Weekly Marvel Review: February 10, 2021 (Week 06)

There is no shortage of hands being thrown during the “King in Black” event and Black Panther just revealed the biggest hand of all: The Hand of Bast. T’Challa’s 16 point performance in Geoffrey Thorne and German Peralta’s King in Black: Black Panther is so impactful that we are forced to adjust how we view our weekly superlatives. Is it fair that a character like Wolverine earns the “Hero of the Week” title just because he showed up in more issues? Should a dominant performance such as Black Panther’s carry more weight despite him appearing in fewer issues that week? To compromise for now, we are introducing a new title, the “Performance of the Week,” meant to showcase the character who made the most out of their Appearances during the week. And speaking of Appearances, we add two new Eternals to the list, Sersi and Kingo Sunen, as they are resurrected in the latest Eternals and Appear for the first time in the Fantasy Comic League review system.

Book the Week – Fantastic Four #29 (Review score: 61 points; 15 Characters). Are Soul Bonds stronger than symbiotic bonds? That’s a question the Invisible Woman must confront in the top book of the week. Sue witnesses just how deep her brother’s connection is to Sky, Johnny’s Spyrican sweetie, who gets consumed by Knull’s symbiote after Johnny meets the same fate blocks away. The Human Torch and Sky are not the only ones to fall to Knull. An assortment of Marvel characters appear and get overwhelmed by Knull’s symbiotes and a last page reveal shows that the Thing has met the same fate and leads Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman into a trap.

Hero of the Week – Wolverine (Review score: 17 Points; 5.67 Pts/App). With Wolverine’s big week, he takes the overall top spot from Spider-Man by one point in the overall standings. Wolverine has appeared in four of the first six weeks of the month and nearly averaged three appearances each of those weeks (2.75 Books per Weekly Appearance). His 11 Appearances so far is two more than Spider-Man’s nine and his saturation is what propels him to his first Hero of the Week. Wolverine appears in Fantastic Four, Wolverine: Black, White and Blood and X-Force.

Antagonist of the Week – Taskmaster (Review score: 28 Points; 9.33 Pts/App). Taskmaster has been one of Marvel’s go-to lackeys in recent years and he finally gets his due at the top spot. In three appearances, he notches 20 power usages, not surprising for a character whose whole gimmick is mimicking other character’s abilities. His big week puts him one point away from overtaking Knull at the top of the Antagonist’s overall power rankings.

Performance of the Week – Black Panther (Review score: 16 Points; 16 Pts/App). As mentioned earlier, Black Panther’s performance was so noteworthy it warrants the creation of a new category. Historically, T’Challa has been a bit of an underwhelming character when it comes to scoring points. He typically Appears just to Lead Teams or offer some Intellect and Tech insight. But in this issue, he gets some more hands-on action. He saves Wakanda by releasing the Hand of Bast, a giant energy panther creature controlled by Okoye, and getting “a hand” from his longtime nemesis, Klaw. And by that, I mean he uses Klaw’s ‘handy’ sonic disrupter tech to repel the invading symbiote forces.

