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She's come to stop crime across the globe and bring peace to the universe. Captain America and Spider-Man are on her side; Thanos and Mephisto stand against her. So how can she be the bad guy? She's come to stop crime across the globe and bring peace to the universe. Captain America and Spider-Man are on her side; Thanos and Mephisto stand against her. So how can she be the bad guy?


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She's come to stop crime across the globe and bring peace to the universe. Captain America and Spider-Man are on her side; Thanos and Mephisto stand against her. So how can she be the bad guy? She's come to stop crime across the globe and bring peace to the universe. Captain America and Spider-Man are on her side; Thanos and Mephisto stand against her. So how can she be the bad guy?

30 review for The Infinity Crusade: Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Adam Warlock’s supposedly good feminine side manifests as a separate being who promptly networks a bunch of cosmic cubes to gain nearly unlimited power and declares herself the Goddess. She also gets a whole bunch of superheroes to join her cause to purge the universe of evil. Sounds OK in theory, but turning a bunch of super beings into religious zealots in service to a leader whose ultimate goal is to bring about the Rapture has some serious downside. The remaining good guys try to figure out w Adam Warlock’s supposedly good feminine side manifests as a separate being who promptly networks a bunch of cosmic cubes to gain nearly unlimited power and declares herself the Goddess. She also gets a whole bunch of superheroes to join her cause to purge the universe of evil. Sounds OK in theory, but turning a bunch of super beings into religious zealots in service to a leader whose ultimate goal is to bring about the Rapture has some serious downside. The remaining good guys try to figure out what the Goddess’ plan is. Meanwhile, Adam Warlock is working his own angles to try and stop this aspect of himself, and his plan involves Thanos. I’m sure that will work out just fine… As big crossovers go this one is far from the worst, and Starlin came up with plots that were epic in scope for all of the Infinity stories of the early ‘90s. However, this really should have been boiled down to just having the six Infinity Crusade issues in one collection instead of including issues of Warlock & the Infinity Watch and The Warlock Chronicles because they don’t add much except for giving Marvel the excuse to sell two trade paperbacks instead of one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    A direct sequel to Infinity War. Adam Warlock has shed his "good" side, which is now a persona known as the Goddess and has an agenda which involves mentally controlling religious and spiritual people and forming an army out of them. It's up to the remainder of the heroes (including Adam, his Infinity Watch, Thanos, and Mephisto of all people) to stop her questionable tactics and restore free will to the universe. Without assuming anything about Starlin, this story reads like it was written by so A direct sequel to Infinity War. Adam Warlock has shed his "good" side, which is now a persona known as the Goddess and has an agenda which involves mentally controlling religious and spiritual people and forming an army out of them. It's up to the remainder of the heroes (including Adam, his Infinity Watch, Thanos, and Mephisto of all people) to stop her questionable tactics and restore free will to the universe. Without assuming anything about Starlin, this story reads like it was written by someone who has a dim view of organized religion, conflating supposed moral goodness with a necessarily stifling and dominating overseer. It feels like a condemnation of those who claim to be moral yet want to force their will on others, which does happen sometimes with humans. But with a cosmic story like this, the concept seems illogical to me; it's hard to imagine a being of true, relative goodness removing free will the way the Goddess does. That suggests that she isn't really Adam's "good" persona, but then where did she come from if that's true? Regardless, a somewhat adult story told in comic book form that actually touches on religion and creating peace and harmony by force is one that requires at least three stars. But I wasn't a fan of some of the art, the issue sequencing was confusing, and Starlin somehow makes Earth's heroes sound ridiculous compared to Adam and Thanos.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A companion piece to Infinity War. Now that Adam Warlock has dealt with his evil side, Magus, he has to deal with his good side, the Goddess. The Goddess has stolen a myriad of cosmic cubes from Magus. She also has brainwashed a large portion of Earth's heroes into helping her. She wants to bring universal piece by subverting everyone's will. Volume 1 is kind of boring. I think the most action-packed part of it was seeing Earth's heroes give Pip the Troll a bath. A companion piece to Infinity War. Now that Adam Warlock has dealt with his evil side, Magus, he has to deal with his good side, the Goddess. The Goddess has stolen a myriad of cosmic cubes from Magus. She also has brainwashed a large portion of Earth's heroes into helping her. She wants to bring universal piece by subverting everyone's will. Volume 1 is kind of boring. I think the most action-packed part of it was seeing Earth's heroes give Pip the Troll a bath.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    See.. here's the thing. I liked it. Even though the artwork at this point is getting too much for me and I'm barely just looking at it. Besides Thanos everything/everyone else is fucked up. I hate every single character drawn in this one and I should have taken a star out just because of the hideous scaling art and the differences between characters in some panels being huge or too small and whatever, and NO I'm not talking about PIP THE TROLL or Mr. Fantastic being too huge/small. Anyway, story- See.. here's the thing. I liked it. Even though the artwork at this point is getting too much for me and I'm barely just looking at it. Besides Thanos everything/everyone else is fucked up. I hate every single character drawn in this one and I should have taken a star out just because of the hideous scaling art and the differences between characters in some panels being huge or too small and whatever, and NO I'm not talking about PIP THE TROLL or Mr. Fantastic being too huge/small. Anyway, story-wise... this wasn't the best thing of all, we saw it coming of course .. with the Infinity War ending, this was the only thing that we saw coming. I didn't read it back then and I wasn't missing on much. It's got a premise, it gets kinda interesting, but it gets too much for its own good. It gets frustrating, and boring midway through, and towards the end, I didn't even care anymore up until I saw Thanos again having a monologue. You don't care about the villain or the dialogue between heroes and whatnot. it's just there and the process of the story feels meh. Sorry, but so far after re-reading everything and reading stuff I haven't read back then (like this one) well, this is my least favourite cosmic story. Not that it's not good, but it's not Infinity Gauntlet (DUH) or Infinity War GOOD. That's all. Had me at the start, lost me midway/towards end. Hideous artwork that I loathe and hope to never see again in the future of my Thanos binge reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pranta Ghosh Dastider

