Weekly Marvel Review: September 22, 2021 (Week 38)

Three titles drop their final issues this week, with a recently-concluded series receiving a one shot finale. Reptil and X-Corp finish their short runs at four and five issues, respectively, while Guardians of the Galaxy ends with issue 18. However, Al Ewing’s cosmic storyline appears to be far from over as long as he keeps piloting the S.W.O.R.D. While one doctor stands on the precipice of galactic greatness, another doctor falls at death’s door. Doctor Strange’s big event, Death of Doctor Strange, kicks off with a blast from the past.

Book the Week – X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 (Review score: 73 Points; 25 Characters). The finale to Si Spurrier’s Way of X influences a lot of characters when Nightcrawler and Legion put an end to Onslaught’s influence over the resurrected mutants. Kurt also develops the solution to his religious mission with the creation of the Spark, a way of appreciating life for the mutants of Krakoa. The Influence power itself makes a strong impression with seven different characters all receiving credit for inspiring and effecting those around them.

Hero of the Week – Doctor Strange (Review score: 17 Points/2 Appearances; 8.5 Pts/App). Death cannot stop the Sorcerer Supreme. The mystery of who kills Doctor Strange begins with a surprise appearance by the classic—more groovy—Doctor Strange of days past. The good doctor reveals he had split and hid part of his soul, to be released upon any suspicious assassination attempt on him. He also continues his guest appearance in the Symbiote Spider-Man series.

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Doom (Review score: 12 Points/1 Appearance; 12.0 Pts/App). Doctor Doom successfully guards the galaxy from the the planet-sized threat of Dormammu. But he reveals a devious team-up with Sister Talionis that shows his ultimate goal was the acquisition of more magical power. Despite his absorption of Dormammu’s magic, Doom still covets the allegiance of the mutants and Excelsior, Emperor Hulkling’s cosmic sword.

