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Thanos Rising #1

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Who was Thanos before he became the terror of the universe? This book sheds a lot of light on the character.

The Good

There's always been something about Thanos that has fascinated me. I've never been able to quite put my finger on it. Thanos is simply a villain bent on destroying everything in order to impress Death.

We've seen glimpses of Thanos' past before. We know the story of his birth and could imagine what it must have been like growing up on Titan with his appearance. We also get a look at Thanos that we haven't seen before. Jason Aaron takes a big risk in his portrayal. It may not be what everyone wants to see but there is something to seeing this part of his life.

This may change how some look at Thanos. That could be good or bad. What is important is seeing the character fleshed out. As I mentioned, I'm not quite sure why exactly I like Thanos so much. I realized I now have five Thanos action figures. He just always seemed like a badass dude that had the Infinity Gauntlet. Now we're seeing why he became the way he is.

Of course it needs to be said that Simone Bianchi's art is amazing. He always manages to capture a wide range of emotions in a single image. Throughout the book we see moments of ominous evil as well as ones of pure innocence. Believe me when I tell you, you've never seen Thanos drawn this way.

The Bad

Thanos as a kid. It's weird. It's hard at times to decide if seeing Thanos like this is truly something we needed to see. Seeing the journey does help define the character but it also takes away some of the mysticism. There is a necessity in seeing Thanos in this way but right now it just feels a bit strange. You can almost see where the story is going. It's sure to pick up next issue especially when we see more of the repercussions from what happens here. It's clear that there is more going on than Thanos realizes.

The Verdict

Who is Thanos? Why is he one of the greatest and most evil villains in the Marvel Universe? That's what Jason Aaron is setting out to show us. It's hard to fully take in what we're seeing. We know that Thanos had to be young at some point. It's interesting to see but almost sheds new light on Thanos in a bad way. A big part of me didn't want to see Thanos as a kid. But I do trust in the vision Jason Aaron must have for this series. I'm more looking forward to what's in the next issue. We can't forget Simone Bianchi's amazing art here either. It might be a rocky start but you can't help but be excited to see what Aaron and Bianchi have coming up.