Three trade paperbacks reached my doorstep this month, all from Marvel. First up is ANT-MAN: SCOTT LANG, a collection of stories I've wanted to read for some time. As many know, back in the seventies, Hank Pym had moved away from his Ant-Man identity to become Giant-Man, then Goliath, then ultimately Yellowjacket. Marvel brought Ant-Man back into circulation by giving the codename and costume to a new character, a former burglar named Scott Lang (and if anyone saw the new ANT-MAN movie that came out last weekend, this story should sound pretty familiar).
David Michelinie created Scott and wrote several early appearances for him, all collected in this volume, before moving him into IRON MAN as a supporting character during his legendary run with artist Bob Layton. Because of that, this book will, in a way, make a nice companion for the IRON MAN BY MICHELINE & LAYTON OMNIBUS.
Next is the CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION: STREETS OF POISON, reprinting a nice chunk of issues from the middle of Mark Gruenwald's decade-long run on the star-spangled sentinel. These issues are notable to modern audiences for some early appearances from the Red Skull's henchman, Crossbones, set to hit the Silver Screen in next year's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR -- and, in general, they're just fun stories. Also, though there are chunks of issues missing between them, this book, plus the previously released CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION: SOCIETY OF SERPENTS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CAPTAIN, together feature all the high-profile appearances of Gruenwald's Serpent Society, forming a more-or-less complete story arc for that group.
X-MEN: THE HUNT FOR PROFESSOR X, collecting several issues from the brief but apparently well-regarded Joe Kelly/Steve Seagle run on X-MEN and UNCANNY X-MEN. While this is not my favorite portion of the nineties X-canon -- I mainly just think of it as filler between Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis -- I do recall some good stuff coming out of their time on the titles, and I'm happy to have the material collected. Strangely this is the second half of Kelly/Seagle, with the first portion still uncollected, but in any case I'm pretty sure one more volume would wrap up their year or so helming the X-books. Hopefully we'll see that soon.
P.S.: Remember, for a pretty definitive listing of all currently collected X-MEN and UNCANNY issues (at least, in my preferred formats), check out my X-MEN COLLECTED EDITIONS CHART.