Weekly Marvel Review: August 25, 2021 (Week 34)

A new addition to Marvel’s library of youthful legacy characters—basketball prodigy Connor Young—makes his debut in the new Darkhawk series and the Fantasy Comic League review system. The Darkhawk Amulet finds its new owner after Chris Powell sent it away at the end of Darkhawk: Heart of the Hawk. Moon-Boy, Devil Dinosaur’s original companion, makes his first appearance in nearly four years and gets inducted into the score keeping.

Book the Week – Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 (Review score: 55 Points; 15 Characters). Ahead of his box office premier, Shang-Chi leads the latest Marvel anthology spotlight book. Other popular Asian characters who share the book include Ms. Marvel and Silk, while a handful of characters not seen too often this year, such as Wave (first 2021 appearance) and Brawn (third 2021 appearance), fill out the rest of the stories.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Review score: 21 Points/3 Appearances; 7.0 Pts/App). Nothing can stop Spider-Man, especially with a series titled Non-Stop Spider-Man living up to its name. That in addition to a non-stop string of Symbiote Spider-Man books by Peter David. The fourth installment in this symbiote series, Crossroads, deals with Karnilla, the Norn Queen sending Peter and the symbiote across the otherdimensional realm.

Antagonist of the Week – Solem (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). Wolverine’s hunt for Solem intensifies as Blackmore the pirate details the Arakkii assassin’s origins. Solem’s constant pursuit of pleasure gets him eight distinct power usages in his first appearance since the “Swords of X” event.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Peter Parker (21); Captain America, White Widow (17); Black Widow (13); Cable (12); Darkhawk/Connor Young, Solem, Thor (11); Bulldozer, Ms. Marvel, Red Guardian (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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Amazing Spider-Man #72 (20)
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Melee
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive
Electro – Energy Offensive
Green Goblin – CD (Reveals a deal made with Mephisto)
Kindred
Kraven (LS) – Projectile
Mephisto – Morph
Mysterio – Deception
Sandman – Melee, Strength
Avengers Annual #1 (22)
Captain America – Agility, Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, Strength
Captain Marvel
Iron Man – Durability, Energy, Flight, Strength, Suit, Tech
Nick Fury Jr. – Tech
Nighthawk – Durability, Explosive
Star
Thor
Black Widow #10 (27)
Black Widow – Agility, Energy, Melee, Suit, Weapon, TU (Spider-Girl), LT, DA (Olio)
Hawkeye (KB) – Projectile, Weapon, TU (Black Widow), DA (Olio)
Spider-Girl – Crawl, Melee, Webs, TU (Black Widow), DA (Olio)
White Widow – Agility, Energy, Melee, TU (Black Widow), LT, DA (Olio)
Cable: Reloaded #1 (49)
Abigail Brand – TU (Rocket Raccoon)
Boom-Boom – Energy, Energy Offensive, Strength, Vehicle, CD (Rejoins X-Terminators), DA (Breakworldians)
Cable – Bionics, Computer, Durability, Energy, Plants, Suit, Vehicle, TU (Rocket Raccoon), LT, CD (Resumes the role of S.W.O.R.D. security chief), DA (Breakworldians)
Cannonball – Durability, Flight, Melee, Vehicle, CD (Joins X-Terminators)
Khora of the Burning Heart – Influence, Projectile, Sense, Vehicle, CD (Joins X-Terminators), DA (Breakworldians)
Lila Cheney – Teleport, Vehicle, CD (Joins X-Terminators)
Rocket Raccoon – Tech, TU (Abigail Brand), LT
Wiz Kid – Computer, Energy, Shield, Tech, Vehicle, CD (Rejoins X-Terminators)
Conan the Barbarian #24 (9)
Bêlit – Blade, DA (Ambushers)
Conan – Blade, Melee, Strength, Vehicle, DA (Ambushers)
Darkhawk #1 (11)
Darkhawk (CY) – Agility, Appendage Defensive, Artifact, Claws, Durability, Flight, Sense, SC, CD (Becomes the new Darkhawk), DA (Looters)
Extreme Carnage: Riot #1 (7)
Agent Anti-Venom
Silence – Personality, Telepathy
Toxin
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Influence
Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 (55)
Armor
Bishop – Energy, Weapon, TU (Wave)
Brawn – Melee, Strength, TU (Silk), DA (Scarecrow)
Chamber – Telepathy
Jimmy Woo – Creature, Weapon, SC
Jubilee – Energy
Ms. Marvel – Ensnare, Grow, Melee, Shrink, Size, Stretch, TU (Red Dagger), DA (Khushkhati)
Shang-Chi – Agility, Melee, Speed, Weapon, DA (Shang-Chi)
Silhouette – Teleport
Silk – Ensnare, Sense, Webs, TU (Brawn), DA (Scarecrow)
Surge
Wave – Blade, Flight, Melee, Water, Water Defensive, TU (Bishop), DA (Snake)
Antagonist(s)
Daken
Scarecrow – Blade, Pheromones
Silver Samurai
Non-Stop Spider-Man #4 (16)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Blade, Crawl, Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Baron Zemo – Agility, Blade, Gun, Toxin, Weapon
Doctor Strange
Strange Academy #12 (6)
Doctor Voodoo – Creature, TU (Howard the Duck), SC
Howard the Duck – TU (Doctor Voodoo)
Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #2 (22)
Black Cat
Doctor Strange – Magic
Hulk – Durability, Melee, Morph, Personality, Strength
Moon-Boy – Creature
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Artifact, Claws, Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Karnilla – Magic
Thor #16 (34)
Angela
Freyja – Blade, DA (Beast)
Odin – Melee, Strength
Thor – Blunt, Creature, Intellect, Melee, Sense, Speed, Strength, TU (Valkyrie), DA (Wrecker)
Valkyrie (JF) – Agility, Flight, Melee, Strength, Weapon, TU (Thor), DA (Wrecker)
Antagonist(s)
Bulldozer – Strength, Weapon
Piledriver – Strength, Weapon
Wrecker – Melee, Projectile
United States of Captain America #3 (33)
Captain America – Influence, Intellect, Melee, Shield, Shield Defensive, Vehicle, TU (Falcon), LT, SC
Falcon – Intellect, Projectile, Vehicle, TU (Captain America)
Winter Soldier – Durability, TU (Captain America), SC
Antagonist(s)
Bulldozer – Durability, Melee, Speed, Strength, Weapon
Speed Demon – Projectile, Speed, Speed Offensive, Weapon
Superior – Blade, Gun
Winter Guard #1 (44)
Black Widow – Vehicle, TU (White Widow), DA (Wolf Spider Septsnaz)
Captain Marvel – Energy Offensive, Melee, Strength, DA (Wolf Spider Septsnaz)
White Widow – Agility, Energy, Espionage, Explosive, Melee, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Black Widow), DA (Wolf Spider Septsnaz)
Antagonist(s)
Crimson Dynamo – Explosive, Flight, Water, LT
Darkstar – Durability, Energy Defensive, Teleport
Red Guardian – Durability, Espionage, Projectile, Suit, Tech, Thief, TU (White Widow), DA (Winter Guard)
Ursa Major – Claws, Durability, Sense
Vanguard – Shield, Shield Offensive
Wolverine #15 (18)
Sage
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, DA (Boneclutch pirates)
Antagonist(s)
Solem – Agility, Blade, Deception, Durability, Influence, Precision, Thief, Weapon, CD (Reveals origin), DA (Blackmore)

 



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