POWER OF WARLOCK #1-7 (1972-1973)

High Evolutionary summons Warlock to Counter Earth.

As much as I really liked Marvel Premiere #1 and 2, which established the idea of a “counter Earth” where Warlock could attempt to guide the development of humankind away from war, these issues aren’t very good.  

They mostly exist to say, “Look how cool it is that on Counter-Earth, Reed Richards and Victor Von Doom also exist but they’re in opposite roles!”  

It’s actually a bit like an early version of the Ultimate Universe.  Good ideas, but at times it feels clumsy and plodding. Sometimes, it even feels like parody:

But I have to give an above average rating for the concepts.  Gil Kane’s art is pretty good, too, but it’s not his best work.

I’m calling this canon-adjacent. Warlock is from the 616, but the rest of it happens in another reality.

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