    Not bad. But, by now it's getting a little bit slow. I liked how being good can also cause trouble for many! It's quite impressive how the alliance was formed. Fantastical! And I wonder what has happened to that tiny Pip! We will see next perhaps. Not bad. But, by now it's getting a little bit slow. I liked how being good can also cause trouble for many! It's quite impressive how the alliance was formed. Fantastical! And I wonder what has happened to that tiny Pip! We will see next perhaps.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kitap

    Why do I keep doing it to myself? Why do I read yet another of these DC/Marvel "Crisis on a Bazillion Eternal Infinite Actualities" story arcs? The art in this is some of the least compelling I've seen, especially in the trippy, full-page renderings of such Cosmic Heavies as Eternity and Infinity, although there are a few images that effortlessly evoke Jack Kirby's work. The overarching theme this time around is RELIGION (finally, what with all the Cosmic Heavies and Celestial Deities running ar Why do I keep doing it to myself? Why do I read yet another of these DC/Marvel "Crisis on a Bazillion Eternal Infinite Actualities" story arcs? The art in this is some of the least compelling I've seen, especially in the trippy, full-page renderings of such Cosmic Heavies as Eternity and Infinity, although there are a few images that effortlessly evoke Jack Kirby's work. The overarching theme this time around is RELIGION (finally, what with all the Cosmic Heavies and Celestial Deities running around) which the writer sadly mishandles--religious faith and pursuit of the good shade seamlessly into stridency and arrogance shade seamlessly into brain-washed docility and eliminationist extremism. The story brings up pretty interesting questions about faith, morality, violence, war, free will, and human nature, and then it glibly answers them with a "the good but not too good guys rally against self-righteous jihadis" plot line with the Devil as one of the good guys. (If I had read this when I was in junior high, it definitely would have proven to my folks than comic books were the work of Satan. OK, maybe it deserves three stars just for that!) Worse still, it ends in a cliffhanger! Does this mean I'll check out the next volume? Heaven help me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    gxvault

    I enjoyed it and don't understand all the hate for this book...let's see how IC#2 is. I enjoyed it and don't understand all the hate for this book...let's see how IC#2 is.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Before this I read "Infinity Gauntlet" and "Infinity War," but I didn't read any of the "Aftermath" material or any "Infinity Watch." Because of that, I sometimes felt like I was missing some things, but I still enjoyed this more than I expected. I've head some people be down on this, but like with "Infinity War," I found myself enjoying this cosmic story. Of the original three "Infinity Saga" stories, I'd say this is the weakest, but I'm still intrigued by the premise. Before this I read "Infinity Gauntlet" and "Infinity War," but I didn't read any of the "Aftermath" material or any "Infinity Watch." Because of that, I sometimes felt like I was missing some things, but I still enjoyed this more than I expected. I've head some people be down on this, but like with "Infinity War," I found myself enjoying this cosmic story. Of the original three "Infinity Saga" stories, I'd say this is the weakest, but I'm still intrigued by the premise.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crazed8J8

