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Unlimited Highlights: Thunderbolts NOW!

Relive classic exploits of Elektra, Deadpool, the Punisher and Red Hulk!

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 we’re shining the spotlight on four deadly individuals who do some of their best work in the shadows: Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher, and Red Hulk. They, alongside Venom, make for an incredible new team in THUNDERBOLTS, one that takes out the worst of the Marvel Universe’s trash with extreme prejudice. Watch their beginnings, and in one case an ending, to see why this team’s the baddest around.


With Bullseye in the slammer, the Kingpin needs a new personal assassin, someone with a ruthless, deadly demeanor and the skill to end anyone, anywhere. Elektra and her Sais fit the bill, and now she kills for the Kingpin. But Bullseye takes offense and the ultra-accurate undertaker he breaks out of prison just to off her. What happens when two of the world’s deadliest killers fight to the death? Nothing good, particularly for Daredevil.

DEADPOOL #2 (1997)

Does Deadpool take the kidnapping of Weasel, his partner-in-crime sitting down? Absolutely not! The Merc with a Mouth tracks his ally to a hidden training facility in the middle of the Nevada desert. Inside of said compound the Taskmaster trains ninjas, and if Wade ever wants to see Weasel again he’ll have to cut, slash, slice, and shoot his way through a small army of wannabe-kung fu masters. And then he’ll have to take on Taskmaster. Does the power of friendship stand a chance against photographic reflexes?


Frank Castle kills bad guys for a living. Moses Magnum just made his hit list. The man with the earthquake hands just started selling a Hulk serum, and the Punisher can’t let it fall into the wrong hands. With Moses and his gang gunning for the man with a skull on his chest, unless Spider-Man lends a webbed hand or two, Frank may finally bite the bullet!

HULK #41 (2008)

The Red Hulk walks through the land of memory as created by his arch-nemesis Zero/One. She wants to understand why Thunderbolt Ross would ever revert back to his human former. Why not stay a Hulk forever? Unfortunately the Omegex, a monstrous killing machine from beyond the stars, shatters their little reverie, intent on wiping Red Hulk from existence. Will Ross’ gamma-infused might be enough to stop Omegex’s onslaught or will he fall to the destroyer?

AVENGERS #7 (2010)

The Hood travels to the frozen wastes of former-Attilan looking for a cosmic bauble of unfathomable power. Unfortunately for the universe, he finds the Reality Gem, and he uses it to grab the Power Gem too. Now armed to the teeth with weapons of celestial magnitude, the villain decides to test his new found strength on one of the strongest there is. Does the Red Hulk have what it takes to fight alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against this new threat?

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