- Many have opposed me: First and foremost the Kree champion Captain Mar-Vell. Long dead against his will while I yet live, against mine. There have always been those who would interfere with my goals. My choices. My dreams. Only one thing has ever remained true. My love and devotion to milady Death. And that thing has now been taken from me. I had accomplished my goals! I was at rest in emptiness and something woke me! I was at peace, and something brought me back to pain! ... Again, insects, you ask what am I? What I am is angry. What I am is insane with rage. What I am is...THANOS!
- -- Thanos
Appearing in 1st story
- Thanos (Main story and flashback)
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Nova (Richard Rider)
- Xandarian Worldmind
- Quasar (Wendell Vaughn)
- Gladiator (Kallark)
- Inhuman Royal Family
- Annihilation Wave (Mentioned)
- Galactus (Only in flashback)
- Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) (Only in flashback)
- Adam Warlock (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Only in flashback)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Only in flashback)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Only in flashback)
- Hulk (Bruce Banner) (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) (Only in flashback)
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) (Only in flashback)
- Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) (Only in flashback)
- Starfox (Eros) (Only in flashback)
- Death (Only in flashback)
- Universal Church of Truth
- Revengers (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Cosmic Being (Only in flashback)
- Zenn-Lavians (Only in flashback)
- Titanians (Main story and flashback)
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Kree (Main story and flashback)
- Abstract Entities (Only in flashback)
- Human/Spartoi Hybrid
- Earth (Only in flashback)
- New York City (Only in flashback)
- The Fault
- Negative Zone (Mentioned)
- Silver Surfer's Surfboard (Only in flashback)
- Cosmic Cube (Main story and flashback)
- Iron Man Armor Model 4 (Only in flashback)
- Nega-Bands (Only in flashback)
- Cloak of Levitation (Only in flashback)
- Eye of Agamotto (Only in flashback)
- Infinity Gauntlet (Only in flashback)
- Captain America's Shield (Main story and flashback)
- Doctor Doom's Armor (Only in flashback)
- Quantum Bands (Main story and flashback)
- Universal Weapon
Synopsis for 1st story
Thanos, the Mad Titan, reflects on his life, from when he sought Death in its fullest to when Drax the Destroyer killed him. However, that would not be the end of him, for Adam Warlock, reeling from the psychic agony of the countless deaths caused in the Annihilation War, saw that Thanos was necessary in keeping his dark side Magus contained and to maintain cosmic balance. He was placed in a cocoon to regenerate. A cocoon that the Church of Universal Truth found, believing it to be a religious object. Eventually, Thanos was brought back to life and turned insane.
At the same time, the telepaths of the Guardians of the Galaxy have made an unsuccessful attempt to search Thanos' mind. Moondragon believes that they should kill him, not because he was responsible for Phyla-Vell's death, but because he's incredibly dangerous. She goes to speak with Star-Lord, who is with Rocket Raccoon, fuming over the useless paperweight of the Cosmic Cube, with her request. Star-Lord says they can't, but can't come up with a reason why. Rocket explains that Thanos is part of the cosmic scheme played by Eternity and Oblivion and therefore they can't jump to conclusions without understanding the consequences. Drax disagrees with him, as he was created for the purpose of killing him. Every time Thanos shows up, there is bound to be mayhem, he reasons.
Meanwhile, Nova is in pursuit of the false Quasar originating from the Cancerverse. He sends out a distress signal to everyone, warning that his quarry must be stopped before he reaches his destination. He is contacted by Quasar, who is on board the Shi'ar flagship. Gladiator has rounded up as many allies as possible to combat the threat of the Canververse, including Spartoi, Rigellian, Blastaar, Inhumans and Kree. Quasar then quickly flies off to assist Nova. At the moment, Nova and Evil Quasar emerge back into real-space, where an entire fleet of Church Templeships are stationed at the mouth of the Fault. Worldmind informs him that the Templeships are brimming with Belief energy, meaning that they are preparing for something. Nova is able to tackle Evil Quasar through the flagship's window, even with lasers firing at him. Attacking his foe, he demands to know what he was looking for in Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. He is soon attacked from behind by Magus, who simply says that their masters want something. Worldmind advises Nova to retreat, as Magus is far more powerful. While dodging his opponents' attacks, Nova refuses to, as too much is at stake. It is then that Quasar tackles his dark counterpart. Magus attempts to stop him, declaring that this day is a moment of transcendence. He beats back Quasar, before summoning entire planets full of worshippers, then destroying them. Immediately, something comes through the Fault, as Nova and Quasar disappear in a bright light and the allied fleet is left in confusion.
Back on Knowhere, the telepaths sense something amiss. Major Victory then runs in to warn that Thanos has broken loose.
Back on the chief Templeship, Evil Quasar and Magus kneel before an unseen figure referred to as the Undying Lord. The former reports that he has found what they are looking for, but Magus is killed for failing to find and eliminate the Avatar of Death. The figure, revealed to be Mar-Vell, declares that they shall now cleans this universe of Death.
Thanos is back! On one side you have the Marvel Universe’s #1 threat! On the other: a dark new force determined to obliterate everyone! In the middle are the outnumbered and battle-hardened heroes that stand between us and complete decimation! A war has ignited which will combine the galaxy’s most dedicated warriors with a collection of heroes that you never saw coming! It’s a battle that will span the cosmos, deliver major shocks, and will prove to you why IGN proclaims “Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning can seemingly do no wrong” and Aint It Cool News raves that Abnett and Lanning consistently deliver “terrific action, interesting character development, and some pretty good jokes all rolled into one amazing package.”
- Continues in Thanos Imperative #1.
Contains reprint of story "The Final Flower!" from Logan's Run #6
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