Weekly Marvel Review: March 10, 2021 (Week 10)

The kids are alright. Following our 2020 ruling that characters staring in a solo title or team book get automatically included in stat tracking—so long as that book takes place in the 616—the Children of the Atom get invited to the stat-keeping party. And this is one party they can attend, unlike their invitation to Krakoa given the fact that they seem to be tech-savvy kids simply parading around as mutants. In the first issue by creators Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang, Pixie, Magma and Maggot track down Cherub, Cyclops-Lass, Daycrawler, Gimmick and Marvel Guy to lead them home. But when the Children of the Atom fail to show up, the X-Men’s big guns, and the inspiration for several of their powers, debate reaching out to the kids directly. A new issue of Eternals means a new immortal being gets added to the roster, this time its Thena, the lover of Deviants. Hydro-Man also appears for the first time since his being held as Namor’s captive in Invaders 10 way back in October 2019.

Book the Week – X-Factor #8 (Review score: 48 points; 14 characters). Following their deaths in the previous issue, the members of X-Factor investigate their own murder after being resurrected by the Five. Morrigan, an ancient Celtic Goddess of Death, uses Siryn to haunt the Boneyard with the reanimated corpses of the recently dead mutants. By the end of the issue, Polaris and Prestige are able to break through and reach Siryn, but Morrigan is already fighting to regain control over the team’s friend and ally.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man (Review score: 23 points; 11.5 Pts/App). It took 10 weeks, but Spider-Man finally gets his first Hero of the Week title in 2021. He’s got a new title, Non-Stop Spider-Man spearheaded by a powerhouse team of Joe Kelly and Chris Bachalo, and he’s got a new suit thanks to a new job in his Amazing Spider-Man comic. He’s in familiar territory, working with J. Jonah Jameson and Norah Winters at a news publication, but being a member of the Threats and Menace team and giving them an inside look into Spider-Man’s business will surely come back to bite him.

Antagonist of the Week – Baron Zemo (Review score: 9 points; 9 Pts/App). Baron Zemo ties with Taskmaster in terms of review scores, but he earns the Antagonist of the Week because he uses more powers and makes the most of his short backup story in Non-Stop Spider-Man. Zemo (who should get a push in the comics to coincide with his role in the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney Plus series) is tracking down Hydra splinter cells and dispatching them without mercy as he deems them unworthy of living up to Hydra’s original standards.

Performance of the Week – Deadpool (Review score: 12 Points; 12 Pts/App). Happy Birthday, Deadpool. To celebrate, the Merc with a Mouth gets an anthology issue featuring other characters from throughout his history. Cable (several of them) show up, as does Domino, Wolverine and Agent X. His 12 points are not as impressive as one would expect from a roughly 40 page anniversary issue, but it is enough to make his one appearance from the week stand out. He scores a point for his main powers including a Blade, Durability, Fourth Wall, Gun, Heal and Weapon, plus a few others and a Team-Up and Defeats Antagonist.

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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 #61 (39)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Business, Crawl, Energy, Ensnare, Melee, Strength, Webs, CD (Joins Threats and Menaces), DA (Boomerang Revenge Squad)
Antagonist(s)
Boomerang
Bullseye – Gun
Hammerhead
Hydro-Man – Grow, Melee, Morph, Water, Water Offensive, CD (Joins the Boomerang Revenge Squad)
Kingpin – Business, Tech, LT
Madame Masque
Owl
Shocker – Energy, Melee, Weapon, CD (Joins the Boomerang Revenge Squad)
Silvermane
Speed Demon – Melee, Speed, CD (Joins the Boomerang Revenge Squad)
Tombstone
Children of the Atom #1 (33)
Cherub – Appendage Defensive, Flight, Sonics, DA (Hell’s Belles)
Cyclops – Precision
Cyclops-Lass – Energy, Energy Offensive, Precision, LT, DA (Hell’s Belles)
Daycrawler – Teleport, Teleport Defensive, DA (Hell’s Belles)
Gimmick – Energy, Energy Defensive, Projectile, DA (Hell’s Belles)
Maggot
Magma
Marvel Girl
Marvel Guy – Influence, DA (Hell’s Belles)
Nightcrawler
Pixie – Flight
Storm
Wolverine
Conan the Barbarian #19 (8)
Conan – Blade, Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon, SC, DA (Silver Ape)
Daredevil #28 (8)
Daredevil – Melee, Sense, DA (Prisoners)
Elektra – Melee
Antagonist(s)
Kingpin
Typhoid Mary
Deadpool Nerdy 30 #1 (35)
Agent X – Durability, Melee, TU (Deadpool)
Cable
Cable (Young)
Deadpool – Blade, Business, Durability, Fourth Wall, Gun, Heal, Melee, Thief, Weapon, TU (Agent X), DA (Drug scientist)
Diamondback – Business, Explosive, DA (Stilt-Man)
Domino
– Business, DA (Stilt-Man)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Defensive, Claws Offensive, Durability, Melee
Antagonist(s)
Stilt-Man – Gun, Melee, Stretch
Eternals #3 (16)
Druig – CD (Becomes the Supreme Leader of Polaria)
Ikaris – Energy Defensive, Flight, Sense, SC
Kingo Sunen
Sersi
Sprite – Magic
Thena – Blade, Projectile, Telepathy, DA (Tzaigo)
Immortal Hulk #44 (31)
Doc Samson – Claws
Hulk – Durability, Morph, Personality, Strength, Weapon, CD (Dies)
Puck
Rick Jones
Shaman
Antagonist(s)
Ironclad – Durability, Melee, Size, Strength, DA (Hulk)
Leader
Vapor – Flight, Morph, Toxin, DA (Hulk)
Vector – Energy Offensive, DA (Hulk)
X-Ray – Energy Offensive, Flight, DA (Hulk)
Non-Stop Spider-Man #1 (21)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Strength, Tech, Weapon, Webs, SC
Antagonist(s)
Baron Zemo – Agility, Assassin, Blade, Gun, Precision, Projectile, Weapon, DA (Hydra splinter cell)
Strange Academy #X (8)
Doctor Strange – Business, Flight
Doctor Voodoo – Business
Scarlet Witch – Business
Antagonist(s)
Loki
Taskmaster #4 (20)
Black Widow
Nick Fury Jr. – Deception, Gun, Melee, TU (Taskmaster)
Okoye – Blade, Melee, Weapon, LT
Antagonist(s)
Taskmaster – Blade, Deception, Melee, Sense, Stealth, Tech, TU (Nick Fury Jr), DA (Okoye)
Wolverine: Black, White and Blood #4 (30)
Storm – Elements, Flight
Wolverine – Agility, Claws, Claws Defensive, Claws Offensive, Durability, Gun, Heal, Melee, Sense, Stealth, Strength, Vehicle, TU (Sauron), DA (Reavers)
Antagonist(s)
Mystique – Agility, Durability, Gun, Melee, Morph, Whip
Sauron – Claws Offensive, Flight, Telepathy, TU (Wolverine)
X-Factor #8 (48)
Aurora – Flight, Melee
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Eye-Boy – Melee, Precision, Sense, LT
Hope Summers – Energy
Northstar – Flight, Speed, LT
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Offensive
Prestige – Creature, Strength, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive
Prodigy – Intellect, Melee, Sense, Tech
Professor X
Siryn – Claws, Deception, Magic, Morph, Sense, DA (Daken)
Tempus – Reality
Antagonist(s)
Daken – Claws, Claws Offensive, Sense
Proteus – Reality

 



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