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THANOS Week Starts Now!

With The Avengers film in theaters and the very sexy post-credit scene promising a Thanos appearance in the next installment, copies of The Infinity Gauntlet are going up in price by the day. Everyone who doesn’t know, wants to know. Everyone who already knows, wants to experience the joy of Thanos all over again.

For people of a certain age, Thanos is the king. He’s the top of the comic crossover mountain. Secret Wars gets credit for somehow being engaging despite the dumbest premise of all time, but The Infinity Gauntlet was actually good.

We’ve all acted stupid for a girl, right? Imagine how stupid you get when that girl is the personification of death. Thanos is just a fool in love.

We’ll build up to the gauntlet. In the meantime, check this Thanos appearance in Warlock written by Marv Wolfman and pencilled by Jim Starlin. Whoa.

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Apparently, No One Watches This Watch, Man

So in my search for comic book watches this week, I’ve been drowned in search term debris like this. Warlock and the Infinity Watch. A book that apparently no one cares about. Some real afterbirth here. Everyone of a certain age remembers Infinity Gauntlet with fondness. No one seems to remember the 50 books they put out trying to juice the brand. This is the most expensive asking price for this book I could find on Ebay. $4 starting bid… AND IT’S SIGNED BY ANGEL MEDINA. How overlooked is this whole period?

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Top 100 Summer Comics #24

A quicky today, my room’s a mess and I can’t get dressed. Gotta get… this post done.

#24 – Warlock and the Infinity Watch 1

1. Dig the cover. Powerful Warlock pose, got Eternity just chillin’ in the background. So cool.

2. How cool is Adam Warlock?

3. No surprise that 4/5 of the members of this cosmic team are now members of the new Guardians of The Galaxy. If you’re a fan of that series, spend the buck it will take to pick this up. Guarantee you’ll see some redeeming qualities. It still resonates with me.

4. The remaining 1/5th who was apparently replaced by a Russian space dog, an intergalactic Raccoon, and an outerspace Ent? That would be Pip, the cigar smoking troll who liked vests.

SOLD.

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Top 100 Summer Comics… #79

Crossovers are kind of a pet peeve of mine.

They all start great. Most, I should say. But inevitably, they gunk up the system. Writers are forced to change the flow of their stories to fit in with the event, and usually that leads to some pretty awkward writing.

But sometimes… very rarely… they make for some pretty cool stuff.

#79 – Infinity Gauntlet 3

Like this cover. It’s the comic equivalent of Bam-Bam. There’s nothing subtle about this coolness, it’s smashing you over the head. No nuanced writing – just every kickass Marvel character charging at you.

And as cool as the Infinity Gauntlet was, it led to the Infinity War. Which led to the Infinity Crusade. Gross.

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Well, they umm… Guard the Galaxy.

Absolutely one of the best superhero team comics in history.

The Guardians of the Galaxy. Particularly, the Jim Valentino run.

Absolutely loved it. Because it existed in it’s own pocket / alternate universe, it was able to be the sole baby of a creator who had a singular version of it that saw the characters evolve, develop, and at times die. The stories fell apart here and there, and to be honest I never really liked the whole Starhawk / Aleta back and forth, I found a real depth to the characters. And despite some falling back on Marvel mythos to create some external interest, I feel the series had a real strength to it.


Usually I recoil when I hear about a retcon or reimagined version of books I loved – but the recent version of Guardians of the Galaxy has wormed it’s way into my “relevant interests” category. Rocket Raccoon. Gamora. Adam Warlock. Right there – nuff said. I will allow my galactic Marvel fanboy fly at some point in the near future, but in the meantime, bookend your room with these two posters, celebrating some of Marvel’s finest.


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Perfect way to ring in the Summer.

I don’t know who was making the decisions over at 7-11 in the 1970’s, but bless their heart.

Their inebriated, intoxicated, comic loving heart. Who other than an absolute diehard would think…

“you know what would be cool? UATU on a SLURPEE CUP!”

And the best part is the blurb / bio on the back of each cup. Pure genius.

In the interest of space, I will give just a small sampling of my favorite. Please note the absolute Double A roster of heroes – there are definitely some bigger names from this seller that I didn’t include (Hulk, Spider-Man) but the sheer number of low level Marvel heroes is astounding.

I implore you to click through and read the bios. And also spend some time perusing the rest of the items from this seller. Some real gems, but staying in the Slurpee realm, please note two of my other favorites: Native American Rain-In-The-Face and Kansas City Chiefs QB John Stenerud!


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Infinity Gauntlet, the poster

Thanos. Adam Warlock. Gamora. Nebula. Silver Surfer.

And one of my favorite Captain America scenes. 

That’s right woodchuck chuckers – it’s the Infinity Gauntlet. Unlike it’s sequel and trequel… this miniseries ruled. It was the first major stand alone series post Secret Wars, as crossover events such as Inferno and Acts of Vengeance didn’t have any stand alone issues. The ‘Gauntlet jumped off the stands at me from the first issue, the cover just a magnificent and dark piece that made me go… wha??

And it just so happens here’s a banger of a poster that replicates that very cover. So cool. Up until this point in my life, I didn’t know what the infinity gems were. Life has been made THAT much better because of this knowledge. Thanks, Jim Starlin and George Perez.

What’s good?

I was about to write about how this would be something on my list of “to check out” for anyone who’s been away from comics for a minute.

Then I remembered what I’m about to dive into. 

So rather, I’d like to say this is a great series for people either into comics now, or who have at some point been knee deep in comics, because the ANNIHILATION series isn’t really a starter kit to hand to your little brother.

For the casual fan, I’d say this is STILL a great read. You need to really read up to follow however. This is a definite sci-fi space adventure that while light on continuity is heavy on characters, from obscure to uber-obscure. Let’s be real – when Adam Warlock, Nova, Ronan the Accuser, and the Super Skrull are your big names, you might go over the heads of some weekend readers. (Okay, okay… this guy named the SILVER SURFER shows up for a minute too…) However I would plead that this is a well paced, nicely developed cosmic story that has a great flow – particularly the first part of this epic, the “ANNIHILATION” proper section.

 

Keith Giffen gets and deserves the credit for crafting the story the redefined the Marvel cosmic universe, and eventually passing that torch along to the creative team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, who are the architects of all things cosmic at this point it seems. 

As a long time science fiction fan on top of the whole comic obsession, Marvel has rarely done a top notch job with their journeys into space. They’ve developed some excellent characters but outside of a really solid run of Silver Surfer from Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, there has never been a concise nook for this realm in the Marvel U. Even admirable attempts such as Operation Galactic Storm, an early 90’s Avengers crossover, failed to hit the mark. I have a lot to say about the Infinity Gauntlet, War, and Crusade, but that’s for a later post. Up until here, if you wanted a solid space odyssey, you’ll have to pull out some Chris Claremont X-Men with a solid Shi’ar appearance. 

While “CONQUEST” doesn’t really have the same power as the original series, it still a worthwhile read. I felt as though the appearance of Ultron weakened the series, but at the end of the day it still worked. I mentioned the plethora of obscure characters who appear – on top of that any number of quality new characters pop up, and that’s always a fresh breath of air to long time readers.

While each of these collections will cost you over $25 off the shelf, you can save about $10 a pop by scooping them up here. Hey, while we’re at here’s ALL of the posted books for $35. Wow.

Highly recommended. Great mix of artists work on over 1500 pages of cosmic action, with a great and mutlifaceted storyline. 

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