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 marks the conclusion of 2009 and thus the first decade of the 21st century. In celebration, we're bringing you some of Marvel's best comics from the past 10 years. Whether they reveal a hero's deepest secrets, pack in glorious amounts of explosive action, or forever change the way you see the Marvel Universe, each of these stories has a little something special in store for every reader. Enjoy Marvelites!
A masked crusader swings through New York's sprawling city streets foiling thieves and super villains wherever and whenever they threaten innocent lives, even on school nights. 15-year-old Peter Parker leads an amazing double life, high school student by day and arachnid avenger by night. Not even his closest friends know about his super-heroic exploits...but all that's about to change. Bear witness to the amazing events that unfold in this pivotal point of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagely's now classic run on ULTIMATE SPIDR-MAN. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.
FANTASTIC FOUR #60 (1997)
Everyone knows that the Fantastic Four fight crime, thwart alien invasions, and save the world on a day-to-day basis, but what do they do in the time between global emergencies? And why would Marvel's First Family ever need to hire a PR firm? As Ben, Sue, Johnny and Reed go about their extraordinary everyday lives, their new press agent Mr. Schertzer joins them for the ride and learns that the FF goes beyond super heroics and fancy costumes. Mark Waid writes a touching story of fame, family, and the Fantastic Four's place in the world to kick off his seminal tenure on the World's Greatest Comic with the late, great Mike Wieringo .
Cyclops and company have their work cut out for them. Why you ask? Aside from living in a world whose inhabitants both hate and fear them, the population of another planet, the Breakworld, wants Earth's uncanny mutants dead too. And if interplanetary threats weren't enough, an even more sinister foe lurks in the heart of the X-Men's own home, waiting for its chance to strike. The team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's acclaimed work on ASTONISHING X-MEN had everyone talking, so find out what all that noise was about right here!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #18 (2004)
Hot on the trail of Aleksander Lukin, unwilling host of the Red Skull's psychotic psyche, Captain America takes a trip across the pond to jolly old England. Steve catches up with old friends Union Jack and Spitfire, shoots the breeze, and does what he does best: bashes some Nazi skulls. With some help from his old Invaders pals, the Star-Spangled Avenger takes the fight to the Skull, Lukin, and their entire Kronas Corporation. Meanwhile, Bucky, Cap's former partner, now known as the Winter Soldier, plans Lukin's assassination somewhere in London's dark underbelly. It's Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting at their finest and Cap's world will never be the same.
The city of Stamford, Connecticut will never be the same after a massive explosion triggered by a team of young unsanctioned super heroes destroyed part of the city and resulted in the death of hundreds of civilians. In response, the United States government has passed the Super Hero Registration Act, which requires all costumed heroes to reveal their identities to the government and become federal agents. However some heroes refuse to bend to the people's will, Captain America chief among them. Now Marvel's champions have divided into two camps: Iron Man's pro-registration team and Cap's anti-registration underground resistance. It's a whole new chapter in the Marvel Universe, and the repercussions will affect its inhabitants for years to come.
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