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Written by FRED VAN LENTE Art by RENATO GUEDES Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP Cover C by JUAN DOE Preorder Edition Cover by SCOTT FORBES On sale DECEMBER 4 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+
(W) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal Parental Advisory In Shops: Sep 25, 2019 SRP: $3.99
• The grand finale of this cosmic epic! • Thanos has set into motion the chain of events between him and Gamora that will inspire loyalty, bloodshed and betrayal across the galaxy…but what does the Magus have to do with it? • And more importantly…are you ready to witness the beginning of Thanos’ end?
(W) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal Parental Advisory In Shops: Aug 28, 2019 SRP: $3.99
• Mutiny aboard Zero Sanctuary! • As Butcher Squadron launches a rebellion against the Mad Titan, will Thanos be able to quell their revolt? • Or will he have to turn their space station into a bloodbath in order to hold onto power?
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO, JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, ARIEL OLIVETTI, LARRY STROMAN, RYAN WINN Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE, JORDIE BELLAIRE, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS Cover by TOMÁS GIORELLO with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ $49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 14th | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-322-2
One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” are being murdered by an unseen threat. Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him…before his own name gets crossed off the list… The circle around Valiant’s deadliest superspy closes in the complete deluxe edition hardcover of the series Nerdist calls, “one hell of a ride”! Collecting NINJA-K #1–14, “Prelude to Ninja-K” from NINJAK #0, and more than 20+ pages of rarely seen process art, designs and extras!
(W) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal Parental Advisory In Shops: Jul 31, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Gamora is coming into her own, but as the bond between her and Thanos continues to grow, so does the unrest among the proto-Black Order… Now, with the threat of mutiny brewing underfoot, Thanos will do anything to keep his power – no matter the cost.
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
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