EXCLUSIVE: The Thanos Imperative

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning strike the match to ignite a cosmic fire in THE THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION this May!

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By Jim Beard

One name ignites terror across galaxies. One name fans the flames of fear throughout the universe. Thanos, the Mad Titan. And he's back.

Space scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning add fuel to the fire of upcoming cosmic event The Thanos Imperative with a special one-shot, THE THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION, this May.

"As readers will soon see in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 & #25, Thanos is back, so that's the biggest deal of all," says Abnett of the upcoming epic. "There isn't a cosmic bad guy as bad as Thanos, so in simple terms this is everyone versus him-but with a twist! This time, you have the good guys on one side [and] Magus and his Dark Gods on the other with Thanos standing directly in the middle!"

Lanning states that "if you're new to the cosmic books, don't worry!" The duo has you covered with this opening salvo.

"THE THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION is a great place to jump aboard and you won't need any prior knowledge," he notes of the one-shot. "But if you're a devoted reader, there are rich seams of pay-off to enjoy. The threat of the Fault, a huge rip in time and space left by the War of Kings, is something we've been exploring in the Realm of Kings stories that run into The Thanos Imperative. This is the moment where Magus, a very

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #25 cover by Alex Garner
serious bad guy in his own right, takes control of it and galactic disaster follows! This epic story forms a climax to many of the tales we've been spinning in the cosmic corner of the Marvel Universe for the last three years."

Thanos first reared his mutant head in 1973's IRON MAN #55 and soon became one of the most popular villains in the Marvel Universe. Time and space still sport the scars from his insatiable quest for Death, but there's even more than that to make him worthy of this new cosmic event.

"It's not so much his power level because, let's face it, in a universe where beings like Galactus are kicking around, there's no shortage of cosmic power," notes Abnett. "No, with Thanos, it's his malice, his intellect, his guile. He's dangerous. He's treacherous. He's the Mad Titan, but his insanity is concealed under a mask of terrible logic and brilliance. He's so twisted, that sometimes it's hard to tell which side he's on. This is one of those times. Does the Marvel Universe need him to survive, or is he just too dangerous?"

The writing team claims that readers will also witness the involvement of many of their favorite space characters beginning with IGNITION and expanding out into the entire event.

"Nova is going to be front and center in this, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy, especially Star-Lord, but they're going to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Quasar and the Silver Surfer," Lanning reveals. "We're talking serious, heavyweight cosmic heroes. Add to that some fabulous cameos from the cosmic side of things, and some great characters on the villain side such as Magus."

In all, THE THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION sets the tone for the raucous events to come, and Abnett and Lanning promise that all the action, adventure and surprises for which they've become known will be present.

THE THANOS IMPERATIVE: IGNITION cover by Aleksi Briclot
"This is going to be big, serious, epic stuff," promises Lanning. "Huge space action and vast, galaxy changing events. But we're not going to forget the human scale of things either. All the big stuff is just too big without a human focus to ground it, so the fortunes and relationships of our characters are going to matter as much. Friendships, loyalties, betrayals.

"Oh, and this is probably the biggest and most serious cosmic epic we're ever going to produce, but there's still going to be an opportunity for a gag or two. Rocket Raccoon's in it, after all."

 

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wolfonthelam
wolfonthelam

I wish the digital comics would catch up just a bit... I'd be inclined to go out and spend all fan-boy like again if I didn't have to go back so far. But I know, all you guys spending those loyal dollars on a month by month basis wouldn't be down with that. Plus it would cut into those print sales, but I would pay more if there were a premium subscription service that cost more but ran more currently... plus, if fewer people bought print copies, maybe the comic collectors who did would see a resurgence in the viable collectibility of comics... less copies, more value to those that are floating around?anyway, obviously not the best place for my little rant, but... Thanos does kick some @$$ and I've really been impressed with the space epics that have been coming out... And I was never a space comic guy. I loved my XMEN and oddly enough... I think Vulcan sucks.

AtunHotepRe
AtunHotepRe

I wish they would get Ron Lim to do the pencils for this Thanos rebirth.

THANOSS2112
THANOSS2112

[quote@Perplexor I wonder if they're gonna bring back that little girl Drax was watching!![/quote] He is the meanist bad guy I enjoy reading!!

Nova1
Nova1

I don't think that would sell very well.

Nova1
Nova1

It is going to be awesome of Thanos and Magus do really throw down.

Nova1
Nova1

[quote@boscoe [quote@Perplexor I wonder if they're gonna bring back that little girl Drax was watching!![/quote] I think her name was Cammy, and I agree, they left her on some alien planet and we never heard from her again.[/quote] Yeah, Cammi and Skreet are somewhere. Drax and Phyla-Vell were looking for her at one point...but instead stumbled upon the previously dead Moondragon. Hope that Cammi does appear again.But this looks awesome. Thanos is one of my top 3 Marvel villains. So happy to see him return in a big way!

Arsdenyl
Arsdenyl

I dont know about anyone else but I am all epic'd out. Too many mega-events, one on top of the other. Too many maxi-series linked to scores of mini-series with ties into new titles, old times, better-off-cancelled titles. How about giving the readers' wallet a break? It dilutes the uniqueness of an event when you have two, three, or more of them running concurrently.

boscoe
boscoe

[quote@Perplexor I wonder if they're gonna bring back that little girl Drax was watching!![/quote] I think her name was Cammy, and I agree, they left her on some alien planet and we never heard from her again.

Isys_corporation
Isys_corporation

:mystique: this one sounds like a remake and it is. Is it not?. Marvel universe beware this is not a new remake it's and old glory tale of the same nature as the nova #173. Stop recycling story lines. You have the deadliest character on your roster who should at this point be equivalent to Lucifer himself (hint).

theshock621
theshock621

this looks great!!! can't wait to scoop this up!

eriklopez79
eriklopez79

Thanos is back. Great news I can't wait. NUFF SAID

Miles_Warren
Miles_Warren

OMG Thanos is back. He's only my favourite bad guy EVER!Can't wait. :)

Perplexor
Perplexor

I wonder if they're gonna bring back that little girl Drax was watching!!