“Welcome back, Carter”: 40% off the Warlord of Mars!

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February’s John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus release is an unexpected one, though there is a new film in the mix, but I’m sure will be welcomed by many. The science-fiction series ran from 1977 to 1979, and won the 1978 Eagle Award for ‘Favourite New Title.’

Cover art by Gil Kane

The omnibus collects John Carter, Warlord Of Mars #1- 28 and Annual #1 -3, written by fan-favourites Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont, Peter B. Gillis, Bill Mantlo and Alan Weiss, and pencilled by Gil Kane – who provides the cover to the HC – Dave Cockrum, Carmine Infantino, Ernie Colon, Frank Miller, Mike Vosburg, Walter Simonson, Ross Andru, Larry Hama, Sal Buscema, Ernie Chan and Alan Weiss. English artist, Alan Davis, best known for his work on Fantastic Four, provides a variant cover.

Cover art by Alan Davis

The 624-page omnibus will have an RRP of £75, but you can pre-order it from forbiddenplanet.co.uk for £45 – a saving of 40% – if you pre-order it by tomorrow, 14th September – so what are you waiting for?!

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=66090

If you’re reading this on 15th September though… don’t panic! Amazon.co.uk has it available for £45.54:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Carter-Warlord-Mars-Omnibus/dp/0785159908/ref=cm_lmf_tit_9_rsrsrs1

Thanks to Matschi for commenting on my previous X-Men post, recommending bookdepository.co.uk, which has the John Carter omnibus for £45.54 too.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/John-Carter-Warlord-Mars-Omnibus/9780785159902

Alternatively, the Alan Davis cover is available from forbiddenplanet.co.uk for £50.25, which is what the Gil Kane one will probably rise to after tomorrow. Forbiddenplanet.com has it on pre-order for £51.74.

Burrough's original 'A Princess of Mars' book

The series takes place during the novel, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which is being turned into a comic books series by Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger; Doctor Who Magazine) and Skottie Young (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; New Warriors: Reality Check) this month.

“With our new partnership with Marvel Entertainment, we believe we have found the best creative force to revive the thrills and adventures in the 21st Century of the legendary John Carter of Mars. We are looking forward to introducing this original interplanetary adventurer to a new generation of fans and await the first issue with great anticipation,” said James Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Skottie Young's cover to 'John Carter: Princess of Mars' #01.

For more on this, take a look at the Marvel website here: http://marvel.com/news/story/16055/john_carter_a_princess_of_mars_coming_in_september

“The Art of War”: 40% Off Apocalypse!

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Personally, I think Apocalypse is one of the best characters in the MU, and if you’re a like-minded individual, you’ll want to get over to forbiddenplanet.co.uk to pre-order the upcoming Age of Apocalypse Omnibus.

Enter the AoA!

The 1072-page hardcover collects Uncanny X-Men #320-321, X-Men #40-41, Cable #20, X-Men Alpha, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, Factor X #1-4, Gambit & The X-Ternals #1-4, Generation Next #1-4, Weapon X  #1-4, X-Calibre #1-4, X-Man #1-4, X-Men Omega, Age Of Apocalypse: The Chosen and X-Men Ashcan #2.

The massive book encompasses the entire MU, and sees the death of Charles Xavier and the victory of Apocalypse. What more could anybody ask for?! Well, how about a wealth of incredible creators, like Mark Waid, Scott Lobdell, Steve Epting and Salvador Larroca?

Cover B by Joe Maduriera.

Until 7th SEPTEMBER 2011 – Yes, tomorrow – you can get 40% off, bringing the price down to £57, if you visit:

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=66034

With an RRP of £95, its certainly worth pre-ordering now to avoid paying more upon its release in February 2012. The discount is for Cover B, by Joe Madureira, while Billy Tan’s Cover A is available for £63.65; I expect the price of Cover B to increase to this when the offer ends. Cover A looks to be that of X-Men Alpha, re-coloured for two of the TPB editions of the 1995-96 mutant epic.

