Weekly Marvel Review: August 18, 2021 (Week 33)

A pair of characters each earn their 36th overall appearance to meet the threshold for inclusion in the Fantasy Comic League review database. Tempo, who debuted in 1990, likely joins the main Marauders’ crew in a matter of issues anyway, so she likely does not even need the 36 appearances. Lady Lotus, the second inductee this week, notches her necessary appearance 42 years after she debuted in an issue of the Invaders in 1979. Tempo and Lotus are not likely to be the last inductees in the coming weeks. Chance, Slyde and Francine Frye—a trio of “Sinister War” antagonists—close in on Spider-Man and their own milestone 36th appearance. But not yet, as the event takes a break this week.

Book the Week – X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 (Review score: 113 Points; 41 Characters). The follow up to the summer’s biggest surprise, the death of the Scarlet Witch, begins with various X-teams coming to the same conclusion. Magneto must be questioned—if not suspected—in the murder of his estranged, adopted daughter. As suspected, the Master of Magnetism does not take the accusations well and the mastermind behind Krakoa’s latest world-changing accomplishment lashes out against some of Krakoa’s finest mutants.

Antagonist of the Week – Kang (Review score: 17 Points/1 Appearance; 17 Pts/App). Kang’s time has come. But when one is the master of time, your time comes whenever you want. Fresh off of his debut in the Loki Disney Plus television show, Kang receives his first solo title. This title focuses on Kang’s youth, or potentially a variation of his youth. In this story, Kang teaches his younger self the valuable lessons he has learned fighting the Avengers and Fantastic Four, but the young Kang chooses a new love and scorns his older version’s warnings.

Hero of the Week – Iron Man (Review score: 17 Points/3 Appearances; 5.67 Pts/App). Iron Man ends his time in Stilt-Man’s false utopia when he realizes the villain was keeping his citizens living in fear. At Hellcat’s telepathic behest—and a visit from the Living Tribunal—Iron Man returns to his quest to defeat Korvac and finds himself on Galactus’ ship. A cameo in Trial of Magneto and a supporting role in Marvels boosts his strong three-appearance week.

Top Characters (by review score). Iron Man, Kang (17); Nightcrawler (14); Spider-Woman (13); Emma Frost, Magneto, Marvel Girl (11); Kate Pryde, Kid Kang (10); Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Spider-Man/Peter Parker (9)


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Key: TU – Team-Up; LT – Lead Team; SC – Save Civilian; CD – Character Development; DA – Defeat Antagonist.

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Black Cat #9 (8)
Black Cat – Deception, Ensnare, Projectile, Whip, LT
Star – Sense
Gamma Flight #3 (13)
Doc Sasquatch – Claws Offensive, Melee, Strength
Puck – Melee, Weapon
Rick Jones – Sense
Absorbing Man – Melee
Titania – Melee
Guardians of the Galaxy #17 (59)
Captain Glory – CD (Dies)
Gamora – Gun, Vehicle
Gladiator – Durability, Melee, Strength, DA (Mindless Ones)
Mantis – Melee, Weapon
Moondragon – Sense, Telepathy
Nova (RR) – Durability, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed, Strength, DA (Mindless Ones)
Quasar (AK) – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Teleport, DA (Mindless Ones)
Quasas (WV) – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Teleport, DA (Mindless Ones)
Rocket Raccoon – Influence, LT
Star-Lord – Sense
Doctor Doom – Computer, Creature, Intellect, Teleport
Dormammu – Creature, Morph, Possession, CD (Conquerors Chitauri Prime)
Super-Skrull – Flames, Flames Offensive, Melee, Stretch, DA (Mindless Ones)
Iron Man #11 (33)
Frog-Man – TU (Hellcat)
Gargoyle – TU (Hellcat)
Hellcat – Telepathy, TU (Misty Knight), LT
Iron Man – Agility, Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Strength, Suit, Tech, TU (Avro-X), DA (Stilt-Man)
Misty Knight – TU (Hellcat)
Scarlet Spider – TU (Hellcat)
War Machine – TU (Hellcat)
Stilt-Man – Appendage, Deception, Energy, Intellect, Melee, Stretch, CD (Loses control of his false paradise)
Kang the Conqueror #1 (27)
Kid Kang – Computer, Gun, Suit, Teleport, Thief, Vehicle, Weapon, CD (Meets his future self), DA (Dinosaur)

