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You’ve seen Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and you’re ready for more? You’re not alone. Luckily you can dive into the source material to tide you over before meeting up with Thanos again on the big screen next year.

Fascinated with Death, Thanos has always been focused to the point of delusion. See how this recurring desire always seems to comes into play when dealing with the Mad Titan. Here are 7 notable reads that are sure to enhance your Avengers: Infinity War viewing experience.

THANOS QUEST #1-2 (1990)

Jim Starlin and Ron Lim 

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

If you’re going to do a deep dive into the world of Thanos, you might as well start with the man who created him, Jim Starlin. This is Thanos’ origin story, the whys and hows of his Infinity Stone obsession are explained, as is his unending fascination with Death, herself.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Fans will be intrigued by story arcs featuring the Collector and the Grandmaster and get to meet more of the Elders of the Universe along the way.

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET #1-6 (1991)

Jim Starlin and George Perez 

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Thanos just can’t get Death off his mind. The consequences of a love spurned is the decimation of half the population with just the snap of his fingers. The aftermath of his uncontainable rage is an intergalactic battle full of intrigue and betrayal.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Doctor Strange and Nebula are key to this story, as is the alluring Soul Stone.

ANNIHILATION (2006)

Keith Giffen and Andrea Di Vito 

Annihilation (2006) #1

Annihilation (2006) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

ANNIHILATION is an epic crossover that brings together several characters from across the Marvel Cosmic Universe. If you’re looking for a space opera with a blurred line between heroes and villains, this is the adventure for you.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Appearances by the Nova Corps, Ronan the Accuser, Star-Lord, and Drax the Destroyer with a slight change to his appearance from his film version.

THANOS IMPERATIVE (2010)

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Miguel Angel Sepulveda 

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The epic culmination of the ANNIHILATION storyline, this follows the Guardians as they deal with Thanos, who is the avatar of Death, while Lord Mar-Vell is the avatar of Life. You can guess how this is going to go, they aren’t exactly going to share pleasantries over tea.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: This is the first appearance of Lord Mar-Vell—an alternate version of Captain Marvel.

INFINITY #1-6 (2013)

Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver 

Infinity (2013) #1

Infinity (2013) #1

  • Published: August 14, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 10, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

While this storyline doesn’t deal with Infinity Stones, it does highlight Thanos’ madness and what he’s capable of, especially when it comes to avenging the death of his son, Thane.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: The Black Order is a key factor in these stories and played a crucial part in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

THANOS RISING (2013)

Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi 

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

  • Published: April 03, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Cover Artist: Simone Bianchi
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Here’s how it all began—his tragic birth, oddly passive childhood, and a whole lot of gruesome killings, all leading up becoming the insane Dark Lord we know and love today. To say this is an extremely dark book is putting it mildly. You’ve been warned.

THANOS (2016)

Donny Cates and Geoffrey Shaw 

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos wins and he’s still not happy? You don’t say. I guess there’s just no pleasing people…or obsessive dark overlords. Sadness, tragedy, loneliness, internal existential conflict: thy name is Thanos.

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Take a look at Mike Deodato's redesigns of the Mad Titan and his very non-traditional family!

Death’s biggest fan scores his own ongoing comics title as THANOS #1 hits stands on November 16. Written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Mike Deodato, the series will see the Mad Titan attempt to rebuild his life after experiencing more than a few setbacks.

Thanos sets out to get closer to his days as the wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet, but soon finds himself facing off against the most dangerous people in his life: his family. Brother Starfox, son Thane, possible granddaughter Nebula, and former lover Death all have a thing or two to bring up with the would-be destroyer of creation.

We talked to Deodato about redesigning some of those classic characters, building up Thanos’ confidence and the challenges of drawing a villain of the Mad Titan’s ilk as the star of the comic.

Marvel.com: Does drawing a villain-centric book like this offer different challenges than one starring a hero?

Mike Deodato: Heroes are easy to love and to identify with, villains are tricky because, you know, they are…villains. The challenge is to make him, his personality, so fascinating that the reader will forget he is the villain and will actually start to root for him. Some TV shows have accomplished it nicely, like “Marco Polo,” “House of Cards,” and “Breaking Bad,” but it is not an easy task.

Marvel.com: Thanos’ look has stayed pretty consistent over the years. Were you able to play with the costume a bit?

