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Infinity Wars #6: Review

Dec 2018
Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato Jr.

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Rating:
4 stars

Infinity Wars #6 Review by (December 28, 2018)
This issue carries the Stan Lee obituary stuff common to all of the week's comics.

I must admit to some confusion over the Infinity Stones last issue. There were 2 sets of Stones that worked in the Prime Marvel universe - the 2nd set was the copy from the Warp World. Gamora had the originals, Loki distributed the copies among his team:- Emma Frost got the Power Stone copy, Hulk the Space copy, Ant-Man got Time, Kang Reality, Ms Marvel Mind and Loki kept the Soul Stone copy.
Then during the fight Ms Marvel stole the Power Stone original, to go with her Mind Stone copy, and Ant-Man stole the Reality and Space Stone originals, to go with his Time Stone copy. Then I assumed that in her mind attack Ms Marvel got the other 3 original Stones. And Loki stole all the originals off the 2 of them.
*But* Gamora was shown still having 3 Stones when Loki sent her to Warp World, until they become powerless at the beginning of this issue.
Here's what I think actually happened. Ms Marvel *didn't* take the last 3 Stones off Gamora. What Loki stole from her and Ant-Man was the 3 original Stones they had gained plus their 2 copies. Combined with his Soul Stone copy this meant he had 1 of each type of Infinity Stone. And it didn't matter whether they were originals or copies because they all worked equally well in the Prime Universe.
So Emma, Hulk and Kang were left with their copies, and Gamora still had the original Mind, Time and Soul Stones. And it is those 6 Stones which Loki uses his set to destroy at the beginning of this issue.

And on top of that the original Soul Gem has been replaced by a copy but Soul World still exists and is connected to it. Sometimes the Soul Gem has been referred to as a portal to Soul World, so maybe Soul World was never inside it - and both copies are/were portals.

Still to come - Infinity Wars: Infinity. And then maybe Wolverine: Infinity Watch? And the new Guardians Of The Galaxy whose #1 cover includes the alternate Moondragon and Phyla-Vell with Warlock, Star-Lord and Groot but no Rocket?

But meanwhile there have been more tie-ins:-

Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #4.

Sleepwalker reaches Soul World where he's attacked by Rick Fury and the Agents of SLEEP. He takes Rick to the Mindscape where his fellow Sleepwalkers accuse our guy of causing nightmares to overwhelm the place. He repeats that it is because of the merging of souls in Warp World, and he uses the abilities he learned in the worlds inside the other Infinity Stones to fight the nightmares. He also splits Rick Fury into Rick Sheridan and Nick Fury Jr. But then the nightmares vanish as do Rick and Nick because of the end of Infinity Wars.

Sleepwalker persuades his fellows to stop fighting nightmares defensively and go on the offensive. They restore his link to Rick, and he suggests more of them try such links. Later he enters Rick's dream and says they need to recruit more heroes for something. And Nick Fury wakes from a dream and starts researching Sleepwalker and the Secret Defenders. (Sleepwalker was briefly part of Dr Strange's Secret Defenders, and the end of this issue hints at the formation of a new team by that name.)

Infinity Warps: Arachknight #2

Harry Russell gets his father Norman to safety but dad transforms to Goblin-By-Night and bites him and then goes after Arachknight. Harry interrupts their fight on his dad's prototype Goblin Glider but then becomes a GBN himself and flies off as AK's new enemy. But Norman Russell is now free of the curse and he and Peter Parker swear to cure Harry.

Infinity Warps: Ghost Panther #2

It turns out Erik Killraven is from a future where Martians conquered all of Earth except for Wakanda. Killraven and his mother had been exiled from Wakanda so they suffered under Martian rule. Now he's come back in time to take revenge on the country.

T'Challa agrees to become the Ghost Panther, and his dead father becomes his aide - a mystical Black Panther. Together with Shriri's tech they defeat Killraven.

Infinity Warps: Weapon Hex #2

Weapon Hex finds her sister Gavrill/Speed Weasel. Herbert Wyndham sends Hellhound to kill WH and intends to use SW as the replacement host for Mephichthon. WH magically recovers from being chopped to pieces, kills Hellhound and Wyndham and saves her sister.

Infinity Warps #2

The anthology is introduced this time by Foreverbush Man (Forbush Man merged with Eternity).

