Review: Thanos #1

Thanos #1

Thanos is Dead! Executed by the deadliest assassin in the galaxy…his daughter, Gamora. But before their relationship came to a bloody end, how did it begin?

We’ve gotten hints at how the relationship between Gamora and Thanos began but Thanos #1 explores that filling in the gaps and giving us a more definitive answer.

Written by Tini Howard, the issue is told as a tale by Gamora to unknown parties. It begins before her encounter and abduction by Thanos following the Mad Titan’s erratic quest. The history shown is one for Marvel die-hards and in some ways retcons who was around at the time (I think) but everything works well in the narrative that really emphasizes Thanos and Gamora’s story as one over decades.

There’s an emphasis on Thanos’ crew and his behavior and slipping into obsession with Death. There’s familiar characters who have become modern fan favorites (the retcon) and this series seems to explain their evolution along Thanos’ side. The issue is a build up to the meeting with Gamora and has an intriguing twist as to why this young girl was spared.

The art by Ariel Olivetti with color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Joe Caramagna is good. There’s something that’s a bit throwback to it all feeling a bit more like the older classic Starlin cosmic tales. It definitely doesn’t feel like Olivetti’s work, which isn’t a bad thing, and the retro look adds to the charm of it all.

The comic is a solid one for those interested in these characters or invested in the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. It brings in some classic elements and shows us something new in the history of Thanos and Gamora. While it might not be a must get, it’s absolutely worth checking out for those invested in the history of the Marvel universe or the decades of cosmic tales weaved together in an epic tale of tragedy.

Story: Tini Howard Art: Ariel Olivetti
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review