Let us know what it's like. The full size trade is tempting me.
Depends on your taste really. From this volume, it doesn't appear to be mainstream Marvel, as they are stories published in 1974, set in a dystopian future 1990 where cannibals roam a ruined New York doing the bidding of a mad major who wants to destroy his rogue cyborg Deathlok whilst turning himself into a more perfect human-computer hybrid. It's pretty bleak, and Deathlok kills a lot of bad guys with extreme prejudice every issue. It is only lightened by the constant inner dialogue (sic) of Deathlok himself, as the grumpy, angst-ridden remains of a man verbally spars with his Spock-like internal computer who keeps telling him what he's doing is illogical while he calls it names and tells it to get stuffed, except when it tells him useful things.
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.
Finished The Incredible Hulk: Crossroads and with it Mantlo's phenomenal work on the title (not to mention Sal Buscema's). A great read, as with the rest of this run combining insane ideas with genuine pathos. The only, minor, complaints I have are that Talaoc's inks do Mignola's pencils no justice and the resolution felt a little unsatisfying, dramatically.
I have never read any of Mantlo's Alpha Flight run, but the one issue reprinted here was quite enjoyable.
Mantlo's Alpha Flight run is very good, probably the best the title has been since Byrne was on it. Sadly uncollected your only way to read it is to track the floppys down.
It's worth pointing out that a sizeable, 20+ issue, portion of Mantlo's Hulk run remains uncollected. These are issues prior to the first of the three trades, Pardoned, which starts with issue 269. The Mantlo run itself starts from 245. Since Hulk is getting in on the Epic Collection act shortly - they'll be trouble if it,s not green lettering on the spine - I'd suggest these might make a good epic collection.
I read some of the Mantlo stuff years back. I think I may have owned some of the issues myself. I remember it being a good run of a title I'm quite fond of, and which didn't always deserve the Red-headed Stepchild treatment it felt like it got from Marvel.