Weekly Marvel Review: July 14, 2021 (Week 28)

The King has returned. After a few questionable recap/vision appearances, the legendary King Arthur finally gets added to the Fantasy Comic League review system. However, it’s as Merlyn’s prisoner in Excalibur. Spider-Man’s Sinister War kicks off with a sinister gathering of three sextets gunning for the hero, each group with their own agenda. Layla Miller also makes her first appearance since 2019.

Book the Week – Excalibur #22 (Review score: 64 Points; 24 Characters). The turmoil in Otherworld continues in a post-X of Swords world. Now, after losing Rogue to the new X-Men team, Excalibur must infiltrate Merlyn’s Tower to settle a score with the increasingly hostile wizard. Gambit gets a chance to stand out in the latest issue by using his powers in a variety of ways including creating an explosion to super charge a getaway train.

Hero of the Week – Iron Man (Review score: 15 Points/2 Appearances; 7.5 Pts/App). After being waylaid in his own solo title, Iron Man reappears on another planet. There he comes across Stilt-Man leading a community of intergalactic refugees. Moved by Stilt-Man’s desire to do good, he teams up with the villain to protect the village from a roaming band of Ultimos. But his stay in this peaceful commune will be short lived as he still keeps tabs on Korvac’s movements through his connection with Hellcat.

Antagonist of the Week – Carnage (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). Carnage currently sits as the third best antagonist in Marvel’s 2021 comics, and that’s only with 5 appearances so far. It would be more but his latest Carnage: Black, White and Blood issue scores him no points as the recent stories were deemed alt universe tales. Nevertheless, with his current Extreme Carnage event happening, it won’t be long before the serial killer symbiote makes his way to the top of the antagonist pile.

Performance of the Week – Multiple Man (Review score: 14 Points/1 Appearance; 14.0 Pts/App). Multiple Man has his best week in more than two years—or at least since the Fantasy Comic League began tracking all characters and all powers. As such, his 14-point performance in the latest X-Corp deserves recognition as the performance of the Week. Tini Howard’s latest issue in the young series highlights the benefit of having a one man think tank running your R&D department. One man capable of duplicating himself at least. Jamie shows off his wide range of skills including Intellect and Personality, as well as his dupes’ ability to perform corporate espionage.

Top Characters (by review score). Iron Man (15); Multiple Man (14); Spider-Woman (13); Scream (12); Carnage (11); Conan (10); Captain Britain, Viv Vision (9); Gambit, Thor (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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Champions #8 (19)
Ironheart – Computer, Tech
Ms. Marvel
Nova (SA)
Spider-Man (MM) – Deception, Webs, LT
Vision
Viv Vision – Bionics, Computer, Crawl, Flight, Influence, Invisibility, Tech, LT
Conan the Barbarian #23 (10)
Conan – Blade, Crawl, Durability, Melee, Speed, Stealth, Vehicle, Weapon, DA (Officer Boquin)
Excalibur #22 (64)
Angel – Flight
Anole
Beast – Tech, TU (Excalibur)
Captain Avalon – Business
Captain Britain – Blade, Business, Sense, Shield, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy Defensive, TU (Beast), SC
Egg
Gambit – Agility, Energy, Energy Defensive, Explosive, Probability, TU (Beast), SC
Gloriana – TU (Beast)
Jubilee – TU (Beast), SC
Karma
King Arthur
Merlyn – Business, Magic, Magic Offensive
Mirage
Pete Wisdom – CD (Revives S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi-Division)
Pixie – Flight
Professor X
Rictor – Geokinesis, Geokinesis Defensive, Sense, TU (Beast), LT, SC
Roma – Business
Saturnyne – Business
Tempus – Reality
Antagonist(s)
Famine (FH) – Business
Monarch – Business
Pestilence (FH) – Business
Proteus – Reality
Extreme Carnage: Scream #1 (27)
Scream – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Claws, Creature, Durability, Ensnare, Flames, Flames Offensive, Sense, CD (Destroys Scream symbiote), DA (Guardsmen)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Agility, Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Blade, Durability, Ensnare, Influence, Possession, Telepathy, DA (Guardsmen)
Doppelganger – Durability, Melee, Strength
Iron Man #10 (18)
Hellcat – Telepathy
Iron Man – Agility, Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Speed, Suit, TU (Stilt-Man), DA (Ultimo)
Antagonist(s)
Stilt-Man – Appendage, Melee, Stretch, TU (Iron Man), LT
Sinister War #1 (62)
Doctor Strange
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, SC
Antagonist(s)
Beetle
Black Ant
Boomerang
Cobra – Melee
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, LT
Electro – Energy, Energy Offensive
Foreigner
Hydro-Man
Jack O’Lantern
Kindred – Ensnare
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Melee
Lady Octopus
Mephisto – Business
Mysterio – Flight, Melee, Morph, Teleport
Overdrive
Rhino – Durability, Melee, Strength
Sandman – Intangibility, Melee, Strength, Stretch
Scorpion – Appendage Offensive, Melee
Shocker
Speed Demon
Stegron – Melee
Tarantula – Melee
Taskmaster
Vulture – Claws, Flight, Gun, Melee, LT
White Rabbit
Spider-Woman #13 (18)
Spider-Woman – Agility, Crawl, Creature, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Strength, Suit, Vehicle, Weapon, DA (Lady Bullseye)
Antagonist(s)
Lady Bullseye – Agility, Blade, Melee, Vehicle
Thor #15 (41)
Balder
Black Panther – Claws
Blade – Blade, Melee
Captain America – Melee, Shield, Shield Defensive
Captain Marvel – Flight, Melee
Fandral
Ghost Rider (RR) – Flames, Whip
Hogun
Hulk (JW) – Durability, Melee, DA (Robot monster)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Melee, DA (Robot monster)
Lockjaw
Sif – Teleport
Thor – Blunt, Elements, Lightning, Melee, Strength, CD (Gives up Mjolnir), DA (Robot monsters)
Throg
Volstagg
Antagonist(s)
Loki
Way of X #4 (45)
Bedlam
Blink – Teleport
Dazzler – Energy
Dr. Nemesis – Intellect
Dust – Morph, Sand Defensive
Erg
Loa
Nightcrawler – Influence, Intellect, Melee, Teleport, TU (Legion), DA (Fabian Cortez)
Pixie – Blade, Melee
Professor X – Sense, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive
Warpath
Xorn – TU (Nightcrawler)
Antagonist(s)
Blob – Gun
Fabian Cortez – Influence
Gorgon – Telepathy, CD (Returns)
Legion – Absorb, Energy, Sense, Telepathy, TU (Nightcrawler), LT
Onslaught – Influence
X-Corp #3 (39)
Angel – Business, LT
Bishop – Energy
Layla Miller
Multiple Man – Absorb, Computer, Creature, Deception, Espionage, Explosive, Intellect, Melee, Personality, LT, SC, CD (Creates the Ionospheric Bandwidth Generator), DA (Roxxon guards)
Penance – Business, Claws, Morph, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, Will Power
Sunspot – Energy
Thunderbird – Energy
Trinary – Sense
Wind Dancer – Flight
Antagonist(s)
Vulcan – Absorb, Durability, Energy

 



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