Monday, January 21, 2013

I'm a little dismayed how long this one took me:

Although I had been reading the series in 2010, I missed The Thanos Imperative #4. I had just been grabbing the series of the rack instead of preordering it, and that issue sold out when I wasn't looking. About a year and a half later, I found a copy of #4 on a markdown display at a Hastings. Great. Then it took me another six months or so to find the other five issues. And a couple of days to take the time to read the whole series...
While the "big guns" of Beta Ray Bill, the Silver Surfer, Ronan the Accuser, Gladiator, Nova, and Quasar tear up the invaders from the Cancerverse; things are still looking dire. In said Cancerverse, Drax the Destroyer lost it and murdered Thanos, who may have been their one chance to stop the invasion.

As usual, Death doesn't take for Thanos: recreated in an invulnerable, unkillable form, Thanos returns and he isn't thrilled about it. Realizing he may now never die, and his "love" Death betrayed him, Thanos goes more berserk than normal. Unstable from the lifeforce of the Cancerverse, Drax tries to kill Thanos again, and is blown apart. Star-Lord and the remaining Guardians of the Galaxy are trapped between the Cancerverse's Revengers and Thanos...

From The Thanos Imperative #4, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Miguel Sepulveda. I've been wondering if Marvel didn't shaft Abnett and Lanning a bit: they work on the Marvel space books for years, then as soon as a Guardians of the Galaxy movie is announced, Brian Bendis gets it? I could be wrong and maybe D&A were done with their Marvel work, but I wonder...

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Yeah, same here; DnA go to all the trouble of reviving the cosmic part of the MU, a thankless job for sure, and now golden boy Bendis gets to swoop in an play with the newly cleaned and painted toys. It's messed up, but that's how it goes in the comic business. I'll have to maybe go get this trade which I think is still available @ the bookstore on the mall.