Weekly Marvel Review: December 08, 2021 (Week 49)

Wilson Fisk’s grip on New York City—and the heroes who call it home—tightens. Meanwhile, Black Cat’s grasp on reality—and the woman bonded to the Reality Stone—loosens. The Infinity Heist story ends with the revelation that Felicia gathered three of the Infinity Stone hosts to rid her mother of cancer, but Nick Fury, Jr., Nighthawk and Star all have plans of their own. In the latest Death of Doctor Strange tie-in, Blade plays right into Dracula’s hands in eliminating the vampire lord’s rivals. The finale to Hellions sees Nanny embrace Orphan-Maker in his banishment to Krakoa’s Pit.

Book the Week – Devil’s Reign #1 (Review score: 89 Points; 25 Characters). Kingpin does not seem to learn from the past. The failure of the Superhuman Registration Act and the more recent Kamala’s Law does not stop New York’s Mayor from outlawing super heroics within his city. To help enforce this law he enlists various villains to his Thunderbolt Units and wastes no time in arresting Moon Knight and Darkhawk. As expected, Captain America, both Spider-Men and both Daredevils are at the center of the resistance. Luke Cage and Tony Stark make important statements about leadership.

Hero of the Week – Captain America (Review score: 18 Points/2 Appearances; 9.0 Pts/App). Friends, teammates, adversaries. Captain America and Iron Man have been many things to each other, but now they are coheadliners in a new series. A new threat from Hydra brings Captain America to back up Iron Man as Tony Stark seeks to fix a potential mistake from his past. With these two appearances and the year quickly coming to a close, Captain America now stands 17-points ahead of Wolverine for the second best performance of the year. His fifth Hero of the Week title is second only to Spider-Man, as well.

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Octopus (Review score: 16 Points/2 Appearances; 8.0 Pts/App). Since returning to his old villainous ways, Doctor Octopus still displays some compassionate moments. For the second time in the past few months, Otto Octavius saves Peter Parker’s life. This time, it’s at the request of his former fiancée, May Parker. However, he’s not quick to forget his roots by threatening those he views his inferiors—which is everybody—and teaming up with the Kingpin in order to gain access to Reed Richard’s laboratory.

Top Characters (by review score). Captain America (18); Doctor Octopus (16); Black Cat, Iron Man, Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Star (13); Blade (11); Deadpool, Juggernaut (10), Brawn, Ms. America (9)

