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The Thanos Imperative Hardcover – March 16, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Thanos
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785151834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785151838
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan Abnett is a novelsit and award-winnig comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

Customer Reviews

Writing is great, the art is great, and the story is great.
Spartan
From Annihilation wars (DNA'S newest version of the same title, Starlins is still classic) to Thanos Imperative it was a all engaging and great escapism.
Spaceghost777
This book ties up the guardians of the galaxy and rocks it!
Wesley Austen

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Harrington on March 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Realm of Kings went by and the threat of the Cancerverse coming into the main Marvel U wasn't completely taken care of. So now we get an all-out cosmic war to try and take on this threat. Both the Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy series were stopped to make way for this event. One would think that having Nova, the Guardians, Thanos, the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, the Ihhumans, the Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, and every cosmic entity under the sun would be way to much to pack into what comes to 7 issues. DnA do a great job balancing all of the characters and moments to make everything flow and not seem like the story is just bouncing from big battle moment to big battle moment.

I'm not very familiar with Miguel Sepulveda's art but I think he really knocks it out of the park in this mini. There are great scenes on the frontline of forces battling at The Fault where all the big cosmic guys like Galactus and the Celestials are battling. There's another great spread of the Cancerverse unleashing the Galactus Engine on our heroes.

I don't like giving much away, so I haven't said much about the story. But it's the Marvel U vs the Cancerverse with the Guardians, Nova and Thanos going into the Cancerverse to battle the Revengers (Cancerverse Avengers) and other forces in a univrse that has destroyed death. they literally cannot die. So they have to find a way to kill these people or somehow close The Fault and save the universe. There are great space battles, great ground battle, and awesome chracters moments. Not everything goes how you think it might and there is plenty of death to go around. I won't reveal who, but some big people do die.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Conner VINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Even when I don't love the story that Abnett and Lanning are telling, I love reading cosmic stories by Abnett and Lanning. This duo is responsible for the renewal of Marvel's cosmic side in recent years, with Annihilation Book 1 (Bk. 1), Annihilation: Conquest Book 1 (Bk. 1), War of Kings, and Realm of Kings. The Thanos Imperative serves as a nice stopping point, wrapping up threads from Realm of Kings in an emotionally satisfying way and earning the characters a little space to breathe.

The basic story is that the climactic explosion in War of Kings opened up an area called The Fault, where the boundary is thin between our universe and one in which death has been defeated (the Cancerverse), and while Realm of Kings explored that world a bit, this volume tells of all-out war between our world and theirs, with the raisin-faced avatar of Death being the only hope of victory. Although many of the battle scenes were more emotionally distant than I've come to expect from Abnett and Lanning, there are some chilling ideas here, like the state of the Cancerverse's Galactus, and the inevitable heroic sacrifices at the end are both consistent with the story's internal logic and emotionally merited - Abnett and Lanning aren't just killing characters to get a body count (Jeph Loeb, I'm looking at you -
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rayz the Roof on January 11, 2014
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I have no idea why, but for a story that centers around the Guardians, Groot and several other members are just not in a single issue. I think Groot makes an appearance in a panel or two early on, but says and does nothing. Also, sometimes the art just looks rushed or just plain bad. There are many examples where Rocket Raccoon looks exactly like a bear. No idea why.

But the story is interesting and Thanos gets pretty intriguing later on in the story. Plus, it has a lot of emotion and solid jokes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are looking to buy this to see some Thanos action, look elsewhere. There are zero segments of action with him other than maybe 2 panels in one issue of this collection. I was honestly disappointed how most of the story barely even used Thanos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john morgan on March 29, 2014
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The great space storylines that Marvel puts out are still the best . Epic Battles with other worlds and starships on scales u could only dream of, but still small enough to have great plot twists and back stabbing. I really enjoyed this book , the heroes the villains ,the small details amongst the rich backdrop of space. The fate of the universe rides in the hands of one who worships Death.
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By Kyle Gray on June 4, 2014
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Thanos can be a spectacular villain when pushed, but he is distracted by the loss of his love to be truly nasty in this tale.
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By D-Electronica on March 29, 2014
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No one writes Thanos like Jim Starlin. Everyone else can't quite get him right. I hope that the MCU consults Starlin when they make Avengers 3.
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By Jon Albert on March 8, 2014
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The amount of backstory for this finale is staggering. I do not have all the background materials but I followed the story well enough and found an intense and nourishing story. Comics are often looked down on, but the story of Thanks and his counterparts is legendary. Maybe a bit pompous at times, but that's the style of the story.
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