    I appreciate that this is the final act of the trilogy (Gauntlet/War/Crusade), and deals with Adam Warlock's "Good" half, however, this story really fizzled out comparatively. The artwork is good, but I feel at this point, the characters are tired, and it starts getting really "out there". A definite must-read for continuity purposes, but reading became tedious, as I just don't care enough about the Goddess, Pip, Moondragon and the other players. On to part 2... I appreciate that this is the final act of the trilogy (Gauntlet/War/Crusade), and deals with Adam Warlock's "Good" half, however, this story really fizzled out comparatively. The artwork is good, but I feel at this point, the characters are tired, and it starts getting really "out there". A definite must-read for continuity purposes, but reading became tedious, as I just don't care enough about the Goddess, Pip, Moondragon and the other players. On to part 2...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Rivas

    This is #8 of 18 books in the Infinity Gauntlet series, and this book had a lot of religious philosophy. I continue to be in awe on how intellectually deep the storylines are in this series. The new plot twist in this book is interesting due to the threat being too much good being done in the universe. The whole good and bad side of Adam Warlock always causing the universe to be significantly disrupted has such a religious connotation to it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Hayes

    Just plain not very good. The writing meanders, the art is hit or miss (and not very accurate), and while there is a germ of a good idea it is BURIED under the weight of the narrator's bloviating. I love the characters involved but they come off as hollow here, and the attempts at humor fall flat. I'm taking a pass on Volume 2. Just plain not very good. The writing meanders, the art is hit or miss (and not very accurate), and while there is a germ of a good idea it is BURIED under the weight of the narrator's bloviating. I love the characters involved but they come off as hollow here, and the attempts at humor fall flat. I'm taking a pass on Volume 2.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Excellent. I think I’d only ever read the main Infinity Crusade run, without all of the tie-ins, so it’s a lot fun seeing what else was going on behind the scenes, so to speak. I’m so many events the tie-in books are weak and feel superfluous, but this collection reads very smoothly as one story, even though the individual series all tale specific tales.

  13. 5 out of 5

    B

    This was . . . . fine. It's really an Adam Warlock story where the focus is not on Adam Warlock very long. There's a lot of Pip, I guess. I think many folks, like me, would want to know what's going on with all of the other Marvel characters. Why Spider-Man? Why this? Why that? They're really just objects in the story. This was . . . . fine. It's really an Adam Warlock story where the focus is not on Adam Warlock very long. There's a lot of Pip, I guess. I think many folks, like me, would want to know what's going on with all of the other Marvel characters. Why Spider-Man? Why this? Why that? They're really just objects in the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamahl Bennier

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This Infinity Crusade book is part one of two, so the there is no resolution here. It was an OK read. But the whole story has a religious /cult vibe to it. The most interesting parts were that of the cosmic beings Eternity & Infinity, and the demon Mephisto. Hopefully part two brings more depth to the story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    This is a strange one. Adam Warlocks' female persona escapes and forms a cosmic egg. She decides to get people to worship her and that gives her power. It is weird but interesting. I like how all the spiritual and religious hero characters followed the Goddess. I particularly thought it got intriguing when Thanos got involved. How do you fight a goddess? I'm looking forward to reading part 2. This is a strange one. Adam Warlocks' female persona escapes and forms a cosmic egg. She decides to get people to worship her and that gives her power. It is weird but interesting. I like how all the spiritual and religious hero characters followed the Goddess. I particularly thought it got intriguing when Thanos got involved. How do you fight a goddess? I'm looking forward to reading part 2.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Roman Colombo

    I really strong start, filled with Starlin's brand of high concept space drama, moral ambiguity, ands soul searching. I'm hesitant on some of the developments, which seem a little odd...but looking forward to Vol 2. I really strong start, filled with Starlin's brand of high concept space drama, moral ambiguity, ands soul searching. I'm hesitant on some of the developments, which seem a little odd...but looking forward to Vol 2.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Omar

    7.1 solid Ifnciity crusade, a huge cirssicer event. It diesnt reach the hopes you would be eclectic after infinity gauntlet. It's a bit messed up and I didnt dig it. Ir has more of a setup in this and has a lack if action. Iverall it's not a really fin read, very mediocre. 7.1 solid Ifnciity crusade, a huge cirssicer event. It diesnt reach the hopes you would be eclectic after infinity gauntlet. It's a bit messed up and I didnt dig it. Ir has more of a setup in this and has a lack if action. Iverall it's not a really fin read, very mediocre.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JW

    Meh.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zachariah

    What did I read?

