After seeing X-Men:First Class and reading the trade paperback of "The Rise and Fall of the Shi'Ar Empire" I've been inspired to look into more of the same. Dan Abnett and Andy Lannett (DnA, as their otherwise known. By the way, did you know that's the same Dan Abnett who wrote a bunch of Warhammer fiction a few years ago?) have done a lot of X-stuff that's pure space opera follow-ups to the shocking Vulcan storyline of Ed Brubaker, which "retcons" the story of Giant-sized all new X-men #1 in incredibly dramatic ways. So what have I got, and what have I read already?
I had to "ILL" (Interlibrary Loan) a number of the titles in trade paperback or even trade hardback. "Rise and Fall" is in our library, but I had to get "The Dark Phoenix Saga" (which is unfortunate, since I own reprints of 60-70% of it from Classic X-men already), "Deadly Genesis", "Emperor Vulcan" and "War of Kings". I couldn't get "Kingbreaker" and I'm not yet able to get "Realm of Kings" because of a weird quirk with our ILL website--someone else has it checked out, so instead of putting me in a queue, it just tells me it's unavailable and I can't check it out!
Anyway, I'm enjoying the superhero space opera enough that I might actually go and buy some of these trade paperbacks anyway. Maybe while I'm at it, I'll throw "Planet Hulk" and "Annihilation" and "Annihiliation: Conquest" in while I'm at it, just for fun.
Although frankly, although I really like some of the space-based Marvel characters, I could do without the Guardians of the Galaxy. Especially Rocket Raccoon. Who in the world came up with that character and thought he could be taken seriously?