- Series: Essential (Book 1)
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078516331X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785163312
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Warlock - Volume 1 Paperback – August 29, 2012
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This volume is divided into two roughly evenly-sized storylines. The first storyline, principally written by Roy Thomas and later Mike Friedrich, Ron Goulart and Gerry Conway, has Warlock becoming the adopted son of the god-like High Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary has just created - in a very short period of time - a new version of Earth (soon to be called Counter-Earth) in which he hopes that humanity will achieve a noble perfection. Unfortunately, one of the Evolutionary's evil creations, the Man-Beast, has tainted Counter-Earth.
Warlock convinces him not to destroy his handiwork and goes down to Counter-Earth to stop the Man-Beast. Soon, he gets his own followers and becomes a messianic figure. It doesn't take too much Bible knowledge to realize that Warlock is a Christ-parallel and the plotline is essentially the life of Jesus with guest appearances from the Hulk and Dr. Doom. It's a bit heavy-handed allegory - and not always well-written - and if this were everything in this volume, it'd be only three-star fare.
Fortunately, Jim Starlin comes in to save the day with his own take on religion. Warlock leaves Counter-Earth and travels to the stars, where he encounters the Magus, the god-like figure behind a nasty theocratic empire. Warlock soon enough discovers the truth about his new opponent: it is a future version of himself.Read more ›
This book is by no means perfect. In fact, I would probably skip the first half written by Roy Thomas and concentrate solely on Jim Starlin's stuff. Roy Thomas had attempted to make Warlock an allegory to Jesus and the forced messianic dribble is incredibly dated and isn't very appreciated, even by its contemporary readers; this led the book into an early cancellation in 1973 before Jim Starlin revived the character. Starlin's first issue gives a succinct synopsis of Thomas' work before immediately jumping into the Magus saga, a great existential space opera. The finale of the book features the climactic machinations of Thanos which pays off incredibly well.
Like all Marvel Essential collections, this book it is printed on a cheaper paper, in black and white. This allows for a cheaper book with a lot more added to it. As stated, this does feature all of Roy Thomas and Jim Starlin's work with the character in the 1970s. If you were looking for better quality paper and color pages, you will need to seek out the incredibly rare Marvel Masterworks editions. If Marvel ever gets around to releasing the second volume of Marvel Masterworks' Warlock (Jim Starlin's work) or some other collection of Warlock, I will likely supplant my copy with it. In the meantime, this is a great book to have because it is just such a fantastic read and so different from what other writers were doing in the 70s.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Marvel Essentials are black and white, sub-quality paper inside a glossy full-cover cover. As such the cover is misleading. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Wayfinder
Well folks...here they are!! The first solo story of Him after his previous two appearances in Fantastic Four 66-67 and Thor 164-166 and after the "Premiere" issue, would... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rhobe Lavoie
I was so excited to order this book , but when I got it was very disappointed that it was in Black & White. The cover leads you to believe that it is the real deal, but it is not. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by J. Grover
First of all, yes, the cover is somewhat misleading: what you get is the Warlock stories reprinted sans coloring, not quite the 70's spectacle the cover promises. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by ToddM