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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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T’Challa joins the Illuminati in an attempt to protect the multiverse!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The Black Panther discovered something incredible in NEW AVENGERS #1: the incursion of an entire universe upon his own, and a woman named Black Swan who seemed to be facilitating the event.

New Avengers (2013) #1

New Avengers (2013) #1

  • Published: January 02, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 08, 2013
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Jock
What is Marvel Unlimited?

In NEW AVENGERS #2, T’Challa played host to members of the so-called “Illuminati,” high-profile heroes self-tasked to protect their world. He relayed his findings of the incursions to them, and they in turn suggested gathering the Infinity Stones to stop their progress. Despite his desire to kill Namor, a member of the Illuminati who was also responsible for past destruction in Wakanda, the Panther joined with his fellows to hunt for the Stones in NEW AVENGERS #3. Once assembled into the Infinity Gauntlet, Captain America used them to halt an incursion, and in doing so, shattered the Stones.

T’Challa and the others decided to seek more Infinity Stones in alternate universes in NEW AVENGERS #4, but ran afoul of a variant Galactus and his herald, Terrax. The Black Panther disagreed mightily with his companions in NEW AVENGERS #5 over their willingness to work with Black Swan, a decision that led them to Latveria to stop another incursion.

New Avengers (2013) #4

New Avengers (2013) #4

  • Published: March 20, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 23, 2013
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Jock
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Strange blue skies met the Illuminati in NEW AVENGERS #6, and T’Challa mourned the loss of the man he used to be as he himself pulled the trigger on the death of another universe. Back in Wakanda, Namor asked for peace between his Atlantis and the African nation in NEW AVENGERS #7, and T’Challa sought advice from his friend Reed Richards before his sister Shuri officially refused Namor’s entreaty and declared war.

In NEW AVENGERS #8, Wakanda attacked Atlantis, a preamble to the mad space tyrant Thanos’ invasion of Earth to find his lost son. While the main team of Avengers made plans to travel into outer space to stop an alien invasion in INFINITY #1, Black Panther helped his people fight off the Black Order’s invasion of his beloved country in NEW AVENGERS #9.

The Inhumans’ king, Black Bolt, summoned the Panther and the Illuminati to Attilan in INFINITY #2 to inform them of Thanos’ purpose on Earth. The heroes left to seek that individual in NEW AVENGERS #10, which put T’Challa on his trail at the Caalsberg Ridge. The quest continued in INFINITY #3, while Black Bolt tried to stop Thanos by himself.

New Avengers (2013) #10

New Avengers (2013) #10

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Black Order returned to Wakanda in NEW AVENGERS #11, while the Illuminati met the Builders, an ancient race of aliens with designs on Earth. The Black Panther witnessed Wakanda in flames in INFINITY #5, a result of the Black Order’s attack, and joined with the Illuminati to defend Necropolis and its cache of incursion-stopping bombs from Thanos’ lust for power.

When Shuri believed T’Challa to be conspiring with Namor, Wakanda’s greatest enemy, she banished him to the Necropolis in NEW AVENGERS #12. Later, the Illuminati built a device to view incoming “incursions,” invasions by other universes, in NEW AVENGERS #13, and the Panther saw the death of two alternate versions of himself.

Armed with more information about The Black Swan, gleaned in NEW AVENGERS #15, T’Challa discovered a group of champions not unlike him and his fellow Illuminati in NEW AVENGERS #16. Called the Great Society, the Panther and Namor observed the team in NEW AVENGERS #17, and realized that fate intended them to meet. The Illuminati flew off to Egypt to confront the latest incursion in NEW AVENGERS #18, but Black Panther cautioned his comrades of the evil in destroying other heroes.

New Avengers (2013) #17

New Avengers (2013) #17

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Upon the Illuminati meeting the Great Society in NEW AVENGERS #19, both groups debated their ability to work together to stop the clash of universes. Ultimately, the Society decided to battle the Illuminati, and T’Challa entered into combat with the hero called The Rider in NEW AVENGERS #20, while Doctor Strange cast a dark spell to summon a horrific creature. In the middle of it all, the ghost of the Panther’s father appeared in NEW AVENGERS #21 to urge his son to detonate the bomb to destroy the Great Society’s Earth, but when T’Challa refused, his father stripped him of his kingdom and status.