Mike Deodato: I loved the way he was portrayed in the “Marvel Contest of Champions” game so I decided to go with that look with a few changes on the helmet details.

Marvel.com: Starfox, Thane, and Nebula will also be appearing. Did you put your own spin on those characters?

Mike Deodato: For Starfox we decided to start with his original costume, only making sure he looks as badass as ever. Thane, I used his current look and Nebula I chose to make it closer to the “Guardians of The Galaxy” movie version. The one character I did big changes with was The Champion. I thought he looked too tidy so I went for a more savage, dirty approach. Death will look more playful, quirky, and human instead of solemn and serious.

Marvel.com: The star of this book has been knocked down a few pegs in recent years. Does that alter how you convey him on the page?

Mike Deodato: I want him to look like a veteran scarred warrior, the type [where] you freeze just by looking at him. Because he’s been in so many battles, he is way more experienced and therefore way more dangerous.

Marvel.com: When you talked to Marvel.com about this book initially, you mentioned French sci-fi influences. What sets them apart from their American counterparts for you?

Mike Deodato: They have more of an idyllic, psychedelic, dream-like feel, I guess. I want it to contrast with the sci-fi horror apocalypse that is Thanos.

Marvel.com: In that same interview, you also mentioned a desire to draw Jeff’s stories after reading OLD MAN LOGAN and MOON KNIGHT. What was it about those stories that piqued your interest?

Mike Deodato: He has an old fashioned, yet modern way of telling stories that immerse you in the reading and forget all around it, just like all good writing should be.

The Mad Titan takes center stage once again on November 16 in the pages of THANOS #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato.

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Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato help the Mad Titan return to greatness!

Thanos, the Mad Titan, has long been considered one of the most feared beings in the Marvel Universe. Strong, cunning, and nihilistic, he could always be counted to bring destruction in his wake. Recent setbacks, however, pushed the once proud villain down from his perch.

Thanos does not take such matters lightly and stands more than ready to set things back to the way he prefers them. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato will aid and abet him in the new THANOS ongoing series this fall. They took time from their masterminding to let us peek behind the curtain.

Marvel.com: Fortunes have turned for Thanos as of late and he has lost some of the power he once boasted. Where is he at psychologically following that?

Jeff Lemire: Well, I obviously don’t want to get too spoilery, but Thanos’ recent struggles will help set up where he is at when our series begins. He is definitely in a place where he is looking to rebuild, and to reclaim what he once had.

That is never enough for Thanos [though], so it’s not really about just getting back what he had so much as taking more and more. But of course, there will be a number of obstacles that I will be placing in his way, some new things and some things, and people, from his past coming back to haunt him.

Marvel.com: Jeff, how, as a writer, are you handling his attempt at a comeback? What unique challenges does it present to write a character that’s best known as being on top when he’s low and trying to reclaim that status?

Jeff Lemire: Seeing any character struggle a bit is a good thing. Their struggles help define them and help show strengths and weaknesses. This is especially important with Thanos, who, in the past, has been almost god-like in power. But I don’t want to misrepresent anything; when our series begins, Thanos is still very powerful and very much in control of his own destiny.

Marvel.com: Mike, what’s your particular approach to the book? Do you have specific motifs or imagery that are driving your aesthetic for THANOS?

Mike Deodato: Every time I think of cosmic what comes to mind is a magazine called Heavy Metal, the American version of the revolutionary French magazine Metal Hurlant. I grew up reading those fantastic sci-fi stories by Moebius, Druillet, Richard Corben, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Enki Bilal, Caza, Serge Clerc, Alain Voss, Berni Wrightson, Milo Manara, Frank Margerin, Steranko, and many others. That is the aesthetic I am looking for.

Marvel.com: In general, what is it like to write a book from the villain’s point of view in the Marvel Universe? Any particular challenges of things you especially love?

Jeff Lemire: First off, I loved that this is an ongoing series, not a limited series. That opens up a lot of potential to establish long term plans for Thanos in the Marvel U.

Writing a villain book is completely different, and completely refreshing. The main attraction to doing this book was being able to dive into the dark side and tell a totally different type of [story] set in the Marvel U that is from a villain’s point of view. It’s forcing me to go to some new places with my writing and try new things.

As to what makes Thanos so compelling, the easy answer is that he is so powerful and so evil. This combination opens things up for a lot of story potential. But the truth is that it’s Thanos’ past that makes him so interesting. What motivates a god-like being like this? What makes him tick and what does he have left to fight for? These are compelling questions to me, and I think to the reader. But above all this series just has so much potential. Thanos can essentially become Marvel’s Darth Vader—its alpha villain.

