Weekly Marvel Review: December 01, 2021 (Week 48)

It took three years of antagonizing the Avengers, but Red Widow finally breaks through with her 17th and 18th appearances marking her induction into the Fantasy Comic League review system. In doing so, she brings Power Princess and Blur over to the Antagonist side as the Squadron Supreme members murder their former teammate, Doctor Spectrum.  In the high-scoring week, the top tier characters stepped aside for the typically lesser known characters. Ka-Zar stars in Jason Aaron’s milestone Avengers issue and becomes a new herald of Galactus, meanwhile Ben Reilly earns his first Hero of the Week since taking over as the official Spider-Man in the Beyond era. The new Darkhawk rounds out the top 10 performances which also includes Mr. Fantastic, Iceman and Magik.

Book the Week – X-Men: Trial of Magneto #4 (Review score: 97 Points; 42 Characters). Scarlet Witch—all three of them—embraces her tragic history in order to defeat the kaiju’s attacking Krakoa. Admittedly, they were only present because of her insecurities since returning to life. With the help of her children, she reconciles her past, present and future, but still faces a hostile crowd of mutants and the mystery of who killed her.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man/Ben Reilly (Review score: 16 Points/2 Appearances; 8.0 Pts/App). Not everyone accepts Ben Reilly as the current Spider-Man, but he manages to win over one of his doubters in Death of Doctor Strange. When a telepathic message intended for his predecessor comes to Black Cat and Spider-Man’s attention, the two work together to take care of the late Sorcerer’s magical duties around the city. In doing so, Ben proves to Felicia that he’s capable of carrying on the responsibility of Spider-Man.

