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Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos (Silver Surfer (Paperback)) Paperback – July 4, 2012
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The first half of the book follows Silver Surfer as he encounters Thanos for the first time, and the Surfer's mission to stop Thanos' own quest of wiping out half the universe's population (Yep - it's actually less stupid than it sounds though). It's not terrible, but it's nothing amazing either. It feels very cheesy at times. It's a three star story.
The second half of the book, Thanos Quest, is the reason to buy the book. Thanos goes across the universe, acquiring the 6 infinity gems. This was a very fun read, and although I knew nothing about Thanos prior to reading this book, this book has caused him to become my 2nd favorite Marvel Villain. He is very devious in how he deals with each of the 6 characters who possess the infinity gems, and is a lot like Lucifer from the Sandman universe, if you've ever read that series. A five star story.
OK Silver Surfer story, combined with the excellent Thanos Quest story, averages to 4 stars.
I can't say enough about Starlin nailing the writing on this one, or Lim's iconic Silver Surfer and Thanos pencils, but the color palettes are also fantastic. I believe it Was Tom Vincent who was the colorist (don't have my copy at hand) and he did an amazing job on this. I read these comics when they originally came out and reacquired them by way of this TPB and am very happy with the reproduction in this printing.
Physically, the collection is well bound, print quality was good, the paper quality was fine and the colors amazing!
Jump ahead a few years and Jim Starlin is penning the adventures of the Silver Surfer. He decides to bring back one of his greatest creations - Thanos! (Wise decision). This trade paperback features the complete story of the "Rebirth of Thanos", from Silver Surfer #34-38 and the excellent two-issue miniseries "Thanos Quest". As an added bonus it also includes a rare Thanos short story from the comic "Logan's Run #6" (huh???).
Anyway, this is an excellent book with stellar writing by Starlin and crisp, dynamic art from Ron Lim. The gist of the story is that Death returns Thanos to the land of the living so that he can balance the scales of life and death by killing half the the sentient beings (people, animals, etc.) in the universe. The Silver Surfer learns of Thanos' plot and tries to stop him. The two battle and Thanos tricks the Surfer into thinking that he's killed him. This buys Thanos the time he needs to collect the Infinity Gems (formerly called the Soul Gems). Once he has all of the Infinity Gems in his possession, Thanos gains the unlimited power of a God. This is all a prelude to the massive Marvel crossover, "The Infinity Gauntlet". (Also collected in trade paperback). But that's a review for another day.
To sum up, if you like awesomeness, you'll like this. It's a great story with great art from the days when Marvel comics weren't so concerned with the "real" world, and were still fun to read.
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This is a must have Read on Thanos collection.