Although he was felled handily in the opening moments of Civil War II, Thanos looks to be getting a rematch as Marvel has announced a new ongoing series for the Mad Titan. Announced at ComicBook, the new series by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato Jr. presents the cosmic villain with a new mission and a new mindset.
"[Thanos is] completely different and completely refreshing," said Lemire. "The main attraction to doing this book was being able to dive into the dark side and tell a totally different type of book set in the Marvel U that is from a villain’s point of view. It's forcing me to go to some new places with my writing and try new things."
Lemire said with the Thanos series, he's aiming for the character to become "Marvel's Darth Vader... it's alpha villain."
"First off, I loved that this is an ongoing series, not a limited series. That opens up a lot of potential to establish long-term plans for Thanos in the Marvel U," said Lemire. "As to what makes Thanos so compelling, the easy answer is that he is so powerful and so evil. This combination opens things up for a lot of story potential. But the truth is that it's Thanos' past that makes him so interesting. What motivates a god-like being like this? What makes him tick and what does he have left to fight for? These are compelling questions to me, and I think to the reader. But above all this series just has so much potential. Thanos can essentially become Marvel's Darth Vader...its alpha villain."
Deodato chimes in that he feels Thanos is already Marvel's Darth Vader.
"I think he is one of the most enigmatic and scariest characters of the Marvel Universe. He is our Darth Vader."
Thanos will be joined in the series by some relatives as well as "a few surprises."
"I'm not spoiling that because Thanos' mission comes as a big reveal in issue 1," said the writer. "I will say that the cosmic cube is not involved. And there will be a very solid supporting cast in this series. A regular set of underused characters that will become very important to the series and to Thanos himself. Starfox, Nebula, and Thane will play key roles. And there are a few surprises as well."
Lemire said that he's pulling from writers Jim Starlin, Keith Giffen, Jason Aaron, and Jonathan Hickman's works on the character, as well as Kieron Gillen's work on Marvel's Darth Vader series. Deodato adds to that, pointing to villain series as his two most popular works.
"I love drawing villains. Dark Avengers and Thunderbolts are two of my biggest hits," said Deodato. "I intend to bring the same level of darkness and evil in this new series."