X-Men Alpha

These aforementioned four trade paperbacks were issued between 2005 and 2006, and can be found for about £15 each on the web. To get the whole story would cost you £60; so this omnibus is definitely worth it! Oddly, it apparently omits two issues that were included in May’s Prelude to Age of Apocalypse TPB (http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=63534); very strange indeed! Can anybody give us a hint as to why those two are missing from the omnibus? Or will this change nearer publication date?

Cover A by Billy Tan.

Amazon.co.uk doesn’t have the omnibus listed yet, while forbiddenplanet.com has the Tan cover for £64.85. So it’s definitely advisable to get to fp.co.uk as fast as possible.

The omnibus comes at a particularly good time, with the excellent Uncanny X-Force series focussing on many elements from the story. First of all, X-Force went face-to-face with Apocalypse (…sort of) and his horsemen in The Apocalypse Solution… Then, most recently, they journeyed into the actual Age of Apocalypse!

Uncanny X-Force #04. Cover art by Esad Ribic.

Come back soon for Spider-man, the Avengers… and the War Lord of Mars!

The Dark Tower Looms!

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Marvel has recently released details of the upcoming Dark Tower Omnibus, the first double-set in a slipcase, alongside an excellent feature on the origins of the series. Based on the work of Stephen King (yes, really), the Dark Tower comic expands on the gritty world of The Gunslinger, written by Peter David – best known for his work with the Hulk –  and illustrated by Jae Lee (Inhumans; The Sentry). The massive books really do look special…

In all its glory!

In the feature on marvel.com, editor, Ralph Macchio says:

“I had read the Dark Tower novels before talk of a comic series had come along, and I had already pictured what the book would look like, so living up to that for myself and for the readers out there was difficult.

“Another thing that proved difficult was planning it out; when [co-writer] Robin Furth and I worked out the first arc of 30 issues, we were thinking pretty far into the future. I know certain comics work out where they’re going in advance, but working out an entire story-arc going 30 issues was pretty ambitious, especially since the writing hadn’t even begun.”

The Slipcase

Take a look at the full article here: http://marvel.com/news/story/16462/a_towering_achievement_the_dark_tower_omnibus

Cover art by Jae Lee

Collecting the first five volumes of the Dark Tower story, the slipcase omnibus (or should that be omnibuses?) has a huuuuge RRP of £110, according to amazon.co.uk. However, they currently have it available for pre-order for £82.50, while forbiddenplanet.com has it for £77.63.

Forbiddenplanet.co.uk has it for the best price, though. So snap it up at an excellent £73.70!

The Companion HC Omnibus

The  Dark Tower Slipcase HC Omnibus is due for release on 21st September. Will you be getting it? As it’s technically two omnibuses, packaged as one, do you think it’s worth the RRP? And does the range have a future as double packs? Let me know your thoughts!

“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…

“Are you Ready?”: 40% Off X-Statix!

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The omnibus of Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s X-Statix is sure to be popular. The satirical series focussing on a group of mutants geared towards media success began as the controversial new X-Force, before a relaunch which lasted 26 issues, with numerous spin-offs.

Cover by Mike Allred

The massive 1200-page omnibus 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. Written by Peter Milligan, and Nick Derington, and pencilled by Mike Allred, Sean Phillips, Duncan Fegredo, Nick Dragotta, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope, Nick Derington, Philip Bond, and Marcos Martin, the hardcover is set for release in November.

The series was, generally, very well-received, but with an RRP of £95, will you be buying the omnibus? But don’t panic; you don’t have to shed out almost £100…

Until Wednesday 15th June 2011, Forbiddenplanet.co.uk is offering the book at a brilliant £57.00, a saving of 40%! It’s highly recommended, so get over there fast.

But what if you’re reading this on the 16th June? Or even later? Once more, steady those nerves…

Doop by Mike Allred

Amazon.co.uk are currently selling the omnibus for just £57.16 (though they also state the RRP as £77.20, so let’s hope they don’t cancel pre-orders then hike the price up). Forbiddenplanet.com are offering the book at a still-very-reasonable £64.85.

We can draw parallels between this omnibus and Walter Simonson’s Thor, which is currently priced at £63.65 at Forbiddenplanet.co.uk, so it’s likely that X-Statix will rise to somewhere around that after the promotion ends.

Let me know your thoughts on the series, and if you’ll be getting the omnibus.

