Weekly Marvel Review: July 28, 2021 (Week 30)

A week of endings ends the month of July. Beta Ray Bill and Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade bid their latest series adieu. However, the biggest send off belongs to young Cable and his 12-issue book. The time displaced Nathan Summers has been kicking around since 2018’s Extermination event where he forced the original X-Men back to their own time. Now, the tables have turned and he must return to his own future. Speaking of unpleasant returns, the Eternals learn that their perpetual resurrections come at the cost of a human’s life. A heavy burden that comes at the end of the first arc of their latest series—and possible finale?—with the next issue yet to be solicited.

FCL Podcast 09 – Cable’s Weapons Caches

Book the Week – Cable #12 (Review score: 72 Points; 11 Characters). The X-Men play musical Cables. The young Cable gets replaced by his older self and breaks up the happy Summers family dynamic Cyclops and Jean had been fostering. Before leaving though, he completes his current mission of saving the kidnapped mutant babies. The final issue brings together a crew of Cable’s closest friends—including Deadpool, Domino—and family members, such as Hope, to stop Stryfe’s baby-stealing operation.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Review score: 16 Points/3 Appearances; 5.33 Pts/App). Spider-Man breaks the 300-point barrier with the start of Peter David and Greg Land’s fourth collaboration on a Symbiote Spider-Man series. This time, the flashback story features Symbiote Spidey and Black Cat crossing paths with Karnilla, the Norn Queen—Hela’s current wife as seen in the Mighty Valkyries series. Spider-Man reaches 300 points with this series, but adds seven additional points in two more titles, including his latest Amazing issue.

