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.

“First Blood”: 40% Off Operation Zero Tolerance!

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Go to forbiddenplanet.co.uk before Wednesday 14th March to get 40% off August’s X-Men: Zero Tolerance HC.

This brings the price down from £55.99 to just £33.59.

At 640 pages, the book collects Generation X #26-31, X-Force #67-70, X-Men #65-70, Uncanny X-Men #346, Wolverine #115-118, Cable #45-47 and X-Man #30, with a cover by Francis Leinil Yu. Writers include Scott Lobdell, Steve Seagle and Terry Kavanagh, with artists like Joe Bennett, Carlos Pacheco and Salvador Larroca.

Here’s the blurb for the 1990s tale:

A rogue faction of the U.S. government, backed by powerful international forces and led by the man known only as Bastion, is about to launch a massive strike against the X-Men with one goal: the extermination of the entire mutant race. With Jubilee and Professor X captives, the X-Mansion overrun and Prime Sentinels darkening the skies, the X-Men, X-Force and Generation X must fight a war on many fronts. And it’s a war they’re losing. This is the X-Men’s darkest hour.

I’m really excited by this release; its reprint in the UK line, Essential X-Men, was being published as I was just getting into X-Men comics, right after the Onslaught saga.

Forbiddenplanet.com hasn’t got the book listed yet, but Amazon.co.uk has it at a pre-order price of £35.61.

It’s a big tome, but nobody seems to know if it’s officially an omnibus or just a Hardcover collection like The Invincible Iron Man books. Either way, it’s worth letting you know about it!

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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