After Namor destroyed the alternate Earth, the Black Panther attacked The Sub-Mariner in NEW AVENGERS #22. Namor declared his action to be inevitable and also admitted he’d sent Thanos and his Black Order to Wakanda, which prompted T’Challa to promise to kill him. Just then, another incursion alert sounded, but the Illuminati would not rise to meet it. With the ultimate end for Earth approaching, the Panther visited his former queen Storm in NEW AVENGERS #23, but the time of incursion passed without incident, mystifying the heroes.

New Avengers (2013) #23

New Avengers (2013) #23

  • Published: August 20, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 16, 2015
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
What is Marvel Unlimited?

A shadowy figure enlisted The Black Panther to follow a trail of clues identifying the Watcher’s murderer in ORIGINAL SIN #1. Together with other heroes, T’Challa tracked the mystery to chambers below the Earth and to a satellite in orbit. There he learned of Nick Fury’s involvement in the case in ORIGINAL SIN #5, and of a secret he and Doctor Strange vowed to keep in ORIGNAL SIN #8.

Namor freed the villains held captive by the Illuminati and joined with them in NEW AVENGERS #24 to block incursions. T’Challa and Shuri attempted to seize the Illuminati’s world-destroying bombs from the Necropolis, but when the Cabal stood in their way, the Panther reluctantly left his sister behind to face certain death at their hands. In their new hideout, the Illuminati welcomed T’Challa, but the Panther brought only the bad news of Wakanda’s fall to the villains.

New Avengers (2013) #28

New Avengers (2013) #28

  • Published: December 24, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 29, 2015
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Caught up in the impending incursions of entire universes with his own, The Black Panther and his fellow Illuminati clashed with Captain America in Spain in AVENGERS #39, but discovered it to be trap. Faced with multiple teams of Avengers, T’Challa and his comrades tried to fight their way out of the noose in NEW AVENGERS #28 until stopped by Sue Richards.

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Editor Tom Brevoort talks about the finale of Infinity, including what it means for the Avengers, Thanos and the Inhumans!

Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 112.5

Download ‘This Week in Marvel’ Episode 112.5

Editor Tom Brevoort swings by to wrap up INFINITY, discussing the art process, what comes next and much more, plus answering your questions!

Download episode #112.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom. 

We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!

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Don't miss the heart-stopping conclusion to the biggest comic event of the year!

Infinity #6 preview art by Jim Cheung

It’s all come down to this! Marvel is proud to present your first look at INFINITY #6, the final epic chapter in the blockbuster comic event of the year, brought to you by the star studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung! Earth isn’t the only “Avengers World” anymore! Races from all across the galaxy now stand united in an Avengers Universe! Only with their combined might can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes make their final stand against the destructive alien race known as the Builders.

Now, as the Avengers’ astronomic altercation to save an entire universe draws to its epic conclusion, the greatest threat has arrived at their own front door! Earth has been laid siege by Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless marauder. The Avengers have returned home to their foremost fear: a broken and destroyed planet. Attilan lays in ruins as Thanos makes his final play to capture his wayward son Thane. But what will remain of Earth once he catches his prey?

“Will the Avengers cavalry arrive in time to save Earth?  And indeed, what will be left on Earth to save?” says Marvel Comics Editor In Chief Axel Alonso.  ”We promised an epic ending, and we’re going to deliver one — along with an eye-popping epilogue that’ll have readers buzzing about the future of the Marvel Universe.”

This is the one you’ve been waiting for! All-out war between the heroes of Earth and the forces of Thanos – and the results will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe for years to come! Don’t miss the cataclysmic conclusion to what’s been called “Marvel’s strongest event series in years” when INFINITY #6 hits this November!

INFINITY #6
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by JIM CHEUNG
Cover by ADAM KUBERT
Variant Covers by Skottie Young, Jerome Opeña,
In-Hyuk Lee, & Terry Dodson Also Available
FOC – 10/28/13  On-Sale 11/20/13

Every issue of INFINITY includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of INFINITY features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

The Biggest Heroes.  The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Sacrifices. This is Marvel’s INFINITY.

Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelINFINITY and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel!

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Get the second printing with a new cover by Jim Cheung!

