Comic recommendation of the day Warlock by Jim Starlin and Steve Leialoha

Comic recommendation of the day

Warlock by Jim Starlin and Steve Leialoha

Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-15

This will be the second entry in what I think of as “the Thanos saga”.

This picks up where Starlin’s run on Captain Marvel left off. But is better. That was his first real crack at comic storytelling. This is his second. It’s now 1975. If you want to read this era of Thanos stories, I recommend beginning with yesterday’s recommendation of Captain Marvel. But if that’s too rough, you can skip to here.

Adam Warlock was originally known simply as Him. An artificially created man introduced in the pages of Fantastic Four. He’s spent some time since trying to find purpose, a place in this universe. He thought he found it a couple times, but we pick up here with him still uncertain of what to do with himself.

He finds purpose when he learns of the Universal Church of Truth, a murderous organization amassing great power and legions of followers throughout the galaxy. Warlock vows to stop its dark leader, the Magus.

Along the way, he meets new friends, including Pip the Troll, and Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe. He also finds himself allied with the enigmatic Thanos of Titan.

But, not to spoil too much, it turns out Warlock was wrong to trust Thanos. Thanos is a bad guy who had his own agenda all along. These revelations will come with a heavy price for Adam Warlock.

These are simply mindbending comics that rank among the finest superhero comics Marvel has ever managed to produce. As I said yesterday, this whole Thanos saga is an all-time top 5 comic story for me. For these recommendations, I’m breaking it into 4 pieces, of which this is the second. For your part, it fits into two collections. The Captain Marvel book I pointed to yesterday, and this Warlock book. Everything you need should be in those two volumes.

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