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Unlimited Highlights: The Negative Zone

Get lost in the wickedly weird worlds of the Negative Zone this week in Unlimited Highlights!

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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 coincide with FANTASTIC FOUR #578 hitting shelves we're spotlighting all the awesome adventures and exciting escapades that have happened in the bizarre dimension known as the Negative Zone. Watch as Mister Fantastic breaches the barrier into the unknown for the first time and experience all the madness that ensues thereafter. It's a trip you'll never forget.

 

 
FANTASTIC FOUR #51 (1961)
The Thing wanders aimlessly through the rainy streets of New York City. Glum and gloomy, Ben Grimm eventually finds himself in the home of a mysterious stranger willing to listen to his tale of woe. Unfortunately, the man's reason for lending a friendly ear happen to be less than altruistic and he drugs The Thing and takes his body, transforming Ben back into his human form. "The Thing" then infiltrates the FF just as Reed Richards makes ready to take his first leap into the Negative Zone. Will the imposter Thing make sure his initial trip will also his last?


 
FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6
The cosmic energy coursing through The Invisible Girl's veins threatens her life as well as that of her unborn child! Now it's up to Reed, Ben, and Johnny to find a cure for the FF's mighty matriarch and Mister Fantastic knows just where to look: the Negative Zone. The three wayward heroes find a device that may help Susan, but unfortunately it's Annihilus' Cosmic Control Rod! The trio will need to use their combined brains, flames, and brawn if they hope to wrest the life-saving cylinder from the mad tyrant's hands and save the life of the woman they love!


 
FANTASTIC FOUR #251
What starts as a normal day for the Fantastic Four transforms into anything but when they take a trip to the Negative Zone. Before said stellar vacation, Ben helps New York’s finest cure the city’s newest case of traffic congestion while Johnny goes looking for some cute ladies at a local art school. Reed and Sue deal with their new tenants, because having bought the Baxter Building outright, they’ve got a few more mundane, less fantastic, problems to deal with. Everything changes when the awesome imaginauts ship out to the Negative Zone because they just might have left the door open for something to escape!


 
ANNIHILATION: SUPER-SKRULL #3
On the prison planetoid UX-73 in the Negative Zone, the Super-Skrull hopes to find a way to destroy the Annihilation Wave's ultimate weapon, the Harvester of Sorrow. Unfortunately to do that he'll need to free the prisoners, stage a coup, overthrow the guards, and somehow get their chief scientist Hawal to reveal the secrets of the planet-destroying monstrosity. A tall order to be sure, but if Kl'rt fails then Zaragaz'na, his son's home world, will experience the horror of the Harvester and cease to exist. Will the Super-Skrull and his rag tag menagerie of prison escapees find a way to stop the devastating super-weapon before it's too late?

 
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8 (2008)
Peter Quill, leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the hero known as Star-Lord, thought he did the Kree a favor when he told them about their Skrull infiltration problem. Turns out that the Kree discovered the Skrull imposters on their own and even went to so far as to use their dead bodies to power the radically dangerous Babel Spire. Unfortunately for Star-Lord, Ronan the Accuser cares little for his good intentions and banishes him to that romantic honeymoon getaway, the Negative Zone! There he runs into his old friend Blastaar, who intends to make good use of the dimensionally-challenged hero. Will Quill ever make it out of the Zone alive?

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