Approx Very Fine 8.0. February 1976. Final Sale.
• Apparent death of The Magus.
• "How Strange My Destiny, Part 2: Escape into the Inner Prison!" – (18-page story, continued from previous issue) – Thanos persuades Warlock into using the Soul Gem against the Black Knight Death Squad. Warlock uses the time probe to enter his own personal Kismet trail, there Warlock finally meets the In-Betweener. Warlock refuses to be taken by the In-Betweener and tries attacking him with the Gem but it has no effect on the In-Betweener. The In-Betweener tells Warlock, that there is need for a Champion of Life because an Advocate of Death has recently arrived and that the Magus is that Champion, he than tells him, that there are still five minutes left before their meeting is about to take place. On the normal plane the Magus discovers, that Thanos is the worshiper of Death he was created to fight. Warlock realizes, that there are five possible turns for him, he destroys the longest path because it's the Magus's, he then enters the shortest to travel to his future and take his future self into the Soul Gem. After the Magus has been terminated from existence only Thanos, Gamora, Warlock and Pip remember him and the Universal Church of Truth. Thanos is happy because now there is no Champion of Life. As Warlock and Pip return from the Kismet path they pass a woman who looks a lot like the Matriarch.
NOTE: Magus returns in Infinity War #1 (June 1992). Warlock's second death takes place in Avengers Annual #7 (Aug. 1977).
SOURCES: Marvel Database (marvel.wikia.com), Grand Comic Database (comics.org)
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