Weekly Marvel Review: January 06, 2021 (Week 01)

A new year means rebirth. A fresh start and new beginnings. The Eternals represent all of those things. The creative team of Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic launch the latest series for the cosmic heroes in advance of The Eternals’ cinematic debut in 2021 (pandemic permitting) with an issue that scores 27 points. Ikaris leads the way for that team and earns 10 points in the first issue of the new run.

Book the Week – M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #2 (Review score: 73 points). M.O.D.O.K., the human-turned-giant head/computer flashes a wide array of powers for the second issue in a row when teaming up with Iron Man to infiltrate the Criminal Technology Show. Their mission: to reacquire the Starkwiz machine that was stolen by A.I.M. in the first issue. The only thing standing in their way is nearly three dozen villains attending the CTE expo in Las Vegas.

Antagonist of the Week – M.O.D.O.K. (Review score: 13 points). M.O.D.O.K. knows a lot about killing, it’s in his name. And he has a variety of ways of doing it. In five Appearances in 2020, he averaged 6 Powers/Appearance. In 2021, he’s firing out of the gate with 10 Powers in his first Appearance. M.O.D.O.K. bests Octavia Vermis in her Fantasy Comic League review score debut. Vermis earns 10 points and, like M.O.D.O.K., teams up with a nemesis.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Woman (Review score: 15 points). Jessica Drew continues the Fantasy Comic League surge she started in 2020 and claims the top title for the heroes in the first week of 2021. In her quest to cure herself and her niece, she rages against her closest allies and joins forces with her tormentor in her solo title. Spider-Woman adds an additional point in Amazing Spider-Man as a member of the Order of the Web.

