It's hard to believe we have a new Thanos comic by Jim Starlin and Ron Lim. These are the two that define the galactic corner of the Marvel Universe for me. This comic was like a blast from the past. Not only did they give us THE INFINITY GAUNTLET, WAR, and CRUSADE but also stellar stories in SILVER SURFER and more.
The big question is, how could there be a Thanos story considering what happened to him during INFINITY? That is explained clearly on the very first page. Starlin does a great job returning to the character and showing us who is is--or who he was. For newer readers, this is a spectacular refresher and gives a nice recap of Thanos' shenanigans throughout the Marvel Universe. It's always been a fear of mine that, as time goes by, some events are forgotten or overlooked. Seeing mention of these stories I loved so much was a joy.
The approach and angle for the story is pretty brilliant. I love how we can have some flashback moments but still be relevant to what's going on now and teases what's to come. Yes, I've become even more excited about the upcoming THANOS INFINITY REVELATION OGN.
I can't get enough of Ron Lim's art. I felt like I was reading one of the classic Marvel cosmic stories. Hopefully this leads to more Lim art in our future.
What it comes down to is, this story serves more as a refresher for those that might not have read Thanos' past exploits. How much does it add to his current status? That may remain to be seen. This does offer a set up for the OGN. That makes it feel a little like it was just released to get people interested and informed about the OGN. That's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since this is still an interesting read with great art.
What's going on with Thanos these days? Despite currently being in a sticky situation, we get to visit Thanos' past and get a glimpse at his future, courtesy of Jim Starlin and Ron Lim. These two have delivered so many great cosmic Marvel stories. Having them back here is such a treat. Some of the annual does feel as if it's mainly setting up the upcoming Thanos OGN. That's not necessarily a bad thing since Starlin and Lim do a great job digging into who Thanos is and was (and will be). If you dig Thanos, Starlin, or Lim, there is no question whether or not you should pick this up.