Weekly Marvel Review: April 14, 2021 (Week 15)

Marvel shows that they are all heart in the latest week of comics. Darkhawk and Iron Fist have a heart-to-heart with their Heart of the Hawk and Heart of the Dragon books, the former of which is a one-shot anthology featuring a story from the character’s past, present and future. Thor rules with his heart when passing judgement upon a defeated Dr. Donald Blake in the conclusion to Donny Cates’ “Prey” storyline in the ongoing Thor title. Elektra displays her softer side as well in Daredevil after taking a recently orphaned girl under her wing, and the Human Torch follows his heart when recommitting to his Spyrican soulmate Sky in Fantastic Four. Polaris wins over the hearts of the fans and claims victory in the recent X-Men Vote. The Fantasy Comic League begins tracking the Black Fox after he makes his 36th overall appearance.

Book the Week – Guardians of the Galaxy #13 (Review score: 73 Points; 14 Characters). The Guardians of the Galaxy waste no time in patrolling the galaxy as the latest cosmic team of superheroes. Two teams split up to investigate separate conflicts: a mysterious Skrull fire cult and the Progenitors’ invasion of Hala, the Kree-Skull Alliance’s Throneworld. Nova and Star-Lord’s team show up to support Emperor Hulkling and Wiccan and quickly dispatch the Progenitors, but Doctor Doom appears and spoils their victory.

Hero of the Week – Darkhawk (Review score: 19 Points/1 Appearance; 19.0 Pts/App). Darkhawk celebrates his 30-year history with an exciting special in which he flashes 14 powers, including the skilled use of the Darkhawk Amulet and Armor. Despite the action-filled issue, he fails to achieve the Fantasy Comic League cycle by missing out on a Leads Team point. His Character Development provides a hint at the future of the character when Chris Powell relinquishes the Darkhawk Amulet and mantle onto an unknown successor.

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Doom (Review score: 9 Points/1 Appearance; 9.0 Pts/App). In typical fashion, Doctor Doom makes his first appearance in 2021 in grand fashion. He conjures a storm of magic and technology to force the Guardians of the Galaxy to their knees in a way only Doom can. The perpetually bitter antagonist seems to take particular aim at the “King of Space” and “Master of the Sun,” questioning his right to claim such prestigious titles and the Star-Sword for himself.

Performance of the Week – Thor (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). A half-dozen characters score 11 points in their sole appearance for the week, but Thor claims the title for his defeat of Dr. Donald Blake. He takes pity on Blake and spares his life despite the destruction the tormented character recently carved through Asgard. Although, leaving Blake’s fate up to Loki, his other misguided brother, may prove not be the best idea.

Top Characters (by review score). Darkhawk (19); Wolverine (17); Spider-Man/Peter Parker (13); Dorma, Invisible Woman, Lightspeed, Mass Master, Mr. Fantastic, Thor (11); Alex Power, Moondragon (10)