It’s the marquee comics event of 2013, and today Marvel is proud to announce that INFINITY #1 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at retail level) and will be immediately going back to press. Fans everywhere have been waiting for this moment, and today they can finally experience the cosmos-shattering conflict that will redefine not just the Avengers, but the entire Marvel Universe! From the superstar team of Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung, it’s the Avengers and a destructive alien race in a cosmic tug-of-war for the fate of the Marvel Universe!

Fans and critics agree, Infinity is a smash hit!

Infinity #1 Second Printing variant cover by Jim Cheung

“Infinity has the ambition and sense of the unknown and unexpected that any good event — nay, any good comic in general — really needs.”—IGN.com

“The Infinity gauntlet is thrown, and it makes for a tremendous read.”—ComicBookResources.com

“You’ll definitely want to come on board for Infinity. It’s going to be a crazy and thrilling ride.”—ComicVine.com

“With fan-favorite characters returning in its pages and one of the best mainstream superhero artists in the world on board, Infinity has nothing but possibilities ahead.”—Newsarama.com

“Has the last page of a Jonathan Hickman book ever made you exclaim, “Oh, snap!”? Infinity will.”—iFanboy.com

With our heroes at the other end of the universe, and even larger threat rises to claim Earth. Enter Thanos, an unparalleled force who only brings order to a chaotic universe through complete and absolute death. As the Mad Titan’s machinations come to fruition, civilization’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a faint whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But can the fearsome leader of a race hated and misunderstood by his world lead the battle against Thanos? If they fall, so does the Earth—and the entire universe with it. Don’t miss the opening shots of the Marvel Universe spanning conflict, returning to store shelves in just a few weeks with INFINITY #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT!

**Marvel also urges retailers to check their orders on all issues of INFINITY #1 and it’s tie-ins as the series has already generated buzz from all corners of the media and will continue to do so in the coming months.

INFINITY #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JUL138068)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils & Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 8/26/13, ON SALE – 9/18/13

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Editors Tom Brevoort, Lauren Sankovitch and Jake Thomas give the ins and outs of this major event!

Infinity #1 cover by Adam Kubert

By Jim Beard

Not to get too romantic about it, but it’s hard not to picture the editors behind the cosmic saga of INFINITY as the command team of an immense starship, hunkered over the controls and fighting valiantly against all odds. That’s the feeling one gets from Tom Brevoort, Lauren Sankovitch, and Jake Thomas as they guide INFINITY toward comic racks everywhere beginning August 13.

Though busy as bees, the trio carved out a bit of time to answer a few questions about the nuts-and-bolts of the event and its tie-ins throughout the Marvel line of titles.

Marvel.com: Tom, let’s start with you; overall, how do you feel INFINITY fits into the progression of the past few years of events?

Tom Brevoort: I don’t know; I don’t really look at it as part of a progression in that way. If anything, it’s the first big overture to what we’ve been doing in AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS since the beginning of the Jonathan Hickman/Marvel NOW! era began. So it’ll certainly be rewarding for readers who’ve been following those series these past few months. Beyond that, it’s a very different event series than anything we’ve done before, both in terms of its scale and its tone, and even in the manner in which it’s structured.

Marvel.com: Speaking of the INFINITY core book’s structure—oversize first issue, twice a month, six issues—why is that a good fit for the project?

Infinity #2 cover by Adam Kubert

Tom Brevoort: One of the things we’ve discovered over the last few years is that our readers and retailers tend to respond very positively to an accelerated shipping schedule, both on our regular monthly titles but especially on the event series. This is a reflection of the larger trend of “binge consuming” that’s become evident across all media. People simply do not want to wait as long for the next chapter as they once did. So here, we’re compacting the entire storyline down into four months, where it could easily have occupied six or even more.

Marvel.com: What makes Jonathan Hickman the best writer for the event?

Tom Brevoort: Without Jonathan, there would be no INFINITY; it wasn’t a matter of there being an idea and Hickman being the guy to execute it, as it sometimes might be. This is a story that he conceived, and that he’s been building up to since the outset of his AVENGERS tenure. There literally were and are no other options for who could have written this.

Marvel.com: How would you say this compares with other space epics that Marvel’s done in the past?