Antagonist of the Week – Lady Lotus (Review score: 9 Points/1 Appearance; 9.0 Pts/App). Lady Lotus gets the spotlight in the latest Marvels issue. The issue focuses totally on her origin and her quest to discover the mystery of the black lotus flower that enhances her power. It all leads to her mission to free Siancong from outside influences by erecting the black impenetrable dome around the country.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Ben Reilly (16); Mr. Fantastic (15); White Fox (14); Hulk/Jen Walters (13); Iceman, Ka-Zar, Magik (12); Captain America, Captain Marvel (11); Darkhawk/Connor Young (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 #80 (11)
Spider-Man (BR) – Agility, Durability, Melee, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Durability, Explosive, Melee
Avengers #50 (87)
Black Knight (SPoS)
Black Panther – Business, Claws
Captain America – Business
Captain Marvel – Business
Doctor Spectrum – Energy, CD (Dies)
Ghost Rider (RR) – Blade, Business, Morph, Vehicle, TU (Deathlok), DA (Black Skull War Machine)
Gorilla-Man
Hulk (JW) – Absorb, Attorney, Durability, Energy, Influence, Melee, CD (Leaves the Avengers), DA (Red Widow)
Hyperion
Iron Man – Business, Flight
Ka-Zar – Blade, Flight, Melee, Plants, Projectile, Strength, Teleport, Weapon, TU (Avengers of 1,000,000 BC), CD (Becomes a herald of Galactus), DA (Kid Thanos’ robots)
King Arthur – Blade, Projectile
Namor – CD (Repents and seeks guidance from Hulk)
Odin – Lightning, Projectile, TU (Ka-Zar), DA (Kid Thanos)
Spirit Rider
Thor – Artifact, Blunt, Flight, Lightning, Melee, Projectile, Strength, DA (Chernobog)
Valkyrie (JF) – Creature, Flight
Antagonist(s)
Blur – Speed, CD (Aligns himself with Red Widow)
Galactus
Mephisto – Influence, CD (Helps form the Multiversal Masters of Evil)
Orb – Sense, Vehicle, CD (Dies)
Power Princess – Assassin, Melee, Strength, CD (Betrays and kills Doctor Spectrum)
Red Widow – Ensnare, Influence
Ursa Major
Captain Marvel #34 (24)
Captain Marvel – Creature, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Shield, Speed, CD (Develops the ability to create an energy construct)
Mar-Vell – Deception, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed
Phyla-Vell – Blade, Durability, Energy Offensive, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Daredevil #36 (18)
Daredevil (EN) – Tech
Daredevil (MM) – Influence, Sense, Stealth, Tech, CD (Gets out of prison)
Mr. Fantastic – Grow, Melee, Stretch
Antagonist(s)
Kingpin (IL)
Kingpin (WF) – Influence, CD (Marries Typhoid Mary)
Typhoid Mary – CD (Marries Kingpin)
Darkhawk #4 (25)
Captain America – Melee, Projectile, Shield, TU (Darkhawk), DA (A.I.M. soldiers)
Darkhawk (CY) – Agility, Durability, Energy Offensive, Flight, Heal, Melee, Strength, TU (Spider-Man), DA (A.I.M. soldiers)
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Influence, Melee, Sense, Webs, TU (Darkhawk), LT, DA (A.I.M. soldiers)
Death of Doctor Strange: Spider-Man #1 (24)
Black Cat – Agility, Melee, Tech, Whip, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Gator Shaman)
Doctor Strange – Telepathy
Moon Knight – DA (Hungry Prince of Hearts)
Spider-Man (BR) – Agility, Crawl, Durability, Influence, Melee, Strength, Webs, TU (Black Cat), SC, DA (Gator Shaman)
Spider-Man (PP)
Wong
Death of Doctor Strange: White Fox #1 (39)
Aero – Flight
Crescent
Giant-Man (RM)
Jimmy Woo – Computer, LT
Luna Snow – Ice, Ice Offensive, DA (Mystic monsters)
Protector
Silk
Sword Master – Blade, Weapon, Will Power, CD (Breaks the Sword of Fu Xi), DA (Demons)
Wave – Blade, Flight, Water Offensive, Weapon, DA (Demons)
White Fox – Agility, Claws, Claws Offensive, Influence, Melee, Morph, Sense, Speed, Teleport, Will Power, LT, CD (Fully transforms into a Kumiho), DA (Mystic monsters)
Fantastic Four Infinity Comic #4 (20)
Brainstorm
Human Torch – Flames Offensive, Flight, DA (Robbers)
Invisible Woman – Telekinesis Defensive, SC
Mr. Fantastic – Ensnare, Influence, Stretch, Tech, DA (Robbers)
Powerhouse – Vehicle
Thing – Melee, Vehicle, DA (Robbers)
Fantastic Four #38 (29)
Brainstorm
Dragon Man – Durability, Flight
Hulk (JW) – Attorney, Melee, Strength
Human Torch – Flight
Invisible Woman – Flight, Invisibility
Mr. Fantastic – Ensnare, Grow, Stretch, Tech
Powerhouse
Thing – Vehicle
Antagonist(s)
Diablo – Ensnare, Teleport
Wizard – Energy, Flight, Tech, CD (Sues for custody of Bently-23)
Marauders #26 (53)
Angel – Flight
Banshee – Flight
Callisto – Sense
Emma Frost – Deception, Telepathy
Iceman – Agility, Durability, Flight, Grow, Heal, Ice Offensive, Melee, Morph, Projectile, Strength, DA (Fin Fang Foom)
Kate Pryde – Vehicle
Lockheed – Flames Offensive, Flight
Marvel Girl – Flight
Polaris – Flight
Rogue – Flight
Stepford Cuckoos – Creature
Storm – Flight
Sunfire – Flight
Antagonist(s)
Donald Pierce
Fin Fang Foom – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Flames Offensive, Sense
Proteus – Flight
Sebastian Shaw – Deception, CD (Reveals he is not Shinobi’s biological father)
Shinobi Shaw – Weapon, CD (Learns that Sebastian Shaw is not his biological father)
Marvels #6 (9)
Antagonist(s)
Lady Lotus – Creature, Melee, Sense, Telepathy, Telepathy Defensive, Telepathy Offensive, CD (Reveals her origin), DA (Li Fong)
New Mutants #23 (62)
Anole – Crawl, Durability, Melee, TU (New Mutants), DA (Shadow King)
Cosmar – Influence, Reality, Sense, TU (New Mutants), DA (Shadow King)
Karma – Blade, Influence, Sense, Telepathy, Will Power, TU (Lost Club), DA (Shadow King)
Magik – Artifact, Blade, Weapon, Will Power, TU (Lost Club), LT, DA (Shadow King)
Mirage – Influence, Melee. Projectile, Sense, Telepathy, Will Power, TU (Lost Club), DA (Shadow King)
Scout – Heal, Melee, Sense, TU (New Mutants), LT, DA (Shadow King)
Warpath – Melee, Weapon, Will Power, TU (Lost Club), DA (Shadow King)
Wolfsbane – Claws Offensive, Creature, Melee, Morph, Sense, TU (Lost Club), DA (Shadow King)
Antagonist(s)
Shadow King – Durability, Grow, Influence
Phoenix Song: Echo #2 (3)
Phoenix (ML) – Flames, Influence
Spine-Tingling Spider-Man Infinity Comic #4 (2)
Spider-Man (PP) – Sense
Venom #2 (9)
Sleeper – Melee, Sense
Venom (DB) – Creature, Ensnare, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Winter Guard #4 (24)
White Widow – Melee, Stealth, Thief
Winter Soldier
Antagonist(s)
Crimson Dynamo
Darkstar – Flight, Teleport
Red Guardian – Melee, Precision, Projectile
Red Widow – Deception, Projectile
Ursa Major – Claws, Strength
Vanguard – Energy, Projectile, Shield, Weapon
X-Men: Trial of Magneto #4 (97)
Armor – Energy Offensive, TU (Avengers)
Aurora – Energy Offensive, Flight, TU (Avengers)
Bishop
Boom-Boom – Energy
Cannonball – Flight
Captain America – Shield, TU (X-Men)
Colossus – Melee, TU (Avengers)
Cyclops
Egg
Elixir
Emma Frost
Eye-Boy
Gambit
Havok – Energy Offensive, TU (Avengers)
Hope
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, TU (X-Men)
Magik – Teleport, Weapon, TU (Avengers)
Magma
Magneto – Flight, TU (Avengers)
Marvel Girl
Northstar – Flight, TU (Avengers)
Polaris – Flight, TU (Avengers)
Prestige
Prodigy
Psylocke
Rictor – Flight, Geokinesis Offensive
Rogue – Flight
Scarlet Witch – Absorb, Flight, Heal, Magic, Magic Offensive, Personality, CD (Resurrects herself), DA (Kaijus)
Speed
Storm – Flight, Lightning, TU (Avengers)
Sunfire – Flight, TU (Avengers)
Sunspot – Flight
Synch – TU (Avengers)
Tempus
Vision – Flight, TU (X-Men)
Wasp (JvD)
Wiccan – Influence, Intellect, Magic, Sense, LT
Wolverine (JH) – Claws Offensive, TU (Avengers)
Wolverine (LK)
Antagonist(s)
Daken
Proteus
Vulcan – Energy, Flight, TU (Avengers)

 



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