Thanos is badass guys. I was quickly enamored with Thanos and the world Donny Cates was unveiling in the first issue of the “Thanos Wins” story arc. The simplicity of that title shows how brutal this series is as it reveals who Thanos is at his core and then attempts to break that down. Call today’s issue, part 2 in the arc, the break part.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
This story opened in a badass way that was as metal as you could get. A cosmic Ghost Rider riding a space motorcycle dragging Thanos through the cosmos? Thanos making it rain blood as he crushes heads? What appears to be a future version of Thanos sitting on a throne made from Galactus’ head? Gimme more of that!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Another great opening page for this series.
This issue continues what the first issue did by giving the reader backstory on Thanos to start. We learn what happened the day Thanos was born and his first interaction with his mom. To say she reacted like one might learning their baby was Satan is about how well it goes. We then follow Thanos as he improves himself, takes on heroes, kills Celestials, and eventually rules everything. That’s the first half of the issue and it comes full circle with an extreme close up of Thanos’ eye and in that eye, we see a skull. He’s the bringer of death and these pages will get you hyped and ready for more.
The problem is, Cates has just revealed what old man Thanos has been through and yet he’s not happy. Thanos has always wanted to rule the cosmos and kill all life, but Cates seems to be suggested maybe that wasn’t the best plan.
The rest of the issue involves Thanos fighting Thanos in some epic fisticuffs. Geoff Shaw draws a hell of an issue with well timed close-ups and excellent fight scenes. The detail is quite excellent and the power cosmic equally so. There’s also some great design, like older versions of our heroes in the flashback, awesome looking giant Celestials, and an old Thanos with an equally awesome belly.
That caption in the last panel is brutal.
It can’t be perfect can it?
I’m having a hard time finding faults with this series. Cates continues to draw you in with clever writing and character twists. The story is epic in scale and scope. The only thing that could bother some is how half the book is flashbacks that don’t progress the plot forward, but the backstory is so interesting you won’t care.
Is It Good?
This story only keeps getting better. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw are pushing Thanos to the brink and it’s going to be one hell of a story to see him come back from it. The most important thing though is that it’s clear Thanos is encountering a new battle he’s never seen before and it’s one that he may learn and grow from.
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