Title: The Infinity Gauntlet.
Writer(s): Jim Starlin.
Penciller(s): George Pérez & Ron Lim.
Inker(s): Josef Rubinstein, Tom Christopher & Bruce N Solotoff.
Colourist(s): Max Scheele & Ian Laughlin.
Letterer(s): Jack Morelli.
Release Date: September 28th 2011 (first published July 1991).
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
As we approach the grand finale to Marvel’s cinematic universe and its Thanos story arc with Avengers 4: Endgame, fans all around the world remain fidgety in hopes of finding out soon enough what will happen to their favourite superheroes as the nihilist villain Thanos continues his onslaught towards cleansing the universe no matter the cost. The Russo brothers directing these movies have so far stunned the world with one of the most shocking endings whilst delivering a compelling action-packed movie where the stakes were at their maximum peak. Drawing upon the original comic book story arcs on Thanos’ hunt for all the Infinity Stones, the movie does an incredible job in being concise and well-structured even when Disney had yet to have complete control on all the Marvel superheroes since their predicament forbidding them of having Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four or having complete control on Sony’s Spider-Man. However, the original story that gave fans one of the most epic crossover event of all time involves far more heroes than Disney could ever possibly introduce in one movie, with yet to be included heroes and villains such as the New Warriors, the X-Men, cosmic entities and so many other. The question is hence asked: What does it take to take down Thanos before it’s too late?
What is The Infinity Gauntlet about? The story follows Thanos after he acquires the Infinity Stones and successfully attaches them to his gauntlet. With his newly acquired godlike powers, he looks into seducing Mistress Death, the ultimate living embodiment of death within the Marvel universe who is either portrayed as a purpled-hooded beautiful woman or a skeleton. As he attempts various strategies that imply a twisted sense of humour and exaggerated use of power to get Mistress Death to fall in love with him—or at least to talk to him. Among his strategies to win her affection, he uses his powers to eliminate half of the living beings in the universe. This is when the guardian of the Soul World, Adam Warlock, leads the remaining of the universe’s greatest heroes in a war against Thanos. With different strategies up his sleeves, Adam Warlock, with the help of The Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange, look to dethrone Thanos from his newly acquired status as a God and to find a way to bring back all those who perished from this war.
If you thought cosmic battles weren’t epic, leave it to Jim Starlin and his Thanos story arc to prove you wrong. Collecting issues #1-6 of the limited series, this story arc is jam-packed with action sequences involving countless heroes and villains whose reputation precedes them. This cosmic event doesn’t solely implicate the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, as the Disney Marvel movies portray, but actually brings together heroes and villains from all around the universe who are touched by Thanos’ ruthless decision to snap half the universe out of it. The story thoroughly investigates the consequences of all his actions and effortlessly highlights the insanity of his behaviour that is essentially oriented with the goal to capturing Mistress Death’s attention, even if she seems unimpressed by everything he does. It is worth noting that the odds that this story arc will be covered by the upcoming movie are slim and that the Russo brothers are likely to bring great changes to the original story arc to build their finale with the limited cards they have in their hands.
The artwork style is reminiscent of the 90s and doesn’t ever break away from it even with two artists having worked on this volume. As superstar George Pérez and co-artist Ron Lim drew Thanos’ hungry quest for power, they also do not hesitate to convey through their art the cosmic scale of this ultimate threat to the universe. In fact, the battles in this story arc include characters that have specific roles within the Marvel universe that you would normally take for granted, such as love or death. It was not only fascinating to see how they were all handled but to also see how they all react to Thanos’ decision-making and watch as their own issues are brought onto the table. What follows in this story are battles of grandeur that seek to re-establish the status quo. The colours are also incredibly flashy, often playing with primary colours in a psychedelic visual style that is easily observable in the various explosions of remarkable sizes. It’s safe to say that the poetic and extravagant dialogues go perfectly well with the volatile artwork.
The Infinity Gauntlet is an epic cosmic event that explores an alien’s self-absorbed, deep-rooted and blinded crusade to seduce Death no matter the costs to the universe and the beings that live within it.
Did you know Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019) are partially based on The Infinity Gauntlet story arc? While the movies aren’t entirely loyal to the source material, a lot of its screenplay draws inspiration from the comic book! Will you be seeing the 4th Avengers movie in theaters? How excited are you? 😀