Weekly Marvel Review: January 30, 2019 (Week 05)

There ain’t no party like a West Coast party cause the West Coast Avengers don’t stop. Kate Bishop’s latest iteration of the California-based team attracts plenty of attention with its colorful cast of characters. Unfortunately, most of that attention comes from a newly formed West Coast Masters of Evil led by Madame Masque. In the latest issue, which garners a weekly best 57 points for 13 characters, the heroes break free from M.O.D.O.K.’s trap with the assistance of the young Hawkeye’s ex-boyfriend. The return of Marvel Boy makes things a little awkward between Kate and Fuse, her new beau and teammate, in a book where relationships are already a big part of the story. The bromance between Spider-Man and Deadpool continues in their ongoing team-up book, but the conclusion of their trip to the Negative Zone also features the power of Karkas and Ransak’s friendship prevailing over Blastaar’s mind control trickery. By the end of the 53-point issue, Spidey and Deadpool return to their road trip and leave clean-up duties to the newly formed Negative Force team.

Romance and feelings, or at least the rejection of them, seem to be front and center of the Age of X-Man as shown in the Age of X-Man Alpha book. The mutants are thrust into a world where love is scapegoated as the cause of all the world’s problems and it’s revealed that Bishop and Jean Grey have given into their feelings. The primer for the current X-event nets 45 points ends with Bishop coming under fire for his actions and sets the stage for the upcoming books in the series. A series which has Apocalypse representing the voice of compassion and love. The Marvel Knights miniseries wraps up with a 51-point book and the heroes agreeing to restore the world’s memories despite the threat of it ending the world. X-Force and Dead Man Logan are two of the other biggest titles from the week and score 37 and 36 points, respectively.