Price List Changes

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The new price lists are up.

Since the last one, a lot has changed. Many omnibuses have sold out; new stocks of older editions have seemingly been found; the pre-order war has raged; and the range has expanded dramatically. So it seems the perfect time for a change.

If you compare the current price list to the last one, you’ll see a massive difference. Most notably, the graph of prices has changed into what I hope is more informative and pleasing to the eye. And more of a list. Obviously, the price comparisons are still there, but alongside these, I’ve also added the issues each omnibus contains, which will hopefully lead you to a better decision when buying.

Another main change to the list is that there are now two: one for normal omnibuses, and another for pre-orders. This should make it easier to navigate and find exactly what you want. The pre-order price list can be found alongside the normal one near the top of the page, while a round-up of these pre-orders can be found as a separate post (to be added soon).

The final big change regards forbiddenplanet.com, which continues to promise delivery of most omnibuses within 21 days… and fails miserably. So I’ve treated those as OOP (out-of-print); if you’re not going to get them anyway, what’s the point of their deals?! Even worse, they don’t even let you know they’re unavailable. Very annoying. Obviously, I’ve included prices for omnibuses without that stupid ’21 days’ “promise.”

(This is all based on my own experiences, so let me know if you’ve ordered anything from them and been either unsuccessful or very happy with the end result…!)

On top of all this… a minor change, but just as important. Instead of using the graph, the more list-like approach has allowed more space to expand on the names of omnibuses, so there’s, hopefully, less chance of ambiguity.

Oh, and this new format has been easier to update than the last…

Let me know what you think!

Come back soon for the updated price list round-ups.

October Price List

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Here’s October 2010’s price list for future reference. Take a look at the updated price list when you’ve got a mo, and tell me what you think!

Omnibus Amazon.co.uk Forbiddenplanet.co.uk Forbiddenplanet.com
Fantastic Four V1 71.25                       — 46.80
Alias             —                       —                       —
Uncanny X-Men V1             —                       —                       —
The Eternals             —                       —                       —
New X-Men             —                       —                       —
Miller’s Daredevil V1             —                       —                       —
Amazing Spider-man  V1 53.67                       —                       —
Silver Surfer             —                       —                       —
Fantastic Four V2             —                       —                       —
Devil Dinosaur             —                       —                       —
Amazing Fantasy 41.99 41.99 32.99
Brubaker’s Captain America V1              —             —                       —                       —
Miller’s Daredevil Companion             —                       —                       —
Invincible Iron Man V1             — 48.75                       —
Incredible Hulk V1             — 50.25 41.23
Howard the Duck             —                       — 43.55
Bendis’ Daredevil V1             —                       —                       —
Elektra             — 33.49 34.49
Tomb of Dracula V1             —                       — 44.85
The Punisher             —                       —                       —
Secret Wars 56.49 50.25 42.90
Wolverine 63.75 50.25 48.46
The X-Men V1 56.49 50.25 51.75
Secret Wars 2 56.49 50.25 51.75
Brubaker’s Daredevil V1             —                       — 37.51
Immortal Iron Fist 47.59 37.51 37.51
The Ultimates             —                       —                       —
Captain Britain             — 50.25 49.99
Astonishing X-Men 47.59 37.51 44.16
Golden Age of Marvel 63.39 63.65                       —
The Death of Captain America 30.40 33.59 33.59
Tomb of Dracula V2 52.59 50.25 51.75
Bendis’ Daredevil V2 42.71 50.25 51.75
Invincible Iron Man V2 63.75 50.25 51.74
Brubaker’s Daredevil V2 41.99 37.51 38.63
Tomb of Dracula V3 52.50 50.25 51.74
Straczynski’s Thor             — 32.82 33.80
Ghost Rider 26.59 25.45 26.21
Squadron Supreme 39.19 37.51 38.63
On Pre-Order:
Women of Marvel 66.5 63.65 64.85
Acts of Vengeance             — 50.25 51.74
The Mighty Thor 56.25 50.25 51.74
Captain America Lives! 34.99 32.82 33.8
Atlantis Attacks 47.59 37.51 38.63
Kirby’s Captain America 41.99 37.51 38.63
Simonson’s Thor 71.25 63.65 64.85
X-Men V2 63.75 50.25                       —
X-Men: Fall of the Mutants 56.25 50.25                       —

UPDATED: 25th October 2010. All prices are in British Pound (£), unless otherwise stated.

