Weekly Marvel Review: January 23, 2019 (Week 04)

Following the (temporary) erasure of the X-Men from the Marvel Universe, the cosmic characters step up to fill the void. The biggest names in the galaxy such as Adam Warlock, Beta Ray Bill and Silver Surfer bear witness to the Last Will and Testament of Thanos in a relaunched Guardians of the Galaxy series. The Mad Titan has the last laugh when his hologram reveals he implanted his consciousness into another body. Chaos ensues when the Black Order, his loyal lieutenants, crash the scene to abscond with Thanos’ corpse. The latest series from Donny Cates features 34 characters posting a total 96 points. The Rider, Cates’ popular mash-up of the Punisher and Ghost Rider, becomes one of the newest members of the series’ eponymous team by the end of the issue. The remaining nine comics from the week to register points earn an average 16 points each. Superior Spider-Man, the biggest scorer of those books with 28 points, has a cosmic flare to it as well when Otto Octavius siphons off some of Terrax’s cosmic energy to give himself a power-up!

The latest Avengers title continues its break from the main team and travels back to prehistoric times once more. This time, writer Jason Aaron explores the origin of the earliest Iron Fist. Fan Fei’s exile from K’un-Lun and her subsequent defiant interaction with Mephisto net 11 points for the book. Scoring above Avengers are Cloak and Dagger and Shuri with 20 points each and the second issue of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man at 19. The Uncanny X-Men Annual tells the tale of Cyclops’ resurrection which involves Kid Cable leveraging the Phoenix Force to reignite his father’s flame. Undeterred by the X-Men’s recent disappearance, and willing to accept his own missteps, Scott Summers vows to find his teammates and set things right.

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

Avengers #13 (11)
Iron Fist (FF) – Agility, Durability, Iron Fist, Melee, Strength, SC, CD (Earns the Iron Fist power by killing Shou-Lao)
Mephisto – Morph
Cloak and Dagger: Negative Exposure #2 (20)
Cloak – Energy, Energy Offensive, Heal, Teleport, SC, CD (Learns he can control the Darkforce within the dimension)
Dagger – Agility, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Projectile, CD (Shares her desire to reunite with Cloak)
Mr. Negative – Creature, Melee, Possession, LT, CD (Splits from Martin Li)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2 (15)
Human Torch – Flame, Flight, TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Melee, Strength, Webs, TU (Human Torch), SC
Kingpin – Business
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (96)
Adam Warlock – Melee, TU (Silver Surfer)
Beta Ray Bill – Lightning, Weapon, TU (Silver Surfer), CD (Joins the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Ch’od – Melee, TU (Silver Surfer)
Corsair – Weapon, TU (Silver Surfer)
Cosmo – TU (Silver Surfer)
Darkhawk – TU (Silver Surfer)
Electron – TU (Silver Surfer)
Firelord – TU (Silver Surfer)
Flashfire – TU (Silver Surfer)
Gladiator – Flight, TU (Silver Surfer)
Groot – Melee, Strength
Hepzibah – Gun, Weapon, TU (Silver Surfer)
Howard the Duck – TU (Silver Surfer)
Hussar – TU (Silver Surfer)
Major Victory – TU (Silver Surfer)
Manta – Flight, TU (Silver Surfer)
Moondragon – Energy, TU (Silver Surfer), CD (Joins the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Oracle – TU (Silver Surfer)
Phyla Vell – Energy, Flight, TU (Silver Surfer), CD (Joins the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Quasar – TU (Silver Surfer)
Raza – Weapon, TU (Silver Surfer)
The Rider – Weapon, TU (Silver Surfer), CD (Joins the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Silver Surfer –  Energy, Flight, TU (The Rider), LT
Smasher – TU (Silver Surfer)
Starfox – TU (Silver Surfer), LT
Star-Lord – Vehicle, LT, CD (Forms a new Guardians of the Galaxy)
Warstar – TU (Silver Surfer)
Black Dwarf – TU (Hela)
Black Swan – TU (Hela)
Corvus Glaive – TU (Hela)
Ebony Maw – TU (Hela)
Hela – TU (Black Order), LT
Proxima Midnight – Tech, TU (Hela), LT
Thanos –  CD (Reveals he implanted his consciousness in another body)
Immortal Hulk #12 (8)
Hulk – Melee, Rage, CD (Tears open the veil between worlds)
Puck – TU (Absorbing Man)
Absorbing Man – TU (Puck)
Man Without Fear #4 (10)
Daredevil – Baton, Melee, Sense, Weapon
Kingpin – Business, Intellect, Melee, Strength
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #39 (9)
Doctor Strange
Moon Girl – Creature, Suit, Tech, TU (Sleepwalker)
Sleepwalker – TU (Moon Girl)
Shuri #4 (20)
Iron Man – Suit
Okoye – Weapon, TU (Storm)
Shuri – Flight, Sense, Tech, TU (Storm), LT
Storm – Flight, Lightning, Weather, TU (Shuri)
Moses Magnum – Melee, Tech, Vibration
Superior Spider-Man #2 (27)
Brothers Grimm – Vehicle
Dansen Macabre
Digger – Weapon
Skein – Flight
Spider-Man (OO) – Agility, Cosmic, Durability, Intellect, Melee, Suit, Tech, Webs, LT, SC, CD (Harnesses Terrax’s Power Cosmic)
Terrax – Blade, Cosmic, Durability, Energy, Geokinetics, Melee, Weapon
Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 (12)
Cyclops – Optics, Optics Defensive, Optics Offensive, TU (Kid Cable), SC, CD (Recognizes his own faults which led to his downfall), DA (Professor Tavin Tierney)
Kid Cable – Teleport, TU (Cyclops), CD (Brings Cyclops back to life)


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