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Infinity Gauntlet (Infinity Saga #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,165 Ratings  ·  428 Reviews
It's the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men and more against the omnipotent Eternal, Thanos! The Mad Titan has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it! The successive Starlin sagas that shook space and time start here!
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Marvel (first published July 1991)
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Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nova Corps
This was a loaner from my neighbor and not something that I would have normally picked out for myself. 'Cause it's...old. And the art looks...old. It even smelled...old.
As I read over the blurb on the back, I was like, Hey, Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet? Isn't that the theme for that cartoon that my kids like so much? Superhero Squad!
...and then my son snatched it. Honestly, I didn't fight him for it either. I mean, it looked so...old.


But a few days later, when I heard him telling his brothe
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this back when it was originally published in 1991, and I remember thinking, “Wow! This is a comic that combines the best of Marvel’s more grounded heroes with its cosmic elements to create an epic story of a threat to the entire universe. Someday, maybe in about 20 or 25 years when motion picture technology advances to the point where they can make superhero movies that look really cool, Marvel could start their own movie studio and release a series of films based on some of these charac ...more
Thanos as you want to see him!!!

This TPB edition collects “The Infinity Gauntlet” #1-6.

Creative Team:

Writer: Jim Starlin

Illustrator: George Perez


Thanos begins here already in full power, no waiting, no hunt for gems, oh no siree!

Thanos is in possession already of the Infinity Gauntlet with all the six gems: Soul, Mind, Power, Time, Reality, Space.

Therefore, controlling all those six aspects of existence, basically he became a god (curiously, enough his first act is probing
Jan Philipzig
Sure, it’s all kinda bonkers, but what do you expect when Thanos, the Mad Titan, becomes the most powerful being in the universe? By the beginning of issue #2, he has already murdered a quarter of the universe’s populace just to impress his queen of hearts, Mistress Death – not your run-of-the-mill romance. And then the space-time continuum starts to shift, entire solar systems are ravaged, Planet Earth is derailed from its orbit, falling into another ice age…

I found the book’s unreserved commit
Thanos has gained control of the infinity gauntlet, a glove armed with the six infinity gems. With the gauntlet the mad titan is the strongest being in the universe, but the universe's heroes still choose to fight.

I try not to judge older works of art as critically as newer ones because the great ones especially are often borrowed and improved upon over time. This is no exception in the massive crossover Infinity Gauntlet. The story is good and it's easy to see how it influenced many future comi
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was honestly brilliant!

The story was so well constructed and I loved to see if develop, taking some surprising twists and turns a long the way!

It was nice to see so many different marvel characters involved and I'm excited to see how they use this concept for the infinity war movies.

Admittedly, the cosmic characters and scenes were not my favourite but the art work and story made them enjoyable and entertaining to read.
Sam Quixote
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having seen the Avengers movie, I wondered who that odd looking fellow with the menacing grin was in the post-credits scene and did some googling when I got back home. His name is Thanos and the info I read pointed toward a book that does the character the best justice - "The Infinity Gauntlet" - and luckily my local library had a copy so I grabbed it and sat down this afternoon to read it.

While the book is 20 years old at this point, I loved it. But what's it about? It's about Thanos and his lo
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I admit, I read this because of that scene in Avengers. As good of a reason as any, I think. And I'm glad that I did, because it's really enormous fun.

Yes, the exact dialog and the exact character designs are a bit dated. But George Perez is an artist I don't think I could ever get tired of, and the plot and pacing are exciting and absorbing. Thanos is a very intimidating opponent under any circumstances, and now with almost unlimited power, nobody can truly beat him but himself. So the strategy
Got a healthy hankering for purple prose?

Crave a continuing cast of character constantly referring to themselves in the third person?

Looking for a collection of cosmic cataclysms colossal enough to leave Michael Bay lost in pyrotechnic longing?