I’ve dived pretty deep into Thanos’ publishing history to draw inspiration for the series. Of course it all starts with Jim Starlin, but I’ve also drawn from Keith Giffen’s run on THANOS as well as Jason Aaron’s THANOS RISING and the work Jonathan Hickman did in Infinity and elsewhere. I also took a good long look at Kieron Gillen’s DARTH VADER series as a template for what could be done with an ongoing villain series.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about Thanos’ son Thane? What is he like as a character? What’s driving him?

Jeff Lemire: Thane will be a major character in the series. He has gone through a rough time since readers last saw him. Beyond that, I don’t want to spoil much. If I answered any more on this, I would spoil some pretty major elements of the book.

Marvel.com: Who are some of the familiar faces we might see? Any character you are really loving to write?

Jeff Lemire: Thanos’ extended family will be central in the supporting cast. Starfox and Thane have major roles, as does Nebula.

Starfox in particular has become really interesting to me. He’s such an underrated and underused character. He is Thanos’ brother and in many ways Thanos’ opposite. To me this makes him a really central character in what I want to do. I’d like to shed new light on Starfox, add new depths to him and peel back that fun-loving surface layer and see what else is going on there. I think he is a pretty complex character.

Marvel.com: Mike, given the book’s galactic setting, there is more freedom in terms of portraying the world of the story. Where did you seek inspiration for things like the architecture and transportation devices of the book?

Mike Deodato: I want it to look futuristic but creepy at the same time, so Moebius and Giger are my main inspiration here.

Marvel.com: When we talk Thanos, Death never seems far behind. What, if any, part might Death play in Thanos’ life now?

Jeff Lemire: Death will play a key role in the series, but in a way that we have not seen before. Her relationship and connection to Thanos has changed since we saw her last and this will affect Thanos and many others.

Marvel.com: How is the collaboration? How do both your approaches help one another realize their full vision for the book.

Mike Deodato: I have been following [Jeff’s] amazing work on MOON KNIGHT and OLD MAN LOGAN thinking, “Man, I’d love to draw that!” and now I have my chance.

As they say, “be careful with what you wish for.” [Laughs]

Jeff Lemire: Mike is amazing. A great guy and a great artist. I’ve admired his work for years so it’s a thrill to work with him on this series. I think he’s perfect for it.

Mike brings big, bold cinematic storytelling with an edge of darkness to it. As we saw with his work on VADER DOWN, he is perfect for this series and the tone I want to strike. Very excited to be working with Mike! I had more fun writing #1 than I have writing anything in a long time. It is very fun to be very bad.

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Experience Wolverine's final adventure this September!

It’s the story that has the whole world talking, and Marvel is proud to officially unveil your first look at DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2, the second chapter of the blockbuster four-issue event beginning in September! Witness the end of the best there is at what he does, as he makes his valiant last stand against scores of deadly foes.

Superstar creators Charles Soule and Steve McNiven unite to take Wolverine back to the choked and claustrophobic streets of Madripoor, as the once indestructible killing machine paints the town red!

A deal gone wrong sends an injured Wolverine into a battle he can’t hope to win! But who’s pulling the strings? Among the perilous streets of the world’s most dangerous city stalks a villain who seeks Wolverine’s head – and has some interesting plans on how to claim it!

Each issue of Death of Wolverine is oversized and features stunning Weapon Etched Holo Foil cover treatment. Exclusively crafted for this series, each foil-wrapped issue of DEATH OF WOLVERINE is poised to leap off comic shop shelves come September!Time is running out for the Wolverine. The epic end of the world’s most famous X-Man is upon us, and no fan can afford to miss out on the spectacular DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2 when it hits comic shops and digital devices in September!

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #2 (JUN140601)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Canada Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAY148257)
Variant Cover by LEINIL YU (APR148360)
On-Sale – 09/10/2014

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This May, the creators of Infinity Gauntlet return to the Mad Titan!

This May, experience an untold tale of the Mad Titan in the THANOS ANNUAL, written by legendary Thanos scribe Jim Starlin and drawn by INFINITY GAUNTLET artist Ron Lim!

