Author Jason Aaron, Illustrations Simone Bianchi, Simone Peruzzi, Clayton Cowles, and Ive Svorcina
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I would wager that most people only know Thanos through the movies Infinity War and Endgame. Those movies tweak Thanos’ motivations a bit and make his acts way more PG13 than his history in the comic books.
If you’ve followed Thanos in the comics you know that he has a long standing one sided love with Lady Death and his motivations for killing rest far more with trying to impress her than with some noble conservationist plan.
Thanos Rising gives us the least sympathetic profile I’ve yet seen of the great Titan. It starts all the way back at his birth and follows his development into a monster. If you’re saying “Thanos was right” after this one you’re a psychopath.
There is nothing redeemable about Thanos in Thanos Rising. He’s truly despicable and does unforgivable things. It actually gets pretty dark for the average Marvel comic. But really that’s what makes him such an interesting character that I keep coming back to. He’s not a typical Marvel villain, he’s almost too human in his motivations, it’s scary and familiar.
In addition to being a good story the art is wonderful. It’s nice to see the different jewel toned pallet that comes with celestial comics. So many great and unusual landscapes and scenery deep into space.
I think this is my favorite Thanos run that I’ve read so far. It adds a new depth to the character and takes away any doubt that he could ever be a hero. He’s not a hero, he’s always going to be on the wrong side and doing things the wrong way.
If you are a fan of Thanos comics this one is a must read. If you watched the movies and are curious to see more this one can be read as a standalone. You won’t have to worry about not having read any of his previous runs in order to follow the story. An absolute rariety in comics!
I would like to see more complex dives into Marvel villains. Ones with depth, not some of the totally phoned in ones I’ve seen for a few others. Villains are fascinating characters and there’s a whole universe of them to explore. Give them all their due! Let’s see who the heroes are really up against!
I strongly recommend this run and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I look forward to reading even more Thanos in the future as well.
4/5 faces of death 💀💀💀💀
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