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Dark Reign

Unlimited Highlights: Dark Reign

Get caught in Norman Osborn's Dark Reign all over again.

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week, with Dark Reign drawing to its conclusion, we've got a recap of all the stories that helped bring about Norman Osborn's year of fear. See how it all started right here!


What would happen if Norman Osborn, the former Green Goblin, managed to unite five of the most wicked and poweful beings in the Marvel Universe under a common banner? Why you'd get Dark Reign of course. After the stunning conclusion to the Skrull invasion, Osborn, the new commander-in-chief of H.A.M.M.E.R., finds himself one of the most powerful men on the planet. Bringing Doctor Doom, Namor, Emma Frost, the Hood and Loki all under one roof for a little pep talk, Norman only wants one thing from his secret cabal: their loyalty. In return he'll make sure they're never bothered by the law or heroes again. But what makes Osborn think he can control the world's most dangerous villains? Find out in the one-shot that started it all by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.

If anyone could twist and pervert everything the ideals Avengers stood for, it would be Norman Osborn. The Avengers served as a beacon of hope and showed the world that good can and will triumph over evil. But now that the Green Goblin's running the show, the Avengers represent something a lot more sinister. Osborn's spent months recruiting members for his all new Dark Avengers and you're not going to believe who made the cut. Look out folks, these aren't your parent's Avengers...

It's been weeks since the end of the Skrull invasion and Tony Stark's still struggling to pick up the pieces. He's no longer the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the world's heroes don't trust him, and he can barely control his Iron Man armor after the damage caused by the Skrull's computer virus. What's a guy to do? And after handing the reins over to Norman Osborn, what can he do? Well, he can make sure that the identities of hundreds of costumed crime fighters don't fall into the wrong hands, no matter what the cost, as Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca kick off "World's Most Wanted"!

Nick Fury has saved the world from the wrath of evil mutants, psychotic dictators, and alien invasions, but at the end of the day he's only one man, and everyone can use a little help sometimes. That's why the one-time Howling Commando went and formed himself a secret team. Now it's Nick, Hellfire, Phobos, Druid, Yo-Yo, Quake and Stonewall against all the world's invisible enemies, and just in time too. You'll never guess who Fury and his band of Secret Warriors have targeted. One thing's for sure: this isn't going to be pretty.

When a law gets proposed that would make it illegal for mutants to procreate, the San Francisco mutant community takes to the streets. There they meet Simon Trask's anti-mutant crowd and that's all it takes for the sparks to fly and a riot to erupt. Not even the combined efforts of the San Francisco police force and the X-Men can seem to control the mobs, so it's Norman Osborn to the rescue. It's the Dark Avengers vs the Uncanny X-Men and there's more going on here than meets the eye. Hey, where's Emma Frost by the way?


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