Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Select HC Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Select HC - Written by Jim Starlin. Art by George Perez & Ron Lim. Cover by George Perez.

For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail - the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else.

With it came omnipotence: absolute control of all aspects of time, space, power, reality, the mind and the soul. But his gaining of supreme might meant the beginning of a dark nightmare for the entire universe.

Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth's super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god's insane plunge into galactic self-destruction.

Should the heroes fail, the astral gods of the universe wait to step into the fray. But in such an awesome cosmic conflict, will anyone survive?

It's one of the greatest blockbusters of all, from cosmic maestro Jim Starlin, the legendary George Perez and fan-favorite Ron Lim!

COLLECTING: INFINITY GAUNTLET (1991) 1-6

Rated T - 256 pgs./$29.99 - On Sale July 1st


What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 TPB What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 TPB - Written by John Byrne, Bill Mantlo, Tom DeFalco, Alan Weiss, David Anthony Kraft, David Michelinie, Rich Margopoulos, Alan Kupperberg, Alan Zelenetz, Peter B. Gillis & Mark Gruenwald. Art by John Byrne, Mike Vosburg, Arvell Jones, Alan Weiss, Paty Cockrum, Dan Reed, Alan Kupperberg, Ron Wilson, Butch Guice, Marc Silvestri, Ron Frenz, Bob Hall, Mark Gruenwald, Sal Buscema & Kelley Jones. Cover by Michael Golden.

More alternate-reality questions are answered!

Imagine a world where the Fantastic Four never gained their powers - or one where Stephen Strange never became Master of the Mystic Arts!

Consider the fates of the Thing and the Beast if they continued to mutate - or Spider-Man if Uncle Ben had lived!

Picture Conan the Barbarian meeting Thor - or finding himself stranded in the 20th century for good!

The Hulk goes berserk, Susan Richards dies in childbirth, Nova makes a life-changing decision and Galactus turns the Silver Surfer back into Norrin Radd!

But what if Loki had found Mjolnir before his brother - and what if the Marvel Universe ceased to exist?!

Plus: Thought-provoking tales featuring Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers and more!

Collecting WHAT IF? (1977) #36-47.

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Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Guardians of the Galaxy #4 - Written by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal. Cover by Ivan Shavrin. Marvel Zombies Variant Cover by Mico Suayan.

The true Guardians have formed at long last - and their first mission is to defend a vital energy pipeline from a gang of unscrupulous ecoterrorists...

...including a rogue Nova, Moondragon's otherdimensional doppelganger, and a raccoon in a suit. And if you think you know where that's going... remember one thing.

This is the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It can always get worse.

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The Thanos Imperative #4
Cover Date: November 2010
Release Date: September 8, 2010
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Miguel Sepulveda
Colorist: Jay David Ramos &
Wil Quintana
Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna
Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

On the starship Sanctuary, Lord Mar-Vell has a conversation with the temporal anomalies who are being held prisoner. He believes one of them is the universe's avatar of death and must be studied. Mar-Vell approaches the anomaly that he senses contains the highest level of energy - Namorita.

Before he can begin interrogating her, Dark Quasar informs his master that six powerful beings are approaching them. Suddenly, a stargate opens to reveal Nova, Quasar, Ronan, Silver Surfer, Gladiator and Beta Ray Bill!

The cosmic heroes burst through Sanctuary's hull and immediately begin attacking the creatures from the Cancerverse. With a burst of strength, Ronan destroys the floor beneath him as he discovers the location of the prisoners. The Kree warrior finds himself facing the Cancerverse version of Venom. The monster is quickly destroyed by Ronan.

Elsewhere in the ship, Gladiator and Beta Ray Bill continue eliminating their foes. The leader of the Imperial Guard informs Nova that the engineering decks will be cleared in three minutes. As his ally communicates with Richard Rider, Bill uses his powers to destroy the hideous versions of Wolverine and Colossus.

Meanwhile, Nova, Quasar and Surfer blast their way through the Revengers and into the prisoners' detention area. As the evil Giant-Man begins to squeeze Namorita, Quasar uses his quantum energy to form a slingshot. Wendell hits his giant enemy with an energy rock in the head. Rich instructs his friend to grab the falling Namorita while he tackles Lord Mar-Vell. Despite the WorldMind's warnings, Nova begins to battle the more powerful opponent!

The human rocket tackles Mar-Vell into the wall only to receive a powerful energy blast in return! The Silver Surfer picks up Lord Mar-Vell and flies him into the air. However, the silver-skinned hero also gets blasted to the ground by his adversary.

Nova rejoins the battle and unleashes a barrage of energy blasts at the invasion's leader. The attack has no effect as Mar-Vell begins probing Rich's mind despite the psi-shields activated by the WorldMind. As they exchange punches, Mar-Vell reveals that he knows Namorita is Nova's top priority at that moment. As Richard Rider is stunned by a powerful punch to the jaw, the super-villain from another dimension says he is going to give Nova eternal pain. Rich screams out as the energy blast hits him!

In the Cancerverse, on the moon of Titan, Drax and Star-Lord confront each other over Drax's murder of Thanos. Drax tries to explain that he was genetically coded to destroy the mad Titan. Peter Quill argues that Thanos was their best option to stopping the Cancerverse invasion. Their teammate, Mantis, points out that their arrival in a universe governed by life made Drax's compulsion even worse as he is an avatar of life.

Their argument is suddenly interrupted as Thanos's atomized form begins to reform! The process is extremely painful for the Titan but he survives. Thanos explains to the Guardians of the Galaxy that he was rejected by Death and sent back to life to complete the mission. Drax suddenly breaks free and races forward to confront his foe. However, this time Thanos is prepared and obliterates Drax with an energy blast!

Back on Sanctuary, Lord Mar-Vell senses the death of Drax who was an avatar of life. He realizes the avatar of death he has been looking for is in his universe and immediately orders the Revengers to return with him. After they depart, the heroes regroup and check in with the other groups. Gladiator informs Nova that the engineering levels are secure and Ronan has freed the prisoners.

As they fly through the ship, Rich and his team suddenly find themselves facing a large energy symbol left by Mar-Vell. The symbol suddenly explodes and Sanctuary is destroyed in a blast of light!

Back in the Cancerverse, the Vision explains that the planet Titan is no longer safe due to the death of a life avatar. Their location has been revealed as a result. Suddenly, alarms begin sending alerts to warn the freedom fighters that the planetary shields have been penetrated. The Guardians turn to face a group of Revengers who have just arrived!


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