One of my favorite comic community happenings of each year is when a message board member named Tiger Eyes announces that it’s time for the “Annual Secret Ballot: Marvel’s Most-Wanted Omnibus.” For the uninitiated, what this means is that over a hundred of the biggest Marvel fans and collectors who like to chat each other up on the internet send in their picks for what Marvel material is most worthy of compiling into an oversize Marvel Omnibus Edition, massive tomes that sometimes run over 1,000 pages and up to 50 issues of collected comics.
More of the epic space stories that include the Guardians of the Galaxy from the film you loved.
The Details: Marvel didn’t have much of a cosmic line of comics and heroes until 2006.
It was then that an event called “Annihilation” pulled together characters like Nova, Silver Surfer, Drax the Destroyer, Star-Lord, and Thanos to combat the overwhelming insect forces of Annihilus.
Annihilation was successful, and so the sequel, Annihilation: Conquest included all of those characters with the The Inhumans, The Kree, The Shi’ar, and a cadre of X-Men for a huge, epic blowout called “War of Kings” – which was every bit as awesome as it sounds.
All of three of those event stories have now been collected into corresponding omnibus volumes which proved hugely popular.
Next up is Realm of Kings, a sort of aftermath to War of Kings that exposes all of the characters to a new external threat caused by the explosive end of that event. Second, a Hulk supporting title not actually staring The Hulk that extends the story of some of the characters in the event.
Here’s the tricky part – Realm of Kings has already been collected entirely into a hefty oversized hardcover that includes the definite contents listed above. From there, a group full of ultra-powerful characters called “The Annihilators” formed, which included Ronan the Accuser and Silver Surfer, among others.
They starred in a trio of mini-series: standalone). When you think about it that way, it’s a no-brainer for Marvel to print this book it …
The next book in the cosmic sequence would be the soon-to-be-released Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Bendis, Vol. a lot of people would probably cave in and buy it, even if they owned all of the stories separately, purely for the uniform bookshelf. Probable Contents: Avengers (1963) #227-254, with #255-287 reserved for a Volume 2.