Date: 2017-02-24 08:01 am (UTC)
dcbanacek: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dcbanacek
Okay, if anyone is going to knock out Thanos, I'll buy that Gladiator could do it.

Date: 2017-02-24 12:00 pm (UTC)
joetuss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joetuss
Getting knocked out is becoming his "thing" now, isn't it

Date: 2017-02-24 02:45 pm (UTC)
tigerkaya: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tigerkaya
Eh, happens to every big bad villain or hero. Remember Bane in Secret six, he was thrown around and tortured periodically now he's suddenly back to being a threat.

Date: 2017-02-24 04:22 pm (UTC)
bruinsfan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bruinsfan
Yeah, this is basically the Marvel version of a Darkseid vs. Superman fight, down to the former's ability to come back from death when narratively convenient.

Date: 2017-02-24 06:39 pm (UTC)
byc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] byc
Gladiator still couldn't do it normally.

Thanos even with plot devices is so far above non-Skyfathers.

Date: 2017-02-25 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
Yeah, I thought Giffen captured Gladiator's relationship with Thanos perfectly. To everyone else, Gladiator is that nigh-godlike dude who can unmake your entire planet on behalf of the Imperium. To Thanos, Gladiator is the equivalent of a wacky sitcom neighbor: durable enough to be worth having a conversation with, because he probably won't be accidentally vaporized by the side effects of your next scheme, but not powerful enough to be actual competition.
Edited Date: 2017-02-25 12:48 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-24 08:08 am (UTC)
cainofdreaming: cain's mark (pic#364829)
From: [personal profile] cainofdreaming
Is the Bouncing Boy character new? I don't remember seeing him before.

Date: 2017-02-25 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
I seem to recall a Bouncing Boy expy when the Super-Guardians showed up in Morrison's Newxmen run; didn't Beast use his insulative rubber blood to fight Flashfire?

Date: 2017-02-24 09:02 am (UTC)
beoweasel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] beoweasel
You can tell Starlin wasn't involved in the writing as Thanos isn't monologuing in every. single. panel. :P

Date: 2017-02-24 02:59 pm (UTC)
cygnia: (Stabby)
From: [personal profile] cygnia
And he's actually selling his injuries.

Date: 2017-02-24 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
And every other page isn't people talking about how great Thanos is, and how smart he is, and how wonderfully like fresh spring lilacs he smells.

How delightfully refreshing it all is.

Date: 2017-02-24 09:30 am (UTC)
lyricalswagger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lyricalswagger
It's like the Legion of Super-Heroes taking on Darkseid.

Date: 2017-02-24 11:37 am (UTC)
liliaeth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] liliaeth
But at least they're making it clear that there's something wrong, since they shouldn't be able to stand up to him as long as they did in the first place, and the chars in question know it.

Date: 2017-02-24 12:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
I know Thanos is one of the MU's Big Bads (and really has been since Infinity Gauntlet, I guess), but he hasn't always been THAT powerful, right? I mean, Adam Warlock used to take him on singlehandedly back in the day and the Avengers had their hands full, but he wasn't always so unassailable as they portray him these days (or am I just misremembering)?

Date: 2017-02-24 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gnarll
I think it implied that he powers himself up every time he gets something like a cosmic cube or infinity gauntlet. Not just while he has them but that he ups his base power level I mean.

Date: 2017-02-24 04:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bruinsfan
I don't know, I recall him more than holding his own against Thor back in the late 70s. That put him in the same ballpark as heralds of Galactus, and he's since been made an aspect of Death itself although it's unclear if that status continued after Secret Wars. If it is, he's effectively unkillable and should have cosmic powers on a par with the ones Barbie Bannister used to smack down Thog (a demon lord and rough equal to Mephisto).
Edited Date: 2017-02-24 04:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-25 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
Yup, vintage Thanos could (and did) slap down Thor and the Thing with one hand. He was an Avengers foe, sure, but that wasn't because the Avengers could beat him up; it was because the Avengers could sabotage him as he attempted to topple some even more godlke opponent.

Date: 2017-02-24 06:35 pm (UTC)
byc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] byc
Not that I'm an expert, but Thanos is constantly improving himself aside from acquiring items of mass power.

I think it was the 80's when he became cosmic buster where Surfer would get handled.

Date: 2017-02-24 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jmacq1
Maybe not in his very earliest appearances, but by the time he'd effectively become an "MU Villain" he was capable of going toe-to-toe with Thor and the Thing at the same time without much difficulty. That said, I don't think he was portrayed as being on the same level as say, Korvac. Still, he was a self-enhanced mutant Eternal, so he was already pretty high on the power scale.

Adam Warlock's power level has always been kinda nebulous.

But after Thanos "died" and came back just in time for the Infinity Gauntlet crossover/series, he seemed to get a significant base-level power up that placed him somewhere above Herald of Galactus (he regularly beat down the Silver Surfer - Traditionally Galactus' most powerful Herald - with ease) but below full-fledged "Cosmic Entity." Basically it seems like he hovers somewhere around "Skyfather" level (Odin et al...) minus some of the overt reality manipulation stuff.

Date: 2017-02-24 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
I seem to recall a scene in, I think, Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch where Thanos faces Odin, and he can tough it out for a while but he's pretty clearly losing until someone gets around to talking Thordaddy down.

Date: 2017-02-24 12:51 pm (UTC)
informationgeek: (djpon3)
From: [personal profile] informationgeek
Oh hey Smasher. How's that whole marriage and baby thing going? Anyone going to actually explore that angle of yours that came out of nowhere. No? Well alright. See ya whenever someone who pulls you out of the box again.

Date: 2017-02-25 01:23 am (UTC)
lyricalswagger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lyricalswagger
I guess we could ask Ewing about it, since he's got Sam in U.S.Avengers?

Date: 2017-02-24 02:01 pm (UTC)
shakalooloo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shakalooloo
Woulda been nice for Thanos to say "Gladiator" instead of "you", for the benefit of any readers that may not know him.

Date: 2017-02-24 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jmacq1
Is Gladiator still the ruler of the Shi'ar? Or did someone else take over in one of the cosmic hullabaloos that happened since Annihilation?

Date: 2017-02-25 01:24 am (UTC)
lyricalswagger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lyricalswagger
In the latest (Jane) Thor, the gods of the Shi'ar are talking about it being a mistake to let him be in charge, and are contemplating removing him.


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