Weekly Marvel Review: January 01, 2020 (Week 01)

Event Book of the Week: Tarot #1
Writer: Alan Davis; Art Team: Paul Renaud and Paul Mounts

The Defenders and the Avengers face a diabolical threat in the past. Doctor Strange and his teammates save a group of civilians from minor villain Cyrus Black and the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog but trace the source of the magic back to Avengers Mansion. There they must save Captain America and the Avengers from a rampaging Vision, but all is not as it seems when Diablo reveals that he is manipulating Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the help of the mysterious Ichor. Twelve characters appear for a review score of 54 points.

Team Book of the Week: Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #5
Writer: Jim Zub; Art Team: Scot Eaton, Sean Parsons, Marcio Menyz and Erick Arciniega

The robot revolution spreads throughout the Marvel Universe and the Agents of Wakanda are the latest crew to rage against the machines. The Livewires, a team of renegade androids, return to claim a cache of S.H.I.E.L.D. technology and they’re not the only ones after it. Deadpool proves to be a thorn in Black Panther’s side once more after recently stealing a Black Panther suit and Wakanda’s mountain of vibranium. Six characters appear for a review score of 29 points.

Solo Book of the Week: Thor #1
Writer: Donny Cates; Art Team: Nic Klein and Matthew Wilson

How do you follow up an enormously successful run of one of your biggest characters? Give one of your biggest up and coming writers the reigns for the next series. Donny Cates picks up where Jason Aaron left off with All-Father Thor letting the ten realms know that he’s in charge. The peace does not last long as Galactus crashes down in Asgard and warns of the approaching Black Winter. To combat the threat, Thor receives a cosmic upgrade and becomes the Herald of Thunder. Fifteen characters appear for a review score of 26 points.

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

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #5 (29)
Black Panther – Claws, Melee, LT
Deadpool – Durability, Gun, Heal, Tech
Doctor Nemesis – Gun, Intellect, Weapon
Okoye – Tech, Weapon
Roz Solomon – Flight, Gun, Melee, Suit, Weapon
Wasp (JvD) – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Shrink, Size, Suit
Daredevil #16 (13)
Daredevil – Melee, Sense, Stealth, Weapon, TU (Elektra)
Elektra – Computer, Stealth, TU (Daredevil), CD (Relearns Daredevil’s secret identity)
Antagonist(s)
Hammerhead
Kingpin
Doctor Doom #4 (16)
Blue Marvel
Doctor Doom – Computer, Magic, Melee, Weapon, DA (Taskmaster)
Silver Sable – Gun, Melee
Antagonist(s)
M.O.D.O.K. – Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy
Taskmaster – Blade, Weapon
Hawkeye: Freefall #1 (15)
Falcon (SW) – TU (Hawkeye)
Hawkeye (CB) – Arrow, Melee, TU (Falcon), CD (Reveals a romantic relationship with Night Nurse)
Night Nurse – CD (Reveals a romantic relationship with Hawkeye)
Winter Soldier – Gun, Melee, TU (Hawkeye)
Antagonist(s)
Hood – Morph
Marauders #X (20)
Bishop – Gun
Emma Frost – Business
Iceman – Ice
Kate Pryde – Intangibility Defensive, Vehicle
Pixie – Flight
Pyro
Sebastian Shaw – Business
Storm – Flight, Lightning, Melee, Weapon, Wind
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #14 (11)
Spider-Man (MM) – Energy, Invisibility, Melee, Sense, Webs, DA (Green Goblin)
Antagonist(s)
Green Goblin (Ult) – Melee, Strength, Weapon
Punisher: Soviet #3 (1)
Punisher (MAX)
Sword Master #7 (3)
Sword Master – Blade, Melee
Tarot #1 (54)
Captain America – Computer, Melee, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, LT
Doctor Strange – Flight, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Telepathy, Teleport, LT, SC, DA (Cyrus Black)
Hulk – Melee, Strength, SC
Human Torch (JH) – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight
Iron Man – Flight, Repulsor, Tech
Namor – Flight, Melee, Strength, SC
Scarlet Witch – Magic
Silver Surfer – Sense, Vehicle, SC
Thor – Lightning, Melee, Mjolnir, Weapon
Valkyrie – Melee, SC
Vision – Flight, Intangibility, Melee
Antagonist(s)
Diablo – Possession
Thor #1 (26)
Balder
Captain America
Fandral
Ghost Rider (RR)
Hogun
Iron Man – Flight, Repulsor
Lady Sif
Loki
Nova (FR) – Flight
Rider
She-Hulk
Silver Surfer – Energy, Flight, Intangibility
Thor – Flight, Lightning, Mjolnir, CD (Becomes a new Herald of Galactus)
Volstagg
Antagonist(s)
Galactus – Cosmic
Web of Black Widow #5 (23)
Black Widow – Agility, Melee, Weapon, TU (Iron Man), DA (Headmistress)
Black Widow (YB) – Gun, TU (Black Widow)
Captain America – Shield Offensive, TU (Black Widow)
Hawkeye (CB) – Arrow, TU (Black Widow)
Iron Man – Flight, Suit, Tech, TU (Black Widow)
Winter Soldier – Gun, TU (Black Widow)
X-Men #4 (12)
Apocalypse
Cyclops – Melee, Optics, Optics Offensive
Gorgon – Blade
Magneto – Magnetics
Professor X – Telepathy, LT

 

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