Weekly Marvel Review: February 13, 2019 (Week 07)

The Gods of the Norse pantheon get a lot of coverage in the Marvel Universe due to Thor’s popularity, but Hercules and the Greek Gods take center stage in the latest Avengers event. Unfortunately, their star turn seems to be short-lived. In the first issue of Avengers: No Road Home, Nyx, the Greek Goddess of Night, kills Zeus along with other prominent Gods such as Athena and Hermes. Voyager assembles another group of heroes led by Hercules to travel to face the Goddess and end the unnatural night she had created. First time Avenger Rocket Raccoon is one of 14 characters to appear for 45 points in the Book of the Week. Captain Marvel scores the most points for a character’s solo title. She joins a group of rebels, led by best friend Spider-Woman, in fighting the personification of Toxic Radioactive Masculinity. The book earns a score of 38 review points.

Spider-Man earns the Hero of the Week with 15 points across three titles. In Amazing Spider-Man, an 18-point book, he comes face-to-face with the cloned Ned Leeds, only to witness his death all over again. His team-up book with Deadpool sees them return from their road trip to the Negative Zone only to wind up a year into an alternate future after a mysterious event leaves several heroes dead and the Mole Man a rampaging, radiated giant. Bringing it back to the Gods, Thor also appears in three titles for the week for the most appearances by Marvel’s non-flagship character. Two of them are cameos in Captain Marvel and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. His biggest issue comes from his solo title and the issues he has with his father. With the War of the Realms on the horizon, war reaches the home front as Thor and Odin exchange mighty hammer blow after blow.

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

Age of X-Man: Nextgen #1 (33)
Anole – Durability, CD (Rebels)
Armor – LT
Bling – CD (Rebels)
Blob – Melee, LT
Cecilia Reyes
Colossus
Glob – Flame, CD (Remembers the Prime timeline)
Husk
Jean Grey – Flight, Telekinesis
Madison Jeffries
Magneto – Flight
Nature Girl
Nightcrawler
Pixie – LT
Psylocke
Rockslide
Shark-Girl
Storm – Flight
Sunfire
X-23
Amazing Spider-Man #15 (18)
Hobgoblin (NL) – CD (Dies)
Lizard
Rhino
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Strength, Webs, SC
Antagonist(s)
Arcade – Business, TU (Kraven)
Black Ant – TU (Taskmaster)
Kraven – TU (Arcade)
Taskmaster – TU (Black Ant)
Avengers: No Road Home #1 (45)
Athena – CD (Dies)
Blue Marvel – TU (Vision)
Dr. Toni Ho – Computer, Tech, TU (Vision)
Hawkeye (CB) – TU (Voyager)
Hercules – Durability, Melee, Weapon, TU (Voyager), CD (Loses his family)
Hermes – CD (Dies)
Hulk – Morph, Personality, TU (Voyager)
Rocket Raccoon – Gun, Weapon, TU (Voyager)
Scarlet Witch – TU (Voyager)
Spectrum – Flight, Morph, TU (Voyager)
Vision – Flight, Intangibility, TU (Voyager)
Voyager – Teleport, TU (Hulk), CD (Recruits a new team of Avengers)
Zeus – CD (Dies)
Antagonist(s)
Nyx – Intangibility, CD (Kills the Greek Gods), DA (Greek Gods)
Captain Marvel #2 (38)
Captain America
Captain Marvel – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Strength, TU (Echo), LT
Echo – Agility, Melee, 7Weapon, TU (Captain Marvel), LT, CD (Leads a resistance)
Hazmat – Weapon, TU (Captain Marvel)
Iron Man – Flight
She-Hulk – Morph
Spider-Woman – Energy, Weapon, TU (Captain Marvel), LT, CD (Leads a resistance)
Thor
War Machine – TU (Avengers)
Antagonist(s)
Nuclear Man – Durability, Flight, Melee, Strength
Dead Man Logan #4 (32)
Dr. Cecilia Reyes – Computer, TU (Logan)
Forge – Tech, Vehicle, TU (Logan)
Glob – TU (Logan)
Hawkeye (CB) – TU (Mysterio)
Jubilee – TU (Logan)
Logan – Claws, Sense, TU (Hawkeye)
Mysterio – Deception, TU (Hawkeye)
Antagonist(s)
Crossbones – Weapon, TU (Miss Sinister)
Miss Sinister – Energy, TU (Sin)
Sin – Assassin, Gun, Weapon, TU (Miss Sinister), LT
Ironheart #3 (14)
Ironheart – Computer, Flight, Intellect, Melee, Repuslor, Suit, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Midnight’s Fire – Durability, Melee, Sense, Strength, Suit
Mr. and Mrs. X #8 (21)
Gambit – Charm, Energy, Melee, Thief, Weapon, TU (Spiral)
Longshot – Probability
Rogue – Absorb, Flight, Melee, Strength
Spiral – Deception, Durability, Teleport, TU (Gambit)
Antagonist(s)
Mojo – Business
Ms. Marvel #38 (6)
Ms. Marvel – Fist, Melee, Size, Stretch, CD (Learns the importance of keeping the things you care about close)
Punisher #8 (8)
Punisher – Assassin, Intellect, Weapon, LT
Antagonist(s)
Jigsaw – Assassin, Weapon
Runaways #18 (10)
Alex Wilder
Chase Stein
Gert Yorkes – Tech, DA (Seed of the Gibborim)
Karolina Dean
Molly Hayes
Nico Minoru
Victor Mancha – Melee
Savage Sword of Conan #1 (6)
Conan – Blade, Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Shatterstar #5 (15)
Rictor – Vibration
Shatterstar – Blade, Heal, Teleport, Weapon, SC, DA (Grandmaster)
Antagonist(s)
Grandmaster – Business, Creature, Heal, Teleport, CD (Dies in the “real” world, Earth-1218)
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #5 (9)
Spider-Gwen – Agility, Crawl, Creature, Melee, Sense, Symbiote, Webs, SC
Spider-Man/Deadpool #46 (16)
Deadpool – Blade, Fourth Wall, Gun, Weapon, TU (Silk), CD (Learns Spider-Man’s secret identity), DA (Mole Man)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Sense, Vehicle, Webs, TU (Silk), CD (Reveals his secret identity to Deadpool), DA (Mole Man)
Thor #10 (29)
Balder – Melee, Speed
Freyja
Heimdall
Iron Man
Loki – Magic
Odin – Durability, Energy, Strength, Teleport, Weapon, LT
Serpent – CD (Agrees to go undercover on a suicide mission for Odin)
Thor – Durability, Flight, Lightning, Melee, Strength, Weapon, DA (Odin)
Antagonist(s)
Laufey – Melee
Malekith – LT
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #41 (10)
Lizard
She-Hulk
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Squirrel Girl – Creature, Intellect, Strength
Thor – Flight
Winter Soldier #3 (21)
Agent 13 – TU (Winter Soldier)
Doc Samson – Business, TU (Winter Soldier)
Iron Man – Tech
Winter Soldier – Bionics, Melee, Weapon, TU (Agent 13), LT, SC, DA (Spot)
Antagonist(s)
Spot – Melee, Speed, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Teleport Offensive

 

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