Weekly Marvel Review: September 08, 2021 (Week 36)

Marvel taps into the unlimited potential of its digital comics subscription service by launching Infinity Comics. The new stories, exclusive to the Marvel Unlimited service, offer a chance for some of Marvel’s top creatives to tell quick short stories presented in a “visionary vertical format” meant to be read on phones and tablets. With its launch, Marvel releases several primer issues for its top characters, a Black Widow comic, a “X-Men Unlimited” series, a series featuring Skottie Young’s Little Marvels characters—as made famous by numerous variant covers. The real winners of the launch include Shang-Chi, who drops all four issues of his Infinity miniseries, and the scene stealing land shark, Jeff, who receives his first headlining book.

Book the Week – Savage Avengers #24 (Review score: 107 Points; 30 Characters). The era-spanning battle between Conan and Kulan Gath heats up and not even Marvel’s greatest heroes can help the barbarian. That’s not for lack of trying as the X-Men, Avengers and other allies team up to face the sorcerer. Kulan Gath dispatches them all until only Conan and Doctor Strange are left alive. Now, in this savage future, Conan stands alone in Doctor Doom’s armor and receives a surprise ally in Kang.

Hero of the Week – Shang-Chi (Review score: 41 Points/5 Appearances; 8.2 Pts/App). Shang-Chi kicks down the door of the Infinity Comics and his own solo title for a total of five appearances. He teams up with White Fox in the four issue Infinity story and continues putting himself at odds with Marvel’s heroes. This time he runs afoul of the Fantastic Four by breaking into their home and hitching a ride into the Negative Zone.

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Doom (Review score: 13 Points/2 Appearances; 6.5 Pts/App). Doctor Doom also makes demands for safe passage into a foreign world this week. Determined to enter Otherworld, he shows up in Excalibur prepared to enter the Krakoan gate using a (potentially kidnapped) Latverian mutant baby. Captain Britain and the rest of the realm’s mutant protectors refuse to allow Doom to use the child and agree to escort him to Avalon so he can investigate Morgan Le Fay’s absence. In Savage Avengers, Doom performs a selfless act to aid Conan in his battle by lending the barbarian his suit of armor.

Top Characters (by review score). Shang-Chi (41); White Fox (21); Conan, Leiko Wu (19); Captain America, Deadpool (15); Doctor Doom, Wolverine (13); Black Widow, Captain Britain, Doctor Strange, Gambit, Silver Surfer (11)

