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Preview: Thanos #1 (of 6)

Thanos #1 (of 6)

(W) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

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? Find out in this all new miniseries by Tini Howard (MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH and AGE OF CONAN: BELIT) and Ariel Olivetti (DEATH OF THE INHUMANS)!

Thanos #1

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news for you.

Gizmodo – What Would Really Happen if Thanos Erased Half of All Life on Earth? – Science!

Engadget – DC Universe scales back ‘Swamp Thing’ over ‘creative differences’ – This is the issue, not the platform.

DigitalSpy – Netflix reveals The Umbrella Academy season 1’s massive viewing figures – That’s solid numbers.

CBR – The Gifted Canceled by Fox – Meh.

Reviews

The Beat – Planet of the Nerds #1
Comic Attack –
Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Thanos is Armed For Endgame in New PREVIEWS Exclusive Egg Attack Action Figure

With global box office records consistently smashed by the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), April 2019 will mark the biggest fight yet for the Avengers with the debut of Avengers: Endgame. To coincide with the upcoming release of the newest addition to the MCU, Beast Kingdom presents the ultimate collectible: ThePREVIEWS Exclusive Armed Thanos Egg Attack Action Figure!

Based on the newest design of Thanos, this cute yet domineering figure faithfully recreates the details of his new armor and dreaded Infinity Gauntlet. With high quality textures, metallic paint and sophisticated molding, this version of Thanos features a moveable pair of eyes and more than 27 points of articulation. The Egg Attack Action Figure also comes with various accessories including interchangeable faces, that give collectors ample ways to display the figure, as well as multiple pairs of hands for easy posing. With all this, fans can easily set up a variety of Thanos’ poses from the movie or conjure up new ways for world domination.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Armed Thanos Egg Attack Action Figure (FEB198616, SRP $100.00) is now available to pre-order at comic shops and is expected to arrive August 28, 2019.

Tini Howard is Now Exclusive with Marvel

Announced at the “Women of Marvel” panel at C2E2, Tini Howard has signed an exclusive agreement with Marvel.

Howard is writing the current Age Of Conan: Belit, Queen Of The Black Coast limited series, the Thanos six-issue series beginning in April, and also has a story in June’s Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1. She will also be writing the new Death’s Head series teaming up with artist Kei Zama.

She made her Marvel debut with September’s Captain America Annual #1. You can hear her talk with us on Graphic Policy Radio.

Howard broke in to comics with 2014’s Magdalena: Seventh Sacrament after winning Top Cow’s talent hunt. She also current writes Glow from IDW, The Forgotten Queen for Valiant, and Euthanauts for IDW’s Black Crown imprint.

Sleeping Giant Announces Infinity Editions

Sleeping Giant strides into the collectibles market with a new product line sure to take control of the cosmos like a Titan! Today Sleeping Giant debuts the first offering in the new Infinity Editions line, featuring autographs by acclaimed cosmic creators, as well as innovative, pristine packaging.

The Infinity Edition’s Reality (Red) offering is a copy of Thanos #13 (2017), featuring a lenticular Secret Wars homage variant cover by artist Jacen Burrows, based on the classic original image by acclaimed artist Mike Zeck. The edition is hand-signed by Thanos creator and cosmic legend Jim Starlin, Thanos writer and rising superstar Donny Cates, and original Secret Wars artist Mike Zeck. All signatures were witnessed by a Sleeping Giant representative.

The Infinity Edition  Reality (Red) is strictly limited to 100 copies, so once they’re gone, they’re gone! Housed in a handsome portfolio with a certificate of authenticity and a CGC-sized Vault System case that can be opened and then re-sealed, the Infinity Edition is priced at $149 MSRP.

The Infinity Edition will be offered by Sleeping Giant at a special price of $99.95 at the upcoming New York Comic Con on Oct. 4-7. Sleeping Giant will be located at booth #1804 for NYCC, with a wide array of products and signings by an all-star lineup of creators. The purchase of any Infinity Edition also includes a VIP membership to Sleeping Giant.

The Vault System represents a disruptor in the industry, for the first time enabling collectors to take their freshly-autographed comics, place them in a re-openable hard case with a customized label, and leave the convention that day with their collectibles completely protected. Sleeping Giant’s dedicated staff certifies every signature on the spot before placing each book in the secure, openable case. Fans can select from Sleeping Giant’s expansive line of autographed books, or utilize their own books with our cases and completely customizable certificates. Sleeping Giant is partnered with X-Ray Vision, which utilizes its patent-pending technology to deliver the Vault System, as well as innovative, attractive clear backing boards.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you contemplate that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Above the Law – Comic-Con(undrum): Court Condemns Counsel For ‘Head In The Sand’ Litigation Misconduct – Well worth the read.

