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.”

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“Looking Forward”: 40% Off Iron Man!

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Until Wednesday 4th April 2013, you can pre-order the upcoming Iron Man By Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen Omnibus at a 40% discount, bringing its RRP of £95 down to £57.

Iron Man Omnibus

The 1024-page book is released in September, and, whilst primarily by Busiek, is also written by Mark Waid (Fantastic Four; Daredevil), Dan Jurgens (Thor) and Chris Claremont (X-Men), amongst many others.

Chen is obviously on art duties (as well as providing the cover), but joining him are John Romita Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man; Avengers), Salvador Larroca (Cable and X-Force; X-Treme X-Men), and Terry Shoemaker (X-Factor; Excalibur).

Here’s the official synopsis:

“It’s a new beginning for Iron Man as Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen reinvent the Armored Avenger! Tony Stark is back, with a new company, Stark Solutions — but the Mandarin plans to destroy Tony’s dreams before they take shape! And if that’s not enough, Iron Man must face Firebrand, Whiplash, M.O.D.O.K., Controller, Fin Fang Foom, Count Nefaria, the Exemplars, Ultimo and the new War Machine — while romancing the beautiful Rumiko Fujikawa and protecting his secret identity! Good thing he’s got Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to help him out!”

As he comes face-to-face with the Mandarin, the omnibus will be released soon after Iron Man 3 hits cinema screens worldwide.

Iron Man 3 movie

Iron Man by Busiek and Chen Omnibus collects Iron Man (1998) #1-25, Captain America (1998) #8, Quicksilver #10, Avengers (1998) #7, Iron Man & Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (1998) #15, Iron Man Annual 1999, Thor (1998) #17, Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #11, Juggernaut: The Eighth Day and Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2.

The series ran from 1998 to 2004, an 89-issue run that led up to Avengers: Disassembled. So if this one sells well (and I think it will), then we can probably expect at least one further volume in the future!

Iron Man 3

If you want to pre-order at a 40% discount, go to Forbidden Planet International before 4th April. I expect the price will rise to between £60 and £65 after the special offer.

“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?!

News Round-up: January 2013, featuring Thor, Wolverine – and Rare Omnibuses!

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A second Mighty Thor omnibus is due for release in August, carrying on from where the first volume left off.

Thor Omnibus

Many thanks to Rubèn, who found this in the Marvel May to August Preview.

Thor Omnibus blurb

The first omnibus, released in January 2011, collected together Journey Into Mystery #83-120 and Annual #1; this second will continue from Journey Into Mystery #121, relaying the foundations of Thor, Loki, the Warriors Three and the rest of Asgard to readers before the release of the movie sequel, Thor: The Dark World, due out in October in the UK.

The Wolverine is also set to hit cinema screens this year (in July, to be precise), and to coincide, Marvel will release Wolverine by Mark Millar Omnibus, which I will personally be lapping up. With art by John Romita Jr (Thor; X-Men), Steve McNiven (Captain America; The Amazing Spider-man) and Kaare Andrews (Spider-man: Reign; Incredible Hulk), the 576-page book will include the popular Enemy of the State and Old Man Logan storylines. Here’s the official blurb:

He’s the best there is at what he does. And when writer Mark Millar (The Ultimates; Kick-Ass) gets his hands on Wolverine, what he does isn’t very pretty! When the Hand brainwashes Wolverine, he slices and dices his way through friends and foes alike — carving a swath of terror through the Marvel Universe that ultimately results in an X-Man’s death! Finally captured and deprogrammed, Wolverine swears vengeance against his tormentors — and the vengeance of Wolverine is a wonder to behold. Then: Nobody knows what happened the night the heroes fell, but the villains have been calling the shots ever since. Wolverine’s fate is the biggest mystery of all. No one has heard from him for fifty years, and in his place stands an old man called Logan.

Collecting Wolverine (2003) #20- 32, #66- 72 and Wolverine: Old Man Logan Giant-Size #1.

Wolverine Omnibus

With an RRP of $75, expect to pay about £50 when it’s released in July.

