Weekly Marvel Review: May 05, 2021 (Week 18)

Heroes Reborn puts the Avengers title—and its members— on ice momentarily. And in Captain America’s case, that can be taken literally. So, with the Avengers relying on cameo appearances to start the month, plenty of other characters took their shot and we add eight new characters to the Fantasy Comic League scoring database. The Squadron Supreme of America heroes, the stars of this new twisted Avengers-less world, finally get their appearances tracked. Jennifer Kale, a minor magician character associated with Man-Thing since her debut in 1972, makes her first appearance in exactly six years and gets added to the database. The Prince of Orphans and Wolf Cub respectively make their 36th overall appearances and thus meet the minimum appearance cutoff for scoring.

Book the Week – X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 (Review score: 103 Points; 30 Characters). With each issue of this miniseries, Man-Thing keeps pulling more characters into his orbit and into his green leafy husk. First it was Captain America, then Spider-Man, and this time it’s Magik. The Queen of Limbo gets absorbed into Man-Thing and reveals how Belasco, her predecessor, aided Dr. Ted Sallis in creating the SO-2 serum. Curse of the Man-Thing‘s finale takes another top book title with 30 separate characters appearing in the finale.

Hero of the Week – Storm (Review score: 15 Points/2 Appearances; 7.5 Pts/App). The Marauders experience the calm before the ‘Storm’ that is the upcoming Hellfire Gala. The X-Pirates enjoy a relaxing dinner at sea where they reflect on their favorite Storm memories—and the number of hidden knives on Ororo’s person—as it is revealed Storm is leaving the crew following the Gala. Storm’s abrupt exit in Marauders combined with her strong role in Curse of the Man-Thing earns her the “Hero of the Week” title over Spider-Man, who also scores 15 points, but in three appearances.

Antagonist of the Week – Carnage (Review score: 8 Points/1 Appearance; 8.0 Pts/App). Speaking of pirates, Carnage strikes again thanks to the latest issue of his Black, White & Blood series which features an alt-universe story set at sea with Carnage and Venom playing the part of dueling captains. Two other stories, which account for Carnage’s eight points this week, involve the trauma one may experience after surviving a Carnage attack, and the trauma one may experience when cosplaying as your favorite psychopath goes to far.

Performance of the Week – Man-Thing (Review score: 12 Points/1 Appearance; 12.0 Pts/App). Man-Thing ends his mini anniversary celebration on a high note. Dr. Ted Sallis accepts his role as the man inside the monster with the help of the Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men. He defeats the Harrower and puts an end to her misuse of his powers, and even gets a bit of payback as he gives the devil his own due when he comes face-to-face with Belasco.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Storm (15); Man-Thing (12); Blade (11); Okoye, Pyslocke, Thor (9); Carnage (8); Hyperion, Magik, Mr. Sinister, Ms. America, Nighthawk (7)

