I know this book came out in April, but I’ve been meaning to get a review of it up, as I think it’s really interesting considering the future of the Marvel movie universe.
Thanos Rising is basically the origin of Thanos, and the first issue goes all the way back to the moment of his birth. Thanos’ mother knew something was wrong from the moment he arrived, and her thwarted attempt to kill her own child is an ominous beginning for the being who would come to be known as the mad titan, The book flashes forward to Thanos’ adolescence, and an event that would have a major effect on who Thanos grows up to be.
The biggest success of this first issue is that writer Jason Aaron not only makes young Thanos a sympathetic character, but even a likeable one. The fact that we know how it all ends adds a layer of sadness to watching how events conspire to turn Thanos from a being who values life to one that wants to extinguish all of it. Artist Simone Bianchi and colorist Simone Peruzzi are great in this issue, and there work is in perfect sync with the tone Aaron is setting.
As Thanos gets ready to once again take center stage in the Marvel universe, Thanos Rising is providing a good foundation to build on.
4 out of 5 Villains in the Making