Antagonist of the Week – Mordred (Review score: 9 Points/1 Appearance; 9.0 Pts/App). Mordred, a man out of time, tries to merge Arthurian artifacts with modern day technology and pays the price. The Black Knight finale reveals that Morded had created the Listenr App to feed off of mankind’s misery and constant complaining. But Mordred did not count on the connectivity power of the internet, because the Black Knight being plugged into the Ebony Crown via Listenr allows him to be reborn and put an end to Mordred’s scheme.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Peter Parker (16); Wolverine (15); Black Cat (14); Black Widow (12); Cable/Young (11); Beta Ray Bill, Cable (10); Mordred (9); Daredevil, Ikaris, Human Torch, Thing (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 #71 (24)
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive
Electro – Energy, Energy Offensive
Green Goblin
Kindred – Creature, Ensnare
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Weapon
Mysterio – Deception
Sandman – Morph, Sand, Sand Offensive
Beta Ray Bill #X (27)
Beta Ray Bill – Blade, Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength, Weapon, TU (Pip the Troll), CD (Claims the Twilight Sword), DA (Surtur)
Pip the Troll – Explosive, Gun, Teleport, TU (Beta Ray Bill), DA (Surtur)
Antagonist(s)
Skurge – Gun, Tech, TU (Beta Ray Bill), DA (Surtur)
Surtur – Durability, Grow, Melee, Shrink, Strength
Black Cat #8 (13)
Black Cat – Agility, Explosive, Melee, Sense, Tech, Thief, LT, DA (Nick Fury Jr.)
Nick Fury, Jr. – Gun, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Star
Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #5 (26)
Black Knight – Artifact, Ensnare, Heal, CD (Reveals that Jacks is his daughter), DA (Mordred)
Captain Marvel – Flight
Elsa Bloodstone – Artifact, Gun, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Black Knight), DA (Mordred)
Thor – Flight
Antagonist(s)
Mordred – Computer, Durability, Heal, Influence, Magic, Magic Offensive, Tech, CD (Dies)
Black Widow #9 (25)
Black Widow – Agility, Durability, Energy, Melee, Suit, Tech, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Spider-Girl), LT, DA (Olio henchmen)
Spider-Girl – Agility, Crawl, Melee, Webs, TU (Black Widow), DA (Olio henchmen)
White Widow – Agility, Explosive, Melee, TU (Spider-Girl), DA (Olio henchmen)
Cable #12 (72)
Cable – Artifact, Blade, Durability, Gun, Telekinesis, Teleport, TU (Cable), CD (Returns to the main timeline), DA (Stryfe)
Cable (Young) – Computer, Gun, Melee, Telepathy, Teleport, Weapon, TU (Cable), LT, CD (Returns to the future), DA (Demons)
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Cable), SC, DA (Demons)
Deadpool – Blade, Durability, Flames, TU (Cable), DA (Demons)
Domino – Gun, Vehicle, TU (Cable), DA (Demons)
Hope – Gun, Weapon, TU (Cable), SC, DA (Demons)
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, TU (Cable), DA (Demons)
Prestige – Explosive, Telekinesis, TU (Cable), SC, DA (Demons)
Stepford Cuckoos – Gun, Personality, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, TU (Cable), DA (Demons)
Wolverine
Antagonist(s)
Stryfe – Blade, Creature, Durability, Melee, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy Offensive
Daredevil #32 (30)
Daredevil – Agility, Blunt, Gun, Melee, Sense, Weapon, DA (Guards)
Elektra – Agility, Blade, Blunt, Weapon
Human Torch – Flight
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Antagonist(s)
Bullseye – Assassin, Blade, Creature, Gun, Weapon
Hammerhead – Durability, Melee, Strength
Kingpin – Influence
Typhoid Mary
Eternals #6 (41)
Gilgamesh – Computer, Durability, Telepathy, CD (Learns an Eternals rebirth kills a human)
Ikaris – Durability, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed, Telepathy, CD (Learns an Eternals rebirth kills a human)
Kingo Sunen – Blade, Weapon, CD (Learns an Eternals rebirth kills a human)
Phastos – Tech, Telepathy, CD (Reveals that an Eternals rebirth kills a human)
Sersi – Durability, Telepathy, Toxin
Sprite – SC, CD (Learns an Eternals rebirth kills a human)
Thena – Blade, Telepathy, Weapon, CD (Learns an Eternals rebirth kills a human)
Zuras
Antagonist(s)
Druig – Telepathy
Thanos – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Strength
Fantastic Four #34 (40)
Black Panther – Durability, Weapon, TU (Fantastic Four)
Human Torch – Durability, Flight, Morph, TU (Black Panther), CD (Can no longer turn off his flames)
Invisible Woman – Invisibility, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, TU (Black Panther), SC
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch, Tech, TU (Black Panther)
Namor – Durability, TU (Fantastic Four)
Thing – Durability, Melee, Strength, Vehicle, TU (Black Panther), LT, DA (Armagedron)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Cosmic, Energy, Tech
Victorious – Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, DA (Servo-Guard)
Mighty Valkyries #4 (15)
Sif
Thor
Valkyrie (JF) – Creature, Flight, Sense
Valkyrie (Runa)
Volstagg
Antagonist(s)
Hela – Blade, Durability
Karnilla
Kraven (LS) – Blade, DA (More)
S.W.O.R.D. #7 (35)
Abigail Brand – Deception, Gun, LT, CD (Deceives and withholds information from the Kree-Skrull Empire)
Accuser – Blunt
Captain Glory – Energy Offensive, Flight, CD (Released from his prison sentence), DA (Macro-Mindless One)
Frenzy – Durability
Hulkling – Blade, Weapon, LT, DA (Mindless One)
Khora of the Burning Heart – Blade
Manifold – Teleport, Teleport Defensive
Storm – Business, Flight, Lightning
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Business, Sense
Mentallo – Telepathy
Paibok – Melee
Shang-Chi #3 (20)
Brother Sabre – Blade, Melee, Strength
Shang-Chi – Agility, Blade, Melee, Strength, Vehicle, LT
Sister Dagger – Melee, Projectile
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Defensive, Claws Offensive, Durability, Melee
Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #1 (24)
Black Cat – Agility, Deception, Ensnare, TU (Spider-Man)
Hulk
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Deception, Ensnare, Melee, Webs, TU (Black Cat), SC, DA (Chameleon)
Antagonist(s)
Chameleon – Deception, Toxin
Karnilla – Artifact, Teleport, Teleport Offensive, TU (Moondark), LT
United States of Captain America #2 (27)
Captain America – Shield, Shield Defensive, Strength, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Falcon)
Falcon – Melee, Projectile, Shield Offensive, Strength, Vehicle, TU (Captain America)
Antagonist(s)
Speed Demon – Shield, Speed, Speed Offensive, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Superior)
Superior – Flames, Gun, Weapon, TU (Speed Demon), LT
Wolverine #14 (14)
Emma Frost – Telepathy, TU (Wolverine), LT
Sage – Computer
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Sense, Sleuth, Vehicle, TU (Emma Frost), DA (Sharks)

 



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