Super villain. Titan gone mad. The destroyer. Fascinated with death. Thanos Rising, a Marvel NOW! title, is a mini-series about the origin of Thanos.
Written by Jason Aaron, the debut issue chronicles the life of Thanos from childbirth to school-age. Thanos’ mother, the beautiful Sui-San, sensed danger as soon as she saw his eyes. The story goes on to show a young Thanos being taunted at school. But he always maintained a positive attitude, explaining his genetic mutation. Thanos was very smart and friendly. A group of kids even befriended him. But things begin to change for the worse by the end of the story.
I am liking the story so far. I just wish the “good Thanos” would have lasted at least until the next issue. Let his anger and frustration build a little more. But I won’t complain too much, because until now, I had no idea how Thanos became a villain. I didn’t know if he was born evil, or if a life changing event caused him to turn bad. I began to feel sorry for Thanos after reading this story. An academically gifted child with a positive attitude, who didn’t let his mutation bring him down.
The artwork is great. I have no complaints in that area. Simone Bianchi, artist. Simone Peruzzi, colorist.
Thanos Rising is a 5 issue mini-series. By the end of the series, I want to know if Thanos was actually destined for evil. I want to know if his mother was right.
I definitely plan to read the entire mini-series.
VERDICT (drum roll please)
I recommend this Marvel NOW! title Especially to readers who is familiar with Thanos and/or love super villains.