Secret Warriors available for pre-order!

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Forbidden Planet.co.uk has just made the Secret Warriors omnibus available for pre-order.

Though the book has an RRP of £75, you can buy it from fp.co.uk for just £49.01.

Amazon.co.uk also has the 904-page HC for £49.01. Which is pretty wierd.

My advice would be to wait maybe just for a week, as fp.co.uk normally offer these £75 books with a 40% discount for two weeks only – bringing it down to £45 – as part of their ‘STOP THE PRESS!’ offer. I reckon next week’s graphic novel newsletter wil include the deal, as the latest one was for The Incredible Hulk: Past Perfect – which looks really cool!

Here’s the synopsis for the Secret Warriors omnibus:

Former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and his newly minted team of Secret Warriors uncover a conspiracy that reaches from the Oval Office to Japan — and even beyond death. When a shadow war breaks out between Leviathan and Hydra, it’s up to Fury and his Warriors to take them both out.

The reconstituted Howling Commandos join Fury’s ranks, but tragedy waits in the wings as the conflict blossoms into an all-out war on three fronts. As Hydra and Leviathan ready for their final strikes — on each other and the world — Fury will have to make some of the grittiest life-and-death choices of his long life!

Collecting Mighty Avengers #13 and 18, Secret Warriors #1-28, Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors, Siege: Secret Warriors, and material from Dark Reign: New Nation. Written By Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman; and pencilled by Alex Maleev, Stefano Caselli, Alessandro Vitti, Gianluca Gugliotta, Mirko Colak, David Marquez and Ed McGuinness, with cover artwork by Jim Cheung.

The book is expected to be released in July 2012.

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Savings and Solicitations

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No official news from Marvel… but once again, Amazon saves the day, making several new omnibuses available for pre-order.

One’s so exciting, there’s a separate post about it, which can be found here:

https://marvelomnibus.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/new-x-men-reprint/

First off, July will see the release of Rick Remender’s Punisher omnibus, a 678-page book, with art by Jerome Opena and Tan Eng Huat. It has an RRP of £63.95, apparently, but Amazon has it for £48.37:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Punisher-Rick-Remender-Omnibus/dp/0785162135/ref=cm_lmf_tit_16_rdssss0

Punisher: The List

Alongside this, there’ll be a Secret Warriors omnibus, written by Brian Micheal Bendis and Jonathan Hickman, with art by Alex Maleev, Stefano Caselli and Alessandro Vitti. The 904-page HC also has an RRP of £63.95, with Amazon offering a 24% saving.

And that’s all we know – !

They’re not listed on ForbiddenPlanet etc., so we’ll just have to wait until the Summer to find out more.

I would caution against pre-ordering now, however, as fp.co.uk will probably offer a fantastic pre-order price soon; maybe around £40 each.

Also… It’s January. And that means January Sales!

Get over to ForbiddenPlanet.com for their fantastic winter offers, which includes two omnibuses.

Firstly, there’s Captain America by Jack Kirby et al. (collecting Tales Of Suspense #59-99, Captain America #100-113 and Not Brand Echh #3) with a cover by Ron Garney, for just £44.99:

http://forbiddenplanet.com/65881-captain-america-omnibus-volume-1-hardcover-ron-garney-cover/

Amazon, however, have the omnibus – right now, anyway – for just £42.09:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Captain-America-Omnibus-Marvel/dp/0785150781/ref=cm_lmf_tit_24

Then there’s the third – and probably final – volume of Tomb of Dracula, which collects Tomb Of Dracula Magazine #1-6, FRANKENSTEIN Monster #7-9 and Dracula Lives! #1-13, again for just £44.99:

http://forbiddenplanet.com/?q=tomb+of+dracula+omnibus+volume+3

Yep – both covers!

Amazon has it for £75… which is an awful price, frankly.

Art by Gene Colan.

Again, you need to beware of fp.com

I ordered a few omnibuses last year, including The Invincible Iron Man Volume 2 and Tomb of Dracula Volume 2… and I still haven’t received them!

Seriously.

They’re pretty notorious with their omnibuses, so there’s a bit of risk that you’ll never get your order!

Let me know if you order any of these – and if you receive them!

“O, Bitter Victory!”: 40% off Amazing Spider-man!

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Art for ASM #49 by John Romita.