And finally… Amazon UK has an influx of older omnibus titles back on sale. The Incredible Hulk Volume 1, collecting Hulk #1-6, Tales to Astonish #59-101, and Incredible Hulk #102, is priced £63.75. Though they’re temporarily out-of-stock, they’re taking orders for The X-Men Omnibus Volume 1 (again, £63.75) and Brubaker’s Captain America Volume 1, for sale at just £47.59. The Avengers Omnibus, meanwhile, is just £48.

X-Men Omnibus

Get over there quickly – I’m sure they’ll sell out pretty fast!

MarvelNOW! Omnibus…?

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Marvel will reportedly publish an omnibus next year collecting the first issue of all their new MarvelNOW! titles.

Marvel NOW

The book, supposedly 688 pages long, will print such comics as Uncanny Avengers #01; Fantastic Four #01; Thor #01; Nova #01 and All-New X-Men #01, featuring writers like Rick Remender, Brian Michael Bendis and Matt Fraction, and artists like Mike Allred, Stuart Immonen and Esad Ribic.

The HC is rumoured to have a cover by Joe Quesada.

All-New X-men

MarvelNOW! is a relaunch of their core titles, shaking up the creative teams. Brian Michael Bendis, for instance, has been on the Avengers titles since c. 2005’s Disassembled – but is now working on All-New X-Men.

I have a few titles on standing order, including Captain America – just knowing John Romita Jr is on the book is enough to guarantee its inclusion in my pull list! – X-Men: Legacy (writer, Si Spurrier, is at the top of his game), and FF (with art that I initially disliked… but now I absolutely love). My surprise purchase, though, is Journey Into Mystery. I can’t even describe how good it is. Just pick it up.

JiM 656

It’ll be a new direction for the omnibus line, but a step which isn’t unheard of for comic fans: DC published a similar collection, with all the first issues of their ‘52’ titles.

The MarvelNOW! Omnibus is expected in June 2013.

“Demon in a Bottle!”: 40% Off Iron Man

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Pre-order February’s Iron Man By Michelinie, Layton and Romita Jr Omnibus from Forbiddenplanet.co.uk before Wednesday 12th September 2012, and get a 40% discount off the RRP.

Iron Man #150

Normally £75, the saving brings the 944-page book down to just £45. This is only Cover A, but Cover B is available from just £50.25; Forbiddenplanet.com has it for £51.74 each (though they often get damaged in the post from this particular supplier) – while Amazon UK hasn’t even got it listed yet!

Here’s the blurb:

“Up-and-coming talents David Michelinie, Bob Layton and John Romita Jr. joined forces to take on Marvel’s Golden Avenger in 1978 – and captured lighting in a bottle! Now, their history-making first run is collected in one massive volume! From Tony Stark’s taboo-shattering struggle with alcoholism to Iron Man’s legendary clash with Dr. Doom during King Arthur’s time, this one’s got it all – including Justin Hammer’s introduction; a brutal battle against the Hulk; the menaces of Madame Masque, the Melter, Blizzard, Whiplash, the Dreadnoughts, the Titanium Man and more; and the debut of Tony’s outer-space and stealth armours!”

Collecting Iron Man #115- 157, the omnibus features the ground-breaking Demon in a Bottle storyline, which inspired the movie, Iron Man 2. As Bethany Cabe says:

“Can’t you see you’re becoming your own worst enemy? And you’re trying to kill that enemy with a bottle…”

I’m sure this one will be popular…

Iron Man and X-Force in February – and the end of the Premiere Classics line!

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Two new omnibuses have been announced in Marvel’s November solicitations: X-Force Volume 1 and Iron Man By Michelinie, Layton and Romita Jr. Volume 1.

Is Cable feeling alright?

The first is the biggest surprise, reprinting some of the early X-force stuff by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, but Marvel might be trying to take advantage of how popular the current Uncanny incarnation of the team is. Newcomers will be surprised at how far they’ve come! Here’s the official blurb:

Beset from all sides by a growing roster of vicious foes, the New Mutants and their mysterious mentor Cable have no choice but to transform into a proactive, butt-kicking, take-no-prisoners mutant strike team! But can the new X-Force survive head-on clashes with Deadpool, the Morlocks, Proteus, Stryfe and his Mutant Liberation Front, the Juggernaut, the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and…S.H.I.E.L.D.? And what secrets are Cable and Domino hiding? It’s high-stakes adventure with all-out action, in-your-face attitude and enormous guns! Nineties’ nostalgia at its finest — guest-starring Spider-Man, the New Warriors, X-Factor and more!

