Weekly Marvel Review: January 13, 2021 (Week 02)

Old enemies return and feuds reignite. The U-Foes, whose first appearance dates back to Incredible Hulk #254 in 1980, return in Al Ewing’s latest Immortal Hulk issue. Before joining up with Henry Gyrich and Alpha Flight, The U-Foes’ last appearance came four years ago during Captain America’s “Secret Empire” storyline. The Kingpin enlists his own crew of villains in King In Black: Thunderbolts to protect New York City from Knull’s invasion. Taskmaster leads the band of baddies – including Baltroc the Leaper, Mister Fear and Star – into the symbiote-infested streets and an issue review score of 40, written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Juan Ferreyra.

Book the Week – Chris Claremont Anniversary Special #1 (Review score: 55 points). The legendary X-scribe returns for another tale which revisits some of his biggest moments from his time as Marvel’s main X-Men architect. Claremont takes Mirage, the New Mutant leader, on a trip through time to battle with the Shadow King and embrace her role as an Asgardian Valkyrie and defender of life. She thwarts the Shadow King’s machinations with members of the Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel in her space-faring Binary days, and a young Storm’s early interactions with Gambit.

Hero of the Week – Storm (Review score: 14 points). Outside of her appearance in the Claremont special, the mutants’ elemental mistress faces off with another former foe in Gerry Duggan and Stefano Caselli’s Marauders #17. Callisto seeks another battle with Storm, this time in Krakoa’s Crucible in order to restore her powers. Storm makes short work of the challenge and begrudgingly grants Callisto her wish by delivering a precise, lightning shock to the Morlock’s heart.

Antagonist of the Week – Shadow King (Review score: 9 points). The Shadow King displays his telepathic prowess in a battle that hints at a larger war being staged with Hela – and Mirage is in caught in the middle. He uses some of Marvel’s heaviest hitters as his own pawn pieces in a trip through time. The Shadow King influences Namor and members of the Fantastic Four, impersonates Rogue in a deeply personal battle with Carol Danvers, and takes control of Gambit.

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

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Amazing Spider-Man #57 (23)
Ghost-Spider – Webs
Madame Web
Silk – Webs
Spider-Girl – Webs
Spider-Man (MM) – Webs
Spider-Man (PP) – Crawl, Melee, Rage, Strength, Webs, CD (Turns his back on the Osborns)
Spider-Woman – Flight
Antagonist(s)
Green Goblin
Kindred – Creature, Deception
Kingpin
Chris Claremont Anniversary Special #1 (55)
Captain Marvel – Durability, Energy Offensive, Melee, Morph, Strength, DA (Shadow King)
Ch’od
Corsair
Gambit – Energy, Projectile
Hepzibah
Human Torch – Flames Offensive, Flight
Invisible Woman – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive
Mirage – Blade, Creature, Deception, Projectile, Sense, Weapon, TU (Storm), CD (Accepts her role as a Valkyrie, Champion of Life), DA (Shadow King)
Mr. Fantastic – Ensnare, Morph, Stretch
Raza
Storm – Lightning, Water, TU (Mirage), LT, DA (Shadow King)
Thing – Melee
Antagonist(s)
Hela – Reality, Telepathy
Shadow King – Absorb, Deception, Flight, Influence, Melee, Possession, Strength, Telepathy
Immortal Hulk #42 (20)
Doc Samson – Claws, CD (Leaves Alpha Flight)
Hulk (BB)
Puck – CD (Leaves Alpha Flight)
Antagonist(s)
Ironclad – CD (Joins Alpha Flight)
Leader – Personality, CD (Merges with the One Below All)
Titania – CD (Leaves Alpha Flight)
Vapor – Flight, CD (Joins Alpha Flight)
Vector – CD (Joins Alpha Flight)
X-Ray – CD (Joins Alpha Flight)
King in Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #1 (14)
Ghost-Spider – Agility, Crawl, Ensnare, Strength, Teleport, Weapon, Webs, SC
Antagonist(s)
Jackal – Creature
Knull – Possession, Sense
King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #1 (18)
Man-Wolf – Claws Offensive, Sense
Misty Knight – Bionics, Melee
Scream – Appendage Offensive, Creature, Ensnare, Flames, Flames Offensive, Sense, Strength, SC, DA (Hybrid Symbiote)
Antagonist(s)
Knull – Creature
King in Black: Thunderbolts #1 (40)
Iron Fist – Energy, Melee
Jessica Jones – Agility, Melee
Luke Cage – Melee, Strength
Antagonist(s)
Batroc the Leaper – Agility, Melee, Strength, Tech, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts)
Green Goblin
Kingpin – Assassin, Business, LT, CD (Forms the new Thunderbolts team)
Mister Fear – Assassin, Blade, Thief, Toxin, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts)
Rhino – CD (Joins and quits the Thunderbolts)
Star – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (Symbiote Dragon)
Taskmaster – Blade, LT, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (Ampere)
Marauders #17 (34)
Bishop
Callisto – Blade, Sense, Weapon, CD (Dies and is resurrected with her powers)
Cannonball
Emma Frost – Business, Influence, Telepathy, LT
Kate Pryde – Blade, Business, Intangibility, Intangibility Defensive, Intangibility Offensive, SC
Masque
Storm – Elements, Flight, Lightning, Melee, Precision, Water, DA (Callisto)
Antagonist(s)
Fenris
Sebastian Shaw
Selene
Shinobi Shaw
Silver Samurai – CD (Becomes of Head of the Crucible)
S.W.O.R.D. #2 (40)
Abigail Brand – LT
Banshee – Flight, Sonics Offensive
Cable (Young) – CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
Egg
Elixir
Emma Frost – Telepathy
Frenzy
Hope
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics Offensive
Manifold – Suit
Random – Morph
Sunfire – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Strength, DA (Symbiote dragon)
Tempus
Wiz-Kid – Computer, Intellect, Weapon, DA (Symbiote dragon)
Antagonist(s)
Fabian Cortez – Energy, Heal
Mentallo – Telepathy, Vehicle
Paibok
Proteus
Union #2 (24)
Britannia – Melee
Choir – Sonics Offensive, Strength, CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
Kelpie – Claws, Flight, Water, Water Offensive, CD (Leaves Union)
Snakes – Melee, Strength, CD (Leaves Union)
Union Jack – Energy, Melee, Weapon, LT, SC, CD (Becomes the new leader of Union), DA (Choir)

 



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