Kang – Assassin, Computer, Durability, Energy, Flight, Influence, Intellect, Melee, Suit, Tech, Teleport, Thief, Vehicle, Weapon, CD (Takes his younger self through time), DA (Doombot)
Marauders #23 (26)
Banshee – Flight, Sonics, Sonics Offensive, TU (Marauders), DA (Reaver)
Emma Frost – Influence, Telepathy, TU (Banshee), LT, SC
Kate Pryde – Blade, Creature, Intangibility, Intangibility Defensive, TU (Banshee), DA (Reaver)
Stepford Cuckoos – Influence, Telepathy
Tempo – Reality, TU (Banshee)
Kade Kilgore
Marvels #4 (65)
Aero – Flight, Sense, Wind, SC
Black Cat – TU (Spider-Man)
Black Panther – TU (Captain America)
Captain America – Shield, Shield Offensive, TU (Spider-Man)
Cyclops – Business
Doctor Strange – Magic, Teleport, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Monster)
Emma Frost – Business
Human Torch – Flight, Morph, TU (Captain America)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Suit, TU (Spider-Man)
Jimmy Woo
Magneto – Business
Marvel Girl – Business
Mr. Fantastic – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Nightcrawler – Business
Professor X – Business
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs, TU (Black Cat), SC
Storm – Business, Flight
Dark Star
Doctor Doom
Exodus – Business
Lady Lotus – Telepathy
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Sebastian Shaw – Business
Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual #1 (19)
Nick Fury Jr. – Deception, Energy, Gun, Suit, DA (Star)
Nighthawk – LT
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Crawl, Durability, Energy Offensive, Sense, Webs, TU (Amulet), DA (Cyclops)
Star – Energy
Moon Knight #2 (6)
Moon Knight – Absorb, Intellect, Will Power, SC, DA (Hawley)
Sinister War #3 (72)
Spider-Man (PP) – Ensnare, Melee, Speed, Webs
Anastasia Kravinoff – Weapon
Beetle – Flight
Boomerang – Deception, Explosive, Flight, Projectile
Cobra – Melee
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Ensnare
Electro – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight
Grey Gargoyle
Hydro-Man – Stretch, Morph, Water Offensive
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Weapon
Lady Octopus – Appendage
Living Laser
Mysterio – Deception
Rhino – Durability, Melee
Sandman – Melee, Morph, Stretch
Scorpion – Appendage Offensive
Shocker – Energy
Sin-Eater – CD (Returns)
Speed Demon – Melee, Speed
Tarantula – Melee
Vulture – Flight
Whirlwind – Flight
White Rabbit – Gun
Spider-Woman #14 (13)
Spider-Woman – Agility, Blade, Crawl, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Pheromones, Stealth, Weapon, CD (Witnesses her brother turn into a super villain), DA (Guards)
Way of X #5 (53)
Abigail Brand
Doctor Nemesis
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Emma Frost
Hope – Influence
Marvel Girl – Tech, Telepathy
Nightcrawler – Influence, Melee, Strength, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Teleport Offensive, SC, CD (Sacrifices himself to save Mars)
Professor X
Tempus – Reality
Xorn – Flight
Exodus – Tech, Telepathy
Fabian Cortez – Blade, Energy, Influence, Melee, Weapon, CD (Entrusted by Nightcrawler to be his religious messenger)
Legion – Influence, Intellect, Telepathy
Onslaught – Influence, Possession
Proteus – Reality
X-Corp #4 (51)
Angel – Appendage Offensive, Business, Flight, Melee, Morph, Projectile, LT
Bishop – Energy Offensive, Gun, DA (Scouts)
Multiple Man – Absorb, Business, Creature
Penance – Business, Flight, Melee, Morph, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, LT
Sunspot – Energy Offensive, Flight, DA (Scouts)
Thunderbird – DA (Scouts)
Trinary – Business, Sense
Wind Dancer
Fenris – Gun
Mastermind – Business, Deception
Selene – Business, Influence, Melee, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, CD (Joins the Board of X-Corp)
Vulcan – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, DA (Scouts)
X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 (113)
Anole – Ensnare
Captain America
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Defensive, Precision
Dr. Cecilia Reyes – Intellect
Emma Frost – Business
Eye-Boy – Sense
Iron Man
Kate Pryde – Business, Intangibility Offensive
Magneto – Business, Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Magnetics Offensive, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Marvel Girl – Flight, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy, TU (X-Factor)
Nightcrawler – Business, Teleport
Northstar – Flight, Speed, LT
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Magnetics Offensive, Weapon, TU (X-Force)
Prestige – Flight, Sense, Telekinesis, Telepathy, TU (X-Men)
Prodigy – Intellect, Tech
Professor X – Business, LT
Quicksilver – Melee, Rage, Speed, Speed Offensive, DA (Magneto)
Sage – Intellect
Scarlet Witch – Reality, CD (Enters a realm between life and death)
Storm – Business, Lightning
Synch – Absorb, Flight, Magnetics, TU (X-Factor)
Wasp (JvD)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, Durability, Sense, TU (X-Men)
Wolverine (LK) – Claws, Sense, TU (X-Factor)
Daken – Claws, Claws Offensive, Sense, TU (X-Men)
Exodus – Business, Telekinesis
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Sebastian Shaw – Business


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