Thanos Goes Infinite with A God Up There Listening
Iban Coello, Paco Diaz and Neil Edwards!
“Imagine you find out that the dad you never knew turned out to be the greatest
monster in the universe,” says Rob Williams. “How do you deal with that information
and make sure that you absolutely will not follow in his footsteps?”
The writer explores just that in THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING, a six-part
Infinite Comics story with art by Iban Coello, Neil Edwards and Paco Diaz. It debuts in
its entirety on July 1.
The son in question: Thane, a young man who confronted his unholy pedigree head-on
in the pages of INFINITY, thus halting his father’s siege of Earth. Trapped in an amber
prison, Thanos bides his time, his reign of terror momentarily suspended. For now, his
son looks to the past and sifts through the wreckage of worlds, his father’s life’s work,
and his own family legacy.
“This is Thane’s journey to track down the living biography of Thanos the Mad Titan, to
see his twisted parent’s acts first hand,” explains Williams. “But can his sanity, and his
goodness, survive such a journey?
“Oh, and we get to see Thanos launching an all-out war against Ego the Living Planet
too. What could be more fun than that?
The innately peaceful Thane might not agree.
“I think Thane’s in shock when we pick him up here,” says Williams. “It’s at the close of
the events of INFINITY and he’s had his death touch powers activated, he’s
inadvertently killed an entire Inhuman city and has come face to face with Thanos, his
father. But before he can even begin to deal with all this he imprisons Thanos and is
left alone—aside from Thanos’ Grima Wormtongue-like advisor Ebony Maw. Thane
needs to know who his father was, just so he can ensure that he doesn’t follow in his
Telepathically bond with this alien and you are transported to the past. So Thane gets to watch Thanos in action. The past becoming the present.
He’s going to spend some daddy time with the baddest dad this reality has to offer. Thane’s trying to find out who he is. Is he the healer he always
thought he was? Or something more?”
This all plays out in the dynamic Infinite Comics format, a first for the writer.
“That’s been very interesting,” Williams notes. “For a start, it’s the first time I’ve written ‘Marvel-style.’ I’m usually a full script devotee. It felt a little
scary turning over all the visual breakdowns to someone else. But it makes you concentrate more on the major character arcs. Then, once the
book has been storyboarded, the artist works over the top of those breakdowns, and then I rejig my dialogue to better fit the visuals. It’s a positive
thing to try new ways of writing after being in a comfort zone with your process. And to see the Infinite Comic bring it all alive on the digital ‘page’ is
pretty cool. It’s been fun.”
No stranger to the format, artist Paco Diaz previously worked on WOLVERINE: JAPAN’S MOST WANTED.
“I think this is part of the future,” he says. “To have these new tools to tell a great story, I think it’s always positive and at the same time exciting.”
Neil Edwards agrees: “I’m constantly amazed when you see the finished episode come together, it’s really incredible and the effects and swipes
really add to the epic storytelling of the episode. Working on this one has been amazing! Thanos is the biggest of big bads in the Marvel Universe
so any opportunity to get to draw him is an absolute must.”
And what does Thanos seek over the course of the story? The grandest of trophies: a sentient planet.
“It should be a strange, otherworldly experience,” Williams says of the glorious cosmic chase. “It’s just the most fun you can have in the Marvel
Universe: This fantastic, crazy concept of a living planet with a face the size of a solar system. And that face, made up of great mountain ranges,
moves as he smiles, frowns, blows raspberries at passing comets. The idea of a ‘Living Planet’ is deeply offensive to Thanos, so he goes on a
White Whale-style crusade to hunt and kill Ego. Thanos offers to create an undead planet for his bride, Death, and that they’ll use it as their
corpulent flagship of suffering, flying around the universe together, hand in hand. The smooth-talking devil; Thanos knows how to woo a lady.”
THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING debuts in the Infinite Comics format on Tuesday, July 1