Third Eye Spotlight: Marvel Epic Collections

Published July 23rd, 2021

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Hey Third Eye Faithful! Some of our favorite ways to consume some of the Marvel comics that are harder to find are Marvel Epic Collections! What exactly is an epic collection, though? Marvel does a fantastic job of compiling some of their older, classic stories into one big book. It’s a great way to catch up on the history of some of your favorite characters without having to add additional smaller trades to your bookshelf!

Looking for a classic X-Men run? Can’t find singles or trades with the stories you want? Seek out an epic collection! You get full, hard to find story arcs contained in one big book that gets you right where you want to be with older Marvel series!

Haven’t picked up an Epic Collection? Check out a few of our favorites to get you started!

X-MEN EPIC COLLECTION TP MUTANT GENESIS

The end of an era for the X-Men! The original team, now called X-Factor, takes center stage when Proteus returns from the grave. But when Apocalypse strikes – infecting Cyclops’ son, Nathan, with a deadly virus – Cyclops must make a bitter sacrifice! And the current X-Men return to Earth to find that Professor X’s old foe the Shadow King has risen – and taken over Muir Island! It will take the combined strength of X-Factor and the X-Men to triumph – and when the dust clears, the two teams will become one! An uncanny new era begins as the reunited X-Men go back to basics, beginning with a deadly confrontation with Magneto and his fanatical Acolytes! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #278-280, X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #15, X-FACTOR (1986) #65-70, X-MEN (1991) #1-3 and material from NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #7 and X-FACTOR ANNUAL #6.

GENERATION X EPIC COLLECTION TP BACK TO SCHOOL

Meet the new class! The techno-organic aliens known as the Phalanx have targeted the next generation of mutants – and now Banshee, Jubilee and the White Queen must rescue Synch, Husk, M, Skin and Blink! But will all of them survive to attend the newly reopened Xavier’s School? The sullen Chamber and mysterious Penance enroll as well – but who is the marrow-sucking monster called Emplate and what is his connection to one of the students? As the Gen X kids adjust to their new lives, romance blossoms and rivalries form even as they battle Orphan-Maker, Gene Nation and more! But what can their mutant powers do against…magic? Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo’s ’90s sensation begins here! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #316-318, X-MEN (1991) #36-37, GENERATION X (1994) #1-9, WOLVERINE (1988) #94, GENERATION X COLLECTORS’ PREVIEW and GENERATION X ASHCAN EDITION.

DOCTOR STRANGE EPIC COLLECTION TP MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS

A vain man driven by greed and hubris, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until the night a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet to seek a cure from a legendary healer. There he found not a man of medicine, but the venerable Ancient One – and the path to the mystic arts! From Doctor Strange’s eerie Greenwich Village home, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created new dimensions and otherworldly terrors unlike anything seen before. These classic first stories remain as influential today as they were to 1960s counterculture. In this premiere volume, experience the debut of iconic characters Baron Mordo, Eternity, Dormammu and the Mindless Ones – as well as Strange’s allies Wong and Clea! Collecting material from STRANGE TALES (1951) #110-111 and #114-146 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2.

CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION TP DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT

Even for Captain America, life has rarely been this eventful! Battling the robotic Dragon Man above New York, considering a run for president and saving Manhattan from fiery destruction at the hands of Batroc and Mister Hyde is all in a day’s work. And a trip to England proves to be no vacation either as Cap encounters the vampire Baron Blood and the chilling Ghost of Greymoor Castle! Back home in the States, our hero learns that Hollywood plans to make a Captain America movie – but his greatest foe, the Red Skull, has a very different script in mind! Finally, Cap must prevent Morgan MacNeil Hardy from rewriting the American Dream – but can even Spider-Man help the Sentinel of Liberty stop a cyborg from destroying Washington, DC? Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #247-266 and ANNUAL #5.

BLACK WIDOW EPIC COLLECTION TP COLDEST WAR

The Black Widow goes solo in adventures that defined her as one of Marvel’s greatest heroes! In one of the most beloved Black Widow stories of all time, enter a web of intrigue as Natasha navigates a complex maze of international espionage orchestrated by an old foe! Then, a revelation regarding the Red Guardian draws Black Widow back into a Russian spymaster’s crosshairs. Plus: Natasha teams with the Punisher to take down a rogue former government agent, reunites with Daredevil to investigate the murder of S.H.I.E.L.D. psychics and returns to post-Soviet Russia with Nick Fury! Collecting BLACK WIDOW: THE COLDEST WAR, PUNISHER/BLACK WIDOW: SPINNING DOOMSDAY’S WEB, DAREDEVIL/BLACK WIDOW: ABATTOIR, FURY/BLACK WIDOW: DEATH DUTY and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #517-519 – and material from BIZARRE ADVENTURES #25, MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #10-13, SOLO AVENGERS #7, MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS (1988) #135 and DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #10.

WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION BLOOD AND CLAWS TP

A new chapter in the life of the berserker mutant! Lethal Larry Hama kicks off his epic run with artistic superstar Marc Silvestri! And they begin in Madripoor, where Wolverine investigates an insidious and destructive new designer drug! Then, a Yukon vacation turns deadly when Wolverine encounters the mythical Hunter in Darkness! And when Lady Deathstrike attacks, Wolverine and his old Alpha Flight buddy Puck are cast into a time vortex – and wind up reliving the Spanish Civil War! Back in the present, the Reavers cook up their deadliest cyborgs yet: Albert, a mechanical doppelganger of Wolverine, and his adorable and explosive partner, Elsie-Dee! And when the savage Sabretooth returns, convinced he’s Wolverine’s father, Jubilee, Forge, Cable and Nick Fury must come to Logan’s aid! Collecting WOLVERINE (1988) #31-44, WOLVERINE: BLOODLUST and WOLVERINE: BLOODY CHOICES.