Warlock Chronicles #6
Issue(s): Warlock Chronicles #6
This issue focuses mainly on Maxam. The book starts with him having voluntarily submitted to an attempt by Moondragon to read his mind - she can't, but confirms that it's not because he's resisting her. Pip then takes Maxam to a country and western bar in Manhattan, where Maxam experiences racism for the first time.
I dunno. A country and western bar in Manhattan? I feel like they're all probably just LARPing.
Meanwhile, Eternity alerts Warlock to the situation with Thor. He kind of denies that he wants Warlock to do anything about it but says that he knows that Warlock will, in part because Warlock likes putting powerful people in his debt.
So Warlock calls Pip and has him teleport him to where Thor is about to kill the Silver Surfer.
Not much here. The art is nothing to write home about. Seven pages are devoted to Maxam beating up non-powered goofballs, which seems excessive. And i don't think there's ever really a payoff to either the Maxam mystery or to why Eternity seems to be taking an unusually micro level of interest in Warlock's activities. It's also worthless as a Blood and Thunder chapter.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part three of Blood and Thunder. Part four is in Warlock and the Infinity Watch #23. As noted above, this jumps back in time relative to part two, so it basically takes place concurrently with Silver Surfer #86. In this story, Warlock seemingly has Pip go directly from the cowboy bar to the fight with Thor, and Silver Surfer #86 also shows Pip showing up in cowboy clothes. But Quasar #54, part two of the Starblast crossover, shows Warlock telling Pip that they have to decide whether or not to respond to Quasar's call or deal with Thor, and Pip is not wearing the cowboy outfit in that scene. That scene has to take place after Pip is at the bar but before they teleport to the Surfer's aid. So apparently Warlock first summons Pip somewhere, Pip takes off his clothes for a while, and then puts them back on before the end scene here and in SS #86.
Crossover: Blood and Thunder
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAdam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Eternity, Gamora, Maxam, Moondragon, Pip the Troll, Silver Surfer, Thor
Maxam's story does get a resolution in the final issues of Infinity Watch, for what it's worth.
Posted by: Thanos6 | March 27, 2017 8:16 PM
The smirk in the panel shown above is probably the most explicit statement that I have seen so far that Warlock has this craving for having powerful beings in his debt.
Fnord's commentary in the References implies that Eternity (of all beings) nonetheless went through the trouble of noticing that trait and values it enough to actually make and voice plans that rely on it.
I find that interesting, because it seems to confirm my previous guess that much of Starlin's depiction of Warlock at this point in time is informed by a largely unstated yet very definite psychological makeup. Warlock has become a much more manipulative, even malicious character since the last chapter of Infinity Gauntlet, and I don't recall any clear explanation of why it is so. It seems to have come out of nowhere.
At first glance it may well appear that Warlock is collecting powerful allies for some unspecified goal or future crisis. But I think that there are many hints that it is not so, and that his motivations are actually very personal and psychological in nature.
It is easy to miss those hints, because Warlock is so often involved with cosmic affairs and has even been literally omniscient for a short while not long ago (when he held the Infinity Gauntlet). Since Starlin will leave Marvel for a good while in just a few months it is hard to tell for sure, but I suspect that what we are seeing is Warlock becoming more of a typical Starlin protagonist drenched in authority/parent conflict.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | March 28, 2017 7:09 AM
That issue showcases everything that's wrong with the crossover concept. This issue definitely doesn't "deserve" th label tie-in bc it has only one page connected to the Blood and Thunder story and the rest of the pages do nothing to get new readers interested in the otherwise mostly well written Infinity Watch related series. And the art.... ugh.
Posted by: Multiple Manu | December 26, 2017 10:14 AM
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