I’ve read a lot of comics featuring Thanos, some of them good and some of them bad, but I never realised that I didn’t really know his origins. I knew he was a Titan and that superhero/date-rapist Starfox was his brother and that he was in love with ‘Death’ but that was it. This new mini-series delves into his past, and it’s… strange. I’m not sure why, but it’s just odd to see a character like Thanos, who is so irredeemably evil most of the time as a cute, misunderstood kid. I’m not sure how much of this origin is new but it’s just strange. Jason Aaron is once again proving himself as a supremely versatile writer, he became known for gritty, down to Earth stories like Scalped and Wolverine, but he’s just as great when off in Space with Thanos or Thor. He treats every setting with the same respect and the same focus on human (or Titan) emotions, it’s great to see. If anyone can make me care about baby Thanos, it’s Aaron. Simone Bianchi is an artist I run hot and cold on, but he’s well-suited here, his style really suits an alien world. This mini is an odd one so far, but it’s important context for Hickman’s upcoming Infinity crossover, and also probably for the next lot of Marvel Movies, so I’m excited to see where it goes and to see Thanos head towards the dark side (insert joke here about how he’s a Darkseid rip-off). I’m guessing the little girl that’s egging on Thanos to kill lizards is Death, which is interesting. We shall see.