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Evolutionary War
Annual Event - 1988


A High Evolutionary origin backup story by Mark Gruenwald, Paris Cullins, Ron Lim, and Tony DeZuniga runs throughout all the annuals.

X-Factor Annual #3: "Unnatural Selection
Writer: Louise Simonson
Penciller: Terry Shoemaker
Inker: Al Milgrom
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The High Evolutionary dispatches his Purifiers to sterilize the subterranean moloids and tyrannoids, who he believes them to be genetic deadends. However, one among them is a mutant telepath who summons X-Factor to their aid. Meanwhile, the High Evolutionary is confronted by Apocalips who questions his methods, and it leads to a very lively discussion. The mutant subterranean earns the right of existence for his race. 

Punisher Annual #1: "Evolutinary Jihad
Writer: Mike Baron
Penciller: Mark Texeira
Inker: Scott Williams
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The Punisher, on a mission to kill the drug lord El Caimen, gets caught inbetween his intented victim and the HE's Purifiers, who are on their own anti-drug war. The Punisher is forced to work with El Caimen and his forces. They manage to drive back the Purifiers, and resume their own little private war. The Punisher comes out on top and kills El Caimen.

Silver Surfer Annual #1: "Adam"
Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciller: Joe Staton
Inker: Joe Rubinstein
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The High Evolutionary approaches the Eternals and recruits them in his quest to dramatically advance the evolution of humankind. Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer returns to Earth just as the Super Skrull is restored to life (see Alpha Flight #9 for details), who of course wants to destroy him. Their battle is interupted by the Eternals who capture both of them and explain that they wish to map the Surfer's DNA. The Silver Surfer refuses and together with the Super Skrull, they win their freedom.

New Mutants Annual #4: "Mind Games"
Writer: Louise Simonson
Penciller: June Brigman
Inker: Bob McLeod
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The High Evolutionary's Purifiers round up Glow Worm and Bulk, and strip them of their mutant powers. They set their sights on Magma, who is deep in though because her father has arrange a wedding for her,  and kidnaped her. Magneto gets word of this and together with the Hellfire club they set out to rescue her. The New Mutants despite being warned not to interfere rescue Magma before they are able to strip her of her powers. However, Dani is thrown into the machine but instead of it stripping her powers, it augments them allowing her to create solid illusion. They escape just as Magneto and the Hellfire Club arrive. 

Fantastic Four Annual #21: "Crystal Blue Persuasion"
Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciller: Kieron Dwyer
Inker: Joe Sinnott
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The new Fantastic Four return from their recent adventures (FF #313-317) and enjoy a bit of down time. However, Black Bolt demands Crystal return to Attilan since Quicksilver is prepared to take her back as his wife. Crystal refuses and the Inhumans arrive to take her by force. Their battle ceases when they learn that the High Evolutionary's Purifier troops are attacking Attilan hoping to get their hands of the Terrigen Mists. The Inhumans and FF join Quicksilver in the defense of Attilan and drive off the Purifiers. Crystal decides to stay on Attilan and try to restore her relationship with Quicksilver.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22: "Drug War Rages"
Writer: Tom DeFalco/David Michelinie
Penciller: Mark Bagley
Inker: Mike Esposito
Jay's Rating:
JJ
Synopsis:
New York's drug wars rage on and Spidey gets caught in the middle and is accused of murder. He and Daredevil scower the city in search of the true culprits. Meanwhile, the High Evolutionary's Purifier troops have also joined in on the drug war with the intention of eliminating the drug trade. However, this draws the Kingpin's attention who tricks Spidey and DD into taking out the Purifier base, with a bit of help from a new young hero, Speedball.

Jay's Notes:
First appearance of Speedball. Too bad it couldn't have also been his last.


Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 : "Resurrection!"
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciller: Arthur Adams
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis:
Storm leads the X-Men to the Savage Land where they discover that it is now a waste land (see Avengers #257).  They rescue the High Evolutionary from an attack by Terminus, and manage to emprison him. They discover that all the Savage Land people weren't killed, but fled to another dimension. Terminus breaks free, but this time he is defeated and revealed to be a robot  under Garokk's control. Garokk doesn't know how he was but in control of the armor. However, Garokk does sacrifice himself so that the High Evolutionary can restore the Savage land.

Web of Spider-Man Annual #4: "Sweet Poison"
Writer: Steve Gerber
Penciller: Cynthia Martin
Inker: Cynthia Martin
Jay's Rating: J1/2
Synopsis:
While on a book tour promoting his book "Webs", Spidey gets involved with the Miami mob and their search for a massive drug stash. The search leeds him and a mysterious magical woman called Poison to the Florida Everglades, the home of the Man-Thing. Additionally, the High Evolutionary has sent his Purifiers to investigate the Nexus of Realities. Spidey and the Man-Thing stop all the violence in the swamp and force the Purifiers to retreat.

Avengers West Coast Annual #3
Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciller: Al Milgrom
Inker: Gerry Talaoc

Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciller: Al Milgrom
Inker: Cynthia Martin
Jay's Rating: 
see below
Synopsis:
"Heads You Lose -- !"  JJJ
The High Evolutionary dispataches his Purifiers to Wakanda to seize some Vibranium, which is the last component needed for his Evolutionary Bomb. However, the Purifiers find the Black Panther and his warriors difficult prey. He summons the West Coast Avengers in time for a battle with more of the High Evolutionary's agents. His agents succeed is taking some Vibranium and call off the attack.

Roll Call:
Black Panther, Hawkeye, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Wonder Man.



"Tails You Win!"   JJ1/2
Steve Englehart/Al Milgrom/Chris Ivy
The other half of the West Coasters travel to the Savage Land, which has been recently restore, and seek an audience with the High Evolutionary. He explains that he is building an Evolutionary bomb and when the West Coasters object he captures them. Mockingbird escapes and confronts the High Evolutionary, but this time with a bit of help from Giant Man (Bill Foster). They force the High Evolutionary to flee, and he destroys his base of operations behind him, knowing that his agents has all the components necessary to build the bomb.

Roll Call:
Mockingbird, Moon Knight, Tigra


Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #6: "Return to Sender"
Writer: Gerry Conway
Penciller: Mark Bagley
Inker: Keith Williams
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis:
Spidey drives off the High Evolutionary's Purifiers as they tried to capture a living Gwen Stacy, which forces him to do a bit of soul searching. Meanwhile, the High Evolutionary checks in on the Young Gods and finds them lacking. However, a group of them follow him back to Earth intent on stopping him. The Purifiers finally capture Gwen Stacy and inadvertantly bring Spidey along as they are transported back to their base. The Young Gods attack, but the other part of their group who choose not to interfere with humankind stop their attack. Gwen Stacy is revealed to be another woman's whose DNA was overwritten by Prof. Warren. The High Evolutionary quickly loses interest in them.

Avengers Annual # 17: "Prometheus Mutants"
Writer: Walter Simonson
Penciller: Mark Bright
Inker: Mike Gustovitch/Valerie Gustovitch
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis:
The High Evolutinary's scientist resurrect Jocasta in hopes of learning more about the Avengers, but it backfires on them as she's able to send an alert to the Avengers. Since the Avengers have disbanded, the reserve Avengers are called upon. They rescue Jocasta and start their search for the High Evolutionary under the seas. With the combined forces of Attuma's army and Kro's lemurian army, they attack the High Evolutionary's colossal submarine. Jocasta is killed by the High Evolutionary, but the team manages to get Hercules into the Genesis Chamber and evolve him to such a degree that he can take on the High Evolutionary. They battle it out until they both evolve beyond godhood and disappear, putting an end to the High Evolutionary's threat.

Roll Call: 
Beast, Captain, Falcon,  Hercules, Hulk, Jocasta, and Yellowjacket.

Jay's Notes:
See Thor # 407 for what happens to the High Evolutionary and Hercules.



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