Sucks to hear that Marvel is using the flimsy cheap paper so frequently now. It really is noticeable compared to the older Omnis, MMWs, and the nicer books like IDW's recent GI Joe OHC.
And DrGregatron - real nice usage there - "Romnibus"! I love that!
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"No job is worth your integrity" - Herm Edwards
Hey guys, what's up. Could you do me a little favor? If you have some collections of HC books outside Marvel/DC (and I'm pretty sure you do), could you please post some pictures to this thread: http://forums.comicbookresources.com...9#post16133389 ? Thank you!
Worked through some more New Avengers and finished House of M last night. How are the House of M ohc tie ins? I know they're more or less self contained, but are they good/fun stories? Also, read the Initiative special in the omnibus about the Hulk...How is the Planet Hulk stuff Pak did? Worth picking up?
My Omnibus collection is growing frighteningly fast, and I'm looking for a good bookcase to deal with the growing pains! Does anyone have any recommendations for a quality bookcase at a reasonable price? I'll probably need 2 shelves for Omnibuses and OHCs, and a few more for just regular "book" books. I had a BILLY bookcase until recently, but the cheap tacked-on back panel was a bit of a dealbreaker. I've seen some nice set-ups in pictures you all have posted on here, so thought it might be a good place to ask!
Regarding the G.I. Joe collection(s)... does anyone have a sense for how far they might purchase them? Basically, when did the series begin to lose its luster?
I am planning on doing a re-read of the floppies, as I've got #1-#140 or so (a few after that, but plugging the holes has gotten very expensive) and all of Special Missions. Unfortunately, I've never read more than #1-#10 and around #50-#100. I've seen a few people referring to things being great until around issue #50, so that would put the best material in the collections volumes 1-4 or maybe 5.
Special Missions started around issue #50 and seemed to be Hama's opportunity to get back to the types of stories that he'd told in the early issues of the regular series. I don't really recall how well that worked out though, as I assume some of the zanier character/vehicles eventually had to appear.
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Basically, I'm going to keep getting them until they turn really stupid. I'm not going to be a completist on this run of books, but at least the first 5 or so volumes will be totally kick@$$ and ones that I'll read over and over and over. Hope that helps...
"No job is worth your integrity" - Herm Edwards
About 10-12 years ago just as the 80s nostalgia boom was starting, I was able to pick up all the missing back issues "relatively cheaply" to fill gaps in my collection & complete the entire Marvel run. The last 5-10 issues of the series were hard to track down, and I did have to pay a hefty price to grab the last issue. But I'm glad I did it! I passed on that mother when it was on the spinner racks at a waldenbooks book store back in the day ("eh, I don't need that. It's a kids comic for crying out loud & I'm a high schooler now) and regretted it ever since. LOL
Anyways the first couple years' worth of stores are great, and build up pretty much all you need to know about the Joes & Cobra. Each issues (pretty much) was a "done in one" story with subplots than ran along for several months at a time.
Personally though for me, the book is at its best from #26 to around #65 or so. In that range you get Storm Shadow & Snake Eye's origin, Destro tracking down and destroying Snake Eyes cabin in the mountains, 1st timber the wolf, Snake Eyes & SS teaming up to take on Cobra, the origin of Serpentor, the Joes invading Springfield & the launch of Special Missions, the destruction of the 1st pit headquarters, the Dreadnoks, Destro & Cobra Commander trapped inside the collapsed pit base trying to escape & on the run in their civilian identities, Cobra Island, plus the "death" of the original CC and 1st appearance of Fred VII the replacement CC. Good stuff all around.
It was during this time period that GI Joe was actually one of (and at times the #1) top selling Marvel comic book. In fact, GI Joe, along with UXM and Amazing Spidey, was one of Marvel's first books to go bi-monthly during the summer months, as I recall.
After that, in the late #60s, things started to tail off for a bit. You had the Cobra civil war (CC vs. Serpentor for control of Cobra Island), the Pit II, the intro of Battle Force 2000, Zartan's origin & tie in to the Arashikage clan, the return of the original GI Joe, Joe Colton, the GI Joe 25th anniversary issue, and the intro of Road Pig. Things picked back up in the #90s with the very well done "Snake Eyes trilogy". SE face is revealed for the first time and he gets plastic surgery. Then the lead up to #100 & the return of the original CC.
Of course there are good stories all throughout the run, so don't let my synopsis sway your opinion. Read the books and find out what you like best! Personally in the 110s-130s the book became way too ninja focused and Marvel tried to make the book look "cool" and "Image-like" so you had artists coming on board putting their own unique 1990s "kewl" stamp on the characters, trying to make all the female characters look & act like the X-Ladies, which in re-reading is really annoying.