Collecting NEW MUTANTS (1983) #98-100 and ANNUAL #7, X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #15, X-FACTOR ANNUAL #6, X-FORCE (1991) #1-15, SPIDER-MAN (1990) #16, CABLE: BLOOD & METAL #1-2, and material from NEW WARRIORS ANNUAL #1 and X-FORCE ANNUAL (1992) #1.

848 PGS.

Todd McFarlane joins Liefeld, Nicieza and a few more on writing duties, while artists include Guang Yap, Tom Raney, Mike Mignola, Greg Capullo, John Romita Jr., McFarlane, Mark Bagley, Mark Pacella, Terry Shoemaker, and – of course – Liefeld, who also provides the two omnibus covers. At $99.99, expect this one to have an RRP of about £75 – with Forbidden Planet.co.uk normally offering these titles for £50.25!

Just for fun, here’s the 40 worst Rob Liefeld drawings. Warning: it’s very rude so is suitable only for adults! And here’s its sequel.

One of my mates absolutely hates Liefeld. While he doesn’t make me scratch my own eyes out or anything, I did get annoyed when he recently said that his creation, Deadpool, was so good that the comic would still be popular with the “D-list talent” Marvel are assigning to the Marvel NOW! relaunch. Seriously, Rob: people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Cover art by Bob Layton

I’m sure many will be looking forward to X-Force, but I’m more excited by the Iron Man Omnibus (mainly as it collects together some of John Romita Jr.’s run on the title!). JRJR is joined by artists like Bob Layton, Sal Buscema, and John Bryne, while writers include Layton, David Michelinie and Bill Mantlo. Here’s the blurb, folks:

Up-and-coming talents David Michelinie, Bob Layton and John Romita Jr. joined forces to take on Marvel’s Golden Avenger in 1978 — and captured lighting in a bottle! Now, their history-making first run is collected in one massive volume! From Tony Stark’s taboo-shattering struggle with alcoholism to Iron Man’s legendary clash with Dr. Doom during King Arthur’s time, this one’s got it all — including Justin Hammer’s introduction; a brutal battle against the Hulk; the menaces of Madame Masque, the Melter, Blizzard, Whiplash, the Dreadnoughts, the Titanium Man and more; and the debut of Tony’s outer-space and stealth armors! Guest-starring Ant-Man, Namor and more!

Collecting IRON MAN (1968) #115-157.

944 PGS.

With covers by JRJR and Bob Layton, the RRP is likely to be £75 – so expect to pay about £50! Thanks to the enormously popular films (Iron Man and Iron Man 2 were great, but wow, did Avengers Assemble knock it out of the park!), the character is massively popular, and this omnibus will collect together the Demon in a Bottle storyline that inspired the second movie.

Fans of John Romita Jr. can also see his latest work in Captain America #01, released in the same month as these books.

November will, of course, be a big month for our favourite comic publisher as they launch the jumping-on-point initiative, Marvel NOW!, with titles like All-New X-Men, Thor: God of Thunder and X-Men: Legacy.

Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that the Premiere Classic line is ending. Marvel Collected Editions’ Jeph York said:

“Okay, after three months of solicits with no Premiere Classic HCs in them, I should probably end the suspense and make this official: Marvel has ended the Premiere Classic hardcover line.
They’ll still be collecting modern series in Premiere-sized HCs, and the Omnibus, OHC and Masterworks programs are not in danger. But the Premiere Classic line is being put to bed with volume #106.
Sorry, guys. I know quite a few of you loved them.
-Jeph!”

Collected Comics Library’s Chris Marshall suspects that the omnibuses may have something to do with this:

“Maybe the demise of the Marvel Premiere Classic’s can be attributed to the rise of the Omnibus. Marvel has collected a lot of this material and more in the bigger format. For example Thor by Walter Simonson and the recent solicit for the X-Force Omnibus collects a few of the MPC’s with many more comics and special material like sketches, rare art, liner notes and even a new intro! Perhaps consumers have been wise to this and have chosen not to buy the smaller edition in favor of the bigger more expansive book.”

It’s a huge shame, especially as the line has so many dedicated followers. But thankfully, classic stories will always live on…

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