Weekly Marvel Review: September 18, 2019 (Week 38)

“We only make peace with our enemies. That’s why it’s called making peace.” Professor Xavier accomplishes something long thought impossible when he welcomes several of the X-Men’s longtime enemies into the newly established mutant nation. All he had to do was work with a few other notable bad guys, Proteus and Mr. Sinister, to create a mutant cloning program, proving his strength to Apocalypse. The latest House of X issue not only topped the rest of the weekly books with 66 points but also blew the minds of readers. Writer Hickman redefined the concept and weight of comic book deaths when Cyclops and his team of X-Men quickly returned from the dead thanks to Professor Xavier’s use of Cerebro and a quintet of mutants, including a surprise explanation of Goldballs’ powers.

New series, Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda, kicked off by capturing the Top Team Book of the Week with 39 points. After intermediate appearances throughout the year in the Avengers title, the covert team of heroes receive their moment in the sun. The first issue mainly follows Black Panther, team leader Okoye, Wasp and Fat Cobra while the other agents are dealing with separate missions gathering intel across the globe. Janet Van Dyne factored into the Top Solo Book of the Week as well, albeit a small role. Tony Stark: Iron Man and the rest of his usual cast of characters including War Machine, Jocasta and Bethany Cabe earned 26 review points as they confronted Ultron and his devious plan to merge humans with their computer/AI/robotic counterparts!

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

Absolute Carnage #3 (29)
Captain America – TU (Venom)
Hulk – Melee, Tech, TU (Venom), CD (Bonds with the Venom symbiote)
Spider-Man (MM)
Spider-Man (PP) – TU (Venom)
Thing – TU (Venom)
Venom – Melee, Symbiote, Webs, TU (Captain America)
Wolverine – TU (Venom)
Carnage – Creature, Deception, Durability, Morph, Symbiote
Green Goblin – Heal, Strength
Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #X (25)
Cloak – TU (Iron Fist)
Dagger – Energy, TU (Iron Fist)
Firestar – Flight, TU (Iron Fist)
Iron Fist – Fist, Weapon, TU (Firestar), LT
Misty Knight – Stealth, Weapon
Morbius – TU (Iron Fist)
Carnage – Symbiote, LT
Demagoblin – Flame, Vehicle
Aero #3 (14)
Aero – Flight, Melee, Sense, Speed, Weapon, Wind, Wind Defensive, Wind Offensive, TU (Wave)
Wave – Water, Water Offensive, TU (Aero)
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #1 (39)
American Eagle – Melee
Black Panther – Melee, Sense, Tech, LT
Fat Cobra – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Sense
Gorilla Man – Tech
Ka-Zar – Creature
Man-Wolf – Melee, Morph, Vehicle, Weapon
Okoye – Blade, Melee, Tech, Weapon
Roz Solomon – Espionage
Sentry – Flight
Wasp (JvD) – Energy, Flight, Melee, Shrink, Size, Speed, LT
Dead Man Logan #11 (8)
Logan – Claws, Claws Offensive, Vehicle
Mr. Sinister (OM)
Sabretooth (OM) – Creature, LT
Death’s Head #3 (22)
Death’s Head – Blade, Gun, Melee, Weapon, TU (Hawkeye)
Hawkeye (KB) – Arrow, Exploit, Trick Arrow, TU (Death’s Head)
Hulkling – Flight, Melee, TU (Death’s Head)
Wiccan – Flight, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Teleport, TU (Death’s Head)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #12 (10)
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch
Spider-Man (PP) – Crawl, Sense, Webs, SC
Guardians of the Galaxy #9 (24)
Drax – CD (Returns from the dead)
– Melee, Stretch, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Magus – Telekinesis
Moondragon – Energy, Telepathy, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Rocket Raccoon – Tech, Weapon, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Star-Lord – Melee, Will Power
Cosmo – Telepathy
Patriarch – Computer, Possession
History of the Marvel Universe #3 (2)
House of X #5 (66)
Apocalypse – CD (Makes peace with Professor X and the X-Men)
– CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Black Tom Cassidy
Cyclops – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Elixir – Biokinetics, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Emma Frost – Telapathy
Goldballs – Biokinetics, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Hope – Exploit, Tech, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Husk – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Jean Grey – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Lady Mastermind
M – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Mr. Sinister
Mystique – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Nightcrawler – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Professor X – Tech, Telepathy, CD (Reveals how he can restore the X-Men back to life)
Proteus – Energy, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Sage – Computer
Sebastian Shaw
Tempus – Chronokinetics, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Wolverine – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #7 (5)
Ms. Marvel – Fist, Melee, Stretch, Suit
Savage Sword of Conan #9 (6)
Conan – Blade, Durability, Melee, Weapon, Will Power
Tony Stark: Iron Man #16 (26)
Bethany Cabe – Deception, Tech
Iron Man – Flight, Intellect, Suit, TU (Machine Man), LT
Machine Man – Melee, Stretch, TU (Iron Man)
War Machine – Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Machine Man)
Wasp (JvD)
Ultron – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee
Wonder Man
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #3 (11)
Heimdall – Creature, Weapon, TU (Valkyrie)
Valkyrie (JF) – Arrow, Creature, Flight, Weapon. TU (Heimdall)
Grim Reaper


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