Hasslein Blog: December 2014


Hasslein Blog

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy Holidays from Hasslein Books

Image courtesy Pat Carbajal


Monday, December 22, 2014

Matthew Sunrich Presents.... Thanos vs. Hulk #1

By Matthew Sunrich

This month saw the release of Thanos vs.Hulk #1, the first installment of the highly anticipated miniseries. It was originally slated to be a story arc in Savage Hulk, but Marvel decided that it deserved its own series (and rightly so, though I do wish they hadn't canceled Savage Hulk in the process).Written and illustrated by Thanos creator Jim Starlin, who had until recently been absent from Marvel for a number of years, it is a prequel to last summer's excellent The Infinity Revelation graphic novel and takes place during the Indestructible Hulk storyline when Bruce Banner was working for S.H.I.E.L.D.

But first a little background.

In 1982, Starlin, notable artist and writer of such standout Bronze-Age titles as Captain Marvel and Warlock, launched Dreadstar, the first title in Marvel's new Epic imprint, which spotlighted creator-owned properties (a really revolutionary concept at the time). Spinning out of Starlin's Metamorphosis Odyssey from the pages of Epic Illustrated, Dreadstar represented the next logical step for the sophisticated crossover fan who had enjoyed the first two installments of the Star Wars saga (Return of the Jedi, of course, was still a year away). 

Unlike George Lucas' films, however, Dreadstar features a story aimed at an older audience (even though, like Epic Illustrated itself, there's no label on the cover), pulling no punches and dealing with complex and sometimes disturbing issues. Vanth Dreadstar, the comic's protagonist, is decidedly not a hero in the mold of Luke Skywalker, though aspects of their "origins" are similar. They both wield swords of immense power, but Dreadstar has no compunction whatsoever about using his to kill when it suits his objectives.

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