Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan send the Runaways back to NYC...and back in time!

Before Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS launches in September, take a look at all of their major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

When series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona announced they planned to leave RUNAWAYS with #24, fans clamored to find out who could possibly replace them. The answer soon came forth, surprising many: Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan.

Readers will remember that BKV and Alphona left the kids in a precarious position as they left, facing off against Iron Man and armored S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the Hostel. As Whedon picked the story up, the kids sat in a fancy New York City restaurant waiting to meet with The Kingpin! 

Runaways (2005) #25

Runaways (2005) #25

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Playing off of Wilson Fisk’s respect for their parents, the kids agreed to do a favor for the Kingpin of Crime in exchange for room and board that would allow them to stay below the radar in a post-Civil War Big Apple.

That favor involved breaking into a secure location to steal a device that Chase’s parents actually built. In the process, they attracted the attention of the Punisher who didn’t take kindly to the Kingpin using children for crime. 

Runaways (2005) #26

Runaways (2005) #26

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Eventually, the kids decided to take the device and run, but Fisk figured on this move and revealed that he’d been hired to make all of this happen by an old woman and her giant, winged assistant Tristan. In making their escape, the Runaways hooked the object to Leapfrog and wound up back in 1907!

While there, they met a number of other young people with powers – dubbed Wonders back then – including a young girl named Klara with power over plants. And that’s not even mentioning the likes of The Sinners, the Mineola, the Merchant’s Trust and the Upward Path all of whom the Runaways get tangled up with in their search for a way home. 

Runaways (2005) #27

Runaways (2005) #27

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None of them actually hold a candle to the nova of surprise that came when Chase and Xavin met Gert’s time-traveling parents, the Yorkes, also working in the same era! 

Runaways (2005) #29

Runaways (2005) #29

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All of these elements bubble to a full-on boil as they explode into a street war. Thanks to some time-travel shenanigans on Chase’s part and Nico getting a power upgrade thanks to her great grandmother, the kids made their way back home with Klara in tow, but not Victor’s new flame Lillie because she had to stick around in order to hire Kingpin to get them to steal the device in the first place! 

Runaways (2005) #30

Runaways (2005) #30

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LOST & FOUND

Before returning to Los Angeles, the kids stuck around New York City to give Klara a chance to say goodbye to her home as seen in SECRET INVASION: RUNAWAYS/YOUNG AVENGERS #1-3. That leads to another meeting between the Runaways and their Young Avengers counterparts as the Skrulls lead into their full-on invasion thanks to both teams playing home to Skrulls in Xavin and Hulkling. That leads to more than one conflict with various green-skinned aliens, but ultimately a win for both squads at the end.

Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos launch a brand new volume of RUNAWAYS next week!

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Ezekiel Stane debuts and Norman Osborn makes trouble for our hero as Dark Reign unfolds!

By Jim Beard

50 Years ago, Tony Stark became Iron Man, a historic milestone in the tapestry of the Marvel Universe.

Flash forward half a century, and the Armored Avenger has become a worldwide sensation. Beyond his prominent role across the Marvel Comics line, Shellhead hit the big screen in 2008 as Robert Downey Jr. brought Tony Stark to life in the first “Iron Man” movie. The character’s popularity grew in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” and 2011’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

On May 3, 2013, Tony Stark returned to theaters everywhere in “Iron Man 3.” In celebration of this momentous occasion and to commemorate Iron Man’s 50th anniversary, each week Marvel.com will be bringing you another chapter in the history of this complex and beloved character. Year by year, get an in-depth rundown of the trials, foes and experiences that have made Iron Man the hero he stands as today.

You can start here.

Also, be sure to visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited to read 50 years’ worth of Iron Man adventures!

Tony Stark met one of his greatest nightmares come to life in the form of Ezekiel Stane, son of his deceased rival Obadiah Stane and a near immeasurable technological genius who turned his gifts to terrorism. In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1, the younger Stane made his presence felt with a serious of hideous attacks on Stark and his company.

The Armored Avenger brought his resources to bear against Stane in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #2, but could not match his new foe. As INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3 unfolded, the unscrupulous upstart revealed an alliance with another next generation Stark hater: Justin Hammer’s granddaughter, Sasha.

