Weekly Marvel Review: August 14, 2019 (Week 33)

In the Marvel Universe, characters change their titles and roles faster than the Silver Surfer speeds across the cosmos. The Surfer and the position of Herald of Galactus play a role in three of the 20 books to score points in the Fantasy Comic League review system. Surprisingly, Silver Surfer: The Prodigal Sun, the second chapter in the mini series, manages to earn the Event Book of the Week with 13 points, besting the latest entries in the Absolute Carnage and Powers of X events. In Prodigal Sun, the mysterious title character recalls a past defeat at the hands of Silver Surfer and his master Galactus. In Silver Surfer: Black, Norrin Radd imagines himself as the Destroyer of Worlds and in Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme recreates the Marvel Universe before convincing a recent adversary into becoming Galactus’ new herald.

Other role and name changes of note include Trish Robertson becoming the new Scream in the Absolute Carnage tie-in, Aaron Davis taking up the Prowler mantle once more in Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Hobbie Brown, the original Prowler, accepting a new role as head of Fairgray Pay in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. In one of two top Solo Books of the Week, Abigail Brand takes over as the head of Alpha Flight in Captain Marvel. It ties with Amazing Spider-Man‘s 23 review points. The overall Top Book and Top Team Book of the Week belong to the Invaders and features a character claiming a new identity as well. Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, changes his name to Iron Torch after receiving an upgraded body from Tony Stark. Invaders scores 28 points.

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

Absolute Carnage: Scream #1 (8)
Mania – Flames
Carnage (No appearance) – Creature
Scream – Gun, Symbiote, Weapon, CD (Bonds with Trish Robertson)
Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (4)
Valeria – Blade, Melee, Weapon
Amazing Spider-Man #27 (23)
Boomerang – Melee, Projectile, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Sense, Webs, TU (Boomerang)
Beetle – Flight, Tech, LT, DA (Boomerang)
Lady Octopus – Suit, DA (Boomerang)
White Rabbit – Melee, Weapon, DA (Boomerang)
Captain Marvel #9 (23)
Abigail Brand – CD (Assumes command of Alpha Flight)
Captain Marvel – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Strength, TU (War Machine), LT, SC, CD (Relinquishes command of Alpha Flight)
Doctor Minerva
Iron Man – Computer, Flight, TU (Spider-Woman)
Spider-Woman – Espionage, Vehicle, TU (Iron Man)
War Machine – TU (Captain Marvel), SC
Conan the Barbarian: Exodus #X (5)
Conan – Blade, Creature, Projectile, Weapon
Doctor Strange #17 (20)
Black Bolt

Doctor Strange – Magic, Magic Defensive, Teleport, TU (Mephisto), CD (Recreates history)
Scarlet Witch
Spider-Man (PP)
Mephisto – Deception, TU (Doctor Strange)
Fantastic Four #13 (16)
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Mr. Fantastic
Thing – Durability, Melee, Strength, Will Power, DA (Hulk)
Hulk – Durability, Melee, Strength, DA (Puppet Master)
Puppet Master – Possession
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #10 (16)
Iron Man – Business, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Mr. Minth)
Prowler (HB) – Melee, Suit, CD (Assumes leadership of Fairgray Pay)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Strength, Webs, WIll Power, TU (Iron Man), LT, DA (Mr. Minth)
Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (6)
Gwenpool – Fourth Wall, Weapon
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Radioactive Man
Invaders #8 (28)
Black Panther – Computer, TU (Captain America)
Captain America – TU (Black Panther)
Human Torch (JH) – Flight, CD (Adopts the Iron Torch title)
Iron Man
Invisible Woman – Ensnare, Invisibility, Telekinesis, TU (Winter Soldier)
Shuri – Intellect, TU (Captain America)
Toro – Flight
Winter Soldier – Weapon, TU (Invisible Woman)
Namor – Artifact, Durability, Flight, Melee, Water
Ironheart #9 (20)
Ironheart – Computer, Repulsor, Strength, Suit, TU (Shuri), SC
Iron Man – Computer, Flight
Shuri – Computer, Flight, Sense, Tech, TU (Ironheart), SC
Silhouette – Stealth
Loki #2 (11)
Iron Man – Computer, Tech
Loki – Teleport
Nightmare – Flight, Morph, Sense, Teleport
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #9 (12)
Prowler (AD) – Crawl, Invisibility, Melee, Sense, Suit, TU (Spider-Man), CD (Resumes his Prowler identity)
Spider-Man (MM) – Melee, Sense, TU (Prowler)
Powers of X #2 (10)

Dr. Moria MacTaggert

Professor X – Telepathy
Nimrod – Assassin, Energy
Punisher Kill Krew #1 (8)
Doctor Strange – Magic
– Explosive, Gun, Vehicle, Weapon, SC
Silver Surfer: Black #3 (10)
Ego – TU (Silver Surfer)
Silver Surfer – Durability, Energy, Melee, Morph, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Ego)
Silver Surfer: The Prodigal Sun #1 (13)
Mr. Fantastic – Computer
Silver Surfer
– Durability, Energy, Melee, Sense, Speed, Vehicle
Thing – Vehicle
Galactus – Melee
Sword Master #2 (10)
Shang-Chi – Sense, Weapon, TU (Sword Master), LT
Sword Master – Blade, Weapon, TU (Shang-Chi)
Symbiote Spider-Man #X (18)
Black Cat – Melee, Probability, Tech, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Mysterio)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Webs, TU (Black Cat)
Mysterio – Creature, Deception, Energy, Flame, Melee, Teleport
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #47 (16)
Squirrel Girl – Creature, Intellect, Melee, DA (Leader)
Baron Mordo
Boomerang – Weapon
Doctor Doom
Fin Fang Foom
Swarm – Melee


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