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Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus Hardcover – July 15, 2014
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But what led to such a decision? Ever since the 2012 Avengers film where the very last scene audiences got to see was Thanos evil grin at the viewers, everyone and their mother too have been wanting to know more about the mad titan and probably his greatest story contribution to Marvel comics. With Guardians of the Galaxy opening up to movie theaters next month in August, Marvel has been pumping out numerous cosmic stories for readers to get excited for, especially since many people feel Thanos might have an important presence in the film (it being a space/cosmic film and all that). And thank the heavens, because this is not only a great story, but a great omnibus.
THE INFINITY GAUNTLET OMNIBUS collects the following issues in order:
Silver Surfer #34-#38, #40
Thanos Quest #1 and #2
Silver Surfer #44-#50
Infinity Gauntlet #1-#6
Cloak and Dagger #18
Incredible Hulk #383
Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #31
Silver Surfer #51
Quasar #26 and #27
Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #32
Silver Surfer #52-#54
Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #33
Silver Surfer #55-#58
Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #34
Incredible Hulk #384
Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #35
Silver Surfer #59
Incredible Hulk #385
Silver Surfer #60
Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #36
[If you want a more in-depth review of the Infinity Gauntlet event specifically, please read Infinity Gauntlet and Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos.]
Thanos, the mad titan is dead. He was a being who threatened to destroy the entire universe for his love, Death, but failed in the past. It appears Death needs Thanos once again, as Thanos is resurrected and needs to extinguish half the living beings in the universe as life is over populating and needs dwindled down for life to continue. Thanos see's this as ample opportunity to serve his love well, but he has an agenda to do so and do so in such a way that has never been done before: he plans on collecting the six soul/infinity gems. Each gem grants its bearer with complete mastery over one aspect of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. With all gems together, he has the Infinity Gauntlet, which makes him the most omnipotent being in existence. Who will stand up to the might of Thanos? Is there even a chance to win? It will take every being in existence to fight the god of all creation.
Jim Starlin's story is the epitome of epic, in terms of scope, threat level, and pure destruction. This is thanks to conveying the very threat of a villain and situation itself. Thanos demonstrates genocide-level violence, world-shattering disasters by cutting away to numerous characters across the Marvel universe, and upping the scope of the participants by eliminating numerous superheroes in a blink like the Fantastic Four, New Warriors, and various Avengers. And this all happens with Thanos simple snapping his fingers together.
That alone sends shivers up the reader's spine that this is the real deal. And when all remaining beings in the universe come together to fight Thanos, it feels big. The battles between Thanos and the remaining forces are great not only for the scale, but the amount of how much Starlin keeps to their characters thanks in part by the pencils of George Perez and Ron Lim. Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Hulk retain their characters to the bitter end, especially Captain America going up to Thanos and saying one of the best lines from his mouth I've ever heard. And when celestial beings show up and fight Thanos throwing planets at him (yes, planets!), you know you have something big. It's a hell of en event that even 23 years later holds up just fine.
Now everything I've mentioned in the plot summary is part of the lead up and main event itself, which readers can pick up right on in trade form with Infinity Gauntlet and the prelude Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos. It's the prime aspect of in terms of story of Thanos and the infinity gauntlet, which if that's what you want only, go for it. You really do not need the various tie-in issues to enjoy the IG story.
Now for this omnibus edition, it really is aimed for completionist, collectors, omnib-fans, and just hardcore lovers of the IG story. The addition of the many tie-ins and aftermath issues are big deals because A) Many have never been collected in trade paperback before, B) it gives readers the grand feel of the event, and C) it's the Infinity Gauntlet in omnibus form. This omnibus is for the hardcore fans who want all the story and not just the prelude/main event you can buy separately and cheaper. I could go in much further depth regarding these stories, but again, they are primarily as tie-ins so there isn't too much to explain.
Most of the tie-ins take place during the IG event are borderline supplemental and not entirely needed for the main story, but are still good ranging from the writings of a young Ron Marz, Terry Kavanagh, Peter David, Ann Nocenti, Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Mark Gruenwald, and Bob Budiansky. With a host of artist including David Ross, Rick Leonardi, Dale Keown, Tony Dezuniga, Dave Hoover, Greg Capullo (yes, the same artist on Scott Snyder's Batman!), Chris Marrinan, Gavin Curtis, James Brock, Todd Smith, Dan Lawlis, Tom Raney, and Bret Blevins.
As for the Omnibus itself, it's lovely. The dust jacket is the typical infinity gauntlet cover seen on the trade paperback, the spine the IG logo with all 6 gems and Thanos at the bottom, and the back has every cover listed. Under the dust jacket, the exact front cover except the font and logos are gone with just the picture. And the back of the hardboard is a incredible head-shot of Thanos and his infinity gauntlet drawn by George Perez. The book itself is oversized like most Marvel omnibi, with the paper being high-grade stock with little reflection. The book is sewn binding with no gutter loss and lays flat with no problems (again, Marvel omnibi collections do it right). The book comes with a complete table of contents with writer/artist and page numbers to find them.
As for extras in the back, there are 26-pages worth if I am counting right. The extras include a 2-page Year in Review parody article, Silver Surfer 1st print paperback cover, Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback covers 1st and 2nd printings, Thanos Quest 2nd cover, the Marvel Age magazine including cover, 2 page discussion/interview about the upcoming IG event, Fred Hembeck's 4-page comic strip making fun of Thanos, 2 more pages advertising the IG, early cover shots of IG #2 and #3, the Marvel universe trading cards series II and II, 2010 Avengers & Infinity Gauntlet miniseries for younger readers, and some art pages from the numerous artist. So there is quite a bit in terms of extras.
Since this is a classic of Marvel events, I really did not have any faults in this omnibus. Sure some people might complain about very select issues that are not included like Quasar #24, Sleepwalker #6, and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1. But I think what is collected here is fine. And I will say this, if you are strapped for cash and only want the main event, just pick up the soft cover edition and the prelude story into it, Silver Surfer: Thanos Reborn. This omnibus just collects the numerous tie-ins and aftermath issues that are not necessary unless you're a hardcore fan.
So finally, THE INFINITY GAUNTLET OMNIBUS is, for the most part, everything I think a fan wants from one of the best Marvel events ever produced. If you want just the main story, save your money and go for the softcover. But if you want most of the complete experience like never before, buy this omnibus right now.
This collection is a "must have" for any fan of Marvel Cosmic stories & also the MCU'S films. All of Marvel's films are headed towards Starlins INFINITY GAUNTLET event which they have dubbed, "AVENGERS:INFINITY WAR part 1 & 2". My only issue with this omnibus is the chronological order. It's a bit off & requires the reader to re-arrange the titles with book marks if one desires to read it in perfect sequence. Overall the book is 5 stars. Love Ron Lim's art & Starlins overall vision is @ the pinnacle of the medium in this collection.