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In our new hotness, we have The Formidable Warriors List. Here, we cover the greatest battles of a particular character in a comic or series, and how it made it a best-seller. In our new hotness for January, is Adam Warlock in Warlock and The Infinity Watch (1991) #1.
First, let’s reveal a poll on Twitter. Then, let’s show how it was a success.
Then, Eternity presents his case detailing Warlock’s creation, character evolution, his sado-masochistic tendencies as well as his darkest secret. After he has finished his suit, the powerful stand-off of unimaginable might between two omnipotent beings follows!
Certainly, you will have to read the issue to see how it ends. However, the first issue does set the tone for the run and does reveal the creative team’s ambitions. Definitely, the stand-off between Adam Warlock and the Living Tribunal sold fans on the series.
On the footsteps of Infinity Gauntlet, anticipation for the Jim Starlin and Angel Medina run was high. Particularly, the creative team released 42 issues for the series that ran from December 1991 to July 1995.
Though not one of the most popular comics, it was nonetheless successful in 1992, holding spots in the Top 300 for the year.
Let’s rank Warlock’s formidability with the Infinity Gauntlet.
For the most part, Adam Warlock shares the same physicals as Thanos with the IG. In fact, he possesses Infinite super-strength. At the same time, Eternity’s suit contends his weakness is his mental unstability.
In reality, Eternity is referring to Adam being an artificial being with no experience with human emotion. Despite his power, his emotions let him lose control in the Star Chamber.
However, Adam’s mysticism allows him to overcome Thanos’ power dependency. Thanks to his link to the Soul Gem, Warlock was able to take control of the IG at the end of Infinity Gauntlet.
For that reason, willpower or mind is properly his limitation. And in that sense, he is more formidable with the IG than Thanos. Certainly, his quality opponent in the first issue is Living Tribunal who is a God or Abstract.
Definitely, collect this cosmic doo-wop comic in single issues or paperback in comic format.
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In Marvel Universe: The End (2003), Thanos gains the Heart of the Universe. Eventually, Thanos makes a sacrifice to save the Universe.
With the power source, Thanos effectively becomes omnipotent. Though the act is admirable, let’s list the reasons why the story is non-canon.
To begin, the first apparent reason is the changed history of pharaoh Akhenaten. Indeed, the basic elements of his story remain the same as Earth-616 continuity. Importantly, he was pharaoh in Egypt and was born in Thebes.
Then, he married Nefertiti. Outrageously, he stopped the polytheistic worship of Amun. Instead, he imposed the monotheistic religion of Aten. Due to his blasphemy, the gods of Egypt cursed him. After, his history diverged.
In 1334 B.C., while in the Valley of the Kings, he was taken by aliens known as the Celestial Order to be one of their chosen representatives. Initially unable to grasp his situation, Akhenaten was driven mad. Upon regaining his wits, Akhenaten was taught of the Heart of the Universe, a powerful cosmic artifact that would turn those who possessed it into a living god on par with the most powerful cosmic entities in the Marvel Universe. His mind danced with insanity for nearly 2000 years as he struggled to understand the scope of the astral revelations showed to him by the Order. He spent one century to master the Heart’s powers and two thousands years to earn the Order’s trust.-Amenhotep IV (Earth-4321), Marvel Database
In the six-issue mini-series, Thanos seeks the Heart of the Universe in order to gain ultimate power. In fact, the Heart of the Universe grants its possessor true omnipotence and omniscience over the universe. After possessing the power source, Thanos defeated Akhenaten.
However, this powerful artifact does not exist in the mainstream Marvel Universe. In fact, it appears it can only act on a specific universe. Though, it allows Thanos to absorb all the cosmic entities even the Living Tribunal, the Marvel Multiversal Judge.
In question, the reality is Earth-4321. When Thanos gains true omnipotence, his senses are heightened to the astral level. Here, he sees all of Marvel Earth-4321’s history and realizes there is a fatal flaw.
Indeed, the continued resurrections of heroes after tragedies have fractured the astral fabric of the universe. For this reason, he laments the Almighty’s actions whom he has replaced.
In his awesome omniscience, Thanos realizes the One-Above-All has departed the Earth-4321 universe. And unable to repair the fatal flaw, he elects to act in true Thanos fashion: Destroy the universe.
