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Unlimited Highlights: Awesome Artifacts

Awe-inspiring inventions and astonishing items of incredible power take center stage this week in 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 the release of cosmic classic THE INFINITY GAUNTLET in hardcover this week, we're spotlighting artifacts, gadgets, and gizmos with great power in the Marvel Universe.

The stoic Silver Surfer, herald of the mighty Galactus, finds himself at odds with his master's all-consuming appetite.  After discovering the wonders of planet Earth, next on Galactus' meal plan, the starbound Surfer refuses to stand idly by as his patron devours it.  The Thing, Mister Fantastic and The Invisible Girl can do naught but watch as the cosmic powerhouses do battle above the Manhattan cityscape. Earth's only hope rests in the hands of The Human Torch and his retrieval of the Ultimate Nullifier. Will he make it back in time to save Earth from Galactus' dinner table?

The Cosmic Cube has the ability to warp reality into anything its user wants. It makes every thought, dream, and whim come true, giving its wielder near godly powers, and now the Cube rests in the fascist palms of The Red Skull! Capable of unspeakable acts of hatred and terror even when he's not nigh omnipotent, Skull now knows no bounds. His first target: his oldest enemy, the champion of liberty, the Star-Spangled Avenger, Captain America. 

The Scarlet Witch, Beast, Captain America, Iron Man, Vision, and Patsy Walker find themselves suddenly transported to the Squadron Supreme's world, an Earth not unlike their own. Unfortunately the Avengers won't have much time to compare notes, because the Squadron's still itching for a fight just before true enemy makes itself known: the Serpent Crown adorns the head of this counter-Earth's president. It connects the wearer to an ancient serpentine nethermind, an evil that can control the thoughts of men. Will this archaic artifact seed the downfall of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?

Worlds away from Earth, the X-Men battle overwhelming alien forces for the fate of the universe! The mad Shi'Ar emperor D'Ken desires the uncontrollable energies contained within the mystical M'Kraan crystal. Should he succeed, the galaxy as we know it would be torn asunder, so the X-Men and Starjammers stand against D'Ken and his Imperial Guard as they pursue the celestial gemstone. But the crystal has its own guardians and now the X-Men's mission has become twofold: survive the guardians and stop D'Ken from completing his insane scheme. Will they succeed?

While the Cosmic Cube controls reality on a local scale, the Infinity Gauntlet gives its wielder the unbridled power of a truly omnipotent being, capable of anything on a universal level...and now it adorns the mad titan Thanos' left hand.  As he claims mastery of the Soul, Time, Power, Space, Reality and Mind gems to gain his Mistress Death's favor, Thanos intends to obliterate half of all life. With such unspeakable power at his fingertips, what chance do Earth's heroes stand against Thanos?


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