|Plot Synopsis: Thanos (2003) #2|
"Rebellion" is written and drawn by Jim Starlin and Al Milgrom. Thanos of Titan has sought out the new Rigel-3 to lend aid to the Colonizers who survived an earlier attack by one of his many murderous clones. His aim is seemingly true Thanos wishes to redeem his soul from the many iniquities of his bloody past through good deeds. Quite understandably, the Rigellians are suspicious of his motives. The Rigellian High Commissioner shares those concerns with Thanos' traveling companion Adam Warlock as the humanoid robot Recorder stores the dramatic events for future reference. Not easily swayed to believe their former tormentor can now be trusted, the Rigellian armed forces, under the command of General Zygo, place the Titan in a Photon block while they consider his offer of help.
After Adam Warlock relates his own origin story to the Grand Commissioner by way of explaining why he follows Thanos' movements now, the pair look in on his imprisonment. To their surprise, Zygo has launched a military coup d'etat and after placing the Grand Commissioner and Adam Warlock under armed guard, threatens to destroy Thanos by collapsing the Photon block, and Thanos with it, down to the size of his thumb. However, Adam Warlock is not one to long suffer being held captive and his martial expertise soon overcomes the Rigellian guards. He cannot stop more tragic events from unfolding, however, as Thanos turns on his would-be executioners and destroys them with a quick gamma radiation burst. The Grand Commissioner, while horrified, agrees that Thanos acted in self-defense and means to help them. He gains Thanos' pledge to aid one of the Colonizers' outpost Rigel-18. The colony's problem? The devourer of worlds Galactus has set up camp and means to feed!