Weekly Marvel Review: December 22, 2021 (Week 51)

In the Marvel Universe, reality can be deceiving, and deception can become your reality. As is the case for Robbie Reyes who begins his reality hopping adventure in Avengers Forever to stop the Multiverse Masters of Evil from wiping out any and all Avengers. Kid Kang’s reality comes full circle as the Kang mini series ends where it began, by visiting his younger self and teaching him how to master time and shun love. Ms. Marvel gets a glimpse of her alternate realities in her new series Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit. The first issue ends with her getting mysteriously transported to a Bollywood world with singing, dancing and Loki on an elephant. Abigail Brand’s deceitful plans to undercut Krakoa’s control of the Sol system become a reality by the end of the S.W.O.R.D. series and the assassination of Henry Peter Gyrich.

Book the Week – X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5 (Review score: 76 Points; 35 Characters). Another major deception takes place on Krakoa, as Toad unwittingly takes the fall for the Scarlet Witch’s death. But in reality, it was all a plot by the Scarlet Witch and Magneto to have Wanda die and go through the mutants’ resurrection process. By doing so, Wanda manages to upgrade their system and creates the Eldritch Orchard, a way to bring back mutants who had died before being backed-up by Cerebro. First up, one of the X-Men’s very first fallen allies: John “Thunderbird” Proudstar.

Hero of the Week – Iron Man (Review score: 21 Points/3 Appearances; 7.0 Pts/App). Iron Man’s cosmic upgrade grants him the ability to throw planets and rip a hole in reality. It’s with this new power that Iron Man tries to ditch Korvac in a universe previously destroyed in the Doctor Doom 2020 series, also written by Christopher Cantwell. The cosmic clash gets put on hold when nearly a dozen abstract entities—such as Eternity, Oblivion and Infinity—intervene.

Antagonist of the Week – Korvac (Review score: 10 Points/1 Appearance; 10.0 Pts/App). Korvac displays the same planet-throwing strength that Iron Man has, but he lacks any of the restraint from destroying worlds. It’s this callousness that gets him taken away by the cosmic entities while they give Iron Man a chance to put his cosmic powers to good use.

Top Characters (by review score). Iron Man (21); Phoenix/Maya Lopez (15); Wolverine/James Howlett (13); Black Panther (12); Conan, Hawkeye/Kate Bishop (11); Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, Korvac (10); Kid Kang, Scarlet Witch, Thor (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 #82 (5)
Colleen Wing – Tech
Misty Knight
Spider-Man (PP)
Antagonist(s)
Lizard
Avengers #51 (31)
Black Panther – TU (Phoenix)
Captain America
Iron Man – Durability, Energy, Flight, Projectile, Sense, Suit, TU (Phoenix)
Phoenix (ML) – Blunt, Claws, Durability, Flames, Flames Defensive, Flight, Projectile, Weapon, TU (Avengers)
Sif
Thor – Artifact, Blunt, Durability, Melee, Sense, Strength, Weapon, TU (Phoenix)
Avengers: Forever #1 (11)
Ghost Rider (RR) – Blade, Demonic, Ensnare, Melee, Strength, Vehicle, TU (Deathlok), SC, DA (War Machines)
Antagonist(s)
Black Skull
Black Panther #2 (15)
Black Panther – Agility, Blade, Claws, Durability, Melee, Sense, Tech, Vehicle, LT
Shuri – Deception, Flight, Morph, Tech
Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #2 (13)
Hawkeye (KB) – Agility, Ensnare, Melee, Precision, Projectile, Sleuth, Tech, Weapon, SC, DA (Alex)
Ms. America
Stinger
Iron Man #15 (22)
Iron Man – Agility, Cosmic, Durability, Energy, Melee, Reality, Sense, Size, Strength, Suit, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Korvac – Cosmic, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Sense, Size, Weapon
Kang #5 (10)
Kid Kang – Durability, Gun, Reality, Tech, Teleport, Weapon, CD (Becomes the Kang he met as a child), DA (Ravonna)
Antagonist(s)
Immortus
King Conan #1 (11)
Conan – Agility, Blade, Claws, Durability, Melee, Rage, Weapon, Will Power, CD (Abdicates his throne), DA (Possessed beasts)
Moon Knight #6 (2)
Moon Knight
Tigra
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #1 (5)
Ms. Marvel – Grow, Stretch
Antagonist(s)
Loki – Creature
Phoenix Song: Echo #3 (11)
Forge – Sense, Vehicle, Weapon
Phoenix (ML) – Flames, Flight, Melee, Telepathy
Antagonist(s)
Adversary – Teleport
Spider-Bot Infinity Comic #4 (33)
Jocasta – Computer, Energy Offensive, Flight, TU (Vision), DA (Wrecking Crew)
Machine Man – Computer, Gun, Morph, TU (Vision), DA (Wrecking Crew)
Vision – Computer, Energy Offensive, Flight, TU (Machine Man), DA (Wrecking Crew)
Warlock – Computer, Melee, Morph, TU (Vision), DA (Wrecking Crew)
Antagonist(s)
Annihilus – Teleport
Bulldozer – Durability
Mole Man – Creature
Piledriver
Thunderball
Wrecker
S.W.O.R.D. #11 (30)
Abigail Brand – Assassin, Deception, Size, Vehicle, CD (Reveals she’s plotting to rule the Sol System herself), DA (Henry Peter Gyrich)
Cable – Strength, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy
Cannonball
Frenzy
Gladiator
Guardian
Manifold – Strength, Teleport Defensive, SC
Storm – Elements, Flight, DA (Lethal Legion)
Wiz-Kid – Computer, Telepathy, DA (Henry Peter Gyrich)
Antagonist(s)
Deathbird – Flight
Venom #3 (5)
Sleeper – Melee, DA (Security guards)
Venom (DB) – Personality
Wolverine #19 (12)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Explosive, Gun, Heal, Projectile, Tech, Vehicle, Weapon, DA (Leviathan)
X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5 (76)
Banshee
Captain America
Domino
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Emma Frost – Business, Telepathy
Eye-Boy – Business
Hope – Influence, Telepathy
Iron Man
Kate Pryde – Business
Legion – TU (Scarlet Witch), CD (Helps create the Eldritch Orchard)
Magneto – Business, Deception, Magnetics Offensive, TU (Scarlet Witch), CD (Works with Wanda to frame Toad for her murder)
Nightcrawler – Business
Northstar – CD (Learns his adopted child will be getting resurrected)
Polaris – Influence, TU (Scarlet Witch)
Prestige – Business
Prodigy – Business
Professor X – Business
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch – Artifact, Deception, Magic, Reality, Sense, TU (Magneto), LT, CD (Creates the Eldritch Orchard to improve mutant resurrections)
Speed
Storm – Business
Tempus – Reality
Thunderbird – CD (Returns)
Vision
Wasp (JvD)
Wiccan
Wolverine
Antagonist(s)
Exodus – Business
Krakoa – Business
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Proteus – Reality, CD (Creates the Eldritch Orchard to improve mutant resurrections)
Sebastian Shaw – Business
Toad – CD (Unwittingly takes the fall for Scarlet Witch’s murder)

 



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