Comics That Marvel Need To Reprint ASAP
Marvel usually do a good job of keeping their stories in print and I can usually find the stories that I want in the format that I want for an affordable price.
However, sometimes a run hasn’t been reprinted in a while or fan demand outpaces supply, leading to some absolutely crazy prices for customers. That or there just hasn’t ever been a collected edition at all, leaving certain stories buried permanently in the past. While some may say that certain stories deserve to be forgotten, Marvel have already put forth the effort to collect The Crossing and Chuck Austen’s X-Men and if the absolute worst moments for both of Marvel’s flagship teams have already been collected, then why not certain runs held in higher regard?
While it’s presumably too late to ask for new collected editions for 2016 as they’ve already been solicited, there is room in 2017 and 2018 to reprint a whole ton of old material that would tie in with current projects or would just be cool to have on a shelf.
This is an open letter from a serious comics collector about what I’d like to be able to purchase in the coming two years. I don’t expect to get all of this but if I can get even some of it, I’ll be forever thankful and this is honestly what Marvel SHOULD be doing. This isn’t a demand as much as it is a request for me to offer up my money to a major corporation who should be happy to take it.
Tie-Ins to Wolverine 3
Wolverine by Hama and Silverstri Vol 3 – Because this is the part where Wolverine traded his brown and yellow costume for his original 1970s yellow, blue and black duds, where he first started investigating his past with Weapon X and where Mariko Yashida died. That’s a whole lot of story for only around 10 issues and these are also pivotal moments for X-Men fans that changed Wolverine forever.
Wolverine: Origins by Daniel Way Complete Collection Vol 1 – When it comes to lengthy Wolverine runs, Daniel Way’s is collected only across eleven trades. Turning it into four complete collections would be a whole lot less tedious, would save shelf space and would give me some nice beefy trades instead of a bunch of tiny ones.
Tie-Ins to Iron Fist
Power Man and Iron Fist Omnibus Vol 1 – There’s enough material here for two full omnis and we’ve already had this material collected in two Epic Collections but never in hardcover. It would be a nice step up for those who own the trades and great collection to anyone’s shelf who wants to read a classic series.
Tie-Ins to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Realm of Kings Omnibus – We’ve already gotten Annihilation, Annihilation: Conquest and War of Kings omnis as well as one for the Abnett/Lanning Guardians series in full. This feels like the only thing missing for the full run to be complete.
A New Printing of the Annihilation Omnibus – The omnibus is sold out and the trades aren’t much cheaper. For those of us who didn’t pick it up the first time, want to get into the Guardians of the Galaxy comics and need a starting point but don’t want to pay several hundred dollars to do so, it’s a great idea to reprint this.
A New Printing of The Fantastic Four by Hickman Omnibus Vol 1 – Again, it’s sold out, it’s Marvel’s other big cosmic team and it’s the starting point for much of what Hickman did with the Marvel Universe up through Secret Wars II. Since the Fantastic Four won’t be getting any sort of sequel or reboot at Fox and it’s doubtful that Marvel will attempt their own reboot until 2020 at the earliest if/when they get the rights, it only feels fair to do a new printing here.
Fantastic Four by Mark Waid Omnibus – Again, the other big cosmic team needs more love and this is considered to be one of the most definitive runs on the title. It would only clock in at around 800 pages.
Tie-Ins to Spider-Man: Homecoming
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol 23: Invasion of the Spider Slayers – It would collect the definitive Alistair Smythe Story as well as the first appearance of Carnage and bring to a close David Michilinie and Mark Bagley’s Spider-Man run, or at least all the good issues before the title went off the rails.
Spider-Man by J. M. Dematteis and Sal Buscema Omnibus – For something upheld as perhaps the greatest Spider-Man run of all time and the basis for Spider-Man 3’s plot, it’s strange that Marvel have NEVER bothered with this run. Even if not a full omni, I’d gladly take two Complete Collection trades.
Tie-ins to The Defenders
Shadowland Omnibus – As the only street level event that wasn’t focused almost entirely on Spider-Man, this is a given. Even moreso since The Hand were set up to be the villains at the end of Daredevil’s second season.
Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus – Before the out of print Bendis and Brubaker Omnis get reprinted, Marvel should take a hard look at a critically acclaimed take on the character that lasted long enough for 58 issues + an annual. This would be big enough for a full $125 cover price but would be worth every single penny just to have the entire series in one volume.
