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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“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…

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…

“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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