So a couple weeks ago The Thanos Imperative came to a finale. Not just a end as storylines start and end every month as comics do every month, but a finale. Like we've watched something gripping and tragic and exciting that has finally come to a conclusion that makes me think that the musicians are going to put down their instruments and not play anymore.
It would be madness to do so because all of DnA's cosmic stories have been terriffic. Since I lost a bunch of stuff a couple years ago, I've been taking the best mental restock I can and Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest are on my list to not just get back, but reread a couple times. There is so much adventure packed into those arc, plus character devlopment of people I hadn't ever heard of before. Who knew I would get tear-eyed over Star Lord and Nova?
Spoliers are ahead, by the way, but it's been a few weeks since the comic came out and I feel more than content to start praise/burying Caesar. So if you're still out of stock at our LCS or haven't gotten into the Thanos Imperative, scroll down until you see Rocket Raccoon. Spoilers should be done by then.
Right! So the Thanos Imperative. While definitely epic in scope and grand in scheme and thought, I suppose I feel that I didn't get enough of a dessert for all the meat and potatoes we ate. I mean, from War of Kings (the Empire Strikes Back of the Cosmic Stories, total down ending), I'd been hoping for some sort of huge return for all the loss in War of Kings. The Shi'ar are in a wreck, the Kree still have the usurpers ruling over them, Ronan the Accuser is sort of a pussy cat now thanks to Crystal (how long before she cheats on him, any bets?), a great rift had opened up in space... something needed to happen. Vader had to make that face turn and get some peace in his last moments thanks to redemption. The rebels had to win with a sense of celebration. We needed to rebuild with a sense of the future, at harmony with the losses of our past.
Instead, two of the most human characters in the Cosmic side of the Universe are gone. Secret Avengers looks to lose a member as Nova and Star Lord (who has a Cosmic Cube with 'maybe a couple of charges left', who's to say they're not still out there?) are left to face the Mad Titan who's just been dumped by Death again. The Cthulhu-verse has been 'closed' and everyone sort of shrug their shoulders and carries on.
But that's not the end of the story! I can think of a couple plot holes that make me think that we'll be going right back to this if we could get the chance. Right now, there's just The Thanos Imperative: Devastation to look forward to and I suppose that yeah, they could line up an all new epic after all of this.
But how long are we going to have to wait? Past Cosmic epics have been practically back to back and had two ongoing series to tide the readers over. It doesn't look like Guardians of the Galaxy are coming back anytime soon and neither does Nova. We know Marvel wants to cut down the amount of product they put out, but why these guys? Deadpool is just one dude, the Guardians of the Galaxy represent an entire portion of the Marvel Universe and not just that, but a theme. That 'Star Wars' feel where science and the unknown meet in the middle for fantastic alien races and cultures counter to our own.
Again, this might all be useless by the next year and Marvel could just as easily bring them all back to the printed page. Heck, they said the Cancerverse would be hanging around, maybe we'll get a sort of Tales from the Darkside out of that corner of the universe. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really liked Black Bolt and was sort of hoping that we'd have gotten him back by now. I don't know.
I've seen so much Cosmic joy that everything else seems sort of ... not as good. And the Thanos Imperative left me sort of looking out a big window into the vastness of a space with a woman that may or may not be my sister and two robots, all wondering just when space got so big that adventure couldn't be seen from the deck of your spaceship.