Weekly Marvel Review: September 29, 2021 (Week 39)

Multiple corners and characters of the Marvel Universe burn. Krakoa enters its latest Inferno when Moira MacTaggert’s biggest fear comes to pass. Despite Professor X and Magneto’s best attempts to keep Destiny from being resurrected, Mystique shocks the Quiet Council by introducing her recently returned-to-life wife. Doctor Strange wins his bet with Mephisto and saves Harry Osborn’s soul from eternal damnation and the flames of Hell. Doctor Doom gets burned by the Darkhold in his attempt to enter Chthon’s realm and exert dominance over the Elder God. But not all fires are bad this week. Miles Morales and Starling stoke the flames of passion when they finally embrace their attraction to one another.

Book the Week – Marvels #5 (Review score: 64 Points; 26 Characters). The latest Marvels book lives up to its name and features a handful of characters across the Marvel universe. Apart from the main crew attempting to free Siancong from Lady Lotus’ mysterious dome, cameos come from global teams including the Agents of Atlas, the Union and the Winter Guard.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Review score: 27 Points/4 Appearances; 6.75 Pts/App). The Kindred saga—and Nick Spencer era—comes to an end in typical Parker fashion: controversy and tragedy with a dash of hope. The much maligned storyline Sins Past from 2004 officially gets retconned but Harry Osborn(‘s clone) dies once more. Fortunately Mary Jane is there to pull Parker from the wreckage once more and the two end this dark chapter on a bright note.

Antagonist of the Week – Carnage (Review score: 22 Points/2 Appearances; 11.0 Pts/App). Carnage overtakes Knull, the former Symbiote God, as the top antagonist with a bloody performance in the Extreme Carnage finale. His murderous political campaign ends with the Friends of Humanity and their followers firmly deceived and in his pocket. His other appearance, the Venom/Carnage Infinity comic has him feeling right at home in the City of Sin.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Peter Parker (27); Carnage (22); Storm (16); Iron Man (15); Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Wolverine (14); Doctor Strange (13); Scarlet Witch (12); Dark Star (11); Agent Anti-Venom (10)

