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Warlock and the Infinity Watch #16: Review

May 1993
Jim Starlin, Tom Grindberg

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4 stars

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #16 Review by (March 4, 2022)
Since last issue the whole team have been in the Silver Surfer/Warlock Resurrection mini-series rescuing SS's love Shalla Bal from Mephisto.

The Alien Life Form ALF was the star of various TV series and Marvel/Star Comics.

As she continually fails to stop the relentless shadow demons, Moondragon's "Who are these guys?!" echoes the quote from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Count Abyss made a brief appearance in #14 but he won't be back again until #23 after Infinity Crusade.

The guy on the beach is Maxam. More on him next issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #16 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
It's recreation time. In their castle on Mole Man's Monster Island Pip is watching Drax' favourite cartoon ALF and Drax himself is being repeatedly beaten at checkers by a Moloid. Then shadow demons attack them. Pip teleports away for help and the demons overwhelm Drax with a metaphysical cold that freezes his soul (and his body). Meanwhile Gamora is telling Moondragon of the visions her Time Gem keeps giving her, particularly 1 of the future where a man is standing over Adam Warlock's dead body. She mentally broadcasts an image of him which Moondragon is able to display. Then Pip pops up to tell the ladies to go help Drax, and then pops off again to hammer on the door of Adam's bedroom. He gains entry to find Warlock experimenting with the large pink Orb that Eternity left with him last issue.

Gamora is getting beaten up by the demons. Moondragon telekinetically rescues her but she find that her mental powers have no effect on the foes. The duo run away and Moondragon erects a barrier of rubble, but the shadow demons just phase through it. So they too fall. Then Warlock arrives but even his blows are useless because the enemy regenerate and his Soul Gem has no effect because the demons are soulless. So instead he leads them away, and Gamora opines that he is their prime target. Meanwhile Pip has gone to try to revive Drax, and eventually he's successful.

Warlock's been trying to lose the shadows in a maze of corridors, but just like Moondragon he learns that they can phase through walls to come directly at him. They overwhelm him with numbers but Drax lumbers onto the scene and beats them off him. However they soon start to freeze him again. Then Adam remembers an old trick with his Soul Gem he hasn't used for years. He gets it to emit the Cold Light Of Truth to determine a beings purity of spirit. Because these shadow demons, he suspects, are creation of a dead soul the light makes them wither away. But he can only concentrate on 1 at a time and the others are still attacking him. Then Pip ports in with a big spiky club and Gamora, giving Warlock the time to pick all the demons off.

Drax and Moondragon join them and Heather Douglas suggests that they succeeded by working as a team. They decide to give this team business a go.

Then the boss of the demons shows up as a dark face inside a red globe. He announces himself as Count Abyss and says he wants the Soul Gem or he'll kill them. Adam points out they've just beaten off his shadow demons but the Count says he has many other monstrous servants. AW muses that (last issue) Eternity warned him that he would meet someone without a soul and he guesses that Abyss is that person. Warlock then refuses to hand the Gem over, and Abyss vanishes swearing to return.

The team hardly have time to congratulate themselves when something else happens - a flash of bright light on a distant part of the island. When they get there they find a man lying face down on the beach. Pip turns him over and Gamora exclaims that it's the man in her vision who will kill Adam. She suggests they kill *him* instead.

Tom Grindberg
Keith Williams
Ian Laughlin
Tom Grindberg (Cover Penciler)
Keith Williams (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.
Editor: Craig Anderson. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Drax the Destroyer)

Plus: Count Abyss, Maxam.

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