Kamala Kang (Kamala Khan/Kang) got her space/time power from the Chronogen Mists. Today she goes back in time to meet Dr Ecklestein the famous Physicist but causes him to be run over by a truck. So she goes back again and saves him but her dad gets killed instead. Another version of herself appears and tells her that it should be Einstein not Ecklestein. And then more Kangs pop up each with different advice.

Linus Whitemane (Microchip (Linus Lieberman) and the Kymellian Byrel Whitemane) wants revenge for the killing of his son Aelfyre by the Snarks-Gnucci crime family (the alien Snarks and the Gnucci family) so he trained the Power kids as the Punisher Pack to get it for him. (Though how Punisher got merged with 4 children I can't say.) When they've killed them all Linus tells them they can stop, but the Punisher Pack say there are more bad people to punish. Whitemane swears to stop them.

Diamond Patch (Wolverine/Emma Frost) is head of Frost International and a motivational speaker. He survives an attack by the disguised Deathstrique (Lady Deathstrike/Mystique) and accepts the defection of Fire Belly (Toad/Pyro) from the Dragon Kings who sent the assassin. We also see a version of Phoenix who is his ally/lover.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #4 says it's an IW tie-in but it still has nothing to do with the event.

For what it's worth the team escape from the Nova Corps after learning that Nebula is headed to Earth. During the escape Kid Loki switches Valkyrie to Annabelle Riggs who he enables to use a Nova helmet. And he operates the Destroyer armour remotely. He also skips ahead to Earth to recruit some other heroes starting with Thor. But finds that Nebula and her dead gods have already defeated the Thunder God.

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1

This issue retells the history of Arthur Douglas/Drax. Warlock explains to Star-Lord and Groot that he was able to save the souls of Art and Drax and send them where they wanted to be. Art elected to go through the portal to Warp World and live his human life with his wife and saxophone where they eventually have a girl child. Drax used the other portal so he's presumably somewhere in the Prime universe. We see him having fun battling bad aliens. (Maybe it's significant that Rocket isn't with Warlock, Star-Lord and Groot?)




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Infinity Wars #6 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Loki has used the Infinity Stones to break through the bottom of the God Quarry to the Quarry Of Creation beneath seeking answers to who or what controls his life. Inside he found that the Stones no longer worked, and the place was littered with them. And floating above were giant space aliens (who may or may not be Celestials).

Loki asks 1 of them if they are the gods who rule the multiverse. In answer he points to a patch of darkness, and when Loki approaches it he sees himself reflected within. And the Trickster God laughs at the cosmic joke. With a final suggestion to the space-gods that they stop throwing rocks at the universe he parts the curtain(?) and steps into the glow ...

... and returns to his companions (Ant-Man, Emma Frost, Hulk, Kang and Ms. Marvel) in the God Quarry. Emma, Hulk and Kang have just found that their Infinity Stone copies from the Soul/Warp World have stopped working. Loki says he used *his* Infinity Stones (which now function again in their home universe) to delete the rivals. Scott Lang accuses him of wanting all the power for himself, but Loki hands the Stones over to his team so they can save the universe. (It seems from later events that they each take the Stone they had earlier.)

He himself rejoins his companion Flowa on the Asgardian ship Skipbladnir. He tells her he's figured out who has been messing with his recent past (arranging for Wolverine to come back from the dead to stop him getting the Space Stone, removing important pages from a book in Flowa's library). He thinks he himself came back from the future to change his own past. So now they'll return to her library in Omnipotence City.

In Soul World the assembled heroes are still fighting the monster Devondra to stop her devouring all the souls in Soul World and Warp World within it. We see merged heroes Ghost Panther (with his Black Panther spirit guide) and Green Widow attacking her with Adam Warlock.

Meanwhile Soldier Supreme faces Gamora, who Loki sent here at the end of last issue. She still has 3 of the original Infinity Stones and he wants them to use against Devondra. But at that point they go dead due to Loki's action above. So Stephen Rogers is easily able to defeat her and demand to know how to stop Devondra. She says there's no way to stop her destroying the universe and creating a new 1. And without the Stones Gamora can't control how the new universe will turn out. So he punches her into the maw of the enemy ...

... but flying Peet (merged Star-Lord and Groot) swoops in to save her, still carrying Art Douglas (the earlier incarnation of Drax the Destroyer) in his other hand. He announces they are the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Warlock can't understand how the Infinity Stones can be inert because the universe wouldn't exist without them. But then Loki's team arrive with the working set and give him the Soul Gem. Adam says they can use them together to kill Devondra, but Gamora repeats that she's unstoppable in Soul World. And in her head dead Thanos comments that Gamora's the wimp she's always been.

