His grim visage has caused havoc in the Marvel universe before.
Now, with Thanos galactic-domination plans set to play out beyond the printed pages of Marvel comics, the erstwhile villain is back in the six-issue miniseries Infinity, along with heroes from Earth and beyond.
Its called the Marvel universe for a reason. The stakes has never been just Earth, and no event proves that like Infinity, said Marvel Entertainment editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. And at the root of the problem: the so-called mad titan, Thanos.
Writer Jonathan Hickman said the scale of the book, released Wednesday and illustrated by Jim Cheung, is such that its got an event label, involving scores of plots, characters and struggles.
The series features Inhumans, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and other heroes familiar to Marvel Entertainment readers.
But Thanos is swirling at the center of everything, coming off his reintroduction from Thanos Rising, the five-issue series released this year.
The stories that Thanos has been involved in all have a certain scale and importance and weight, Hickman said. Thats what were trying to do here.