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Appearing in "Triumph on Terra-Two!"
Synopsis for "Triumph on Terra-Two!"
Continued from last issue...
Bruce Banner watches in horror as the Man-Beast (possessing the body of Counter-Earth's US President Rex Carpenter) executes Adam Warlock, who in death reverts back into his cocoon form. With his emotions at their peak, Banner then transforms into the Hulk. Realizing that his new friend is death, the Hulk smashes through the soldiers and disguised New Men and escapes with Warlock's cocoon. Jumping off into the wilderness, the Hulk doesn't know what to do about the death of his friend and decides to take Warlock's corpse back to the secret hideout of his followers.
There, Warlock's followers -- both New Man and human -- mourn Warlock's passing. While back in Washington, the Man-Beast returns the body of Rex Carpenter to its cell where his daughter still is prisoner and then gears up for to begin a war across Counter-Earth. Before he can launch a single nuclear weapon, the Man-Beast's base is attacked by the Hulk and Warlock's followers. As the fight rages, the Hulk battles the Man-Beast and finds him to be no match against the creatures combined physical strength and mental powers.
As the battle rages, Ben Vincent and June Volper of the Justice Department pay a visit to the White House to question President Carpenter about his strange behavior following his presidency. There they spot one of the New-Men loyal to the Man-Beast and follow it down to the cell where Carpenter and his daughter are being held prisoner. When New Man checks the cell, Ben cold-clocks the creature, knocking it out and freeing Carpenter. While at the hideout of Warlock and his followers, the humans who remained behind and the Recorder all witness as the cocoon containing Warlock's corpse begins to glow.
While back at the Man-Beast's base, the Hulk manages to gain the upper-hand against the Man-Beast, easily turning the tide of the battle. Just when the Hulk has the Man-Beast beat, Warlock arrives -- having resurrected himself -- and with his powers at their peak he uses his abilities to change the Man-Beast back into human form. With the Man-Beast defeated, Warlock tells all those gathered that they must combat evil with their intellect and warns that the Man-Beast will be back again some day. When his followers ask if he will be there to fight them, Warlock tells them that they must fight him alone as he is needed among the stars to help other worlds in need of his aid and flies off into space, leaving them all and the Hulk behind to seek his destiny among the stars.
- The Man-Beast drops the pretense of possessing the body of President Carpenter in this issue, something that he had been doing since Warlock #2.
- Ben Vincent recognizes the New Men from their last battle which took place in Incredible Hulk #158. (This story erroneously references Incredible Hulk #148.)
- Although the Man-Beast is devolved here, it is restored to it's hyper-evolved state when it is seen again in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #12.
Reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Warlock #1
- This story is an allegory of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in the New Testament of the Bible, with Adam Warlock standing in for Jesus. In the Bible, it is stated that following his Crucifixion, Jesus was laid to rest in a cave and was resurrected three days later.
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