In this week’s Comixology (at Amazon) sales, Black Friday has arrived with Marvel’s Omnibus Sale, plus discounts on Heroes Reborn and Star Wars: The High Republic.
Where did the New Releases and Sale pages go?
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- The Kindle Deals comics page is here.
Surprise, surprise… normally we expect to see Marvel having an Epic Collection Sale the week of Black Friday. Apparently, that’s not the case this year. They whipped out an Omnibus sale instead. As we go into holiday sale season, we’ll be looking at the Marvel sale today and the rest of the sale at the end of the week.
The Marvel Omnibus Sale runs through Monday, 12/4.
What we’re looking at here, for the most part, are $19.99 Omnibus editions. How good a deal are these? Depends on the age on the material and what kind of sales you see on it during the year. These editions tend to run in the roughly 800-1000 page range, 40-ish issues. This may be a better deal on newer material and there are a few things you’re only getting in the Omnibus format.
One observation we’ll make. With the print omnibuses, some people complain they’re a little to big to comfortably handle and read. Nobody makes that complaint with digital.
What’s catching our eye, here?
Incredible Hulk by Peter David Omnibus 1-5. That would be Hulk by David with that ridiculous sequence of artists he had, including Todd McFarlane, Gary Frank, Dale Keown, Angel Medina and Liam Sharp. 1-4 collect his original run and V. 5 collects some of the many times he’s revisited Hulk since the original run ended. Why the omnibus? Because this is a weird run to pick up in collected editions. It starts out in “Marvel Visionary” editions and eventually switches over to Epic Collections. This is just a drastically easier way to grab an exceptionally long run and probably cheaper than waiting to score the Visionary editions on sale. We also don’t mind tipping our hat to Peter David when he’s recovering from some health problems.
Aliens: The Original Years – Dark Horse had the Aliens license a really long time and had a lengthy and popular run with the franchise. If you want it, there’s an Epic Collection that contains about half of the first omnibus. Otherwise, if you want these tales, it’s either the omnibuses or back issues.
Captain Britain Omnibus – This has everything from the beginning of the 70s UK run through Captain Britain Magazine and the early X-Men appearances. What you’re really getting this for are the excellent and groundbreaking Alan Moore/Alan Davis and Jamie Delano/Alan Davis runs from the end of this period, which we’re not currently seeing available elsewhere. The rest is a bonus.
Knights of Pendragon Omnibus was out of the Marvel UK office. Knight of Pendragon was a Captain Britain-adjacent title. Dai Thomas, the supporting character from the main strip, is more of the central character with Captain Britain and Union Jack along for the ride. This was largely a Dan Abnett/John Tomlinson/Garry Erksine feature. You get some Brian Hitch art from Mys-Tech Wars and Carlos Pacheco art from Dark Guard. This is another where if you want the comics, it’s Omnibus or the back issue bins.
Miracleman Omnibus is the 80s revival of the British character Marvelman by Alan Moore, Gary Leach, Alan Davis, John Totleben and Rick Veitch. Another of Moore’s pre-Watchmen superhero deconstructions with a Captain Marvel (Shazam)-like character rediscovering his magic word after years of a normal life and very bad things following that. A landmark book that fell to the wayside after years and years of legal battles over who held which rights. This one isn’t on sale very often it’s roughly as cheap as you’ll find it.
Predator: The Original Years – Much like Aliens (and where do you think the movie people got the idea for Aliens vs. Predator?) Dark Horse had the Predator license for a really long time. These are the original Predator comics. Some of them you can get digital single issues of for $1.99@ and some of them you’d need to dive into the back issue bins for.
And, NOT LISTED on the sale page:
The Marvel Heroes Reborn sale runs through… Tuesday 11/21?!?
OK, we’re thinking there was a typo and it’s running through Monday, 11/27?
At any rate, Heroes Reborn was when (spinning out of the X-Men storyline of Onslaught), Marvel’s frontline heroes were relocated to a different dimension/incarnations and Marvel outsourced those titles to Image.
Those books were:
- Heroes Reborn: Avengers – originally Jim Valentino/Rob Liefeld, with Jeph Loeb, Ian Churchill, Walter Simonson and Michael Ryan all having turns.
- Heroes Reborn: Iron Man – originally Jim Lee / Scott Lobdell / Whilce Portatco with Ryan Benjamin and Jeph Loeb tagging in later.
- Heroes Reborn: Captain America – Rob Liefeld w/Jeph Loeb, later James Robinson/Joe Bennett
- Heroes Reborn: Fantastic Four – *WARNING* as we type this, somebody forgot to put this on sale. Maybe the sale price is adjusted, maybe not. This was originally Jim Lee w/ Brandon Choi, with Brett Booth and Ron Lim eventually tagging in on art duties
All the heroes returned to their old forms in the Marvel Universe in Heroes Reborn: The Return.
And then the titles relaunched. Not everything relaunched is in the sale (notably the WONDERFUL Kurt Busiek/George Perez Avengers) but we loved both “Captain America: Heroes Return” – better known as the second Mark Waid / Ron Garney run and “Iron Man: Heroes Return,” which was Kurt Busiek / Sean Chen. Top runs for both characters, really.
The Marvel High Republic Sale runs through… 11/21?
Again, we think this is a typo and it’ll run through Monday, 11/27, but I guess we’ll find out?
What’s this, it’s the new Star War initiative taking place during the “height” of the Galactic Republic, prior to the rise of the Empire. Which is to say, the Golden Age of the Jedi.
What’s on sale?
- Star Wars: The High Republic – Cavan Scott / Ario Anindito
- Star Wars: The High Republic – Season Two – Cavan Scott / Ario Anindito
- Star Wars: The High Republic – Trail Of Shadows – Daniel José Older / Dave Wachter
- Star Wars: The High Republic – The Blade – Charles Soule / Marco Castiello
What else is newly on sale (that we’ll look at later in the week)?
Still on Sale
- The Dark Horse 2023 Elfquest Digital Sale runs through Monday, 12/4
- The Kodansha Finding Family Sale runs through Monday, 11/27
- The Dark Horse 2023 Minecraft Digital Sale runs through Monday, 12/4
- The Zenescope Green Eggs & BLAM! Digital Sale runs through Wednesday, 12/6
- The Marvel Secret Wars sale runs through Monday, 12/4
- The Dark Horse 2023 Jeff Lemire Digital Sale runs through Monday, 11/27
- The Zenescope Return to Wonderland Digital Sale runs through Wednesday, 11/22