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Warlock and the Infinity Watch #9: Review

Oct 1992
Jim Starlin, Angel Medina

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Old wounds

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4 stars

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #9 Review by (December 10, 2021)
This is a tie-in to #5 of the Infinity War event.

This may be the 1st comic to say that Gamora's people the Zen-Whoberis were slaughtered by Badoon rather than the Magus' Universal Church Of Truth as told in Warlock #10 (both written by Jim Starlin). The official Handbook explanation is that when the Magus was wiped out of existence in Warlock #11 this changed the timeline to an alternate track where it was the Badoon what did the deed.

When Gamora and Galactus free Eternity  and get Infinity as a bonus, Gamora comments that this explains why Quasar couldn't find Infinity. I can only guess that this refers to Q#37 where he came across an avatar of Infinity which ignored him because it wasn't the 1 he met some time ago. But he wasn't actually looking for Infinity at the time, so I guess this is an editorial mix-up. And anyway I'm not sure why Gamora would know about this.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #9 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This issue stars Gamora without others of the Infinity Watch. It tells of what happened when Galactus sent her into the body of Eternity in Infinity War #5.

The villainous Magus has put Eternity in a catatonic state. In IW#4 Adam Warlock wanted to use the Infinity Gauntlet against Magus but the Living Tribunal has ruled that the 6 Infinity Gems may never be used together again. Galactus took Gamora with him to petition LT to revoke his ruling. But he didn't know that Magus then kidnapped Warlock and the Gauntlet. In IW#5 LT tells them that he made the ruling at the request of Eternity, and only Eternity can OK it's reversal.

This issue begins with the scene from IW#5 where Galactus bonds with Gamora and sends her into Eternity to heal him. Now she rebels against being his puppet, but Big G says that only his accompanying essence will be able to wake Eternity. When she asks why he didn't just come himself he says that the journey is dangerous, and he's too important to the universe to risk himself - while her loss would be insignificant. She tells herself she's used to being a pawn in someone else's plan, having been raised by Thanos to be his personal warrior/assassin.

As she flies through the endless space within Eternity Gamora remembers a time in her teenhood when she wandered the spaceport on Tartoonla 7 while Thanos went looking for a (probably Cosmic) Cube. She was confident that her fight training would keep her safe so she disobeyed his order to stay in their spaceship. She went to a marketplace and bought some trinkets. But a gang caught her off-guard in a dark alley. She fought back but they overwhelmed her with numbers. They horribly beat and scarred her until Thanos found them and killed the gang. He took her back to the ship and had a robot surgeon rebuild her into the Most Dangerous Woman In The Galaxy as she is known now. He'd also shut down her tear ducts, and now promised her the scars would all heal. The teen claimed to be glad of the improvements and swore that no-one else would ever use or abuse her again. But now she's Galactus' puppet.

Meanwhile she and G see a blockade of solid sound surrounding their target - which they easily break through. Inside they find Eternity's bright essence held in black mystic bands that keep him in his coma, but Eternity appears to be breaking out on his own. However they lend a helping hand to speed things up. And soon they free Eternity, and to the surprise of Gamora (but not Galactus) his twin/opposite Infinity emerges also.

Gamora is returned to where Galactus waits with Eternity and the Living Tribunal. She rails at Big G for using her so and swears revenge, but he just shrugs it off. And as the 3 cosmic entities confer she is left to contemplate the mental scars that never heal, though she can't cry about it.

Angel Medina
Bob Almond
Ian Laughlin
Angel Medina (Cover Penciler)
Bob Almond (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Janice Chiang.
Editor: Craig Anderson. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


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Plus: Eternity, Infinity, Living Tribunal.

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