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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 #65 (50)
Hawkeye (CB)
Iron Fist
Jessica Jones
Luke Cage
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Creature, Ensnare, Melee, Webs, TU (The Syndicate), DA (Crime Master)
Spider-Woman
Wolverine
Antagonist(s)
Baron Mordo – Magic Offensive, TU (Kingpin)
Beetle – Energy, DA (Madama Masque)
Boomerang
Bullseye
Green Goblin – Business, Sense
Hammerhead
Kindred
Kingpin – TU (Baron Mordo), LT
Lady Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, TU (Tombstone), DA (Goons)
Madame Masque – Melee, TU (Crime Master)
Mirage (DC) – Deception
Mr. Negative
Tombstone – Durability, TU (Spider-Man), LT
White Rabbit – Gun, Melee, TU (Tombstone), DA (Goons)
America Chavez: Made in the USA #3 (7)
Ms. America – Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Strength, CD (Learns her upbringing in the Utopian Parallel was fabricated)
Carnage: Black, White & Blood #3 (18)
Human Torch – Flames Offensive, Flight, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Carnage)
Spider-Man (PP) – Sonics, Webs, TU (Human Torch), DA (Carnage)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Assassin, Blade, Influence, Melee, Weapon
Hellions #11 (33)
Havok
Psylocke – Blade, Melee, Telepathy Defensive, Telepathy Offensive, Weapon, Will Power, LT, DA (Ms. Locke)
Antagonist(s)
Arcade – TU (Mastermind), LT
Empath
Greycrow – Gun, Melee, Will Power
Mastermind – Influence, Sense, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, TU (Mr. Sinister)
Mr. Sinister – Deception, TU (Mastermind), LT, CD (Blackmails Psylocke using her daughter)
Nanny
Orphan-Maker
Wild Child – Melee
Heroes Reborn #1 (33)
Blade – Blade, Melee, Sense, Weapon, TU (Nighthawk), CD (Realizes the world is broken), DA (Hydra)
Blur – Speed, Speed Defensive
Dr. Spectrum – Durability, Energy Offensive, Flight, Sense, Speed
Hyperion – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Strength
Nighthawk – Explosive, Melee, Projectile, Suit, TU (Blade), DA (Hydra)
Power Princess – Suit
Immortal Hulk #46 (35)
Black Panther
Blade
Captain America
Captain Marvel – Flight
Doc Samson
Harpy
Hulk (BB) – Absorb, Durability, Melee, Strength, Toxin
Hulk (JW)
Iron Man
Puck – LT
Shaman
Thor – Blunt, Durability, Lightning, Projectile
Antagonist(s)
Ironclad – Melee
Vapor – Flight, Morph, Toxin
Vector – Energy Offensive, Telekinesis Offensive, LT
X-Ray – Flight
Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #5 (27)
Fat Cobra – Melee, Strength, TU (Okoye)
Iron Fist – Durability, Melee, TU (Okoye), LT
Luke Cage – Durability, Melee, TU (Okoye), DA (Brenda Swanson)
Okoye – Absorb, Agility, Blunt, Durability, Flames, Weapon, TU (Iron Fist), CD (Absorbs the Heart of Heave Chi)
Prince of Orphans – Durability
Sunspot – Melee
Marauders #20 (22)
Bishop – Deception
Callisto
Emma Frost
Iceman
Kate Pryde – Creature
Nightcrawler
Stepford Cuckoos – SC
Storm – Blade, Lightning, Melee, Precision, Projectile, SC, CD (Leaves the Marauders), DA (Hate-Monger)
Antagonist(s)
Pyro
Sebastian Shaw
Shinobi Shaw
Strange Academy #10 (5)
Lady Sif – Teleport
Volstagg
Antagonist(s)
Enchantress – CD (Reveals that Alvi and Iric are her sons)
Union #5 (17)
Britannia – Melee, Possession, Telepathy, LT
Choir – Sonics Defensive, Sonics Offensive
Kelpie
Snakes – Melee, Strength, SC
Union Jack – Melee, Vehicle, DA (Steve Darwin)
X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 (103)
Black Panther – TU (Spider-Man)
Blade – TU (Spider-Man)
Captain America – TU (Spider-Man), LT
Captain Marvel – Energy, Flight, TU (Spider-Man)
Cypher – Business
Emma Frost – Business
Ghost Rider (RR) – Vehicle, Whip, TU (Magik), DA (Spore bats)
Hulk (JW) – Strength, TU (Spider-Man)
Iron Man – Flames, Flight, TU (Spider-Man)
Jennifer Kale – Teleport, TU (Man-Thing)
Kate Pryde – Business
Magik – Business, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, TU (Man-Thing), LT, CD (Forms the Dark Riders)
Magneto – Business
Man-Thing – Absorb, Blade, Ensnare, Flames, Melee, Morph, Reality, Teleport, TU (Dark Riders), CD (Accepts his place inside Man-Thing for the betterment of the world), DA (Harrower)
Marrow – Blade, TU (Man-Thing), CD (Joins Magik’s Dark Riders), DA (Spore bats)
Nightcrawler – Business
Professor X – Business
Shark-Girl – Claws Offensive, TU (Man-Thing), CD (Joins Magik’s Dark Riders), DA (Spore bats)
Spider-Man (MM) – Crawl, TU (Black Panther)
Spider-Man (PP) – TU (Captain America)
Storm – Business, Flight, Lightning, Wind, TU (Thor)
Thor – Elements, Lightning, TU (Spider-Man)
Wolf Cub – Claws Offensive, TU (Man-Thing), CD (Joins Magik’s Dark Riders), DA (Spore bats)
Antagonist(s)
Belasco
Exodus – Business
Forearm – Melee, TU (Man-Thing), CD (Joins Magik’s Dark Riders), DA (Spore bats)
Krakoa – Plants Defensive
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Sebastian Shaw – Business

 



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