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)
Scorpion
Spider-Man (MM)
Spider-Man (PP) – TU (Venom)
Thing – TU (Venom)
Venom – Melee, Symbiote, Webs, TU (Captain America)
Wolverine – TU (Venom)
Antagonist(s)
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)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Symbiote, LT
Demagoblin – Flame, Vehicle
Man-Wolf
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
Broo
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
Antagonist(s)
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
Thing
Guardians of the Galaxy #9 (24)
Drax – CD (Returns from the dead)
Groot
– 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
Antagonist(s)
Cosmo – Telepathy
Patriarch – Computer, Possession
History of the Marvel Universe #3 (2)
Galactus
Powerhouse
House of X #5 (66)
Apocalypse – CD (Makes peace with Professor X and the X-Men)
Archangel
– CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Beast
Black Tom Cassidy
Callisto
Cyclops – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Cypher
Daken
Elixir – Biokinetics, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Emma Frost – Telapathy
Emplate
Exodus
Forearm
Frenzy
Glob
Goldballs – Biokinetics, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Gorgon
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)
Magneto
Marrow
Masque
Mentallo
Mesmero
Mr. Sinister
Mystique – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Nightcrawler – CD (Returns to life in a cloned body)
Polaris
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)
Random
Sage – Computer
Sebastian Shaw
Selene
Storm
Tempus – Chronokinetics, CD (Works as a member of The Five to preserve mutant legacies)
Wildside
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
Jocasta
Machine Man – Melee, Stretch, TU (Iron Man)
War Machine – Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Machine Man)
Wasp (JvD)
Antagonist(s)
Gauntlet
Ultron – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee
Vision
Wonder Man
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #3 (11)
Heimdall – Creature, Weapon, TU (Valkyrie)
Valkyrie (JF) – Arrow, Creature, Flight, Weapon. TU (Heimdall)
Antagonist(s)
Grim Reaper

 

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