The Mad Titan Marathon Results

The Mad Titan Marathon Results: 

Well this was one long marathon, while some computer troubles slowed me down I managed to get out these nineteen reviews and I’m glad to be back into it. Now lets look at these results. This will be a big post.

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#1: The Death of Captain Marvel
Rating: Vintage

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#2: The Infinity Gauntlet
Rating: Vintage

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#3: Thanos Quest
Rating: Vintage

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#4: Avengers Vs. Thanos
Rating: Vintage

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#5: Rebirth of Thanos
Rating: Full Price

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#6: Thanos Imperative
Rating: Full Price

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#7: Infinity
Rating: Buy For a Bargain

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#8: Thanos (Solo Comic)
Rating: Buy For a Bargain

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#9: Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath
Rating: Buy For a Bargain

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#10: Infinity War
Rating: Borrow From a Mate

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#11: The Infinity Entity
Rating: Borrow From a Mate

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#12: Marvel Universe: The End
Rating: Borrow From a Mate

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#13: Thanos: Cosmic Powers
Rating: Borrow From a Mate

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#14: Thanos: A God Up There Listening
Rating: Borrow From a Mate

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#15: The Infinity Abyss
Rating: Rubbish

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#16: Infinity Crusade
Rating: Rubbish

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#17: The Infinity Revelation
Rating: Rubbish

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#18: The Infinity Relativity
Rating: Rubbish

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#19: Infinity Finale
Rating: Rubbish

Thank you to all who stuck through with the technical problems and to anyone who enjoyed these posts. Have a good day now everyone, we can finally move on to another subject.

 

 

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The Infinity Revelation

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The Infinity Revelation is a Marvel Graphic novel that is the beginning of Jim Starlin’s last Infinity Trilogy. Thanos detects some imbalance in the universe; an imbalance inside of himself. After meeting with the Guardians of the Galaxy and a newly reborn Adam Warlock, Thanos discovers some Dreidel looking object. This object leads Thanos on a quest that brings him into conflict with the Annihilators and somehow they destroy another universe.

Infinity Revelation is another Jim Starlin comic where Thanos goes on a quest for power and in the end the whole universe gets wiped out. So once again we retread the same plotlines but with even more meta commentary about things that Starlin himself is guilty of doing. What really soured me on this comic was how much Starlin tried to prop up his own work while ignoring the works of other writers. In this comic there’s a few pages of Thanos history that covers basically everything I’ve reviewed for the marathon (it includes the battle with Akhenaten which is apparently non-canon so I’m not sure where this OGN fits in.) During this recap and a little before it Thanos mentions his appearance in Infinity was out of character for him and shares a similar sentiment for when he joined Annihilus in Annihilation. Another example would be the aforementioned battle with the Annihilators where Adam Warlock and Thanos take down some of the strongest cosmic superheroes with barely any effort. There’s no stakes or tension in the story because Thanos and Warlock are so much stronger and smarter than everybody else.

While I don’t have much good to say about Starlin’s writing, his art is still really good. It has a classic feel to it even with modern coloring and inking. Starlin does some interesting visual tricks like having characters change appearances between panels to show off the current imbalance in the universe. While I don’t like the purpose of the fight against the Annihilators, it’s a well done action scene. My favorite image is the two page spread where we see a world ruled by Thanos.

In the end good art doesn’t make up for a lack of quality writing and plotting. The shilling for Starlin’s pet characters kills this comic as he tries to make them the coolest characters by making everyone else weak.

Writer: Jim Starlin

Artist: Jim Starlin

Rating: Rubbish

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Marvel: The End

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“The End” were a bunch of Marvel comics that told stories about the last days of their heroes like Hulk: The End or today’s comic, Marvel: The End. The story begins with Thanos narrating to an unseen character about how he destroyed the universe. The next few issues are Thanos telling this story about an ancient Egyptian pharaoh named Akhenaten who had gained the power of the Heart of the Universe and went crazy with it. He killed almost all of the world’s heroes so the only ones who were left to stop him were Doctor Doom, the Defenders, and Thanos. After the battle the whole universe was eventually destroyed so now Thanos is left with only one person because they were outside of the universe when it was destroyed.

Was surprisingly difficult to write a short plot summary because the plot of this six issue miniseries is wafer thin. The beginning sets the story up to be about Thanos fighting Akhenaten but it switches towards the end to be an Infinity Gauntlet retread. Thanos gains omnipotent power and fights against the cosmic forces of the universe and easily defeats them again. Akhenaten is another lame villain from Starlin that has no personality and just wants to take over and destroy stuff. He’s taken out pretty easily after the first half and then completely forgotten. Once again the main heroes are useless here and are just pawns for Thanos to use.

