Jim Starlin will team with art partner Ron Lim of Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War & Infinity Crusade for the final OGN in his trilogy from Marvel. More details at Marvel.com
THANOS ANNUAL #1
JIM STARLIN • RON LIM (A)
Cover by DALE KEOWN
Variant cover by Ron Lim
Variant cover by Jim Starlin
• Jim Starlin returns to Thanos, and he’s brought INFINITY GAUNTLET artist Ron Lim with him!
• Thanos must face Mephisto, his future self, the Avengers and more!
• Learn how a devastating defeat in Thanos’ past set events into motion that will redefine the Marvel Universe in the near future!
• A prequel to the upcoming THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99
Thanos Annual #1 by Jim Starlin & Ron Lim
First of all, it is good to have Jim Starlin writing Thanos once again. Starlin last scripted The Mad Titian about a decade ago, before leaving Marvel for a series of projects at DC. What I read of his work at DC during this period (Death of the New Gods, Stormwatch) failed to impress me. However, the recent announcement that he was returning to Marvel gave me reason to be optimistic. Not only would Starlin be revisiting Marvel’s cosmic realm, but he would be focusing on his signature creation: Thanos.
What Starlin does so well with Thanos is balance the madness with the rational. Thanos is more than a brute psychotically killing for pleasure, a Joker writ on a truly grand scale. No, Thanos is a schemer, often several steps ahead of anyone else. In addition, he has the ability to probe into the circumstances of existence, questioning how the universe itself functions. He is even able at times to see the faults within himself. The fact that this resourceful mind is easily tripped up by rampaging ego and self-delusions has saved the universe more than once. It is also what makes Thanos as untrustworthy of an ally as he is an unpredictable foe. One of the notable aspects of Starlin’s use of Thanos after Infinity Gauntlet was never quite knowing which side of a conflict The Mad Titan was truly on.
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