Released: January 9th 2018
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Thanos 7-12
I read Thanos Vol. 2 as single issues through Marvel Unlimited.
So originally I wasn’t certain about the idea of Thanos getting his own series. Giving a villain his own series can really go one of two ways; either it’s interesting and amazing, or it’s absolutely horrendous and ruins the popularity of that character.
I’ve got to say that this Thanos series fits firmly in the former category. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I have, but I’m hooked. I actually bought the third volume, instead of waiting for it all to come out on Marvel Unlimited…though admittedly I partially did that to support the authors involved in it, because they’re amazing.
I will say that if you’re planning on reading the Infinity Wars plot then this might be a good read for you. I’ve been reading those issues as they come out, and I have to say I couldn’t be happier that I read this volume when I did. It informed me of a relevant piece of information at exactly the perfect time. So keep that in mind.
In this volume we get to see Thanos in a way we’ve never seen him before…powerless. It’s an interesting way to build his plot, though it isn’t unheard of. Basically they’re tearing him down to presumably build him back up again. Still, it’s been a pretty interesting read.
His son (yes you read that right) removed all his powers in the last volume. I honestly never thought I’d see the day where Thanos looked so broken. I’ll confess that I didn’t feel much pity for him, and worse than actually made me feel bad.
But Thanos being Thanos…he doesn’t exactly stay down for long, does he? I’ll admit that I was surprised that the cancer that had been killing him didn’t seem to go faster after the removal of his power. I guess I just assumed that the power was doing everything it could to keep it at bay (an assumption I probably got from Deadpool, so thanks for that). Apparently that isn’t the case, as he walks around for what I think it at least a few weeks like this. It isn’t a happy life that he’s living though, so if you’ve ever wanted to see Thanos suffer, now would be a good time.
There are a lot of interesting points in this series, such as the God Quarry itself. I won’t ruin the surprise of that one (other than to say that it comes up in Infinity Wars) but it had me fascinated. I actually almost wish that we could have seen more of it…though I suppose there’s still a chance that it could happen.
Likewise there’s a surprising amount of humorous points in this volume. Admittedly most of them revolve around other characters, like Nebula, but they still do a great job of releasing some of the tension that’s been building. Actually, now that I think of it – they did a great job of humanizing Nebula without even trying. I love that!
There’s at least one more volume to the Thanos plot, and I suspect that there will probably be another Thanos reboot at some point in time as well. I do think the whole point of this was probably to build to the Infinity Wars plot, but without reading the last volume I can’t quite be certain. Still, I’m looking forward to Thanos Wins and whatever implications that could have.