Characters Appearing: Adam Warlock, Soul Gem
Cyberspace 3000 #6-8
Issue(s): Cyberspace 3000 #6, Cyberspace 3000 #7, Cyberspace 3000 #8
The series takes place in the same alternate future as the Guardians of the Galaxy. The book has a group of refugees on a spaceship called Sol III, which is fleeing Earth after an attack by the Badoon.
Early issues of this series featured an encounter with (a) Galactus, whose current herald is the future version of the Marvel UK character Dark Angel. The Guardians of the Galaxy version of Silver Surfer (aka Keeper), wearing the Quantum Bands, shows up to investigate, since he and Galactus are supposed to be partners in this reality. And after a fight with Dark Angel, the Surfer learns that the Galactus (and Dark Angel) in question comes from a different alternate reality. He's the version of Galactus from the 1988 Stan Lee/Moebius Silver Surfer: Parable comics (which, according to the MCP, is also the Galactus from the 1978 Silver Surfer graphic novel). He's wound up in this dimension thanks to Sol II passing through a reality-warping portal.
There's more going on, including a subplot about buglike aliens called the Trilexia on Sol III, some of which go through the portal and wind up back in time in various periods on Earth. During the course of the adventures, the captain of the ship, Jennifer Cabre-Rios, is injured and when she's brought to the sickbay, the characters learn that she's really a "solid hologram". Another character, Sol III's computer engineer Shan O'Meara, turns out to be a "cosmic messiah". He helps deal with Sol III's AI, which goes out of control, and then he helps Dark Angel send Galactus back to his own dimension. But thanks to the interference of the Trilexia, Dark Angel remains stranded in our timeline. There's also a subplot about a group of death cultists on Sol III called called the Clan Cyorse, led by a man named Gui Askran.
And that's about where things are when we pick up with the issues that i'm covering. At the beginning of issue #6, Cabre-Rios is put in a new body.
While she's recuperating, she has a vision of Adam Warlock, who tells her that "Many centuries ago I came from planet Earth. But I had a mission... I had thought that mission finished. It would appear that I was mistaken.." [Ellipses in original].
He warns her to be careful who she trusts.
Meanwhile, Dark Angel, Shan, and Sol III's security chief, named Onanrwo (Onan for short) get attacked while on what was supposed to be a peaceful exploration mission.
And a boy named Myke Townsend watches his parents get killed by the Trilexia, and goes mute.
And we learn that the Clan Cyorse cult actually worship Thanos.
All of these events are being masterminded by a character called Gamble...
...who is later identified by Warlock as a "Dreamscaper", and indeed later he's called the "Master Dreamscaper".
Gamble sends some more waves of attackers against Dark Angel, Shan, and Onan, who it turns out are on "Gamesworld".
Meanwhile, Warlock feels drawn to Myke Townsend, and takes him into the astral plane to try to find out what happened to him and his family. They are visited by Gamble, who says that Myke is a genius and then tells them to keep searching the plane for answers. Cabre-Rios sends her mind in after Warlock and Myke. When she arrives, Warlock and Myke are seemingly imprisoned...
...and Cabre-Rios winds up in a chess match with Gamble.
The origin of the Dreamscapers is that they came into existence soon after sentient life first formed in the universe, and they've been feeding off of people's dreams (don't tell Nightmare). At one point "our benefactors found their subconscious thoughts unappealing and we battled on the psionic plane", and the Dreamscapers lost and were separated and scattered throughout time and space. Since then Gamble has been manipulating all events relating to this series, going back "eons" to the creation of the Clan Cyorse, as well as being responsible for recent events like Sol III going through the portal that brought in Galactus. Only the arrival of Warlock was a surprise; it's theorized that he somehow sensed the threat of Thanos.
Gamble has Thanos attack Warlock, but not before putting Thanos in an awesome pirate hat.
Myke is able to transfer Warlock's staff to him, allowing Warlock to win the fight and reveal that "Thanos" is really a robot.
This revelation is a disillusionment for Gui Askran. Warlock then says that he senses "momentous events taking place in my own time and space" and decides to go home. A footnote points to Infinity Crusade.
It turns out that the dimension everyone is in is Myke's creation, so Myke controls things so that Gamble is killed by one of the Trilexia.
Meanwhile, Onan escapes the Gamesworld with an injured Shan, but Dark Angel is left behind because she was warped and seemingly mortally wounded by one of Gamble's minions.
When Shan wakes up he feels a cry from Dark Angel and freaks out, causing an explosion that damages Sol III.
