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Review: The Thanos Imperative #1



Writers:  Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning

Artist:  Miguel Sepulveda

Colorist:  Jay David Ramos


Warning:  Contains Spoilers


Everything you’ve heard on the net about this comic is true.  It’s a cosmic epic that is already giving the benchmark for comparison, Annihilation, a run for its money.

There are so many special moments in this non-stop thrill ride that it’s hard to know where to start in heaping praise upon writers Abnett and Lanning.  My favorites include Rocket facing down Thanos, Drax donning his old costume, Starlord’s fateful decision to pit Thanos against the Cancerverse, and Nova rushing in to rescue his Corpsmen – even though he is powerless to prevent Nita’s abduction by the Cancerverse Avengers – or as they are dubbed, appropriately enough, “The Revengers.”

Abnett and Lanning have pulled out all the stops for this – their masterpiece tale of the cosmic universe they’ve created over the past three years.  As each chapter unfolds – it becomes evident how current Thanos Imperative events are connected to events springing from Annihilation, Conquest, War of Kings, and Realm of Kings epics; and the Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series.  Continuity sticklers have struck the mother load.

The only thing that prevents this comic from attaining a 5-Star rating is the art and coloring.  I found the art to stack up poorly against the art seen in the Ignition prologue.  Sepulveda just doesn’t seem to have the same artistic grasp of the cosmic characters that many of his predecessors on the Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy ongoing series have demonstrated.  To be fair, he has a lot of cosmic characters to draw and he’s not been one of the regular cosmic artists.  Hopefully, over the course of this mini-series he’ll improve as he gets a feel for the characters. Likewise, I found the coloring to be a bit dull – and that also detracted a bit from the exciting events of this book. 

Slight imperfections in art and coloring aside, if issue #1 is any indication, Thanos Imperative is well on its way to becoming a cosmic event that will be discussed and referred back to for many years to come along side such classic cosmic events as The Kree-Skrull War, The Infinity Gauntlet, and Annihilation.  Don’t miss this event.  Add it to your pull list today! 

Article by:  Bill Meneese