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The Thanos Quest: Book Two (The Thanos Quest #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 1st 1990 by Marvel Comics (first published 1990)
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3.0 stars. Part 2 of a pretty good story in which Thanos (one of the more interesting "ultra powerful" characters in the Marvel Universe) begins stealing the six "Infinity Gems" from various other cosmic characters in order to make himself all powerful so that he can finally be "worthy" of being the consort of Death (who he has had the hots for forever). Decent writing, art and story.
Parts of this review are taken from my own of book one.

Perhaps nowadays the style in which Ron Lim draws this story, with the fantastic inks of John Beatty and the painted colors by Tom Vincent, may feel outdated. Perhaps it's Thanos' own style, with the spauldrons and the gauntlets and so on. Some people who've seen this for the first time in this day and age have commented to me in that sense.

Yet I mantain that, perhaps of all of Starlin's production, this and its second book are the most age
Il miglior personaggio creato da Jim Starlin è certamente stato Thanos. Graficamente ispirato a Darkside di Jack Kirby, se ne differenzia col tempo per via della psicologia contorta, che in questo primo numero di due viene approfondita e chiarita in modo magistrale. Perché Thanos, innamorato della Morte, riportato in vita da essa per riequilibrare l'eccesso di vita senziente nell'universo, non è comunque mai contento. Vuole la Morte come amante, ma vuole anche essere l'unico amato dalla Morte. P ...more
Colin Moon
In which we realize: the infinity gems are, indeed, the remnants of GOD, who, out of loneliness, killed itself to create what is now. That's. . . fucking bleak. Also, Thanos just wants love, guys. Becoming god for a lady is a pretty good bet on impressing her, though, of course, Mistress Death is a little more old fashioned than that.
Fabulosa entega, concisa, divertida, interesante y preambulo perfecto para un evento de mayor envergadura.

Aquí podemos apreciar a Thanos en todo su esplendor como personaje, haciendo gala no solo de su poder titánica, sino de una inteligencia superior a la hora de afrontar los diferentes escoyos en su cruzada por obtener las gemas del infinito.

Solo el elemento cósmico y la características particulares de estos objetos celestiales son interesantes per se, pero la manera en que Thanos desenvuelve
Hális F.
The Thanos Quest is a story told in all the shapes and words worthy of the epic genre, wielding grandeur with excellent prowess and bearing similitude even to the classic sagas in the Greek mythology (but again, which grand plot written in modern times wouldn't?). Thanos obsession puts himself in the mixed archetypal figure of the anti-hero/protagonist villain seeking the ultimate prize, leading to Herculean quests and interesting encounters that prove Thanos to be one of the greatest characters ...more
** Note: The Thanos Quest is published as two books, but is a single story. Starting here is like picking up a book and flipping halfway through to begin. Read Schemes and Dreams first. **

"Games and Prizes" is book 2 of the 2 book story "The Thanos Quest." Published in 1990 it was a lead in to a giant crossover event in the Marvel Universe, "The Infinity Gauntlet." Thanos, servant of Mistress Death, sets out to collect the six Soul Gems (later known as the Infinity gems), each in the hands of on
Jordan Lahn
I enjoyed this volume much more than the first. The twist at the end actually made Thanos seem like a character you could sympathize with, even though he's a monstrous all-powerful being. It feels like a classic Greek tragedy or something, following the pattern of "be careful what you wish for."

Its definitely a story written in the 80s, and feels dated in some ways, but ultimately it still resonates.
James Torpy
Great book. The conclusion to the prelude to the Infinity book, this book sees Thanos take on three more externals for three more games as he has to defeat them in strength, speed and smartness. This is fantastic! I loved the book and think that this two part series is better than the Infinity Gauntlet, event though many people will disagree with me.
Be sure to check my review of book 1.
Alex Sarll
The mad Titan assembles the six Infinity Gems (first named as such in this story, it turns out) - again. His goal this time: to be a worthy consort for his beloved Death. Tragically, it doesn't quite go to plan. Even more tragically, although he is a genocidal monster, Thanos responds to what some might consider 'friendzoning' much better than a lot of 21st century boys.
Very interesting prelude to the Infinity Gauntlet arc. It's very 90s (and late 80s) in many ways. I enjoyed the plot, particularly the end and a few of the encounters with Elders, but some of the execution is clunky and trippy.
Jonathan Carlson
I loved this story. I love how strategic Thanos is. And I absolutely adored the end when he finds out what he does is almost all for naught. That add so much depth to his character.
Again, cool to get the backstory for an epic quest, but in this one Thanos solves most of his problems the same way he did with The Gardner in the first. Thanos is a cool character because he is both crazy strong, and crazy cunning, but this one felt like a re-hash of the first.

HOWEVER! The ending broke my f'n heart. Thanos was trying to get the gems to win over Mistress Death, yet he became too powerful as a consequence and she had no interest in him. I find my self oddly sensitive to his pligh
Josh Bill
It was fucking fantastic. Bloody Brilliant from start to finish.
Oh, Thanos. The things you do for love...
Mary Nicole
Aww. Thanos just wants some love.

He's an interesting character, really. Okay, maybe he's got this over-the-top scheme of getting the whole universe under his control, but that's just because he wanted to be someone's equal (Mistress Death)--which didn't work, because he practically became more than a god after collecting the Infinity Gems. His impressive ingenuity, cunning and pragmatism also set him apart from a lot of villains.

Very decent story and art. A good prequel for The Infinity Gauntlet
The prologue to 'Infinity Gauntlet' as Thanos wanders the cosmos challenging the Elders of the universe and gathering the infinity gems.

While it does portray the Elders, who I always liked, as a bunch of semi-competant dopes, I did enjoy Thanos out-devious-ing them and dealing with these big cosmic things.
Fun bit of sci-fi and the beginning of Jim Starlin re-introducing Thanos as a major threat in the marvel universe.
Gabriel Wallis
In book two of "The Thanos Quest", Thanos takes on the Collector (who's appearing in the 2014 "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie), the Runner, and the Grand Master to attain their Soul Gems (Infinity Gems). And he does it all to prove his love for Mistress Death.
Mark J.
More Infinity Gem fun from the creative team from Silver Surfer Vol 3.
El enfrentamiento con el Gran Maestro fue el que más me gustó.
Collin Huster
Poor Thanos. He just wants Lady Death to love him.
Sep 20, 2007 Jp rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Thanos finishes collecting the Soul Gems. Great stuff.
Aw, poor Thanos. Death is such a bitch.
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James P. "Jim" Starlin is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Death and suicide are recurring themes in Starlin's work: Pers ...more
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