This was the first comic I’ve bought in awhile, a Marvel digital purchase, which I found steep at $3.99 ,but it beat schlepping to the distant comic store on a snowy northeastern day….also, I really want to be sure about the quality of these books before I go full in on collecting again.
(Surprise) I was pleased with the book.
Art was excellent.Prose was “adequate”, with a nice pace and plot. Deodato has tweaked his style some with that dot shading, and it looked pretty good.
A few complaints/observations, however:
I didn’t love Corvus Glaive going out like such a bitch. IMO Glaive was actually pretty cool, and the way he ended up dying, kinda made me think that Lemire or somebody was just embarrassed he was ever created in the first place. If that’s the case, I disagree, whatever Hickman missed out on with Thanos, The Black Order was kinda his one big lasting cool factor. Yes, Thanos would beat up Corvus, but I think Glaive would have at least battled him and fought back some more.
Didn’t love how Death acted or looked, but I’ll keep watching.
I’m not sure about the Champion as the rooting interest here. (?) He looks a lot like Lobo or Giffen’s old knock Lunatik and here, he was kinda coming off as “Mary Sue-ish” IE can do no wrong and has probably found some super-cool new quasi-hero coolness. (which is cool)
Thane is there as well…um er…just not sure about him either.
Again, I’m not sure if I like showing Eros as some wry and unapologetic sleazoid. That seemed to be where they they are going….kinda took him to a place I didn’t think (or at least hoped) he’d go. Truthfully, he’s been this shady sleeze-bag before, to some extent, so its not totally out from left field. I guess I need more information. For some odd reason, I like Eros (even though Dan Slott made him a rapist), and I hope he somehow redeems himself within this book. I’ve always hoped they’d tweak that Slott stuff to make it a little more easy on the guy.
Still, some interesting stuff here. Overall, it had a solid feel. I guess I liked the vibe of the whole thing the most….this IS hard sci fi and gritty Marvel cosmic. That must be commended and encouraged. So too, it seems set to uplift a few lesser known or forgotten characters….not unlike DnA and Giffen.
In general, Lemire’s Thanos mostly works, and Deodato’s art really aids it. I look forward to issue # 2 and to see where this goes.