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

Age of X-Man Alpha #1 (45)
Bishop – Energy, Energy Offensive, Tech, Vehicle, CD (Forms a relationship with Jean Grey in the new reality)
Colossus – Strength, SC
Gloriana – Melee
Iceman – Ice, Ice Offensive, Melee
Jean Grey – Telepathy, CD (Forms a relationship with Bishop in the new reality)
Magneto – Magnetics
Moneta – Telepathy
Nature Girl – Plants, Telepathy
Nightcrawler – Melee, Teleport, Weapon
Psylocke – Melee, Telekinesis
Stepford Cuckoos
Storm – Weather, Wind
X-Man – Telepathy, SC
Amazing Spider-Man #14 (28)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Sense, Webs, TU (Rhino), SC
Arcade – Business, TU (Kraven)
Black Ant – Melee, Size, Weapon, TU (Taskmaster)
Kraven – Weapon, TU (Arcade)
Rhino – Durability, Melee, Strength, TU (Spider-Man)
Taskmaster – Exploit, Melee, Weapon, TU (Black Ant)
Black Panther vs. Deadpool #4 (18)
Black Panther – Agility, Melee, Sense, Suit, Vehicle, Weapon, LT
Deadpool – Durability, Explosive, Fourth Wall, Heal, Melee, Tech, Weapon, CD (Steals and uses a Black Panther prototype suit)
Captain America #7 (20)
Agent 13
Captain America – CD (Turns himself in for murder)
Dr. Toni Ho
Invisible Woman
Misty Knight
Nick Fury, Jr.
White Tiger
Winter Soldier – Bionics, Melee
Baron von Strucker
Daughters of the Dragon #3 (24)
Colleen Wing – Agility, Blade, Melee, Weapon, Will Power, TU (Falcon), DA (Emila Vachon)
Falcon – Flight, TU (Misty Knight)
Misty Knight – Gun, Melee, Sleuth, Weapon, Will Power, TU (Falcon)
Shanna the She-Devil – Weapon
Batroc the Leaper – Strength
The Cat
Dead Man Logan #3 (36)
Captain America – Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, LT
Dr. Cecila Reyes
Ghost Rider (RR) – Vehicle
Hawkeye (CB) – Arrow
Iron Man – Flight, Melee, Repulsors
Jubilee – LT
Logan – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, Senses
She-Hulk – Heal, Melee
Crossbones – TU (Mysterio)
Ms. Sinister – TU (Mysterio)
Mysterio – Deception, TU (Sin)
Sin – TU (Mysterio)
Doctor Strange #10 (18)
Ancient One – Magic, CD (Loses his memory of magic)
Doctor Strange – Artifact, Magic, Magic Offensive, Melee, Teleport, SC, CD (Reteaches the Ancient One the ways of magic)
Baron Mordo – Artifact, Magic
Nightmare – Melee
Exiles #12 (15)
Blink – Teleport, Will Power, LT
Captain America (PC)
Iron Lad – Intellect, CD (Sacrifices himself to free the other Exiles)
Khan – CD (Reunites with her family)
The Unseen
Man Without Fear #5 (4)
Daredevil – Will Power, CD (Fights his fear)
Marvel Knights #6 (51)
Black Panther – Melee, Tech, TU (Daredevil), CD (Restores the hero’s memories), DA (Klaw)
Daredevil – Baton, Melee, TU (Black Panther), CD (Restores the hero’s memories), DA (Kingpin)
Elektra – Melee, Weapon, TU (Daredevil), CD (Restores the hero’s memories), DA (Bullseye)
Hulk – Heal, Melee, Morph, Rage, TU (Daredevil)
Human Torch – Flight
Iron Man – Flight
Punisher – Melee, Weapon, TU (Daredevil), CD (Restores the hero’s memories)
Sentry – Flight, Melee, Strength
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Thor – Flight
Kingpin – LT
Ms. Marvel #37 (3)
Ms. Marvel – Size, Stretch
Punisher #7 (8)
Punisher – Melee, Weapon
Jigsaw – Assassin, Weapon
Taskmaster – Weapon
Spider-Man/Deadpool #45 (53)
Bug – Tech, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Blastaar)
Deadpool – Blade, Explosives, Fourth Wall, Gun, Heal, Melee, Tech, Weapon, TU (Bug), DA (Blastaar)
Jannor – Energy, Teleport, TU (Spider-Man), LT, CD (Joins Negative Force), DA (Blastaar)
Karkas –  Durability, Strength, TU (Spider-Man), CD (Joins Negative Force), DA (Blastaar)
Koly – Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), CD (Joins Negative Force), DA (Blastaar)
Ransak – Melee, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), CD (Joins Negative Force), DA (Blastaar)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Intellect, Melee, Vehicle, Weapon, Webs, TU (Bug), DA (Blastaar)
Blastaar – Energy, Energy Offensive, LT
Unstoppable Wasp #4 (7)
Wasp (JvD)
Wasp (NvD) – Intellect, Melee, Size, CD (Experiences a manic breakdown)
Weapon H #12 (26)
Black Widow – TU (Weapon H)
Korg – TU (Weapon H)
Man-Thing – TU (Weapon H)
Weapon H – Durability, Melee, Strength, TU (Black Widow), SC
Minotaur – Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength
Morgan le Fay – Durability, Magic, Magic Offensive, LT, CD (Takes back control of Weirdworld)
Titania – Durability, TU (Weapon H)
West Coast Avengers #7 (57)
Fuse – Durability, Morph, TU (Marvel Boy)
Gwenpool – Fourth Wall, Weapon, TU (Marvel Boy)
Hawkeye (CB) – Arrow, Trick Arrow, TU (Marvel Boy), LT
Hawkeye (KB) – Arrow, Intellect, Trick Arrow, TU (Marvel Boy), LT
Kid Omega – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, TU (Marvel Boy), SC
Marvel Boy – Agility, Deception, Gun, Melee, Weapon, TU (Hawkeye)
Ms. America – Flight, Melee, Strength, Teleport, TU (Marvel Boy)
Eel – Energy, Flight, CD (Joins West Coast Masters of Evil)
Graviton – CD (Joins West Coast Masters of Evil)
Lady Bullseye – CD (Joins West Coast Masters of Evil)
Madame Masque – Weapon, LT, CD (Joins West Coast Masters of Evil)
M.O.D.O.K. – Flight, Sense, Teleport, CD (Joins West Coast Masters of Evil)
Satana – Creature, CD (Joins West Coast Masters of Evil)
X-Force #2 (37)
Cannonball – Flight, Melee, TU (Kid Cable), SC
Deathlok – Gun, Weapon, Tech, TU (Domino), SC
Domino – Gun, Weapon, TU (Kid Cable), LT, SC
Kid Cable – Gun, Melee, Teleport, Weapon, TU (Domino), SC
Shatterstar – Blade, Melee, Weapon, TU (Kid Cable), SC
Warpath – Melee, Strength, TU (Kid Cable), SC
Ahab – Intellect


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