Man, this is quite a week for Jason Aaron, new issues of Thor and X-Men, and also the final issue of this excellent mini-series, a story that really has turned me around on Thanos. Without this series, I would not be enjoying Infinity nearly as much, and it’s all thanks to Aaron and Bianchi’s dark, twisted, but surprisingly nuanced take on Thanos.
This finale is some heavy shit, as Thanos nukes the hell out of Titan, killing almost everyone on the planet, until it’s only him and his father left alive. The confrontation between Thanos and his dad was brilliantly written, and I loved how Thanos was forced to confront whether or not Death was real. I’m not sure myself if Death is real, and I don’t think it particularly matters why Thanos is a killer. But still, that moment where they finally kiss was fantastic, especially since it looked like Bianchi adjusted his art slightly, or maybe it was the colouring, but it looked less like a page of comic art and more like a fucked-up painting. It was great.
The final scene was also chilling, as we see that Thanos seems to have turned his back on Death and left her on Titan for all this time. I’m sure there are some fans of the old Jim Starlin stories that are annoyed by these retcons, but this story works for me, and it’s made this character into someone truly interesting to me. I mean, I liked his role fine in Giffen and DnA’s cosmic stories, but now he’s more than just a quasi-Darkseid to me, he’s a truly great villain, and one that’s awesome to read about in Infinity, and wow, I really hope that when the Marvel movies get around to using him (Avengers 3 I guess?), they use Aaron’s version.