Stan Lee and John Romita’s run on Amazing Spider-man is a legendary must-read. And from April 2012, you can get ASM #39- 67, Annual #3- 5, Spectacular Spider-man Magazine (1968) #1- 2, and material from Not Brand Echh #2, 6 and 11 in a 968- page omnibus.

With an RRP of £75, the HC also features the art of Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Jim Mooney and Marie Severin, with alternate covers by Romita and Humberto Ramos.

And until Wednesday 23rd November, the Romita cover is available from forbiddenplanet.co.uk for just £45, a saving of 40%! You can get your copy here:

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=67242

The Humberto Ramos cover – a homage to ASM #39 – can be pre-ordered from fp.co.uk for £50.25; the Romita cover is expected to  increase to this price once the promotion is over.

While Amazon.co.uk hasn’t even listed it yet, forbiddenplanet.com has the two covers for £51.74 each.

Though it’s a continuation of 2007’s first ASM omnibus – with the art of Steve Ditko – this second hardcover can be read in isolation, with such milestone issues as “How Green Was My Goblin!” – in which the Green Goblin’s true identity is first revealed – “The Sinister Shocker!” (which introduces one of my favourite villains) and “Spider-man No More!” The latter, in ASM #50, introduced the Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk, a major criminal in the Marvel Universe, and partly inspired the film, Spider-man 2.

Cover art by John Romita.

Personally, it includes some of my favourite issues, so I will definitely have the omnibus in pride of place.  One of the first Spider-man comic storylines I remember is, in fact, from ASM #48- 49, a grim but thrilling tale of a very ill Spider-man facing off against Kraven the Hunter and the new (-ish) Vulture, Brackie Drago.

Coming July 2012...

Of course, the omnibus comes just in time for the release of The Amazing Spider-man film in July 2012, a reboot starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans.

Andrew Garfiled on set with Emma Stone.

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…!

“Has The Whole World Gone Mad?!?”: 40% Off Acts of Vengeance Crossovers!

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Art by Alan Davis

 

Marvel’s July 2011 solicitations have been released, including a hefty 400-page Dark Avengers HC, a Marvel Art of Mike Deodato tome, and a Spider-man: The Death of Jean DeWolff premiere hardcover… and an Acts of Vengeance Crossovers omnibus!

 The HC follows the December 2010 release of Acts of Vengeance, which collects the main titles from the 1989/90 event, including Avengers #311-313, Thor #411-413, and Amazing Spider-man #326-329. But, with a massive 744 pages, further titles in the Marvel Universe-spanning crossover had to be collected together in this separate release. Totalling 752 pages, this omnibus will be available with two variant covers, by Alan Davis and Rob Liefeld, and collect… wait for it…

  • 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;
  • Web Of Spider-Man #64-65.

In a plan orchestrated by Thor’s evil half-brother, Loki, the villains of the MU decide to take revenge on all those times when they’ve been defeated. Where else can you see Power Pack take on Typhoid Mary, Dr. Strange tangling with the Hobgoblin, Daredevil fighting Ultron and Iron Man teaming up with… Doctor Doom?!

Art by Bob Layton

Featuring the work of such names as Walter Simonson, Roy Thomas, Ann Nocenti, Ron Lim, Jim Lee, Sal Velluto and John Romita Jr., the omnibus has an RRP of £75, but there are a few deals to be had out there already!

True to form, forbiddenplanet.com hasn’t got it listed yet, but forbiddenplanet.co.uk has a fantastic 40% off on the Alan Davis cover (now a brilliant £45), if you order before 9TH FEBRUARY. They have a history of these amazing fortnight-only offers (see 40% Off The X-Men and 40% Off Captain America), and I usually advise you to order, order, order. But this time, amazon.co.uk have crept in and stolen their thunder… perhaps. Despite not listing the alternative covers – or, indeed, having a photo of either cover yet – they have an amazing pre-order price of just £38.25! But there is a problem. Amazon seems to think its RRP is actually £45. They’re pretty notorious with their prices; seriously, just google ‘amazon marvel omnibus sale’ and see the mayhem and confusion for yourselves. So can they be trusted? They don’t usually honour sales when they’ve messed up, but maybe this time, they’re being genuine.

The safe bet? Forbiddenplanet.co.uk. The possibly-worthwhile risk? Amazon.co.uk.

Let me know if you’ve pre-ordered!

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