Weekly Marvel Review: April 21, 2021 (Week 16)

To quote another popular piece of Disney entertainment: “This is the Way.” The merry mutants of Krakoa continue to live an immortal life of luxury, but Nightcrawler, their resident theologian, worries they live an immoral life as well. Kurt battles with the carefree approach to death he witnesses, be it in the Crucible or in the field when Pixie willingly sacrifices herself to a shotgun blast to the face. He turns to numerous characters for advice on how to establish a new ‘way’ of life for the X-Men. New characters added to the Fantasy Comic League database include Spider-Man antagonist, Desmond Charne, aka Mirage; Mordred; Chondu the Mystic; Khora of the Burning Heart; Slab; Match; and Medusa.

Book the Week – Women of Marvel #1 (Review score: 80 Points; 39 Characters). Ten years after the first volume of Women of Marvel, a second anthology book celebrating some of Marvel’s modern ma’ams hits the stands and spotlights some of their queens (Emma Frost and Medusa), their femme fatales (Lady Deathstrike and Mystique), and their gorgeous green gals (Hulk and Gamora). Other characters to receive a short story include Hela, Misty Knight and Marvel Girl herself, Jean Grey.

Hero of the Week – Marvel Girl (Review score: 16 Points/4 Appearances; 4.0 Pts/App). Jean’s biggest performance for the week comes in Benjamin Percy and Garry Brown’s X-Force series which sees her team with her former X-Force teammate Kid Omega to battle his inner demon. Her return to the book nets her a Team-Up point since she ditched the black ops term earlier in the series. She also appears in the aforementioned Women of Marvel, plus a cameo in S.W.O.R.D. and Way of X for a total of four appearances, tops for all Marvel characters.

Antagonist of the Week – Carnage (Review score: 10 Points/1 Appearance; 10.0 Pts/App). An anthology book opens up the possibility for a lot of points, and Carnage proves that yet again with his second issue of Carnage: Black, White & Blood. The first story deals with the fallout of King in Black and the symbiote’s latest death at the hands of Venom’s new symbiote followers. In two additional stories, the symbiote seeks revenge of a Ravencroft guard and then takes a new host in the frozen wilderness of Canada.

Performance of the Week – Kid Omega (Review score: 9 Points/1 Appearance; 9.0 Pts/App). Quentin Quire earns a Performance of the Week thanks to his victory over the mental demon that has been plaguing him the previous issues. This issue wraps up the arc that has seen Quentin comes to term with his self image and confidence issues. With the help of his Stepford girlfriend he kept the X-Force team book afloat and engaging pretty much on his own.

Top Characters (by review score). Marvel Girl (16); Spider-Man/Peter Parker (14); Spider-Woman (13); Carnage, Magneto, Nightcrawler (10); Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Kid Omega, Spider-Man/Miles Morales (9); Captain Marvel, Viv Vision (8)