NOTES:

Bold:     Best deal.

–:           Omnibus not available/ OOP (out-of-print)

V:            Volume.

Fp:          Forbidden Planet ie. fp.co.uk =  forbiddenplanet.co.uk.

Italics:   Item not in stock at fp.com, but available to order. There is no guarantee that you will get the omnibus, so it will not be considered the best deal, even if the price is the lowest, unless amazon.co.uk and fp.co.uk do not have stocks available either.

Underlined:        Variant edition only. Generally, variants copies have a more limited printing, so are rarer to find.

Things to remember:

Look at regular blog for deals at other stores, like whsmith.co.uk, and waterstones.com. All prices are correct at time of update. Prices do not include postage and packaging.

The Evolutionary War!

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This September, The Evolutionary War is collected in a 472-page omnibus, with two covers by Lee Garbett and John Buscema.

Buscema cover

The storyline – which focuses on one of the world’s leading geneticists, The High Evolutionary, declaring war on the Earth – was the first of its kind; a crossover spread over several annuals in 1988, from X-Factor Annual #03 to Avengers Annual #17. This tradition continued with storylines like Atlantis Attacks and Lifeform, the former of which has also been released in omnibus format.

Okay, so with an RRP of £55.99, how can you save a bit of money? Well, here are the current offers from the ‘Big Three,’ as I’ve taken to calling them:

forbiddenplanet.com: £38.63.

forbiddenplanet.co.uk: £37.51.

amazon.co.uk: £41.99.

As you can see, it’s best to pre-order with fp.co.uk, but as it’s released in September, it might be worth waiting to see if it drops down a bit. There’s a chance it might, but only by a couple of quid.

Garbett cover

In other news…

In preparation for the upcoming Thor movie – which looks just incredible – the new Walter Simonson Omnibus should be on shelves nationwide. It also looks like Forbidden Planet pre-orders have been sent out too. It’s an extremely popular run and a massive omnibus, weighing in at 1192 pages of Odinson action. It’s worth getting just to see Thor as a frog, right?

For Asgard...!

Comic Book Resources are calling the new Thor movie, which previews next Easter Monday in the UK, the “best Marvel film yet.”

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=31910

Come back soon; it looks like October will see the release of several exciting omnibuses…

“I’ll take Manhattan”: 40% off Spider-man!

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It’s been a while since the last Spider-man omnibus was released – 2007, in fact! – and it’s now out-of-print.

So it’s a pleasant surprise to find August’s solicitations include an Amazing Spider-man by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane omnibus.

Amazing Spider-man #297

The weighty 848-page tome will collect Amazing Spider-man #296- 329, as well as material from Spectacular Spider-man Annual #10, written by Michelinie, and drawn by McFarlane, Alex Saviuk, Erik Larsen and Colleen Doran. The omnibus will be issued with two covers by McFarlane, adapted from ASM #300-301 featuring Spidey in his red-and-blue costume… and his black!

The run sees Spider-man going toe-to-toe with villainous heavy-hitters, like Doctor Octopus, Venom, the Rhino, Magneto, the Lizard, Scorpion and Hydro-Man. And let’s not forget the return of Spidey’s first super-villain, the Chameleon.

Amazing Spider-man #303

Anyone who has read the Michelinie/McFarlane run knows it is a true classic, and this omnibus will be snapped up fast!

It’s lucky, then, that forbiddenplanet.co.uk is offering Cover B (with the black costume) with a 40% discount, bringing it down to just £45! Be quick; the offer ends tomorrow (2ND MARCH), but don’t panic if you miss it; Cover A is available at £50.25, and Cover B is expected to level with this once the offer ends.

Let me know what you think of the run if you’ve read it (some issues were recently reprinted in the English Collector’s Edition comic, Astonishing Spider-man) or if you’ve pre-ordered it. I haven’t seen any other sites offering it yet, so email me if you know of any great deals and, if I use that information, I’ll give you a shout-out!

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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