The Infinity Gauntlet
By: Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, George Pérez
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail, the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else. Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth’s super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god’s insane plunge into galactic self-destruction.
With Avengers: Infinity War out in theatres, I wanted to check out the comics and what storylines were adapted for the big screen (partly in an effort to avoid spoilers–I want to see the movie for myself! (So please, no spoilers about the movie (even though I think I have some idea of what happened based on the little hints I’ve heard so far)).
Oh man, this issue was crazy. Everything I imagined about Thanos and what I heard about his love for Mistress Death, about his use of the Infinity Gauntlet, of the superheroes of the Marvel universe coming together to face him…It’s all here. And it’s pretty insane. And for a comic of its time it gets pretty graphic as the stakes are high, the collective powers of the superheroes we know isn’t enough to even scratch Thanos that yeah, some pretty massive heavyhitters from the Marvel mythology has to step in to fight Thanos…and even THAT gets pretty nutty. But the concept is fascinating anyway. How do you defeat the mad Titan bent on nihilism, destruction, and pleasing Death? What can the gauntlet do? As a bonus, we haven’t seen the Soul Stone yet on the MCU so it was interesting to see it bear such a prominent role in this comic.
Adam Warlock lays a major role in this comic. Perhaps a little too out of the blue and OP–something even our familiar characters point out–but he is vital in the charge against Thanos. I totally forgot that they may or may not have hinted about him at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2 and I don’t know if they plan on introducing him in the MCU or who might take some of his role instead. I don’t know what to make of him, really, he was integral in some sense and at the same time some of what he did was pretty ballsy and at the same time incredibly…harsh? Is that the word I’m looking for without giving away spoilers?
I don’t know what else to say about this comic, really, except that I read this in one sitting, I just had to find out what happened next. The concepts and the art that reflected these ideas were really cool, and the stakes were just so high here, I guess that added in compelling me to finish reading this in one go. Definitely worth checking out!
(And now I reeeeeeeeally have to check out the movie)