By Ben Morse
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The drums of war have begun! This week saw the release of SECRET INVASION: WAR OF KINGS, the one-shot by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with art by Paul Pelletier and Bong Dazo that will lead the Inhumans, Vulcan, Nova, the Guardians of the Galaxy and many more of Marvel's outer space stalwarts into combat beginning in March!
Before War of Kings fires its first official shot, get caught up with some key players with Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited!
FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #62
Though he will make an explosive impact on War of Kings, long before he found his crown and became King Blastaar, the "Living Bomb-Burst" made his auspicious debut battling Marvel's first family in this classic FF tale from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Trailing Reed Richards and the Inhumans' Triton back to Earth from the Negative Zone, Blastaar attacks New York City intending to succeed where his hated rival Annihilus had failed and conquer Earth!
INHUMANS (2000) #1
During Secret Invasion, the Kree and Inhumans formed an uneasy alliance, but where will that pairing lead both races during the War of Kings? In this 2000 limited series written by Carlos Pacheco and Rafael Marin and featuring the gorgeous art o Jose Ladronn, learn the full extent of the role the Kree played in the Inhumans' creation and witness Ronan's ruthlessness as he attempts to kickstart an interstellar uprising!
UNCANNY X-MEN #475
Having murdered Banshee and decimated the X-Men with the dark secrets of their mentor's past deeds, Vulcan heads for Shi'ar space looking for further revenge! Professor X follows in hot pursuit, but with only a ragtag band of X-Men including Havok, Nightcrawler and Warpath willing to back him up, will Xavier be able to halt the mad Summers brother before he throws an empire into disarray? Ed Brubaker's 12-part epic "The Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire" began here and shaped Vulcan into a driving force behind War of Kings!
NOVA (2007) #8
Marvel's premiere cosmic hero finds himself badly off-track during the events of Annihilation: Conquest and headed Knowhere! Explore a world where alien races seek refuge within a Celestial's head, a Russian canine has become a telepathic security chief and a chilling horror stalks the super hero team known as the Luminals! Writer Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning team with artist Wellinton Alves to set Nova the Human Rocket on a journey of discovery!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2008) #1
With the Marvel cosmocs still reeling from consecutive campaigns by Annihilus and the Phalanx, who will step up to make sure catastrophe doesn't strike again? Enter the Guardians of the Galaxy! Star-Lord gathers an eclectic group that includes Drax, Quasar, Adam Warlock, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon to safeguard the countless worlds that don't happen to have hundreds of super heroes looking out for them. Before the Guardians face their greatest test to date in War of Kings, see where it all started!
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