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Warlock and the Infinity Watch #35: Review

Dec 1994
John Arcudi, Patrick Olliffe

Story Name:

Citizen Tyrannus

Review & Comments

4 stars

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #35 Review by (May 25, 2024)
The ripper in the Pittsburgh interlude we will learn is called Zakaius.

The apparition is still Firelord.

We'll learn more about both of them soon, but not next issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #35 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue Drax The Destroyer was feeling unwanted and so left the Infinity Watch to lead a group of Monster Island's friendly monsters. Meanwhile Watch's host Mole Man was assaulted by his old enemy Tyrannus and the Subterranean race he calls Tyrannoids.

Tyrannus explains that he seeks power as usual but he's noticed that Harvey Rupert Elder has recently allied himself with Adam Warlock's team to make his underground Kingdom more acceptable to the surface world. And he now figures taking MM's place in that deal will give *him* that status. And surely Warlock would prefer a handsome ally like himself at public occasions rather than a half-blind ugly dwarf.

Harvey isn't sure he's not right so he calls for some of his monsters to throw the invaders out. But nothing happens. Tyrannus now explains that the headset he's wearing sonically disrupts Elder's connection with the denizens of the Isle. Mole Man tries his ultrasonic whistle which does bring a giant monster to his side. His enemy pretends to be scared until the monster grabs Moley instead. He then explains further that his headset also gives *him* control over the monsters.

After 'saving' a US Navy ship last issue (from being used as target practice by US planes), Drax and his monster team are flying (or swimming) around looking for more 'heroic' deeds to perform. His knowledge of the world comes mainly from TV entertainment programs. In particular when he spots a group of people around a fire on a desert island, his memory of Gilligan's Island tells him that they are obviously castaways in need of rescuing. (And the boat at the shore doesn't disabuse him of the idea.) So he leads his gang to the beach. Unfortunately he still hasn't got the knack of landing and manages to smash a hole in the boat, which starts to sink. When he announces that they're here to rescue the people, their leader complains that he *owns* the island and they're having a party, and they can leave any time they want on his boat. But Drax points out that the boat has sunk.

Meanwhile in the castle on the surface of Monster Island that MM lets the Watch use as their base, Moondragon wants the rest of the team to help bring (her father) Drax back into the fold. Pip the Troll thinks he'll come back when he wants to, but Gamora and Maxam both insist they've got to find him. No-one is more surprised than them that they actually agree on something for once. Adam ignores the discussion and just broods over his lost love Maya.

At that point Mole Man runs in to beg the team to help him against Tyrannus. He says his Moloids helped him escape. But then another giant monster smashes through a castle wall and an army of Tyrannoids follow. Some of them carry their ruler in on a throne. Adam tells his team to let Tyrannus have his say, and the villain makes his spiel. But then Warlock punches him in the face, saying that he has given his word to Mole Man, and besides he couldn't trust someone like T. T of course orders his forces to kill them all.

We now have an interlude in Pittsburgh where a man has killed another in an alley to rob him. He's accosted by a well-dressed fellow who claims to want to hire him for more money than he can make this way, because he can see great potential in him. Then he magically rips something out of the sucker's chest, killing him. It appears to be an engraved talisman, but the ripper is disappointed by how small it is.

Back on Monster Island Gamora, Maxam, Warlock and Moloids are busy fighting Tyrannoids and monsters while Moondragon loses a mental battle with Tyrannus. Pip plans to teleport him somewhere but while he tries to decide where a giant monster fist grabs him. Gamora and Maxam are fighting back to back and the mystery new guy wonders if she's starting to trust him. But a glare from her makes him change his mind.

Adam decides it's time to think outside the box. Heather Douglas has recovered from her defeat and he wants her to mentally contact Drax. But they don't know where he is so Warlock uses his Soul Gem to connect to Pip (still in the monster's fist) and they can use Pip's Space Gem to broadcast Moonie's message. Drax has just got last issue's US Navy aircraft carrier to rescue the people from 'Gilligan's Island' when he gets Heather's message "Drax, come home. We need you." Which is music to his (mental) ears.

Maxam is standing over fallen Gamora keeping monsters off her, Tyrannoids have Mole Man captive and Tyrannus thinks he's won. Then Drax and his 4 friendly monsters drop in. Tyrannus sends *his* monsters to attack them. But Drax' empathic bond with his guys affects the other monsters who are fighting for T unwillingly, and they switch sides. Tyrannus soon loses his mental control helmet, which seals the deal and he runs away.

Everybody applauds Drax for saving the day. Pip comments how he didn't mess up his landing this time, in fact he thinks it's worthy of Thor. The Destroyer says goodbye to his new team because he's back with his old team. But he invites them to drop in anytime. Everybody (apart from Tyrannus) leaves happy. When he's alone Adam congratulates himself that he's proved that losing Maya hasn't made him lose his grip. But then the apparition from last issue reappears briefly asking for help again, and he's back to questioning his sanity.

Patrick Olliffe
Bob Almond
Ian Laughlin
Patrick Olliffe (Cover Penciler)
Patrick Olliffe (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.
Editor: Craig Anderson. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Drax the Destroyer)

Plus: Infinity Watch, Maxam.

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