Graphic Novel Review: Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Avengers Redux
- Credit: Archant
Marvel’s mightiest heroes versus Thanos. ‘Nuff said.
The mad god Thanos, lover of Death and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet, is one of the deadliest foes the Avengers have ever faced, both in comics and on the big screen, and the character for whom creator Jim Starlin is certainly best known.
To celebrate the release of the Infinity War movie, Panini have put together a compilation of some of their greatest battles, cosmic confrontations of cataclysmic potential which also feature the likes of Captain Mar-Vell, Spider-Man, the Thing and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Although the Avengers’ name is on the cover, make no mistake, this is Thanos’ story, and we are all the better for this journey through his brutal career. Unlike DC’s similar-looking Darkseid, there’s a sense of pathos and nobility about his counterpart, albeit traits which have been virtually crushed out in his quest for the ultimate annihilation of all life.
You may also want to watch:
Although it skips his earliest appearances in Iron Man, the issues collected here unquestionably include not only some of the all-time greatest Thanos stories, but also some of the stand-out strips in the Avengers’ half-century publication history.
Starlin proves his career-defining talent for cosmic epics in the Avengers/Captain Marvel stoyrline, one of the very earliest examples of a multi-title crossover, a trick he repeated in the 1977 Avengers and Marvel Two-in-One annuals, this time also drawing Spidey, Adam Warlock and the Thing into the fray.
- 1 Verulamium splash park closed unexpectedly
- 2 Could Aldi be coming to Harpenden?
- 3 Teen gang attacks boy in Verulamium Park
- 4 Harpenden man charged after journalist chased through Whitehall
- 5 Harpenden retailers call on county to end town centre road closures
- 6 100 homes approved at appeal for Green Belt land
- 7 Freedom Day: More than half of Herts residents welcome delay to lockdown easing
- 8 It's showtime at Rothamsted with West End stars performing in 'Musicals at the Manor'
- 9 Resident accused of 'land-grab' over bid to annexe amenity space
- 10 George Street traders call for permanent pedestrianisation as street closure debate continues
These tales of Thanos’ first incarnation are benchmarks for the character and superhero comics in general, and ultimately proved that the mad Titan was best handled by his creator, with other writers never quite capturing the blend of nihilism and ambition which Starlin achieves.
The other stories contained in this book include a Brian Michael Bendis team-up between the Avengers and the Guardians and a hopelessly-outmatched Spider-Man’s clash with Thanos, which are decent enough, but you’re really paying the entry fee for the Starlin strips.
The Platinum line shows no signs of slowing down, with a fresh volume of skilfully blended issues accompanying every new Marvel movie, and our collections of graphic novels are all the richer as a result. Exquisite.