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.
As "Iron Man Month" winds down here at Marvel.com, Digital Highlights focuses on some of our staff's favorite stories from Shellhead's digital vault! From the Armored Avenger's first encounter with the dread Ultimo to Heroes Reborn, these gems always put a smile on our face!
Check out these great little ditties and more, all available now on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited
"You know the only thing that could possibly make an Iron Man story even better? Giant robots. Or, more specifically, Iron Man fighting giant robots. Which is exactly what you get in the first appearance of Ultimo, and the resulting battle is one for the record books, True Believer! Summoned from the pits of a fiery volcano by Shellhead's archnemesis the Mandarin, Ultimo pushes our hero to the limits in this classic Stan Lee and Gene Colan-penned adventure!" — Marvel.com Director of Content John Cerilli
"Before Civil War there was Armor Wars, and before Tony Stark and Steve Rogers battled over registration, they tangled over another instance of government intrusion. Except back then, Iron Man was the one going renegade trying to get back stolen armor designs that had been co-opted by numerous outside vendors, including Capitol Hill, while Rogers, then known as the Captain, stood up for Uncle Sam. The classic IM team of David Michelinie and Bob Layton along with artist Mark Bright craft a classic story of action, ideals and friends coming to fisticuffs!" — Marvel.com Assistant Editor Ben Morse
"Heroes Reborn shook up some of Marvel's greatest series in the mid-'90s, bringing top-name talent like Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio to helm Shellhead's mighty ship. And the first thing they did? Pit Iron Man against a very angry Hulk in one of the most awesome brawls in the Golden Avenger's history! Essentially an issue-long slugfest with the distinct stylings of Portacio's art and the snappy patter of Scott Lobdell's script, this is one action-packed funfest that thankfully holds up even after all these years!" — Marvel.com Editorial Intern Marc Strom
"While Iron Man has always been about high-tech armor, advanced weapons and cool gadgetry, never before had the future-tech angle been pushed than in Warren Ellis and Adi Granov's run on the most recent volume. Thrusting the Armored Avenger into the 21st Century, this relaunch retells Iron Man's origin—re-thinking it for a new era, sheds light on Tony Stark's younger years and firmly establishes Stark at the forefront of Marvel's technological and intellectual hierarchy. On top of that, the refreshing visions of both Iron Man and Tony Stark have been the building blocks for their characterizations in current comic continuity and in the big screen adaptation. Oh yeah, and there's some really gruesome, mysterious stuff that further changes the status quo in the following issues. Killer stuff." — Marvel.com Editor Ryan Penagos
"As 'The Initiative' kicks into full gear, the newly commissioned Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark, begins assembling a dream team roster of heroes to fill the ranks of America's premier superhero team: the Mighty Avengers. As the story weaves between a midtown Manhattan throw-down with the Mole Man's hordes of creepy under-dwellers and the process of recruiting the new team, Iron Man's genius, leadership skills, and battlefield awesomeness all take a turn in the spotlight. Not to mention, the smooth, elegant pencils by fan-favorite artist Frank Cho make the stellar story awfully pretty." — Marvel.com Editorial Intern Frank DeAngelo
Need to catch up on your Iron Man reading? Looking for the perfect stories starring Ol' Shellhead? Check out our list of the 10 Collections marked as required reading by any Iron Man fan!
See "Iron Man" now at a theater near you! Visit the official "Iron Man" movie site! Also, get INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 at comic retailers everywhere, Wed., May 7!