Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Rather than ending with #6, Kieron Gillen’s Eternals series has, instead, paused for a few one-shots before its eventual return with #7. This is the first of those one shots, filling in and expanding on the back story of the Eternals for people who aren’t familiar with them (which, honestly, is most people). Here we get the story of A’lars, aka Mentor, and the ultimate origin of Thanos.
It’s a tragic, heart-breaking tale, that won’t fail to move you. A story of love born of a desire to be more than you were created to be, that ultimately twists everything and leads to hate.
The writing is, of course, every bit as superb as we’ve come to expect from Gillen, and while Weaver’s art is very different to Ribic’s, it’s still excellent (and Ribic’s art still graces the cover).
I’m very glad that Gillen’s Eternals is continuing, as it’s a fascinating book about a corner of the Marvel Universe that I’ve never really explored before.
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