Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Infinity Gauntlet #6

The Infinity Gauntlet #6 - Comic of the DayThe hand that wears the Infinity Gauntlet by the end of the glove-titled Marvel event may come as no surprise to readers; however, the conversation and scene at the end of The Infinity Gauntlet #6 was unexpected and...interesting.

(Spoilers ahead!)

I can see some readers not enjoying the conclusion to this 6 issue 240 plus page event due to it's conclusion lacking answers on to how the Infinity Gauntlet will ever be in the right hands, but I found the ending to have a bit of heart and emotional closure. After the bedazzled fist is finally claimed by the side of responsibility, Thanos supposedly blows himself up because if he can't have complete power he does not want to live. Readers later find this to be false when Adam Warlock visits a lone farmer in the future who happens to be large and purple. Thanos has retreated to a simple life where on his own with his land, he controls his own universe. With less to control, Thanos finds piece of mind; and, after seeing what control of all that is is actually like, Thanos thinks his current situation of simplicity is far greater in value. The comic of the day kind of goes along with the idea that ignorance is bliss.

The one thing I thought The Infinity Gauntlet #6 lacked was closure between Thanos accepting the loss of Death's favor. Death's love was the reason for the story. Thanos always wanted power before, but Death gave him motivation to be the greatest and worthy of Death's admiration. When Death resurrected Thanos as explained in The Infinity Gauntlet #1 Thanos didn't seem to accept the fact that Death liked Thanos as he was. Thanos felt like he must be more than himself, and in the end that is what got him into the Infinity Gauntlet mess. His own insecurities made him a character readers could relate to even though he was god-like and a villain.

The Infinity Gauntlet isn't just about power over reality, it is also about one's power over themselves and the understanding of self that comes along with that.

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