Well, have I got a book for you.
For those readers interested at a potential glimpse of the content of the Avengers (Assembled) sequel this is your choice of graphic novel. Infinity Gauntlet focuses on the proposed villain for this future movie, a villain known for meddling with the power of the Tesseract (or Cosmic Cube), and who runs by the name of Thanos. For the most part this graphic novel keeps a nice balance between message, story and visual elements, that is when the story doesn't become cosmically imbalanced by the bat ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following the Rebirth of Thanos. Thanos, in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet, wants to impress the female personification of Death. He removes (kills?) half the life in the universe, but she is not swayed. He psychically lashes out in disappointment, and the resulting wave causes cities to be destroyed on Earth. A group of heroes led by the resurrected Adam Warlock teleport to Thanos in an attempt to stop him. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Marvel comics
Shelves: graphic-novels
I collected these comics as a ten-year-old, and still have all the single issues. It's the first "epic crossover event" type comic I can remember reading, and it wowed me at the time. And you know what? Rereading it as an adult, I'd say it has held up pretty well.

In short, without spoiling too much, Thanos gets his hands on all the Infinity Gems and becomes and omnipotent and omniscient god. He almost immediately kills off half the life in the universe, including many, many superheroes. He also

Considering the big event spectacles and crossovers that have over-saturated superhero comics since it's publication (surely that's just a coincidence) The Infinity Gauntlet holds up better than it has any right to. The melodramatic aplomb from Jim Starlin still charms and the cosmic spectacle created by George Perez, Ron Lim, Joe Rubinstein, Max Scheele, Ian Laughlin, Tom Christopher, Bruce Solotoff, and Evelyn Stein is surprisingly dazzlingly. It's like a summer blockbuster by Roland Emmerich
An epic tale and a massive crossover.

Originally printed in 1991, it has the 80s all over it. Even Thanos, because he's doing everything - not just for the power itself - but to impress someone! That's something I didn't expect. It takes some of the evil out of him and makes him - I don't know. Needy? Which is something I don't expect from him. I guess the grim 'n' gritty 90s weren't underway yet. And this is Marvel, which always had a childlike quality to even their darkest heroes. (I once saw
Nicolo Yu
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
Reading this Jim Starlin opus has been a long time coming. I've been looking for a nice collected edition for a while, either as a trade paperback in the early 21st Century or a nice hardcover when Marvel released a premiere edition a while back. It took a sale on ComiXology for me to finally pull the trigger on this classic story-line.

I gave this 5 stars because I really enjoyed reading this. There were several mindblowing moments that one could appreciate the intensity of the conflict in this
Printable Tire
Nov 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Infinity Gauntlet at least begins with an interesting concept: Thanos, a nihilistic ugly creep, has gained control of the Infinity Gems on the Infinity Gauntlet, which means he has control of the soul, the mind, power, time, reality, and space, which means he’s pretty much the most powerful being in the universe. But he’s not beyond spelling his name in planets and his real goal is to win the affection of Death personified (who looks a little bit like one of my ex-girlfriends), but she won’t ...more
3.0 to 3.5 stars. Following on the heals of The Thanos Quest- Book One, Schemes and Dreams and The Thanos Quest: Book Two, Thanos, in possession of the Infinity Guantlet giving him full mastery of Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power, begins to implement a plan to destry half the life in the universe in order to win the affections of Death (who he has been in love with forever). Trying to stop Thanos is the proverbial "battle royale" of superheroes and cosmic entities. had the hots for fo ...more

Even though I only jumped on the Marvel bandwagon after the Avengers movies came out, I've been trying to redeem myself by catching up on a lot of the old (and new) comics. And let me tell you...

... this one... this one ...

... seriously, you just have to read it. It's that good.

I mean, I was expecting it to be good, because Marvel's making a couple of movies out of it. But I wasn't expecting to see so many awesome superheroes jam-packed into one series, with so many heroic victories (and defeat
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2016
2.75 stars

It started off a little weakly but picked up. The plot overall was what kept me reading because I almost gave up on this numerous times. I just wanted to see what happened in the end and it seems to wrap up nicely (despite questions that would obviously be present after an event of this proportion).

I guess I'm glad I read this even if it was kind of a drag. It gives a good amount of information on the Infinity Guantlet and that will be good to know for upcoming Marvel movies.

Artwork: A
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, unputdownable
"Epic" is a word thrown around so freely these days that it means practically nothing like, as opposed to your favorite team winning a match or your long-awaited movie somewhat surpassing your expectations, what it's originally intended for, that is, a sprawling story of mind-boggling scope with larger-than-life characters involved in a conflict greater than all of them combined. Of this can there be no better example than The Infinity Gauntlet, in which heroes and villains alike of the universe ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Thanos is a big whiny crybaby!

