Characters Appearing: Adam Warlock, Beta Ray Bill, Dr. Strange, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Maxam, Moondragon, Pip the Troll, Sif, Silver Surfer, Thanos, Thor, Volstagg
Warlock Chronicles #8
Issue(s): Warlock Chronicles #8
This really makes Sif's actions last issue (4 chapters ago) look misguided. The Watch is clearly receptive to the idea of keeping Thor's problem a secret from Odin.
Note that Moondragon says that Odin is responsible for Thor's madness. That's been basically subtext for this crossover, but Moondragon just states it matter-of-factly without supporting evidence here.
The second reason Moondragon cites is that curing Thor themselves would place him in their debt. The Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange don't comment on that. So they do work on curing Thor.
Andy Smith had some funny ideas about Pip's head size. I like it (in isolation) but it's not like the character didn't already have an established look.
Thanos' plan is to reintegrate Thor with the Valkyrie. The effort fails after a lot of nonsense on the astral plane, and they decide they have to take Thor to Odin after all.
Also in this issue, Sif and Beta Ray Bill want to find out if anyone in Asgard is aware of what's going on with Thor. They talk to Volstagg, who doesn't know anything. (Action as you like it!)
The art in this issue gets increasingly rough looking as it goes on.
Tom Raney was supposed to be the artist for this series (after originally being the relief artist for Angel Medina on the Infinity Watch series), but he's only on one issue during this crossover.
This is the last issue of Warlock Chronicles. It's impossible to see the series as anything except an attempt to squeeze more money out of people who were reading Infinity Crusade and then Blood and Thunder. Literally every issue was a tie-in to one of those crossovers. The book did tend to focus more on Adam Warlock himself (instead of the rest of the Infinity Watch), but not exclusively so (two issues ago it focused on Maxam, and this issue doesn't have a particular focus). And it never had separate plot threads. It just existed, padding out crossovers.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part eleven of Blood and Thunder. Part twelve is in Warlock and the Infinity Watch #25.
Crossover: Blood and Thunder
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
It's sort of a shame this is how the Warlock Chronicles book ends up. It did seem to have a purpose post-Infinity Gauntlet, but I guess with the collapsing market and with this in constant crossover mode, it didn't get the chance to establish itself as anything more.
Posted by: Ataru320 | March 27, 2017 11:09 AM
OK feel stupid: thought this was "Infinity Watch".
Posted by: Ataru320 | March 27, 2017 11:49 AM
One important thing to note- they don't completely fail on the astral plane. They succeed in remerging the Valkyrie with Thor physically so that she doesn't have a physical body separate from Thor any more.
Posted by: Michael | March 27, 2017 10:40 PM
I completed Infinity Watch just recently and got Chronicles mainly for completionist reasons (hello fnord ;)) and after reading them I was really glad I only got them from bargain boxes. It's a real pity I can't say this about a lot of other 90's stuff...
Posted by: Multiple Manu | December 26, 2017 4:42 PM
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