Thanos Rising #1 Review

Life and Death through the eyes of a child…join in, as we witness the beginning – the coming of age story of one of the most feared villains in the Marvel Universe!

The official description from Marvel:

Thanos rises as the unrivaled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny. Where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from and…more importantly what does he want? The answers come from the incredible creative team of Jason Aaron (Wolverine, X-Men Origins) and Simone Bianchi (Wolverine, Astonishing X-Men) as they take you on journey that will not only change the course of one boy’s life…but will soon change the very nature of the Marvel Universe.

What makes Thanos tick? Was he always a universal threat? What molded him into the nihilistic lover of death we know him to be today?

The answers to these questions begin to unravel, in this, the first of five issues of the Thanos Rising mini-series. And for what it was intended to do, it hits the mark pretty solidly. What is the intention? Well an introduction, possibly a re-introduction of one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe – that is, at least from the end of last year’s Avengers Movie, through the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and on to the Avengers 2 movie in 2015 – Thanos is the current “hot topic” for Marvel, and they are taking advantage of the current “craze”.

Jason Aaron delivers a great start to this mini-series. We witness Thanos’ birth, some normal childhood antics, and some not-so-normal childhood experiences that no one should ever endure. All this, and a valuable life lesson that may just leave you in a state of shock.

Simone Bianchi‘s art has me stumped. Some of the characters are amazingly beautiful, while Thanos seems to be intentionally hideous. I am obviously biased, but I prefer a nice looking Thanos, you know, like we have seen for the upcoming Infinity Event. In any case, the art certainly fits the tone of the book – I will keep my likes/dislikes off the judgment table for now.

As I stated, we have the start of a great story here, but one of my other favorite things about this book are the two main variant covers. I love them both, for different reasons: Skottie Young‘s for its innocence (which nicely fits some of the story) and Marko Djurdjevic‘s for its raw display of power (also fitting).

I would certainly recommend this book. It paves the way towards Infinity and promises to give you a solid understanding of “that guy at the end of the Avengers movie”. Oh, and I will hold my spoilery thoughts on who the girl in this story is – needless to say, she has me intrigued.

What do you think?


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