To anyone that wants to read a spectacular comic book event from Marvel, The Infinity Gauntlet (published in the year 1991) written by Jim Starlin, and drawn by George Perez and Ron Lim is a comic book event story that I can easily recommend to you thanks to its fantastic storytelling and amazing artwork.
The plot is that after obtaining all the infinity stones for the infinity gauntlet, Thanos tries to use his new powers to win the heart of the woman he loves Death (the deity) but with no avail. As a means to show his love for Death, Thanos uses the power of the infinity gauntlet to make almost everyone in the universe vanish, and cause destruction to every world. After this happens, Adam Warlock awakens to unite almost all the remaining Marvel characters (including Doctor Doom) and the Astral Deities to attack Thanos, retrieve the infinity gauntlet, and restore the universe back to the way it was.
The reason why The Infinity Gauntlet works well as a comic book event is because it’s a simple straightforward epic story that doesn’t require too many issues to read in order to understand (The Infinity Gauntlet is only a six issue mini series, and while there is a prelude story called Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos, that story isn’t required to read first in order to understand The Infinity Gauntlet).
The writing by Jim Starlin is brilliant as the story is paced very well, and the huge cast of characters work without being a huge distraction. The character interactions are also handled very well as each character that takes part in helping Adam Warlock defeat Thanos have their moments of development (including the part where Hulk and Wolverine chat for a bit before they go after Thanos). Doctor Doom being in the story also worked well as Jim Starlin managed to have a solid reason for him wanting to help Adam Warlock stop Thanos (despite him being known as a villain). My only nitpick in The Infinity Gauntlet in terms of story is the brief cameos that some of the remaining Marvel characters had (Moon Knight, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Namorita) because to me, it felt unnecessary to have them featured as they don’t serve much nor contribute anything to the plot.
The art by George Perez featured in the first 4 issues is wonderful to look at as he’s able to perfectly illustrate all characters, panels, and backgrounds with excellent detail to them. Issues 5 and 6 are done by Ron Lim, but (at least to me anyways) his art still looked liked George Perez’s (which isn’t a bad thing).
In conclusion, The Infinity Gauntlet is one of the best comic book stories Marvel ever made, and is a good example of how to make a fun and entertaining comic book event that I strongly recommend purchasing and reading.
I give The Infinity Gauntlet Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.