After Pepper Potts felt Stane’s wrath in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4, Shellhead once again tackled his opponent head-on, but again proved unequal to the task of putting him down. After Ezekiel introduces an army of allies in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5, Tony had no choice but to resort to desperate measures in order to pull out a tainted by INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6.

Meanwhile, James Rhodes wrapped up his battle in orbit in IRON MAN #35 and flew off to help Russia’s Winter Guard to help kick some Skrull butt on the ground. In SECRET INVASION #8, the heroic Wasp died while Tony Stark stood humiliated after Norman Osborn made the kill-shot that took out the aliens’ queen. When the dust cleared, Stark lost his job as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Osborn dismantled the entire organization.

In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Spider-Man helped Iron Man track down wayward StarkTech in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 while Tony struggled without the extra boost of Extremis. After a very bad exit interview with Osborn in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8, our hero refused his rival access to the Superhuman Registration Act database, a collection of irreplaceable data that resided only in Tony’s brain.

Realizing he’d likely be labeled a fugitive, Stark began a self-mind wipe in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 to block Osborn. He named Pepper Potts the new head of Stark Industries while former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill—an associate of Stark’s—found herself arrested by Osborn’s own H.A.M.M.E.R. Osborn announced that Tony should be brought in for “questioning” in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10 and gave him a deadline to turn himself in. When time ran out, America’s new “Iron Patriot” declared Iron Man a traitor.

Pepper—now with a suit of armor to call her own as Rescue—tried to solicit help from War Machine in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11. Meanwhile, Hill went to destroy FuturePharm on Stark’s orders but instead found the Controller on the premises. H.A.M.M.E.R. nabbed Pepper in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #12 and Tony continued to delete his mind while on the run from Osborn. Angered by Stark’s absconding with the database locked in his brain, the Iron Patriot placed a billion Euro bounty on the hero’s head.

In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #13, Stark’s mind continued to worsen as he deleted more and more of it. Hill escaped from the clutches of the Controller and Pepper managed to talk her way out of Osborn’s grasp. The Iron Patriot sent Tony’s old lover Madame Masque out to find him, knowing her seething thoughts of revenge for Stark. Tony stumbled into Russia, feeble and increasingly brain-dead, in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #14 and borrowed the Crimson Dynamo’s armor. Rescue continued the search for her old boss and friend while Hill sought out the Black Widow to get to Captain America for help.

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Tony attacked Rescue in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #15 but snapped out of his stupor long enough to spirit her away to another of his secret labs. Unfortunately, Masque caught up to them both and tortured Pepper as a way to get back at Stark. Hill found the Widow, but when betrayed to H.A.M.M.E.R. by a contact of Natasha’s in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #16 they faced Osborn’s wrath. Across the globe, Pepper fended off Masque with the Rescue armor and Tony Stark made his way to Afghanistan.

The Iron Patriot ordered the H.A.M.M.E.R. helicarrier to Russia in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #17 and picked up Madame Masque there—seemingly after she just killed Pepper. After being shot down over the desert, Tony abandoned his precious armor and began a long trek on foot. Finally finding the original lab where he and Dr. Yinsen first created the Iron Man suit many years before, Stark deleted the very last bits of the Superhuman Registration Act database from his brain in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #18. Norman Osborn then got a lock on his enemy and flew out to bring him in while Masque revealed herself to be Pepper Potts in disguise.

While a nearly comatose Stark headed off for Dubai in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #19, Pepper, Hill, and the Black Widow faced off against a cadre of H.A.M.M.E.R. troops and Osborn caught up to Tony. Unfortunately for him, his vicious attack on the hero once known as Iron Man caught the eye of the entire world as the Iron Patriot’s own suit broadcast the beating across the planet. With Stark now in a vegetative state and without the database in his head, Osborn ordered him to be terminated, but a H.A.M.M.E.R. doctor warned that the only person who could authorize such a drastic measure stood as Tony’s own personal physician: Doctor Donald Blake.

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The Mandarin launches another plan while the Skrulls unleash a Secret Invasion!

