Eternals: Thanos Rises #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Dustin Weaver Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 15, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 44
8.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

• Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children.
•  It's simply not what Eternals do.  
•  Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best.
•  They were terribly, terribly wrong.

Rated T+

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Sep 15, 2021

    Eternals: Thanos Rising #1 is an excellent comic. Gillen works his magic, proving why he is perfect for Eternals comics. Weavers art takes all of the brilliance of Gillens script and brings it to life. There are not enough good things that can be said about this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 15, 2021

    Weaver does brilliant work with the art in the issue. The style is perfect and harkens back to Kirby and the early Eternals stories. There is a timeless element to the visuals that seamlessly weave together the past and the present. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Sep 15, 2021

    What's unique about this issue is that it presents the origin of Thanos while barely showing Thanos. It's an artistic achievement and a beginning filled with promise for the battle to come. Thanos is presented as a monstrous force of hate out to destroy any he should love. It's a great take on a villain we love and it will be interesting seeing him face off against his forebears. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Sep 15, 2021

    Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 is a celebration. This comic lovingly pays tribute to the brilliance of creators such as Jim Starlin and Jack Kirby with the modern mastery of Gillen and Weaver. It has painstaking details in its text and its art, using history to tell a new story. Its sad and even brutal, but that is inevitable considering what is created. It is also nice to get more of Gillens Eternals, and this hopefully will not be the last. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 13, 2021

    This book takes a bit of patience to allow it to flow over you, but once you're thoroughly engrossed it's hard not to marvel at the smartness of the story. Like Gillen said in AIPT's interview back in August, this is an excellent berserker sci-fi mythological comic. Eternals: Thanos Rising feels otherworldly as if plucked from another dimension, offering secrets and enjoyment we dare not touch, but must. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Sep 15, 2021

    Keiron Gillen continues to weave the tapestry of the Eternals, and explores their past, and the event that caused them their greatest misstep of all: the birth of Thanos. Eternals werent born to breed life of their own, and Mentors hubris comes back to bite him, and the entire universe, in the behind. Gillen continues to excel at the development of this quite alien world, and Dustin Weavers rendition is an exquisite addition to their mythology. Unfortunately the pace proves to be a detriment to the overall issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Sep 15, 2021

    With all that taken into consideration, this issue is still a necessity in the grand scheme of things, because it shows just how dangerous of a villain Thanos is. Not only that, Gillen and collaborators flesh out this corner of the Marvel universe tenfold, and as a result, have created a must-read issue for those keeping pace with the primary story. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Sep 15, 2021

    While it may not be new-reader friendly, those already following the story in progress will likely enjoy the elaboration of Thanoss origins even if Thanos himself does not appear much at all throughout it. Artist Dustin Weaver also does a good job of approximating what Esad Ribi has established on the main title without it coming across as derivative or an exact copy; it feels epic but still kinetic in a way that Ribis art arguably isnt. With an origins issue that pulls from largely established material, the biggest plus I could give Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 is that it doesnt seem frivolous. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Sep 15, 2021

    Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 focuses less on Thanos and more on the history and ramifications of his birth. It's disappointing but manages to tell a tragic tale of his father A'Lars, aka Mentor, and his mother Sui-San and the impact he has on them. The artistic depiction of the Eternals is great thanks to the art team of Dustin Weaver and Matthew Wilson. However, the Eternals' civilization feels like something ripped from the Man of Steel film's portrayal of Kryptonian society. By the end, you'll likely walk away feeling incredibly sorry for Mentor more than ever before and disliking the Eternals. Read Full Review

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