Generally, HC books that collect a brief part of run that came out 2-6 months prior to their release are what's known as "Premier Hardcovers" (PHC). They will have a box somewhere on the cover that says "Premier Hardcover" inside of it." They aren't much larger than a comic book, and tend to go out of print relatively quickly - Marvel does not like to keep them in stock, and largely does not reprint them.
Any HC that is titled "Deluxe," that collects two or more prior TPBs or HCs, or that mirrors a TPB "Ultimate" edition will generally be an Oversized HC (OHC), which is the same height and page size as an Omnibus. These will be in stock longer than their PHC counterparts.
There are exceptions. Generally, major crossovers and event books release directly to OHC without ever hitting HC. Some books have no HC incarnation at all, instead going straight to TPB.
So I got all my must-own Omnis and OHCs and now I'm thinking of the AoA Omni again. Think it'll go down in price? Dunno how I feel about paying 80 bucks for one book, even though its gigantic.
Currently Reading: The Authority, Bone
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I am waiting for the AOA omni to go WAY down as well. For 70 something bucks most places, as the owner of the trades there is zero incentive to go grab that one.
I also am waiting to see fall of the mutants come down too, but that is a book I am actually interested in.
This is on the first page of this thread but you may not have seen it, links show which ones are out of print and which are available:
List of all Marvel Omnibus Editions:
List of all Marvel Oversized HCs(same book size as Omnis):
There are a few Omnibus that are also released in OHC, most are OOP though.
Edit: I take it back - it was actually discovering the Marvel Omnibus program this year after a 20+ year comic hiatus. I am still like OMG this is just awesome, and I'd never dreamed of it.
Last edited by Mobe1969; 04-27-2012 at 01:22 AM.
My top five picks would be
1. Spider-Man 2099 complete run
2. Peter Paker The Spectacular Spider-Man vol 1 issues 1-40
3. Brubaker Cap Vol 4
4. Second print of the Ultimates. ( I'm desperate for this book and it's to expensive now )
5. Uncanny X-Force issues 1 - 24
Now not buying floppies ever again and currently selling my whole collection. Hardcovers are the way forward.
Currently Reading. Spider-Man the complete clone saga epic Book 1 - 5