He wore a mask of dark, cold iron - that a nation might not face the fiery crucible of civil war! Three decades earlier, the young swordsman d'Artagnan and the swashbuckling Three Musketeers were the most celebrated heroes in 17th-century France. But they have long since pursued their separate destinies - and are suddenly astonished to find themselves on opposing sides in a titanic struggle for the throne of a burgeoning empire. And the pawn in this battle royal is none other than the identical twin brother of King Louis XIV - the tormented soul doomed to become forever "the man in the iron mask." Adapted from Alexandre Dumas' thrilling classic by award-winning writer Roy Thomas and the fabulous artistic team of Hugo Petrus and Tom Palmer.