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

    ugh, the 90s hurts my eyes. Part of me wants to go to the second volume because the premise is great, but mostly I am done with this & ready to jump ahead to what Starlin did next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Zanghi

    After Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War, this series is getting a little predictable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vikas

    3.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shay Atkinson

    Awesome bizarre spin into the infinity series. Adam warlocks split “good side” the goddess, manifests in a parallel earth. Cliffhanger!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This would not have been made today. Very weird and interesting using the stones to force utopia peace via holy crusade. Looking forward to how it all wraps up

  25. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Warlocks good side makes her move and tries to impose peace in the universe at all cost...

  26. 5 out of 5

    The_Mad_Swede

    This volume collects The Infinity Crusade #1–3, Warlock Chronicles #1–3 and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #18–19, and consequently constitute the first half of the concluding part in Starlin's Infinity trilogy ( The Infinity Gauntlet , The Infinity War and this) from the early 90s. Following the events of The Infinity War, in which the heroes of the Marvel universe had to face the problem of the incarnated evil of Adam Warlock's soul, the Magus, here they suddenly face the other side of th This volume collects The Infinity Crusade #1–3, Warlock Chronicles #1–3 and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #18–19, and consequently constitute the first half of the concluding part in Starlin's Infinity trilogy ( The Infinity Gauntlet , The Infinity War and this) from the early 90s. Following the events of The Infinity War, in which the heroes of the Marvel universe had to face the problem of the incarnated evil of Adam Warlock's soul, the Magus, here they suddenly face the other side of that purged coin, i.e. the Goddess, who is the incarnated good of Warlock's soul. The question of course being, if somebody wants to eradicate evil, is that really a bad thing? The story is somewhat plagued by a growing sense of event mentality and more heavily integrated tie-ins, which already The Infinity War saw an indication of, and the fact that its collected form is divided into two volumes to make all of the most central tie-ins etc fit is quite telling. In truth, I do think it is part of what weakens this concluding part of the trilogy. The fact that good, dramatically speaking, is mostly less interesting than evil might also contribute here. After Thanos and the Magus, the Goddess cannot help but be a weaker opponent. It is not that she is weak in any sense of lacking power, the opposite could be the case, and Starlin does raise interesting question regarding what unbalanced good can lead to, but the menace of the Goddess keeps feeling much more like an intellectual enterprise than based in a solid character. This problem together with the sprawling narrative structure and multiple artists (with a variety of styles that do not always match one another), results in a much weaker story than the first two parts. It is not that it is bad, but rather that it does not match the strength of what has gone before. Logically, there was perhaps not much to be done; the Goddess was already waiting in the wings, and the event hysteria was really breaking out on the comics market scene. Still, while enjoyable and not without merits, it leaves a certain sad tint to the whole trilogy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

