Weekly Marvel Review: February 6, 2019 (Week 06)

Marvel claims to have a stable of more than 9,000 characters and they are doing their best to Ravage the Fantasy Comic League Appearance category with them. After a month of gorgeous group shots and gang-ups, the Fantasy Comic League decides to establish a guideline for the characters they track. So despite several of Yondu’s Ravagers being deemed Not Ready For Primetime Heroes (looking at you Torgo and your 26 appearances since your 1969 debut in Fantastic Four #91), Asgardians of the Galaxy still manages to secure the top book of the week with 52 review points. If a character fails to meet the minimum 36 appearances in their publication history, a case can still be made for their importance, as is the case for Sera, Angela’s love. The Shadow Colonel, the Avengers’ latest adversary, also gets a free pass for his perceived importance as an antagonist despite making his first full appearance in this week’s Avengers, a book which totaled 33 points.

Uncanny X-Men features a few Reavers not quite ready to be considered members of the varsity squad, but Donald Pierce, Bonebreaker and Skullbuster, the more well-known cyborgs help the book take the top spot for characters featured in a single issue. Sixteen characters score a total 45 points, impressive for a title whose main focus is the reunion of Cyclops and Wolverine. The Champions also score 45 points in their latest issue, including some Character Developments for Ms. Marvel and Viv’s death and resurrections. Outside of the Uncanny title, the rest of the X-Men are living in the Age of X-Man. The Marvelous X-Men, the event’s first tie-in series, focuses on Colossus, Jean Grey, Magneto, Nature Girl, Nightcrawler, Storm, X-23 and X-Man, the prime X-Men team in this loveless world. Their book notches 42 review points. The “Old Man” universe grows a bit larger with the start of the Old Man Quill introducing the alternate timeline’s version of the Guardians of the Galaxy and 26 points. Even though its their first appearances, the ragtag bunch of retirees get points thanks to the growing influence of that timeline.

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

Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #1 (42)
Colossus – Durability, Strength, SC
Jean Grey – Flight, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy, LT, SC
Magneto – Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Flight, SC
Nature Girl – Creature, Telepathy, SC
Nightcrawler – Teleport, Teleport Defensive, SC
Storm – Flight, Rain, Weather, Wind, LT
X-23 – Claws, SC, CD (Remembers a memory from her past life)
X-Man – Flight, Strength, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy, LT, SC
Asgardians of the Galaxy #6 (52)
Angela – Melee, Sense, TU (Ravagers), LT, SC, CD (Reunites with Sera)
Cammi – TU (Asgardians of the Galaxy), SC
Kid Loki – Deception, Teleport, TU (Ravagers), SC
Pip – Teleport, TU (Asgardians of the Galaxy), SC
Sera – TU (Asgardians of the Galaxy), LT, SC, CD (Reunites with Angela)
Skurge – Melee, TU (Ravagers), SC
Throg – Flight, Sense, Weapon, TU (Ravagers), SC
Thunderstrike – Energy, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Ravagers), SC
Valkyrie – Personality, TU (Ravagers), SC
Yondu – Business, Weapon, TU (Asgardians of the Galaxy), LT, SC
Ego – Nature
Avengers #14 (33)
Black Panther – Suit
Blade – Blade, Melee, Weapon
Captain America – Shield, SC
Captain Marvel – Vehicle
Darkstar – Flight
Ghost Rider (RR) – Flame, Vehicle, Weapon
Iron Man – Suit
She-Hulk – Melee, Strength
Thor – Flight, Lightning, SC
Shadow Colonel – Melee, Strength, Weapon, LT
Champions #2 (45)
Brawn – Strength, Tech, DA (Zzzax)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Voodoo
Ms. Marvel – Durability, Fists, Size, Stretch, Strength, LT, SC, CD (Dies and is resurrected), DA (Zzzax)
Nova – Vehicle
Spider-Man (MM) – Durability, Sense, Strength, Webs, LT, SC, CD (Makes a deal with Mephisto to save lives), DA (Zzzax)
Viv – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Intangibility, CD (Dies and is resurrected), DA (Zzzax)
Mephisto – Magic, CD (Makes a deal with Spider-Man to save lives)
Zzzax – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Size, Strength
Conan the Barbarian #3 (5)
Conan – Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Daredevil #1 (7)
Daredevil – Baton, Melee, Sense, Weapon
Kingpin – Business
Deadpool #9 (24)
Daredevil – Sense, TU (Deadpool)
Deadpool – Fourth Wall, Heal, Weapon, TU (Jessica Jones)
Doctor Voodoo – Artifact, Magic, TU (Deadpool)
Jessica Jones – Melee, Sleuth, Strength, TU (Deadpool)
Scarlet Witch – Magic
Tombstone – Durability
Immortal Hulk #13 (22)
A-Bomb – Melee, TU (Hulk)
Absorbing Man – Absorb, TU (Puck), LT, CD (Joins Gamma Flight), DA (One Below All)
Betty Ross
Hulk – Melee, Rage, Strength, TU (A-Bomb), SC, CD (Reunites his two personalities), DA (One Below All)
Puck – Intellect, TU (Absorbing Man)
Killmonger #4 (5)
Black Widow
Killmonger – Blade, Weapon, CD (Embraces his Killmonger persona after losing his mentor)
Old Man Quill #1 (26)
Drax (OM) – Melee, CD (Reunites with the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Gamora (OM) – Blade, Weapon, CD (Reunites with the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Gladiator (OM)
Manta (OM) – Vehicle
Mantis (OM) – Telepathy, CD (Reunites with the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Rocket Raccoon (OM) – Computer, Gun, Vehicle, Weapon, LT, CD (Reunites with the Guardians of the Galaxy)
Star-Lord (OM) – Business, Gun, Weapon, LT, CD (Fails to prevent the destruction of his planet)
Tony Stark: Iron Man #8 (38)
Bethany Cabe – Weapon
Iron Man – Flight, Melee, Repulsor, Strength, Suit, TU (Wasp), LT
Jocasta – LT
Machine Man – Computer
War Machine – Gun, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Wasp)
Wasp – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Size, TU (Iron Man)
Controller – Absorb, Melee, Size, Strength
Crimson Dynamo – Flight
Darkstar – Energy
Ursa Major
Vanguard – Shield, SC
Uncanny X-Men #11 (45)
Black Widow – TU (Captain America)
Blindfold – Telepathy, CD (Dies)
Captain America – Shield, Shield Defensive, TU (Black Widow), SC
Chamber – CD (Becomes the new leader of the Morlocks)
Cyclops – Melee, Optics, Optics Offensive, TU (Wolverine), SC, CD (Reveals himself to the world), DA (Reavers)
Kid Cable – Weapon
Layla Miller
Loa – CD (Dies)
Multiple Man – Creature, Sleuth, TU (Cyclops)
Velocidad – CD (Joins the Morlocks)
Winter Soldier – TU (Captain America)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Heal, TU (Cyclops), DA (Reavers)
Bonebreaker – Power
Donald Pierce – LT
Wolverine: The Long Night Adaptation #2 (1)
X-23 #9 (14)
Beast – Computer, Intellect
Honey Badger – CD (Recruits the X-Assassin into fighting by her side)
X-23 – Claws, Claws Offensive, Espionage, Heal, Melee, Vehicle


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