THANOS RISING #1
Thanos Rising_1

• What comes after “Marvel NOW!”? Whatever it is, it starts HERE.

• The vile face left movie audiences in shock after last summer’s Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” movie, but who is this eerily disturbing villain?

• Thanos rises as the unrivaled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny. Where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from and…more importantly what does he want?

• The answers come from the incredible creative team of Jason Aaron (Wolverine, X-Men Origins) and Simone Bianchi (Wolverine, Astonishing X-Men) as they take you on journey that will not only change the course of one boy’s life…

…but will soon change the very nature of the Marvel Universe.

Story by Jason Aaron
Art by Simone Bianchi
Cover by Simone Bianchi, Marko Djurdjevic, & Skottie Young

Price: $3.99
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  1. JonSamuelson JonSamuelson says:

    I know it’s a tired, old complaint, but damn it I’m sick of paying $3.99 for Marvel comics. At least I get a digital copy for free and can scrap the paper edition so as to not take up space. That shouldn’t be thought of as a bonus though, that should be the default position of publishers. Buy a hard copy: get the digital for free.

    • microwave25 microwave25 says:

      Tragedy is that its not gonna change any time soon. The 20 top selling comic books are dominated by 3.99 books so its working for the companies. Heck people are paying 3.99 bi-monthly!

    • Gizmo Gizmo says:

      Scrap the paper edition?!? If you don’t want it, why not sell it off (minus the digital code) at a discounted price? Or just switch straight to digital? Then again, I suppose it is pretty ridiculous that Marvel thinks it can charge the same price for new digital issues as for the paper edition+digital code.

    • JonSamuelson JonSamuelson says:

      That’s exactly it, Gizmo. $3.99 for a print comics is already pretty tough to swallow, but $3.99 for a digital comic is something I absolutely will not do. Maybe I’ll just wait for the trade, at least digital trades are reasonably priced. Though with a discount it’s not really any cheaper than Amazon. Which only serves to drive home the fact that digital comics are absurdly overpriced too. The idea that the space saving nature of digital books/comics is something that customers should have to pay for is absolutely ridiculous.

      I really feel like the ridiculous way that ISPs are controlling the internet is at the heart of this. They act as if “internet” is some sort of limited commodity like water/oil/natural gas that we should have to pay for based on how much of it we use. It’s ridiculous, they’re creating an artificially limited supply so that they can charge us for access to it. If online distributors of data didn’t have to pay such exorbitant fees for their usage of bandwidth then we wouldn’t have to pay so much to buy their stuff. It makes me puke every time I listen to “Radiolab” or “This American Life” and hear them explain the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year they have to pay to distribute their shows online. Really? Hundreds of thousands of dollars to store a few gigabytes worth of data and allow people to access it? That’s just stupid. Data caps should be abolished or the internet should be treated like a public good. Companies want more money? Fine, provide a superior product. They shouldn’t be able to sit on their heels and do nothing to create a better distribution system while constantly charging more and more money for their “service”.

    • rwpos rwpos says:

      Thinking about the 3.99 price point for Marvel digital could make you angry. They justify that price point for hard copy books by saying it comes with a “free” digital copy. But if you buy the digital copy for 3.99 what does it come with to justify that cost? It comes with no printing, no shipping, and no coupon for a physical copy. RIP OFF! But there are enough people willing to pay that inflated price to convince Marvel that 3.99 day and date digital is good business. I think it’s nuts!

    • Jdudley says:

      I’ve cut my comics spending frantically in the last year and not-buying $3.99 issues is a major part of that. I do still cave occasionally and Aaron and Ribic’s Thor has been such a case. But the irony is that most books I cave on are books that I’ll definitely want the trades of!
      Gets even more tricky because I usually don’t know if I’m trade-waiting a worthy book without at least checking out the first issue… That said, I think im just gonna go ahead and assume this trade will be worth my dollar. Gonna be a tough wait but the patient comic-reader really can avoid the overpriced $3.99 books. Heck, Marvel Unlimited is really only about 6 months behind.

    • hanson724 hanson724 says:

      I used to feel the same about 3.99 comics and double shipping. I would avoid them because of price, bought a lot of DC’s for 2.99. But their comics just started losing it for me. The last 2 months I’ve been dropping them like crazy, most recently Batman and The Flash. “If you want these books you’re gonna have to pay.”is the realization I came to.It’s not just Marvel with the 3.99 either. All of Valiants and Dynamite are 3.99 also not to forget IDW. I buy my daughter TMNT and My Little Pony every month for 3.99. Basically I’m just saying I accepted it and adjusted my pull list so I’m not spending more money but maybe a few less comics and that’s fine by me. I spend around $150 a month which I don’t think is too bad and it’s about half 2.99 and half 3.99.

    • Kipper2099 Kipper2099 says:

      3.99 is tough to swallow considering most books by DC are 2.99. I find that even though most of Marvel is 3.99 besides Deadpool, you`re still getting really great quality compared to the stories DC has been handin out. I also like an actual copy and can`t ever find myself ever buying digital. The feel and look of an actual book is a lot better to me then reading it off my ipod.

    • koryrosh koryrosh says:

      The thing that irks me more is that Marvel doesn’t drop the price of their digital issues for at least six months or more! And I believe they’re the only company that does that; everyone else seems to drop their prices $1 or $2 after a month (IDW goes from $3.99 to $1.99!). Clearly it’s working for Marvel and I doubt as long as its bringing in the cash flow, they won’t change it. Perhaps the reason why it works is that so many of their $3.99 books are quite good, on both art and writing (not all, but a lot of them). My solution has been to get subscriptions of the $3.99 books I want to read (save Wolverine and the X-Men, which I buy at the store – don’t want to wait the extra week or two for it to show up in the mail.