Warlock's alternate plan is to use the Stones to de-merge all the people in Warp World and take them back to the Prime universe where they'll be safe. But Soldier Supreme (merged Captain America and Dr Strange) doesn't want to de-merge and doesn't want his world to die. He says they've got to save both universes. Adam thinks he might be able to *copy* all the souls back to de-merged bodies in the main universe. But Devondra would still be a threat to Warp World.

Hulk is tired of all this talking. He uses the Space Stone and Bruce Banner's Physics knowledge to create a black hole in the middle of the monster. And it swallows Devondra just like that, allowing the heroes to move on to the next problem. But of course it will eventually swallow Warp World too.

Warlock separates Star-Lord and Groot, and also Drax and Arthur Douglas. Drax comments that he always had 2 souls. And Rocket Raccoon bursts out of Groot's wooden body where it appears he's slept through the whole thing. Now the Guardians gang is all here.

For the next part of Adam's plan Ms Marvel uses the Mind Stone to imagine an empty new world. Then all the Stone-holders combine to drag the souls from Warp World back to the original universe but leave merged copies behind while creating a universe for them to occupy. We see Iron Hammer there, joined by Soldier Supreme and Arachknight.

Meanwhile Drax has a mini-reunion with his daughter Moondragon and her lover Phyla-Vell (Captain Marvel). (We skip over the fact that the last 2 are alternate versions from a different timeline.) There's no time to explain to Art how Moondragon is his daughter from the main universe (or in this case an alternate version of her) whereas in Warp World he never had a daughter, because the black hole has finished with Devondra and has started on the rest of the place.

The Stone-wielders find that they can only form 1 portal to send souls through, so they'd have to choose which universe to save. But Art and Drax grab the portal and twist it into an infinity shape dividing it into 2. Adam Warlock sends the various souls through to their destinations. But in order for the remaining heroes to escape Art and Drax will have to stay behind to keep the portals open, which they elect to do.

The heroes hide within the Soul Gem which then flies through the portal to take them to Prime Earth, leaving Devondra's world to self-destruct. Allegedly that was just a *section* of the Soul Gem, and Warp World is now in another section. (My mind is twisted in knots. Warlock carries the Soul Gem and he is in Devondra's world which is inside it. But he and the others enter the Gem which then takes them out of Devondra's world.)

They end up next to the Pyramids at Giza. When they wake up Gamora makes a grab for the Infinity Stones but Moondragon and Captain Marvel stop her. They want revenge for her destroying *their* universe (even though that was a different Gamora, the 1 from their universe). Star-Lord steps in between them. Moondragon holds her friend back saying that *their* Star-Lord died in the Cancerverse, and maybe him being here will restrain Gamora.

Meanwhile Emma Frost suggests they divide the Stones up to stop anyone combining them in the future (as if that's worked well in the past). Kang offers to take them all to the end of time, but Hulk doesn't trust him. Peter Quill warns Warlock not to take the Soul Stone, but Adam instead picks up the Time Stone and freezes time to take them all.

He contemplates going back in time to change what happened, but knows that making 1 aspect better will invariably make something else worse. He wants to protect Gamora but he decides to leave it up to the Stones to decide how. When he lets time flow again she's gone. He says he asked the Stones to send her somewhere where she could do the most good. And then he gave the power of the Stones to the Stones themselves. Each Stone now has a soul and they fly off to live their own lives. Even the Soul Gem goes, which Adam wasn't actually expecting.

Heather Douglas and Phyla-Vell fly off into space to explore *this* universe. Warlock too goes his own way, and the rest off the heroes walk off to find a way home from Egypt.

Arthur Douglas is back in Warp World with the 2 loves of his life, his wife Yvette and his saxophone. Iron Hammer, Soldier Supreme and Weapon Hex unite to form the World Defenders. And Gamora finds a cocoon which opens to disgorge Magus, Warlock's evil self, who she takes under her wing much to Thanos' amusement. In Omnipotence City Flowa finishes her account of this adventure, but leaves some space for late additions. She declines Loki's offer to accompany him on his next quest. And Adam Warlock says he feels like a piece of himself is missing.


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Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Frank Martin
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Inker)
Rain Beredo (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Jordan D. White. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Drax
Drax

(Drax the Destroyer)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Kamala Khan)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Phyla Vell), Devondra, Emma Frost, Flowa, Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Magus, Moondragon (of Infinity Wars).