Weekly Marvel Review: June 23, 2021 (Week 25)

A potential cosmic cat fight takes shape. Now that the mutants have colonized Mars, S.W.O.R.D. begins to explore the fallout of their actions. First, Abigail Brand introduces a new universal credit to the Galactic Council and offers the members a taste of Mysterium, the new metal they have created. The biggest reveal, however, comes when Storm unveils herself as the Voice of Sol and the Regent of Mars. But how will these revelations impact the rest of the Marvel cosmic universe, specifically the self proclaimed Boss of Space, Captain Marvel? Only time will tell, as Carol, this week’s Top Hero, has her hands full learning magic and attempting to prevent a dire future. The Fantasy Comic League begins to track Skaar and Stacy X after their first appearances in several years.

FCL Podcast 04 – A Suitable Storm of S.W.O.R.D.

Book the Week – Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 (Review score: 83 Points; 51 Characters). Marvel’s latest entry in the “Voices” anthology series celebrates Pride Month and their vast number of LGBTQ+ characters. A dozen small stories highlight some of Marvel’s most prominent characters such as Northstar; Hulkling and Wiccan; Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean; and newer characters, such as Dr. Charlene McGowan. As is the case with most things recently, the mutants steal the spotlight. A look in at the Hellfire Gala boosts the number of characters appearing in the book, Mystique and Destiny star in one of the more action packed stories, and new character Somnus comes home to Krakoa.

Hero of the Week – Captain Marvel (Review score: 13 Points/3 Appearances; 4.33 Pts/App). Captain Marvel and the rest of the Avengers wake up, emerge, reappear(?) in Heroes Return, the final issue of the “Heroes Reborn” story. Her shoulder can also be seen at the Hellfire Gala in Wolverine, but her solo title is what puts her above the rest of the characters this week. After being turned away by all of the friendly magic users she knows, Carol makes the questionable decision to team-up with Enchantress, the mother of her future antagonist, Ove. She wisely decides to withhold the fact that she is trying to put an end to Amora’s potential future child. A decision that surely won’t be a problem in the future.

Antagonist of the Week – Cameron Hodge (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). Cameron Hodge, another would be child abductor, fights X-Factor in the retrospective X-Men Legends. He utilizes the new mechanical suit gifted to him by Apocalypse to attack the mutants. As X-Factor plays keep away with baby Christopher Summers, Hodge notices that the baby is also a mutant and vows to destroy him as well. Fortunately, Angel recognizes Apocalypse’s influence on Hodge’s suit and unleashes the full fury of his metallic wings to send the antagonist packing.

Performance of the Week – Reptil (Review score: 10 Points/1 Appearance; 10.0 Pts/App). As Reptil struggles with his decision to leave behind superheroics, his cousins attempt to change his mind and embrace his dinosaur-shifting abilities. After witnessing an antagonist rampage through the streets using an artifact similar to his own, Reptil has no other choice but to return to Dinosaur World and seek the help from the Hag of the Pits.

