Weekly Marvel Review: October 16, 2019 (Week 42)

Not content on just serving as the Avengers’ chairman, Black Panther also employs a team of heroes to gather information for him. However, running both teams has its benefits, such as being able to call on the A-list heroes to aid the Agents of Wakanda. In the second issue of Wakanda, Thor lends a hammer and a hand in the fight against Sentry. Doctor Strange and Abigail Brand also make an appearance to give the issue a 43-point review score and earn the Top Book of the Week. The team title beats out the first issue of the latest X-Men series which lays out the new status quo, and potentially provocative living arrangements, for the Summers Clan. Cyclops and family, plus Wolverine, score 34 points in the premiere.

With House of X/Powers of X in the rear view mirror, Absolute Carnage stands out as the main ongoing event, but none of its four books are enough to outright beat Contagion for the Event Book of the Week. The titular contagion fails to claim any more heroes, but it does feature 20 individual characters for a total review score of 35. Absolute Carnage and the Avengers, Scream and Deadpool tie-ins average 30 points with the main book topping out at 35. Captain America‘s 18 points secure the Top Solo Book of the Week thanks in large part to his continued team-up with the Daughters of Liberty.

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 #4 (35)
Captain America – Melee, Shield, TU (Venom), LT
Hulk – Melee, Morph
Spider-Man (MM) – Melee, TU (Venom)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, TU (Venom)
Thing – TU (Venom)
Venom – Melee, Morph, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), LT, CD (Bonds with the Symbiote Codices)
Wolverine – TU (Venom)
Carnage – Creature, Durability, Melee, Morph, Symbiote, CD (Bonds with the Venom symbiote), DA (Hulk)
Green Goblin – Weapon
Absolute Carnage: Avengers #1 (32)
Captain America – Melee, Shield, Shied Defensive, Shield Offensive, Vehicle, TU (Spider-Man), LT, SC
Hawkeye (CB) – Arrow, Espionage, Trick Arrow, Vehicle, TU (Captain America), SC
Spider-Man (PP) – Crawl, Melee, Webs, TU (Captain America), SC
Thing – Melee, Tech, TU (Spider-Man), SC
Wolverine – Melee, Sense, TU (Spider-Man), SC
Absolute Carnage: Scream #3 (20)
Mania – Ensnare, Flames, Hair, Heal, Webs, CD (Bonds with the Scream symbiote)
Scream – Claws, Crawl, Hair, Symbiote, CD (Dies)
Carnage – Blade, Durability, Melee, Symbiote, Weapon, DA (Scream)
Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #3 (25)
Deadpool – Blade, Creative KO, Explosive, Gun, Heal, Melee, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Carnage)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Webs, TU (Deadpool)
Carnage – Melee, Symbiote
Green Goblin – Blade, Claws, Heal, Melee, Symbiote, Weapon, DA (Spider-Man)
Aero #4 (15)
Aero – Flight, Melee, Sense, Wind, Wind Defensive, Wind Offensive, TU (Wave), SC
Wave – Flight, Water, Water Defensive, Water Offensive, TU (Aero)
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #2 (43)
Abigail Brand
Black Panther
– Melee, Suit, TU (Thor), LT
Doctor Strange – Magic
Fat Cobra – Durability, Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive, Melee, TU (Thor), CD (Consumes the Void), DA (Sentry)
Okoye – Melee, Weapon, TU (Thor)
Thor – Durability, Lightning, Mjolnir, Weapon, TU (Agents of Wakanda)
Wasp (JvD) – Energy, Flight, Melee, Shrink, Size, TU (Thor)
Sentry – Durability, Flight, Melee, Optics, Speed, Strength, CD (Separated from the Void)
Captain America #15 (18)
Agent 13 – TU (Captain America)
Captain America – Melee, Shield, TU (Daughters of Liberty)
Echo – TU (Captain America)
Iron Patriot – Computer, TU (Captain America)
Misty Knight – Melee, TU (Captain America)
Spider-Woman – Energy, Melee, TU (Captain America)
Captain Marvel #11 (16)
Captain Marvel – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, TU (Hazmat), SC, DA (Star)
Hazmat – Radiation, TU (Captain Marvel)
Iron Man – Flight, Suit
War Machine
Contagion #3 (35)
Black Panther
Black Tarantula – TU (Elektra)
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Doctor Strange
Elektra – TU (Punisher)
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Iron Fist – TU (Thing)
Iron Man – Flight, Intellect, Suit, TU (Thing)
Jessica Jones – Melee, TU (Sparrow)
Luke Cage
Moon Knight
Mr. Fantastic
Punisher – TU (Elektra)
Thing – Durability, Melee, Strength, TU (Iron Fist)
White Tiger – TU (Elektra)
Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (14)
Magus – Telepathy, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Moondragon – Telepathy, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Rocket Raccoon – Suit, Vehicle, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy), LT
History of the Marvel Universe #4 (2)
Savage Sword of Conan #X (4)
Conan – Blade, Melee, Weapon
X-Men #1 (34)
Cyclops – Optics, Optics Offensive, Sense, LT, SC, CD (Establishes a home for his family in the Blue Area of the Moon)
Dr. Cecilia Reyes
Jean Grey
Kid Cable
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics, LT, SC
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, SC
Professor X
Storm – Lightning, Rain, Weather, SC
Omega Sentinel

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