Marvel Handbook Hardcovers in 2008

All-New Marvel Handbook Hardcover Finally, is the first thing that comes to mind.

In February of 2008, Marvel will release the first volume (of 12) collecting all of the entries from the 2004-2007 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Details are still sparse and I’m only going on what the advanced solicitation copy says.

The most exciting and comprehensive Marvel handbook is finally here! Beginning a twelve-volume guide to the Marvel Universe with more than 100 huge entries in each tome! This issue – from 1602 to Blackwulf! Spotlighting people (Angel, Annihilus, Ant-Man, Apocalypse, Arachne, Ares, Aurora, Banshee, Baron Zemo, Beast, Beta Ray Bill, Bishop, Black Bolt, Black Knight, Black Panther, Black Widow), places (Atlantis), teams (AIM, Acolytes, Agents of Atlas, Alpha Flight, Avengers), species (Badoon), alternate realities (2020, 2099, the Age of Apocalypse) and more!

The big question I have for this hardcover collection is…does it contain the other “guide books” that use the Marvel Handbook format, but were not branded as such.

For example, will it include the Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook (April 2007),  Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic (May 2007),  The Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files (June 2007), World War Hulk: Gamma Files (August 2007), Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons, & Various Monstrosities and the X-Men: Messiah Complex – Mutant Files (December 2007). I would surely hope so. Some of those (Spider-Man and Mighty Avengers) look exactly like an All New OHotMU book, except for the logo.

With the mention of “places (Atlantis)” in the solicitation text, I’m hopeful that the hardcover will also include the data from the late 2007-2008 Marvel Atlas releases.

Best of all, the entries will be in alphabetical order. Since the original releases in 2004 started with spotlights on teams and characters (Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man), the entries for those books were in alphabetical order for those issues only. It wasn’t until the 2006 update that an entire 12-issue run was alphabetized. Still, many characters and information from the 2004 and 2005 one-shots were omitted from the 2007 release.

All of this means  many collectors and readers will likely be buying this content again, but it will be well worth it. Collectors and readers that like the Marvel Handbook will be lining up to buy these versions.

2 comments

  1. >Finally, is the first thing that comes to mind.

    No argument there.

    >In February of 2008, Marvel will release the first >volume (of 12) collecting all of the entries from the >2004-2007 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel >Universe.

    Not just the material from our All-New OHOTMU books, but also material from just about every OHOTMU-ish book of the past few years.

    Notable exceptions: we won’t be reprinting the Ultimate handbooks (featuring characters from the Ultimate universe), nor most of the Age of Apocalypse handbook (though select characters from same will turn up).

    These omissions stem largely from space limitations, though they also reflect the fact that some of this stuff (like the Ultimates and most of the AoA characters) is somewhat set apart from the mainsteam Marvel universe.

    >Details are still sparse and I’m only going on what the >advanced solicitation copy says.

    One thing not really mentioned in the highlighted solicitation excerpt is the fact that these hardcovers will feature tons of new and updated material, not just reprints of the existing profiles. Many characters will get extensive revisions or expansions or both, and many more will get minor updates, modifications and corrections.

    >The big question I have for this hardcover collection >is…does it contain the other “guide books” that use the >Marvel Handbook format, but were not branded as such.

    Most of them, yes.

    >For example, will it include the Spider-Man: Back in >Black Handbook (April 2007), Mystic Arcana: The Book >of Marvel Magic (May 2007), The Mighty Avengers: Most >Wanted Files (June 2007), World War Hulk: Gamma Files >(August 2007), Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, >Demons,

  2. Hmm. About half of my earlier comments got cut off (perhaps a length limit), so I’ll write a shorter do-over of the main points.

    – Yes, this project will include material from Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook, Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic, Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files, World War Hulk: Gamma Files, Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons

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