Avengers Annual 7, 1977. This is a terrific book, a first draft of the 90s Infinity War series and therefore of the upcoming movie, though the movie won’t star Adam Warlock, Captain Mar-vell or, um, Pip the Troll. Plus the art by Jim Starlin (also the writer) and @josefrubinstein
is phenomenal. In space Warlock finds his kinda-girlfriend Gamora at death’s door, having finally located her kinda-father Thanos, Lord of Death, who apparently wasn’t happy to see her. She croaks, though she’ll come back eventually to join the Guardians of the Galaxy, and we cut to Avengers Mansion where the perfect lineup, to my mind—Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Beast—are alerted by Captain Marvel and cosmic weirdo Moondragon to the imminent destruction of everything by the vast armada of Thanos and his sun-destroying star gem! Over a number of lavish pages Adam Warlock describes the Lord of Death’s history, ending with his murderous pan-galactic quest to gain the five infinity gems, including leeching power from the stylish gem on Warlock’s forehead while posing as an ally while they fought some other lunatic. Thor and Iron Man noisily fight the armada while the rest of the party sneaks aboard the flagship, to find only Warlock’s pointless chum Pip the Troll, his mind wiped but for every detail of Thanos’s plans. They track him to a distant replica ship where Warlock, then Thor, fight the mad titan, or so his friends call him, until Iron Man can smash the big hollow star gem. Thanos teleports away. Warlock’s been killed, and we see him join Pip, Gamora and all their other dead allies in weirdo paradise.
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