CASE IN POINT: WARLOCK
I'm going to paraphrase Jack Kirby from the '80s documentary "Masters of the Comic Book Art" (available on You Tube): "The way I understand it, the editorial cartoon came first. You add a couple of panels to that, and you've got a comic strip. Add a couple of pages to that, and you've got a comic book. What can we add to the comic book? That's something we may have to think about." I've got my answer: SIZE. "Size" as in omnibus editions and gallery editions and MONSTER-SIZE editions. I love those!
When I was a kid, I was aware of the Thomas/Kane "Jesus Christ - Superhero" version of Adam Warlock from his appearances in Hulk, but I hadn't read the series. Then, in 1982, I bought the six-issue Warlock Special Edition and it wasn't what I expected at all. It reprinted the Starlin version, of which I had been completely unaware of at the time. when I was in college, I picked up all of the original backissues. In 1992 I bought the six-issue Warlock reprint series, which was identical to Warlock Special Edition, but it was printed on different paper stock and I wanted to file it in the same box with the then-current new Warlock series. A couple of years later, I bought the two volumes of MMW Warlock, the first of which comprised the Thomas/Kane era, the second Starlin.
Then, in 2019, Marvel released what I considered at the time to be the ultimate Starlin/Captain Marvel/Warlock edition ("ultimate" in that I would never need to buy another): The Thanos Wars: Infinity Origin omnibus, reprinting all of Starlin's Captain Marvel and Warlock stories, plus The Death of Captain Marvel graphic novel in a single edition. Perfect!
But now Marvel has solicited the Warlock by Jim Starlin "Gallery Edition" for December release, and it's even bigger than the omnibus edition! But do I really need it at this point? Will I ever read it? I guess I will whenever I am in the mood to read just Warlock, but what if I want to read the whole "Thanos Saga" from Captain Marvel to Warlock to The Death of Captain Marvel? Won't I then want to read it in a consistent format? [NOTE: I'm not really wild about the title "That Thanos Wars: Infinity Origins" as opposed to a title which would emphasize the heroes, but...] So here's my dilemma..
Strange Tales/Warlock originals - check
Warlock Special Edition - check
Warlock (1992 reprint series) - check
MMW Warlock - check
The Thanos War: Infinity Origin omnibus - check
Warlock by Jim Starlin gallery edition - ???
I will never read the originals or the Special Edition or the 1992 series again. I would possibly read MMW Captain Marvel if reading from that POV (as I did for a discussion just last year), but probably not MMW Warlock. Whereas I would definitely read the Captain Marvel bits of the omnibus from a Thanos (or a Starlin) POV, what about if I were in the mood to read just Warlock? Or when I get to the Warlock issues of the omnibus? The gallery edition is bigger, after all.