Weekly Marvel Review: January 16, 2019 (Week 03)

Nearly five years after the Fantasy Comic League began, the rules continue to evolve. This time, the League Illuminati debate the difference between Brainwashing and Mind Control and what it means for characters who fall under the sway of another character. Specifically the Horsemen of Salvation in Uncanny X-Men and Ransak the Reject in Spider-Man/Deadpool. The final decision: It’s complicated! So for now, the line is drawn at full-blown possession of character. This ruling will be put to test even further after Deadpool is turned against his costar by the end of their team-up book. The Negative Zone excursion earns a total of 24 points for five characters plus one antagonist. Meanwhile, the “X-Men Disassembled” conclusion stars another jam-packed cast of characters with 60 mutants splitting up 179 points.

Fantastic Four, one of the second biggest issue of the week, features a match-up between Doctor Doom and Galactus, two of the family’s biggest foes. Not all is how it seems though, as the diabolical Doom seems to have plans for the World Eater which includes a recently created herald of his own, Victorious. The Amazing Spider-Man is also heavy on the antagonists. After Peter saves J. Jonah Jameson from another version of the Big Man, the Scorpion comes face to face with Black Ant and Taskmaster, a popular deceitful duo in the current series. It appears that they are capturing and gathering a rogue’s galley of their own including Cobra, Stegron, Tarantula and Vulture. The Asgardians of the Galaxy complete their first mission together in a 30-point issue, with an assist from Thor, but Kid Loki and Angela’s motives remain a mystery to the rest of the team.

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Key: TU – Team-Up; LT – Lead Team; SC – Save Civilian; CD – Character Development; DA – Defeat Antagonist.

