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Infinity Gauntlet Paperback – September 28, 2011
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The story is basically this. A villian by the name of Thanos has aquired the Infinity Gauntlet which is powered by the Infinity Gems giving ultimate power essentially making him God. He is in love with the female personification of Death and as his gift to her he kills half of the sentient life in the universe with the snap of his fingers. On Earth, heros unite with cosmic gaurdians in a last futile stand against a mad god at the end of the Universe. This story has everyone. Adam Warlock, Thanos, Silver Sufer, Galactus, The Watcher, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Avengers, the X-Men, Dr. Strange, Quasar, Dr. Doom, Mephisto, and many more.
Pretty much anyone who was anyone back in 1991 is in this. The art is absolutely gorgeous and the story is beyond epic. Space, time, and reality are bent, broken, and destroyed in a cosmic struggle to stop Thanos. I can't recommend this enough. Sequels to this story include Infinity War (Marvel Comics),Infinity Crusade - Volume 1 (v. 1), and Infinity Crusade - Volume 2 (v. 2). All of which I've read and recommend.
Jim Starlin proved himself to be one of the most innovative and complex comic book writers ever. The depth of his characters in Marvel's 1991 comic book:The Infinity Gauntlet is daunting to imagine. Starlin balances dozens of Marvel's greatest heroes beautifully. Each character is given something interesting to do and they all play their part.The narrative is so very intricate as Starlin combines the thrill of these heroes gathering while simultaneously exploring what it means to be a hero.
The Infinity Gauntlet is lauded as one of the greatest and most important comic books ever written. As someone who just read if for the first time, I wholeheartedly agree.
Adam Warlock is essentially the central character who joins forces with all of Earth's mightiest superheroes to defeat the mad titan Thanos. I will not spoil any of the story, but merely state that I was stunned by the complexity of the storytelling techniques Starlin used to write this book. He constantly switches narrators and perspectives to give the reader every side of the story. It's all so effortless.
The artwork is likewise magnificent as George Pérez illustrates all these wonderful depictions of the heroes, worlds, and powers. The colors are so vivid and everything just pops. It's easy to see how audiences everywhere fell in love with this book. Massive in scope, yet the story and characters are so empathetic, The Infinity Gauntlet may very well be the best comic book Marvel ever released.
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My only regret is that I did not start with the Thanos Quest backstory, which shows how Thanos obtains the Infinity Gems in the first place, and I think really needs to be read first. This collection starts abruptly without it. The ideal thing would be to buy the massive, hardcover Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus, but if you're not made of money, start with the Rebirth of Thanos collected edition.
The Aftermath and sequels Infinity War and Infinity Crusade are diminishing returns after this, and can safely be skipped.
When I started reading it I came to realise it starts off with Thanos already having the Infinity Gauntlet and the stones. It is not about how he acquires them. I think that needs to be said when buying it. I'm completely new to comic books so maybe it was my mistake for assuming.
So according to the front book the way to read this series is:
Avengers vs Thanos -> The silver surfer: rebirth of Thanos -> Infinity Gauntlet -> The silver surfer: The infinity gauntlet -> The infinity gauntlet aftermath -> The infinity war -> The infinity war aftermath -> the infinity crusade vol 1 -> the infinity crusade vol 2.
Hopefully that will help people who want to start at the beginning of the saga and not in the middle :)
But the quality of the pages is good, great colours and the cover is really nice. The box was a bit battered (book was not damaged thankfully) when it arrived but I did have it shipped to Korea - not amazon's fault.
*It's a shame that nowadays, when the words 'infinity gauntlet' are mentioned, people will automatically think about those terrible, messy and mass-market-friendly and PC 'Marvel Cinematic' movies. Those films weren't made for fans - they are simply cash grabs using the true Marvel Comics legacy which itself has, sadly, taken a nose dive.
This story will live on for generations to come and is a must read for everyone remotely interested in marvel comics.
Note : The Avengers movie, though based on the original Comics has a different storyline
Great conflict, fantastic characterisation, interesting ideas, and a truly vast threat which requires these heroes to join together
to confront it as one.
The colors are bright, the dialogue is appropriately bombastic, and the plot itself is as epic and overblown as any grand
space opera of page or screen.
The Infinity Gauntlet is a very well-written graphic novel and is possibly the darkest graphic novel from Marvel.