-258; X-Factor (1986) #49-50; Damage Control (1989) #1-4; and Web Of Spider-Man #64-65.

August 2011

Amazing Spider-man By Michelinie and McFarlane.      

Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #296-329 and material from Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10.

September 2011

The range is set to step up a gear this September, with TWO omnibuses released per month. Obviously, this could change, probably depending on how successful these three months prove; are you looking forward to this? Or is it gonna be bad for the wallet? Let me know your thoughts!

Dark Tower: Slipcase Edition.  

Art by David Finch.

  

Collects: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7, The Long Road Home #1-5, Treachery #1-6, Sorcerer #1, The Fall Of Gilead #1-6 and The Battle Of Jericho Hill #1-5.

Okay, so what exactly is this? Well, short answer: I don’t really know. Longer answer: There are slipcase editions for trade paperbacks, so why not with the Omnibus range? I’ve heard on the grapevine (well, okay, Amazon.co.uk) that the
pack will consist of a 296-page omnibus, and a 600-page companion. Perfects for any ka-tets out there!

Evolutionary War.          

Collects: Material from X-Factor Annual #3, Punisher Annual #1, Silver Surfer Annual #1, New Mutants Annual #4, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #22, Fantastic Four Annual #21, Uncanny X-Men Annual (1970) #12, Web Of Spider-Man Annual #4, West Coast Avengers Annual #3, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #8 and Avengers Annual #17.

October 2011

X-Men By Claremont and Lee Volume 1.             

Collects: Uncanny X-Men #244-269, X-Men Annual (1970) #13 and Classic X-Men #39.

Wolverine By Jason Aaron.        

Art by Ron Garney.

Collects: Wolverine (2003) #56 and #62-65; Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1-4; Wolverine: Weapon X #1-16; Dark Reign: The List Wolverine; and material from Wolverine (2003) #73-74, Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3 and Wolverine (1988) #175.

November 2011

X-Statix.              

Art by Mike Allred.

Collects: X-Force (1991) #116-129, Brotherhood #9, X-Statix #1-26, Wolverine/Doop #1-2, X-Statix Presents Dead Girl #1-5 and material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #41, I [Heart] Marvel: My Mutant Heart and Nation X #4.

Fantastic Four By John Byrne.   

Collects: Marvel Team-Up (1972) #61-62, Marvel Two-In-One #50, Fantastic Four (1961) #215-218, #220-221, #232-262 and Annual #17, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #42, Avengers (1963) #233, Thing (1983) #2, and Alpha Flight (1983) #4.

I’m sure most of these will be very well received, especially November’s two releases.

No word on December yet, but there are rumblings (again, thanks to Amazon.co.uk) about two early releases in 2012; in January, a follow-up to October’s Claremont/Lee X-Men omnibus, and – in February, apparently – an Avengers HC, to whet appetites for the upcoming movie! Jack Kirby is listed as an author for the latter omnibus, so it’s likely the book will feature the early tales of Iron Man, Wasp, Ant Man, Hulk (et al.), as Kirby illustrated issues #01- 08. Kirby also provided the layouts for #14- 17, with pencils by Don Heck. Really looking forward to this one!

Let me know your thoughts by posting comments below. Which of these can’t you wait to get your hands on? Which of them is a bad move on Marvel’s behalf? And what omnibuses would you like to see in the pipeline?

Stay tuned for a brand-new price list, coming to a website near you…!

Price List Round-up: 25th October 2010

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Namor and Sue

Art by Jack Kirby

It’s pretty unbelievable that there are still copies of the very first omnibus about.

Amazon’s prices have zig-zagged recently. A couple of weeks ago, certain omnibuses, especially pre-orders, were selling for just over £10. While this didn’t last long – and all orders cancelled, thank you very much – it’s no reason to increase prices so dramatically. While the very first omnibus, Fantastic Four Volume One, was previously between £40-50, it’s now rocketed to £71.25. However, it is quite a rare edition, released in 2005, so it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth that extra dough. Be wary, though; Amazon will probably drop the price pretty soon anyway.

And never forget to look at the independent sellers; the variant edition of Fantastic Four Volume One, by Alex Ross, is £64.99. Variants are always rarer, so grab that one up.

Their only competition is Forbiddenplanet.com, which is pretty much a wasted order. Just like Howard the Duck, Tomb of Dracula, Brubaker’s Daredevil Volume One and countless others, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the omnibus, despite their promise of receiving it within 21 days. It’s really not worth it, considering that, from my experience, they don’t even let you know it’s unavailable. This inability to obtain omnibuses apparently extends to recent releases, with the exception of Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron. Their pre-order prices, however, are quite competitive, so it’s always good to have a look at them.

There’s still the opportunity of obtaining the complete Lee/Ditko run on Amazing Spider-man from Amazon for £53.67. The price might go down a bit sometime, but it’s still a good deal.

I’m constantly surprised that copies of the brilliant Amazing Fantasy omnibus are still available. For me, that’s an omnibus everyone should have. If you’re interested, it’s best if you order from Amazon for £41.99, because there’s the option of free delivery.

Following the hit movies, Invincible Iron Man Volume One is very sought-after, so it’s a surprise Forbiddenplanet.co.uk have it for just £48.75. The same goes for Incredible Hulk, which suddenly disappeared overnight from Amazon.

I’ve recently grabbed a copy of Elektra, and highly-recommend it to all. The variant edition, with cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, is available at just £33.49 from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

Women of Marvel

Art by Olivier Coipel

The two volumes of Secret Wars are also popular, so you might want to snap those up. The same goes for The X-Men Volume One, a follow-up of which is released in April. Speaking of which…

Get over to Forbiddenplanet.co.uk for a massive 40% discount on The X-Men Volume Two. It’s just £45, if you order before Wednesday 10th November. This is the normal edition; the variant, by John Cassaday, is just £50.25, which is still a brilliant offer.

The most recent release, Squadron Supreme, can best be obtained from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk, at £37.51, but the price will probably go down imminently. It looks as if it may soon become hard to find though, so if you’d rather not risk missing out, order within the next couple of months.

Coming soon is the Women of Marvel omnibus (at the start of November), and, again, Forbiddenplanet.co.uk is best on price. The same can be said of all pre-orders, except the aforementioned X-Men Volume Two. Prices will probably remain the same upon release, but they’re pretty unreliable.

Walt Simonson’s Thor is sure to be a massive hit, so get those orders in now! Prices aren’t too bad at the moment (hovering around £65), despite its RRP of £95. It’s well worth it; the 1192 pages make for one of the biggest omnibuses ever. Nobody really knows when it’ll come out, though; some say January, others March, so let’s play it safe for now with February.

Of course, independent comic shops will vary omnibus prices, so it’s always worth sneaking along to the nearest one. Bristol’s Excelsior!, found on Bond Street, is brilliant at discounting hard-to-find tomes.

Feel free to add a comment regarding local comic shops, and/or discounts, alongside other omnibuses I might have missed out. There’s no official omnibus list, so getting it right is extra difficult. Fantastic Four by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch (ISBN 13: 9780785133711): Omnibus or not? It may call itself an omnibus, but at just 400 pages, it pales into comparison against the likes of New X-Men and Frank Miller’s Daredevil. But then again, there’s Devil Dinosaur

Opinions please!

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