Kotaku – Spider-Man’s Take On Police Feels Out Of Touch – We haven’t played yet, but do you agree?

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘My Friend Dahmer’ Producer Picks Up Mind-Bending Graphic Novel ‘Upgrade Soul’ – Anything not picked up yet?

The Comichron – Catwoman leads first October comics reorders; early reorder traffic for Thanos OGN – Again, not too surprising.

 

Reviews

The Beat – Other People

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What are you getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Sequart Organization – Instinct War: Sigmund Freud, Thanos, and the Theory of Drives in Infinity Gauntlet – An interesting read.

The Beat – Con Fail: Epic Icon Comic Con in LA cancelled one week out – Expect more con issues over the year.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Abbott #4

Comic Attack – Death or Glory #1

Newsarama – Justice League of America #29

Two New Exclusive Marvel Select Figures Coming to the Disney Store

As the world celebrates the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, perhaps the most anticipated superhero film of all time, Diamond Select Toys has teamed up with the Disney Store to offer two new Marvel Select action figures! These exclusive figures celebrate characters who starred in the stories that have led to this massive blockbuster, one based on the comics and one based on the movies. Both are fan-demanded figures that are sure to round out any Avengers action figure collection!

The first figure is of a classic comic villain, the mad Titan Thanos, seeker of the Infinity Gems and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet. Inspired by his modern comic book appearance, as seen in 2013’s Infinity limited series, this figure measures approximately 7.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation and includes an interchangeable unhelmeted head.

The second figure comes from the world of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the film that brought the Spider-Man movies fully into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Depicting Peter Parker in his unmasked appearance, this figure features the likeness of actor Tom Holland as well as three additional sets of interchangeable hands. It measures approximately 6.75 inches tall and has 16 points of articulation.

Both figures will be available for purchase on April 27, in-store and online at shopdisney.com and shop.marvel.com Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference.

Infinity Gauntlet & the Comics Behind the Avengers Infinity War Movie. Listen on Demand!

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Hey, we haven’t seen Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War yet either! But Graphic Policy Radio is going on a journey to the center of Infinity to absorb the legendary comics that inspired Marvel movies’ cosmic storylines. Today we focus on the comics of Jim Starlin, the artist and writer who co-created Thanos and who was the source of much of Marvel’s psychedelic 70’s cosmic opera, cooking up characters like Gamora and Drax.

Joining us is James Hancock, the host of Wrong Reel: a Podcast for Hardcore Cinephiles that tackles everything from Jean-Luc Godard to Jean-Luc Picard. James is a serious fan of Jim Starlin’s work and will be catching us all up on all the spaced out glory that sometimes makes it to the screen.

We’ll answer questions like; who the hell is Adam Warlock, what is a Soul Gem and wheather Starlin’s Death is the precursor of jiggle physics. All this and more!

Review: Thanos Annual #1

Before he lights up the silver screen and potentially offs some superheroes in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos gets the Tales from the Crypt treatment in Thanos Annual #1 with the Cosmic Ghost Rider playing the role of Cryptkeeper and telling the story of the Mad Titan’s most demented deeds to a surprise audience. Cosmic Ghost Rider’s pitch black, Southern fried sense of humor keeps the story chugging along through different art styles and an all-star creative team featuring Kieron Gillen‘s return to the Marvel Universe and My Little Pony writer/artist Katie Cook telling a dark of story of fratricide, mass suicide, mass graves, and candy cane impalings.

The current Thanos ongoing series’ creative team of Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, and Antonio Fabela lead off the annual with a short, yet potent story of Thanos’ relationship with his daughter Gamora. Shaw’s art is fluid and shows why Gamora is considered to be the “Deadliest Woman in the Universe” and bursts of green blood from Fabela show that gore, death, and both physical and mental trauma are going to be a recurring motif in this comic book. Their Thanos has a malevolent evil force meets worst stage/bleacher dad ever vibe as Gamora is completely under his control to shape into something that is more of a weapon than a human being. Also, Thanos might be considered a supervillain, and Gamora is a member of the de facto superhero team, the Guardians of the Galaxy, but this story is more science fiction than superhero, especially with its twist ending that was totally once used in an episode of Rick and Morty.