Top Characters (by review score). Doctor Strange (17); Captain America, Nightcrawler (16); Reptil, Wolverine/James Howlett (15); Doctor Doom (12); Venom/Eddie Brock (10); Penance (9); Moon Knight, Mr. Fantastic (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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Captain America Infinity Comic #4 (9)
Agent 13
Captain America – Durability, Melee, Precision, Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive, DA (Bill Travis)
Death of Doctor Strange #1 (35)
Captain America
Doctor Strange – Business, Ensnare, Flight, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Melee, Sense, Weapon, SC, DA (Limbo demons)
Doctor Voodoo – Melee, Teleport
Magik – Blade, Magic, Melee, Sense, Weapon, DA (Limbo demons)
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch, Tech
Shaman – Sense
Thor – Sense
Wong – Magic, Sense
Antagonist(s)
Baron Mordo
Piledriver
Fantastic Four #36 (30)
Brainstorm – Computer, Tech
Human Torch – Flames, Flight, Morph, Suit, CD (Uncouples from Sky)
Invisible Woman – Tech, Telekinesis Defensive
Moon Girl
Mr. Fantastic – Computer, Intellect, Stretch, Suit
Powerhouse – Tech
Sky – Claws, Claws Offensive, Flight, Sonics Offensive, CD (Uncouples from Human Torch and returns home)
Thing – Durability, Influence, Tech
Gamma Flight #4 (24)
Doc Sasquatch – Claws Offensive, Strength
Puck – LT
Rick Jones – Creature, Sense
Antagonist(s)
Abomination – Deception, Morph, LT
Absorbing Man – Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength
Skaar – Blade, Durability, Melee, Strength
Titania – Melee
Guardians of the Galaxy #18 (55)
Abigail Brand
Drax – Absorb, DA (Dormammu)
Gamora – Gun, Vehicle, DA (Dormammu)
Groot – Absorb, DA (Dormammu)
Hercules
Hulkling
Manifold
Mantis
Marvel Boy
Moondragon – Absorb, Durability, DA (Dormammu)
Mur-Gnn
Nova (RR) – Cosmic, Flight, Strength, DA (Dormammu)
Phyla-Vell
Prince of Power
Quasar (WV)
Rocket Raccoon – Vehicle, LT, DA (Dormammu)
Star-Lord – Absorb, Cosmic, DA (Dormammu)
Storm
Wiccan
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Absorb, Artifact, Creature, Deception, Magic, Suit, Teleport, TU (Sister Talionis), LT, CD (Absorbs Dormammu’s magic), DA (Dormammu)
Dormammu
Ego the Living Planet – CD (Dies)
Super-Skrull
Moon Knight #3 (8)
Moon Knight – Blunt, Durability, Melee, Projectile, Weapon, SC, DA (Hunter’s Moon)
Reptil #4 (15)
Reptil – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Artifact, Claws, Claws Offensive, Creature, Durability, Ensnare, Flight, Morph, Strength, Will Power, SC, DA (Megalith)
Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #1 (27)
Black Cat – TU (Doctor Strange)
Doctor Strange – Magic, Sense, TU (Black Cat), LT
Hulk – Melee, Morph, Personality, CD (Morphs into a new persona), DA (Long-Legs)
Moon-Boy – Creature, TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Webs, TU (Moon-Boy)
Antagonist(s)
Karnilla – Artifact, Sense, LT
Kro – LT
United States of Captain America #4 (32)
Captain America – Melee, Strength, Vehicle, TU (Falcon), LT, DA (Superior)
Falcon – Melee, Projectile, Vehicle, TU (Captain America)
U.S. Agent – Melee, TU (Captain America)
Winter Soldier – Melee, Vehicle, TU (Captain America)
Antagonist(s)
Speed Demon – Melee, Speed, Speed Offensive, TU (Commander Krieger), DA (Soldiers)
Superior – Melee, Precision, Shield, Weapon, TU (Commander Krieger), DA (Soldiers)
Venom/Carnage #1 (17)
Venom – Appendage, Crawl, Creature, Flight, Melee, Morph, Personality, Webs, SC
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Blade, Durability, Personality, Vehicle
X-Corp #5 (42)
Angel – Appendage Defensive, Flight, Melee, Projectile, Weapon, LT
Layla Miller
Multiple Man – Creature, CD (Saves X-Corp)
Penance – Agility, Claws, Claws Offensive, Flight, Melee, Morph, Speed, Telepathy
Trinary – Computer, Sense, Telepathy
Wind Dancer
Antagonist(s)
Fenris – Blade, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Gun, Melee, Tech
Mastermind – Deception
Selene – Absorb, Durability, Melee, Sense, Strength, Telekinesis
X-Men #3 (49)
Abigail Brand
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Offensive, LT, SC
Marvel Girl – Flight, Tech, Telekeinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy, SC
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Weapon, SC
Rogue – Flight, Melee, Strength, SC
Sunfire – Flames Offensive, Flight, SC
Synch – Absorb, Flames, Flight, Melee, Speed, SC
Wolverine (LK) – Claws, Claws Offensive, Melee, Strength, SC
Antagonist(s)
High Evolutionary – Creature, Durability, Flight, Heal, Influence, Melee, Strength
X-Men Legends #7 (22)
Jubilee – Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Yukio), DA (Yakuza)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, TU (Yukio), DA (Yakuza)
Yukio – Melee, Projectile, Weapon, TU (Wolverine), DA (Yakuza)
Antagonist(s)
Lady Deathstrike – Claws, Claws Offensive, Melee
X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 (73)
Blink – Teleport, DA (Onslaught)
Dazzler – Energy, Influence, DA (Onslaught)
Doctor Nemesis – Influence, Plants, DA (Onslaught)
Dust – Influence, Morph, Sand Offensive, DA (Onslaught)
Egg
Elixir
Hope
Kid Omega
Legion – Flames, Reality, LT, CD (Creates a base within the Astral Plane for the Spark), DA (Onslaught)
Loa
Magneto – Flight, Will Power
Mercury
Nightcrawler – Influence, Melee, Teleport, Weapon, LT, CD (Creates the Spark), DA (Onslaught)
Pixie – Artifact, Blade, Flight, Projectile, Teleport Defensive, DA (Onslaught)
Professor X
Stacy X – Influence
Tempus
Wind Dancer
Xorn – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, DA (Onslaught)
Zorn – Energy Offensive, Flight, DA (Onslaught)
Antagonist(s)
Fabian Cortez – Influence, CD (Confronts and accepts his own fears), DA (Onslaught)
Gorgon – Blade
Onslaught – Computer, Influence, Possession, Telepathy
Proteus
Shadow King
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #4 (20)
Chamber – Flames, TU (Wolverine), DA (AIM)
Nightcrawler – Crawl, Melee, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Teleport Offensive, TU (Wolverine), DA (AIM)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, Sense, TU (Nightcrawler), DA (AIM)

 



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