I am going to try and piece most of the major appearances and stories of Adam Warlock from his inception in Fantastic Four #66 to his most recent appearance in the second series of Guardians of the Galaxy.
It's a long road. One I have traveled both forwards and backwards. It started with the Baxter reprints of Mr Starlin's Warlock and traveled further and further forward to reach where at the present time, there wasn't much going on with Warlock. It was the journey backwards to his birth that took me on quest to not just gobble up everything of Mr Starlin's (which also sparked a quest for Thanos' beginning and life) but everything Warlock. What was he like before Mr Starlin wrote the stories that grabbed my attention and kept it? What was it about Warlock that appealed to me so? What was it that made me see a piece of myself in the character?
While Mr Starlin's work on Warlock (and most everything else he's written) was what attracted me to the character, it was by far all that there was to the character. This is complex character that starts with a mission to save a planet from a tyrannical man-beast, only to be thrown to the clutches of a universal church of zealots bent on using intimidation and indoctrination to control the entire universe and he seems the only one with the will to stand against them.
But there are other people whose take on Warlock are just as entertaining. Mr Pak wrote an excellent mini series that kept true to the character but was completely new.
Ultimately we find Warlock at the end (thus far) or his appearances (life) back in the saddle as a cosmic pawn of the universal church. I wonder what is to become of him and his life. Shall he be reborn again? Bursting from his cocoon as yet another facade of a different writer's pen? We wait to see.
I hope that you will join me as I share with you a fictional character that has never been as influential as Adam Warlock has. If at the end of this journey there is more to add than I will keep walking till I get to the end. And I hope I have to keep walking. I wouldn't want an entertaining character to die before he can entertain more.