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Sep 3

CCL Podcast #392 - Marvel's Big Week - Collected Comics Library

Revealed: Pics of the Marvel 75th Anniversary Masterworks Slipcase Set - Collected Comics Library

Breaking down Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1

Breaking down Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1

Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Empire Vol. 1

Just days ago we got a glimpse of both the Regular and Variant covers to the upcoming Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1.
Now Marvel has taken it a step further with announcing their massive Dark Horse Comics reprint project as part of their Epic line. These are bulky, color trade paperbacks that retail for $34.99, or some some cases $39.99.
Star Wars…

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Revealed: Both Regular and Variant Covers for the Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1

Revealed: Both Regular and Variant Covers for the Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1

STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC HILDEBRANDT COVER

STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC HILDEBRANDT COVER

STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC CHAYKIN COVER

STAR WARS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC CHAYKIN COVER

After weeks of anticipation Marvel has released the Greg Hildebrandt (Direct Market) cover for the Star Wars Omnibus Volume 1.
Now we can get a look at them side by side.
Personally, I like the Howard Chaykin one.

Official solicit
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC CHAYKIN COVER
Written by ROY…

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3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the IDW November 2014 Solicitations

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the IDW November 2014 Solicitations

Ditko's Shorts HC

Ditko’s Shorts HC

Let’s take a look at three of the IDW November 2014 Solicitations.

Ditko’s Shorts HC, 112 pages, $24.99, collects 38 stories that are no longer than 3 pages in length and spans every genre including horror, science fiction horror, fantasy and even comedy. This is just another fine book to add to your growing Steve Ditko library from Yoe Books.

I’m not at all familiar with Comple…

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3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the Image November 2014 Solicits

3 Collected Editions Worth Buying from the Image November 2014 Solicits

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP

Let’s take a look at a few of the Image Comics November 2014 Solicitations.

I admit, I read the first issue of Saga and dropped it like a bad habit. Since then it has had much critical acclaim and the story, art and characterization, so I’m told, is worthy of revisiting. That said, I will be picking up the Saga Book One HC, collecting SAGA #1-18, 504…

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3 Collected Editions That Got Makeovers in DC’s November 2014 Solicts

3 Collected Editions That Got Makeovers in DC’s November 2014 Solicts

ABSOLUTE GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH HC

ABSOLUTE GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH HC


DC Comics has released their November 2014 Solicitations and it looks as though some of the contents and format for a few of them have been changed:

Well, well, DC has finally solicited Keven Smith’s Green Arrow. It was to be a Deluxe Edition Hardcover, but now for whatever reason it’s an Absolute. I’ve said it before on the podcast, I like Smith, just not…

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4 Collection Editions To Buy from Marvel’s 2014 Solicits

4 Collection Editions To Buy from Marvel’s 2014 Solicits

WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS TPB

WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS TPB

Marvel has released their November 2014 Solicitations and I’m eager to own several of them:

First up Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights, collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #1-16, and material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #1-10 and MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4, 504 pages, $34.99. While this isn’t my first exposure to Wolverine (the first was Frank…

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How Marvel Has Screwed The Star Wars Omnibus And How To Fix It

Reposting from the CCL Blog per request

Based on the new solicit of the new Star Wars Omnibus, I’ve got mixed feelings about Marvel getting the Star Wars license back after years and years. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

Dark Horse, with the direction of John Jackson Miller and John Ostrander, along with and countess others, did a wonderful job helping create an imaginative Expanded Star Wars Universe. They help define the past with The Golden Age of the Sith, set forth the future with Legacy and filled in the gaps between the Canon with several mini and ongoing series. They even took great care in with special reprint projects like Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy, The 12-Volume Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection, the Omnibus series, Star Wars Manga and they even collected the Pizzazz run. But all through everything – it was Marvel that started it all.

Yes, Dark Horse did a great job. As I stated before Dark Horse has published the Marvel line of books, 107 issues plus 3 annuals, a few different times. In a 5-Volume Omnibus line subtitled “A Long Time Ago”; a full color, 7-volume trade paperback series called “A Long Time Ago” and not to be confusing, but in another “A Long time Ago” 6-volume collection, which is a digest series that reprinted the comics, seemingly randomly and in back and white. These digests featured Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars paintings as cover art.

Now that the license has come back to Marvel Comics, it no surprise that the first book out of the box is their own Omnibus collected edition. What is surprising is the contents of this book and how it’s laid out and what this means for future volumes.

Today, we get word that the Omnibus Volume 1 will collect #1-44 and Annual #1; 880 pages, $125. That all well and good for some people — but not me. This book will end with issue #39-44 which is The Empire Strikes Back. If Marvel decided to do one more Omnibus then that book will be 69 issues – yes 69! Don’t forget that Marvel also published the 4-issue mini of The Return Of The Jedi. This seems unlikely, so I’m sure Marvel will do two Omnibus sequels, but why then end Volume 1 with Empire? Why not start Omnibus Volume 2 with Empire?!

With the current Omnibus, my projected breakdown is:
Omnibus 1 – #1-6 (A New Hope), #7-32, Annual #1, #33-38, #39-44 (The Empire Strikes Back)
Omnibus 2 – #45-65, Annual #2, #66-78, Annual #3, #79-80
Omnibus 3 – Return Of The Jedi #1-4, #81-107

But as you can see, it just doesn’t look good. Empire should beginOmnibus 2. That way each Omnibus will start with one of the Canon movies.

I hope Marvel/Disney/Lucas will see it my way.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Mail me at: 
Death Star Complaint Dept.

Chris

Official solicit
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC CHAYKIN COVER
Written by ROY THOMAS, HOWARD CHAYKIN, ARCHIE GOODWIN, JO DUFFY & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN, CARMINE INFANTINO, WALTER SIMONSON, HERB TRIMPE, MICHAEL GOLDEN, AL WILLIAMSON & MIKE VOSBURG
Covers by HOWARD CHAYKIN & GREG HILDEBRANDT
As the phenomenon dawned in 1977, Marvel Comics published the very first STAR WARS comic-book series. Now, the House of Ideas is re-presenting those original adventures in its wampa-sized Omnibus format! It’s the return of the Jedi to Marvel in an opening volume that begins with A NEW HOPE and ends with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In between, the rebels face a wealth of new perils — from space pirate Crimson Jack to the bounty hunter Beilert Valance, as well as a surprisingly svelte Jabba the Hut (one “t”). Luke goes back to Tatooine, Leia battles alone, Han and Chewie play the deadly Big Game, and Darth Vader hunts for answers! With all your old favorites and plenty of new faces — hello, Jaxxon! — there’s no doubt, the Force is strong with this one! Collecting STAR WARS (1977) #1-44 and ANNUAL #1.
880 PGS./Rated T …$125.00
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9106-3
Trim size: oversized
Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC HILDEBRANDT COVER (DM ONLY)
880 PGS./Rated T …$125
ISBN: 978-0-7851-9318-0
Trim size: oversized
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