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Digital Comics Highlights: Imperius Rex!

Five classic tales of Marvel's favorite Atlantean prince

By Marc Strom 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. Just in time for the September 4 debut of Namor's all-new limited series, SUB-MARINER: THE DEPTHS, we here at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited bring you five classic tales of Marvel's most famous Atlantean! From the Golden Age to the present, enjoy these five digital gems on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.


ALL-WINNERS COMICS #1 In the days of World War II, Marvel's original super heroes did their part by kicking Nazi tuchas galore-and now you can check out a smattering of oldies-but-goodies in the first issue of this classic anthology series! In Namor's own tale, written and illustrated by his creator Bill Everett, the Atlantean wonder must use all his power to stymie a ship full of Nazis on the high seas while still finding time to rescue the token American-damsel-in-distress! Four other heroes take the spotlight in this anthology of Golden Age greatness, featuring Captain America and Bucky going toe-to-cadaverous-toe with a horde of zombies, the Human Torch and the menace of the Carnival of Fiends, the Black Marvel taking down a mysterious cult and the original Angel taking his war on crime to sunny Mexico!

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FANTASTIC FOUR v1 #4 Shortly after the debut of Marvel's First Family, creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby re-introduced the original Sub-Mariner to a whole new generation of eager Marvelites. When the Human Torch discovers the down-and-out ruler of Atlantis in a homeless shelter, he quickly sets out to get to the bottom of the mystery and cure Namor's bout of amnesia. Unfortunately for the denizens of Manhattan, the Atlantean prince comes to his senses only to remember how much he hates the human race...and he marks New York as the first target in his revitalized war against the surface world!

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SUB-MARINER (1968) #1 Namor once again swims into his own title after sharing the marquee with the Incredible Hulk over in the pages of TALES TO ASTONISH. The debut issue from rascally Roy Thomas and jazzy John Buscema recounts Namor's origin while the villainous Destiny, believing the sealord dead, gloats over his perceived victory. How did Namor's Atlantean mother meet his human father? Where does our hero's anger towards all us land-lubbers come from? And while we're at it, just what does "Imperius Rex" mean, anyway? All these questions-or two out of three, at least-are answered here!


EXILES #15 In a parallel universe, the Exiles must help Dr. Doom defend Latveria from becoming Atlantis' first land colony! Alone in Doom's castle, Mimic sets out to destroy the machines which are making the very air unbreathable to human beings-and runs into the king himself! In the no-holds-barred battle of the super powers which follows, will Mimic be able to convince Namor to end his assault on the human world-or will more drastic measures be called for?

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NAMOR (2007) #1 Atlantis lies in ruins. Its former inhabitants have begun unleashing terrorist strikes upon the surface world, and Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., wants some answers from Namor. Surprised by Stark's information, the prince sets out to track down those responsible for the bombings, but he unfortunately finds that his subjects don't share his desire to see the perpetrators brought to justice. As tensions rise, Namor faces a battle on multiple fronts, but when it's all said and done, will he choose to defend the humans...or stand with his own people?

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