Weekly Marvel Review: January 19, 2022 (Week 03)

To make way for one character’s return, a few others must perish. Former Avenger Jack of Hearts returns in She-Hulk, but characters like the Masked Raider and Phastos die in Defenders and Eternals, respectively. Phastos isn’t the only character to fall in Eternals, as Thena earns a Character Development for having to kill her Deviant lover when he begins his excessive deviation. Though not a physical death, Ben Reilly learns that Beyond is continually mind wiping him and U.S. Agent voluntarily signs up for a shady organization when he joins the Thunderbolt Units in Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire. The latest Starbrand finally earns her place in the Fantasy Comic League and rapidly ages from toddler to teen fighting the Multiverse Masters of Evil in the latest Avengers.

Book of the Week – Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men/Black Knight #1 (Review score: 60 Points; 12 Characters). The new Black Knight, Jacks Chopra, takes to the field with Dan Whitman guiding his daughter from his Ebony Siege. Their new partnership faces its first real test when the X-Men are transformed by Necromon the Netherking into giant monstrosities. With the help of the hero Excalibur, Jacks learns to rely on others in order to save the X-Men and London.

Hero of the Week – Marvel Girl (Review score: 15 Points/3 Appearances; 5.0 Pts/App). Three event Appearances by Marvel Girl give the X-Men team their first Hero of the Week title in 2022. She gets credit for a Leads Teams in the “Death of Doctor Strange” and “Devil’s Reign” tie-ins, while also getting a Team-Up and Defeats Antagonists in the former. She also scores her top power, Telepathy, in all three Appearances.

Antagonist of the Week – Black Skull (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). Black Skull sets himself apart from the rest of the Multiversal Masters of Evil. He is the first of the characters to receive a Fantasy Comic League scoring because he first appeared in the “Heroes Reborn” event in the summer of 2021. He’s also being showing up the more than the other villains in the current Avengers event. This time he Leads a Team and Defeats another Deathlok in the main Avengers title.

