Robb Ghag reviews Thanos Rising #2…
“Continuing the jaw-dropping origin of the mad Titan who will soon change the face of the Galaxy! Death follows young Thanos as his inner darkness grows.“
PREVIOUSLY: Thanos the Destroyer has returned to his home, the devastated moon of TITAN. Here he recalls his early childhood.
Learning about the history of Thanos has been an eye opener. He wasn’t always the ‘destroyer’ or the worshipper of death that we’ve read about. First and foremost we realize that Thanos of Titan was a scientist. Born different, and almost murdered at birth by his mother, he has always tried to find the reason he was brought into existence. Jason Aaron explores the youth of the future mass murderer.
Excelling at school, Thanos takes it upon himself to begin dissecting every creature on Titan in secret. His only friend seems to be this ‘girl’ who practically leads him into becoming one of the most dangerous beings in the universe. After the conclusion of the last issue, we’ve seen just a brief glimpse into how Thanos’ mind works and how he begins to have a taste for murder. Some of the concepts of the book are fantastic, such as the fact that before Thanos was born it had been centuries since there was a single recorded instance of murder. Imagine that, centuries since a recorded murder.
Again this book is beautifully drawn by Simone Bianchi. The art style flows perfectly, and we can see the deadly menace Thanos will become in the boy that first learns to kill. Even the backgrounds are detailed as he walks through the halls of his school or buries bodies on the surface of the moon of Titan. The relationship he builds with this “girl” is something I need to learn more on, as it’s clear this shapes his path as to who he will one day become.
If you’re a fan of the Avengers and want to get a glimpse into the mind of one of their most deadly villains, this book is paying off in spades! The last splash page and Thanos’ monologue is eerie and disturbing, but as you learn more and more about where Thanos came from, it’s just par for the course.
Robb Ghag works for an Arts & Entertainment Brokerage in Toronto Canada. An Animation and Film school graduate, he specializes in Risk Management of Animation and VFX studios throughout North America.