MAYA

Real Name: Maya Teraxtola

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Egolix-7) humanoid

Occupation: Queen;
    former princess

Group Membership: The royal family of Teraxtola

Affiliations: Darklore, Infinity Watch (Drax, Gamora, Maxam, Moondragon, Pip), Meer'lyn, Adam Warlock, people of Egolix-7

EnemiesCount Abyss and his minions, Hercules, Man-Beast, Zalkor

Known Relatives: Darklore (consort), Count Abyss (former consort)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Egolix-7
    formerly the fortress of Count Abyss, in an unnamed distant dimension 
    formerly Monster Island, Earth-616

First Appearance: Warlock and the Infinity Watch#14 (March, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Maya can perform a "Dance of Unreality," able to distort the perceptions reality around her, though beings with a "special sense of reality," such as Adam Warlock, can resist its effects.

    Due to Abyss' potion, she shares a passionate love for Adam Warlock, though she has chosen to deny this obsession.

History:
(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#29 (fb) - BTS) - Maya was born to the royal family of Teraxtola, the ruling clan of Egolix-7.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#29 (fb) - BTS) - Count Abyss came upon Egolix-7, easily conquering it. To legitimize his claim, he took the teenage Maya as his consort.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#29 (fb) - BTS) - Count Abyss wiped out the resistance movement on Egolix-7, converting the survivors into monstrous servants.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#29 (fb) - BTS) - Maya served as Abyss' consort for approximately a decade.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#14) - Maya listened as Count Abyss told her of his recent discovery of the Infinity Gems, showing particular interest in the Soul Gem held by Adam Warlock.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#23) - Maya contemplated the risks of following Abyss to learn where he periodically disappeared, but instead chose to remain seated, sipping her wine.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#26) - Abyss sent Maya to Earth to dupe Adam Warlock into drinking a powerful love potion to sap his will. He also gave Maya an antidote to the potion so she could drink it without harm, though the antidote was a farce as there was no true cure or prevention for the love potion. Maya materialized on Monster Island where she encountered one of the Moloid subterraneans. As she asked him for directions she was struck from behind and knocked out by a blow from Hercules (who was under the control of the Man-Beast and thought that she was one of the Infinity Watch). Her unconscious body was discovered by Gamora just before she was attacked by the Avengers.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#27 - BTS) - Maya remained unconscious as the Avengers and Infinity Watch battled until Warlock removed the Man-Beast's influence from their minds.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#28) - The still unconscious Maya was brought into Adam Warlock's chambers and placed on a bed to recover while the others wondered who she was. After the Man-Beast was revived, Maya revived and introduced herself to the Watch.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#29) - Maya began to explain her origins, using the Dance of Unreality to protect herself when Gamora tried to stab her after she revealed her connections to Darklore. Maya then met with Warlock in private, revealing her past, including how she had been sent as agent of Abyss. However, she also told Warlock that she was secretly working with the non-existent resistance movement of Egolix-7, allegedly brave freedom fighters dedicated to overthrowing Abyss. Maya proposed an alliance between Warlock's forces and the resistance; Warlock, having been at a loss on how to deal with Count Abyss, agreed to this alliance. When Maya prepared they seal the bargain with the centuries old tradition of a toast. Warlock told her he didn't drink spirits, but she convinced him to have a sip as the tradition was a strong sign of good faith and trust to her people. As Moondragon had scanned the "ambosia" for toxins and found none, Warlock toasted with Maya, and they drank the love potion. As the antidote was false, Maya was affected as well, and they both were consumed with passion and rushed forward, kissing and embracing. The Watch observed them kissing.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#30) - After Gamora and Drax pried Adam and Maya apart, Moondragon correctly identified the "ambrosia" as having been magically altered (by the all-powerful Zalkor). Adam marshaled his will and allowed Maya to be taken from him so that he could think more clearly and plot a resolution. Meanwhile, Abyss took steps to being the Watch to his dimension, where his power would be greater than theirs.
    After the Watch had exhausted their efforts to overcome the Zalkor's spell, including summoning Dr. Druid for help, Count Abyss sent his minions to Monster Island. While the Watch battled his minions, Abyss himself appeared, capturing Maya and bringing her back to his realm.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#31 - BTS) - Maya remained Abyss' prisoner as Warlock took the bait and led the Infinity Watch to Abyss' dimension to recover her.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#32) - Maya tried to commit suicide to prevent her from being used as bait for Warlock, but Abyss easily stopped her. She then stood by helplessly as the, despite the assistance of the sorcerer Darklore and his familiar Meer'lynn, the Infinity Watch were easily defeated by Abyss, who then claimed the Soul Gem for himself.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#33) - Abyss forced Maya to work as his servant, taking food to his prisoners while he taunted her with the fact that the powerful passion she felt for Warlock was a farce. When she entered the prisoners' cell, she found that Abyss had placed a barrier which prevented her from even touching Warlock. She told them of Abyss' reasons for wanting the Soul Gem, and Warlock and Darklore used that knowledge against him, depriving him from the power of the Zalkor and banishing him to a distant dimension.
    Darklore returned Abyss' former servants to normal, and Maya was named as ruler of Egolix-7, with Darklore at her side as her king. The pain in her heart was evident in her eyes, and the same was true of Adam as the Infinity Watch wished them well and returned to Earth.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#34) - Maya and Darklore were wed, unknowingly observed from a distance by the lovesick Warlock.

 

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Jim Starlin, Angel Medina, and Bob Almond.

    I'm not positive whether Count Abyss' fortress was in Egolix-7, but it was never named as otherwise, was it? There was no mention of traveling anywhere after Abyss' defeat and before the announcement that Darklore and Maya were to wed. Maybe they didn't go back to Egol

Profile by Snood.

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images:
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#14, p19, panel 6 (profile)
    #29, cover


Appearances:
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#14 (March, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Angel Medina (pencils), Bob Almond (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#23 (December, 1993) - Jim Starlin (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Bob Almond & Harry Candelario (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#26-27 (March-April, 1994) - Jim Starlin (writer), Tom Grindberg (pencils), Bob Almond (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#28 (May, 1994) - Jim Starlin (writer), Jeff Moore (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#29-33 (June - October, 1994) - Jim Starlin (writer), Patrick Olliffe (pencils), Patraick Olliffe (#29-30), Bob Almond (#31, 33), Nichols (#31) & Keith Williams (#32) (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)


Last updated: 10/14/13

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