Warlock: Second Coming, Comic Book Review

Author Greg Pak, Illustrations Charlie Adlard

Warlock: Second Coming is a 4 issue miniseries by Greg Pak about Adam Warlock. Kind of.

I picked this up after finishing Thanos Quest and Infinity Gauntlet. Adam Warlock plays a huge role in those story lines and I thought it would be interesting to read more of his stuff.

For a fun discussion buddy read I did about those issues please go here.

I typically enjoy Greg Pak’s writing and figured this would be an absolute win!

Here’s the thing, it’s not really about Adam Warlock, not exactly.

It’s about a young woman named Janie who has taken an internship with what she thinks is a movie about Warlock. She’s tasked with upgrading his design for a new generation.

However, this aint a movie, this is the real deal. She’s actually designing a new Warlock, being created by scientists mad with power!

Janie in front of her design for the all new Adam Warlock
“pretty cool, huh?”

Warlock is supposed to be the new hero of the world, the messiah basically. But these scientists are a bit too kill happy and Warlock’s programming doesn’t seem to be the most wholly moral.

Janie has a pretty good head on her shoulders and tries to combat this situation without having mass casualties on her conscious.

I like the concept enough but the execution feels both rushed and unfinished. The ending really seems to set it up for a whole new series but as far as I can tell it was never continued.

I also always must take issue when an author uses general “scientists” as the villains.

One, scientists are never generalized. They have specialties, no one ever calls themselves a “scientist” without qualifying it in someway (at least if they actually are one).

I'm something of scientist myself meme
yes, we all are

Two, the type of engineers who would be creating this ultra high tech Warlock would probably not think that genocide is the answer to the world’s problems. With that kind of tech you can be far more creative than that!

It simply puts people of high intellect in a bad light and I can never condone that.

I really liked Janie’s character though and I wish I could see more of her but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen any time soon so I guess we’ll all just have to make due with these four short issues.

3/5 power gems 🔶🔶🔶

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2 thoughts on “Warlock: Second Coming, Comic Book Review

  1. Yeah, this sounds like one of those TV episodes where they try to set up a spin-off series, but nothing ever comes of it. Did the scientists have names, or were they just completely generic? The original Adam Warlock was created by four scientists (Hamilton, Zota, Shinski, and Morlak) calling themselves the Enclave, so I just wondered if these were the same guys.

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