This week I’m reviewing a graphic novel that’s one of the story-lines that, reportedly, is inspiring the Guardians of the Galaxy film.

Title: The Thanos Imperative
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Brad Walker & Miguel Sepulveda
Published by Marvel Comics
Published in August 2011

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The Premise

Following the death of Thanos in Annihilation, Adam Warlock has started a cult to eldritch beings. These being come from a universe where death has been slain, and “the many-angled ones” have come from the space between universes to take over. Now these Great Old Ones seek to claim the universe.

High Points

This is the first Guardians of the Galaxy book I’ve read, and it’s an incredibly fun book to read.

Low Points

I would have liked it if we’d gotten more into the character of The Revengers. Also, while I haven’t read a Cosmic Marvel book in a while, Adam Warlock’s character seems off.


Originality: While The Authority did “Superheroes vs. the Cthulhu Mythos” before, I’d say that this book does it better. 5/6

Story: This is very well written, and works wonderfully for people who hadn’t read a Marvel Cosmic book before (or not read them for a while). 5/6

Artwork: The art makes the cosmic elements look incredible. 5/6

Characterization: Aside from the low point, the characters are very well written. 4/6

Emotional Response: This book is exciting and very intense. 5/6

Flow: 6/6

Overall: This is a great refresher for the cosmic side of the Marvel U. 6/6

In total, The Thanos Imperative gets 36/42.