“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!

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New X-Men Reprint!

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It’s the news that so many have waited for:

Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men will be reprinted as an omnibus later this year.

The previous HC came out in December 2006, and is long-since out-of-print.

Art by Marc Silvestri.

You can, however, get it from one of Amazon’s third parties – for £863.72! While this might be waaaay too expensive – who’s really going to pay that?! – you can find second-hand copies for about £150; still a huge amount.

If you’ve paid an insane price for the book though, I’m sure you’ll be kicking yourself!

The reprint will RRP at £79.95 – very weird; I would’ve guessed about £95 – but Amazon has it for just £60.47. No other company – ie. Forbidden Planet – has it listed yet. The book is due for release in August, so there’s plenty of time to get in your orders.

From New X-Men #147

I’d guess that fp.co.uk will have a good pre-order price coming up though (maybe around £50), so it might be worth waiting a while.

It’s interesting to note that the previous omnibus housed an incredible 1096 pages… and the reprint includes even more material, weighing in at a gigantic 1120 pages!

This is expected to include Grant Morrion’s entire run, alongside such artists as Frank Quitely, Ethan Van Sciver, Marc Silvestri and Leinil Francis Yu. It’s a bit worrying, however, that Amazon have listed fewer artists on the reprint than the original – let’s hope this is just an accident; not that some issues will be excuded.

Morrison (who has also worked on Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel Boy and Batman) came to the title with a startling new vision for the X-Men, and has the audacity to kill off sixteen million mutants – in his first storyline!

The omnibus is expected to contain the following critically-acclaimed storylines:

E is for Extinction;

The Man from Room X;

Imperial;

New Worlds;

Riot at Xavier’s;

Murder at the Mansion;

Assault on Weapon Plus;

Planet X;

Here Comes Tomorrow.

Omega Gang.

The run has left quite a legacy for the mutant team, including secondary mutations, the introduction of Emma Frost as a member of the X-Men and huuuge developments between Scott Summers and Jean Grey. The Weapon Plus facility and Fantomex has recently been explored further in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force (which is one of the best comics on the shelves today), while Quentin Quire reappears in Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega.

Fantomex

Find out more about New X-Men here.

Could this usher in an era of reprints? Let’s start a petition!

If so, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Daredevil By Frank Miller Volume 1…!

“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!

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