Captain Marvel #45-46 (1976)

The Supreme Kree Intelligence manipulates Captain Marvel and Rick Jones into a war on the Null-Tron planet.  But that’s not important.  This story matters because it tells us that there are six soul gems, each with a different power, and that Adam Warlock has one.  It ends with Mar-Vell and Jones deciding to return to Earth.

Note: Issue #45 is part of the Marvel Bi-Centennial celebration (for the year 1776), but other than the fact that it says it’s a “bicentennial” story in the title, there’s nothing really here about that.

Creators: Steve Englehart and Al Milgrom (#45 and plot on #46), Chris Claremont (script #46)
Grade: C+
For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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