Week Opinions: Thanos #1
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
With the MCU bringing cosmic characters to a much larger audience, and 2018's Infinity War rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time for Marvel to capitalize on one of their most loved and feared villains. The Mad Titan returns with his own book under the Marvel Now! Relaunch. Thanos returns home to the Black Quadrant to take back the reigns of the Black Order from his former subordinate Corvus Glaive. Meanwhile, his son, Thane, has plans of his own. Calling on the help of Tryco Slatterus, the Champion of the Universe, and Eros, a titan himself, Thane and an unlikely ally have a surprise for his father.
After spinning a creative and compelling tale with Darth Vader, Lemire has shown his skill at writing an iconic villains. This issue doesn't spend too much time on it's namesake. The stage and supporting cast are the focal point of this one. The reader is immediately thrown into a massive world, but Lemire does a fantastic job of giving the reading just enough information to feel comfortable while piquing their curiosity to want to further explore this world. A surprise ending is the cherry on top of this issue that sets the stage for one very interesting arc.
If you're remotely interested in the cosmic side of Marvel or just want to take advantage of all the new series starting up with Marvel Now!, Thanos #1 is worth a look.