Thanos Legacy #1 Review

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Brian Level
Colour Artist: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Thanos won. He unleashed a torrent of death and destruction that left no one untouched. But readers were left wondering what came next when he returned to his own timeline with the mission of erasing what he was to become. It was a short lived mission, and he met his requiem. Cates skillfully invites the question of what comes next when the mad titan finally falls. The answers is simple. Frank Castle unleashing his flaming waste on the corpse. In all seriousness, it’s no surprise that Thanos’ brother shows up to reveal that his body is armed with a trap. The revelation that it protects his will is somewhat predictable, judging by Cates’ recent creative twists, yet Level’s artwork manages to perfectly capture the severity of the situation in the contours of Eros’ facial expression and the look in his eyes.

Thanos Legacy was a quicker read than I anticipated. I read it again immediately upon finishing it the first time and noticed that even though the story was setting up a larger narrative, it never wasted a panel or a word. Everything serves a purpose, and that is a huge testament to the creative team. One of my favourite things about the issue, aside from the pacing, is that the way the beginning and end juxtapose one another. One brother sits on his throne, the cold blue of his eyes hidden from the reader and replaced by an equally telling darkness. Thanos’ expression is ominous and stoic. The other brother is hooded. His blood soaked hand holds the will of his brother, and yet Level draws equal attention to the look in his eyes. This powerful imagery was one of my favourite aspects of the book. It works even better because Cates begins the book by declaring Thanos the end of everything and ends with the words ‘His will.’ The idea that even in death he will still win and still end everything is chilling. It was on my mind from the moment that his head first hit the ground. His legacy will undoubtedly be full of unforeseen circumstances, and this issue does a commendable job of making the wait for the answers a pain. I believe that Thanos Legacy was worth the wait and I’m giving it 8 out of 10.


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