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Thanos: Legacy #1

Writer: Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan Artist: Cory Smith Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 5, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 26
7.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Rising star Donny Cates returns to the Mad Titan to bring the story bridging the gap between his best-selling "Thanos Wins" and the world-shattering INFINITY WARS! How did Thanos' journey back from the future lead to the events of INFINITY WARS PRIME? Now it can be told!
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  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 10, 2018

    Jumping from setting to setting with a flourish that never feels false, The Thanos Legacy is a must for any fans of the Marvel cosmic universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 3, 2018

    A fun one-shot style story. This is a one-shot not to miss, especially if you're a Marvel Comics completist. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Sep 5, 2018

    I want more Thanos Legacy and I want it now. I'm doing my best not to spoil the contents of this issue, but I am WILDLY intrigued as to where they are taking this. These creative teams are not playing it safe by any means, and this truly feels like a comic where the balance of the Marvel Cosmic titles will shift…oh, and there's Cosmic Ghost Rider using Hellfire in a way I've never seen before, so “must read”. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Sep 6, 2018

    Thanos Legacy #1 is a great start to this story and a good follow up to the Thanos Wins storyline. Cates seems to be one of the few writers concerned about continuity in the Marvel Universe which makes my comic geek heart swell. If you're at all invested in The Infinity Wars story then you definitely want to pick this up as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Sep 6, 2018

    Cates has a penchant for purple prose that fits the tone of this story like a glove (pun intended? You decide.) and by working in that mode, the issue feels a bit like a love letter to Marvel's past - namely, the works of Starlin, Claremont, Simonson and Lee. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Shani Gohar Sep 6, 2018

    Thanos Legacy was a quicker read than I anticipated. I read it again immediately upon finishing it the first time and noticed that even though the story was setting up a larger narrative, it never wasted a panel or a word. Everything serves a purpose, and that is a huge testament to the creative team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Charlie Ridgely Sep 5, 2018

    It's an insightful look into the mind of the Mad Titan, and it definitely gets you excited for what's to come with the storyline going forward, especially given the massive cliffhanger at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Sep 5, 2018

    Thanos Legacy features a pair of interesting stories worthy of a BUY for Cates fans looking for the next chapter of the 'Thanos Wins' story. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 5, 2018

    The issue is a solid start and it's the back-up story from Duggan, Smith, and Redmond that really stand out. Overall, it feels like a chapter in Marvel's cosmic grand plan and one that if you're into that side of the Marvel Universe you'll want to check out. The fact it's also a good starting point makes it stand out as a comic to check out this week. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Sep 3, 2018

    If you are reading the cosmic books from Marvel, you need to read Thanos Legacy. N'uff said. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Sep 6, 2018

    Thanos Legacy #1 is disappointing. Despite having a strong back-up tale, the advertised filling of the gap between Thanos Wins and Infinity Wars only comes off as hot air and faffing about. One thing of note is learned, and it ironically happens after Thanos death. I can recommend this for those who are hurting for Thanos material, but I wouldnt say its worth the time or money of any other set of readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Rich Johnston Sep 3, 2018

    It's been a notable part of Cates' work at Marvel that he is using continuity as clay to mould something new. Rather than Brian Bendis' approach, taking what he wanted, ignoring whatever he found tiresome, this is more like Alan Davis' work on Excalibur, taking everything no matter how bad and finding an artful way to make it fit. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    mglsts Sep 6, 2018

    Cates' Thanos Wins was great this is a good continuation of that, with some ties to Infinity Wars and Cosmic Ghost Rider. Might not be the friendliest book for those that aren't up to date with past and current issues of these stories, but I'm all in so far.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Sep 6, 2018

    I really enjoyed Lemire's and Cates's Thanos runs and this is a nice little cap to that, especially Cates run obviously. While the art looked great and fit the story, the story itself was a very serviceable recap of the events that have been unfolding with Thanos since the end of Thanos Wins. It's not anything new, but it is very entertaining. The end, while a pretty interesting cliffhanger, could turn into something pretty dumb if not done correctly. The backup story to me was kind of useless and I would have preferred more of the main story.

  • 8.0
    SpiderKnight Sep 7, 2018


    Story 1
    a) Writing/Script= 8.8/10 (D. Cates)
    b) Art= 6.5/10 (Brian Level)
    c) Colours= 7.0/10 (Jordan Boyd)

    Average= 7.43/10

    Story 2
    a) Writing/Script= 8.2/10 (G. Duggan)
    b) Art= 8.8/10 (Cory Smith)
    c) Colours= 9.0/10 (Ruth Redmond)

    Average= 8.67/10

    Overall Average= 8.05/10

    There are two stories here, one being written by Donny Cates and art by Brian Level and another story that was written by Gerry Duggan and art by Cory Smith.

    The first story by Donny Cates was good, well i cant say its awesome or anything because it is just a retelling of the old story. Nothing new (well actually a few things new). It just ties every Thanos more

  • 8.0
    crisgusmao Oct 17, 2018

    That’s a lot of space for more Donny Cates stories, maybe not in an exclusive Thanos title, but with this oneshots and in the Guardian of the Galaxy books (and maybe a Silver Surfer one?).

    They are stories of solitude, of hate/love, of belief, with strong certainties Thanos always pokes our own truths… even if I’m not the fan of the art, this work still makes me see the a big potential.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU Mar 18, 2019

    Donny Cates and Brian Level tapdance for 18 pages before introducing the raw nub of an idea that MIGHT grow into The Next Thanos Story. Gerry Duggan and Cory Smith do tons more with their 10-page backup, telling a grim, complete, dialogue-free story of Thanos's parenting of Gamora.

    There's a palpable difference between a Donny Cates story that started with Mr. Cates pitching an awesome idea to an editor and one that started as an editor asking Mr. Cates for X pages of "trademark Donny Cates awesomeness." The A story in this book is a textbook example of the latter and all the potential faults therein.

  • 6.0
    CesarCastanha Sep 10, 2018

    Donny Cates wrote a truly great Thanos run, but now it just seems that he has no good material left.

  • 5.5
    SloboSOY Sep 6, 2018

    I expected nothing for this. Just something interesting. And in a way I have something interesting. But maybe too much reminder from recent books. I find a little easy that cates pull Castle/Rider in this. I prefer the link to Damnation.

    Cover - In a way thanos in front of is enormous statu is a reflect of the writer in front of a fantastic roster of writer that give life to thanos before. Really Nice. 1.5/2
    Writing - I'm a little bothered to read a title with the name of a character but not with him. Just that what the character left. Not what I come for. I find the gamora story better, even if once more it wasn't what I expect to find in this title 2/2
    Arts - The first story Isn't great. Beyond Ghost rider, all the ot more

  • 10
    Breno Mailon Sep 7, 2018

  • 9.0
    Herushalaim Sep 5, 2018

  • 9.0
    DiegoE Sep 9, 2018

  • 9.0
    Herptydoo Oct 18, 2018

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 21, 2019

  • 8.5
    Mike L. Sep 6, 2018

  • 8.5
    Nickweiser Sep 6, 2018

  • 8.5
    drwasheewashee Jun 14, 2019

  • 8.0
    matmene Sep 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    Grifter Sep 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    JustCrazy Sep 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Sep 5, 2018

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Sep 7, 2018

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Sep 9, 2018

  • 8.0
    Khan/Murdock Sep 11, 2018

  • 8.0
    Omer Sep 26, 2018

  • 7.5
    Br'er Lapin Sep 19, 2018

  • 7.5
    Nicetrylaoche Mar 11, 2019

  • 7.0
    iPodwithnomusic Dec 21, 2018

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