Thanos Annual #1 came out this week, one last little tease for fans who have eagerly awaited the new Avengers movie. With Cosmic Ghost Rider as narrator, we’re given a collection of stories about Thanos, the evilest being in the cosmos. The team of writers and artists give us Thanos from a number of angles, a pair of which are actually downright hilarious. Chris Hastings of Gwenpool and webcomic Dr. McNinja shows us what life would be like for someone destined to have a visit from The Mad Titan every birthday. Other stories stick to classic Thanos evil, retroscripting the original Infinity War saga with a small Time Gem-aided field trip. His unending love for Death is shown in a strangely touching gesture in another story. After reading through the tales, Thanos is almost relatable, until you remember he’s Thanos.
H.R. Giger’s xenomorph is one of the most popular creations in science fiction. Beyond its many appearances in film, it’s also had a long-running career in comic books. Dark Horse, which publishes stories in the Predator/Aliens universe, has just released Aliens: Dust to Dust #1. The mini-series hits the ground running, and fans are treated to a visual theme park ride that hits all of the notes. A young boy wakes up as his colony is under attack, and things go from bad to worse quickly. Rain Beredo’s heavy and loose style lends itself well to the dark, industrial colony and the sharp movements of xenomorphs in the shadows. Gabriel Hardman’s story promises us that in next issue, “It gets worse” and leaves us breathless for more.
Big Trouble in Little China is a campy classic of the 80s, and another franchise that has seen success in comic books. John Carpenter brings trucker Jack Burton back as Old Man Jack in Boom! Studios’ mini-series. After a deal with uber-demon Ching Dai, Jack is in his own paradise, but the rest of the planet has literally gone to Hell. As events unfold, Jack is thrust back into the world to atone for his mistakes. Issue #8 finds Jack and the gang from the original movie now re-assembled deep in the palace of Ching Dai. The dialogue is sharp and funny, and the cartoonish style of Jorge Corona makes for an energetic and entertaining read.
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