Master of Kung Fu Reprinted Across Four Omnibuses!

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The popular Master of Kung Fu series, starring Shang Chi, is to be reprinted for the first time across four omnibuses, starting next year.

The books were announced by Marvel Comics last week at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Baltimore, and fans of the martial arts expert immediately got excited – and rightly so! The series originally ran from 1974 to 1983, beginning with issue #17 of Special Marvel Edition, and concluding with Master of Kung Fu #125.

Shang Chi, however, has debuted two issues before the title’s change in Special Marvel Edition #15, and it appears that this cover will adorn the front of the first omnibus.

Chi has been given a rough time since his heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s, but at least this year Master of Kung Fu relaunched briefly.

Stretching the title across four books seems a bit odd, seeing as previous omnibuses reprinting classic tales have been massive tomes collecting a vast number of comics, so it appears that these books, while still being weighty, will be slightly slimmer, like some reprinting recent titles instead.

They’re not up for pre-order yet, but the debut HC is expected to be released in the summer of 2016.

Acclaimed Infinity Gauntlet in July

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Jim Starlin and George Perez’s epic Infinity Gauntlet is to be released in omnibus form on 2nd July 2014.

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The 1,248-page book collects together all the issues of The Thanos Quest, Silver SurferCloak & Dagger, and Quasar that lead up to the main event, as well as the titular six issue series, tie-ins (including The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man), plus two issues that deal with the aftermath – though bizarrely seems to exclude Warlock and the Infinity Watch. Here’s the official synopsis:

Death has released Thanos from her cold embrace, and he plans to repay her by murdering half the universe! But even as the Mad Titan gathers the six Infinity Gems from across the galaxy, assembling them into the Infinity Gauntlet and gaining truly godlike powers, a host of heroes gather to oppose him — including the Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Dr. Strange and the Hulk! Even with Dr. Doom, Galactus and the universe’s cosmic powers aiding them, can Marvel’s mightiest possibly prevail against Thanos the all-powerful? At long last, the fan-favorite cosmic event is collected in its entirety!

Collecting Silver Surfer (1987) issues #34-38, #40 and #44-60; Thanos Quest #1-2; Infinity Gauntlet #1-6; Cloak And Dagger (1988) #18;Spider-Man (1990) #17; Incredible Hulk(1968) #383-385; Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #31-36; Quasar #26-27 and Sleepwalker #7. Written by Jim Starlin, Ron Marz, Terry Kavanagh, Ann Nocenti, Peter David, Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Mark Gruenwald and Bob Budiansky; pencilled by Ron Lim, George Perez, Todd Smith, Tom Raney, Dave Ross, Rick Leonardi, Dale Keown, Tony Dezuniga, Chris Marrinan, Dan Lawlis, Dave Hoover, Greg Capullo and Bret Blevins; with covers by George Perez and Jim Starlin.

At the moment, Forbidden Planet International has the best price, at £63.65 (though, no guarantees, there might be a further special offer available from their newsletters sometime in the future), with ForbiddenPlanet.com not far behind with a price of £65.55.

With an RRP of £95.00, Amazon UK hasn’t discounted it at all yet (their prices are particularly odd at the time of writing), and Amazon US has it listed for $96.11, a 23% saving of the American RRP of $125.00.

“Deathwatch!”: 40% off Man-Thing!

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Calling all fans of classic horror! Get to forbiddenplanet.co.uk before Wednesday 2nd May 2012 to get 40% off October’s Man-Thing omnibus.

Cover art by Frank Brunner

Here’s the blurb:

“Neither wholly plant nor animal, neither entirely self-aware nor totally non-sentient, the creature called the Man-Thing is unique, unchanging and alone — but none who encounter him can ever be the same again. Empathic by nature and drawn to fight evil, his shambling visage inspires fear — and whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch. Whether danger rises from the swamp or the city, the past or the future, outer space or the human soul, the Man-Thing awaits!”

The 1192-page HC has an RRP of £95, but if you pre-order now, it’ll cost just £57. The book is set to collect Astonishing Tales (1970) #12-13; Fear #11-18, and material from #10 and #19; Man-Thing (1974) #1-22, Giant-Size Man-Thing #1-3 and material from #4-5, Incredible Hulk (1968) #197-198; Marvel Team-Up (1972) #68; Marvel Two-In-One #43; Man-Thing (1979) #1-11; Dr. Strange (1974) #41; and material from Savage Tales (1971) #1, Monsters Unleashed #5 and #8-9, and Rampaging Hulk (1977) #7.

Cover art by Ariel Olivetti

The offer only applies to the Frank Brunner cover; the variant – by Ariel Olivetti – can be pre-ordered from fp.co.uk for £63.65.

…And neither Amazon nor forbiddenplanet.com has it listed!

The book is written by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Steve Gerber, Marv Wolfman, Tony Isabella, Ralph Macchio, Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Michael Fleisher, Doug McKenzie and JM DeMatteis, while art is supplied by Gray Morrow, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, John Byrne, Don Perlin, Gene Colan, Jim Starlin, Val Mayerik, Mike Ploog, Alfredo Alcala, Vicente Alcazar, Rico Rival, Ed Hannigan, Ron Wilson, Jim Mooney, Tom Sutton, Larry Hama and Pat Broderick.

Steve Gerber’s final Man-Thing tale is set for print June- August as The Infernal Man-Thing.

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