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Thanos Legacy #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


Rising star Donny Cates returns to the Mad Titan to bring the story bridging the gap between his best-selling “Thanos Wins” and the worldshattering INFINITY WARS! How did Thanos’ journey back from the future lead to the events of INFINITY WARS PRIME? Now it can be told!

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Print Lenght
33 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    A highly enjoyable issue that’s rewarding for Marvel fans who have read it all. It ties into so many stories, kicks off an exciting new path for Thanos’ journey, and even comes with an excellent backup that’s poignant and beautifully drawn. This is a one-shot not to miss, especially if you’re a Marvel Comics completist.
  • 90


    I want more Thanos Legacy and I want it now. I’m doing my best not to spoil the contents of this issue, but I am WILDLY intrigued as to where they are taking this. These creative teams are not playing it safe by any means, and this truly feels like a comic where the balance of the Marvel Cosmic titles will shift…oh, and there’s Cosmic Ghost Rider using Hellfire in a way I’ve never seen before, so “must read”.
  • 80

    Thanos Legacy tells the story of what happened to Thanos between the end of the "Thanos Wins" story, and the time when Gamora killed him in Infinity Wars. It's an insightful look into the mind of the Mad Titan, and it definitely gets you excited for what's to come with the storyline going forward, especially given the massive cliffhanger at the end. I also want to give a special shout out Brian Level because the art is fantastic, especially the few frames he gets with Cosmic Ghost Rider.
  • 80

    Comic Book Corps

    Thanos Legacy was a quicker read than I anticipated. I read it again immediately upon finishing it the first time and noticed that even though the story was setting up a larger narrative, it never wasted a panel or a word. Everything serves a purpose, and that is a huge testament to the creative team. One of my favourite things about the issue, aside from the pacing, is that the way the beginning and end juxtapose one another. One brother sits on his throne, the cold blue of his eyes hidden from the reader and replaced by an equally telling darkness. Thanos’ expression is ominous and stoic. The other brother is hooded. His blood soaked hand holds the will of his brother, and yet Level draws equal attention to the look in his eyes. This powerful imagery was one of my favourite aspects of the book. It works even better because Cates begins the book by declaring Thanos the end of everything and ends with the words ‘His will.’ The idea that even in death he will still win and still end everything is chilling. It was on my mind from the moment that his head first hit the ground. His legacy will undoubtedly be full of unforeseen circumstances, and this issue does a commendable job of making the wait for the answers a pain. I believe that Thanos Legacy was worth the wait and I’m giving it 8 out of 10.
  • 79

    Graphic Policy

    The issue is a solid start and it’s the back-up story from Duggan, Smith, and Redmond that really stand out. Overall, it feels like a chapter in Marvel’s cosmic grand plan and one that if you’re into that side of the Marvel Universe you’ll want to check out. The fact it’s also a good starting point makes it stand out as a comic to check out this week.
  • 78

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Thanos Legacy #1 connects the dots and smacks you in the face with more questions. What more could you ask for in a book?

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About the Author: Donny Cates

Donny Cates (born September 14, 1984) is an American comic book writer, artist, and podcaster, known for his work on titles like Venom, Thanos, Doctor Strange and Thor.

Early life

Donny Cates was born in Dallas, Texas. Raised in Garland, Texas, Cates states that he was taught to read by his father using comic books. Cates graduated from Garland High School and attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he would meet future artistic collaborators Tradd Moore and Geoff Shaw. Cates majored in sequential art, but left the school after being accepted into a Marvel internship program. While interning, Cates stole a Diamond Distributors Gem Award awarded to Astonishing X-Men #1. At the advice of Marvel editor Mark Peniccia, Cates left the program after a year to pursue writing his own comics. After a chance meeting with a Dark Horse Comics staffer at C2E2, Cates was given the opportunity to write short stories for the company.


Cates’ first comic work was a short story in Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #24, released in August 2013. Co-written by himself and Eliot Rahal, the title of this story was Hunter Quaid: Armageddon Outta Here. It was followed up three issues later with Hunter Quaid: The Only Things We Have to Fear… are Nazis and Creepy Monsters. Satisfied with these stories, Dark Horse gave Cates the green light for later projects like Buzzkill, The Ghost Fleet and The Paybacks. Between 2016 and 2017 Cates also wrote stories for IDW Publishing, including an entry in Star Trek: Waypoint and a one-shot, Star Trek: Deviations. Cates eventually began writing for Image Comics, where he released God Country. With this title he attracted the attention of editors at Marvel, who offered him a contract.

His first long-term Marvel works were runs on Doctor Strange and Thanos. After the success of these titles, Cates was given writing duties on Venom, where he was paired with artist and podcaster Ryan Stegman. This led to him penning multiple company-wide events, including Absolute Carnage and King in Black.

Personal life

Cates currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, comic artist Megan Hutchinson. The two host a comic review podcast, The Devil’s AdvoCATES Book Club.

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