Elektra by Mike Deodato Jr Complete Collection – Only 19 issues long and lasting until the Bendis/Rucka/Rodi/Horn relaunch that was cut short by the poor reception to the ill-fated Jennifer Garner film, this was the first Elektra solo series to not be written by Frank Miller and kept Deodato on as an artist even as the writer changed, keeping a strong, consistent style of artwork as Deodato drew Elektra in a far different style than anyone before or since.
Luke Cage Omnibus – Collecting the first 47 issues in one hardcover before the Iron Fist team-up, this is the definitive Luke Cage series (certainly much better than the early 90s series at any rate).
A new pringint of the Marvel Knights Punisher Omnibus – This thing has no new copies available and retails for thousands of dollars unless you want to pay several hundred for a copy that’s had the tar kicked out of it. It’s easily the most expensive Marvel volume in existence. I’d love to see it in print again.
Tie-Ins to Gambit
X-Men by Peter Milligan Complete Collection Vol 1 and 2 – The story where Gambit goes bad and becomes a Horseman of Apocalypse. I was surprised that these didn’t hit this year since Apocalypse was the big bad of the new X-Men film. It’s an underrated run with art by Salvador Larroca. I myself don’t understand why Marvel have never done a new printing of these trades when they’re so incredibly expensive and often cost $50 a pop.
House Of M Omnibus – Collected in multiple formats but still a small enough event that it would clock in at around 1500 pages which is still just barely enough for one volume. The thing that would hit in between the two Peter MIlligan Complete Collections and between volumes 3 and 4 of Claremont’s the New Age trades and volumes 1 and 2 of the Complete Collections of Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men. Considering that this event changed the direction of the entire company’s line of titles, it doesn’t make sense for there to not be a full omnibus, especially for those of us who want to read the event in chronological order.
Tie-Ins to Thor: Ragnarok
Siege Omnibus – Much like House of M, it’s an event centered around Thor that united the various Avengers titles but has never been collected in a single volume, making it impossible to read the event in chronological order unless you read it issue by issue.
Incredible Hulk Epic Collection Vol 20: Troyjan War – It’s another story where Hulk heads into space and it would help to complete Peter David’s run on the title that’s widely considered to be the best that there’s ever been. This would seem like a no-brainer.
Fear Itself Boxed Set – Another big event centered around Thor. Assuming that the one for Civil War sold well, this would get Fear Itself into one volume as multiple hardcovers… with the other hardcovers sold individually for those who won’t want the whole thing.
Thor by Dan Jurgens Complete Collection Vol 1 – Dan Jurgen’s run is considered to be one of the three best along with Lee/Kirby and Walt Simonson. The fact that it’s only collected across ten volumes is a shame. There need to be some bigger trades.
Disassembled Omnibus – The movie is presumably based on the Thor part of this event and the current omni wasn’t marketed as an omni and doesn’t include that Avengers, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four issues.
Miscellaneous Collected Editions that I have no rational reason to ask for, I just want them.
Moon Knight Epic Collection Vol 3 – Just to complete the 80s run on the character.
X-Men Epic Collection Vol 11 – To bridge the gap between the Vol 3 Claremont Omnibus and Epic Collection Vol 12 just so I can have the entire Chris Claremont run.
Iron Man: Crash and Burn – I loved the cartoon and Marvel Vs Capcom games that featured the Modular Armor as a kid. I also want the gap between the War Machine and Hands of the Mandarin trades.
Captain America: Taking AIM – Just to close off Mark Gruenwald’s Captain America run which I’ve read most of and find it second only to Ed Brubaker.
Ms. Marvel by Brian Reed Complete Collection Vol 1 – these trades of gotten brutally expensive. If they could hit long before 2019, I’d be very, very greatful.
As for 2018
Tie-Ins for Deadpool 2
A new printing of the Uncanny X-Force Omnibus – The Deadpool sequel is said to set up an X-Force film with Deadpool on the roster. This is really the only thing I can think of at the moment since nearly everything Deadpool related is easily affordable.
Tie-Ins to Black Panther
Reginald Hudlin Complete Collection Vol 1 – The Christopher Priest run and the 1970s Jungle Action run will have both been collected by this point. I feel like it’s the only logical place to go next.
Tie Ins to Punisher
Punisher by Greg Rucka Complete Collection – The other classic Punisher run besides Garth Ennis.
New printing of the Rick Remender Punisher Omnibus.
Tie Ins To Infinity War Part 1
Infinity War Omnibus – It’s never been collected. We got one for Infinity Gauntlet but never for War or Crusade.
Tie-Ins for Ant-Man and the Wasp
A new printing of The Trial of Yellowjacket – It’s an Avengers trade that’s out of print and has been for a while. It only makes sense to reprint it here as it’s the definitive Hank Pym story.