Volume 6, Issue 48!
“To Infinity War and Beyond!”
Holy crap, did you see that Infinity War trailer?
Go ahead; I’ll wait for to see it. No, for real, take a look.
Pretty insane, right? The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to this moment for ten years, and if the reaction to the first trailer is any indication, Avengers: Infinity War is going to be a massive movie. So much so that I wouldn’t be surprised if it surpasses all box office records (or at least until another Star Wars movie hits).
But what can you read ahead of the upcoming movie to get you pumped up for Thanos’ big throw down? Well my friend, allow me to help you fill in the gaps in your Infinity Stone knowledge, so you can be the envy of all your friends next May (or at least it’ll help you fill out your Christmas list this year).
I mean really, you should start at the biggest and most well known Thanos story, The Infinity Gauntlet. Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s epic isn’t just arguably the best Marvel crossover of all time, it’s also a great introduction to the Marvel Universe. Featuring nearly every Marvel character, Infinity Gauntlet shows why Thanos is a universe-combining major threat, and while every character gets an awesome moment to shine, Captain America clearly has the most stand out moment when he steps up against the Mad Titan.
While not as good as other Thanos stories, Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi’s Thanos Rising will serve as a great introduction to the early years of Marvel’s most major threat. Showcasing his early years as a young alien, Aaron and Bianchi’s miniseries does a great job of showing what makes Thanos tick, and even sows the seeds for his obsession with Death as well.
One of the more recent events featuring Thanos, Infinity serves as another aspect of Jonathan Hickman’s mega Marvel tenure, but it’s also pretty self contained so you don’t need to read hundreds of issues to figure out what’s going on. Detailing Thanos’ arrival on Earth as the Avengers are preparing for a war in Space, it features a ton of awesome moments with the Mad Titan, including one of the most bad ass Thor moments in Marvel comics history.
The Mad Titan himself also stars in his own monthly ongoing series, and it’s just recently started up a brand new jumping on point with Thanos #13. The hit creative team from God Country, writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw, only have one issue under their belt, but it’s so good that it needs to be checked out. While it won’t give you a lot of information into the Infinity Gems, you’ll get a really intriguing and bad ass comic starring one of Marvel’s greatest villains. It’s already shaping up to be one of Marvel’s best books.