When the heroes and the cosmic entities realize the Mad Titan’s move, they confront him. But, it is too late. True to form, Thanos absorbs the heroes, absorbs the cosmic entities, absorbs even Living Tribunal, and finally the Earth-4321 Universe.
In the mini-series, it appears Thanos has the last word. Though he sacrifices himself in the end in order to restore the universe.
Nevertheless, Marvel’s Executive Editor Tom Brevoort has stated that the mini-series is not part of mainstream continuity. Therefore, it is non-canon.
At the end of the universe, only Thanos is left. Or so we think. In fact, Adam Warlock and Franklin Richards survived in a parallel dimension. Soon, Adam opens Thanos’ eyes to his foolhardy actions. When he realizes what must be done, Mistress Death appears to both.
For the first time, she speaks and congratulates the Mad Titan. With a final farewell, she kisses her lover then disappears into the nothingness. In order to set the universe aright, Thanos realizes he is the fatal flaw that must finally be extinguished. As he restores the universe, Thanos vanishes leaving no memory of his existence.
In Marvel Universe: The End (2003) #5, Thanos faces the Marvel Universe assembled. However, the assemblage of Marvel’s cosmic entities and heroes is no match for the Mad Titan.
In his omnipotence, Thanos absorbs the heroes, cosmic entities, including Infinity, Eternity, the Living Tribunal and the universe within himself. Nonetheless, Thanos finds himself in nothingness and grieves his actions.
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It’s the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men and more against the omnipotent Eternal, Thanos! The Mad Titan has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it! The successive Starlin sagas that shook space and time start here!
First, the original comic that “Avengers: Infinity War” is based upon. Spectacularly, witness comic history in the pages of Marvel fiction. Indeed, “Infinity Gauntlet” changed the way we look at villains. Moreover, the graphic novel made Thanos an A-list villain in the Marvel Universe.
Gloriously, Jim Starlin and George Perez collaborate to bring a timeless story. “Infinity Gauntlet” is about omnipotence, the lust for power and nihilism. With the Infinity Gauntlet, the mad Titan has achieved godhood. However, his first act of supremacy is to obey Mistress Death’s wishes. To sum, the Thanos Snap erases half of the population of the universe! The graphic novel that started the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Adam Warlock saves the universe from mad titan Thanos using the Soul Gem. Adam Warlock arrives on a planetoid in space and finds out that Gamora is dying. He learns Gamora attempted to prevent Thanos’ plan and was struck down. Adam learns of Thanos’ plan and heads for Earth for help. Captain Marvel and Moondragon arrive at Avengers Mansion. Iron Man and Vision sense a foreboding.
Suddenly, Moondragon senses a star’s detonation light years away. She exclaims: “It has begun!” Suddenly, Adam Warlock arrives at Avengers Mansion. He tells the Avengers of Thanos plan: Resurrected, Thanos in order to win Death’s love, has gathered the six Infinity Gems and plans to detonate the stars. Moments later, Starcore, the orbital tracking station, announces news of an alien armada on track to Earth. The Avengers realize it is Thanos and depart on Moondragon’s Space Cruiser.
The Avengers seem outmatched by Thanos’ alien armada. Thor and Iron Man head into space in order to stop the invasion. Meanwhile, the rest of the Avengers land on a replica of Sanctuary II in order to take the fight to Thanos.
However, Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel head to the original Sanctuary II on the other side of the sun. Thanos begins to detonate the sun.
Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel arrive on Sanctuary II. Captain Marvel speeds through the window and is momentarily stunned. Mad at the deaths of Gamora (his former love) and Pip the Troll, Adam Warlock punches Thanos. Thanos responds with two attacks that leave Adam for dead. In the meantime, the other Avengers arrive. As Thor battles Thanos, Iron Man destroys Thanos’ synthetic Soul Gem. Thanos teleports away.
Moments within death, Adam Warlock’s future self appears before him. He means to steal his soul in order to prevent the birth of Adam’s future evil self, Magus. Tortured, and having lost love, Adam seeks peace. He accepts his future self’s offer. Adam’s future self uses the Soul Gem to send Adam Warlock’s soul into Soul World. There, he is reunited with Gamora and Pip.
