Although I wasn't going to pick up a collection of the fill-ins myself I'm
surprised there isn't a HC to go with the others . I suppose that's the
reason for it not being numbered as Volume 5 ?
That's part of it. We decided to print this TPB-only--in the same style as the miniseries--because it doesn't fit into the chronology of the numbered books.
From a fellow Portlander/Vancouverite and big Conan and DH fan, I seriously hope that Darkhorse is considering changing their minds about only publishing this volume as a TPB. Honestly, all the Conan stories published by Dark Horse deserve hardcover treatment; to me, they are classic interpretations of a beloved character and beloved stories. My great hope is to own the all 50 issues published by Darkhorse in HC format; they are that good IMO. Beyond that, the Chronicles of Conan reprint series and the SSOC books sincerely truly deserve hardcover Omnibus treatment from Darkhorse; both could be printed in two large-format Omibus by the time they are completed.
Clearly, there are a great number of collectors who avoid TPBs graphic novels and softcover fiction books in favor of hardcovers; I am one of them. If there is any doubt (on DH's part) of the viability of HC sales for these offerings, my suggestion is to make a limited offering based on pre-sales alone. I think that you will find a great deal of support for that kind of offering among comic collectors and Conan collectors alike.
- Jeff in Vancouver, WA