After last month brought me nothing, this month makes up for it, with four books from Marvel. First up is SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: ROUND ROBIN, reprinting issues from the start of Mark Bagley's run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as penciler. This volume is special to me for two reasons: one, it collects the "Vibranium Vendetta" storyline from Spider-Man's 1991 annuals, which was one of my favorite Spider-Man stories as a kid. But, more importantly, the final issue in the book, #360, was my first AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as a regular reader. I'd certainly read plenty of Spider-Man before then, but in middle school I subscribed to the title and issue 360 popped up in my mailbox a few months later, beginning a run of well over a hundred consecutive issues as a regular reader (until J. Michael Straczynski got me to quit in disgust).
Next is AVENGERS: QUICKSILVER, reprinting the mutant (?) speedster's solo series from the late nineties. In the aftermath of the "Onslaught" crossover, Marvel tried out several new ongoings. I read some of them, but never gave QUICKSILVER a chance. I look forward to rectifying that.
We also have IRON FIST: RETURN OF K'UN L'UN, a grab-bag collecting all the various one-shots and mini-series which starred the character throughout the nineties and early 2000s. I've read some, but not all of this, though I'm interested to check it all out.
Lastly is the big one: the AVENGERS BY KURT BUSIEK AND GEORGE PÉREZ OMNIBUS, Volume 1. Readers may recall that I threw a tantrum over the book's contents last year, but that didn't stop me from selling my old AVENGERS ASSEMBLE hardcovers and pre-ordering this to replace them. Regardless of what I think of the logic (or lack thereof) applied to this collection, I couldn't pass up getting the Busiek/Pérez run in the best possible reproduction. And, on the plus side, Marvel is at least fast-tracking Volume 2, which has popped up as an Amazon ghost listing for release later this year (probably to coincide with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on home video, in the same way Volume 1 has come out just in time for the film's theatrical release).
That's it for this month, but watch for an expanded review of the Busiek/Pérez Omnibus just one short week from today.