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Unlimited Highlights: Imperial Guard

The alien powerhouses interact with the X-Men, Captain America and more!

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.

The Shi’ar Imperial Guard stands tall as one of the most renowned fighting forces in the known universe, and this week in AVENGERS #5, Isabel Dare joins their ranks, the first human to be inducted in all of history! To celebrate this momentous occasion we’re bringing you a whole host of adventures featuring the gallant guardians of the Shi’ar Imperium!


Transported from terra firma to the inky depths of space, the X-Men suddenly find themselves face-to-face with the mad Shi’ar Emperor D’Ken and his Imperial Guard. What happens next can only be described as an interstellar slugfest of the highest order, as mutant battles guardsmen for the very fate of the universe! But Gladiator and his troops have Xavier’s students outnumbered and out-powered, and unless backup arrives, D’Ken may actually attempt to harvest the unfathomable energies of the M’Krann crystal, putting every being in all the galaxies at risk for imminent extinction!

The Dark Phoenix, a cosmic entity of death and destruction, lays dormant within the frail form of Jean Grey. However if unleashed it would rake its flaming talons across entire galaxies, consuming stars and burning once fertile planets into nothing but charred husks. Lilandra, Empress of the Shi’ar, will not allow such a thing to happen ever again and calls for Jean’s death, as do an entire council of intergalactic dignitaries. But the X-Men won’t give her up without a fight and so once again the merry mutants find themselves pitted against the Imperial Guard. If they lose, Phoenix’s life will be forfeit!


Horrifyingly vivid dreams haunt Rick Jones’ slumber. Deep in sleep he travels across galaxies to Hala, the Kree homeworld, and finds its billions of inhabitants bereft of life. What could possibly do this to a race so advanced? And why does Captain America show up and then transform into the Kree Supreme Intelligence? Needless to say Rick wakes up with a ton of questions and calls up Cap to hash it out. Unfortunately, Shi’ar Imperial Guardsman Warstar shows up and ruins the conversation. Could Rick’s dreams really mean something?

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Cassandra Nova, Professor Xavier’s evil twin, a psychic genocidal monster, holds the entire Shi’ar Imperium within her thrall. And for her first salvo? She throws the Imperial Guard, Gladiator and all, at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. Luckily for the students, Wolverine, Beast, and Phoenix know a thing or two about repelling alien invasions, but will claws, fangs, and telekinesis do the trick this time? It’s X-Men vs. Guardsmen round two and not everyone will make it out in one piece!


Gladiator, now Emperor Kallark of the Shi’ar, fights to quell the fallout from Vulcan and Black Bolt’s War of Kings. Revolution and insurrection run rampant across entire systems, but every planet that defies Shi’ar authority gets a visit from the Imperial Guard. And as the empire shatters, another greater threat lurks at the edges of space, a rift in the very fabric of reality. Who among guardsmen will answer their Majestor’s call and enter the void? Maybe a better question: If they do, will they ever return?


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