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

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Black Cat #5 (9)
Black Cat – Thief, LT, CD (Reveals her Black Cat name origin)
Black Fox – Deception, Tech, Thief
Antagonist(s)
Dracula
Children of the Atom #2 (33)
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Cherub – Flight, Sonics, Sonics Offensive, LT
Cyclops-Lass – Energy, Energy Offensive, LT
Gimmick – Energy, Energy Offensive, Projectile
Iron Man
Marvel Guy – Telepathy Offensive
Mercury – Plant
Multiple Man – Creature
Nighty-Nightcrawler – Melee, Teleport, Teleport Defensive
Outlaw
Storm – Flight, Wind, LT
Antagonist(s)
Mystique
Toad
Daredevil #29 (20)
Daredevil – Durability, Heal, Melee, Sense, Weapon, DA (Prisoners)
Elektra – Melee, Precision, Projectile, Weapon, SC, CD (Starts her own protection racket on Kingpin), DA (Robbers)
Antagonist(s)
Bullseye
Kingpin (IL) – Business, CD (Gives control of her empire to Kingpin’s son)
Kingpin (WF)
Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk #1 (19)
Darkhawk – Artifact, Claws, Deception, Durability, Energy, Flight, Intellect, Melee, Sense, Speed, Strength, Suit, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Savage Steel), SC, CD (Passes on the Darkhawk mantle), DA (Goons)
Fantastic Four #30 (49)
Brainstorm – Melee, CD (Bonds with a symbiote)
Dragon Man – Bionics, Flight, Melee, Strength
Human Torch – Absorb, Durability, Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight
Invisible Woman – Deception, Flight, Invisibility, Tech, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, TU (Spider-Man), LT, DA (Symbiotes)
Mr. Fantastic – Durability, Ensnare, Grow, Melee, Strength, Stretch, Tech, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), LT
Powerhouse – Gun, Weapon, DA (Braintstorm)
Sky – Durability, Flight
Spider-Man (PP) – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Thing – Durability, Melee, Strength
Guardians of the Galaxy #13 (73)
Drax – Sense
Gamora – Explosive, Vehicle, TU (Hulkling), DA (Progenitor)
Groot – Absorb, Durability, Grow, Melee, Plants Offensive, TU (Hulkling), DA (Progenitor)
Hulkling – Blade, Business, Flight, Magic, Morph, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy), LT, DA (Progenitor)
Marvel Boy
Moondragon – Flight, Strength, Telepathy, TU (Hulkling)
Nova (RR) – Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed, Strength, TU (Hulkling), LT, DA (Progenitor)
Phyla-Vell
Quasar – Artifact, CD (Reveals he can swap places with Avril Kincaid)
Rocket Raccoon – Explosive, Vehicle, TU (Hulkling)
Star-Lord – Elements, Vehicle, TU (Hulkling), CD (Reveals he had a son while living in Morinus), DA (Progenitor)
Wiccan – Heal, Magic, Magic Defensive, Tech, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Energy, Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive, Suit, Tech, Teleport, DA (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Super-Skrull – Computer, Intellect, Stretch, Tech
Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #4 (20)
Fat Cobra – Melee, TU (Luke Cage)
Iron Fist – Energy, Melee, TU (Bride of Nine Spiders), LT, DA (Zombie)
Luke Cage – Durability, Melee, TU (Immortal Weapons), DA (Zombie)
Okoye – Blade, Creature, DA (Spider Dragon)
Pinpoint – TU (Iron Fist)
Iron Man #8 (34)
Frog-Man – TU (War Machine)
Gargoyle – Energy, Flight, TU (Hellcat)
Hellcat – Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, TU (War Machine), LT, CD (Embraces her past trauma)
Misty Knight – Gun, TU (War Machine)
Moondragon – Sense, Telepathy, TU (Hellcat), LT
Scarlet Spider – Gun, TU (War Machine)
War Machine – Vehicle, TU (Misty Knight), LT
Antagonist(s)
Korvac – TU (Unicorn), LT
Unicorn – Vehicle, TU (Korvac)
King in Black: Namor #5 (46)
Dorma – Artifact, Creature, Ensnare, Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive, Morph, Sense, TU (Namor), DA (Black Tide)
Namor – Blade, Flight, Melee, Sense, TU (Taskmaster), CD (Frees the Black Tide)
Antagonist(s)
Attuma – Flight, Melee, Sense, TU (Namor)
Batroc – Agility, TU (Namor)
Kharsa – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Flight, Melee, TU (Namor), DA (Atlanteans)
Krang – LT
Sycorax – Durability, Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive, TU (Namor), DA (Atlanteans)
Taskmaster – Blade, TU (Namor)
Maestro: War and Pax #4 (6)
Maestro – Melee, Morph, Personality, Strength, DA (Pantheon)
Non-Stop Spider-Man #2 (14)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Durability, Ensnare, Intellect, Melee, Sense, Tech, Webs, SC, DA (Drug dealer)
Antagonist(s)
Baron Zemo – Blade, DA (Drug dealer)
Power Pack #5 (53)
Alex Power – Absorb, Deception, Flight, Melee, Stealth, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, TU (Wolverine), DA (Wizard)
Energizer – Absorb, Deception, Energy, Energy Offensive, Stealth, TU (Wolverine), DA (Wizard)
Lightspeed – Absorb, Deception, Flight, Intellect, Melee, Speed, Stealth, TU (Wolverine), SC, DA (Wizard)
Mass Master – Absorb, Deception, Flight, Grow, Melee, Size, Stealth, Strength, TU (Wolverine), DA (Wizard)
Squirrel Girl
Wolverine – Claws, Deception, Stealth, Strength, TU (Power Pack)
Antagonist(s)
Wizard – Absorb, Flight, Melee, Speed, Tech
Thor #14 (46)
Beta Ray Bill – Artifact, Morph, Projectile, TU (Odin), LT, DA (Donald Blake)
Doctor Strange – Ensnare, Flight, TU (Beta Ray Bill), DA (Donald Blake)
Lady Sif – TU (Beta Ray Bill)
Lockjaw – TU (Beta Ray Bill)
Odin – Artifact, TU (Beta Ray Bill)
Thor – Artifact, Energy, Lightning, Melee, Strength, Suit, TU (Beta Ray Bill), LT, CD (Spares Donald Blakes’s life), DA (Donald Blake)
Throg – TU (Beta Ray Bill)
Volstagg – TU (Beta Ray Bill)
Antagonist(s)
Donald Blake – Artifact, Durability, Magic, Melee, CD (Becomes the new God of Lies)
Loki – Artifact, Magic, TU (Beta Ray Bill), CD (Renounces his title as the God of Lies), DA (Donald Blake)
Wolverine #11 (28)
Beast – Intellect, Tech
Sage – Computer
Wolverine – Blade, Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Flames, Sense, Weapon, TU (Louise), LT, DA (Vampires)
Antagonist(s)
Dracula – Claws Offensive, Flight, Melee, Morph, Sense
Omega Red – Appendage Offensive, Durability, Ensnare, Plant, Sense
X-Men Vote Comics (36)
Angel
Armor – Energy, CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Aurora
Banshee – CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Beast
Boom-Boom – CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Callisto
Cannonball – CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Colossus
Cyclops
Daken
Doctor Strange
Doop
Eye-Boy
Forge – CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Marrow – Morph, CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Marvel Girl
Multiple Man
Northstar
Polaris – CD (Wins the X-Men vote)
Prestige
Professor X
Strong Guy – CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Sunspot – CD (Loses the X-Men vote)
Thing

 



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