Jonathan Hickman & Jim Cheung are prepping a new Thanos story for Free Comic Book Day this year which, according to Marvel’s Editor-in-chief, Axel Alonso, will play a massive role later this year.
“We’ve said how ‘Nova,’ ‘Thanos Rising,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Avengers’ are all shaping the future of the Marvel Universe — this image will very specifically answer the question of ‘How?'” Alonso continued. “Our FCBD issue features an all-new story that leads into a huge epic later in the year, along with a heavily demanded reprint of a character’s first solo story and a beautiful new cover by one of our top cover artists. This same cover will be on FCBD t-shirts this year, so that gives you an idea of the scale and importance of what we’re bringing you this year.”
Related: Here’s a knitted Infinity Gauntlet. I could pretend I don’t want this, but I REALLY want this.
From Comic Book Resources, an in-depth look at the Marvel Universe origins of the Soul (later Infinity) gems. An excellent trove of Silver age panels tracing the origin and evolution of the gems. (via)
The Return of Ninjak – Interesting that Valiant, in re-launching their universe from the beginning, is bringing back a late era Valiant character in Ninjak, instead of one of their pillars like Magnus or Solar. Then again those are Gold Key characters and I’m sure Valiant wants to push their own creations. Check out the art for Ninjak’s return below, followed by a brief slideshow of Joe Quesada’s incredible art for the launch of the first Ninjak title.
-The Return of Thanos – This is a little stranger. The press release which announces what looks like two new series and an appearance in Avengers Assemble (also a new book?) actually, upon closer reading, looks like it’s Marvel re-releasing the awesome Thanos Quest two-part miniseries which led to The Infinity Gauntlet. Stranger, it then looks like Marvel’s retitled The Infinity Gauntlet as Thanos: The Final Threat with a description that sounds very Gauntlet-esque:
From creator Jim Starlin, Thanos: The Final Threat #1 follows the Mad Eternal as he gathers the cosmic Infinity Gems in a bid for interplanetary power! Can even the combined might of the Avengers, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and others stand up to Thanos might?
I reached out to my one tenuous contact at Marvel for more information but so far I’ve heard nothing back. Updates when I get them/ suss them out.
After the jump, new promo art for Ninjak & Thanos’ Quest.