Comic Book / Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock is a Marvel Comics cosmic hero who has starred in more than one series. He's best known for being the personal nemesis of Thanos, for his connection to The Infinity Gauntlet and the Soul Gem, and as a founding member of the 616 version of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

He first appeared in Fantastic Four vol. 1 #66-67 (September-October, 1967), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for a Fantastic Four story, but as "Him", an artificial lifeform who had escaped its creators. In Marvel Premiere #1 (April, 1972) writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane reinvented him as Marvel Space Jesus, complete with crucifixion and resurrection! His task was to save an artificial parallel Earth (Counter-Earth) from a rebellious creation of its maker, The High Evolutionary.

Nevertheless, he never really took off until a new writer got his hands on him - Jim Starlin. It was under him that Adam became the philosopher-hero that he is best known to be today, as well as the Arch-Enemy of Thanos. Starlin also introduced the rest of his supporting cast including Pip the Troll (his best friend, a drunken space satyr) and Gamora, his love interest, Thanos' former personal assassin.

Adam's major storylines involve his Evil Future Self, The Magus, whom he eliminated from existence by killing himself in the future (both got better later) and the Infinity Gems, a collection of gemstones (said to be Pieces of God) that grant omnipotence if used all at the same time (Adam was given one, the Soul Gem, by the Evolutionary. He and his allies later took to guarding the rest, as a team known as The Infinity Watch.)

Warlock has suffered some Character Derailment at the hands of lesser writers over the years, but still exists in the Marvel Universe and occasionally pops up to save the day again.

His cocoon featured in the background of the Collector's collection in Thor: The Dark World, and again in Guardians of the Galaxy. By the end of Guardians, it's been cracked open and is empty. Furthermore, the Magus has been confirmed to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.

Tropes involving Adam Warlock:

  • A God Am I: Adam tends to have delusions of this from time to time, especially when he holds the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Creepy Child: In the Annihilators: Earthfall mini, this is the form Magus is revived as. He possesses the bodies of other children to prevent the Avengers from attacking him.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Infinity Gems.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Killing someone using the Soul Gem sends them into a paradisaical universe inside the soul gem. When Warlock himself is killed by the Soul Gem (he is killed by his past self) he finds that all his old enemies have now become his friends, since paradise made them Get Better.
  • Distaff Counterpart: 'Her' (later renamed Kismet), a second creation of the Enclave. She sought out Warlock to mate with him, but he was "dead" at the time.
    • Still a female 'Warlock' previously known as Janie Chin was introduced in a 2003 mini.
    • Also see Enemy Without trope below.
  • Enemy Without: In addition to The Magus, Adam also once accidentally spawned a female, 'good' version of himself, The Goddess, who was still a menace as she wanted to purify the universe... by destroying it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Adam Warlock becomes the Magus in an alternate future and due to his actions containing the Fault in Guardians of the Galaxy, he becomes the Magus again.
  • Friendly Enemy: His relationship with Thanos is...complicated.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Adam Warlock was captured by his mad future self The Magus; after escaping, he soul-sucked a nearer-future self to make sure The Magus was definitely dead.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: The original origin of the Magus.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gamora, raised by Thanos to kill Adam (to keep him from becoming his rival, The Magus, in the future) but fell in love with him instead.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: It took Gamora a long time to realize her feelings for Adam, even after befriending him.
  • Last of Her Kind: Gamora is the last of the Zen-Whoberi. Or she will be, Thanos having recovered her from the future.
  • Mad Scientist: The Enclave, the trio who created Adam to be a living weapon with which to Take Over the World. He had other ideas.
    • The High Evolutionary is a superpowered one, with a God Complex to boot.
  • Meaningful Name: The Evolutionary renamed him 'Adam' (for being the first of his kind) and 'Warlock' because "Men would fear his powers". note 
  • Religion of Evil: The Church of Universal Truth, run and founded by the Magus.
  • Stable Time Loop: By having Adam commit suicide so there would not be a Magus.
    • Not that it seems to help as the Magus seems to always come back but that in itself maybe the Loop.
  • Superheroes in Space: He prefers to fight evil outside Earth.
  • Tykebomb: Gamora was raised from childhood by Thanos to kill the Magus. She eventually falls in love with Adam.
  • Ultimate Life Form: Adam's intended purpose, along with 'Her', was to be this.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Adam, Thanos, Gamora, and Pip - Death Is Cheap when you own the Soul Gem.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Warlock spent about half of Starlin's run on his title back in the 70s as this. Warlock killed his future self using his Soul Gem, so he knew it was only a matter of time before he met up with himself, which he did in the title's final issue.
  • Zany Scheme: The Enclave kidnapped Alicia, The Thing's blind girlfriend, just so she could tell them what Him looked like, since they couldn't see it because of the dazzling light he emitted. All they achieved was getting the Fantastic Four mad at them.