In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1977) #2, Adam Warlock saves the universe from Thanos and finds rest in the Soul Gem dimension. Moondragon sends telepathic calls to Spider-Man for aid under the form of dreams. The dreams show the battle between Thanos and the Avengers and the danger posed to the universe. In order to resolve his dreams, Spider-Man heads to ask Thing for help. Thing believes Spider-Man’s story and accepts to help. Spider-Man and Thing take the Fantastic Four’s shuttle craft and head for “the giant space ark” on the right side of the sun.1
They arrive and are tractor beamed aboard Sanctuary III. The two heroes battle but are quickly subdued and knocked unconscious. As they awake, they find the Avengers in a room and held in stasis. Another battle follows and Spider-Man attempts to flee. However, as foreseen by Master Order Spider-Man soon returns to the site of the battle and destroys the machine that was holding the Avengers captive. The Avengers are free! But Spider-Man still has to retrieve Adam Warlock’s Soul Gem.
|THOR HAS SUCCUMBED TO THE WARRIOR MADNESS! UNIVERSE BEWARE!|
In ‘Thor’ (1969) #167, Thor must face judgment by All-Father Odin for falling to the Warrior Madness in battle. By the law of Odin, the Warrior Madness is called the Sin Unpardonable and is punishable by sacrifice. Though Lady Sif intercedes and cries it was out of love that Thor succumbed to the Warrior Madness, Odin does not grant Thor mercy.
Thor must search the universe for Galactus even if it takes an eternity. In ‘Thor’ (1996) #502, while waiting for the end of the Onslaught saga, Thor explains to Red Novell the chants he was intoning at night: Thor was trying to enter the Warrior Madness, though he did not succeed, which would increase his super strength ten-fold. However, the Warrior Madness is Berseker Rage and threatens Thor’s sanity.
In ‘Thor’ (1993) #468, Odin has asked Thor to depart for the Heavens in order to seek peace after his recent trials. Odin is concerned about Thor’s well-being and wishes he were on Asgard. Elsewhere, Thor has gone mad and is talking to the Mind Valkyrie. She tells him that Thor has been misused and that he ought to seek revenge not only on Asgard, but also on the Nine Realms. Thor agrees and he talks frantically, he is observed from afar by Beta Ray Bill and Lady Sif, his betrothed. Beta Ray Bill counsels Lady Sif to stay away from Thor but she decides to intervene.
Lady Sif meets with Thor and Thor informs her he has found a new consort. As he points to the Mind Valkyrie, Lady Sif realizes there is no one there and Thor is talking to himself. Sensing foul, Thor hits Lady Sif. A battle follows between Thor and Beta Ray Bill. Seeing that he cannot protect her, Beta Ray Bill gives Lady Sif the Norn Stones and urges to flee to seek allies or even inform Odin. Lady Sif promises to return then she departs. Thor lands one more hammer strike on a befallen Beta Ray that shatters the asteroid. As the Thunder God is about to deliver a final blow, Silver Surfer arrives.
Visiting the area, Silver Surfer sees Thor as he is about to deal the final blow on Beta Ray Bill. A vicious battle ensues with a no hold-back Silver Surfer.
Seeing that Beta Ray Bill is gravely injured, Silver Surfer transports him to safety on his cosmic board. Finally, Thor emerges victorious. Silver Surfer is on the ground and as Thor is about to land the final blow, Adam Warlock and Pip the Troll arrive.
In ‘Thor’ (1994) #470, Thor possessed by the Warrior Madness is armed with the Power Gem and must fight Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer and the Infinity Watch on Asgard. The heroes arrive on Asgard and attack Thor and the Mind Valkyrie who has taken form. Thor is able to withstand the initial brunt while the Mind Valkyrie deals with the Silver Surfer’s cosmic shock. Then, with a powerful hammer strike, Thor turns the battle.
Sensing the seriousness of the situation, Dr. Strange and Adam Warlock attempt an attack. They deal the Thunder God “a karmic-mystic attack!”1 Though writhing in pain, Thor taps into the power gem and returns their attack through a feedback. Only the Silver Surfer remains standing. With a final hammer blow, Thor fells Silver Surfer. Sensing defeat, Pip the Troll teleports everyone to Thanos’ sanctuary.
