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Unlimited Highlights: The Mandarin

The maleficent Mandarin presides over this week's Unlimited Highlights

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, to tie in with his ominous origin story in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN ANNUAL #1, The Mandarin swipes the spotlight. Witness the dastardly would-be world dominator take on the Armored Avenger, The Hulk and Wolverine as he vies for control of a world he believes to be his by divine right!


Deep within China, there lurks a man with unimaginable power at his fingertips; power so devastating, so awe-inspiring that even the heads of the Communist regime tremble at the thought of him. A world away, the leaders in the Pentagon find themselves shivering as well and call in Iron Man to deal with this madman. Will the metal mortal survive his encounter with the mysterious and maniacal Mandarin?

Working separately, The Mandarin and The Sandman failed to corral the rampaging Hulk. This time however, Mandarin has developed a scheme that guarantees victory. The many-ringed one and the shifting Sandman attack the green goliath and manage to put him under, removing him to their base and capturing Betty Ross as well. Can The Hulk save Betty from the combined might of both villains? Can he save himself?

Wolverine floats helplessly in a sensory deprivation chamber, a prisoner of the Hand and The Mandarin, and at the mercy of his one-time teammate, Psylocke. The Hand hopes to remold Logan into their very own one-man army, but Psylocke's powers prove too powerful for her own good allowing her ally to break free of his constraints, furiously feral. The duo confronts The Mandarin, who has taken Jubilee captive, and now the three mutants must overthrow the maniacal villain if they want to escape his clutches with their lives.

Tony Stark, the man who wants for nothing, needs some serious help. After a series of unfortunate events culminating in the complete destruction of his central nervous system, he seeks out a doctor bold and bright enough to help him get back into fighting shape. He find his savior in China's Doctor Su Yin: bold, bright, and breath-takingly beautiful. But China's services don't come cheap, especially for the man who typifies Western democratic ideals. No, the country wants help with a little problem named The Mandarin, and if Tony desires their aid, Iron Man will need to take him down.

A lone man descends into the haunted desolation of the Valley of Spirits. A descendant of the great Genghis Khan, he wrestles his destiny from the dead hands of an ancient alien race and emerges triumphant, 10 mystic rings adorning his hands and ultimate power at his fingertips. Years later, whispers of a vicious Chinese warlord calling himself The Mandarin reach the ears of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they ask Iron Man to investigate this urban legend. Thus begins one of the fiercest rivalries in the entire Marvel Universe! Witness the first meeting of Iron Man and his deadliest nemesis and see who takes the most licks in a ferocious battle between magic and machinery!


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