Top Characters (by review score). Marvel Girl (15); Silver Surfer (14); Moon Knight (12); Black Skull, Spider-Man/Ben Reilly, Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Thanos, Wolverine/James Howlett (11); Black Knight/Jackie Chopra, Omega Red (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 #86 (4)
Spider-Man (BR) – Melee, CD (Learns Beyond has been wiping his memory), DA (Hellbomb)
Avengers #52 (33)
Captain America – Melee, Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive, Shield Offensive, Strength
Captain Marvel – Durability, Flight, Melee, Speed
Starbrand – Energy, Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Melee, Sense, Strength, CD (Ages up), DA (Aliens)
Antagonist(s)
Black Skull – Appendage Defensive, Blade, Claws, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Morph, Swing, LT, DA (Deathlok)
Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 (13)
Spider-Man (BR) – Influence, Melee, Rage, Sense, Strength, Swing
Antagonist(s)
Chameleon
Mr. Hyde
Shriek
Swarm
Typhoid Mary
Vermin
Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men/Black Knight #1 (60)
Black Knight (DW) – Sense, Telepathy, LT
Black Knight (JC) – Artifact, Blade, Creature, Durability, Magic Offensive, Weapon, TU (Excalibur), LT, DA (Necromon the Netherking)
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Offensive, Vehicle, TU (Black Knight), DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Doctor Strange
King Arthur
Marvel Girl – Flight, Sense, Telekinesis, Telepathy, TU (Black Knight), LT, DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Merlyn – Magic
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics, TU (Black Knight), DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Rogue – Absorb, Flight, Melee, TU (Black Knight), DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Sunfire – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, TU (Black Knight), DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Synch – Absorb, Energy, Sense, TU (Black Knight), DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Wolverine (LK) – Claws, Claws Offensive, TU (Black Knight), DA (Dr. Maximilian Frankenstein)
Defenders #5 (12)
Doctor Strange – Magic, LT
Harpy – Claws Offensive, Flight, Magic
Masked Raider – Melee, Weapon, CD (Dies)
Wong
Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1 (32)
U.S. Agent – CD (Joins the Thunderbolt Units)
Antagonist(s)
Agony – Ensnare, Toxin, DA (Humanity Liberation Movement member)
Electro (FF) – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, SC, DA (Humanity Liberation Movement member)
Kingpin – LT
Rhino – Durability, Melee, Speed, Strength, Suit, SC, DA (Humanity Liberation Movement member)
Taskmaster – Precision, Projectile, Weapon, DA (Humanity Liberation Movement member)
Whiplash – Energy, Weapon, Whip, DA (Humanity Liberation Movement member)
Devil’s Reign: X-Men #1 (35)
Callisto
Cyclops
Elektra – Assassin, Blade, Weapon
Emma Frost – Business, Influence, Telepathy, TU (Kingpin)
Marvel Girl – Sense, Telekinesis, Telepathy, LT
Polaris – Ensnare, Flight, Magnetics
Rogue
Synch
U.S. Agent – Projectile
Wolverine (LK)
Antagonist(s)
Agony
Doctor Octopus
Electro (FF) – Energy Offensive
Kingpin – Rage, TU (Emma Frost), LT
Rhino
Taskmaster
Eternals #9 (33)
Ajak
Druig
Ikaris – Durability, Flight, Melee, Speed
Karkas
Kingo Sunen
Makkari
Phastos – CD (Sacrifices himself up to Thanos)
Ransak
Sersi – Deception, Flight, Telepathy, LT
Sprite
Thena – Blade, Telepathy, CD (Kills her deviant lover when he deviates excessively)
Antagonist(s)
Kro
Thanos – Durability, Energy Offensive, Melee, Sense, Teleport, Vehicle, LT, DA (Phastos)
Hulk #3 (4)
Hulk – Claws, Melee, Strength
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #34 (20)
Shift – Agility, Durability, Melee, Sense, Strength, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), DA (Robot)
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Influence, Melee, Sense, Swing, TU (Shift), DA (Robot)
Moon Knight #7 (21)
Black Panther – Computer, TU (Tigra), LT
Moon Knight – Blade, Durability, Ensnare, Influence, Investigate, Melee, Projectile, Stealth, Strength, Weapon, TU (Tigra)
Shroud
Tigra – Deception, Sense, TU (Moon Knight)
Phoenix Song: Echo #4 (8)
Forge – Investigate, Magic, Sense
Phoenix (ML) – Agility, SC
Antagonist(s)
Adversary
She-Hulk #1 (15)
Jack of Hearts – CD (Returns)
She-Hulk – Durability, Influence, Melee, Morph, Strength, Weapon
Wasp (JVD)
Antagonist(s)
Titania – Durability, Melee, Strength, Weapon
Silk #1 (8)
Silk – Crawl, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Swing, SC, DA (Robbers)
Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1 (21)
Photon – Flight, Strength, TU (Silver Surfer), SC
Silver Surfer – Artifact, Durability, Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Sense, Speed, Strength, TU (Genis-Vell), LT, SC
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – Energy Offensive
Strange Academy #15 (8)
Doctor Voodoo
Magik – Blade, Business
Wong – Business, Magic Defensive
Antagonist(s)
Chondu the Mystic
Venom #4 (7)
Sleeper
Venom (DB) – Personality, Sense, Weapon
Venom (EB) – Creature
X Lives of Wolverine #1 (35)
Beast – LT
Egg
Marvel Girl – Telepathy
Maverick – Gun
Professor X – Tech, Telepathy
Wolverine – Agility, Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, Melee, Strength, Tech, Weapon, SC
Antagonist(s)
Mikhail Rasputin
Omega Red – Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Blade, Ensnare, Gun, Melee, Possession, Weapon, DA (Egg)
Sabretooth – Gun, Melee

 



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