Weekly Marvel Review: July 07, 2021 (Week 27)

The X-Men once again release the top book with some of their top characters filling out the top performances. No, not the new mutant team book, X-Men #1. The latest issue of the tangentially-related Children of the Atom sees their youngest member, Nighty-Nightcrawler, recruit some of mutantdom’s top heroes, such as Maggot (okay, Cyclops, Marvel Girl and Nightcrawler, too), to rescue his friends. Jennifer Walters is also in need of a rescue as she gets hulk-napped by the Winter Guard in Avengers #46. However, she willingly leaves the Avengers behind in Immortal Hulk #48 to try and help her cousin.

Book the Week – Children of the Atom #5 (Review score: 74 Points; 13 Characters). The X-Men come to the aid of the Children of the Atom and both teams get a chance to shine by each taking down a group of U-Men. However, any excitement from teaming up with the X-Men is quickly dashed when Cyclops and crew realize the children are not really mutants. Well, the majority of them at least. After their team-up, Storm reveals Gimmick’s true nature as a mutant and invites her to the Hellfire Gala.

Hero of the Week – Marvel Girl (Review score: 15 Points/2 Appearances; 7.5 Pts/App). Jean continues to make her presence in 2021 known and cracks into the top 10 heroes for the year. She earns her second Hero of the Week title and helps lead the new team of X-Men in their recent relaunch. Her prominence on the new team should keep Jean in the top performances, though she is unlikely to catch the various Avenger characters ahead of her.

Antagonist of the Week – Star (Review score: 16 Points/1 Appearance; 16.0 Pts/App). The latest tie-in to the upcoming “Infinity Heist” story gives Star a chance to explore her Reality altering powers. She selfishly uses her connection to the Infinity Gem to steal dogs, but quickly escalates her crime spree to murder. Star seeks revenge on those who teased her in high school, which brings her up against Spider-Man. Peter Parker tries and fails to connect with Ripley Ryan about being an outsider in high school.

Top Characters (by review score). Star (16); Marvel Girl (15); Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine (11); Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Spider-Man/Peter Parker (9); Carnage, Iron Man, Nightcrawler, Synch (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 Annual #2 (26)
Nick Fury Jr. – Intellect, Sense
Nighthawk – Tech
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Strength, Water, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Star – Assassin, Durability, Energy, Flight, Grow, Influence, Melee, Morph, Reality, Speed, Strength, Teleport, Thief, Weapon, Webs
Amazing Spider-Man #70 (41)
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Antagonist(s)
Beetle
Black Ant
Boomerang
Cobra
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Ensnare, Tech, LT
Electro – Melee
Foreigner – Melee
Hydro-Man
Jack O’Lantern
Kindred – Melee, LT
Kraven (LS) – Melee
Lady Octopus
Lizard – Computer, Toxin, CD (Has his human and lizard personalities separated)
Mysterio
Overdrive
Rhino
Sandman
Scorpion
Shocker
Speed Demon
Stegron
Tarantula
Taskmaster
Vulture – Flight
White Rabbit
America Chavez: Made in the USA #4 (6)
Ms. America – Melee, Strength, Teleport, Teleport Offensive, CD (Learns the truth about her mothers’ sacrifices)
Avengers #46 (43)
Black Panther
Captain America
Captain Marvel – Computer, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee
Phoenix (Echo)
Ghost Rider (RR)
Gorilla-Man – Agility, Computer, Melee, Teleport, CD (Betrays the Avengers)
Hulk (JW) – Attorney, Durability, Melee, Rage, Strength, CD (Turns red)
Iron Man – Computer, Tech
Thor
Antagonist(s)
Crimson Dynamo – Durability, Ensnare, Flight, Melee, Suit, DA (Hulk)
Darkstar – Energy Defensive, Ensnare, Flight, DA (Captain Marvel)
Ursa Major – Gun, CD (Dies)
Vanguard – Gun
Captain America #30 (22)
Agent 13 – Computer
Captain America – Agility, Blade, Deception, Melee, Precision, Projectile, DA (Crossbones)
Dr. Toni Ho – Computer
Dryad
Winter Soldier
Antagonist(s)
Crossbones – Blade
Foreigner
Kingpin
Red Skull
Superior – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive
Children of the Atom #5 (74)
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Daycrawler), LT, DA (U-Men)
Cyclops-Lass – Energy, Tech, TU (X-Men), LT, DA (U-Men)
Cherub – Flight, Melee, TU (X-Men), DA (U-Men)
Daycrawler – Crawl, Melee, Tech, Teleport, TU (X-Men), DA (U-Men)
Gimmick – Energy, TU (X-Men), CD (Reveals that she is a mutant), DA (U-Men)
Maggott – TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Magma – Flames, TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Marvel Guy – Influence, Pheromones, TU (X-Men), DA (U-Men)
Nightcrawler – Blade, Melee, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Teleport Offensive, TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Pixie – Flight, Melee, TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Storm – Business, Elements, Flight, Lightning, TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Melee, TU (Daycrawler), DA (U-Men)
Extreme Carnage Alpha #1 (18)
Agent Anti-Venom – Melee, Morph, Sense, TU (Iron Man), LT
Iron Man – Computer, TU (Agent Anti-Venom), LT
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Assassin, Ensnare, Influence, Possession, Telepathy
Hellions #13 (14)
Havok
Psylocke
Antagonist(s)
Empath
Greycrow
Mastermind – Deception, Tech
Mr. Sinister – Computer, Tech
Nanny
Orphan-Maker
Wild Child – Sense
Immortal Hulk #48 (21)
Black Panther
Blade
Brainstorm
Brawn
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Ghost Rider (JB)
Harpy – Morph
Hulk (BB) – CD (Fixit persona vows to be a better person)
Hulk (JW) – Morph
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Iron Man
Lyja the Lazerfist
Mr. Fantastic
Powerhouse
Thing
Thor
Runaways #37 (13)
Alex Wilder
Chase Stein
Gert Yorkes
Gib – Absorb, Morph
Karolina Dean
Molly Hayes
Nico Minoru – Artifact, Blunt, Magic
Victor Mancha
X-Force #21 (24)
Beast – Crawl, Intellect
Domino – Explosive, Toxin
Dr. Cecilia Reyes
Forge – Toxin
Kid Omega – Deception, Ensnare, Sense, Tech, Telepathy
Sage – Computer, Intellect, LT
Stepford Cuckoos
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Toxin
X-Men #1 (53)
Captain America
Cyclops – Energy Offensive, Will Power, LT, DA (Mind reaver)
Forge – Intellect
Marvel Girl – Flight, Sense, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathy Defensive, Will Power, LT, DA (Mind reaver)
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Magnetics Offensive, Will Power, DA (Mind reaver)
Rogue – Durability, Flight, Melee, Strength, Will Power, DA (Mind reaver)
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Sunfire – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Will Power, DA (Mind reaver)
Synch – Absorb, Computer, Intellect, Tech, Will Power, LT, DA (Mind reaver)
Thing
Wolverine (LK) – Claws Offensive, Will Power, DA (Mind reaver)
Antagonist(s)
High Evolutionary

 



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