Thanos #13 (Marvel Comics)
Villain Comics are always a tough nut to crack, and Thanos’ series was no exception. It had a strong start, but around the halfway mark Jeff Lemire’s story started to drag, and it definitely ended with a whimper more than a bang. But now we’ve got Marvel’s Legacy event in full swing, and with that means a new creative team, this one being one of the biggest gets in the Marvel stable: God Country’s Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.
Thanos #13 finds the Mad Titan making his way through the universe, fighting any and all creatures that he can find. After decimating a Chitauri Prime world, Thanos is visited by the Ghost Rider. Well, not just any Ghost Rider, but one from the future, who’s also a former Herald of Galactus. Ghost Rider is in possession of the Time Gem, and needs to bring Thanos into the far future, where he can meet….his older self?
That’s the main twist of this series, and I gotta say, it’s a good one. Donny Cates has made a name for himself with clever twists and character work on books like the already mentioned God Country and Redneck, and he brings that to this new Thanos storyline. Cates is able to go back and forth between the excellent dramatic narration and hilarious jokes from Ghost Rider with ease and the questions this issue bring up are pretty intriguing as well.
I was already aware of how well Geoff Shaw worked with Cates thanks to God Country, and as good as he was on that series, he outshines it with Thanos. This issue has it all: giant planets, crazy aliens, Thanos looking intimidating, and a cosmic Ghost Rider flying through space. There’s so much insanity in this issue that it’s hard to imagine what Shaw will get to draw next, but I know I’ll be there to see it.
Thanos is another strong re-start in the Marvel Legacy era, and I’m pretty hopeful that the good buzz and reputation that Cates and Shaw made on God Country will be put to good use here. With any luck this will be the first in a long line of Marvel titles from these two red hot creators.