The first in a series of graphic novels handpicked by Marvel Editorial to showcase pivotal storylines written and drawn by some of Marvel's most acclaimed creators! Thanos, scourge of the cosmos, rises to dominance as the unrivaled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny! Witness the Mad Titan's dark origin, and discover the hidden truths of his disturbing history! Where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from — and, more important, what does he want? Death has been shadowing Thanos for his entire life, watching his inner darkness grow — but why? And when the Mad Titan flees his home, how many lives will he take to find what he seeks from the universe? True love begets a river of blood as a journey begins that will not only alter the course of one boy's life, but will soon change the face of the galaxy — and the very nature of the Marvel Universe!