Thanos #1

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Ariel Olivetti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 24, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 11
7.5Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Executed by the deadliest assassin in the galaxy...his daughter, Gamora. But before their relationship came to a bloody end, how did it begin? Find out in this all new miniseries by Tini Howard (MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH and AGE OF CONAN: BELIT) and Ariel Olivetti (DEATH OF THE INHUMANS)!
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  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Apr 25, 2019

    By looking backward, "Thanos" #1 manages a disturbing new look at the eponymous Mad Titan through script and images both. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Apr 24, 2019

    As far as what you can see on the page, Ariel Olivettis art is as good as ever here. Hes really the artist you wanna go to for bombastic, intimidating men doing violent things (e.g. his work on Cable, Punisher, Namor), and his rendering of Thanos makes you believe why others would fear him. While I still prefer Olivettis art as colored by himself (i.e. his recent work on Venom: Space Knight), Antonio Fabelas colors arent bad, and actually quite beautiful in many spots. Rounding out the creative team is VCs Joe Caramagnas, whose lettering does a good job of translating Howards dense script into a readable fashion without distracting from the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Apr 24, 2019

    THANOS #1 is the perfect book to get in the mind of Mad Titan himself, with excellent writing by Tini Howard that had me scared to walk down a hallway. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Apr 25, 2019

    Howard takes this book into an unexpected but refreshing direction that gives a different take on the Mad Titan that makes him appear more unstable, dysfunctional, and ultimately more human. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Apr 24, 2019

    This Thanos run may not be a blood-pumping affair from the get-go, but it has definitely laid the groundwork for a promising mini-series in the months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Forrest Hollingsworth Apr 24, 2019

    Thanos's first issue is an intriguing, exciting first one. It bucks the trend of comics that conveniently tie-in to movie releases but don't have much else to say and instead delivers a nuanced, brooding narrative that I can see developing extraordinarily. It remains to be seen if the art will meet the same par, but that shouldn't hold you back from taking a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Apr 24, 2019

    Thanos #1 sets a stage proportional to its star: big, cosmic, and oh-so-menacing. These initial scenes unfold on a smaller scale, but they show every sign of growing into the setting as they evolve and entangle. The visuals are already gloriously cinematic, ensuring this epic story is not mistaken for anything less than the grand, dark space opera that it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shawn Warner Apr 26, 2019

    All in all this is an engrossing and exciting debut issue that could have easily fallen into the mindless movie tie-in category, However in the hands of Tini Howard it becomes a must read. The narrative delivers on multiple levels, the characterizations are complex, layered and authentic. The visuals are intense and imaginative, while the action is explosive at times, the pace ebbs and flows with precise dramatic timing. This is shaping up to be a solid next chapter in the ongoing Thanos saga. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 24, 2019

    The comic is a solid one for those interested in these characters or invested in the cosmic side of the Marvel universe. It brings in some classic elements and shows us something new in the history of Thanos and Gamora. While it might not be a must get, it's absolutely worth checking out for those invested in the history of the Marvel universe or the decades of cosmic tales weaved together in an epic tale of tragedy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Apr 24, 2019

    Thanos #1 suffers from taking a bit too much time setting things up and repeating story beats in order to drive them home rather than pushing forward with the narrative but it's not a bad comic by any stretch. I like Olivetti's work here and I look forward to seeing how this father-daughter relationship is explored visually in comparison to his work on Cable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Apr 29, 2019

    If you're riding the high of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos #1 is a book that will satisfy appetite. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Apr 26, 2019

    Thanos #1 offers hints at greatness, and Howard's clear vision for this particular iteration of Thanos is interesting enough to warrant picking this one up in trade format for sure even if the debut issue itself doesn't quite land. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Apr 25, 2019

    While getting off to a relatively quiet start given that this comic is about Thanos, by focusing on Gamora's formative years in the Mad Titan's "care," it holds a lot of promise for some definitive character moments promise to flesh out her backstory and give readers greater insight into her motives. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Apr 25, 2019

    Unfortunately, the story just isnt that interesting. Tini Howard tries to marry Thanos motivations from Avengers: Infinity War with his classic comicbook version. While she is technically successful, the execution is underwhelming. This clearly was a publishers mandate, with Howard being the hired gun to execute their vision. This may satisfy hardcore Thanos fans, but the rest of us can skip the remaining issues. Read Full Review

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