Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Today, Lord Abyss checks the status of his evil plan...


...and instead finds Adam Warlock "battling a giant warthog!" in today's book: from 1994, Warlock and the Infinity Watch #28, "Chaos at the U.N.!" Written by Jim Starlin, pencils by Jeff Moore, inks by Tim Dzon. (And I just noticed "awsome" is misspelled on the cover!)

The Avengers had been sent to Monster Island to fight the Infinity Watch, at the behest of U.S. Senator Munson, because the Watch had formed an alliance with the Mole Man to help him protect his sovereignty. After the prerequisite scuffle, the Avengers had come to agree; although Abyss's agent Lady Maya had accidentally been knocked out by Hercules. (She, and Abyss's plan, would continue next issue; but I find it hard to believe Herc knocked her out...not very gentlemanly.) As Munson speaks at the United Nations, declaring the Avengers murdered by Warlock; he, Captain America, and the Vision show up. Warlock makes a brief speech as much as threatening the U.N. to leave the Mole Man be, and then points out that Munson...

...is really his old foe the Man-Beast! Go, Man-Beast! Manny and his henchman, warthog-man Triax, immediately attack. Not because they were caught in a lie, but because the Man-Beast hates him some Adam Warlock. He had pretty much ruled the High Evolutionary's Counter-Earth, until a young Adam wrecked that for him--with some help from the Hulk!

Warlock beats Triax down handily, even laying some smack talk on him, and then he and Man-Beast punch it out for three solid (and not especially well-illustrated...) pages. Adam considers killing his old foe, but Cap convinces him to have poor Manny thrown in the Vault or something. (Worryingly, Man-Beast is an alien, evolved animal: I'm not sure he'd have a ton of civil rights...) Taking his leave of the Avengers and the U.N., Adam returns to Monster Island, where Pip the Troll tells him he has "other fish to fry," since Maya has regained consciousness...sadly, Moore may not have gotten the reference material from previous issues, and doesn't draw that great-looking bottle of wine seen prior.

2 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Wow. No really, wooooow. That art art is fucking atrocious man. Even by early 90's Image comics standards.

I'm glad they attempted to have someone in the white hats make freinds with the Mole Man after Ben Grimm had, but then editorial nixed that idea and forced em back to enemy status. I've been reading a really good and comprehensive FF site that says if the Reed had made friends with the Mole Man sooner, he'd have had access to the superior technology and an endless supply of diamonds. Ben did, but then that was done away with when a clone FF team attacked Moley.

Has anyone done anything with the Mole Man recently?

SallyP said...

Funny, I was thinking the exact thing about the artwork. Seriously, 90's era art is just so incredibly...scratchy.