There are some positives here though. Again, Jim Starlin did the art here and I’m a fan of his style. There’s a lot of impressive splash pages with all the heroes and some of the cosmic beings. While most of the issues of this comic I thought were just ok, the last issue is actually very good. Starlin injects in this criticism of Marvel and their constant deaths and revivals. Thanos sees a flaw in the universe and it traces all the way back to the first revival of Wonder Man. It then has a very good ending for the Thanos character and I think it should have been the canon ending for him as this comic is just a What If style story.

So while the last issue and art are good the rest is just not that great and the fact that the story isn’t canon means it’s not that important even. I’d just recommend the final issue and think of that as Thanos’s last appearance.

Writer: Jim Starlin

Artists: Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom

Rating: Borrow from a Mate

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Infinity Abyss

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Infinity Abyss marks Jim Starlin’s return to the Infinity series after a nine year hiatus since Infinity Crusade. In this story, five clones of Thanos called the Thanosi are trying to destroy the universe. The Thanosi plan to prevent Atleza, the Anchor of the Universe, from selecting his successor and thus causing the world to be absorbed by nothingness. The only ones left to take them down are Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Thanos, Adam Warlock, and Genis-Vell.

The Infinity Abyss is a six issue miniseries but it really should not have been.The plot is very basic with these evil clones wanting to destroy the universe and the heroes stop them. There just isn’t enough story here to keep my interest and while I do like the banter from Genis and Spider-Man, the characters don’t have much going on. Dr. Strange gets a heavy focus here as he takes down a mind-controlled Moondragon (which is something repeated from Infinity Crusade) and one of the Thanosi. A whole lot of new characters are introduced here but none of them have any depth. The villains just want to destroy and only have a little personality because they’re based on other characters like Gladiator or Professor X. The final battle with Omega is hyped up throughout but when he’s defeated I couldn’t actually believe it happened because the way he was stopped was so underwhelming.

Some positives here would have to be the art. Starlin is doing double duty as writer and artist. There are some weird visuals like in the Doctor Strange/Moondragon fight that I liked and just the art overall has good moments showing off the Marvel Universe. While I don’t like their characters, the Thanosi have cool designs that mixes the Thanos look with other Marvel heroes into a unique appearance. I also really like the ending here with Gamora and Warlock finally getting together.

I wanted to give this one a pass as it’s just forgettable but I’m dying to come up with something to say because it’s very boring. Something this boring should never be read.

Writer: Jim Starlin

Artist: Jim Starlin

Rating: Rubbish

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Thanos: Cosmic Powers

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Now here’s a book I’d never heard of until preparing for this marathon. Cosmic Powers, later collected as Thanos: Cosmic Powers, is a six issue miniseries that is told in six one shots about different characters in the Marvel universe. There’s a running story throughout each issue about Thanos preparing to take on Tyrant, an extremely powerful cosmic being. Each issue spotlights a character or pair of characters as in issue 3 and there’s one writer but a few artists so quality is definitely going to vary between issues.

This series actually starts off really well with a mostly silent battle where Thanos wipes out an army singlehandedly. Ron Lim is a very good artist so the first issue is definitely the highlight of the comic. Ron Marz writes Thanos pretty well and he really gets the character about as well as Starlin. The next issue focuses on Terrax, someone I’ve never cared about, but the story is good if a little cliché. Jeffrey Moore’s art isn’t bad but it has weird quirks like Terrax’s giant shoulder pads sometimes and the MS Paint looking blood. The next issue is about Jack of Hearts and Ganymede who are two more characters I either don’t know or don’t care about, but they both look ridiculous and Ganymede is supposed to be important in beating in Tyrant but that doesn’t really pay off. Their own solo stuff doesn’t really matter until Thanos arrives and beats them down. The art by Andy Smith is good except for the last page of Legacy which just looks gross.

Speaking of, Legacy is the next issue and I actually like the character. He’s Genis-Vell, the son of Captain Marvel and he goes out to kill Nitro, his father’s killer. It’s predictable what’s going to happen here but it’s a cool brawl. Lim does the art for this issue too so it’s still very high quality. The next issue is about Morg, another character I don’t know and it has art by Tom Grindberg so I was dreading this issue. However, Grindberg’s art here is actually good and nothing like his Infinity Watch issues. There’s still one really weird image that the anatomy of confuses me but that’s it. The story isn’t interesting as Morg is just another Galactus herald which is a character type repeated three times in this series. The final issue about Tyrant is just one big battle where the heroes fight Tyrant and we learn that he is also a former herald. Everyone except Thanos is useless in the battle so we just watch them battle for a while and that’s the end of the story. Scot Eaton is on art here and it’s just fairly standard 90s Marvel fare.

