While the title might be reminiscent of a Judy Blume book, “Thanos: A God Up There Listening” #1 has nothing to do with preteen literature. Written by Rob Williams with art from Iban Coello, letters from Joe Caramagna and colors from Andres Mossa, this Infinite Comic zooms in on Thane, the Inhuman half-breed spawn of Thanos.
Williams opens the story with what appears to be the beginnings of a gripping bout of introspection due to the effects of the recent Terrigen bomb explosion as seen in “Infinity.” The Terrigen released Thane’s hidden ability: to unleash death. Thanos’ generals devised a suit of armor to temper Thane’s power, but the destruction he caused weighs heavy on his shoulders as Williams details for the readers through Thane’s monologuing to open up “Thanos: A God Up There Listening” #1. Thane is undoubtedly a tragic character, having destroyed the world he once knew, but Williams dangles a carrot in front of the character and throws a switch that makes Thane truly conflicted, despite his insistence on resisting his father’s legacy. Thane makes a surprising choice that opens up the history of Thanos.
“Thanos: A God Up There Listening” #1 is not the most ostentatious Infinite Comic. It utilizes some nice transitions, but most of the transitions hit as scene changes or camera angle switches rather than a fluid motion or gradual progression dictated by the story. This is still better enjoyed as an Infinite Comic rather than the eventual print copy, but it would certainly benefit from a few more visual sparks. Iban Coello’s art is mostly detailed and complete, but slightly inconsistent as Thane’s appearance varies throughout, from athletic yet sleek to bulky and imposing. Andres Mossa’s colors are more at play as Coello leaves the angle and amount of lighting open in several panels throughout the story. As Coello and Mossa find their comfort level on this adventure, I’m certain the detail will also find its own level.
“Thanos: A God Up There Listening” #1 doesn’t do much to make Thane a convincingly interesting character. He mostly seems to be the key to unlocking yet another Thanos story more than being the star of his own adventure. Williams makes some really inexplicable leaps for the character, and reflecting on why Thane makes a few of these choices just raises more questions and reduces the reading equity. With Thanos set to take center stage in the next installment, I’m curious if the story will forget about Thane or eventually return to give the character a little more development. “Thanos: A God Up There Listening” #1 is a nice deviation in the form of an Infinite Comic, but it could be improved.