Tom Brevoort: It’s really nothing like them. This is going to be difficult to define for people until they get to read the issues for themselves, but INFINITY isn’t like any of the other space/cosmic storylines we’ve done in the past. It’s got much more of a genuine hard [science fiction] aesthetic to it; for a good portion of it, it’s barely a super hero story at all, simply because the scale is so absolutely large.

Infinity #3 cover by Adam Kubert

So on that level, it represents an experiment, an attempt to do something different from what we’ve seen before. Probably the closest thing I could point you towards, in terms of giving you an idea of what INFINITY is like, is the series of issues of FANTASTIC FOUR that ran from #600-604, the climax to the death and return of the Human Torch as well as the Council of Reeds/Celestials plotline, in which all of these threads that Jonathan had laid down were woven together into a pattern that provided payoff after payoff that you didn’t see coming, and for which the scale was large. This is very much like that, but even more so.

Marvel.com: What’s your secret for maintaining the coordination between the core book, the tie-in titles, the specials, and all the writers and artists?

Tom Brevoort: Well, the key tie-ins [in AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS] are easy, as those are written by Jonathan himself, and have wound up being absolutely indispensable to the overall story. As we always do, we tried mightily to make this series work if you only read the core INFINITY series, but in this instance, I believe that we may have failed.

The AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS issues are virtually core chapters of INFINITY, and so there’s a map graphic checklist that runs in the core INFINITY book and in AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS that shows you where you are now, and what comes next.

Infinity #4 cover by Adam Kubert

Beyond that, there are tie-ins that are what I’d call both “hard” and “soft.” Soft is easiest, in that these are tie-ins that are dealing with the broadest effects of the events of INFINITY within the context of those series, very much like the average tie-in to past Events. The “hard” tie-ins, such as CAPTAIN MARVEL and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE key in on specific events in INFINITY/AVENGERS/NEW AVENGERS and expand on them and spin off from them and provide additional background and plot advancement and characterization. Those require a greater involvement in terms of coordinating things, since we’re often seeing sequences reflected precisely from one book to the next. But we’re reasonably versed in how to do this after so many years.

Marvel.com: How do you insure that the more Earthbound, mortal characters shine in INFINITY alongside the Big Guns like Thor, etc.?

Tom Brevoort: Every character has a role to play, and every character hopefully gets a moment, or moments. But that said, even in a story with the scope of INFINITY, not every character is going to get equivalent screen time. This has to be somebody’s story, or else we’re lacking the point of view that provides context to what’s going on. In individual stories, that point of view may shift; it’s Spider-Woman, for example, in the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE issues, and Carol Danvers in CAPTAIN MARVEL as you’d expect. And the fact that some of the more Earthbound characters are getting to provide a point of view is what brings them to the fore, at least in terms of the storytelling. We also made the decision to leave certain characters, such as Spider-Man and Wolverine, on Earth during INFINITY, where they’d be better able to contribute to events in a meaningful manner.

Infinity #5 cover by Adam Kubert

Marvel.com: Is keeping the synergy between the Marvel films and an event like this going something that is consciously maintained or simply a nice by-product on its own?

Tom Brevoort: Certainly there’s been a renewed interest in Thanos since he made that cameo appearance at the end of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” and we’re definitely trading on that desire among people to know more about him in generating interest in INFINITY. But really, we’re just kind of doing our thing, and letting the Studios guys do their thing, and then seeing if there are places where one can feed into the other and vice versa.

Marvel.com: Let’s shift over to Lauren now; Lauren, how would you describe your role in the INFINITY event?

Lauren Sankovitch: Essentially, with Jake and Tom, we’re running a bit of editorial tag team: Tom goes high, Jake goes low, and I punch right up the middle. I bridge the gap between Tom’s macroview of the event as a whole and Jake’s boots-on-the-ground responsibilities in getting the various pieces of each book together for print. I serve as an extra set of eyes, a spare pair of hands and the mediating influence between these competing, but necessary, forces to get that big ol’ event book into your eager paws.

Marvel.com: In general, what are the joys in such a sprawling saga for you?

Lauren Sankovitch: Getting to play with all the toys, of course! Especially with such a star-spanning epic like this event, we’ll see the usual suspects of course—the Avengers and the X-Men—but we’re also going to spend time with our heroes on the street, regular citizens, villains of all stripes and, my personal favorites, the countless bizarre alien races in the Marvel Universe. And believe you me; you’re going to be surprised at the people you’ll end up cheering for by the end of this.

