Issue(s): Warlock #3, Warlock #4, Warlock #5, Warlock #6, Warlock #7, Warlock #8
(Since Michael notes that Triax, the warthog guy in the first scan above, appears again, i'll just note that he originally poses as the god Apollo and then a little later is responsible for the death of one of Warlock's followers. And he's embarrassed to admit that he's really a warthog. He seemingly falls to his death in this story.)
We saw in Hulk #157-158 that the denizens of Counter-Earth are literal counterparts to people on "True-Earth", except there are no super-powers (with one exception). So we've got a good-guy Dr. Doom.
The exception is this world's Reed Richards, who turns into a monster called the Brute.
Counter-Earth Doom, potentially an interesting or maybe problematic character (certainly one who could have eventually found his way off Counter-Earth), is killed in this series.
The Brute will make his way over to True-Earth, so call that the Historical Significance for this series. Plus the mere existence of Counter-Earth, and Adam Warlock's soul gem, but those were introduced in earlier issues. And of course just a general usage of Warlock, who, it should be said, learns about the world of man through his experiences on Counter-Earth. Prior to this whole series, he didn't know much about the world, having been grown in a lab.
After the death of a supporting character, Warlock retreats to his cocoon for a while.
As we get deeper into the series, the story backs off from the religious metaphors from earlier issues, but you can see from the lettercol that people were upset about that (calling it sacrilege).
In fact, the later stories have more of a What If? quality: Dr. Doom is a good guy! And he dies fighting an evil Reed Richards!
Appearance by the Rigellian Recorder in issue #8, summoned by the High Evolutionary to observe his project (and note that the Evolutionary wants to rename him Memorax).
Even though the initial reception to Warlock seemed to be positive (i'm basing that on Marvel's own spin, although the fact that he graduated to his own series after 2 issues in Premiere seems to confirm it), the book is cancelled after issue #8, which ends in mid-story with Warlock confronting the Man-Beast. The story will be concluded in Hulk #176, which starts up some time later and begins with Warlock having been defeated. At the time of issue #8's ending, it's just said that the story will be continued "sometime, somewhere", but the Hulk's book is a logical place since he and the Rhino were the only True-Earth characters to set foot on Counter-Earth.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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An earlier issue also stated that Counter-Earth Tony Stark had no heart problems, and Peter Parker died of radiation poisoning.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 30, 2012 3:23 AM
Triax the Terrible actually appears again in later stories as a lackey of the Man-Beast.
Posted by: Michael | March 21, 2013 7:48 PM
Thanks Michael. I've added him as a Character Appearing and put in a brief description.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 22, 2013 7:22 AM
And on True-Earth, Memorax became Memorex and was primarily known for shattering otherwise useful champagne glasses.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 23, 2013 3:55 PM
It sure looks like that Victor von doom statue is a tribute to his bowling skills.
Posted by: kveto from prague | June 4, 2017 8:36 AM
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