Adam Warlock is comatose in a far away dimension. His body is discovered by a mystic named Darklore and his companion Meer'Lyn. The Soul Gem awakens and begins to speak with Darklore about his and Adam Warlock's past, all the way up to the Goddess expelling him to this dimension and the damage done to him.
The Soul Gem decides that Darklore would be a far better host and tries to take control of him. But Warlock comes out of his coma and puts the gem back where it belongs. Darklore cannot help Warlock escape but he has something else to show him. It is a hole developing in reality, and only someone with the Reality Gem could be capable of this.
He begins to travel to the one he entrusted with the Reality Gem.