And that's how this series ends. There's no indication from this issue that it's been cancelled. The book also has an advertisement for a series called Wild Angels, a crossover between (present day) Dark Angel and the book Wild Thing (another book that i'm not covering because it takes place in an alternate future).
As an aside, the ad weirdly says that the book is "an anatomy lesson for today's artists", which is extra funny if you've seen the art in Wild Thing (not that it was by Pino Rinaldi). The main point is that the collapse of the Marvel UK line clearly came suddenly.
For fans of the mainstream Marvel universe (that's me), this is really only of interest to completists (which is still me) thanks to the non-consequential appearance of Adam Warlock. Fans of the Killraven/Guardians of the Galaxy timeline, or the general larger Marvel multiverse, may find more of interest here. It's certainly interesting in that it's an intersection of the 616 universe (thanks to Warlock) and the GotG universe AND the Moebius universe. Storywise there's not much to recommend, though. It's actually kind of jumbled and confusing, and the main characters don't get much development.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Adam Warlock is here while in a coma as a result of his fight with the Magus during Infinity War.
Regarding Warlock's return home, the footnote to Infinity Crusade is a bit misleading. The footnote makes it seem like Warlock is returning home because of the events of the Crusade. We know that Warlock wakes up in Warlock and the Infinity Watch #15 thanks to Eternity, for reasons that include but aren't entirely about Infinity Crusade, and Infinity Crusade doesn't follow that story directly. Warlock and the Infinity Watch #15 had been out for more than half a year by the time issue #8 was published so you'd think a more accurate line could have been scripted for Warlock. Maybe something saying he felt like someone was calling to him, allowing this to be tied in directly to Eternity's contact. Even Infinity Crusade was over at this point, so it's not like they just wanted to promote that series, although i guess it might have been getting reprinted in the UK around this time.
Additionally, the reason Warlock was in a coma was due to the fact that he's been trying to sink into oblivion after the events of Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War. The idea that he's woken up from that to (somehow) send his astral self into the far future to deal with what turns out to not actually be Thanos is farfetched. It would have been better to say that Gamble or some other force pulled him here.
Nonetheless, i'm placing this directly before Warlock and the Infinity Watch #14-15, with the idea that Warlock is actually reacting to Eternity's summons when he returns to the present.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
My eyes! This art..!!! O_o
Posted by: Piotr W | September 14, 2016 3:48 PM
I never got into the Marvel UK stuff because the art tended to be so horrid.
Posted by: Bill | September 14, 2016 7:51 PM
The Image guys have a lot to answer for!
Posted by: JSfan | September 15, 2016 4:53 AM
This depiction of Warlock is in all respects very reminescent of his Ultraverse appearances. And that is not a good thing.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | September 15, 2016 8:19 AM
Word has it that Wild Angels was eventually published in B&W by Panini (in Italian).
A quick search shows that you are not kidding about how ironic the claim of "anatomy lesson" is, Fnord. Those Wild Thing pictures do not exactly indicate a good understanding of human anatomy. Assuming that Wild Thing is supposed to be human as opposed to some sort of malleable android, that is. The covers sort of make one wonder.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | September 15, 2016 8:40 AM
Luis - you might be interested in this site I posted on the forum in March:
It talks about all the UK titles.
Posted by: clyde | September 15, 2016 11:37 AM
Adam Warlock's costume in these images is his Warlock Chronicles-era outfit, yet you've placed this story chronologically prior to Infinity Watch issues where he has the darker, no-belt outfit.
Posted by: Eddie | November 9, 2016 2:28 PM
As noted, this explicitly takes place while Warlock is in a coma after Infinity War #6. That has to trump any costume concerns. He's a time traveling astral projection, so we can explain his costume that way (and it's really just an art error since these issues were drawn much later than they were meant to take place, so the artists were incorrectly working off the newer model).
Posted by: fnord12 | November 10, 2016 9:43 AM
Alternately, could this take place during Warlock Chronicles #1 while Warlock is unconscious and his Soul Gem is getting chatty with the wizard guy or am I missing something obvious...?
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | November 30, 2016 11:37 PM
I did consider it, Jay, but it's hard to work around the text in the scan in the Considerations:
"My corporeal existence lies on a sickbed on Earth... In a coma - a result of my battles against my evil doppelganger, the Magus".
Posted by: fnord12 | December 1, 2016 1:45 AM
...And that would be the obvious I'm missing... lol! Cheers!
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | December 1, 2016 2:48 AM
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