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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 #74 (28)
Doctor Strange – Deception, DA (Mephisto)
Spider-Man (BR) – Webs
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Crawl, Durability, Explosives, Melee, Sense, Strength, Webs, TU (Green Goblin), DA (Kindred)
Antagonist(s)
Green Goblin – CD (Confesses his sins)
Kindred – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Claws, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Strength, DA (Harry Osborn)
Mephisto
Black Cat #10 (16)
Black Cat – Agility, Precision, Sense, Tech, LT
Nick Fury, Jr. – Vehicle, LT
Nighthawk – Precision, Projectile, Suit, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Star – Sense
Darkhawk #2 (11)
Darkhawk (CY) – Artifact, Claws, Durability, Flight, Melee, Suit, CD (Learns his friend is part of the gang terrorizing the area)
Spider-Man (MM) – Crawl, Webs
Darkhold Alpha #1 (54)
Black Bolt – Artifact, CD (Joins the Dark Defiled)
Blade – Artifact, Influence, Weapon, CD (Joins the Dark Defiled)
Iron Man – Artifact, Computer, Tech, CD (Joins the Dark Defiled)
Scarlet Witch – Artifact, Flight, Influence, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Sense, Teleport, TU (Victorious), LT, CD (Forms the new Dark Defiled)
Spider-Man (PP) – Artifact, Crawl, Ensnare, Webs, CD (Joins the Dark Defiled)
Wasp (JVD) – Artifact, Flight, Influence, Shrink, Size, CD (Joins the Dark Defiled)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Artifact, Creature, Durability, Energy, Intellect, Teleport, CD (Awakens Chthon)
Rhino
Victorious – Blunt, Cosmic, Energy, Tech, Teleport, TU (Scarlet Witch)
Deadpool: Invisible Touch Infinity Comic #1 (28)
Deadpool – Durability, Fourth Wall, Melee, Stretch, Suit, Tech
Invisible Woman – Ensnare, Flight, Invisibility, Vehicle
Antagonist(s)
Boomerang
Electro – Energy, Energy Offensive
Hood
Kangaroo
Spot – Melee, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Teleport Offensive
Stilt-Man – Melee, Stretch
Vulture
White Rabbit
Extreme Carnage Omega #1 (46)
Agent Anti-Venom – Agility, Appendage, Deception, Gun, Melee, Morph, Weapon, TU (Silence), LT
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Suit, TU (Agent Anti-Venom)
Silence – Appendage, Ensnare, TU (Agent Anti-Venom)
Sleeper – Appendage, Blade, Deception, TU (Agent Anti-Venom), SC, CD (Bonds with a new host), DA (Riot)
Toxin – Durability, Flight, Melee, TU (Agent Anti-Venom)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Assassin, Claws Offensive, Creature, Durability, Ensnare, Flight, Influence, Morph, Strength, Thief, DA (Guardsman)
Inferno #1 (54)
Bei the Blood Moon
Bishop – Business, CD (Becomes the new Captain Commander)
Cyclops – Business, CD (Relinquishes the title of Captain Commander)
Cypher – Business
Domino
Emma Frost – Business, Tech
Kate Pryde – Business
Kid Omega – Telepathy
Magik – Business
Magneto – Business, Deception, Magnetics
Moira MacTaggert
Nightcrawler – Business
Omega Sentinel
Professor X – Business, Deception
Psylocke – Business, CD (Joins the Great Captains of Krakoa)
Sage
Storm – Business
Warlock
Wolverine (JH) – Claws Offensive
Antagonist(s)
Avalanche
Destiny – CD (Returns)
Exodus – Business
Krakoa – Business
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Pyro – Flames
Sebastian Shaw – Business
Marvels #5 (64)
Aarkus
Aero – Flight, Wind, Wind Defensive, TU (Doctor Strange)
Andromeda
Black Cat – TU (Doctor Strange)
Black Panther
Brawn
Captain America – Artifact, TU (Doctor Strange)
Choir – Sonics Offensive
Dakota North
Doctor Strange – Flight, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Sense, Telepathy, TU (Aero)
Human Torch – TU (Doctor Strange)
Invisible Woman – Telekinesis
Iron Man – Intellect, Sense, TU (Doctor Strange)
Kelpie – Flight, Water Offensive
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch
Namor – Business
Silk – Melee
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs
Storm – Flight, TU (Doctor Strange)
Thing – Melee
Union Jack – Gun
Wave – Blade, Flight
Antagonist(s)
Crimson Dynamo – Flight, Melee
Darkstar – Energy Offensive, Flight
Ursa Major – Melee
Vanguard – Projectile
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #30 (18)
Frog-Man
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Energy Offensive, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Strength, Webs, SC, CD (Begins dating Starling), DA (Mandroid)
Starling – CD (Begins dating Spider-Man)
Antagonist(s)
Taskmaster – Weapon
Vulture – Flight
Non-Stop Spider-Man #5 (16)
Doctor Strange – Magic
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Blade, Intellect, Melee, Morph, Sense, Whip
Antagonist(s)
Baron Zemo – Agility, Blade, Blunt, Gun, Weapon
S.W.O.R.D. #8 (19)
Frenzy
Khora of the Burning Heart
Storm – Agility, Blade, Business, Elements, Ensnare, Flight, Ice, Will Power, Wind, DA (Calderak)
Wiz-Kid – Computer
Antagonist(s)
Isca the Unbeaten – Business
Mentallo – Telepathy
Thor #17 (34)
Angela – Blade, Influence, Precision, Projectile, Weapon, TU (Thor), LT, DA (Koragant)
Black Panther
Blade
Captain America
Captain Marvel
Freyja – Creature, Gun, Precision, Projectile, TU (Thor), CD (Rebrands herself the God of the Hunt), DA (Koragant)
Ghost Rider (RR)
Hulk (JW)
Iron Man
Odin – Melee, TU (Thor), DA (Koragant)
Thor – Blade, Lightning, TU (Angela), CD (Declares his intent to not sire an heir and bring Asgard’s dynasty to an end), DA (Koragant)
Venom/Carnage #2 (17)
Venom (EB) – Appendage, Crawl, Creature, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Personality, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Appendage, Blade, Creature, Durability, Melee, Stretch, Webs
Winter Guard #2 (28)
White Widow – Agility, Energy, Explosive, Flight, Influence, TU (Red Guardian)
Antagonist(s)
Crimson Dynamo
Darkstar – Energy, Energy Defensive, Flight, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, LT, SC
Dracula
Red Guardian – Deception, Vehicle, TU (White Widow), SC
Ursa Major – Morph
Vanguard – Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive
Wolverine #16 (23)
Emma Frost – Telepathy
Wolverine – Agility, Blade, Claws, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Vehicle, Weapon, Whip, DA (Blackmore)
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Geokinesis, Sense
Blob
Solem – Blade, Deception, Influence, Thief, CD (Creates his own kingdom between Krakoa and Arakko)
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #5 (12)
Cypher
Egg
Nature Girl – Creature, Influence, Sense, Weapon, CD (Rampages on behalf of animals)
Professor X – Computer
Wolverine (JH)
Antagonist(s)
Pyro

 



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