Chris Hastings (Gwenpool), Flaviano (I Am Groot), and Frederico Blee (She-Hulk) go all out cringe comedy in their story which is as painful as slowly removing your fingernails and toenail, one by one. It’s about Thanos visiting a young man every year on his birthday (Except for one because there was a major Marvel Universe crossover.) and making his life utterly miserable depending on his current life situation. Basically, Thanos is evil on both a macro and micro level. He can be annoying like nuclear warfare or annoying like a hangnail. Also, the panel of Thanos texting is up there with the legendary “Thanoscopter”, and honestly, I spent most of the story wondering what evil breakup causing text he concocted. I love how Hastings, Flaviano, and Blee took a pretty standard slice of life setup and turned into torture via sequential art.

Kieron Gillen has a mini reunion with his WicDiv 455 AD collaborators Andre Araujo and Chris O’Halloran in a cosmic take on Say Anything with Thanos playing John Cusack, Lady Death as Ione Skye, and planetary explosions subbing in for a boombox. Because it’s technically about art, Gillen, Araujo, and O’Halloran’s story is metafictional with Thanos commenting that none of these stories really matter in the face of death. In a kind of Lucien’s library of unpublished books in Sandman move, Gillen also creates some of the potentially coolest planets in the Marvel Universe, including a basically Choose Your Own Adventure planet, and then literally blows it up because art can do nothing to stave off mortality. But, hey, O’Halloran colors some pretty explosions, and Araujo continues his knack for architecture in his design for Lady Death’s palace.

The next story in Thanos Annual is both funny and disturbing and sort of in the vein of Happy Tree Friends or I Hate Fairyland. In it, Katie Cook and let’s make this look as much like a cute kid’s cartoon as possible colorist Heather Breckle tell the story of Thanos visiting a planet inhabited by Adorales, who do whatever he wants. Of course, they worship him as a god and then start killing each other in twisted ways after Thanos makes a death threat towards them because they won’t stop bouncing all over him. The adorable style of Cook’s art allows her to get away with a lot more violence than the other more traditionally drawn stories in Thanos Annual and leads to some squicky moments with the Adorales’ lifeless bodies filling up the page. Luckily, Cook fills the story with some great  asides from Thanos, who was not expecting this kind of situation just as much as the readers.

In the next story, Ryan North, Will Robson, and Rachelle Rosenberg rapidly switch gears from fish out of water comedy (Thanos helping to searing existential torture and also make good use of the walking plot device that is the Infinity Gauntlet. With the exception of a colorful intro page where he and Rosenberg throw it back to the actual Infinity Gauntlet story with battles and superheroes, Robson’s art is pretty deadpan, and he nails the hilarious reactions that every day people have to Thanos helping and chatting pleasantly with an old lady. Of course, he has a supremely evil ulterior motive of stifling a brilliant mind from having an epiphany and finding a cure for all diseases and sickness. North gets to write a fantastic monologue at the end about how he doesn’t just love physical death, but the death of hope and potential. Most of us will never experience half the Earth population dying, but many people struggle with not reaching their potential so this story kind of hits hard after its absurdist beginning.

The thought provoking nature of “That Time Thanos Helped An Old Lady Cross the Street” extends to the final, full story in Thanos Annual #1 before it’s wrapped up with an ending tag featuring Cosmic Ghost Rider and a mysterious guest character. Al Ewing is one of Marvel’s most imaginative and intelligent writers, and he uses a science fiction and a gorgeously painted tale from Frazer Irving to ask an age old theological question, “Can people be moral without a higher power to look up to?” Before this question is asked by Thanos, who literally kills a god in an epic Irving splash page, Ewing and Irving create almost the perfect religion that is a hybrid of Golden Rule-driven monotheism with a side of reincarnation. However, Thanos totally upends the scientific mechanisms that kept this faith chugging along and creates one hell of an existential crisis for the Kehlrassians that bleeds into Cosmic Ghost Rider’s narration because he has been to both Heaven and Hell. It reminds readers that Thanos is both a psychological and physical threat, which is something that Ewing explored in the second half of his Ultimates run. (RIP)

Stealthily, Thanos Annual #1 is just a great collection of intelligent and darkly humorous sci-fi shorts that just happen to take place in the Marvel Universe. It features some of its most clever writers and artists that have an eye for both humor and violence on a large and small scale and makes you realize that reading stories about Thanos is like staring into the abyss or being one of those dumbasses that looked at the solar eclipse without those special glasses.

Story: Donny Cates, Chris Hastings, Kieron Gillen, Katie Cook, Ryan North, Al Ewing Art: Geoff Shaw, Flaviano, Andre Araujo, Katie Cook, Will Robson, Frazer Irving Colors: Antonio Fabela, Frederico Blee, Chris O’Halloran, Heather Breckle, Rachelle Rosenberg 
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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