The final unboxing of the year is an all-Marvel extravaganza. First up is LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, AND THE HEROES FOR HIRE volume 1. This mouthful of a title reprints the first half of the late nineties series that was originally called simply HEROES FOR HIRE. I seem to recall this series was advertised as being written by Roger Stern, but John Ostrander eventually stepped in instead and, with Pascual Ferry on art chores, provided a very fun, often funny eighteen-issue series spotlighting several of Marvel's B- and C-list stars. This was one of my favorite Marvel series as it was coming out and it's great to have it collected (in full as of next month, as the second volume was fast-tracked for release in January).
Next is SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE: THE RETURN. Byrne had two separate runs on the SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK title of the early nineties. He launched it but quit soon after due to editorial differences, then came back a year or so later after a new editor took over. His initial run was collected by Marvel a couple years ago in the SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE trade. Now we have the second run in a very thick, Epic Collection-size book. I'm a big fan of She-Hulk -- especially Byrne's She-Hulk -- and I love this series. Can't wait to re-read it.
DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS volume 1. 2016-17 is the Yar(s) of Kung Fu at Marvel. We've already seen volume 1 and volume 2 of the MASTER OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS series with a third en route and a fourth yet to be solicited, and now we have the first installment in a 2-volume set collecting its companion magazine (volume 2 available for pre-order here). I have to confess that for some reason I'm a really big fan of the Sons of the Tiger even though I've never read any of their comics. I recall discovering them when one of their number, Abe Brown, was revealed as the Prowler's older brother in the nineties. At that point I pored over the Sons' histories in the OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE. I've always wanted to read their original serial, but DEADLY HANDS back issues were hard to come by, so I never got around to it.
But now, here we are. I have the Sons' adventures in Omnibus format, along with some Iron Fist and Shang-Chi material as well. I'm not sure whether I will get to this or the MASTER OF KUNG FU books first, but one or the other should be on my radar within the next couple years.