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

Week 2 >

Amazing Spider-Man #56 (39)
Ghost-Spider
Madame Web
Silk
Spider-Girl
Spider-Man (MM)
Spider-Man (PP) – LT
Spider-Woman
Antagonist(s)
Count Nefaria
Green Goblin – Deception, Melee, TU (Kingpin), LT, DA (Kindred)
Juggernaut – Strength
Kindred – Melee, Strength
Kingpin – TU (Green Goblin), LT, DA (Kindred)
Living Laser – Energy
Morlun
Mr. Negative
Overdrive – Morph, Vehicle
Spot – Energy Offensive, Ensnare, Tech, TU (Kingpin), DA (Kindred)
Whirlwind – Flight
Eternals #1 (27)
Druig
Ikaris – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Strength, SC, CD (Reborn), DA (Deviant)
Iron Man – Flight
Phastos – CD (Reborn)
Sprite – Deception, Magic, Teleport, SC, CD (Reborn)
Zuras – Business, LT, CD (Reborn and dies)
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – CD (Reborn)
Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (41)
Apollo
Athena
Groot
Hera
Hercules
Hermes
Marvel Boy
Moondragon – Sense, Telepathy, Will Power, DA (Symbiote Dragon)
Nova (RR) – Energy, Flight, Will Power, LT, DA (Symbiote Dragon)
Phyla-Vell – Blade, Energy, Flight, Will Power, DA (Symiote Dragon)
Rocket Raccoon – Sense
Star-Lord – Cosmic, Energy, Flames, Gun, Suit, LT, CD (Returns to his teammates), DA (Symbiote Dragon)
Zeus
Antagonist(s)
Knull – Creature, Ensnare, Telepathy
Super-Skrull
Hellions #8 (25)
Havok – Energy Offensive, DA (The Right’s robots)
Psylocke – Blade, Computer, Weapon, LT, DA (The Right’s robots)
Antagonist(s)
Empath – Deception, Telepathy, DA (The Right’s robots)
Greycrow – Gun, DA (The Right’s robots)
Nanny – Melee, Vehicle, LT, DA (The Right’s robots)
Wild Child – Claws, Claws Offensive, DA (The Right’s robots)
Iron Man #5 (31)
Frog Man – TU (Iron Man)
Gargoyle – TU (Iron Man)
Hellcat – Melee
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Strength, TU (Misty Knight), LT
Misty Knight – Sleuth, TU (Iron Man)
Scarlet Spider – TU (Iron Man)
War Machine
Antagonist(s)
Blizzard – TU (Korvac)
Controller – TU (Korvac)
Korvac – Durability, Melee, Telepathy, Teleport, TU (Controller), LT
Unicorn – TU (Korvac)
Juggernaut #5 (11)
Professor X – Telepathy
Antagonist(s)
Arnim Zola – Tech
Black Tom Cassidy
Juggernaut – Durability, Melee, Strength, DA (Prison guards)
Quicksand
King in Black: Return of the Valkyries #1 (14)
Sentry – Melee
Valkyrie (JF) – Blade, Blunt, Creature, Flight, Sense, Weapon, Whip
Valkyrie (TT) – Blunt, Creature, Whip
M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #2 (73)
Gwenpool – Fourth Wall
Hawkeye (CB) – DA (Taskmaster)
Iron Man – Deception, Intellect, Tech, TU (M.O.D.O.K.)
Krakoa
Wonder Man – DA (Taskmaster)
Antagonist(s)
Armadillo – Melee
Baron Zemo – Melee
Black Ant – Flight, Size
Bonebreaker
Bushmaster
Controller
Cottonmouth
Count Nefaria
Crossbones
Crossfire
Dr. Monica Rappaccini – Tech
Griffin – Melee
Hood
King Cobra
Lady Deathstrike
Loki – Deception
M.O.D.O.K. – Blade, Blunt, Computer, Creature, Deception, Flight, Melee, Tech, Telekinesis Offensive, Weapon, TU (Iron Man), DA (Serpent Society)
Mad Thinker
Man-Bull
Master of the World
Mojo
Moonstone
Mr. Sinister
Mysterio
Nighthawk
Poundcakes
Puff Adder
Red Ghost
Sauron – Flight
Stegron – Melee
Stilt-Man– Stretch
Swarm
Taskmaster
Thunderball
Wizard
Wrecker – Vehicle
Yellowjacket – Size
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #22 (18)
Spider-Man (MM) – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Webs, TU (Starling), LT, CD (Reveals his identity to Starling), DA (Frost Pharaoh)
Starling – Flight, Melee, TU (Spider-Man), CD (Kisses Spider-Man), DA (Frost Pharaoh)
Spider-Woman #8 (33)
Spider-Woman – Agility, Blunt, Computer, Crawl, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Rage, Strength, Toxin, Weapon, TU (Octavia Vermis), DA (War Machine)
War Machine – Durability, Explosives, Flight
Antagonist(s)
High Evolutionary
Octavia Vermis – Agility, Blunt, Melee, Vehicle, Weapon, Whip, TU (Spider-Woman), LT, DA (Hydra goons)
Stegron – Appendage Offensive, Melee, Strength
Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #3 (27)
Black Knight – TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Spectrum – Flight, Intangibility, Morph
Rocket Raccoon – Vehicle, TU (Kang)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Melee, Strength, Webs, TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Antagonist(s)
Kang – Durability, Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive, Tech, Vehicle, TU (Rocket Raccoon), DA (Shadow minion)
Ulik – Blunt
Thor #11 (15)
Beta Ray Bill
Lady Sif
Lockjaw
Thor – Blunt, Lightning, Strength
Throg – Elements, Lightning
Valkyrie (JF) – Sense
Volstagg
Antagonist(s)
Dr. Donald Blake – Durability
Venom #32 (12)
Agent Venom
Captain America
Cyclops
Doctor Strange
Mr. Fantastic
Spider-Man (PP)
Storm
Thing
Venom – Melee, Will Power
Antagonist(s)
Knull
X-Factor #6 (36)
Aurora
Dr. Cecilia Reyes – Intellect
Eye-Boy – Intellect, Precision, Sense, Sleuth
Northstar – Flight, Sleuth, Speed, LT
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Offensive, Sleuth
Prestige – Sense, Sleuth, Telekinesis, Telepathy
Prodigy – Absorb, Intellect, Sleuth, Tech
Siryn – Influence, Sonics
Antagonist(s)
Daken – Claws, Pheromone, Sense, Sleuth


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