OK, I'm a big fan of the Marvel cosmic scene, always have been and probably always will be.
Let me get this out there. Thanos Imperative, brilliant story, brilliant comic. In my opinion its the best cosmic event DnA have put out since they took over the from Giffen's original Annihilation, which is in my mind, arguably the best cosmic event story since Infinity Guantlet.
There is just one sticking point I have with Thanos Imperative. They didn't need to write it or to be more clear, execute it in the way they done.
Lets go back a few years, Thanos was dead. He was killed, rightly and finally by Drax. The way Drax did it was both beautiful and absolute. Not just the actual killing strike but the entire comic, the lengths he went to in order to just get to Thanos.
Thanos' story was all but over, he died, he was with Death, if you read the Thanos series prior you'd understand that that piece of character development had gone full circle and blossomed. I would have been happy never to have seen Thanos again except in abstract form alongside Death.
I was looking forward to getting to know this Thanos:
They didn't need to bring him back.
Phyla-Vell, and this is what really bugs me. She went through huge swathes of character development, first as Quasar and then as Martyr. She was the new 'Avatar of Death'. Lord Mar-Vell himself the Avatar would try to hide its true nature. Thanos is hardly the best attempt at hiding that nature. Quite besides which, how much cooler would it have been for Phyla, who has always struggled under her Father's legacy, to finally meet him.
I mean the concepts of Life and Death are already juxtaposed and flipped on their head: Life being evil and Death being good. What two better characters to have this played out other than those in the Captain Mar-Vell legacy, given the original characters so honest and upsetting death to cancer. In contrast Thanos has already been done.
So here we have it, Thanos yet again the nihilist, being forced fed into the hell he would call life either worshipping death or dealing it. It's no longer irnoic that Thanos should worship Death and save the Universe. It's boring, and while the comic is superb and it is. I feel sold short. We know Thanos will stop Captain Marvel, we know he'll either live or die.
My second issue is the Guardians of the Galaxy, I simply cannot keep up with all the characters. Where is Groot, Moondragon, Jack Flag?