Okay, when we last aw Thanos he was a statue.  In “The Death of Captain Marvel,” Marvel’s first original graphic novel and the one that proved that a large-size, long-form comic could not only sell but sell extremely well, we ambiguously see Thanos appear in the bedroom of the dying Captain Marvel.


Everyone knows by now that Marv-Vell was dying of cancer, and the book is basically his crossing over into death.  It’s fitting that Thanos, Captain Marvel’s greatest opponent, is there to help him across.IMG_7978

If you haven’t read this book, you really should.  Even if you don’t like Thanos (although if you don’t like Thanos, why are you reading this post?)–and even if you don’t like cosmic stories. It’s a powerful tale, and an excellent representation of the comic medium.

Jim Starlin, at the top of his game.

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