Marvel Masterworks / Omnibus Collections

Marvel Masterworks

I’ve started compiling a list of the MM that the Hulk is in – and am on my way to getting most of the books.  I didn’t start collecting these books until 3 years ago – when I received the first Hulk MM from my friend Corry as a birthday present.  Since then, I have all of the Hulk MM as well as the Defenders, some X-Men, Spiderman and Fantastic Four.  One of the best things about these books is the amazing presentation of these hardcover bound books.  They really go all out when putting these together – usually giving a few extras a the end.  Anyone who buys these books deserves extras – as you will be parted from a bit of cash when you get them.

Fantastic Four MM

Avengers MM

 Most will set you back about $50 – but be a smart shopper and you can find them for about $20 – the only issue I have recently is finding shops that will still carry them.  Most stores don’t bother ordering these books anymore – unless you specifically ask – and at that point, unless you are a loyal customer and the owner feels like doing you a favor, you will be paying close to retail.  So, if you seek these – it’s time to hit the online shops.  One of the early mistakes I made was picking up the grey covers for a few of the books in the beginning – but the way to go is to make sure you get the more limited “Gold Frame” covers.  I have Gary Miller to thank for that!

Amazing Spiderman MM

Now, Omnibus collections are a whole different monster all together.  Should you choose to purchase one of these gigantic books you must be aware of a few things.  #1) These books are heavy!  So heavy in fact that you may have trouble reading these while doing certain activities – like reading on the toilet – or sitting on the beach and relaxing.  If that’s what you want to do – these are NOT the books for you.  Find a comfortable place to sit, rest the colossal book on your lap and read as much as you can before the weight of it starts cutting off your circulation!

The Omnibus I have...

#2) Be aware that most of these books are priced at $99.99 – no matter the size.  Which, to me, seems like B.S.  For example – the Incredible Hulk Omnibus is over 700 pages – while the Secret Wars Omni – just over 400, but – you guessed it – BOTH are priced at $99.99.  What BS is that?

Anyways – enough blubbering – I will continue this rant in another post…

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3 responses to “Marvel Masterworks / Omnibus Collections

  1. TheStrongestOne

    So we agree the Omnibus should have warning labels: If you read an Omnibus in the toilet, it will certainly cut off the circulation in your legs. LOL. Great post Ratchet!! You can’t get this kind of analysis anywhere else!! 🙂

    Seriously though, I’ve been expanding my own hardcover collection and the Omnibus price should be consistent with it’s size. What a ripoff..

  2. HULKSMASHPYM!!!

    I wish they made a second Hulk omnibus instead of volume 6 masterworks.

    • A second Omnibus would be great. MM are already into the run of Trimpe though – and easier to read.

      The Omnibus usually contains, what?, 30+ issues? So, a second Omnibus would give us #103 to say #134 with maybe an Annual thrown in.
      MM Volume 6 will give us #121-#131… hmmm – tough choice…

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