The previous Marvel NOW! teaser, "Rebirth," is, as thought, confirmed to be a new Thanos series.
Thanos Rising comes on the heels of the previously canceled "Thanos: Son of Titan" origin mini from Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson that never came to be.
The new series has been announced by Marvel.com and will begin this April from Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi.
We find out that - of all people - Joe Quesada, not known for his affinity for cosmic comics, concepts and characters, helped recruit Bianchi, along with EIC Axel Alonso, who canceled DnA's heavy science-fiction based Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy books. In addition, DnA were responsible for the hit best-selling The Thanos Imperative which featured the return and subsequent demise of the Mad Titan.
From this we can gather that Disney and Marvel Studios have a large hand in the comics as Thanos was featured in The Avengers movie and will be featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and The Avengers 2.
Let me put it this way: Joe Quesada and Axel Alonso called me at home, 40 minutes one after the other, to talk about my next project. So even before learning the name of it, it was clear to me of how important it would be. Then Axel revealed me it was THANOS RISING and I obviously was even more enthusiastic. But as I said, Axel and Joe’s simultaneous involvement in “recruiting” me gave me the feeling of how important the project was for Marvel and how much they cared of it.
The previously canceled "Thanos: Son of Titan" drew a reaction from Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos, where the noted cosmic writer questioned the book's editor, Stephen Wacker, in what Wacker said didn't make much sense.
Now, the new series writer, Jason Aaron, offers that Starlin's Thanos stories were all spread out over the years and that his story will fill the cracks.
Jim Starlin of course had already laid down a lot of the pieces of Thanos' origin, but they were spread out in several different stories written over the course of several years. THANOS RISING combines all those pieces and also fills in a lot of the cracks. I think it's true to Starlin's original ideas for the character, while also expanding on some aspects of the origin, and playing around a bit with the dark romance part of the character's history.
So what can Thanos fans expect? Aaron offers the following:
The chance to do as dark and creepy a story as I've ever done for Marvel. This is not a super hero story. There are no good guys swooping in to save the day here. This is the origin story of a very bad dude. A cosmic mass murderer.
We'll see Thanos' family, including Mentor, his dad, and Sui-San, his mom, and we'll some new characters that Thanos meets during his formative years. Some good influences. Others not so much.