And, really, as a lifelong Star Wars fan, how could I not get behind Giant Outer Space Saga?

Infinity #6 cover by Adam Kubert

Marvel.com: What about the challenges of working on it? When does it get crazy?

Lauren Sankovitch: Clearly the level of coordination is a key component of any successful—or unsuccessful—crossover event. Not only do we have three artists to keep in sync [on the core book], we’re actively working across offices to make sure story points, characters, color reference, and even on sale dates are in sync. There’re always going to be a few mistakes here and there but hopefully we’ll manage to bob and weave successfully through this INFINITY gauntlet; yeah, I went there.

And the answer to when does it start getting crazy: it never stopped.

Marvel.com: What’s been your most favorite personal moment while working on INFINITY?

Lauren Sankovitch: At this point, just seeing this behemoth take shape in the first place. There’s always a bit of risk involved when planning a large event, from Siege to Fear Itself to Avengers Vs. X-Men to Age of Ultron and now INFINITY, and it never ceases to amaze me when we actually get it to fly. The tremendous amount of work put in by everyone involved, from Jonathan Hickman all the way down to our plucky interns searching for reference, is an awe-inspiring thing. Sending that first issue to the printer was a source of a lot of satisfaction. Now we just need to do it five more times!

Marvel.com: And lastly but certainly not least, Jake Thomas—Jake, what’s the feeling like on a project the scale of INFINITY compared to some of the others you’ve been involved with?

Jake Thomas: I recently worked on AGE OF ULTRON, where we totally broke the time stream, and now I’m on INFINITY, where the Builders have come to destroy all of space. So now that I’ve helped ruin all of space and time, I can’t help but wonder where I’ll go next…

Infinity #1 variant cover by Marko Djurdjevic

I love these big, crazy adventures, and I’d say INFINITY feels particularly epic. The way Jonathan’s working all the action on multiple fronts makes it feel like one of those classic large-scale war movies like “A Bridge Too Far” or “The Longest Day,” something that really takes on the challenge of portraying the scope of something so incredibly massive but still makes room for the personalities involved.
Marvel.com: What’s your day-to-day INFINITY involvement like? 

Jake Thomas: I’m mostly here to help out Lauren and Tom with trafficking files, checking corrections, reaching out to freelancers regarding schedules and such, and working with production to get it all put together. So I’m actually right there in the thick of it, helping to coordinate between everybody. It’s a great place to be! I have my fingers in all the pies!

Marvel.com: What would you say is the greatest thing you’ve learned as an editor on the event, something that will carry over to your next one?

Jake Thomas: Watching Jonathan Hickman execute a story on this scale is like watching a true maestro conduct a symphony. He knows just how to make the whole thing swell to a crescendo, but he also knows when and how to single out one small little area to really make a moment sing. And Jim, Dustin and Jerome are all right there with him, they all understand exactly where to pitch each rise and fall.

So, to put it in a word, scale. Finding the right balance of scale is key to this event, and it’s been incredible to watch some extremely talented people pull it off so well.

Infinity #1 variant cover by Phil Jimenez

Marvel.com: You’ve got to have a favorite moment in the overall story, right?

Jake Thomas: Well, I don’t know how much we can reveal here, but I love it when a character out-foxes another character by simply going bigger/harder/crazier than anyone expected. Black Bolt has a moment like that about midway through the series that makes me want to stand up and cheer every time I see the art or read the script. It’s incredible, and it’s absolutely my kind of crazy. I hope readers out there lose their minds over it exactly how I did; it’s the kind of moment I hope to see every time I crack open a comic book.

Visit the official INFINITY hub page for all the latest news and updates

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The kickoff artist for Infinity gets up to date with his most recent and upcoming projects!

Infinity #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

By Jim Beard

On August 14, Jim Cheung leads an all-star assemblage of artists by kicking off INFINITY #1 with writer Jonathan Hickman.

Beyond his current project, Cheung sometimes plays favorites.

