When last we left Thanos, he was dying. Bleeding from the face, weak in the knees, angry that he's mortal... dying. His family members know it too and a small cabal has formed to try to speed Thanos to the not so loving arms of Death. Now that we have the plot in place, where will the story go from here?
Well, to paradise. The planet Nulla has been a safe haven for countless millennia. The inhabitants of the world live at peace with nature and have developed a kind of pre-industrial utopia. Known around the galaxy as having some of the best herbal medicines, Thanos seeks to cure himself through more... tribal means. When they can't help him, he does what he does best: he murders everyone on the planet.
Meanwhile, his son is trying to get everybody in his little conspiracy on the same page. Nebula and Eros need some convincing, but ultimately decide that it is in their best interest to act rather than wait for Thanos to find a cure.
Which, of course he is trying to do. This leads him to a scientific research facility under the protection of the Shi'ar Empire. The tiny moon has some of the best minds in the galaxy, including his father, Mentor. After several threats to the facilities personnel, Mentor agrees to find out what's wrong with his son. He figures out that the disease that is killing Thanos is working very quickly, in fact, his son has two weeks left to live with no hope of a cure in time.
So Thanos kills his father.
Thanos is one bad giant purple dude.
Despite that, nothing really developed narrative wise in this comic. The conspirators made little head way. Thanos is no closer to a cure, though he did find out how long he has to live. Lot's of fuzzy aliens that nobody cares about died to bring us this story. Maybe this is Lemire going with a slow build up to meaningful action (because most of the action has been one sided), but he needs to get a move on if he wants to keep readers interested.
Good thing he has Mike Deodato Jr to make the story pretty. The artwork is truly compelling even if the story isn't right now. I'm not saying I enjoy watching weaklings get murdered over and over, but if I have to, than Deodato better be showing me how it's done.
I'm hoping this book was just a bridge from a really promising start to some compelling action, but I can't rate this this as high as I did the previous one. See you next month in hopes I was right.
Rating: 7/10 Smothering Babies