Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus

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As if several further movies weren’t enough, there’s another treat in store for Star Wars fans: Marvel is reprinting their original comic series as an omnibus!

Star Wars Omnibus

Advertised as “The Original Marvel Years,” the 880-page hardback is a firm statement: Star Wars is back where it belongs. Marvel initially owned the license to  produce Star Wars comics, but they were then acquired by Dark Horse, who held it for over 20 years. Now, however, the copyright has reverted  Disney – the company who owns Marvel. As well as the ability to make new comics, this allows Marvel to also reprint tales from their archive. A bevvy of much-loved Marvel creators, including Jason Aaron, John Cassady, Salvador Larroca and Mark Waid, will also work on new ongoing series.

“With Star Wars poised to return to its comic book home, what better time to revisit the first adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and, of course, Darth Vader?” says Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso. “I am extremely proud to present these original Star Wars stories, told as only Marvel can, in the first in a massive and glorious Omnibus series.”

The book collects Star Wars (1977) #1- 44 and Annual #1, and is due for release in January 2015 with an RRP of £95.00. Two covers will be available: one by Howard Chaykin, and the other by Greg Hildebrandt. Currently, Forbidden Planet International has the cheapest price, but it’s worth waiting a little while to see what the book comes down to.

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.

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.”

“Old Man Logan”: 40% Off Wolverine!

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You’ve got until tomorrow to pre-order the Wolverine By Mark Millar omnibus at a discounted price of £33.59.

Wolverine Omnibus

The 576-page book is due for release in July 2013, and features the ever-popular Enemy of the State and Old Man Logan storylines, written by Millar (The Ultimates; Kick-Ass), with art by John Romita Jr. (The Amazing Spider-man; Black Panther) and Steve McNiven (Superior; Guardians of the Galaxy).

Simply get over to Forbidden Planet International, and receive the omnibus at a 40% discount from its RRP of £55.99.

After this event, I expect the website to have the omnibus for sale at about £38.00.

In other Wolverine-related news…

Adamantium Collection

• There will be a special Adamantium Collection, which is set to combine some fan-favourite stories featuring Wolverine (though not, I might add, tales included in the Mark Millar omnibus). It’s set to hit shelves in June, just before the film, The Wolverine, will be shown at cinemas worldwide. You can read more about it here. I’ll be taking a closer look at this release soon.

The Adamantium Collection is currently for sale from Forbidden Planet International for £100.50. Obviously this is a massive price for an over-sized book, but it’s still a 33% discount of its UK RRP of £150.00.

• Amazon UK, meanwhile, just about undercut FPInternational with the Wolverine By Jason Aaron omnibus available for £48.00.

• Hearing how a plethora of X-Men stars will be reunited in the next movie, Days of Future Past is massively exciting. James McAvoy! Michael Fassbender! Hugh Jackman! Patrick Stewart! Sir Ian McKellan! Ellen Page! Anna Paquin! Jennifer Lawrence! Plus: Sentinels! This is bound to be incredible, right?!

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!

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