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

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Captain America
Spider-Man (PP)
Amazing Spider-Man #73 (10)
Doctor Strange
Spider-Man (PP)
Antagonist(s)
Chameleon
Green Goblin
Kindred – Appendage Offensive, Morph, CD (Reveals he orchestrated the creation of the Gabriel and Sarah Stacy clones)
Mephisto
Mysterio
Black Widow Infinity Comic #1 (17)
Black Widow – Ensnare, Melee, Stealth, Thief, Vehicle, TU (Hawkeye), LT, DA (Black Guard)
Hawkeye (CB) – Blunt, Precision, Projectile, Thief, Weapon, TU (Black Widow), DA (Black Guard)
Captain America Infinity Comic #1 (6)
Agent 13
Captain America – Influence, Melee, Precision, Sense
Captain America Infinity Comic #2 (3)
Captain America – Intellect, Stealth
Champions #9 (61)
Alex Power
Bombshell
Brawn – Melee, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Neo-edge)
Cloud 9
Dust
Energizer
Falcon (JT)
Ghost Rider (RR)
Gwenpool
Hawkeye (KB)
Hummingbird*
Ironheart – Intellect, Sense, Tech, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Py-rite)
Lightspeed
Locust
Mass Master
Moon Girl
Ms. America
Ms. Marvel – Deception, Influence, LT, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Roxxon)
Nova (SA) – CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Roxxon)
Patriot (RL)
Pinpoint – Teleport Offensive, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Sneko)
Power Man
Reptil
Snowguard
Spider-Man (MM) – Ensnare, Webs, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Fizzle)
Starling
Viv Vision – Bionics, Flight, Intellect, Stealth, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Roxxon)
Wasp (NvD) – Melee, Size, Strength, CD (Helps overturn Kamala’s Law), DA (Naut)
Conan the Barbarian #25 (15)
Bêlit – Agility, Blade, Weapon, DA (Young Conan)
Conan – Blade, Creature, Durability, Flames, Melee, Sense, Weapon, SC, DA (King Conan)
Daredevil #34 (12)
Daredevil – Agility, Blunt, Melee, DA (Police)
Elektra – Tech, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Bullseye
Kingpin – LT
Typhoid Mary
Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #2 (29)
Daredevil – Precision, Projectile
Deadpool – Agility, Blade, Durability, Ensnare, Explosive, Fourth Wall, Gun, Heal, Intellect, Melee, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Gambit), DA (Purple Man)
Gambit – Energy, Energy Offensive, Projectile, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Deadpool), DA (Vampire)
Antagonist(s)
Purple Man – Ensnare, Influence
Defenders #2 (31)
Cloud – Energy, Flight, Sense, TU (Taaia)
Doctor Strange – Magic, Reality, TU (Taaia), LT
Harpy – Flight, Sense, TU (Taaia), SC
Masked Raider – Gun, Weapon, TU (Taaia), SC
Silver Surfer – Absorb, Energy, Energy Offensive, Reality, Sense, Speed, Vehicle, TU (Taaia), SC, DA (Carlo Zota)
Excalibur #23 (36)
Captain Britain – Blade, Business, Flight, Influence, Intellect, Shield, Telekinesis, Telepathy, TU (Doctor Doom), LT
Gambit – Thief, TU (Doctor Doom)
Gloriana – Flight, Morph, Sense, TU (Doctor Doom)
Jubilee – Creature, Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Doctor Doom)
Rictor – Sense, TU (Doctor Doom)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Sense, Weapon, TU (Excalibur), LT
Extreme Carnage: Toxin #1 (14)
Agent Anti-Venom – Flight
Silence – Flight, Sense
Toxin – Ensnare, Flight, Melee, Personality, DA (Carnage)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Appendage Offensive, Melee
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1 (12)
Ka-Zar – Appendage, Flight, Melee, Sense, Speed, Strength, DA
Shanna the She-Devil – Flight, Plants, Sense
Savage Avengers #24 (107)
Black Knight – Creature, TU (Doctor Strange)
Black Panther – TU (Doctor Strange)
Black Widow – TU (Doctor Strange)
Blade – TU (Doctor Strange)
Captain America – Projectile, Shield Defensive, TU (Doctor Strange), LT
Captain Marvel – Energy Defensive, Flight, TU (Doctor Strange)
Conan – Blade, Deception, Durability, Melee, Toxin, Weapon, TU (Avengers), DA (Gath disciples)
Cyclops – Energy Defensive, TU (Doctor Strange)
Doctor Strange – Magic Defensive, Teleport, TU (Avengers), LT
Doctor Voodoo – Flight, TU (Doctor Strange)
Elektra – Tech, TU (Doctor Strange)
Ghost Rider (RR) – TU (Doctor Strange)
Hellstrom – TU (Doctor Strange)
Hulk (BB)
Hulk (JW) – Durability, TU (Doctor Strange)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, TU (Doctor Strange)
Magik – Teleport, TU (Doctor Strange)
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis Defensive, TU (Doctor Strange)
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics Defensive, TU (Doctor Strange)
Rogue – Durability, Flight, TU (Doctor Strange)
Spider-Man (PP) – Durability, Webs, TU (Doctor Strange)
Sunfire – Flight, TU (Doctor Strange)
Synch – TU (Doctor Strange)
Thor – Flight, Lightning, TU (Doctor Strange)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, TU (Doctor Strange)
Wolverine (LK) – Claws, Durability, TU (Doctor Strange)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Gun, Magic Defensive, TU (Doctor Strange)
Juggernaut – TU (Doctor Strange)
Kang – Energy, Weapon
Kulan Gath – Claws, Durability, Energy, Flames, Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive, Melee, Weapon, DA (Hulk)
Shang-Chi Infinity Comic #1 (14)
Leiko Wu – TU (Shang-Chi), SC
Shang-Chi – Agility, Durability, Intellect, Melee, TU (White Fox), LT, SC
White Fox – TU (Shang-Chi), SC
Shang-Chi Infinity Comic #2 (26)
Leiko Wu – Computer, Gun, Melee, Stealth, TU (Shang-Chi), DA (AIM)
Shang-Chi – Blunt, Melee, Precision, Projectile, Stealth, Strength, Suit, TU (White Fox), LT, DA (Guard)
White Fox – Agility, Claws Offensive, Melee, Speed, Stealth, TU (Shang-Chi), DA (AIM)
Shang-Chi Infinity Comic #3 (7)
Leiko Wu
Shang-Chi – Melee, Strength, TU (White Fox)
White Fox – TU (Shang-Chi)
Shang-Chi Infinity Comic #4 (25)
Leiko Wu – Appendage, Heal, Melee, Morph, Will Power, TU (Shang-Chi), DA (Dr. Gelsemium)
Shang-Chi – Agility, Durability, Heal, Melee, Speed, Suit, TU (White Fox), DA (Dr. Gelsemium)
White Fox – Agility, Claws Offensive, Heal, Melee, TU (Shang-Chi), SC, DA (Dr. Gelsemium)
Shang-Chi #4 (33)
Brother Sabre – Blade, Melee, Teleport, Weapon, DA (H.E.R.B.I.E.)
Captain America
Human Torch – Flight
Invisible Woman – Telekinesis Defensive
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch
Shang-Chi – Agility, Artifact, Melee, Precision, Sense, Teleport, LT, DA (Mantid bug)
Sister Dagger – Explosive, Melee, Projectile, Teleport, Weapon, DA (H.E.R.B.I.E.)
Thing – Durability, Melee, Strength
X-Force #23 (14)
Beast – Blade, Deception, Melee, Tech, DA (Nesting doll)
Sage – Sense
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Creature, Grow
Mikhail Rasputin – Teleport, TU (Man with the Peacock Tattoo)
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #1 (4)
Wolverine – Claws, Durability, DA (AIM)
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #2 (6)
Wolverine – Claws, Durability, Heal, Melee, DA (AIM)

 



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