Thanos Annual #1 cover by Dale Keown

Thanos Annual #1 cover by Dale Keown

Learn how a devastating defeat in Thanos’ past sets into motion cataclysmic events that cannot be undone. Facing his own demise, Thanos welcomes the afterlife, expecting to be greeted by his one true love, Death. He was wrong. At the edge of his life, Thanos is greeted by the malicious Mephisto!

“Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, the team that brought you the classic INFINITY GAUNTLET, are reuniting in THANOS ANNUAL to tell a brand-new story that paves the road to Starlin’s upcoming Thanos original graphic novel,” says Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “If that’s not essential reading in a year when Marvel Comics is bridging the gap to the cosmos, I don’t know what is.”

But Mephisto is not alone. A mysterious being waits for the Mad Titan. A mysterious being who will take him on an unparalleled journey through space and time, providing Thanos with important glimpses into his future. His greatest triumphs, and his most crushing defeats. Now, Thanos must face down Mephisto, the Avengers, and even his future self if he is to prepare for what comes next! But can he?

Events set in motion in Thanos’ past will have devastating consequences in August’s upcoming THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION original graphic novel! Don’t miss one minute of the action as the legendary team that brought you INFINITY GAUNTLET re-teams for the THANOS ANNUAL this May!

THANOS ANNUAL #1
Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by RON LIM
Cover by DALE KEOWN
Variant Covers by JIM STARLIN & RON LIM
On-Sale This May!

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From Reed and Sue to Luke and Jessica plus everybody in between, take a look back at over seven decades of love and loss!

From the tender travails of Timely upstart MILLIE THE MODEL to the cerebral liaisons of Legion and Blindfold, love springs eternal in the pages of Marvel Comics.

Though some may balk at the very notion of “kissing books,” longtime readers know that romance churns at the very heart of adventure; that a heady rush of pheromones ferments between flesh and spandex like nowhere else in the known world. Try as they might, the privates entrenched on love’s battlefield can hardly hide their longing—even with a carefully placed Hawkeye head—for dedicated teammates, for some time enemies, for the boy or girl next door. Our heroes pair off early, sometimes often. They form tragic triangles. They build empires. They win at love and just as often lose.

This Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the many loves of Marvel.

Spider-Man: Blue (2002) #5

Spider-Man: Blue (2002) #5

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Prolific Peter Parker—aka Spider-Man—got friendly with much of the neighborhood, as young writer Stan Lee transitioned from traditional romance comics to the universal concerns of the hot-blooded American teenager. Peter found himself bitten not just by a radioactive spider. He first flirted with Betty Brant at the Daily Bugle before a tragic romance with Gwen Stacy ended in the girl’s death. That loss, mingled with the earlier murder of his uncle, continues to inform Peter’s mission. All the while, his Aunt May labored to orchestrate an introduction between her nephew and Mary Jane Watson, the emerald-eyed starlet who came to catch the tiger by the tail. Peter and MJ eventually married, ushering comics’ most eligible—if consistently penniless—bachelor to a new epoch of steadfast adulthood. This fairytale union dissolved in the only way it could: through the shearing of reality’s very fabric by cruel Mephisto. MJ agreed to sacrifice all history and memory of their bond in return for Aunt May’s life and Peter’s opportunity to find hew happiness, resulting in as devastating tabula rasa as ever swept clean.

Brian Michael Bendis’ and Mark Bagley’s ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN saw a return to Peter’s period of teenage longing and romantic exploration for a new generation, even pairing him with the mutant Kitty Pryde for a time.

Daredevil (1964) #182

Daredevil (1964) #182

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Daredevil might represent an even darker side of New York’s singles scene, blindly hurtling from one doomed dalliance to the next. Matt Murdock nearly lost his former secretary and one-time love interest Karen Page to drug addiction, betrayal, a deadly pornography ring, and an HIV diagnosis, before ultimately failing to protect her from the murderous Bullseye. Matt’s heartbreakingly succinct and resigned eulogy at Karen’s wake stands out as a sobering coda to a troubled love story, and to the collateral damage so often wrought but rarely appreciated by our caped heroes. Prior to those events, Frank Miller cast the Man Without Fear alongside the assassin Elektra in what has become Marvel’s quintessential Greek tragedy; a wound routinely salted with her every return to his journey.

