*Obie, through his dabbling in arcane magiks mixed with ancient corrupt business practices, has had not just the colors of his fur switched, but a complete overhaul of his work ethic as well…I think I’m kinda okay with the mishap.
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More Bang for Your Buck: The Omnibus (Part 1)
Alright, Denizens. Time to get off your lazy keisters and limber up. You’re going to need to do some stretches and get those muscles loose. Do some jumping jacks and drop and give me 20 before you mosey on up to your open-air vault of glory, that most exalted bookshelf where you keep your treasures. Bring the forklift up and take out those tons of tomes, the Big Bertha books, the omnipresent Omnibus volumes. These are the books that make a loud “THUD,” not just when you place them on the table, but also when you open them. These books tend to not be cheap. In fact, they can be quite expensive. But, with some searching, some perseverance, and some luck, you can get some serious bang for your buck; just be sure you have a spotter ready in case your muscles give out while attempting to lift one of these beautiful behemoths.
The House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1(Written and illustrated by many, series originally published beginning in 1969 with this collection published in 2017. Collects The House of Secrets #81–111)
The House of Mystery: Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1 to be released early next year and I’m already anticipating a follow-up volume for each.
Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1(Primarily written by Len Wein and Martin Pasko; primarily illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, Tom Yeates, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben; series originally published beginning in 1972 with this collection published in 2017. Collects: The House of Secrets #92, Swamp Thing #1–24, The Saga of the Swamp Thing #1–19, and The Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #1)
The Fourth World by Jack Kirby Omnibus(Everythinged by Jack Kirby, series originally published beginning in 1972 with this collection published in 2017, which collects: Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #133–139, 141–148, Forever People #1–11, Mister Miracle #1–18, New Gods #1–11, The Hunger Dogs GN, and a story from New Gods #6)
1536 pages, Denizens?!?! See? You will need a spotter to lug this beast around. Oh, my Granny Goodness gracious. Man, I REALLY need to get a hold of this one. I have read all of the New Gods stuff, but the Jimmy Olsen, Forever People, and most of the Mister Miracle stuff are new to me. Yeah, I don’t see how any comic book lover, New Gods fan, or Kirby aficionado can go without having this sweetness on their most prized bookshelf.
The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu Omnibus Volume 1(Written by Jim Starlin, Len Wein, Doug Moench, Steve Englehart and others; illustrated by Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy, Al Milgrom, John Buscema, and others; series originally published beginning in 1972 with this collection published in 2016; collects Master of Kung-Fu #17–37 and so much more!)
Ah, so you want to introduce some Kung-Fu into your life? Here is the first volume of The Master of Kung-Fu which clocks in at an impressive 696 pages. Wait! Where are you going? Here are three more omnibus volumes for you to complete the run which is roughly 2800 pages of material. Remember, lift with your legs, not with your back! Oh, I almost forgot...you might as well take these two additional omnibus volumes of The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu, which not only features Shang-Chi but also Iron Fist and a whole host of martial arts heroes for a combined additional 2000+ pages. Yup, nearly 5000 pages of Kung-Fu to keep you occupied for a good, long while. I only have the first volume thus far, but I NEED to get the rest.
Captain America by Ed Brubaker Omnibus(Written by Ed Brubaker; illustrated by Steve Epting, Michael Lark, and others; series originally published beginning in 2004 with this collection published in 2007; collects Captain America #1–25 and much more!)
I had been out of the Captain America scene for about two decades before Brubaker wrote this tremendous run that brought Cap into the real world with secret missions, international intrigue, and spies. He also introduces us to the Winter Soldier in this long out-of-print (sorry to do this to you, Denizens) volume. Definitely on the smaller side as far as Omnibus collections go, but don’t let that dissuade you. The heaviness of the story and the twists and turns Brubaker introduces to this must-read series (upon which a fair portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe bases its take on Captain America) gives it an emotional gravitas that should not be ignored. This one is definitely moving up on my reread list.
Well, I don’t suppose I will be seeing any of you until later this coming spring, as you have plenty of great comic book reading to do. And to think…I still have a bunch of other omnibus collections to tell you about, but that is for another time.
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