Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation

   I've written before about how much I enjoyed writer / artist Jim Starlin's original Warlock stories.

   Add to that how much I liked his Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) work, Dreadstar, Thanos and just about everything else he's done, and it's no surprise that I was anxious to read his original graphic novel about Thanos.

   A few other writers have tackled the Mad Titan before, but he never seems quite "right" in any other hands.

   Since his appearance at the end of the Avengers movie (and his larger role in the Guardians of the Galaxy film), Thanos has been a hot property.

   In the years since the Infinity Gauntlet mini-series, Thanos has become somewhat less menacing, somewhat watered down (though that's been redeemed - somewhat - with the Infinity series and his recent appearances in the Avengers and New Avengers).

   The Infinity Revelation feels like Starlin's earlier work, with cosmic forces threatening a galactic upheaval - and somehow Thanos is at the heart of it (though for once not the cause of it).

   His investigations into a cosmic mystery lead to some unexpected places, a mysterious ally and some surprising twists.

   It's the kind of book you have to read more than once - there's a lot going on here, and quite a bit of subtext and (possible) double-meaning to be explored.

   While this isn't at the level of the original Warlock (though the art is excellent), it's a book longtime fans will enjoy - and it will no doubt have an effect on future tales involving Thanos - which hopefully will be written by Starlin.

Grade: A-




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