Despite Thanos achieving omnipotence by collecting the six Infinity gems of time, space, mind, soul, reality, and power he is distraught that Lady Death does not love him back. Desperate to impress her, and egged on by Mephisto, Thanos kills half of humanity including many of the Avenger and X-Men heroes.

A seemingly random group of heroes remain: Captain America, Doctor Strange, Silver
Adam Spanos
Great story line as Thanos attempts to impress Mistress Death. I doubt this is the route the Avengers are taking in the movies but it's nice to know the original backstory before heading into the movie. I highly recommend checking this one out. It's way more focused on the cosmic stuff rather than the avengers punching some earth villain. Some trippy art as Thanos manipulates the universe with the power of the Gauntlet and really makes you feel the stakes that are at hand. A classic story that a ...more
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As we get ever closer to the inevitable Avengers: Infinity War films, which will close out Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos is on a mission to unite the six Infinity Stones to complete the Infinity Gauntlet, harnessing complete and total power. It's been a pressing matter of mine that I actually read the source material going forward, before that time comes, especially after his first being teased at the end of the Avengers. The 199
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-çr-cilt
Çizimleri ve renklendirmesi ile, hikâyesi ve diyalogları ile tam bir şaheser! Böyle bir çizgi romansal (Böyle bir kelime var mı emin bile değilim.) doyum yok!
Peter Derk
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wizard-100
Well, pretty great. It's do I describe something as pulpy, but in a 90's way? If you can read this with an appreciation for that, you'll fucking love it. It's bonkers, it's crazy, and there are some serious machinations involved in giving Thanos a reason to fistfight the Marvel U that are totally worth it.

I think my favorite part of this is that Thanos is basically trying to make Death his girlfriend. Death is sometimes a skeleton, sometimes a babe, and Thanos keeps trying all kinds o
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
SPOILER ALERT!!! Since the advent of the Avengers movie, I feel like every time I so much as whisper the name "Thanos", some tortured soul in my periphery will surely hiss "spoiler alert!" as if I'm trying to ruin Christmas. So, for those of you who have seen the Avengers movie already, read on. For the 12 of you who have yet to see this film, listen to the big black rectangular thing hovering above your hut and GO SEE IT.


Since the big ending credits reveal in the aforementioned 2012
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good! So this is what the marvel Movies have been building up to since we saw the first infinity gem in Thor 1, this story will make up Infinity War! For the most part this was a grand spectacle, of a book, i can already can see the movie, although i'm a Diva about it, i want every marvel hero we've seen in that movie, haha! Anyway, so our story begins, with Thanos(Josh Brolin), he has the Infinity Gauntlet with all the gems inside, meaning he is now basically god! I won't spoil this, but i felt ...more
Matt Garcia
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and Epic are two words that come to mind when describing this book. This is a marvel universe fan's dream come true. Gorgeous artwork, endearing characters. cosmic battles and eloquent dialogue are
abundant in the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos and Warlock steal the show. A sensational read.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine came over last week and asked me if I had any Adam Warlock comics. I didn't actually know who Adam Warlock was, or if he'd even starred in any comics, and the best I could do was decide he wasn't Adam Strange, but that was about it. I told my friend I didn't have any.

My friend nodded and said, "Okay, well, I brought this for you to read," and handed me The Infinity Gauntlet. Other than the fact that the Gauntlet is a central part of the MCU, there was no reason, stated or otherw
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
a quarter-century ago, i had the good fortune of working for a baseball card/sports memorabilia/comic book store (which seemed like a suitable enough career choice as an early teen). though i was perhaps as much into marvel trading cards as i was the comics upon which they were based, i was always more partial to marvel than dc (although i much admired valiant comics when they began in the early 90s). it has, however, been some 25 years since i've read any comics. nonetheless, with each new marv ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Infinity Saga (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Thanos Quest
  • The Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath
  • The Infinity War
  • The Infinity War Aftermath
  • Infinity Crusade Omnibus
  • The Infinity Crusade: Volume 1
  • The Infinity Crusade: Volume 2
  • Thanos: Infinity Abyss
  • Thanos: The Infinity Revelation
  • Thanos: The Infinity Relativity