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Avengers vs. Thanos Paperback – March 5, 2013
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Now they focus on Thanos. This collection is complete in that it includes every Thanos story prior to 1980, but not every story relevant to the saga. In particular, Warlock #9 picks up in the middle of a story (oft-called the Magus Saga) whose first 4 chapters are omitted in this volume. They are omitted because they took out the issues not featuring Thanos, without regard to how essential those were to a coherent narrative.
The Saga which needs collecting, is all of Jim Starlin's cosmic work from the '70s, the saga being the union of his Thanos/Captain Marvel/Warlock stories:
Iron Man #55
Captain Marvel #25-34 (34 is absent from this collection)
Marvel Feature #12
Strange Tales #178-181 (glaringly absent from this collection)
Warlock #9-15 (#12-14 absent from this collection)
Avengers annual 7
Marvel Two-in-One annual 2
Death of Captain Marvel (absent from this collection)
THAT is an entire story, which should fit nicely into a big omnibus or a few smaller softcovers.
Unnecessary to the main saga, but filling in some details, are the following tie-in issues, some of which are collected, at the expense of more important pieces:
Logan's Run #6
Marvel Team-Up #55 (absent from this collection)
The above fits nicely into Marvel's omnibus format, or perhaps a 3 or 4 smaller softcovers, and will be a great read.Read more ›
So who is this Thanos, you might ask?
He is the creation of maestro Jim Starlin in the Bronze Age of American comics (1970s). Thanos' name is derived from `Thanatos', the Greek God of Death. But in the MU, he is the embodiment of the nihilistic Titan who worships Death.
He has appeared in numerous Marvel books and graphic novels spanning almost four decades. His most important role came in 1991 when he wielded the Infinity Gauntlet and killed one-half of all living beings in the universe with but a snap of his finger that led to his waging a cosmic war against the MU's Celestial Forces. After that debacle, his infamy grew into legend. And while precious few writers plainly understood what goes on in this character's mind and made him an intelligent and cunning force to be reckoned with, others portrayed him as a hulking travesty. Alas, as time went by his popularity dimmed and dwindled until Joss Whedon decided to give the devil his due. Thanos's 3 second silver screen cameo debut as an epilogue to the Marvel's The Avengers movie (2012) resurrected fans' interest to this one-of-a-kind villain.
In the hands of Starlin Thanos becomes the Omega to the Marvel Heroes' Alpha.Read more ›
For starters he created 'Thanos' (based on Greek god of Death, Thanatos). Thanos was unusual in that he was in no way motivated by the typical 'bad guy' ethos, or modus operandi (i.e. neither wanting World domination, nor billions & billions in spare change, nor simple revenge) - Thanos had much Loftier goals = (1) Ultimate Peace/Tranquility (unfortunately thru Universal death/oblivion) and (2) Winning the Love and adoration from the ultimate Object of his affection, Lady Death herself (a feminine version of the 'Grim Reaper' - very beautifully drawn by Starlin - when not depicted as a simple lifeless skull)!
This collection has something like 20 comics worth of Top notch content, at nearly 500 pages!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can remember reading many of these comics when they first came out after buying them at my local convenience store with my allowance. Read morePublished 2 days ago by wsk
Great classic stuff from Marvel. Really enjoyed the blast from the past style art and writing. For fans of the cosmic side of Marvel. I loved it.Published 23 days ago by Thomas St. Marie
Good, but his later appearances in Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos Quest are much more in character. Starlin got better and in the 90's the Thanos character exploded.Published 2 months ago by Squall Leonhart
Avengers versus Thanos is a historical collection of all possible encounters between Thanos and Avengers. The stories are from several decades and quality varies a lot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ossiman
An excellent compilation of the villainy of Thanos, including his first appearance, background, and defeat! Jim Starlin's sci-fi opus is mind-blowing! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great collection of stories from a great era in Marvel Comics history. The Adam Warlock stories alone make this worth buying. He was always such a great character. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Chris Taylor
While the dialogue may be a little stilted, the story is exciting and well plotted. Great characters, and I think it's important background for the story arc that's been behind... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Allen Eisenberg