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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.BEY (18)
Spider-Man (PP)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Defensive, Appendage Offensive, Computer, Crawl, Energy, Ensnare, Intellect, Strength, Tech, DA (X-Ray)
Vapor
X-Ray – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive
Captain America/Iron Man #1 (23)
Captain America – Durability, Melee, Precision, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Paladins), DA (Hydra goon)
Iron Man – Computer, Durability, Flight, Melee, Speed, Strength, Suit, Tech, TU (Paladins), SC, DA (Hydra goon)
Death of Doctor Strange: Blade #1 (17)
Blade – Agility, Blade, Business, Durability, Melee, Sense, Weapon, Will Power, TU (Dracula), DA (Vampires)
Antagonist(s)
Dracula – Business, Melee, Stealth, TU (Blade), DA (Dahlia)
Devil’s Reign #1 (89)
Brainstorm
Captain America – Melee, Precision, Projectile, TU (Daredevil), SC, DA (Thunderbolt Units)
Daredevil (EN) – Melee, TU (Daredevil), DA (Thunderbolt Units)
Daredevil (MM) – Projectile, Sense, Tech, TU (Daredevil), DA (Thunderbolt Units)
Darkhawk (CY)
Human Torch – Flight
Invisible Woman – Melee
Iron Man
Jessica Jones – Durability, Flight, Melee, Strength, SC, DA (Thunderbolt Units)
Luke Cage – Durability, Melee, Strength, Will Power, SC, DA (Shocker)
Moon Knight – Melee, DA (Thunderbolt Units)
Mr. Fantastic
Powerhouse
Spider-Man (BR) – Melee, Webs, TU (Daredevil), DA (Thunderbolt Units)
Spider-Man (MM) – Webs, TU (Daredevil), SC
Storm
Thing – Durability, Melee, Strength, Vehicle, Weapon
U.S. Agent – Melee, LT, CD (Joins the Thunderbolt Units)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Tech, CD (Joins the Thunderbolt Units)
Electro (FF) – Energy, Flight, CD (Joins the Thunderbolt Units)
Kingpin – Blade, Business, Melee, Rage, Will Power, CD (Outlaws superheroes in New York City), DA (Purple Man)
Purple Man
Rhino – Melee, CD (Joins the Thunderbolt Units)
Shocker – Vibrations, Vibrations Offensive, CD (Joins the Thunderbolt Units), DA (Darkhawk)
Typhoid Mary
Giant-Size Black Cat: Infinity Score #1 (36)
Black Cat – Agility, Claws, Deception, Durability, Energy, Melee, Tech, TU (Star), LT, SC, CD (Saves her mother’s life), DA (Mercenaries)
Nick Fury, Jr. – Deception, Ensnare, Gun, LT, DA (Black Cat)
Nighthawk – Durability, Melee, DA (Mercenaries)
Antagonist(s)
Star – Deception, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Heal, Melee, Speed, Strength, TU (Black Cat), SC, DA (Mercenaries)
Hellions #18 (59)
Cyclops
Cypher – Business
Dr. Cecilia Reyes
Emma Frost – Business, CD (Arranges for Goblin Queen’s resurrection)
Havok – Energy
Kate Pryde – Business
Magneto – Business
Marvel Girl
Nightcrawler – Business
Polaris – LT
Professor X – Business
Psylocke – Influence, Melee
Rogue
Storm – Business
Sunfire – Flames Offensive, Flight
Synch – Energy
Wolverine (LK) – Claws, Melee
Antagonist(s)
Empath – Influence, Telepathy
Exodus – Business
Goblin Queen – CD (Returns)
Greycrow – Melee, Weapon
Krakoa – Business, Ensnare
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Nanny – CD (Exiles herself along with Orphan-Maker)
Orphan-Maker – CD (Gets exiled by the Quiet Council)
Sebastian Shaw – Business
Wild Child – Claws Offensive
Inferno #3 (27)
Beast
Cypher – Deception, Plants, LT
Emma Frost – Telepathy, CD (Reveals the truth about Moira to Destiny and Mystique)
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics, Tech
Moira MacTaggert
Omega Sentinel – CD (Reveals her alternate reality origin)
Professor X – Sense
Stepford Cuckoos
Warlock – Absorb
Antagonist(s)
Destiny – Sense, CD (Learns about Moira)
Mystique – CD (Learns about Moira)
Krakoa – Absorb
Marvel’s Voices: Comunidades #1 (70)
Abigail Brand
Black Panther – Intellect
Brawn – Durability, Influence, Melee, Morph, Strength, Tech, TU (Ms. America), DA (Monster)
Doctor Strange
Ghost Rider (RR) – Ensnare, Flames, Melee, Morph, Vehicle, DA (H8 gang)
Ms. America – Energy, Flight, Melee, Strength, TU (Brawn), LT, SC, DA (Monster)
Okoye
Reptil – Morph
Shark-Girl – Flight
Shuri – Tech
Spider-Girl – Ensnare, Influence, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Mugger)
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Durability, Influence, Invisibility, Melee, Webs, TU (Spider-Girl), SC
Sunspot – Durability, Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Melee, SC, DA (Reavers)
White Tiger (AA) – Artifact, Melee, DA (Tiger God)
White Tiger (HA) – Artifact, Melee, Sense, DA (King Basura)
Antagonist(s)
Shocker – Vibrations, Vibrations Offensive
Spider-Bot Infinity Comic #2 (9)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Melee, Tech, Webs
Antagonist(s)
Green Goblin – Melee, Tech, Vehicle
X-Men Legends #9 (23)
Jubilee – TU (Sabretooth)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, TU (Sabretooth)
Antagonist(s)
Lady Deathstrike – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability
Omega Red – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Strength, DA (Hand)
Sabretooth – Claws Offensive, Melee, Strength, TU (Wolverine)
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #13 (10)
Deadpool – Melee, Weapon, DA (Guards)
Professor X
Antagonist(s)
Juggernaut – Durability, Melee, Strength, LT
X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #14 (11)
Deadpool – Fourth Wall, Heal, Tech, Vehicle, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Juggernaut – Durability, Melee, Strength, LT

 



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