A combo of new volumes and re-releases — featuring Englehart, Wein, Thomas, John Buscema, Bill Sienkiewicz and MORE!
Well, the House of Ideas is already looking into spring 2022, with a handful of Epic Collections featuring, among others, Thor, The Avengers, X-Factor – and the final Sienkiewicz Moon Knight.
Check out these official descriptions from Amazon and Hachette:
THOR EPIC COLLECTION: WAR OF THE GODS
By Steve Englehart, Len Wein, John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga and others
Len Wein lifts Mjolnir aloft and rallies forth the armies of Asgard! When the Time-Twisters seek to destroy Earth, Thor embarks on an adventure with Zarrko the Tomorrow Man. It’s a battle through time (with dinosaurs!) that will impress you to the end. Then, Thor fights the Firelord in the jungles of Latin America and only Jane Foster can save him! The Warriors Three ramble off on a solo adventure, while Thor returns to Asgard to face the one and only Mangog! Their battle will rage across the Fabled Realm, taking Thor to the Hel in a quest to save Odin. Also featuring all-new “Tales of Asgard,” Thor vs. Ulik the Troll and a giant, 42-page Annual epic with Hercules!
COLLECTING: Thor (1966) 242-259, Annual (1966) 5; Marvel Spotlight (1971) 30; material from Marvel Treasury Edition (1974) 10
List price: $39.99
On-sale date: April 5, 2022
X-FACTOR EPIC COLLECTION: AFTERLIVES
By J.M DeMatteis, Todd Dezago, Jan Duursema and others
Jamie Madrox is dead! And as X-Factor struggles to cope with their first major loss, Alex Summers questions his role as leader. Will Havok quit just when the team needs him the most? Meanwhile, Polaris seeks vengeance on the person who hired Random to kill her — even as the bounty hunter joins Strong Guy and Wolfsbane on a road trip! Lorna follows Alex to Hawaii, but the island paradise soon becomes a nightmare — courtesy of Malice, Mister Sinister and the Nasty Boys! The techno-organic threat of the Phalanx unites X-Factor, X-Force and Excalibur! Strong Guy battles the Blob! Legion awakens from his coma! But when Lila Cheney is targeted, Guido puts his life on the line. Will X-Factor lose another member?
COLLECTING: X-Factor (1986) 101-111, X-Factor Annual (1986) 9, Spider-Man & X-Factor: Shadowgames (1994) 1-3, X-Force (1991) 38, Excalibur (1988) 82
List price: $44.99
On-sale date: April 26, 2022
AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION: THE AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR (New Edition)
By Steve Englehart, Bob Brown and Sal Buscema
The Avengers battle the Defenders in comics’ first great crossover battle royale! It’s hero against hero in the sensational summer hit of 1973: Cap vs. Namor! Thor vs. Hulk! It’s the original, and there’s never been another one like it. All this, plus the origin of Mantis; an all-hands-on-deck battle with the Zodiac; the Avengers vs. Thanos and the Cosmic Cube; a Giant-Size adventure alongside Golden Age heroes Miss America and the Whizzer; the wedding of Quicksilver and Crystal; the return of Ultron; and an increasingly tense love triangle between the Scarlet Witch, the Vision and Mantis! And as an added bonus feature, rare Avengers pinups, profiles and more from the pages of the ’70s fanzine F.O.O.M.!
COLLECTING: Avengers (1963) 115-128, Giant-Size Avengers (1974) 1, Defenders (1972) 8-11, Captain Marvel (1968) 33, Fantastic Four (1961) 150
List price: $39.99
On-sale date: April 12, 2022
MOON KNIGHT EPIC COLLECTION: FINAL REST (New Edition)
By Doug Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz and others
The end of an era for Moon Knight! The landmark, critically acclaimed run of Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz comes to a close as the moon sets on Marc Spector. But first he must survive threats old and new — including the deadly return of Stained Glass Scarlet! The murderous Black Spectre has a killer plan to pin his crimes on Moon Knight, and a rematch looms against the savage Werewolf By Night — but will the Fly prove to be far more than an annoyance for Moon Knight? Then, when Marlene finds herself at the mercy of magic, Marc Spector seeks out a professional: Doctor Strange! And secrets from the past are uncovered as the master of divine illumination Zohar strikes. The dead shall rise — but will Moon Knight meet his final rest?
COLLECTING: Moon Knight (1980) 24-38
List price: $39.99
On-sale date: Feb. 15, 2022
A few thoughts:
— Two ’70s collections are floating out there, as well, but details are scarce. Thor Epic Collection: Ulik Unchained, by Gerry Conway, John Buscema and co. is expected by the end of 2021 and Conan Original Marvel Years Epic Collection: Of Once and Future Kings, by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, is expected in the spring. The Conan cover has been released (above).
— I expect we’ll see even more Epic Collections next spring. These are just the ones uncovered so far.
— The Epic Collection I still want more than any other would cover Amazing Spider-Man in the early/mid-’70s — the aftermath of Gwen Stacy’s death and Harry Osborn’s rise as the second Green Goblin. I can’t believe that one hasn’t come out yet.
— Marvel is leaning hard on Thor and Moon Knight Epic Collections these days. Movies and TV shows, kids! Movies and TV shows!
— Standard caveat: These have not been solicited by Marvel yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
— MARVEL to Unleash Wave of New EPIC COLLECTIONS in Early 2022. Click here.
— Marvel to Re-Release Major EPIC COLLECTIONS This Winter. Click here.