After a bevy of Marvel titles on which he honed his craft throughout the 1990’s plus such high-profile series in the new millennium as NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI, he reconnected with writer Allan Heinberg on a sprawling saga that stands not only as a kind of warm-up to INFINITY, but also as one of the artist’s own high-water marks.

Cheung calls it his “favorite project to date.”

Marvel.com: Jim, what did working on AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE feel like for you at the time?

Jim Cheung: It may have taken me a very long time to get through, but it felt like coming home to the Young Avengers. They may have moved on to a new creative team now, but I still feel a personal attachment to them, and hope that they will continue to thrive in the Marvel Universe for years to come.

Marvel.com: Any aspects of it that really stand out for you?

Jim Cheung: CHILDREN’S CRUSADE allowed me to play with almost all the toys in the Marvel chest that I ever wanted to. It was a blast to deal with Doctor Doom, Magneto and all those other characters that I grew up with, so even though the cast was gigantic, it was a pleasure to draw.

Marvel.com: You reunited with Allan Heinberg on the series; what was that like?

Jim Cheung: It was very easy. There are a handful of writers I’ve worked with whose scripts are just very easy to realize because they write from a visual perspective. They understand the visuals they’re asking for and know whether it works on a page or not. Allan is one of those writers who tries to make each page hit a significant beat in the story, while at the same time trying to ensure it’s a page of art that he’d like to hang on his wall. It’s a difficult craft, but one he mastered very quickly.

Cheung’s never stopped moving since then, never stopped looking for ways to make his art better. Above all, he insists that the work be fun, and he claims INFINITY allows him to do all that and more, in addition to working with one of Marvel’s superstar writers, Jonathan Hickman.

Marvel.com: How did INFINITY come about for you? What made you say “yes” to taking on the book?

Jim Cheung: The opportunity to work with Jonathan was something I’d been looking forward to for a while, and it just so happened that he was working on this event and needed an artist to lead with. Since I had just been doing covers for a few months, I was available for interiors, so it was good timing, I guess, on my part.

Marvel.com: This isn’t the first time you’ve worked on his concepts, right?

Jim Cheung: I had previously worked on covers for Jonathan’s book, SECRET WARRIORS, and had seen his notes before, so I had an idea of the scale in which he plans things and knew it was going to be a challenge. Hopefully he won’t be too disappointed with my results, or I’ll have to face his fury the next time I see him at a con, but I am thrilled with the opportunity to kick off this event.

Marvel.com: On the whole, what’s it like working with a writer like Jonathan? What’s he doing here that inspires your creativity?

Jim Cheung: Jonathan’s scripts have been tricky at times, but that’s the same whenever I work with someone new. It usually takes a while before I understand their storytelling and pacing style enough to wrap my mind around it, and be able to interpret their vision onto paper. Since Jonathan is a great artist too, it can be tough to match that image in his head, so therein lies an added level of difficulty for me; making sure it doesn’t suck and meets Jonathan’s vision at the same time.

With INFINITY, Cheung’s smack dab in the middle of the Marvel Universe, with the chance to allow his imagination free rein and to design the scenes that promise to amaze readers.

Marvel.com: Any character designs or sequences that you’re particularly proud of so far in INFINITY?

Jim Cheung: I would say that the current scene I’m drawing in INFINITY #6 has just been the most fun. I don’t want to reveal too much just yet, since it is the last issue, but let’s just say that I’m hoping the results will have that epic feel that big blockbuster action movies can provide.

Infinity #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

Marvel.com: What’s the coordination like between you and the rest of the INFINITY team of artists and editors? What are the challenges and rewards of this rotating form on the issues?

Jim Cheung: It’s been a wonderful experience so far. It’s been a while since I worked with other artists in such a manner where we would all share our pages as they’re being finished. It’s brought out a slight competitive edge where no one wants to turn in any poor pages, which has been fun and nauseating at the same time. [Laughs] [Editor] Tom Brevoort certainly pulled a whammy on the pencilers when he decided to do that, and I think we’ve all stepped up our game as a result.

I’d say that this coordinated effort has brought out the collaborative side of me also, because I like to believe we’re all building this great story one page at a time, in ways that a lone penciler could not. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and by working this way, I believe we’ll have a much stronger product at the end of it. The proof is already visible in the recent pages I’ve seen from Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver, and hopefully the audience will agree when the books come out.

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