Marvel has announced the limited series “Thanos Rising” as part of its Marvel NOW! initiative. The limited series is by writer Jason Aaron and artist Simone Bianchi. The first issue will release in April.
Here’s how Marvel describes the series:
Prepare for a visceral tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny like you’ve never seen before as readers dive into the shrouded history of the most talked about villain of the Marvel Universe. Who is Thanos, and where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from? And how does this story set up one of the biggest events in Marvel history?
“The story of Thanos’ rise to power would make Shakespeare shudder,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment, in a news release. “The epic saga of a young boy, born in blood on a planet far, far away, who grows to become one of the most powerful and terrifying forces in the Marvel Universe, ‘Thanos Rising’ takes a cold, hard look at the eternal question: Are some people just born evil?’
Marvel’s release says this series will cause fans to discover an entirely new perspective on the origin of Thanos.
“This is without a doubt one of the creepiest stories I’ve ever gotten to write for Marvel. It’s the origin of an outer space serial killer, the story of the universe’s weirdest romance and a grand cosmic tragedy, all wrapped up in one,” said writer Jason Aaron in a news release. “This is me taking five issues to really dig into the head of a space-faring world conqueror, mass murderer and hopeless romantic. I love writing stories with villains as the main character, and this book is about Thanos all the way.”
Each issue of “Thanos Rising” will include a code for a free digital copy and additional AR content available via Marvel’s AR app.
Thanos was created by Jim Starlin in “Iron Man” #55; he subsequently wrote perhaps the best-known comics starring the character with the 1991 miniseries “Infinity Gauntlet.” Writer Joe Keatinge and artist Rich Elson were announced in connection with a “Thanos” series last year, but the pair have instead moved to the Marvel NOW! “Morbius” series. Thanos’ appearance at the end of “Marvel’s The Avengers” spurred much discussion and speculation about the character, as well as a spike in sales for the “Infinity Gauntlet” collection.
- Matt Price