Thanos Annual #1 Review

Thanos, through damnation and redemption comes infinite revelation!

The official description from Marvel:

Jim Starlin returns to Thanos, and he’s brought INFINITY GAUNTLET artist Ron Lim with him!

• Thanos must face Mephisto, his future self, the Avengers and more!

• Learn how a devastating defeat in Thanos’ past set events into motion that will redefine the Marvel Universe in the near future!

• A prequel to the upcoming THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel!

Thanos Annual CoverThere have been many Thanos stories over the recent decades. Some hinge together better than others. Some, like his latest reincarnation to the Marvel Universe (previously seen disappear with Starlord and Nova at the end of Thanos Imperative) come without an explanation.

Jim Starlin makes his Thanos comeback with an attempt to stitch these varied stories together. He does this while providing a Dickens type look back on Thanos’ history – all narrated by an unexpected avatar.

Ron Lim makes his Thanos comeback as well, and I for one, couldn’t be happier. Lim’s art will always be how I view Thanos (and Silver Surfer for that matter). It was fantastic to see his art on every page of this Annual sized issue. And it wasn’t just Thanos that we see Lim get out on the page, nearly every Thanos influenced character makes their appearance, some we haven’t seen for some time.

As you likely have noticed, I decided to choose the Ron Lim cover as the “featured image” for this review. It is all due to my strong bias (as you can clearly see above) towards Lim’s work. But truth be known, this issue has three different covers. Ron’s variant (top). The standard cover, by Dale Keown (seen at the right, slightly above). And finally, Jim Starlin’s variant (below).

Thanos Annual Starlin Variant

So, what do I really think?

Any character with such a long and varied history is going to have some fans, some fanatics, and yes, even some haters. Hell, the fanatics will become haters, if any portion of the story doesn’t “feel right”. And for those people, I feel sorry.

Now, I can safely categorize myself as a fan…Oh, alright, who am I kidding – Anyone who actually knows me, knows that I am a bit of a fanatic. But one thing I am not, is a hater. In fact, I think this story accomplished what it was set out to do: 1) Reintroduce Thanos; 2) reinforce/stitch some of his scattered history together; and 3) get people excited about the upcoming (August 2014) THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel.

Am I excited?

Thanos Yes

Thanos Rules!

  • + Starlin makes a great comeback with a fun throwback issue!
  • + Ron Lim! Ron Lim drawing Thanos! AWESOME!
  • + Find out what Thanos does in his "free time"...
  • - I am not sure Thanos would use the term "Achilles' heel"

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