Characters Appearing: Adam Warlock, Death, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Moondragon, Pip the Troll, Soul Gem, Thanos
Marvel Comics Presents #108-111 (Thanos)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #108, Marvel Comics Presents #109, Marvel Comics Presents #110, Marvel Comics Presents #111 (Thanos story only)
Thanos is in the process of recalibrating his flying chair after the Infinity Watch has discovered the relay junction when he has an out of body experience, a "spiritual abduction".
He finds himself in Death's realm, fighting a Legion of the Doomed.
A little bit of history from Thanos as he fights the Legion.
Eventually Thanos defeats the Legion, and Death herself confronts him. Thanos says that he is ready to receive her vengeance, although it comes at a time when the whole universe is threatened. Thanos is shocked that Death actually speaks to him in response.
Death explains that, first of all, she could never have accepted Thanos while he was superior to her. But more importantly, the fact that she needed to be rescued from him by someone else, Adam Warlock, is especially angering.
So she tells Thanos to kill Warlock for her, and he will be forgiven and they can be together. Thanos is then sent back to the material world.
But Thanos still feels bitterness over Death's rejection of him...
...and he's not so sure that Death will keep her word.
He also wonders if he really met Death or if it was just a fantasy that he dreamed up himself. Ultimately, he decides not to do it.
Thanos not being sure that his experience in Death's realm was real may temper this a bit, but this seems like a turning point for him. I suppose it's in line with his decision at the end of Infinity Gauntlet to retire to a rural existence, but in this story he's offered an opportunity to redeem himself with Death, and he rejects it. That should affect his motivations going forward.
The art is a little clumsy, i think more in the first chapter than in the ones by by Shawn McManus (who has done a fair amount of DC and Vertigo work). But since this is really a character piece, that's not a big deal. I think this is actually a decent use of the Marvel Comics Presents format.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: "This story takes place after the events that end in panel 6, page 26 of Infinity War #3." That is after the Infinity Watch find the relay junction but before the heroes show up. The MCP does list this as a real appearance of Death; maybe it's a good thing that Thanos couldn't check that in realtime.
Crossover: Infinity War
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
It was unfortunate that MCP didn't feature a Thanos cover on at least one of the issues which contained this serial, since this actually had rather more to do with the Infinity War storyline than most of the other crossovers. It was a rather interesting glimpse at Thanos' character and his super-dysfunctional relationship with Death.
fnord, for the art credits, the first chapter was penciled by Larry Alexander and inked by Tim Tuohy. The other three were penciled & inked by McManus.
Posted by: Ben Herman | April 6, 2016 8:35 PM
Thanks Ben. That's actually where the art looked kind of wonky. Updated the credits.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 6, 2016 8:59 PM
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