    This is the first part of the third story in the Infinity trilogy, and I love it as much as I did when I first read it at age twelve. In this story, Adam Warlock's good side has been split off into her own person, who steals things and zaps people and gives herself a trendy Joan of Arc makeover, then she looks around at the Marvel Universe and invites about half of the heroes to join her cult. Officially, she selects the "good" people, the ones who are religious or have had resurrection experien This is the first part of the third story in the Infinity trilogy, and I love it as much as I did when I first read it at age twelve. In this story, Adam Warlock's good side has been split off into her own person, who steals things and zaps people and gives herself a trendy Joan of Arc makeover, then she looks around at the Marvel Universe and invites about half of the heroes to join her cult. Officially, she selects the "good" people, the ones who are religious or have had resurrection experiences (which is laughable, with the revolving door of life and death in Marvel), but she basically ends up with an arbitrary group of relatively nice people. I do think there is an interesting question of what faith even means in a comic book universe where, potentially, the actual Hercules can have a beer with the actual Thor while they talk about their run-ins with the embodiments of cosmic concepts like infinity and eternity, but in this book, Starlin just plays "duck duck religious" with the roster of active heroes and makes his picks, and it turns out just fine. I don't really know why Infinity Crusade was split into two volumes while Infinity War was kept to one (OK, yes, my cynical side notes that Crusade ends up costing twice as much as War), but this volume has a lot of satisfying moments in it. Readers learn who has been guarding the reality gem, in a way that pays off hints that had been dropped for a few years, and Ron Lim's clean lines and Tom Raney's rich textures make for a variety of beautiful artwork. Yes, one of the Infinity Watch issues is drawn in an offensively lumpy and ugly fashion, and I've always found Angel Medina's work to look a little lazy, but 2/3 of the book looks spectacular, and I recommend this collection for anyone who enjoyed the original comics in 1993.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    Infinity Crusade is the final installment in Marvel's universal cosmic Infinity storyline that started with Infinity Gauntlet, proceeded through Infinity War, and will conclude with the second volume of Crusade. As in the first two volumes, this edition collects a number of comics that tell the continuing story of the Infinity Gauntlet and a vast cosmic battle that threatens the very reality of the universe (and parallel universes) that Marvel tries to pack as many heroes into as possible. It's Infinity Crusade is the final installment in Marvel's universal cosmic Infinity storyline that started with Infinity Gauntlet, proceeded through Infinity War, and will conclude with the second volume of Crusade. As in the first two volumes, this edition collects a number of comics that tell the continuing story of the Infinity Gauntlet and a vast cosmic battle that threatens the very reality of the universe (and parallel universes) that Marvel tries to pack as many heroes into as possible. It's hard to judge this particular edition, as it includes only half of the Infinity Crusade storyline, but so far I have found it a little less accessible than Infinity War was. The philosophy is a little more difficult to grasp, and the nature of the "villain" (The Goddess) is a little more slippery than either Thanos or the Magus were, though the decision to split the heroes into two factions was inspired. I'll read the conclusion to see how it resolves, but I doubt that it will improve much from its current state - or at least not enough to supercede Infinity War as the best in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    Jim Starlin continues his good work on the Infinity Series with the Infinity Series. We've already seen Warlock battle his evil side, Magus, in the Infinity War series and in this one we see Warlock's good side, the Goddess, attempt to take over the world and eliminate all evil and enlists/brainwashes a large list of heroes. I didn't love this installment because I feel like there's a bit too much going on that it loses focus at times but I do like the core story about religion and goodness vs. Jim Starlin continues his good work on the Infinity Series with the Infinity Series. We've already seen Warlock battle his evil side, Magus, in the Infinity War series and in this one we see Warlock's good side, the Goddess, attempt to take over the world and eliminate all evil and enlists/brainwashes a large list of heroes. I didn't love this installment because I feel like there's a bit too much going on that it loses focus at times but I do like the core story about religion and goodness vs. free will. One thing that I found irritating about this is that there is really no need to weave in 3 titles (Infinity Crusade, Warlock and the Infinity Watch, Warlock Chronicles) especially since the first and the last were new titles. You can weave multiple storylines into one title. It was a 90s way of doing things though and I think we've progressed since then. All in all an interesting concept though even if execution was just good, not great.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hrishi

    I can absolutely see the set up is getting tired. Let's see - Adam Warlock continues to be a broody and emo, mysterious shenanigans start somewhere conveniently far away from Earth that involve Cosmic Cubes or Infinity Stones or some such MacGuffin, Thanos is a lurking, machinating ambivalent presence, and the Avengers, X-Men and assorted others stand around discussing things in huge groups (like, a lot!). That said, as the third part of the Infinity trilogy (Gauntlet, War, and now this) it did I can absolutely see the set up is getting tired. Let's see - Adam Warlock continues to be a broody and emo, mysterious shenanigans start somewhere conveniently far away from Earth that involve Cosmic Cubes or Infinity Stones or some such MacGuffin, Thanos is a lurking, machinating ambivalent presence, and the Avengers, X-Men and assorted others stand around discussing things in huge groups (like, a lot!). That said, as the third part of the Infinity trilogy (Gauntlet, War, and now this) it did have my attention as I read through it in a single sitting. Pip the Troll, amusing at first, got irritating fast. The somber, cataclysmic tone of the main story arc is jarringly at odds with the goofball happenings. The women are too skimpily dressed - not Sue Storm too! - but hey, steady as she goes.

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