Get Ready to Learn More about The Mad Titan
Personally, I’ve been a huge fan of Thanos my entire comic book reading life. One of the first comics I ever bought was Silver Surfer #34, which sported a cover caption reading “CALL HIM THANOS! CALL HIM DEATH!” How is that NOT going to capture the imagination of a twelve year old boy? Since that day, Thanos has been one of my top three supervillains ever.
So I’ve followed Thanos from his massive cosmic battles over the Infinity Gauntlet to his more down-low battles with the likes of Ka-Zar. But I’ll admit, when he turned up at in the Avengers movie, more than a couple of my friends were like: “Who’s the smirking grape guy?”
Well, Marvel Studios has heard the lamenting of the masses. USA Today has reported that, come October, you can learn more about Thanos in a new five-part miniseries. Thanos: Son of Titan, written by Joe Keatinge with art from Richard Elson tells the tale of a younger Thanos, before he became the universe’s most notorious mass-murderer.
Sana Amanat, associate editor of Thanos: Son of Titan, explained how important a villain he is to the Marvel universe:
He’s our Darth Vader, our Sauron, with a wonderfully massive and abrasive ego. Heroes have yet to figure out what his weakness is, and because of that, the journey to his destruction — or maybe redemption? — will be the stuff that epic stories are made of.
Keatinge remembers his first exposure to Thanos:
At the time, I was just like, ‘Oh, I need to know everything about him that I could.’ To me, it’s cool to finally get into that head space from when I was a kid and explore that as a writer. He ends up at the point where he’s worshiping Death and destroying universes. How do you get to that head space where you’re like, “This is what I want to do with the rest of my life?”
I was on my feet and cheering when Thanos showed up in the Avengers movie, so I, for one, welcome more stories with my favorite supervillain.