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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 #64 (37)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Durability, Energy, Melee, Sense, Suit, Webs, TU (Tombstone)
Antagonist(s)
Baron Mordo – Magic, Magic Offensive, TU (Kingpin)
Beetle
Boomerang – Flight
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Strength
Green Goblin
Kindred – Creature
Kingpin – TU (Baron Mordo)
Madame Masque – Ensnare, Gun, TU (Crime Master), LT, DA (Spider-Man)
Mirage (DC) – TU (Tombstone)
Tombstone – Melee, Strength, TU (Spider-Man)
Avengers #45 (34)
Black Panther – Claws, Computer, Intellect, Melee, LT
Blade – Blade, CD (Becomes liasion to the Nation of Vampires)
Captain America – Speed, Suit
Captain Marvel – Flight, Strength
Echo – Sense
Ghost Rider (RR) – Influence, Morph, Vehicle, DA (Symbiote dragon)
Hulk (JW)
Iron Man – Tech
Moon Knight – Melee
Thor – Flight, Lightning
Antagonist(s)
Dracula – Business, Sense, CD (Declares the sovereignty of the Nation of Vampires )
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2 (26)
Black Knight (DW) – Blade, Magic, Magic Offensive, LT
Black Knight (SPoP) – Blade, Durability, Heal, CD (Reveals how he created the Ebony Sword)
Elsa Bloodstone – Artifact, Gun, Sleuth, Vehicle, Weapon, DA (Phillip)
Merlyn – Magic
Antagonist(s)
Mordred – Assassin, Blade, Durability, Magic, Teleport, Thief
Captain Marvel #28 (17)
Captain Marvel – Magic, Melee, TU (Doctor Strange), CD (Suffers PTSD from losing Ove in her timeline)
Doctor Strange – Teleport, TU (Captain Marvel)
Doctor Voodoo
Magik
Nico Minoru
Scarlet Witch
Spider-Woman
Talisman
Wiccan
Antagonist(s)
Chondu the Mystic
Enchantress
Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2 (19)
Spider-Man (PP) – Influence, Melee, Webs
Venom – Creature, Possession, Telepathy, DA (Carnage)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Assassin, Creature, Durability, Ensnare, Influence, Melee, Morph, Possession, CD (Dies after Venom kicks him out of the symbiote hive)
Champions #6 (39)
Ironheart – Computer, Energy, Flight, Melee, Sonics, DA (Bank robbers)
Ms. Marvel – Grow, Melee, Size, Strength, Stretch, DA (Bank robbers)
Nova (SA) – Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, DA (Bank robbers)
Snowguard – Flight
Spider-Man (MM) – Crawl, Durability, Energy, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Webs, DA (Bank robbers)
Viv Vision – Bionics, Computer, Energy Offensive, Flight, Intangibility, Intangibility Defensive, DA (Bank robbers)
Eternals #4 (25)
Druig – Deception, Durability, Telepathy Offensive, Teleport
Ikaris – Flight
Kingo Sunen – Blade, Speed, Teleport, Weapon
Phastos – Artifact
Sersi – Flight
Sprite
Thena – Blade, Teleport, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – Energy Offensive, Melee, Teleport
Mighty Valkyries #1 (22)
Doctor Strange
Valkyrie (JF) – Artifact, Blade, Blunt, Flight, Projectile, Weapon
Valkyrie (Runa) – Computer, Melee, Thief, Vehicle, CD (Relearns her name)
Antagonist(s)
Hela – LT
Karnilla – Magic Offensive, CD (Becomes a mother)
Loki – Deception, Teleport
S.W.O.R.D. #5 (39)
Abigail Brand – Business, CD (Manipulates and chooses the winner of the Snarkwar)
Amelia Voght – Teleport
Cypher – Business
Emma Frost – Business
Khora of the Burning Heart – Assassin, Blade, Weapon, DA (Gylar Clan)
Magneto – Business, LT
Marvel Girl – Telepathy
Nightcrawler – Business
Peeper
Professor X – Business
Storm – Business
Antagonist(s)
Exodus – Business
Fabian Cortez
Forearm
Krakoa – Business
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Sebastian Shaw – Business
Slab
Spider-Woman #11 (13)
Night Nurse
Porcupine
Spider-Woman – Agility, Blade, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Projectile, Strength, Suit, Weapon, DA (Los Espadas Gemelas De Toledo)
Way of X #1 (65)
Banshee
Blink – Teleport, Teleport Defensive
Colossus
Dazzler – Energy
Doctor Nemesis – Intellect, Plant, CD (Reveals he developed the Krakoan medicines)
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Forge
Havok
Hope – Energy
Iceman
Jubilee
Loa
Magneto – Blade, Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Offensive, Weapon, DA (Lost)
Marvel Girl
Multiple Man
Nightcrawler – Crawl, Melee, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Teleport Offensive, LT, DA (Orchis missionaries)
Pixie – Flight, Pheromones, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, CD (Voluntarily dies), DA (Orchis missionaries)
Professor X – Sense, Telepathy, LT
Scout
Strong Guy
Tempus – Reality
Triage
Wolverine
Antagonist(s)
Blob
Daken
Exodus
Feral
Legion – Flight, Reality
Proteus – Reality
Women of Marvel #1 (80)
Agent 13 – Gun
Anole
Beak
Bling!
Cannonball
Cyclops
Darwin
Dr. Toni Ho – Flight, Melee
Dryad
Echo – Blade
Egg
Emma Frost – Telepathy
Eye-Boy
Gambit
Gamora – Agility, Melee, Tech, SC, DA (Bran)
Hulk (JW) – Attorney, Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength, SC, DA (Rhino)
Loa
Marrow – Appendage Offensive, Melee
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis
Match
Medusa – Appendage, Ensnare
Misty Knight – Melee, Sleuth, Strength, LT, SC
Mockingbird – Blunt
Multiple Man
Rictor
Rocket Raccoon
Rogue
Shark-Girl
Spider-Woman
Sprite
White Tiger (AA) – Melee
Antagonist(s)
Blob
Fenris
Feral – Claws Offensive, Melee
Hela
Lady Deathstrike
Mystique – Deception, Melee, Morph, TU (Stegron), DA (Stegron)
Rhino – Durability, Suit, Weapon
Stegron – Tech, TU (Mystique)
X-Force #19 (40)
Cyclops
Domino – Gun, Morph, Weapon, TU (Marvel Girl), DA (XENO soldiers)
Kid Omega – Flight, Gun, Intellect, Telepathy, Weapon, TU (Marvel Girl), LT, DA (Corrupted version of himself)
Marvel Girl – Flight, Sense, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, Telepathy Defensive, Weapon, TU (Kid Omega), LT, DA (XENO soldiers)
Sage – Computer, Melee, TU (Marvel Girl), DA (Black Tom Cassidy)
Stepford Cuckoos – Telepathy, Weapon, TU (Marvel Girl)
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Ensnare, Morph, Plants Offensive

 



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