Why buy Marvel Omnibuses?

Daredevil By Alex Maleev

Art by Alex Maleev

  • Complete acclaimed runs.

Comics by all the greats – classic and current – including Lee, Buscema and Kirby’s Silver Surfer, Millar and Hitch’s The Ultimates, and Miller and Sienkiewicz’s Elektra.

  • Complete series.

Get all 28 issues of Bendis’ Alias or the very rare Devil Dinosaur by Kirby without having to search around for that elusive issue.

  • Rising prices.

Grab them while they’re cheap! Once they’re out-of-print, like Kirby’s Eternals or Wolfman and Colan’s Tomb of Dracula, prices go through the roof!

  • Historic stories.

Go back to the 1970’s with Howard the Duck, or right back to the beginning of the company with Golden Age Marvel.

  • Complete events.

There’s no need to worry about the chronology of Secret War tie-ins; they’re all collected together to read in one sitting… or maybe two.

  • Delve into the history of your favourite characters.

Discover The Incredible Hulk’s origin, the first fights of The Amazing Spider-man and the armour upgrades of The Invincible Iron Man.

  • Span the Marvel universe, old and new.

Explore the MU, from the Women of Marvel to Ghost Rider, Squadron Supreme to Captain America. See the birth of a God in Lee’s The Mighty Thor (1962-66), and his descent from power in Straczynski’s Thor (2007-09).

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. recklez
    Jul 29, 2011 @ 15:17:03

    Do you think all the omnibi will augment in price in the future?


  2. recklez
    Jul 31, 2011 @ 14:15:16

    Do you think the omnibuses will keep augmenting in price? Atm I’m keeping them sealed..


    • prbates
      Aug 02, 2011 @ 09:36:42


      Thanks for the comment. Very interesting question, too.

      This is a tough one to answer, however. I think that, yes, eventually all the omnibuses will be worth a lot more than their RRPs. Certainly the OOP ones are already going at high prices. Some are in plentiful supply at the moment, but, like everything, they’ll become OOP too, and they’ll always be somebody out there wanting a copy… at any price! It’s just a matter of time.

      As to whether you should keep them sealed; it really depends on you. Yes, they are worth more sealed in their shrink-wraps. So, if in five or ten years time (maybe even longer), you think you’re going to sell them, then perhaps you should keep them sealed.

      On the other hand, remember that, before anything else, the stories are there to be enjoyed. I open all of mine because I can’t stand having them on my shelf and not being able to read them. But I won’t sell mine, so I differ from many. I have some OOP omnibuses that would perhaps achieve high prices on eBay or whatever. But I’d much rather open them up and be able to enjoy their contents.

      Ideally, you’d get two copies of every omnibus: one to read, one to keep sealed. I know this isn’t possible though.

      Think about what you really want, basically. If you’d rather have the money in a few years time, that’s fair enough. If you want to open them up and read, nobody’d blame you.

      A final thing to remember: even unsealed omnibuses fetch high prices. Just try to keep them in as good a condition as you can, if you intend to sell them eventually.

      Obviously this is just my own opinion, and I’d be interested to hear what you decide to do.




  3. marvel72
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 23:18:55

    i think i’m addicted to marvel omnibuses,i got my first new x-men by grant morrison for christmas,since that day i brought another five the avengers vol 1,the incredible hulk vol 1,x-men vol 1,the amazing spider-man(todd mcfarlane run) & my personal favorite x-men age of apocalypse which also features the event that caused it legion quest.

    great value for money if you shop around,amazon.uk has 38 omnibuses that i would like to own,i’m getting there slowly.


    • prbates
      Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:34:10

      Glad you’re indulging in omnibuses, Graham! Sounds like you’ve got a nice collection building up. Which ones have you got your eyes on now?


      • marvel72
        Jun 14, 2014 @ 01:53:30

        updated list the amazing spider-man vol 1 & vol 2,the amazing spider-man (todd mcfarlane),the avengers vol 1,the incredible hulk vol 1,new x-men vol 1,x-men age of apocalypse vol 1 & uncanny x-men vol 1.

        thinking about getting the amazing spider-man(roger stern),daredevil vol 1(frank miller),uncanny x-men vol 2,x-men age of apocalypse companion,uncanny x-force vol 1 (even though i own all the run in hardcover graphic novels)new avengers vol 1,annihilation(already own the trade paperbacks),the infinity gauntlet & deadpool.

        some of these runs i own the original comics but i just love them in the omnibus format,

  4. darthrabie
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 00:25:05

    I think that the omnibus line are created for guys like me. I spent about twenty years collecting comic books and then I had children and I wanted a new guitar. So I sold all of my books, all 6000 of them. After my third daughter was born, I felt the itch, and started buying some trades and cheaper ones. Then the New X-Men omnibus came out and I had to buy it. I am glad I did. My point is that I do not care about resale. I love the medium of comic books and the omnibus format gives me so much for a cheap price. No adds, no bags and boards, all the reasons listed above and the leasure to read the stories when ever I want. The New X-men book was 90 Candian when I bought it (a long time ago) which worked out to be a little over 2 bucks per issue. You could never find that deal for individual issues. So for me resale is a non issue. I will be looking at these books on my shelf untill I die. And I love that fact.
    I also like that other companies are on board. DC is doing it now and I just bought the Walking Dead Compendium vol one from image. Man I love comics.


    • prbates
      Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:33:13

      Really great to hear! 🙂

      Selling all those comics must’ve been a terrible experience! But at least you’re embracing it all again.

      The Walking Dead Compendium’s really are nice too. I have the first volume, and am saving up for the second. Mind you, I was worried about breaking the spine of Volume 1!


      • marvel72
        Jun 14, 2014 @ 01:57:24

        i forgot to add i’ve got dc/vertigo sandman vol 1 & i must get vol 2.

  5. LastActionHero
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 02:00:02

    Omnibuses are so common in US? Outside of the US, at least, I never was able to find one =/

    I would like to be able to be a collector, I just need to find where to buy them and some more money.


    • marvel72
      Nov 05, 2016 @ 01:26:00

      Amazon.uk is a great place to get them at good prices as well.


  6. marvel72
    Nov 05, 2016 @ 01:37:21

    I’ve got a huge collection of Omnibuses now.

    -Deadpool By Joe Kelly
    -Deadpool & Cable
    -Daredevil By Frank Miller
    -Daredevil Companion By Frank Miller
    -Elektra By Frank Miller
    -Guardians Of The Galaxy By Dan Abbnett & Andy Lanning
    -Spider-Man By Todd McFarlane
    -Squadron Supreme
    -Squadron Supreme Classic
    -The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1
    -The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2
    -The Amazing Spider-Man By Todd McFarlane
    -The Avengers Vol 1
    -The Incredible Hulk Vol 1
    -The Infinity Gauntlet
    -The Mighty Thor Vol 2
    -The Uncanny X-Men Vol 1
    -The Uncanny X-Men Vol 2
    -The Uncanny X-Men Vol 3
    -X-Men:Age Of Apocalypse
    -New X-Men By Grant Morrison


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