A week after the cryptic Marvel NOW! "Birth" teaser surfaced, the publisher has revealed what it's all about via Marvel.com — Thanos Rising, a limited series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Simone Bianchi.
The series is set to tell the origin of Thanos, the long-running cosmic villain whose visibility increased in a big way following his mid-credits cameo in The Avengers movie. In the Marvel.com article, Aaron called Thanos Rising "as dark and creep a story as I've ever done for Marvel."
"This is not a super hero story," Aaron is quoted. "There are no good guys swooping in to save the day here. This is the origin story of a very bad dude. A cosmic mass murderer."
Thanos Rising starts at the very beginning — the day of the Mad Titan's birth — and will feature his parents Mentor and Sui-San, plus new characters. Aaron said it aims to stay true to the work of the character's creator, Jim Starlin."Jim Starlin of course had already laid down a lot of the pieces of Thanos' origin, but they were spread out in several different stories written over the course of several years," Aaron told Marvel.com. "Thanos Rising combines all those pieces and also fills in a lot of the cracks."
Capturing young Thanos was something of an artistic challenge, according to Bianchi.
"It was a very complicated process and a type of character I'd never really faced before in my career," Bianchi said. "It took more than just one sample to get to the final version of him as a young boy. In the end, I am pretty happy with what I came up with but it took almost a full week of work to define the final version of the young Thanos."
If the story sounds familiar, it's similar in scope to the Thanos: Son of Titan miniseries that was announced and subsequently canceled last summer. (That book's creative team, Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson, moved over to Marvel's ongoing Morbius: The Living Vampire series.)More Marvel NOW! on Newsarama
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