Eternals: Thanos Rises #1
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Dustin Weaver
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: In his quest to change Eternals existence, a scientist will bring about the biggest threat in the entire galaxy.
Thousands of years ago, the Eternals were at war. With forces surrounding their resurrection areas, Ikaris barely escapes and goes to find A’Lars. His return also includes a stowaway in the form of Sprite who finds herself answering for her betrayal and siding with the opposition. Surrounded by Ikaris, Thena and Phastos, Sprite comes baring a message that there is a way to end the conflict. Daina brings the leaders of the opposing forces together to work towards a truce between the factions.
In the aftermath of the conflict, Daina has a proposal for both sides. One that neither embraces, but both agree to. A’Lars travels in exile to Titan to find a fellow exile to continue his bold experiment with. After rebuilding Titan, Mentor and Sui-San eventually decide to take another new step. Unfortunately, that new step will give birth to Thanos. When Thanos’ nature leads to the end of his parents, their return to the Eternals could lead to the destruction of the planet.
The Story: Gillen crafts an epic and entertaining story in this issue. Not only is the retelling of Thanos’ origin well told, but the bigger conflict among the Eternals and their purpose is turned into a thrilling and thought provoking adventure. The story is layered and filled with both intrigue and interesting characters that come together to weave a compelling history of the Eternals.
The Art: Weaver does brilliant work with the art in the issue. The style is perfect and harkens back to Kirby and the early Eternals stories. There is a timeless element to the visuals that seamlessly weave together the past and the present.