Weekly Marvel Review: December 18, 2019 (Week 51)

Event Book of the Week: Annihilation – Scourge: Omega #1
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg; Art Team: Manuel Garcia, Rafael Fonteriz, Wayne Faucher, Manuel Garcia, Federico Blee, Rachelle Rosenberg and Erick Arciniega

The Negative Zone and the Fantastic Four prepare for their defeat at the hands of the Void and his Cancerverse invading army, but a hero all too familiar with the Cancerverse returns with reinforcements. Nova, Richard Rider, rallies a host of cosmic allies to turn the tide and save the day. Rider makes the ultimate sacrifice by absorbing the Cancerverse but an unlikely ally, Annihilus, returns Nova to life at the behest of Silver Surfer. Thirty-seven characters appear in the finale of the event for a review score of 136 points.

Team Book of the Week:Guardians of the Galaxy #12
Writer: Donny Cates; Art Team: Cory Smith, Victor Olazaba and David Curiel

Rocket Raccoon and his master engineering skills stand alone against the Universal Church of Truth. Before Patriarch’s machine can consume Earth, Rocket frees his allies and they put an end to the Church’s influence. After they win the battle, the Guardians rally together in support of saving Rocket’s life. Twenty-three characters appear for a review score of 60 points.

Solo Book of the Week: Gwenpool Strikes Back #5
Writer: Leah Williams; Art Team: David Baldeón, Jesus Aburtov and Guru-eFX

Gwen’s last ditch effort to remain relevant and convince Marvel editorial to keep her around reaches an existential conclusion. With the help of Ms. Marvel, Gwen considers her origin and the source of her abilities. Could she be a mutant? It’s not confirmed, but by the end of the issue she does walk through a Krakoan door to reunite with her mutant love interest, Kid Omega. Twenty characters appear for a review score of 28 points.

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

2099 Omega #1 (9)
Spider-Man (2099) – CD (Learns he is responsible for restoring the differing 2099 timelines)
Uatu the Watcher (2099) – Sense, CD (Dies)
Doom (2099) – Energy, Magic, DA (Uatu)
Agents of Atlas #5 (24)
Brawn – Melee, Strength, LT
Jimmy Woo
Namor – Creature, Will Power
Shang-Chi – Computer
Silk – Crawl, Melee, Sense, Webs
Sword Master – Blade, Weapon
White Fox – Melee, Morph
Amazing Spider-Man #36 (17)
Silver Sable
Spider-Man (2099)
Spider-Man (PP)
– Durability, Intellect, Strength, Tech, Weapon, Webs, DA (Doctor Doom)
Doctor Doom – Creature, Energy, Flight, Melee, Suit
Annihilation – Scourge Omega #1 (136)
Annihilus – Tech, TU (Human Torch), CD (Returns Nova to life)
Aquarian – TU (Nova)
Beta Ray Bill – Flight, Lightning, Melee, TU (Human Torch)
Bug – Weapon, TU (Nova)
Captain Marvel – Energy, Flight, Melee, TU (Nova)
Ch’od – Melee, TU (Nova)
Cloak – Flight, TU (Nova)
Corsair – Weapon, TU (Nova)
Cosmo – TU (Nova)
Dagger – TU (Nova)
Darkhawk – Flight, Melee, Weapon, TU (Nova)
Firelord – Flight, TU (Nova)
Firestar – Flight, TU (Nova)
Gladiator – Flight, Melee, TU (Nova)
Hepzibah – TU (Nova)
Human Torch – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, TU (Silver Surfer), LT
Invisible Woman – Flight, Invisibility, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, TU (Silver Surfer)
Justice – Flight, Melee, TU (Nova)
Lockjaw – Melee, TU (Human Torch)
Marvel Boy – Flight, TU (Nova)
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch, TU (Silver Surfer)
Nova (FR) – Energy, Flight, TU (Nova)
Nova (RR) – Energy, Flight, Speed, TU (Nova), LT, CD (Sacrifices his life to defeat the Cancerverse), DA (Cancerverse)
Nova (SA) – Energy, Flight, TU (Nova)
Pip the Troll – TU (Nova)
Quasar – Energy, Flight, Melee, TU (Nova)
Rage – TU (Nova)
Raza – Weapon, TU (Nova)
Rom – TU (Nova)
Silver Surfer – Energy, Speed, Vehicle, TU (Human Torch), DA (Sentry)
Smasher – Flight, Melee, TU (Nova)
Speedball – TU (Nova)
Thing – Melee, Will Power, TU (Silver Surfer), LT
Thunderstrike (KM) – Flight, Weapon, TU (Nova)
Uranian – Energy, Flight, TU (Nova)
Sentry – Flight, Melee, Optics, Speed, Strength
Avengers #28 (36)
Black Widow – Tech, Vehicle, CD (Rejoins the Avengers)
Captain America – Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, Weapon
Captain Marvel
Ghost Rider (RR) – Demonic, Vehicle, Weapon
Iron Man – Flight, Repulsor
Odin – Mjolnir
She-Hulk – Energy
Thor – Melee
Firelord – Flight, TU (Silver Surfer)
Silver Surfer – Energy, Intangibility, Vehicle, TU (Firelord), LT
Terrax – Flight, TU (Silver Surfer)
Black Panther #19 (10)
Black Panther – Energy, Melee, Sense, Suit, LT
Killmonger – CD (Returns with the N’Jadaka symbiote)
Conan: Serpent War #2 (16)
Conan – Blade, Creature, Melee, Weapon, TU (Dark Agnes)
Moon Knight – Melee, Strength, Weapon, TU (Solomon Kane)
Solomon Kane – Blade, Gun, Weapon, TU (Moon Knight)
Daredevil #15 (16)
Daredevil – Sense, Stealth, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Elektra)
Elektra – Blade, Stealth, Tech, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Daredevil)
Kingpin – Durability, Melee
Excalibur #4 (26)
Apocalypse – LT, CD (Joins Excalibur)
Captain Britain (Psylocke) – Shield, Telekinesis, CD (Joins Excalibur)
Gambit – Energy, Energy Offensive, Thief, CD (Joins Excalibur)
Jubilee – Energy, Melee, CD (Joins Excalibur)
Pete Wisdom
Rictor – Geokinetics, Geokinetics Offensive, Sense, Vibrations, Vibrations Offensive, CD (Joins Excalibur)
Fallen Angels #4 (7)
Cable (Young)
Psylocke – Telepathy, TU (X-23)
X-23 – Tech, TU (Psylocke)
Future Foundation #5 (19)
Alex Power – Gravity, LT
Artie Maddicks – Telepathy
Bentley-23 – Tech
Dragon Man
Lightspeed – Flight, Speed, LT
Lyja the Lazerfist – Morph, CD (Joins the Future Foundation)
Nomad – CD (Joins the Future Foundation)
Ghost-Spider #5 (8)
Ghost-Spider – Crawl, Melee, Webs
Jackal – Claws, Melee, DA (Miles Warren)
Guardians of the Galaxy #12 (60)
Beta Ray Bill – Flight, Weapon, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Bug – TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Darkhawk – Flight, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Firelord – Flight, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Gamora – Weapon, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Groot – Size, Stretch, Weapon, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Lockjaw – TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Magus – Energy, Flight, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Major Victory – Flight, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Mantis – Telepathy, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Moondragon – Energy, Flight, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Nebula – TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Quasar – Flight, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Phyla Vell – Energy, Flight, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Raza – TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Rocket Raccoon – Tech, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy), DA (Patriarch)
Silver Surfer
Star-Lord – Weapon, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (28)
Black Cat
Black Panther

