Weekly Marvel Review: September 01, 2021 (Week 35)

Marvel releases their smallest batch of comics since returning from the pandemic pause in 2020. With only six comics hitting the shelves, only one character—Phyla-Vell—appears in more than one book. Under the influence of the Vox Supreme suit, the former Captain Marvel faces off with the current Captain Marvel in Carol Danvers’ latest issue. Phyla-Vell also shows up alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy to assist Emperor Hulkling and Wiccan in their “Last Annihilation” tie-in. Members of S.W.O.R.D. also appear in the cosmic chaos, including the mutant Zorn for his 36th overall appearance, earning a spot in the Fantasy Comic League database. Iron Lad also gets added with his first appearance in nearly two years.

Book the Week – Sinister War #4 (Review score: 101 Points; 35 Characters). While the “Last Anniilation” story boasts a large roster of cosmic heroes, Sinister War continues to be heavy on the antagonists. Of the 35 featured characters, only two of them are heroes—Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. The big moment in the latest Sinister War issue comes when Boomerang, Nick Spencer’s go-to support character, selflessly sacrifices himself to save his former roommate and friend. Boomerang completes his eight-year journey from superior foe to complicated frenemy under Spencer’s guidance.

Hero of the Week – Captain Marvel (Review score: 15 Points/1 Appearance; 15.0 Pts/App). Carol’s recent past catches up to her when a familiar suit, worn by a familiar face, challenges her and tests her strengths. Captain Marvel erupts with 12 power usages in her one appearance, edging out her competitor in the comic by one point to claim another Hero of the Week title.

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Octopus (Review score: 8 Points/1 Appearance; 8.0 Pts/App). Another antagonist steals the spotlight in Sinister War. Doctor Octopus, tired of having his tentacles pulled by Kindred, out smarts the demon and frees the other sextet members by destroying the centipede buried in their heads. Triumphant over one antagonist, Doc Ock lets his archenemy flee the battlefield in order to torment him at another date.

Top Characters (by review score). Captain Marvel (15); Phyla-Vell (14); Wiccan (12); Doctor Octopus, Hulkling, Warpath (8); Spider-Man/Peter Parker (7); Abigail Brand, Greycrow, Psylocke (6)


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

< Week 34 | Week 36 >

Avengers #48 (17)
Black Panther – LT
Blade – Blade, Sense, DA (Vampire)
Gorilla-man – Melee, Vehicle
Hulk (JW) – Energy, Melee, Strength, DA (Bar patrons)
Captain Marvel #32 (29)
Captain Marvel – Absorb, Durability, Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Precision, Sonics, Speed, Strength, Weapon, TU (Iron Man), DA (Phyla-Vell)
Iron Man – Sonics, Tech, TU (Captain Marvel)
Ms. Marvel
Phyla-Vell – Absorb, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed, Strength
Hellions #15 (24)
Emma Frost
Havok – Energy, Energy Offensive, Strength
Psylocke – Strength, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, Will Power, LT
Empath – Influence
Greycrow – Bionics, Energy, Melee, Weapon, DA (Locus Vile)
Mr. Sinister
Orphan-Maker – Gun
Wild Child
Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling #1 (65)
Abigail Brand – Deception, Energy, Weapon, TU (Wiccan), LT
Armor – Energy, TU (Wiccan)
Frenzy – Energy, Intellect, Melee, TU (Wiccan)
Hercules – Melee, Strength, TU (Hulkling)
Hulkling – Artifact, Blade, Melee, Morph, Teleport, TU (Guardians of the Galaxy), DA (Dormammu)
Iron Lad
Marvel Boy – Computer, Melee, TU (Hulkling)
Mur-G’nn – TU (S.W.O.R.D.)
Phyla-Vell – Blade, Influence, Weapon, TU (Hulkling)
Wiccan – Absorb, Artifact, Deception, Flight, Intellect, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Melee, Teleport, TU (S.W.O.R.D.)
Zorn – Flight, TU (Wiccan)
Avalanche – Vibrations, Melee, TU (Hulkling)
Dormammu – Flames
Paibok – Energy, Melee, TU (Wiccan)
New Mutants #21 (44)
Anole – CD (Successfully petitions for Scout’s resurrection)
Cosmar – CD (Successfully petitions for Scout’s resurrection)
Egg – Business, CD (Petitions for the resurrection of clones)
Elixir – Business, CD (Petitions for the resurrection of clones)
Hope – Business, Telepathy, CD (Petitions for the resurrection of clones)
Karma – LT
Mirage – Precision, Projectile, Weapon
Scout – Claws Offensive, CD (Returns against normal resurrection protocols)
Tempus – Business, CD (Petitions for the resurrection of clones)
Warpath – Durability, Melee, Rage, Strength, Weapon, LT, DA (Brood)
Wolfsbane – Morph, CD (Petitions for the resurrection of clones)
Proteus – Business, Ensnare, CD (Petitions for the resurrection of clones)
Shadow King
Sinister War #4 (101)
Doctor Strange
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Weapon, Webs
Beetle – Energy, Flight, Melee
Black Ant – Size
Boomerang – Flight, Melee, CD (Sacrifices his life to save Spider-Man)
Cobra – Melee
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Ensnare, Intellect, Sonics, Tech, DA (Kindred)
Electro – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight
Foreigner – Gun
Grey Gargoyle – Biokinesis, Melee
Hydro-Man – Melee, Stretch
Jack O’Lantern – Vehicle
Juggernaut – Durability, Melee, Strength
Kindred – Melee
Kraven (AK) – Melee
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Melee
Lady Octopus – Appendage Offensive, Ensnare
Living Laser – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight
Morlun – Absorb, Melee, Sense, DA (Boomerang)
Mysterio – Flight
Overdrive – Vehicle
Rhino – Melee
Sandman – Intangibility, Melee, Morph, Stretch
Scorpion – Melee
Shocker – Energy, Energy Offensive
Sin-Eater – Gun, Weapon
Speed Demon – Melee, Speed, Speed Offensive
Stegron – Melee
Taskmaster – Blade
Vulture – Melee
Whirlwind – Flight
White Rabbit – Gun


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