Death Sentence is part of a series of what Marvel refers to a prose novels – the opposite of graphic novels, I guess. The plot follows Thanos through a series of pseudo-reincarnations as he seeks to re-establish his place in the universe and earn a reconciliation with Death. I’ve been a fan of novelizations of comic character stories since reading Diane Duane’s 1990s stories about Spiderman and Venom – I read this type of novel every chance I get.
This was a fast-paced story with lots of action, but it left me feeling a bit empty when I finished it and uncertain of what had actually happened and why. I think having a villain such as Thanos as the main character limited my enjoyment of the book as well – to me, a big part of the attraction of reading this type of novel is to see inside the superheroes head as they use their powers.
I gave Death Sentence three stars, but I’d be interesting more of these stories from Marvel.