Reading: Thanos Rising

I really wanted to like this comic.  A story, written by one of my favorite writers, Jason Aaron, about one of the top villains in all of the Marvel universe.  It’s not a bad comic.  It’s well written and expertly drawn.  It’s just a story that probably didn’t need to be told.

Some villains are enriched by their back story.  Harvey Dent comes to mind.  Others work better with a lack of a back story.  The Joker is the main one in this category.

This story provides a back story for Thanos and why death follows him everywhere.  It might be too literal of back story.  It provides an explanation by not really providing one.  I know this is vague, but I don’t believe in spilling the contents of books I review because that would give you no reason to read it for yourself.  It does provide plenty of action, and it, smartly, shows that Thanos is not just a thug but that he also has a brilliant, scientific and strategic mind. But besides that, I didn’t feel that I knew Thanos any better than I did before, which for an origin story, means it didn’t really do its job.

Mr. Aaron does write some great dialog and does create some moments of true horror and suspense.  Simone Bianchi does some great pencil work, especially for full-grown Thanos.  There are a few questionable panels, one in particular in which Thanos’s mother is weirdly underdressed considering her part in the story and what is happening to her at that particular moment. The strongest work of the creative team comes from Simone Peruzzi who’s coloring does an outstanding job in helping catch the mood and the mind of Thanos.

On Goodreads, I gave the book three stars.  It’s not a bad comic at all. After reading it, I feel that maybe Thanos, like the Joker, works better when he is just absolute evil.  He works better when we have no idea why he is doing what he does.

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