Weekly Marvel Review: August 07, 2019 (Week 32)

With all the secret agents and secret mutants running wild to begin August, the struggle of determining who deserves official Fantasy Comic League points returns. The new Agents of Atlas team includes several rookie characters including Luna Snow and Aero. And even though the first issue of the third volume takes the top honors with 47 points, not all of the new team members earn points, namely Snow and Crescent, due to their limited appearances. However, Aero and Sword Master have the benefit of appearing in ongoing solo titles. The Top Book and Team Book of the Week also features a back-up story with appearances by original team members Gorialla-Man and Venus

The first issue of Absolute Carnage squashes the only competition for Event books. Carnage has three stories involving Venom teaming-up with Spider-Man to protect his son and confront Norman Osborn, a recent host of the Carnage symbiote and one of the Cletus Kasidy’s targets. It earns a review score of 37 points for six characters including the Maker, who also makes a surprise appearance in the first issue of Future Foundation. The biggest surprise of the week comes in the other event book of the week, House of X, when longtime X-Men ally Dr. Moira MacTaggert reveals her secret mutant power of reincarnation. The top Solo Book of the Week belongs to Old Man Quill with 42 points and details the fatal ending of the remaining Guardians.

For those keeping track of their own review teams, full statistics can be found in the below character reviews. Please use these results to determine your score and support us via the Fantasy Comic League’s Patreon page to become a Sanctioned Review Agent. Make sure to tweet any questions or comments to @FantasyComicLG on Twitter while using the #FantasyComicLeague tag!

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

Absolute Carnage #1 (37)
Man-Wolf – TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man (PP)
– Crawl, Melee, Sense, Strength, Webs, TU (Venom)
Venom – Crawl, Durability, Heal, Melee, Sense, Strength, Symbiote, Weapon, Webs, TU (Spider-Man), SC, CD (Rebonds with Eddie Brock)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Creature, Durability, Heal, Melee, Possession, Strength, Symbiote, Weapon
Green Goblin – Weapon
Maker – Stretch, Tech, TU (Venom)
Aero #2 (12)
Aero – Flight, Sense, Speed, Weapon, Wind, Wind Offensive, TU (Wave)
Wave – Flight, Water, TU (Aero)
Agents of Atlas #1 (47)
3-D Man – Melee, Weapon
Aero
– Flight, Wind, Wind Offensive
Brawn – Durability, Strength, LT, SC
Crescent
Gorilla-Man – Gun, Melee, Weapon, LT
Giant-Man
Human Robot – Optics, Sense, Strength
Jimmy Woo
Luna Snow
– Ice, Ice Defensive, Ice Offensive
Namora – Flight, Melee, Strength
Shang-Chi
Silk – Webs, SC
Sword Master
Uranian – Deception, Telepathy
Venus – Sonics
Wave – Flight, Water, Water Offensive, Weapon
Black Cat #3 (7)
Black Cat – Claws, Melee, Probability, LT, DA (Xander the Merciless)
Doctor Strange
Champions #8 (25)
Dust – Sand, Sand Defensive, Sand Offensive
Ironheart – Flight, Repulsor
Nova (SA) – Energy, Energy Defensive, Flight, Melee, Suit, CD (Regains his Nova helmet), DA (Kaldera)
Power Man – Energy, Melee
Snowguard – Flight, Morph, Sense
Viv Vision – Computer, LT
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #6 (4)
Beta Ray Bill
Corsair
Rider
Starfox
Daredevil #9 (6)
Daredevil – Exploit, Melee, Sense, SC
Mr. Fantastic
Dead Man Logan #10 (12)
Forge (OM) – Vehicle, TU (Logan), CD (Dies)
Logan – Claws, Claws Offensive, TU (Forge)
Speedball (OM) – Energy
Antagonist(s)
Sabretooth (OM) – Vehicle
Future Foundation #1 (33)
Alex Power – Flight, Gravity, Gravity Offensive, TU (Yondu), LT
Artie – Telepathy, TU (Yondu)
Bentley-23 – Tech, Weapon, TU (Yondu)
Dragon Man – TU (Yondu)
Leech – TU (Yondu)
Lightspeed – Flight, Speed, TU (Nomad)
Nomad – TU (Lightspeed)
Onome – Intellect, Tech, Weapon, TU (Yondu)
Yondu – Weapon, TU (Future Foundation)
Antagonist(s)
Maker – Stretch
House of X #2 (6)
Dr. Moira MacTaggert – Assassin, Gun, Intellect, Weapon, CD (Reveals a secret history as a mutant capable of reincarnation)
Immortal Hulk #22 (22)
Absorbing Man – TU (Doc Samson)
Doc Samson – TU (Gamma Flight)
Harpy – Morph, TU (Hulk)
Hulk – Melee, Personality, Strength, TU (Harpy)
Puck – TU (Doc Samson), LT
Rick Jones – Energy, TU (Hulk), CD (Develops new abilities)
Sasquatch
Titania – TU (Doc Samson)
Invisible Woman #2 (15)
Black Widow – Agility, Espionage, Tech, TU (Invisible Woman), SC
Invisible Woman
– Deception, Espionage, Flight, Invisibility, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, TU (Black Widow)
Major X #0 (1)
Major X
Old Man Quill #8 (42)
Drax (OM) – Melee, Strength, CD (Dies), DA (Blackthorn)
Gamora (OM) – Agility, Blade, Weapon, CD (Dies), DA (Hussar)
Mantis (OM) – Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, CD (Dies), DA (Plutonia)
Rocket Raccoon (OM) – Computer, Gun, Weapon, CD (Dies), DA (Plutonia)
Silver Surfer (OM)
Star-Lord (OM) – Suit
Antagonist(s)
Gladiator (OM) – Durability, Flight, Optics, DA (Rocket Raccoon)
Hussar (OM) – Weapon, CD (Dies)
Manta (OM) – Flight
Warbird (OM) – Flight, Strength, DA (Drax)
Warstar (OM) – Melee, DA (Drax)
Punisher #14 (30)
Black Widow – Weapon, TU (Punisher), LT
Ghost Rider (DK) – Gun, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Punisher)
Moon Knight – TU (Black Widow)
Knight Thrasher – TU (Black Widow)
Punisher – Gun, Weapon, TU (Black Widow), CD (Reunites with his protege)
Antagonist(s)
Baron Zemo
Fixer – Energy
Ghost – Energy, Flight
Jigsaw
Kingpin
Moonstone – Energy
Radioactive Man – Radiation
Savage Avengers #4 (28)
Conan – Weapon, TU (Elektra)
Doctor Voodoo – Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive, Teleport, TU (Elektra)
Elektra – Blade, Gun, Weapon, TU (Punisher), LT
Punisher – Gun, Weapon, TU (Elektra)
Venom – Morph, Symbiote, TU (Elektra), SC
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, TU (Elektra)
Sensational Spider-Man: Self-Improvement #1 (8)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Melee, Sense, Tech, Webs, SC

 

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