Given the power of the character and his wide-ranging plots from taking over the entire universe to killing everything in his path, Marvel Comics periodically shelves Thanos in a variety of ways. Sometimes this means killing the character, sometimes this means trapping him in an alternate universe, sometimes this means having the character go missing or even retire. Whatever the case, Thanos always returns.
The new series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato is about precisely that. Thanos is back, and back with a vengeance. Not attacking Earth, not going after the Cosmic Cube or the Infinity Gems, this time Thanos is going home. Retracing his steps to rebuild a power base, Thanos quickly dispenses with the former lieutenant Corvus Glaive and reassures his control over the Black Order. The question is, what does Thanos have planned?
Thanos #1 is a strong reintroduction to the character. The first issue also sets up the plan to stop whatever the Mad Titan has planned in a subplot involving the rather obscure Champion of the Universe recruiting a reluctant Starfox to find out just what exactly Thanos is after. Worth a look.