Some love simply fades, dimming rather than burning out in a dramatic display. Though the lingering trauma of Skrull abduction and the archer’s man-child behavior likely contribute in some way, Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse never quite recaptured that old magic with “Hawkeye” Clint Barton after her return. The two remain divorced, though they share the occasional clandestine S.H.I.E.L.D. field operation. Bobbi stuck the landing into post-marriage life, though Hawkeye’s quiver lacks Cupid’s surefire punch, leaving his flirtation with Spider-Woman as complicated as it probably ought to be. Jessica Drew see-saws over a relationship she knows bears the weight of two fully-stocked Samsonite warehouses.

Black Panther (2005) #18

Black Panther (2005) #18

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Ororo Munroe, known to the world as Storm, united mutant Utopia with the African superpower of Wakanda when she wed stoic Black Panther T’Challa amidst the throes of Civil War. The marriage came as a surprise to many, but none were caught nearly as unaware as Storm when her husband announced he annulled their marriage in the wake of a fiery conflict between the Avengers and X-Men. She ultimately turned to her longtime comrade Wolverine, finding a warm partnership built on years of friendship.

Wolverine, of course, arrived at this mature relationship only after decades of torrid affairs. Some consider Mariko Yashida his truest, most profound love. Her soul currently resides in Hell, incidentally the locale of their most recent reunion. Still, the relationship that defines Logan’s role in the X-Men continues to undoubtedly be his affection for Jean Grey and his place in that sordid triangle with her eventual husband Cyclops. In the years following Jean’s death, Scott Summers became involved with the X-Men’s former adversary Emma Frost, a relationship continually tested by erratic ambitions from either side. For his part, Logan built and named a school for Jean.

Mutants prove particularly unlucky in love. The same romance with Colossus that sent Kitty Pryde phasing through floors itself turned intangible when Piotr’s near-nihilistic penchant for self-sacrifice drove her away. 

Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #3

Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #3

  • Published: October 01, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Not every romance ends in tears, of course. Some relationships stand the test of time. Sue Storm and Reed Richards’ early bickering quickly evolved into the bedrock union of the Marvel Universe. Their marriage remains at the center of Marvel’s First Family, weathering the upheaval of Civil War and the advances of lusty Atlantean Prince Namor.

Alpha Flight and X-Men stalwart Northstar wed his civilian partner Kyle when New York City—home to throngs of super-heroes—legalized marriage equality. Their happiness endures, tempered only by the strain felt by any couple where one’s vocation demands running toward danger.

Luke Cage and Jessica Jones found each other in their time as disillusioned heroes fighting the good fight closer to the pavement. They married and conceived a child, Luke pursuing opportunities as an Avenger and the new handler for a Thunderbolts unit while Jessica distanced herself even further from her previous life as the Avenger called Jewel. With the arrival of their daughter Danielle, Luke, too, considered stepping back from reckless adventure, only to rally again with Thanos’ arrival on an unprecedentedly vulnerable Earth.

Thanos Rising (2013) #3

Thanos Rising (2013) #3

  • Published: June 05, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 02, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Cover Artist: Simone Bianchi
What is Marvel Unlimited?

It’s worth examining the aforementioned Mad Titan’s efforts in love as well. Blackhearted Thanos plundered whole worlds, sundered the very cosmos in the name of his unrequited ardor. Unfortunately, the dour lady Death never returned his affection, no matter how high he heaped the corpses, no matter how many rings—or Infinity gems—he put on it. Equally sinister Morgan Le Fay shared something like a romance with a time-traveling Doctor Doom, proving one of Marvel’s deadliest, unholiest flings.

Strange as those villainous pairings might seem, love arises in the most curious of places between the unlikeliest of partners. Professor Charles Xavier carried on the ultimate star-crossed, long-distance romance with the extraterrestrial Shi’ar warrior called Lilandra. His son David found companionship with the precog Blindfold, now the only person in the world to remember his existence after he sacrificed himself for a people that always shunned him. The mutant sorceress Wanda Maximoff wed the android Vision, a pairing that resulted in unlikely offspring.

Astonishing X-Men (2004) #51

Astonishing X-Men (2004) #51

  • Published: June 20, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Marjorie Liu
  • Cover Artist: Dustin Weaver
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Reality, of course, never stops shuffling, least of all in the Marvel Universe. Love changes like a Skrull sleeper agent in the night just as often as it persists against all odds. That’s the gamble. That’s the potential to feel love’s sting in pursuit of its caress. But as Tennyson wrote, “’Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all.”

Nuff said, Lord Alfie. Nuff said.

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