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)
Antagonist(s)
Doom (2099) – Energy, Magic, DA (Uatu)
Agents of Atlas #5 (24)
Aero
Brawn – Melee, Strength, LT
Crescent
Jimmy Woo
Namor – Creature, Will Power
Shang-Chi – Computer
Silk – Crawl, Melee, Sense, Webs
Sword Master – Blade, Weapon
Wave
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)
Antagonist(s)
Chameleon
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)
Antagonist(s)
Blastaar
Sentry – Flight, Melee, Optics, Speed, Strength
Avengers #28 (36)
Black Widow – Tech, Vehicle, CD (Rejoins the Avengers)
Blade
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
Antagonist(s)
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
Okoye
Shuri
Antagonist(s)
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)
Antagonist(s)
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)
Gloriana
Jubilee – Energy, Melee, CD (Joins Excalibur)
Monarch
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
Leech
Lightspeed – Flight, Speed, LT
Lyja the Lazerfist – Morph, CD (Joins the Future Foundation)
Nomad – CD (Joins the Future Foundation)
Onome
Ghost-Spider #5 (8)
Ghost-Spider – Crawl, Melee, Webs
Antagonist(s)
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)
Ch’od
Corsair
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)
Rider
Rocket Raccoon – Tech, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy), DA (Patriarch)
Silver Surfer
Star-Lord – Weapon, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Terrax
Antagonist(s)
Patriarch
Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (28)
Atlas
Black Cat
Black Panther

Captain America
Captain Marvel
Gwenpool – Fourth Wall, Melee, CD (Learns she is potentially a mutant)
Hawkeye (KB)
Hulk
Iron Man
Kid Omega
Ms. America
Ms. Marvel – Fist, Grow, Size, Stretch, DA (Gwenpool)
Punisher
She-Hulk
Spider-Man (MM)
Spider-Woman (JD)
Thor
Tigra
Wasp (NvD)
Wolverine
History of the Marvel Universe #6 (2)
Galactus
Powerhouse
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)
Balder
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)
Thor
Valkyrie (JF) – Creature
Marauders #4 (17)
Bishop – Gun, Weapon, CD (Joins the Marauders)
Iceman
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)
Angel
Armor
Beak
Boom-Boom – Energy
Glob
Match
Pixie
Sage – Computer
Shark-Girl
Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (23)
Cammi – Gun, Melee, Suit, Weapon
Gladiator
– Flight
Punisher – Blade, Explosive, Gun, Weapon
Rider – Cosmic, Demonic, Durability, Flames, Gun, Heal, Melee, Morph, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Mephisto
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)
Thor
Vision
War Machine
Wasp (JvD) – TU (Iron Man)
Wonder Man
Antagonist(s)
Ultron – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight
X-Force #4 (30)
Apocalypse
Beast – Computer, Intellect
Cypher
Domino
Emma Frost
Exodus
Forge – Weapon
Jean Grey – Computer, Flight, Telekinesis, Telepathy
Kid Omega
Magneto
Mr. Sinister
Multiple Man (No Appearance) – Creature
Mystique
Nightcrawler
Professor X
Sage – Intellect, Telepathy
Sebastian Shaw
Storm
Wolverine – Claws, LT

 

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