Amazing Spider-Man #13 (22)
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Speed, Strength, Webs, SC, DA (Big Man)
Black Ant – TU (Taskmaster)
– Business
–Melee, Speed, Strength
– Weapon, TU (Black Ant)
Asgardians of the Galaxy #5 (30)
Angela – Weapon, TU (Thor), LT
Thor – Lightning, TU (Angela)
Throg – Flight, Lightning, Strength
Thunderstrike – Energy, Vehicle
Valkyrie – Cosmic, Personality, Weapon
Kid Loki – Deception, Magic, TU (Thor), DA (Nebula)
Nebula – Bionics, Melee, Weapon
Skurge – Teleport, Weapon
Black Panther #8 (7)
Black Panther – Melee, Suit, Vehicle, Weapon, SC, CD (Defies Captain M’Baku’s orders)
Black Widow #1 (17)
Black Widow – Agility, Blade, Espionage, Explosive, Melee, Tech, Weapon, TU (Captain America), SC, CD (Assists Captain America with restoring his image after his doppleganger murdered her)
Captain America – Shield, Shield Defensive, TU (Black Widow), SC
Tyger Tiger
Conan the Barbarian #2 (9)
Conan – Blade, Durability, Projectile, Strength, Weapon, LT, CD (Develops a mutual respect for the Picts), DA (King Snake)
Fantastic Four #6 (30)
Human Torch (JS) – Durability, Flame, Flight
Invisible Woman – Invisibility, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive
Mr. Fantastic – Morph, Stretch, Vehicle
Thing – Durability
Doctor Doom – Creature, Flight, Intellect, Magic, Suit, Tech, LT
Galactus – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Strength
Invaders #1 (18)
Captain America – Agility, Melee, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive
Human Torch (JH) – Flight
Iron Man
Winter Soldier
Namor – Business, Durability, Flight, Melee, Water, SC, CD (Displays a new ability to control water)
Ironheart #2 (7)
Ironheart – Flight, Melee, Repulsor, Suit, Tech, SC
Jessica Jones #1 (9)
Captain Marvel
Jessica Jones – Flight, Melee, Sleuth, Strength, Weapon
Luke Cage
Purple Woman
Man Without Fear #3 (12)
Daredevil – Baton, Melee, Will Power, LT, SC, DA (Foolkiller)
Iron Fist – Agility, Speed
Jessica Jones
Luke Cage
Marvel Comics Presents #1 (19)
Captain America – Shield, Vehicle
Iron Man – Flight, Tech
Nick Fury
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal
Namor – Durability, Flight, Melee, Strength, Will Power, CD (Tries to stop the Atom Bomb)
Return of Wolverine #4 (15)
Jean Grey
Kitty Pryde – Intangibility, LT
Storm – Flight, Weather
Wolverine – Claws, Heal
Persephone – Deception, Magic, Weapon
Spider-Man/Deadpool #44 (24)
Bug – Computer, Intellect, TU (Spider-Man)
Deadpool – Durability, Fourth Wall, TU (Bug)
Karkas – Melee, TU (Spider-Man), CD (Comes out of retirement to help a friend)
Ransak the Reject – Melee, Weapon
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Webs, TU (Bug)
Blastaar – Energy, Melee, Strength, Tech
Uncanny X-Men #10 (179)
Archangel – Flight, Projectile, Weapon, TU (Jean Grey)
Armor – Energy, TU (Jean Grey)
Beast – TU (Jean Grey)
Bishop – Energy, TU (Jean Grey)
Bling! – TU (Jean Grey)
Cannonball – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Colossus – Strength, TU (Jean Grey)
Dazzler – Energy, TU (Jean Grey)
Doctor Nemesis – TU (Jean Grey)
Eye-Boy – TU (Jean Grey)
Firestar – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Forge – TU (Jean Grey)
Frenzy – Melee, TU (Jean Grey)
Gentle – TU (Kitty Pryde)
Genesis – TU (Jean Grey)
Glob – TU (Jean Grey)
Gloriana – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Hellion – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Honey Badger – Claws, TU (Kitty Pryde)
Husk – Morph, TU (Jean Grey)
Iceman – Ice, Ice Defensive, Ice Offensive, TU (Jean Grey)
Jean Grey – Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, TU (Kitty Pryde), LT
Jubilee – Energy, TU (Jean Grey)
Kitty Pryde – TU (Jean Grey)
Kylun – Weapon, TU (Jean Grey)
M – TU (Jean Grey)
Maggot – TU (Jean Grey)
Magma – TU (Jean Grey)
Match – TU (Jean Grey)
Mercury – TU (Jean Grey)
Nature Girl – TU (Jean Grey)
Nightcrawler – Teleport, TU (Kitty Pryde)
No-Girl – Flight, Telepathy, TU (Jean Grey)
Northstar – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Oya – Flame, TU (Jean Grey)
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, TU (Jean Grey)
Pixie – Flight, Teleport, TU (Jean Grey)
Primal – TU (Jean Grey)
Prodigy – TU (Jean Grey)
Psylocke – Melee, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, TU (Jean Grey), CD (Breaks Storm free of her brainwash)
Rictor – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Rockslide – TU (Jean Grey)
Sage – Telepathy, TU (Jean Grey)
Shark-Girl – TU (Jean Grey)
Stepford Cuckoos – Telepathy, TU (Jean Grey)
Storm – Flight, Lightning, Weather, TU (Kitty Pryde)
Sunfire – Flame, Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Surge – Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Jean Grey)
Tempus – TU (Jean Grey)
Trance – TU (Jean Grey)
Transonic – Flight, TU (Jean Grey)
Trinary – TU (Kitty Pryde)
X-23 – Claws, Claws Offensive, TU (Kitty Pryde)
Apocalypse – Energy
Blob – Melee, CD (Free of X-Man’s control)
Legion – CD (Splits from X-Man)
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Magnetics Offensive, CD (Free of X-Man’s control)
Omega Red – Bionics, Ensnare, CD (Free of X-Man’s control)
X-Man – Flight, Energy, Telekinesis, CD (Splits from Legion), DA (The X-Men)
Venom #10 (5)
Venom (EB) – Melee, Symbiote, CD (Reveals that he killed a kid in his youth while drunk driving)
The Maker


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