Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992) #1

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 - Judgment released by Marvel on February 1992

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 – Judgment released by Marvel on February 1992

After saving the universe from Thanos and ultimately acquiring his prize, the Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock finds himself on trial, judged by the very cosmic beings who supported him in the conflict.

The Aftermath of the Infinity Gauntlet.

Following the events from the Infinity Gauntlet miniseries, Adam Warlock maintains posession of the six Infinity Gems and has the combined might of a demi-god. This issue deals with the case brought before the Living Tribunal initiated by Eternity wherein he claims that an artificial being like Adam Warlock who has had a brief, but tumultus past, is unfit for weilding the vast power currently in his grasp. After a confrontation, the Living Tribunal agrees with Eternity and Adam Warlock is sentenced to distribute the six Infinity Gems among five other individuals, retaining the Soul Gem for himself, and also the Living Tribunal decrees that the Infinity Gems may never be used in unison again unless Eternity himself wills it. So begins a great cosmic series by writer extraordinare, Jim Starlin.

Writer: Jim Starlin
Artist: Angel Medina
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Warlock and the Infinity Watch was a superhero team book that spun off from the events of ‘The Infinity Gauntlet’ and ran for 3 and a half years. The team was led by Adam Warlock, who had retrieved the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos and, by order of The Living Tribunal (in issue #1 of this series) must disperse the gems as for the safety of the cosmos they may no longer be used together. In issue #2 Warlock assembles his team: Pip the Troll (given the space gem), Gamora (given the Time gem), Drax the Destroyer (given the power gem) and Moondragon (given the mind gem). Warlock keeps the soul gem to himself and gives the reality gem to a secret sixth unofficial team member. This last team member we never see with/using the gem except for in an issue of ‘Cosmic Powers Unlimited’ in a story completely unrelated to anything Infinity Watch. The INfinity Watch is housed on Monster Island, right in its ruler, The Mole Man’s castle. The Mole Man, within the boundaries of this series, is temporarily taking a leave of absense from villainy and would just like to have friends around; both for social reasons and to help protect his sovereign nation from repeated incursions from the United Nations.

Midway through the series a new member is added, Maxam; an amnesiac time traveler from the future who Gamora has a precognitive flash will kill Warlock. Maxam eventually is given the time gem when Gamora leaves the team. When the team disbands in the final issue, Maxam returns to the future and has not been seen in the Marvel universe for the decade-plus since.

While the team consists of no ‘A-list’ characters, Marvel’s two following epic line-wide crossovers ‘The Infinity War’ and ‘The Infinity Crusade’ would largely revolve around this team. Throwing these semi-obscure characters into the front and center of the Marvel universe likely helped make the title last as long as it did but ultimately could not sustain it for the long run.

Much of the series is written by Marvel’s go-to cosmic scribe and Warlock’s greatest storyteller (though not creator), Jim Starlin.