In ‘Thor’ (1994) #471, All-Father Odin helps cure Thor of his Warrior Madness. Thanos has imprisoned Thor in a cube of pure force and they have two hours before he is free. Odin sensing the threat to the Realm that Thor poses, inclines to destroy him. However, Dr. Strange intercedes and Adam Warlock tells him that Thor must be freed from his bondage. Once again, Odin plunges into Thor’s psyche.
He is transported before an imposing mountain. He climbs the mountain and finds Thor at the top, bound in chains. As Thor laments he has been there for a long time, Odin explains that the All-Father’s righteousness and his tampering with Thor’s soul in the past, have forged the chains. Odin breaks the chains. The Mind Valkyrie appears and states she is in her domain and Thor cannot be freed. Odin battles the Mind Valkyrie. Uneasy with the situation, Thor intervenes and defeats the Mind Valkyrie. Both Thor and Odin are transported back to Asgard. Thor thanks his friends and bids them farewell.
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Today we talk about six primordial super powers. I speak of the Infinity Gems.
The Infinity Gems first appeared in Marvel continuity in ‘Marvel Premiere’ (1972) #2, which featured the first appearance of the Soul Gem and the power of Adam Warlock.
In ‘Infinity Wars’ (2018) #6, it is revealed that the Infinity Gems are primordial artifacts that were originally created by the Celestials in the Prime Universe. It is found that the Infinity Gems actually do not have power in that dimension, and are delivered from that dimension to the Marvel Multiverse.
In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, upon his resurrection, Thanos gazed at the six Infinity Gems from the Infinity Well in Death’s Realm. He realized the Gems’ true nature and set out to acquire them. They were a remnant from the universe’s creation that in solitude, originally split in six fragments with different primordial super powers: soul, mind, power, time, reality, space.
The Infinity Gems were kept by the In-Betweener and by members of the Elders of the Universe who, on the contrary, were not aware of the true essence of their Gems. The mad Titan Thanos then gathered these gems into the Infinity Gauntlet. He took the Soul Gem from the In-Betweener, the Power Gem from the Champion, the Time Gem from the Gardener, the Reality Gem from the Collector, the Space Gem from the Runner, and the Mind Gem from the Grandmaster. During the Infinity Gauntlet saga, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to remove from existence half of the population of the universe in order to gain Death‘s love. In the end, Thanos was defeated when Adam Warlock was able to gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet.
Let’s look at some battles in comics where other Marvel beings used these primordial super powers.
In a plot by Thanos, Drax the Destroyer attempts to conquer Soul World. He defeats Gamora. However, Adam Warlock bests him in combat.
Using the primordial super power of the Soul Gem, Adam Warlock sends Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer from Soul World back to their bodies.
In ‘Warlock and the Infinity Watch’ (1993) #13, Drax the Destroyer and Hulk get into a fight in Reno over Hulk putting an end to what Drax the Destroyer calls his music. Hulk thinks through the fight and realizes that he has to end the fight due to the collateral damage and his own publicity. As the battle goes on, Hulk stops the fight and tells Drax to put down the boulder he was about to smash Hulk with. He says he gives up and that Drax the Destroyer has won the fight.
The two talk things over. As Drax talks about music he finds a closed shop with musical instruments behind the window. Seeing how badly Drax wants them, Hulk breaks the window. Drax retrieves a saxophone. The two engage in friendly banter but soon reach a disagreement when Hulk in trying to be on friendly terms with Drax taps him on the back. Drax responds with a punch!
Moondragon comes in looking for Drax the Destroyer. Moondragon uses the super power of the Mind Gem to knock out Hulk with a mind blast.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2004) #11, She-Hulk is having problems with changing back and forth to her Jen Walters form. Doc Samson arrives at her apartment and takes her to Avengers Mansion.
Titania has received the Power Gem from the Champion of the Universe, whom She-Hulk has bested in combat. She arrives at Avengers Mansion and defeats Doc Samson. Then, she faces She-Hulk.
She-Hulk deals Titania a punch that creates a blast. But Titania blocks it. She-Hulk remarks “it’s…not…possible!”1 She notices the Power Gem on Titania’s forehead. Titania grins then responds with the primordial super power. She responds with a haymaker. Then, she smashes She-Hulk through several stories of a building. She-Hulk lies on the floor and her left hand is seen to revert back to her Jen Walters form.
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