THANOS IMPERATIVE #3 REVIEW
Size: 32 Pages
I went into this cosmic event with a bit of restraint. My faith in Marvel being able to pull off a battle in the stars was jaded at best, especially after just getting into Green Lantern and seeing how well DC treats the cosmic universe, however as we reach the half way point in this event…well my trust in Marvel has been resurrected- and then some.
Thanos Imperative is everything you could want from an event. It’s tight, well written and not bogged down by supporting books. The writers know that if they want to tell or convey something to you, then they have to pack it all in – and it works. It’s exciting from start to finish; the ideas and concepts that Abnett and Lanning are throwing into the mix are just massive!
The book is twisting and writhing under and over various sub-plots and characters but at no point does it ever feel convoluted. Thanos they have somehow added an untold depth to, it’s always brilliant to see how the minds of these super villains work. It is always implied that they are masters of the universe or clever enough to put the world into peril – but you never get to see the planning behind the plots, just the execution. With this we get to see everything, and with three issues still to go it’s easy to see the writing duo are just getting warmed up.
As the battle switches from between the two frontlines; Thanos combating a universe forgotten death and on the other, a universe fighting those who know no death, it’s non stop thrills… wait did someone say Cosmic Avengers?
The art is great, a massive improvement over the last issue. As tensions are beginning to flare and the battles about to take a giant leap in epicness it’s great to know the artists are up to the challenge.
The curveball thrown at the end is sure to lead into an explosive forth issue, I do hold some issue with the way they set this up as it seems like a desperate move on the writers part to create even more urgency to the book, would one character be so foolish and selfish in a time of pure peril? No I doubt they would.
Still… it makes for damn fine reading.
Josh “origami kid” West