Weekly Marvel Review: June 30, 2021 (Week 26)

Things are not always so black and white in the Marvel universe. Unless of course it’s part of your code name. Black Cat and Black Widow both had books come out this week which featured White Fox and White Widow, respectively. Metaphorically speaking, things aren’t so black and white for Shang-Chi, who uneasily navigates the fine line between superhero and commander of the criminal Five Weapons Society. Other characters to’ muddy up the waters this week include the Chameleon making Teresa Parker question her whole life and the Eternal Phastos who seemingly betrays his family. New characters added to the database include Brother Sabre, Gilgamesh and Kro.

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Book the Week – X-Factor #10 (Review score: 71 Points; 47 Characters). The Hellfire Gala, and the X-Factor series, ends with a murder to shake the foundations of Krakoa. After making peace with Magneto, the Scarlet Witch—the Pretender—ends up dead, found abandoned in the bushes by her son, Speed. Though their series may be over—and their leader may have found a new team—X-Factor’s story continues in the upcoming Trial of Magneto series. Also murder-related, Prodigy solves the case of his own murder and Daken reveals that Aurora enacted revenge on the man who murdered her at the beginning of X-Factor.

Hero of the Week – Captain America (Review score: 20 Points/3 Appearances; 6.67 Pts/App). Captain America caps a strong month with an appropriate Hero of the Week title. He ascends to the second best character overall for Marvel in 2021. Captain America’s latest series, United States of Captain America, begins with Steve teaming up with Sam Wilson, his longtime ally and former Captain America. The duo set out to track down an Cap imposter and meet every day citizens who they have inspired.

Antagonist of the Week – Mordred (Review score: 9 Points/1 Appearance; 9.0 Pts/App). Though Mordred misses out on claiming the Ebony Blade, he still manages to create the Ebony Crown with the artifacts under his control. This earns him his first Antagonist of the Week, with one book left in the miniseries.

Performance of the Week – White Fox (Review score: 14 Points/1 Appearance; 14.0 Pts/App). White Fox recruits (see, deceives) Black Cat to help her rescue Taegukgi, her Tiger Division teammate and South Korea’s national hero. Though the similar characters get off to a rocky start, by the end of their rescue mission Fox and Cat develop somewhat of antagonistic friendship.

