Weekly Marvel Review: January 05, 2022 (Week 01)

Though not the highest scoring book of the week, Inferno stands out as the most impactful story. Of the 18 characters, 11 receive a Character Development point, with the majority of those belonging to the Quiet Council for learning the true secret of Krakoa. Outside of them, Mystique receives one for turning Moira human, which earns her her own Character Development. And then Cypher in turn gets one for saving Moira’s life. The other big moments from the week include Cyclops taking on the mantle of Captain Krakoa in the latest X-Men title; Wanda absorbing the power of Chthon in the Darkhold finale; and Shang-Chi learning about his parents’ meeting, in a move that brings the comics more in line with his recent movie.

Book of the Week – Captain Marvel #35 (Review score: 73 Points; 20 Characters). Carol and the Marvels’ get backup from the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers in their fight against Vox Supreme. This is in addition to the new Binary character, a mysterious and silent sentient energy form Carol had created. The extra support could not have come at a better time as Vox Supreme called in a few dozen more Vox-suited antagonists.

Hero of the Week – Iron Man (Review score: 23 Points/4 Appearances; 5.75 Pts/App). Iron Man gets the edge over Captain America because of his appearance in the Darkhold finale. The duo appear side-by-side in Tony’s three other Appearances, including their team-up book. Iron Man earns three Team-Ups and two Defeats Antagonists with his top powers being three uses each of Flight and Tech.

Antagonist of the Week – Doctor Octopus (Review score: 12 Points/1 Appearances; 12.0 Pts/App). Doc Ock goes above and Beyond in his one Appearance to begin the year. He infiltrates the Beyond Corporation after learning that they’ve been gutting the defunct Parker Industries that Otto created during his time in Peter Parker’s body. Knowing all of their secrets, he manages to get the upper hand (tentacle?) and defeat Beyond’s Spider-Mascot, Ben Reilly.

Top Characters (by review score). Iron Man (23); Captain America (20); Scarlet Witch (15); Doctor Octopus (12); Wasp/Janet Van Dyne (11); Magneto, Spider-Man/Ben Reilly, Storm (10); Black Widow, Phyla-Vell (9); Elektra, Mystique, Professor X (8)

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Key: TU – Team-Up; LT – Lead Team; SC – Save Civilian; CD – Character Development; DA – Defeat Antagonist.

Week 02 >

Amazing Spider-Man #84 (22)
Spider-Man (BR) – Crawl, Durability, Melee, Sense, Strength, Swing, Tech, Weapon, SC
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Computer, Deception, Energy, Ensnare, Gun, Precision, Sonics, Weapon, DA (Spider-Man)
Black Widow #13 (9)
Black Widow – Agility, Blade, Durability, Energy, Melee, Projectile, Swing, Weapon
Captain America/Iron Man #2 (21)
Captain America – Influence, Melee, Projectile, Shield Defensive, TU (Iron Man), DA (Veronica Eden)
Iron Man – Durability, Melee, Sense, Suit, Tech, TU (Captain America), DA (Veronica Eden)
Antagonist(s)
Veronica Eden – Appendage, Energy, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Fifty-One)
Captain Marvel #35 (73)
Accuser – Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
Black Panther – Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Captain America – Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Captain Marvel – Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive, TU (Phyla-Vell), LT
Captain Marvel (MV)
Drax – Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Groot – Size, TU (Captain Marvel)
Hazmat – Energy Offensive, TU (Captain Marvel)
Iron Man – Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
Marvel Boy – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
Moondragon – Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
Ms. Marvel – Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Photon – Energy, Flight, Melee, TU (Captain Marvel)
Phyla-Vell – Blade, Flight, Melee, Sonics, Strength, Tech, Weapon, TU (Captain Marvel)
Rocket Raccoon – Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Spectrum – Energy Offensive, Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
Spider-Woman – Energy, Melee, TU (Captain Marvel)
Star-Lord – Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Thor – Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
War Machine – Flight, TU (Captain Marvel)
Darkhold Omega #1 (52)
Black Bolt – Durability, Sonics Offensive, DA (Demon)
Blade – Blade, Claws Offensive, Weapon, DA (Demon)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Sense, Tech, DA (Demon)
Scarlet Witch – Absorb, Deception, Ensnare, Flames, Flight, Magic, Magic Defensive, Magic Offensive, Sense, Teleport, TU (Victorious), LT, CD (Absorbs Chthon), DA (Chthon)
Spider-Man (PP) – Melee, Weapon, Whip, DA (Demon)
Wasp (JvD) – Appendage Offensive, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Grow, Melee, Shrink, Size, LT, DA (Demon)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Creature, Magic Defensive, TU (Scarlet Witch)
Victorious – TU (Scarlet Witch)
Elektra: Black, White & Blood #1 (8)
Elektra – Agility, Blade, Melee, Projectile, Stealth, Weapon, DA (Gangster)
Inferno #4 (63)
Bei the Blood Moon
Colossus – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Cypher – Influence, CD (Saves Moira’s life)
Emma Frost – Business, Tech, Telepathy, CD (Shares the true nature of Krakoa with the Quiet Council)
Kate Pryde – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics, Magnetics Defensive, Magnetics Offensive, Rage, Weapon, TU (Professor X)
Moira MacTaggert – CD (Loses her mutant abilities)
Nightcrawler – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Professor X – Sense, Strength, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, TU (Magneto)
Storm – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Warlock – Bionics
Antagonist(s)
Destiny – Sense
Exodus – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Krakoa
Mr. Sinister – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Mystique – Blade, Morph, Tech, Toxin, CD (Turns Moira into a human)
Omega Sentinel – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Morph, DA (Magneto)
Sebastian Shaw – Business, CD (Learns the true nature of Krakoa)
Marvels #7 (44)
Aarkus – Flight, Sense, Teleport, Wind, Wind Offensive, TU (Captain America)
Aero – Flight, Wind, Wind Offensive, TU (Captain America)
Black Cat – Melee, TU (Captain America)
Captain America – Agility, Influence, Melee, Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, TU (Iron Man), LT
Human Torch – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, TU (Captain America)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Suit, Tech, TU (Captain America)
Storm – Flight, Lightning, Wind, TU (Captain America)
Antagonist(s)
Lady Lotus – Creature, Energy Offensive
Shang-Chi #7 (9)
Shang-Chi – Agility, Precision, Sense, Weapon, CD (Learns about his parent’s meeting)
Antagonist(s)
Xin – Creature
Zheng Zu
Thor #20 (13)
Angela
Odin – Durability
Sif – Teleport
Thor – Durability, Melee, Strength
Throg
Antagonist(s)
Loki – Business, Teleport
X-Men #6 (35)
Cyclops – Deception, Flight, Plants, SC, CD (Takes on the mantle of Captain Krakoa)
Emma Frost – Business
Kate Pryde – Business
Lockheed
Magneto – Business
Nightcrawler – Business
Professor X – Business
Spider-Man (PP) – Swing
Storm – Business
Sunfire – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight
Synch
Antagonist(s)
Exodus – Business
Isca the Unbeaten
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Sebastian Shaw – Business

 



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