Characters Appearing: Adam Warlock, Magus (Evil Adam Warlock), Soul Gem
Warlock Chronicles #4
Issue(s): Warlock Chronicles #4
We still dance around the Goddess' true intentions.
Warlock says that he'd hoped that being in the Soul World would bring the Magus peace, but the Magus finds his inability to be seen or interact with the other denizens to be frustrating. However, he's pleased to learn that he can touch Warlock, and he tries to start a fight with him. Warlock offers the Magus a pardon and the opportunity to re-integrate his aspect into him. But Magus would rather see the entire universe suffer as he is suffering, and he also figures that he might be able to escape the Soul World if he can kill Warlock. So they fight for real.
For pages and pages.
There's very little scripting during the fight, and it really does feel like there was about 2 pages of content in this plot that needed to be stretched out to an entire issue. There's nothing wrong with letting Tom Raney cut loose, but this is overkill.
When Warlock wins the fight, he says that he's going to have to defeat the Goddess without Magus' help, but that the fight has given him a renewed sense of self-confidence, and that he's "complete" even without the portions of himself that he cast out.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues more or less directly from the scene of Warlock meeting the Magus in Infinity Crusade #4.
Crossover: Infinity Crusade
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This issue and #4 look to me a lot like a declaration of catharsis.
Magus is presented in #4 as a corrupted father figure of some sort, and the ending of this issue essentially says that Warlock has come of age and no longer needs to define himself as a function of the Magus' approval.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | April 18, 2017 1:42 AM
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