Thanos: The Infinity Conflict
Written by Jim Starlin
Pencils by Alan Davis
Inked by Mark Farmer
Colors by Jim Campbell
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Trying to map out comic continuity is an exercise in futility. I’m reading the current Thanos on-going comic series and have been for the last few years and even pinpointing their place in continuity is difficult. (Currently, Thanos is a series of flashbacks about Young Gamora, and when it wasn’t about that it took place in a future populated by Cosmic Ghost Rider and a Silver Surfer with the power of Thor). Most of the characters in Thanos: The Infinity Conflict aren’t really being used in the greater Marvel Universe, with Adam Warlock, Eros and Pip the Troll being the only non-Thanos/non-cosmic entities featured.
Thanos: The Infinity Conflict is certainly continuing the storyline that began way back in Thanos vs. Hulk, then Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, Thanos: The IInfinity Relativity, Thanos: The Infinity Finale, Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, and (the Thanos-less) The Infinity Entity. Rather than try to conquer the entire universe again, Thanos decides to become the entire universe through the use of a dimensional object that the Living Tribunal did not foresee being accessible by living or dead figures. The catch is that Thanos and Adam Warlock exist between those two states due to their frequent resurrections.
To stop Adam Warlock from Thwarting him, Thanos keeps killing him. Pip the Troll and Eros attempt to stop Thanos through the use of Eros’s time traveling device (leading to operation Baby Hitler) while Thanos has confrontations with Death, Galactus, Eternity, Infinity and others. The whole thing is pretty massive in scale but there’s not a ton of story here. The book ends on a cliffhanger, to be told in yet another Thanos graphic novel by Jm Starlin and Alan Davis.
What a team that is. Starlin’s versions of these characters are the definitive versions that I associate with the characters. I can’t say enough about Alan Davis’s art, who never disappoints. His massive space battles are clear to understand but still dynamic. The book is inked by his long time collaborator Mark Farmer who probably deserves a great deal of credit as well. Similarly the colors by Jim Campbell feel both consistent with old school Jim Starlin and vibrant on high quality paper.