By Jim Beard

50 Years ago, Tony Stark became Iron Man, a historic milestone in the tapestry of the Marvel Universe.

Flash forward half a century, and the Armored Avenger has become a worldwide sensation. Beyond his prominent role across the Marvel Comics line, Shellhead hit the big screen in 2008 as Robert Downey Jr. brought Tony Stark to life in the first “Iron Man” movie. The character’s popularity grew in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” and 2011’s “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

On May 3, 2013, Tony Stark returns to theaters everywhere in “Iron Man 3.” In anticipation of this momentous occasion and to celebrate Iron Man’s 50th anniversary, each week Marvel.com will be bringing you another chapter in the history of this complex and beloved character. Year by year, get an in-depth rundown of the trials, foes and experiences that have made Iron Man the hero he stands as today.

You can start here.

Also, be sure to visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited to read 50 years’ worth of Iron Man adventures!

Tony Stark’s position as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2008 brought him into conflict not only with his old enemy the Mandarin, but also his own government and a Secret Invasion from outer space that threatened the entire planet.

IRON MAN #24 found Stark AWOL and scrambling for his old armor as a way around the power dampeners placed upon him by law enforcement officials. Maya Hansen—thought to be dead—worked alongside the Mandarin on an airborne delivery system for the Extremis program while Captain Ultra and Doc Samson offered their help to Tony to solve the mystery of many missing persons.

Tony learned in IRON MAN #25 his hallucinations of certain dead people stemmed from both his Extremis programming and guilt over their deaths. Making his way to Secretary of Defense Kooning, he informed the man he’d been unknowingly working with the Mandarin who sought to evolve “mankind” using Extremis. Iron Man went head-to-head with his foe in IRON MAN #26 and, after being initially clobbered, ended up getting sucked into a micro black hole. Once they freed him from the small singularity, the U.S. military took our hero away and placed him on trial before a United Nations assembly in IRON MAN #27.

Meanwhile, the Mandarin finally wrested the Extremis airborne delivery codes away from Maya and advanced his timetable.

The big throw down came in IRON MAN #28, as Tony Stark donned his old Silver Centurion armor to save Maya, defeat the Mandarin and push back on his being labeled a terrorist by his own government. Little did he know the worst had yet to arrive.

The Armored Avenger investigated the use of miniature nuclear bombs in the small Eastern European nation of Kirikstan in IRON MAN #29 while a rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Weir stole a weapon called the Overkill Horn. Merging with the Horn, it mutated into the Overkill Mind in IRON MAN #30 and then appeared over Kirikstan to bedevil Tony with even more challenges than the terrorist Rahimov already operating there. In IRON MAN #31, the S.H.I.E.L.D. alpha team faced off against the giant artificial brain while Iron Man fought the mercenary Paladin and Rahimov on the ground.

Stark entered the Overkill Mind in IRON MAN #32 and forced Weir to shut down the weapon from inside. After then ordering S.H.I.E.L.D. to bomb Rahimov’s castle, Iron Man reluctantly left the country with more blood on his hands.

In the aftermath of discovering the depth of a shape-shifting Skrull infiltration in NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #6, Iron Man joined with others of Earth’s heroes to investigate a downed starship in the Savage Land in SECRET INVASION #1. Subsequently, Stark sent his friend Jim Rhodes, War Machine, to a satellite in IRON MAN #33 to prepare the planet’s last line of defense. Rhodes watched as the satellite transformed into a gigantic suit of armor in IRON MAN #34, which he operated himself to fight back the incoming Skrull armada. Unfortunately, War Machine fell in battle while helping Russia’s Winter Guard and became the captive of the Super-Skrulls.

Meanwhile, in SECRET INVASION #2, Iron Man discovered that his armor had been infected by a Skrull computer virus in the Savage Land, and so he went off to try and rebuild it. The Skrulls attacked New York City in force in SECRET INVASION #3, while a sickly Tony attempted to cobble together new armor, but instead fell prey to the Skrull queen posing as Spider-Woman. The wily alien female began to convince our hero of his existence as a Skrull sleeper agent.

The Black Widow rescued Tony from the Skrull queen in SECRET INVASION #5, just in time to solicit Iron Man’s aid in defending the Earth from the invasion back in New York City. An immense battle broke out in SECRET INVASION #6, with the original Avengers reunited and teamed with a small army of super villains against the Skrull’s legions of soldiers.

Finally, when the fight seemed to turn against the aliens, they unleashed their most terrible weapon yet in SECRET INVASION #7. Iron Man watched in horror as his old friend and Avengers teammate the Wasp lit up like a Christmas tree, a living bio-bomb designed to destroy everyone around her.

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