“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…

Aaron/Garney on Wolverine!

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Some pretty big news has come out of the San Diego Comic Con over these past couple of days, including the reformation of the Defenders, the rebirth of Cable, and the possible return of the Scarlet Spider.

Watch out San Francisco!

And, beginning in October, artist Ron Garney returns to Wolverine to once again work with Jason Aaron in a three-part tale dealing with the aftermath of Schism. The pair first collaborated on the adamantium-peppered pint-sized mutant on the storyline, Get Mystique, before relaunching the title as Wolverine: Weapon X. Their popular partnership will be collected in October’s Wolverine By Jason Aaron omnibus, which incorporates 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.

Aaron will also be working with Marc Silvestri on October’s relaunched The Incredible Hulk, which looks just amazing.

Marc Silvestri is back... and so is Bruce Banner!

Jason Aaron and Ron Garney’s new storyline will begin in Wolverine #17.

Pre-Order Price list – June round-up

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Welcome to the first pre-order price list round-up, advising you on the upcoming releases.

Art by Todd McFarlane.

Firstly, August’s Acts of Vengeance Crossovers is available at Amazon.co.uk for the excellent price of £27.65. In comparison, the two Forbidden Planets are selling it for over £50. It’ll probably only be of interest if you’ve got the first Acts of Vengeance omnibus, so Forbiddenplanet.co.uk has it for a reasonable £50.25. This is also the pre-order price of Amazing Spider-man By Michelinie and McFarlane and Wolverine By Jason Aaron.

Amazon’s price for The Dark Tower Slipcase Edition is just terrible at the moment (£93.50), so if you really want to pre-order it, go to Forbiddenplanet.co.uk (£73.70). Its release date is still a few months away, so it might be best to wait for the price to (hopefully) drop a bit.

If I were an X-Man, I'd want to be... (Art by Jim Lee.)

X-Men By Claremont and Lee Volume One is sure to be popular, so if you want to ensure getting a copy, Amazon.co.uk has the best price of £52.50. There’s also going to be a lot of buzz over X-Statix, which can also be bought off Amazon.co.uk for £57.16. They continue their great prices with Fantastic Four By John Byrne at just £45.72.

Finally, Amazon.co.uk has the earliest prices on The Avengers (£45.72) and The X-Men By Claremont and Lee Volume Two (£61.73). Considering that they’re not expected to be published until 2012, it’s probably best to wait until closer to next year for better prices. I would argue, however, that it’ll be hard to beat Amazon’s price for the 728-page Avengers omnibus.

Art by Jack Kirby... obviously!

It seems that Amazon is the place to go for pre-orders!

“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.

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