So overall I’d probably just recommend the Ron Lim drawn issues as they have the two best characters in the two most interesting stories.

Writer: Ron Marz

Artists: Ron Lim, Tom Grindberg, Scot Eaton, Jeffrey Moore, Andy Smith

Rating: Borrow from a Mate

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Thanos Quest

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The Thanos Quest is a two issue limited-series that takes place shortly after the Rebirth of Thanos. Thanos now has his plan to destroy 50% of the sentient life in the universe and he knows how to do this but requires permission from Death herself. Thanos can never get a direct answer from Death, as he is below her, so she talks to him through a servant. This angers Thanos so he is now on the search for six powerful objects that combined will give him ultimate power so he can be equal with his love.

Thanos Quest is a short series but it’s a really important one as it sets up the biggest Thanos event, the Infinity Gauntlet. It’s a unique comic as Thanos is the protagonist for the first time here. Even though he’s planning to kill off half the universe there’s an ulterior motive and that makes the story more interesting to me. His more personal reasoning for doing this does have me rooting for him and helps you forget about the ultimate evil goal. The motivation is way more interesting than just power for power’s sake or taking over the universe so you have a main character that’s fun to read about.

The quest itself is cool as Thanos faces off against multiple different cosmic entities while he finds the Infinity Gems, which are renamed here, as they used to be called Soul Gems. Thanos uses more than just brute strength against his opponents and it really shows his variety of skills. He uses bargaining, wits, and his power to tap into the other Infinity Gems as he collects all of them. Thanos’s power level grows with each stone he collects and the different ways he uses them are all interesting and show off the massive power in each one. This sets up the ending, which is a tragic moment for the character and leads perfectly into the Infinity Gauntlet. It’s a short two issue series so I’d recommend it anytime, even if you don’t plan on reading the next series it’s a fun little adventure across the Marvel Cosmic Universe.

Writer: Jim Starlin

Artist: Ron Lim

Rating: Vintage

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Suicide Squad Vol.1 – Kicked In the Teeth

The Suicide Squad, or Task Force X, is a government sponsored team of imprisoned super villains who have been assigned tasks with the incentive of a reduced sentence. The team is managed by Amanda Waller and the team members are always changing, but are usually C- to D- list characters who are expendable. The New 52 incarnation is the fourth published, but the first in the New 52 continuity.

Suicide Squad was one of the books I heard the most about when first getting into comics during the New 52. Jumping into this one I wasn’t expecting much so once I finally got around to reading it I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. The plot is full of interesting twists and cliffhangers and the characters are pretty good. There’s the obviously expendable one’s like Voltaic, Lime, and Light and there are the big name characters like Harley and Deadshot. However, I found myself more interested in the more obscure or new characters like El Diablo, King Shark, Black Spider, and Yo-Yo.

The first issue introduces most of the Squad and later issues keep adding more members. Deadshot is the team’s field leader so a lot of the focus is on him. I’m not a fan of his new design, he looks more Redneck than Spanish to me. He’s characterized as the angry, witty, does the job by the book mercenary. Harley acts like the Joker most of the time, but with just more random humor. I’m not really a fan of her either, so her new origin and costume design don’t bother me that much. The rest of the team are just more interesting, funny, and there is some level of tension with them because they can actually die.

There are two main arcs in this volume: a search for a baby who can cure this zombie outbreak and a Harley Quinn focused arc where she escapes to find Joker. The first plot has a lot going on and moves at a fast pace, but also manages to characterize the Squad pretty well. There are some cameos from characters like Captain Boomerang and Mad Dog and it’s cool to see them. The second arc keeps the theme going of good plot twists and keeps the humor and action going. The Harley focus is alright, I don’t really care about the story but I understand why they do it, she’s the most popular character.

If I have any real complaints it would be some art inconsistencies in Harley’s costume where her cape disappears sometimes at random. I understand because it’s a cluttered costume, but it doesn’t excuse it. I also don’t like Amanda Waller in this book. She just threatens to blow up the Squad all the time and makes their missions harder by not telling them things they need to know.

Other then those two things I quite enjoyed this comic. There’s also a good shot at Marvel and the Avengers by Yo-Yo. Besides Harley’s cape the art is actually real good.

Writer: Adam Glass

Artist: Federico Dallocchio

Rating: Full Price