Monday, January 10, 2011

The Thanos Imperative: Devastation #1 (One-Shot)

I've been missing out on the "Cosmic Corner" of Marvel's Universe, so I didn't read about the Annihilation Wave or the other mini-series that were related to the Guardians of the Galaxy series (which is apparently my loss, considering what rave reviews those series received).

I did pick up the just-wrapped mini-series about The Thanos Imperative, and enjoyed it a lot (it narrowly missed making my top 10 list for 2010).

In the wake of that series we have this one-shot, Devastation, which bridges between the previous adventure and the one coming up next.

This issue is one of those "assembling the team" events, as we see how the scattered members of the next cosmic team are brought together.

It's a fun issue as written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. It offers a nice balance between action, humor and character interplay. The personalities involved here are interesting and a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it all goes from here.

Like the recent Avengers books, what we see here is a gathering of heavy hitters - sort of a Cosmic Avengers (though they don't go by that name).

The art is my Miguel Sepulveda, with colors by Rain Beredo, and it's very good. They take us to a number of different settings, with some striking vistas and strong action sequences.

You definitely get the sense that the creative team is "turning up the volume" on the cosmic corner, and judging by the surprise appearance on that final double-page spread (which got a hoot out of me), the fun is just beginning.

Grade: A-


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