Top Characters (by review score). Captain Marvel (13); Beast (12); Cameron Hodge, Magneto, Nova/Richard Rider (11); Reptil (10); Angel, Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Titania (9); Iceman, Storm (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 #69 (21)
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Strength, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Chameleon
Doctor Octopus – Tech, CD (Brings Electro back)
Electro – CD (Returns)
Foreigner – Gun, Melee, TU (Chance)
Grizzly – Claws
Kindred
Lizard
Captain Marvel #29 (20)
Captain Marvel – Absorb, Agility, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Strength, TU (Enchantress), DA (Water dragon)
Doctor Strange – Telepathy
War Machine
Antagonist(s)
Enchantress – Creature, Flight, Magic Defensive, Telepathy, TU (Captain Marvel)
Gamma Flight #1 (18)
Doc Samson – Durability
Puck – Influence, LT
Rick Jones
Skaar – CD (Regains his powers)
Antagonist(s)
Absorbing Man – Absorb, Durability, Melee, Morph, DA (Soldiers)
Titania – Durability, Melee, Strength
Guardians of the Galaxy #15 (37)
Abigail Brand – Business, LT
Drax
Gamora – Computer
Groot
Hercules
Magneto – Business, Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Offensive, Weapon
Mantis – Vehicle
Nova (RR) – Business, Durability, Energy, Energy Defensive, Flight, Magnetics, Melee, Suit
Quasar (AK)
Quasar (WV)
Random
Rocket Raccoon
Star-Lord – Business, Sense, Vehicle
Antagonist(s)
Dormammu – CD (Overtakes Ego the Living Planet)
Forearm
Slab
Heroes Return #1 (45)
Black Panther
Blade – Blade, Weapon
Blur – Melee, Speed, Speed Offensive, Wind
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Doctor Spectrum – Energy Offensive, Flight
Echo – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Melee, DA (Power Princess)
Ghost Rider (RR)
Hyperion – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Strength
Iron Man
Nighthawk – Blade, Melee, Projectile, Tech
Phil Coulson
Power Princess – Durability, Ensnare, Flight, Melee
Spider-Man (PP) – Crawl
Thor
Antagonist(s)
Mephisto – CD (Joins the Council of Red)
Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 (83)
Angel – Flight
Anole
Aurora
Beast – Agility, Melee
Black Cat – Claws, Explosive, Melee, Sense, Tech
Bling!
Captain Britain
Chamber
Colossus
Cyclops – Energy
Domino
Elektra – Agility, DA (Fast Five)
Frenzy
Gambit
Graymalkin
Hulkling
Iceman – Flight, Ice, Ice Offensive
Jubilee
Karma
Karolina Dean – Flight
Kate Pryde
Magik
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics
Manifold
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis
Mercury
Mirage
Nico Minoru
Nightcrawler
Northstar – Flight, Speed
Penance
Pixie
Polaris
Prodigy – Intellect, Sense
Psylocke
Puck
Rictor
Rogue
Speed – Speed
Storm
Surge
Synch
Warlock
Warpath
Wiccan
Wolverine
Antagonist(s)
Daken
Destiny
Mystique – Deception, Melee, Morph, DA (James)
Pyro
Titania – Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Reptil #2 (10)
Reptil – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Artifact, Claws Offensive, Flight, Melee, Morph, Sense, SC
S.W.O.R.D. #6 (39)
Abigail Brand – Business, CD (Creates a new universal credit system called the Sol)
Captain America
Frenzy – Business, Strength
Guardian
Hulkling – Business
Magneto – CD (Recognizes Wanda as his daughter once more)
Manifold – Business, Teleport
Marvel Boy – Business
Nova (RR) – Business
Scarlet Witch – CD (Begins to reconcile with Magneto)
Smasher – Business
Star-Lord – Business
Storm – Business, Flight, Lightning, Wind, CD (Becomes the Regent of Mars and voice of Sol)
Thing
Wiz-Kid – Business, CD (Creates a new material called Mysterium)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Teleport
Paibok – Business
Silk #4 (9)
Silk – Speed, Weapon, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Silvermane – Assassin, Business, Melee, CD (Reveals he is the father of Saya Ishii)
Way of X #3 (61)
Banshee
Beast
Captain Avalon
Colossus
Cyclops
Dazzler – Energy
Doctor Nemesis – Computer
Gloriana
Havok
Jubilee
Kate Pryde
Loa – Biokinesis, Sense
Magik
Mercury – Durability, Sense
Multiple Man
Nightcrawler – Teleport, Teleport Offensive
Northstar
Pixie – Flight, Pheromones, Teleport, TU (Legion)
Prestige
Rictor
Stacy X – Influence, Melee, Pheromones
Storm
Wolverine (LK)
Xorn – Flight, TU (Legion)
Antagonist(s)
Blob
Fabian Cortez – Durability, Influence, Melee
Legion – Flight, Sense, Telepathy, Telepathy Defensive, TU (Pixie), LT
Monarch
Mr. Sinister
Nanny
Onslaught – Possession, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy Offensive
Pyro
Wolverine #13 (49)
Angel
Aurora
Banshee
Beast – Melee, Speed, LT, SC
Black Panther
Cannonball
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Deadpool – Explosive
Domino – Flames, Melee
Emma Frost – Telepathy
Gloriana
Invisible Woman
Jubilee
Kid Omega – Telepathy Defensive
Loa
Mercury
Multiple Man
Nightcrawler
Psylocke
Rogue
Sage – Computer, Intellect, Melee, LT, CD (Takes a stand against Beast)
Thing
Thor
Warpath
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Speed, SC
Wolverine (LK)
Antagonist(s)
Greycrow
Nanny
Wild Child
X-Men Legends #4 (38)
Angel – Appendage, Appendage Defensive, Appendage Offensive, Flight, DA (Cameron Hodge)
Beast – Agility, Strength
Cable – Telekinesis
Caliban
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive
Iceman – Flight, Ice, Ice Offensive
Marvel Girl – Flight, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive
Antagonist(s)
Apocalypse – Teleport, TU (Cameron Hodge)
Cameron Hodge – Appendage, Durability, Energy, Ensnare, Gun, Projectile, Suit, Weapon, TU (Apocalypse), DA (Marvel Girl)

 



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