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Thanos #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 46
8.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Thanos, possibly the most evil individual in the Marvel Universe, is back...and he's out for vengeance on all who would oppose him. Unfortunately for the Mad Titan, he's also heading for an unexpected reckoning...with his family. Take an ongoing walk on the dark side of the galaxy, following the deadly trail of destruction left in the wake of...THANOS!
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  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Carlos Melendez May 10, 2017

    Honestly this issue is looking to be the start of something great as Lemire has the entirety of the Marvel Cosmic section to play with and at his disposal. It's pleasing to see this villain handled with such care and passion and see him return to his own playing field once more. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 16, 2016

    This issue is rounded off wonderfully with the shocking revelation that Thanos himself is dying. Will he be weak and vulnerable enough for Tryco to kill him? Will he even last that long? What is it that's killing him since he's practically a God? These are pressing questions that we'll see get the answers for as the series go on, and we're excited. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Aaron Reese Nov 16, 2016

    Thanos is frequently the epicenter of major cosmic events. He’s a crazy god who likes to kill things, so conflict obviously trails him. This first issue has a different approach than the usual Thanos story. The stakes are as high as they usually are, but we don’t see the “boots on the ground” opposition. There’s no Drax or Adam Strange to stand in his way. We’ll surely see him go up against powerful opponents soon, but this will be fun while it lasts. So far, Thanos is a tornado tearing through trailer parks...and it’s awesome. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Nov 18, 2016

    Artist Mike Deodato has been in a very dark place these past few years as he was the artist on Marvels Darth Vader. Can you imagine a book darker than a monthly starring Darth freakin Vader? Well, Thanos #1 is exactly that as the direst of Marvels pantheon of evil takes center stage in a cosmic fantasy that will appeal to new fans, and fans who fell in love with the darker realms of the Marvel cosmos years ago. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Nov 16, 2016

    Thanos #1 is a strong start for what is already shaping up to be another in Marvel’s burgeoning line of successful villain-led ongoing series'. Jeff Lemire wisely steers away from giving us much insight into Thanos’ single-minded motivation, instead focusing on the tidal wave of destruction that comes in his wake. It’s a great opportunity to cast the spotlight on some of the lesser used members of the Marvel Cosmic, executed with confidence and style by Jeff Lemire. Mike Deodato Jr. holds up his end of the bargain too, combining the bombast of Marvel space opera with the twisted black metal landscapes of a more nihilistic brand of sci-fi to illuminate this new darker side of Marvel’s vast universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Nov 17, 2016

    A very good start, with great writing, pacing, and artwork. Thanos is back, and hes a force to be reckoned with once again. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 16, 2016

    Thanos is a force of nature who can tear through his opponents with ease and we see here his leadership in quite a few ways as he reasserts his dominance. It's a solid debut and I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 26, 2016

    Thanos #1 is a strong reintroduction to the character. The first issue also sets up the plan to stop whatever the Mad Titan has planned in a subplot involving the rather obscure Champion of the Universe recruiting a reluctant Starfox to find out just what exactly Thanos is after. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 18, 2016

    Lemire has a great handle on these characters and has put together a nice setup for the next chapter in Marvel's cosmic saga. It all builds up to a shocking final page that I won't spoil, but I'll be back for next issue to see where this is going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley Nov 16, 2016

    In the end, I thought I was done with Thanos. I, like allot of the comic community, have been having some serious hangups with some of the story choices Marvel has made over the past year and was looking forward to some self correction in 2017. Yet, after reading this comic, I think I have it in me for one more story about the Mad Titan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 16, 2016

    We see so many comic series telling the stories of superheroes and teams fighting the forces of evil. Thanos sets out to give us something different. The Mad Titan has almost become a one-dimensional villain over the years, but Jeff Lemire is cooking up something new for him. With Mike Deodato's art and Frank Martin's colors, we get a gorgeous story with plenty of intrigue, violence, and suspense. This isn't quite the book I was expecting"it's better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 28, 2016

    I really like this issue a lot Jeff Lemire did a great job as always. The pace of the story was on point and it's off to a great start. If you never read anything about Thanos before like me, it doesn't really matter Lemire does a great job here of not making readers that aren't too familiar with Thanos feel alienated. Deodato's art is really sharp too I have never looked at too much of his art but this series make me want to check out more of his work. Lemire really left me wanting more and I can't wait till next month's issue comes out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Arron Ferguson Nov 17, 2016

    Where Lemire may have faced trouble is in taking something that feels so cosmic and grandiose and giving it a sense of intimacy. But personal pain is Lemire's stock-in-trade and, whilst it takes him a whole issue to do it, he gets there. The problem with Thanos is how to humanize him. Lemire gives us a final page twist that gives The Mad Titan a more personal problem, immediately making him more relatable moving forward. It's a clich twist. We've seen it before. But Lemire is a writer you can trust to do bigger, bolder things with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Robert Reed Nov 16, 2016

    Solid scripting by Jeff Lemire along with gorgeous artwork by Mike Deodato and Frank Martin makeThanos#1 fantastic to read. The stylized narration helps to keep readers in the world and establishes the stakes for the reader. It will be interesting to see if this distance will continue to keep readers engaged as this cosmic conflict escalates. While it suffers some of the same flaws as most introductory issues,Thanos#1 is a stellar debut worth a look from anyone with even a slight interest in the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Nov 17, 2016

    Marvel has done more than its fair share of filling the comic book racks with a wide array of titles, all competing for meager comic book purchasing budgets. When it comes to villain-centric comics, I tend to give those a hard pass, but the talent involve on Thanos #1 had me intrigued. With low expectations, I decided to give this a go, more for review purposes than anything else, but it surpassed anything and everything I expected. For fans of the Mad Titan, this is sure to be a joy. Lemire, Deodato, Martin, and Cowles are deliberate in their choices here, and that's plenty for me to come back for another issue. Or three. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 16, 2016

    Thanos #1 isn't an immediate home run, but it does start the new series off on solid footing. The book boasts both strong characterization and a morally ambiguous set of protagonists, both of which help offset the sometimes heavyhanded narration. And while Mike Deodato's art style has its share of problems, the cosmic setting is a much better showcase for his storytelling strengths than other recent assignments. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Nov 18, 2016

    Lemire gets all the fundamentals right in Now Thanos #1. He also succeeds in creating novelty and nuance, but only to the extent that he sets it up. There's not much else to give Thanos or his supporting cast any depth to his story. Thanos is still a long, long way from being on the same level as Victor Von Doom, Lex Luthor, or even Walter White in terms of character development. At the very least, this is a good first step and even for a mad titan, that's the most important step he can take. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 19, 2016

    The kick-off of this new Thanos series could be pretty fun for Thanos fans, but I wasn't personally too impressed. The main character is all thuggish destruction, with random supporting characters carrying the plot instead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Lukas Schmitt Nov 19, 2016

    Thanos, the Mad Titan, is a storied villain with large scale plans and passions. It's a blast to follow such a larger than life character as he attempts to get back whatever normal life looks like for an immortal god like being. It's a power fantasy to end power fantasies. It should be interesting to see where Lemire takes Thanos and to what depths his foes, who are gathering in the shadows, will be willing to go to bring down the Mad Titan. Read Full Review

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