Comic recommendation of the day Thanos Quest by Jim Starlin and Ron Lim
I mentioned when we began this absurdly long build-up to the Guardians of the Galaxy film that you could choose what era best suited your sensibilities. We spent a lot of time in the '70s, the old-folks era. While I recommend all the things I recommend, my strongest recommendation is by 4 the Thanos Saga by Jim Starlin that I spent 4 days on. That's if you're cool with '70s storytelling.
If you're a 90s type of dude, then go ahead and jump here. More than a decade earlier, in a great issue of Avengers, Thanos had assembled 6 gems into a weapon capable of destroying stars. His weapon was ultimately destroyed and he was killed.
Now, he's alive again, understand the true power of the 6 gems, and wants them back. Each one is in the possession of an Elder of the Universe. One by one, he will confront these Elders, and through a combination of cunning and force of will, take their gems.
Once all 6 are assembled and placed on his gauntlet...
Well, that leads into tomorrow's entry and the story around which the Marvel movies have centered themselves.
This is a cool comic because Thanos is awesome and you get to see him be clever and awesome 6 times to best 6 of the most powerful beings in the universe.