Top Characters (by review score). Captain America (20); White Fox (14); Black Widow, Shang-Chi (12); Black Cat (11); Cable (10); Eye-Boy, Mordred (9); Black Knight, Prodigy, Spider-Man/Peter Parker (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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Beta Ray Bill #4 (9)
Beta Ray Bill – Artifact, Blade, Weapon, DA (Muspelheim monster)
Pip the Troll
Antagonist(s)
Skurge
Surtur – CD (Returns)
Black Cat Annual #1 (33)
Black Cat – Agility, Business, Claws, Claws Offensive, Explosive, Melee, Speed, Thief, TU (White Fox), DA (Mongdal)
Luna Snow – Ice Offensive, TU (Black Cat)
Nick Fury Jr. – Vehicle
Nighthawk – Explosive, Melee
White Fox – Agility, Claws Offensive, Deception, Espionage, Melee, Morph, Sense, Speed, Suit, Tech, TU (Black Cat), LT, DA (Maidens)
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #4 (23)
Black Knight (DW) – Blade, Magic Offensive, Melee, Rage, Sense, Vehicle, TU (Elsa Bloodstone)
Black Knight (SPoS)
Elsa Bloodstone – Creature, Melee, Strength, TU (Black Knight)
Antagonist(s)
Mordred – Artifact, Blade, Morph, Shield, Shield Defensive, Weapon, CD (Forges the Ebony Crown), DA (Black Knight)
Black Widow #8 (23)
Black Widow – Blade, Durability, Espionage, Explosive, Melee, Suit, Tech, Weapon, TU (White Widow), LT, DA (Olio goons)
Spider-Girl – Espionage, Invisibility, Webs, TU (Black Widow)
White Widow – Gun, Melee, Weapon, TU (Black Widow), DA (Olio goons)
Cable #11 (51)
Cable – Blade, Computer, Plant, Teleport, Vehicle, TU (Cable), LT, CD (Returns), DA (Monster)
Cable (Young) – Influence, Telepathy, Vehicle, TU (Domino), CD (Supports the resurrection of his older self)
Cyclops – TU (Domino)
Deadpool – Fourth Wall, TU (Cable)
Domino – TU (Cable)
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Hope – Influence, TU (Cable), LT, CD (Reunites with Cable)
Magik – Teleport, TU (Cable)
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, TU (Domino)
Prestige – TU (Cable)
Professor X – Telepathy
Stepford Cuckoos – Melee, TU (Cable)
Tempus – Reality
Antagonist(s)
Proteus – Reality
Stryfe
Daredevil #31 (23)
Daredevil – Blunt, Melee, Weapon, DA (Prison guards)
Elektra – Melee, Projectile, Rage, Strength, Weapon, DA (Thugs)
Antagonist(s)
Bullseye – Assassin, Gun, Weapon
Hammerhead – Melee
Kingpin (IL)
Kingpin (WF) – Melee
Typhoid Mary – Blade
Eternals #5 (29)
Druig
Gilgamesh – Durability, Energy Defensive, Melee, Teleport
Ikaris – Durability, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Strength
Iron Man
Kingo Sunen – Tech
Phastos – TU (Thanos), CD (Betrays the Eternals)
Sersi – Deception, Durability, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, LT
Sprite
Thena – Tech
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – TU (Phastos)
Giant-Size Amazing Spider-Man: Chameleon Conspiracy #1 (30)
Silver Sable
Spider-Man (PP) – Ensnare, Melee, Vehicle, Weapon, Webs, SC, DA (Chameleons)
Antagonist(s)
Black Ant
Chameleon – Deception, Morph, CD (Reveals his origin to Theresa Parker)
Doctor Octopus
Electro – Energy Offensive
Foreigner – Gun, Melee, Weapon, TU (Jack O’Lantern)
Jack O’Lantern – Melee, Vehicle, TU (Foreigner)
Kindred
Kraven
Kraven (LS)
Taskmaster
Marvels #3 (30)
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Mr. Fantastic – Sonics, Tech, Vehicle, TU (Baltroc the Leaper), LT
Nick Fury
Thing – Gun, Vehicle, TU (Baltroc the Leaper)
Winter Soldier – Gun, DA (Soldier)
Antagonist(s)
Batroc the Leaper – Melee, Vehicle, TU (Mr. Fantastic), DA (Soldier)
Kro – LT
M.O.D.O.K. (GT) – Gun, Vehicle, TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Red Guardian – Melee, Projectile
Shang-Chi #2 (31)
Brother Sabre – Agility, Artifact, Deception, Melee
Captain America – Melee, Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, TU (Shang Chi), DA (Iron Fan)
Shang-Chi – Agility, Artifact, Deception, Explosive, Intellect, Melee, Shield, Strength, TU (Captain America), LT, DA (Iron Fan)
Sister Dagger
Antagonist(s)
M.O.D.O.K. – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive
Puff Adder
Viper
United States of Captain America #1 (17)
Captain America – Agility, Melee, Projectile, Shield, Shield Offensive, Vehicle, TU (Falcon), LT, SC, CD (Expresses a crisis of faith in the American Dream)
Falcon – Flight, Speed, TU (Captain America), SC, CD (Takes up the mantle of Captain America once more)
X-Factor #10 (71)
Aurora – CD (Reveals she killed her murderer)
Beast
Cannonball
Captain America
Colossus
Domino
Egg
Elixir
Emma Frost
Eye-Boy – Intellect, Magic, Magic Offensive, Sense, Sleuth, LT, CD (Learns new ways to harness his powers), DA (Murderer)
Frenzy
Gambit
Gimmick – CD (Makes it to Krakoa)
Hope
Iceman
Jubilee
Karma
Kate Pryde
Kid Omega
Magik
Magneto
Manifold
Mr. Fantastic
Multiple Man
Northstar – Speed
Penance
Polaris – Magnetics
Prestige – Sense
Prodigy – Computer, Intellect, Melee, Sense, Sleuth, CD (Gets revenge on the man who murdered him), DA (Murderer)
Professor X
Psylocke
Rictor
Rockslide
Rogue
Scarlet Witch – CD (Dies)
Shatterstar
Siryn
Speed – CD (Discovers his mother’s corpse)
Synch
Tempus
Thing
Wolverine (JH)
Wolverine (LK)
Antagonist(s)
Daken – CD (Agrees to cover up Aurora’s killing of her murderer)
Doctor Doom
Mystique
Proteus – Teleport

 



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