The Mad Titan gets his own Annual sized issue, despite the fact that he doesn’t have a current series to connect it to. Thanos Annual brings the purple-skinned madman’s creator Jim Starlin back to the writing table, as well as artist Ron Lim. What follows isn’t a book that features Thanos taking on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but a rather talky book that explains the many adventures that Thanos has gone through…as told to Thanos.
Let me back up here. Thanos Annual takes place shortly after the Mad Titan loses control of the Cosmic Cube (which happened waaaaay back in 1974 in Captain Marvel #33). Severely beaten, Thanos is found by his henchman and brought back to his ship, when suddenly he’s transported to Hell and confronted by Mephisto. Before the broken and battered Thanos is about to be destroyed by Marvel’s devil, the Infinity Gauntlet era Thanos arrives and saves his past self. Apparently Thanos has decided to use the time gem while he has control over it to learn of the various timelines and possible futures around him. Acting as an “avatar” of the real Thanos, the ghostly apparition has appeared in the past to discover the mystery of why Thanos has no memory of what happened to him after losing the Cosmic Cube.
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