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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 #59 (26)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Webs, DA (Inner demons)
Antagonist(s)
Green Goblin
Hammerhead
Kindred
Kingpin – Business, Deception, TU (Mr. Negative), LT
Madame Masque
Mr. Negative – Absorb, Intellect, Morph, TU (Kingpin), SC, CD (Reveals more about his origin)
Owl
Silvermane
Tombstone
Daredevil #27 (29)
Daredevil – Agility, Creature, Durability, Melee, Rage, Weapon, Will Power, SC, DA (Symbiote)
Elektra – Agility, Blade, Deception, Durability, Melee, Sense, Tech, Weapon, SC
Antagonist(s)
Kingpin – LT
Knull
Typhoid Mary – Blade, Durability, Weapon, Will Power, DA (Symbiote)
Eternals #2 (22)
Druig
Ikaris – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Sense, DA (Monster)
Kingo Sunen
Phastos – Telepathy
Sersi – Heal, LT
Sprite – Deception
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – Durability, Heal, Melee, Strength
Excalibur #18 (21)
Captain Avalon
Emma Frost – Telepathy
Gambit
Gloriana
Jubilee
Prestige – Telepathy
Psylocke – Blade
Rictor – Geokinesis, CD (Receives everything in Apocalypse’s will)
Rogue – Absorb, Flight, Melee, Telepathy
Saturnyne
Antagonist(s)
Monarch
Morgan Le Fay
Fantastic Four #29 (61)
Black Cat – TU (Fantastic Four)
Brainstorm – Gun, Tech
Captain America – TU (Fantastic Four)
Captain Marvel – TU (Fantastic Four)
Cyclops – Energy, TU (Fantastic Four)
Dragon Man – Flames Offensive, Flight, Tech
Human Torch – Flames Offensive, Flight, Morph, TU (X-Men), CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
Invisible Woman – Flight, Invisibility, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, Weapon, TU (X-Men)
Magneto – Flight, TU (Fantastic Four)
Mr. Fantastic – Computer, Grow, Intellect, Melee, Stretch, Tech, Vehicle, TU (X-Men)
Ms. Marvel – Melee, Size, TU (Fantastic Four)
Powerhouse
Sky – Creature, Flight, Sense, Sonics Offensive, CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
Thing – Deception, Melee, TU (X-Men), CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
Wolverine – Claws, TU (Fantastic Four)
King in Black: Black Panther #1 (30)
Black Panther – Claws, Computer, Crawl, Durability, Energy, Intellect, Melee, Sonics, Strength, Suit, Tech, Vehicle, LT, CD (Reveals the Hand of Bast), DA (Symbiote horde)
Okoye – Tech, Vehicle
Shuri – Artifact, Blade, Claws, Computer, Creature, Flight, Intellect, Magic, Tech, CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
King in Black: Thunderbolts #2 (42)
Antagonist(s)
Batroc the Leaper – Agility, Energy, Melee, Weapon, TU (Green Goblin), DA (Night Scrubber)
Bushman
Foolkiller
Green Goblin – Intellect, TU (Thunderbolts)
Kingpin – LT
Man-Bull
Mr. Fear – Blade, Gun, Toxin, Vehicle, LT, DA (Night Scrubber)
Mr. Hyde
Star – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Sense, Strength, TU (Green Goblin), LT, DA (Night Scrubber)
Taskmaster – Blade, Energy, Melee, Shield, Shield Offensive, Weapon, TU (Green Goblin), LT, DA (Night Scrubber)
Morbius: Bond of Blood #1 (19)
Morbius – Absorb, Claws, Durability, Flight, Influence, Melee, Strength, SC, DA (Mr. Hyde)
Antagonist(s)
Mr. Hyde – Deception, Durability, Intellect, Melee, Morph, Strength, Toxin, Weapon
Power Pack #3 (42)
Alex Power – Deception, Flight, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive
Energizer – Absorb, Deception, Energy, Energy Offensive, DA (Taskmaster)
Lightspeed – Deception, Flight, Intellect, Melee, Speed, Speed Defensive, Strength, LT, SC, DA (Taskmaster)
Mass Master – Deception, Flight, Morph, Shrink
Nomad
Antagonist(s)
Taskmaster – Explosive, Gun, Melee, Precision, Sense, Weapon
Wizard – Absorb, Deception, Ensnare, Tech, TU (Power Pack)
S.W.O.R.D. #3 (17)
Abigail Brand
Banshee
Cable (Young) – Creature, Ensnare, DA (Magneto)
Frenzy
Lila Cheney
Magneto
Manifold – Business, Invisibility, Stealth, Teleport
Random
Antagonist(s)
Fabien Cortez
Paibok
Taskmaster #3 (19)
Black Widow
Nick Fury, Jr. – Intellect, TU (Taskmaster)
White Fox – Claws, Claws Offensive, Melee
Antagonist(s)
Taskmaster – Blade, Deception, Intellect, Melee, Sense, Size, Tech, Weapon, TU (Nick Fury, Jr.), DA (Black Widow)
Wolverine: Black, White & Blood #3 (35)
Magik – Teleport
Rider – Durability, Energy Offensive, Morph, Weapon, Whip, TU (Wolverine), DA (Juggernaut)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Defensive, Claws Offensive, Durability, Ensnare, Heal, Intellect, Sense, TU (Scarlet Samurai), DA (Silver Samurai)
Antagonist(s)
Juggernaut – Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Scarlet Samurai – Blade, Melee, Weapon, TU (Wolverine)
Silver Samurai – Blade, Weapon, LT
X-Force #17 (18)
Domino
Kid Omega – Business, Ensnare, Flight, Guns, Intellect, Sense, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy, TU (Stepford Cuckoos), CD (Overcomes his childhood trauma)
Stepford Cuckoos – Telepathy, TU (Kid Omega)
Wolverine – Claws, Durability

 



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