Weekly Marvel Review: November 17, 2021 (Week 46)

Family is important, especially around the holiday season, even the non-traditional and sometimes dysfunctional families found in Marvel comics. In Amazing Spider-Man Peter Parker’s clone “brother” continues his Beyond training with the Daughters of the Dragon, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. Black Panther’s revamped origin story in Black Panther Legends has him cross paths with his future wife, Storm, while they are young. Ka-Zar and Shanna continue stalking their son to see what sort of trouble he’s getting up to in the Savage Land. And in the Infinity Comics, Kushala continues her quest to save her family line from Doctor Doom and Hulkling and Wiccan come closer to fixing their broken reality and finding one another across space once more.

Book the Week – Shang-Chi #6 (Review score: 34 Points; 8 Characters). Shang-Chi turns untrustworthy family member Brother Sabre over to the Avengers when he learns that he failed to relinquish the Cosmic Cube they had stolen earlier in the series. The move, the latest in several attempts to reform the Five Weapons Society, causes more friction with his blood family but goes a ways in repairing some trust with the members of his superhero family. Shang-Chi goes toe-to-toe with the Avengers’ Mighty Thor in this issue to conclude the “Shang-Chi vs. the Marvel Universe” arc.

Hero of the Week – Kid Kang (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). Kid Kang, whose family basically consists of different variations of himself, comes full circle in his trip through time. After taking on the personas of different versions of Kang, he finally takes the mantle of Kang the Conqueror and attempts to change the fate of his destined love, Ravonna Renslayer. Unfortunately, her death can not be prevented and he is forced to watch her die all over again despite his change in behavior. Will this inevitability prove Kang is forever meant to be the popular antagonist, or can Kid Kang remain separate from all his other selves and achieve a peaceful existence?

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Doom (Review score: 8 Points/1 Appearance; 8.0 Pts/App). Thanks to the Kushala Infinity Comic, Doctor Doom continues to put some distance between himself and the next closest Antagonist for the top spot on the year. His quest to obtain all the Wands of Watoomb  and wipe out Kushala’s ancestral line races to its conclusion and boosts him to a 10-point advantage over Taskmaster.

Top Characters (by review score). Kid Kang (11); Shang-Chi, Storm (10); Colleen Wing, Misty Knight (9); Doctor Doom (8); Thor (7); Ka-Zar, Moon Knight, Spider-Woman, Spirit Rider (6)

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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 #78.BEY (23)
Colleen Wing – Blade, Creature, Melee, Strength, Tech, Vehicle, Weapon, DA (Horror Avengers)
Misty Knight – Explosive, Gun, Melee, Strength, Tech, Toxin, Weapon, DA (Horror Avengers)
Spectrum
Spider-Man (BR) – Agility, Sense, Webs
Black Panther Legends #2 (12)
Black Panther – Blade, Blunt, Strength, Tech
Shuri – Tech
Storm – Ensnare, Flight, Wind, DA (Kidnappers)
Fantastic Four Infinity Comic #2 (6)
Brainstorm
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Mr. Fantastic
Powerhouse
Thing
Ghost Rider: Kushala Infinity Comic #7 (14)
Spirit Rider – Artifact, Creature, Magic, Morph, Reality
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Artifact, Ensnare, Flight, Magic, Melee, Reality, Vehicle
Hulkling & Wiccan Infinity Comic #3 (6)
Hulkling – Business
Wiccan – Flight, Magic, Teleport
Ka-Zar #3 (10)
Ka-Zar – Durability, Melee, Sense, Strength, Weapon
Shanna the She-Devil – Flight, Plants, Plants Offensive
Kang the Conqueror #4 (11)
Kid Kang – Energy, Gun, Intellect, Melee, Tech, Teleport, Weapon, TU (Ravonna), LT, DA (Arbalest’s soldiers)
Moon Knight #5 (6)
Moon Knight – Melee, Strength, Suit, Tech, SC
S.W.O.R.D. #10 (27)
Abigail Brand – Size, Tech, Vehicle
Cable – Computer
Cable (Young)
Cannonball – Melee, Speed
Frenzy – Durability, Melee
Gladiator
Manta
Storm – Elements, Flight, Ice, Wind
Wiz-Kid – Computer, Deception, Telekinesis, DA (Cable)
Antagonist(s)
Deathbird
Vanisher
Shang-Chi #6 (34)
Brother Sabre – Blade
Captain America – Shield Defensive, TU (Spider-Man)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, TU (Spider-Man)
Mr. Fantastic – Stretch, TU (Spider-Man)
Shang-Chi – Agility, Artifact, Blade, Cosmic, Melee, Suit, Weapon, LT, CD (Turns Brother Sabre over to Captain America)
Sister Dagger – Agility
Spider-Man (PP) – Webs, TU (Captain America)
Thor – Blunt, Lightning, Projectile, Strength, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Woman #17 (7)
Night Nurse
Spider-Woman – Agility, Energy, Melee, Weapon, DA (Ninjas)
X-Force #25 (14)
Forge – Intellect
Kid Omega – Telepathy, CD (Gets broken up with)
Stepford Cuckoos – Telepathy. CD (Breaks up with Kid Omega)
Wolverine – Claws, Heal, Vehicle
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Sense
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #12 (26)
Cypher – Business, Deception, Intellect, CD (Goes against the Quiet Council’s decision and secretly releases Nature Girl)
Emma Frost – Business
Kid Omega – Ensnare, Influence
Magneto – Business
Nature Girl
– CD (Gets banished by the Quiet Council)
Nightcrawler – Business
Professor X – Business
Wolverine
Antagonist(s)
Krakoa – Business, Deception, Geokinesis, CD (Goes against the Quiet Council’s decision and secretly releases Nature Girl)
Pyro – Vehicle

 



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