    • Firevine Firevine says:

      I find it funny that this complaint never comes up about any publisher other than Marvel, even though those books are $3.99 too.

      Also, I’d rather pay $3.99 for a book I’m going to enjoy, than $2.99 for, well, the crap that DC is putting out.

    • sitara119 sitara119 says:

      Marvel puts out just as much crap as anyone and DC has just as many good books.
      And to say that this complaint “never comes up about any publisher other than Marvel” comes off as hyperbolic naivety. Just sayin’.
      This whole loving one of the big 2 while hating on the other seems immature to me. It reminds me of musicals depicting 1950′s gangs that sing and dance to rival gangs who prefer blue to red. Funny, mildly amusing, but ultimately ridiculous.

    • phess1 phess1 says:

      “I really feel like the ridiculous way that ISPs are controlling the internet is at the heart of this. They act as if “internet” is some sort of limited commodity like water/oil/natural gas that we should have to pay for based on how much of it we use. It’s ridiculous, they’re creating an artificially limited supply so that they can charge us for access to it. If online distributors of data didn’t have to pay such exorbitant fees for their usage of bandwidth then we wouldn’t have to pay so much to buy their stuff. It makes me puke every time I listen to “Radiolab” or “This American Life” and hear them explain the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year they have to pay to distribute their shows online. Really? Hundreds of thousands of dollars to store a few gigabytes worth of data and allow people to access it? That’s just stupid. Data caps should be abolished or the internet should be treated like a public good. Companies want more money? Fine, provide a superior product. They shouldn’t be able to sit on their heels and do nothing to create a better distribution system while constantly charging more and more money for their “service”.
      100% agree. Hopefully this changes someday but I highly doubt it.

  2. TheRealVenom TheRealVenom says:

    While im not a huge fan of $3.99 issues, I live in Canada so I used to pay 5$ or more comics back in the 90′s so I try not to complain lol

  3. sitara119 sitara119 says:

    Not a huge fan of Aaron, but he knocked my socks off with Thor and I’ll give anything with Thanos a shot.

  4. misterckent misterckent says:

    Honestly, for the talent on this book, it’s worth the price.

  5. MegaPhilip MegaPhilip says:

    I love Jason Aaron’s work but I’m not wild about the price tag either. I’ll definitely flip through it and will probably trade-wait or pick up discounted Comixology issues. I did cave and have been buying and loving Thor though.

  6. I’m trade-waiting this.

  7. thumper555 says:

    It has a baby Thanos in it. Not on the cover… well one of em has that, but a Thanos origin story about him as a child.

    Aaron writing? Simone Bianchi illustrating?

    I’ll take two.

  8. I’ll prob pick this up for Jason Arron and the Scottie Young cover

  9. theWAC1 theWAC1 says:

    How many issues is this scheduled for?

  10. hanson724 hanson724 says:

    Aaron’s killing it on Thor right now so I’ll definitely be picking this up.

  11. pmallory says:

    I pay $3 for the 3.99 books at my LCS. I get 25 percent off of all books and trades. I’m surprised that I haven’t seen anyone talk about discounts from their local store. Believe me, he still makes a profit. I did pay a $25 fee to be a “club member” but its a good discount. Does no one else have something like this at their stores?

    • Volrocker74 says:

      My LCS does 20% off as long as you sign up for 10 or more books on your pull list.

    • pmallory says:

      I’m surprised that most people pay full cover price for books. If you’re only reading a few titles a month, no big deal, but most people who read comics, I’m educationally guessing, read 10-20 titles per month at the minimum.

    • sitara119 sitara119 says:

      I also get a 20% discount on floppies and 30% on trades. Paying full price is for suckers. ;)

    • Firevine Firevine says:

      People just like to complain. I’ve only been in one comic shop ever that didn’t offer a discount, and that dude was so small fry, hi shop was in a room meant to be a one person office.

    • BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

      I get 20 percent off at my store. But that still doesn’t mean I want to pay an extra 80 cents for this just because.

    • cosmo cosmo says:

      I pay full price, but for every $100 I spend, I get a $20 credit, which in a way, I find more useful than a straight across the board discount (easier to justify picking up stuff on a lark when it’s free).

  12. DenverDave DenverDave says:

    “…but will soon change the very nature of the Marvel Universe.” — NO WAY!!!

  13. Kipper2099 Kipper2099 says:

    Did anyone else notice near the end there was just a white silouette of Thanos? Was this supposed to happen or a artists mistake? A typo too on the first word of the issue

  14. TiQuinn TiQuinn says:

    Wow, that was just a very creepy story. (Meant as a good thing given the character)

  15. Urthona Urthona says:

    One and done for me. First off, I don’t like the art for Thanos the adult. Second, I am so not interested in Kid Thanos. Bleh, these are gods, aren’t they? Third, where is Starfox, I thought he and Thanos were twins?

    I am LOVING Aaron’s Thor comic book right now, it is utterly fantastic…but this is a big miss for me. Where’s Jim Starlin, couldn’t they have co-written with Jim doing the art, maybe get a top-notch inker?

    • adrianrigter adrianrigter says:

      Jim Starlin is over at DC doing the surprisingly good Stormwatch which also came out this week.

      And i don’t think he has any interest in working for Marvel at the moment…particularly on a Thanos book:)

  16. sitara119 sitara119 says:

    I thought this was good. The little girl has to be Death is disguise, right?

  17. mgriffith mgriffith says:

    Trade-waiting.

  18. Found this to be an odd book. Got distracted by some of the art (Thanos head/body ratio) and spend most of the book wondering how much to entertain the idea of Thanos as a kid. Just seemed way off.

  19. DavidClark DavidClark says:

    Big mistake, Jason. Why do this? Why pull a George Lucas?

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