Not everything has to be quite as big or quite as expensive as the Walt Simonson Thor Omnibus. But Marvel have more plans to make your biookshelf groan. Time for a little numbercrunching.
The Captain America By Jack Kirby Omnibus for February clocks in at a miniscule 568 pages, available here in the US, Canada and UK with cover prices of $75, $85 and £56 collecting 15 issues. The solicitation reads;
It's Jack Kirby at his finest in some of the kookiest Cap stories of all-time! Captain America and the Falcon face racism and government corruption with fists and shields raised! The deadly Secret Empire has infiltrated American society and plans to drive the entire country into war with their madness-inducing Madbomb! Collecting: Captain America #193-214, Annual #3-4; Captain America's Bicentennial Battles
Steve Rogers' closest friends and allies may have found a way to bring back Captain America. Or is what they found something more sinister? The Red Skull's greatest plan to destroy Captain America has been in motion and its completion is almost at hand. Will Captain America be lost forever or will he be REBORN? Collecting: Captain America (2005) #43-50, #600-601; Reborn #1-5, Digital Prologue
The Mighty Thor Omnibus hits the movie audience collecting the initial run of the character, with 39 issues and 768 pages for January. In the US, Canada and UK, with cover prices of $100, $113 and £75
While vacationing along the coast of Norway, Dr. Donald Blake happened upon a secret chamber and inside it found a strange, gnarled cane. Upon striking the cane a shower of lightning rained down and the hobbled doctor found himself transformed into the Mighty Thor, God of Thunder and champion of Asgard! Collecting: Journey Into Mystery #83-120, Annual #1
Evil undersea monarchs Ghaur and Llyra are determined to bring the elder god Set to Earth, and no one on the surface world will stop them! Seven mortal women-including the Invisible Women, She-Hulk and Marvel Girl-have been selected to act as the brides of Set's snake heads, and the ensuing conflict will spread to nearly every hero on Earth, from the Avengers to Quasar to the Punisher to the X-Men to the Fantastic Four! Can the heroes stop this terrible plot in time? Plus: the complex history of the Serpent Crown, recounted in full! Collecting: Silver Surfer Annual #2, Iron Man Annual #10, Marvel Comics Presents #26, Uncanny X-Men Annual #13, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23, Punisher Annual #2, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9, Daredevil Annual #4, Avengers Annual #18, New Mutants #76, Annual #5, X-Factor Annual #4, Web of Spider-Man Annual #5, Avengers West Coast #56, Annual #4, Thor Annual #14, Fantastic Four Annual #22
X-Men Omnibus Volume 2 is a bit better with 912 pages. No details, but one could guess that it runs from issue 32 to 66, before the book went into reprint. Available in the US, Canada and the UK with only the latter's cover price named at £75 but one could guess $100 and $113 for the first two.
And the X-Men: Fall Of The Mutants Omnibus could well take in all issues of that X-Men crossover than spun out into all sorts of Marvel titles at 824 pages, available in the US, Canada and UK at cover prices of $100, $113 and £75.