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Posted April 5, 2013
This is a really good value to have all these comics together. Jim Starlin's work on Captain Marvel and Warlock is one of the aesthetic high points of the genre.
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Posted June 4, 2014
This was a walk down memory lane for me. I had just started regularly reading comics when the Captain Marvel issues came out. I had bought CM #28 due to the fallen Avengers on the cover, but the art (especially the battle between Thanos and the Destroyer for the Cosmic Cube) and scale of the whole plot had me hooked. Unfortunately, I didn't get another CM until issue #32, which I set aside until I could fill in the sequence. I ordered the back issues and they arrived one day I was home sick. Reading the books from 28-33 at one fell swoop, and the way Thanos is defeated, just blew me away. This was the height of literature to a 14-year old. (view spoiler)
Yes, the title of this collection is misleading since the Avengers play only a minor role in the proceedings and then only to add the needed muscle and numbers that Mar-Vell and, later, Warlock require to defeat the plans of Thanos. (Note that no current Avenger, at that time, even appears on the cover.) However, it is great to have the whole epic brought together and to read the back issues I didn't have (Iron Man, Daredevil) to see how the story was developed in the early stages.
There are some issues missing from the Warlock storyline. These detail the start of his campaign against the Magus (and precede the issues included here) and explain why Adam goes back to Earth, why he is so large at the start of #15, and how he returned to "normal" size. Not vital to the Thanos story, but nice for continuity of the character. (The main Warlock related issues are collected in "Warlock by Jim Starlin.")
Looking at the art today, after 40+ years of reading comics, I can see how that might not appeal to today's newer reader. It was even a bit discombobulating to me at times with the (obviously) Kirbyesque posing of heroes and villains (e.g. bad guy strolls into room full of heroes and everyone, regardless of what they're doing, adopts an over-the-top threatening or defensive posture). The exaggerated dialog and plot elements ring as almost archaic today, but at the time these stories were being published, this was the way comics were written. Revel in the hyperbole!
Even with all it's faults, this is a "must-read" for anyone that is interested in the character of Thanos, the Infinity gems and the Infinity Gauntlet/War/Crusade sequence. If you're interested in the Marvel movie films, this is a good background to the comic book origins of the character and (I assume) situations that may be featured in "Avengers 3" (and teased at the end of "Thor: The Dark World").