Issue(s): Hulk #176, Hulk #177, Hulk #178
The Hulk basically has intruded on Warlock's Easter Story.
Warlock plays out his Jesus role, having a last supper...
...getting nailed to a cross-like object by the Man-Beast...
...saying "High Evolutionary, why have you abandoned me?"...
...and rising from the dead.
In the end, the Hulk's smashyness prevails...
...and Warlock ascends into the heavens, leaving Counter-Earth.
Warlock was revived by the Rigellian Recorder, who takes a rare break from his Watcher-like observation-only directive.
The art is generally OK, but the animal-men are just terribly goofy looking.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (11): show
FOOM#5 stated outright that this story was done to end Warlock's dangling story and clear the deck for Starlin's upcoming series, which shows how much clout he had at Marvel early on.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 10, 2013 5:34 PM
I've always wondered which writer (Thomas, Conway, Isabella) was the one responsible for the heavy Easter themes in these issues? Given that Isabella was inserting Jesus Christ himself as a recurring character over in Ghost Rider at the same time, I'm going to go with Isabella. The "POTUS is actually Man-Beast" plot seems to fit much better with Thomas or Conway.
Posted by: Zeilstern | April 1, 2017 9:41 AM
The writer to blame is Mike Friedrich, who had turned the Warlock series into a Marvel-style riff on Jesus Christ, Superstar. These issue wrap up that plotline by following the themes Friedrich was using to their logical end.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 1, 2017 1:17 PM
The spring/summer of '74 was WILD in the Marvel Universe. The President killed himself in front of Captain America; Mandrill, Nekra and Black Spectre took over the White House lawn shortly thereafter (until defeated by Daredevil). Meanwhile in NYC you've got an invasion of Namor's undersea hordes for the FF to deal with AND Galactus popping by to have a chat with Thor.
Posted by: Zeilstern | April 1, 2017 4:44 PM
About as subtle as Snyder's Man of Steel Jesus allegory, at least this has color.
Posted by: davidbanes | April 1, 2017 9:22 PM
There's also a Watergate theme in this storyline. This is clear in one panel where the Man-Beast's four Presidential aides are shown in their human guises to resemble Robert Haldeman, Charles Colson, Spiro Agnew and John Ehrlichman.
Posted by: The Small Lebowski | December 10, 2017 7:36 PM
Oops - that should be HR Haldeman, not "Robert". He was called "Bob" but his first names were Harry Robbins.
Posted by: The Small Lebowski | December 11, 2017 3:33 PM
Wow, they should have called this one "The Passion of Warlock." I had no idea. Thank goodness Jim Starlin is on his way to rescue Him.
Posted by: Holt | February 2, 2018 2:03 PM
"Passion" in this sense is the same as the passion of Christ, i.e. crufixion and martyrdom for the world's sins.
Posted by: The Small Lebowski | February 2, 2018 6:40 PM
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