Published on June 18th, 2019 | by Tony Smith
Thanos: Death Sentence Review
Summary: Thanos: Death Sentence is an insightful insight into the Mad Titan by comic scribe Stuart Moore!
Thanos has risen!
Legendary comic writer Stuart Moore delivers an engaging story about the Mad Titan, Thanos, the destroyer of worlds who gives the reader an insightful look into the psyche of this powerful villain who has been a deadly problem for the people of Earth. The story commence with Thanos arriving on Earth and unlike the film (Avengers: Infinity War), he is defeated by the Avengers and their allies, even with him wielding the legendary Infinity Stones and the gauntlet. Needless to say, things don’t go well for the Mad Titan and Stuart Moore really sets the scene of this novel in the first few chapters.
Broken and defeated, Thanos seeks Death in order to make himself strong again so that he can challenge the Avengers again who have been a thorn in his side. However there is a price as Death sends the Mad Titan on quest of self-discovery and when this “god” has no memories of his past experiences, the writer creates an interesting story as we literally see what makes Thanos tick and the events that led him to become who he is today. You could easily consider this story a villainous take on Eat, Pray, Love which ironically suits this premise well.
With a trio of quests for Thanos, this novel does sound like a premise out of a video game, however Stuart Moore’s knowledge of the Marvel universe is unparalleled as he explorers the outer and alien worlds of the comic books. Needless to say, Thanos is an emotional and flawed being which is highlighted in the book, especially the story that focuses on him having a family.
However his brutality is also highlighted when he joins the nefarious organisation known as the Black Order. Furthermore, the Thanos: Death Sentence is well-written (& executed-HA!) and for the majority flows well, even though at times, the dialogue can become a little heavy. Moore’s world-building (or universe building) is excellent and he really brings the variety of characters that Thanos encounters to life, even with superfluous Death who holds the power in this particular situation for the Mad Titan.
While this is not an Avengers book per se, it was also fun seeing these heroes in action who do manage to defeat Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. So while the ending of this book is different than Avengers: Infinity War, this is just another story in the Marvel Comic Book multiverse. All in all, a fun read from start to finish with a few unexpected twists along the way.
If you’re a fan of the Marvel Comic Universe or need another fix of the Mad Titan, then Thanos: Death Sentence by Stuart Moore is that book as he takes you into the mind of one of the Avengers most powerful villains. Sure, some of the story is a little clichéd and predictable but overall, it’s enjoyable read from start to finish.