Captain America
Captain Marvel
Gwenpool – Fourth Wall, Melee, CD (Learns she is potentially a mutant)
Hawkeye (KB)
Iron Man
Kid Omega
Ms. America
Ms. Marvel – Fist, Grow, Size, Stretch, DA (Gwenpool)
Spider-Man (MM)
Spider-Woman (JD)
Wasp (NvD)
History of the Marvel Universe #6 (2)
Invaders #12 (37)
Captain America – Melee, Shield, Vehicle, TU (Namor)
Iron Torch – Computer, Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, TU (Namor)
Namor – Flight, Melee, Will Power, TU (Captain America), DA (Machan)
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs, SC
Spitfire – Flight, Melee, Speed, Vehicle, TU (Namor)
Thing – Strength, SC
Toro – Flames, Flight, Melee, TU (Namor)
Winter Soldier – Vehicle, TU (Namor)
King Thor #4 (12)
King Thor
– Flight, Lightning, Mjolnir, Weapon, CD (Sacrifices himself to fend off entropy at the end of time)
Lady Sif – CD (Becomes the new Guardian of the Bifrost)
Valkyrie (JF) – Creature
Marauders #4 (17)
Bishop – Gun, Weapon, CD (Joins the Marauders)
Kate Pryde – Intangibility, Intangibility Defensive, Intangibility Offensive, Melee
Pyro – Flames
Storm – Flight, Lightning, Weather, SC
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity #5 (6)
Spider-Man (GV) – Crawl, Intellect, Speed, Tech, Webs
New Mutants #4 (11)
Boom-Boom – Energy
Sage – Computer
Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (23)
Cammi – Gun, Melee, Suit, Weapon
– Flight
Punisher – Blade, Explosive, Gun, Weapon
Rider – Cosmic, Demonic, Durability, Flames, Gun, Heal, Melee, Morph, Weapon
Runaways #28 (12)
Chase Stein – Weapon
Gert Yorkes – Creature
Karolina Dean – Energy, Flight
Molly Hayes
Nico Minoru – Melee, Weapon
Victor Mancha
Scream: Curse of Carnage #2 (4)
Scream – Crawl, Hair, Symbiote
Tony Stark: Iron Man #19 (24)
Bethany Cabe
Black Panther
Captain Marvel
Iron Man – Flight, Intellect, Melee, TU (Wasp), LT, DA (Ultron)
Jocasta – TU (Wasp)
Machine Man – TU (Wasp)
War Machine
Wasp (JvD) – TU (Iron Man)
Wonder Man
Ultron – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight
X-Force #4 (30)
Beast – Computer, Intellect
Emma Frost
Forge – Weapon
Jean Grey – Computer, Flight, Telekinesis, Telepathy
Kid Omega
Mr. Sinister
Multiple Man (No Appearance) – Creature
Professor X
Sage – Intellect, Telepathy
Sebastian Shaw
Wolverine – Claws, LT


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