Weekly Marvel Review: April 06, 2022 (Week 14)

Typically, big event stories end with the hero riding off into the sunset after saving the day. However, the conclusion of Devil’s Reign gives Kingpin, the event’s main antagonist, a (somewhat) happy ending. But it’s not just Wilson Fisk finding a new lease on life. Cassandra Nova joins up with the Marauders crew, though her shipmates remain suspicious of the mutant mass murderer. Omega Red gets reborn again, despite Beast’s wishes, in an attempt to make amends with X-Force tampering with his previous resurrection.

Book the Week – Devil’s Reign #6 (Review score: 109 Points; 28 Characters). Even though the story ultimately turns out to be about the Kingpin, that does not mean the heroes do not save the day. The Daredevil duo defeat the malevolent mayor with Elektra stopping Matt from committing a public execution. The rest of the heroes stop the Thunderbolt Units with a select few single-handedly taking down some of the villains. Luke Cage, the soon-to-be Mayor of New York, stands up and shrugs off the Purple Man’s mind control to end his threat.

Hero of the Week – The Thing (Review score: 16 Points/4 Appearances; 4.0 Pts/App). The Thing has his best single week performance since the Fantasy Comic League’s expanded score keeping began in 2019. The focal point of that performance comes in the finale to his mini series, where he leads a horde of robots into Death’s domain to save Alicia Masters, his future wife. His cameo in Devil’s Reign shows him being one of specific heroes collaring one of the Thunderbolt members and earning a Defeats Antagonist.

Antagonist of the Week – Kingpin (Review score: 8 Points/1 Appearance; 8.0 Pts/App). Despite Wilson Fisk being a looming presence in comics over the years, he never manages to put up a lot of points. He routinely outperforms other Antagonists based on Appearances alone—his 32 in 2021 was tops—but his ratios (.56 Powers/App and 2.22 Points/App) are among the lowest of the top 25 Antagonists. Regardless, he has best performance since last December and earns his first ever Antagonist of the Week.

Top Characters (by review score). The Thing (16); Captain Marvel, Domino, Kid Omega, Moon Knight, Mr. Fantastic, She-Hulk (12), Black Widow, Daredevil/Elektra Natchios, Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Spider-Punk (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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Black Widow #15 (37)
Black Widow – Agility, Blade, Energy, Melee, Swing, Weapon, TU (Hawkeye), LT, DA (The Living Blade)
Hawkeye (CB) – Explosive, Weapon, TU (Black Widow)
Marigold – Energy, Heal, TU (Hawkeye)
Spider-Girl – Melee, Projectile, Swing, Weapon, TU (Hawkeye), DA (Henchmen)
White Widow – Blade, TU (Hawkeye)
Winter Soldier – Durability, Gun, Melee, Precision, Strength, Weapon, TU (Black Widow), DA (Henchmen)
Captain Marvel Annual #1 (21)
Captain Marvel – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed, Strength, TU (Starjammers), LT, SC, DA (Prison guards)
Ch’od – Melee, TU (Captain Marvel)
Corsair – TU (Captain Marvel)
Hepzibah – Computer, Vehicle, TU (Captain Marvel)
Deadpool: Bad Blood #1 (35)
Cable – Gun, Weapon, LT, DA (MLF soldiers)
Cannonball – Durability, Flight, Melee, DA (MLF soldiers)
Deadpool – Durability, Explosive, Gun, Heal, Weapon, TU (Domino), LT, DA (MLF soldiers)
Domino – Melee, Weapon, TU (Deadpool), DA (MLF soldiers)
Shatterstar – Blade, Melee, Weapon, DA (MLF soldiers)
Warpath – Melee, DA (MLF soldiers)
Antagonist(s)
Reaper – Blunt, Melee
Devil’s Reign #6 (109)
Captain America (SR) – Shield Defensive, TU (Daredevil)
Daredevil (EN) – Blade, Durability, Influence, Melee, Swing, Weapon, TU (Daredevil), CD (Talks Daredevil out of killing Kingpin), DA (Typhoid Mary)
Daredevil (MM) – Blunt, Influence, Melee, Rage, Swing, Weapon, TU (Captain America), CD (Spares Kingpin’s life) DA (Kingpin)
Darkhawk (CY) – TU (Daredevil)
Human Torch – Flight, Melee, TU (Daredevil)
Invisible Woman – Tech, Telekinesis Defensive, TU (Daredevil), DA (Electro)
Iron Man – Durability, Flight, Melee, DA (Doctor Octopus)
Jessica Jones – TU (Daredevil)
Luke Cage – Influence, Melee, Will Power, TU (Daredevil), DA (Purple Man)
Moon Knight – Melee, TU (Daredevil)
Mr. Fantastic – Grow, Melee, Stretch, TU (Daredevil)
Ms. Marvel – Grow, Morph, Stretch, TU (Daredevil), DA (Agony)
Nova (SA) – TU (Daredevil)
She-Hulk – Melee, Strength, TU (Daredevil)
Spider-Man (BR) – Ensnare, Melee, Weapon, TU (Daredevil), DA (Taskmaster)
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Swing, TU (Daredevil)
Thing – TU (Daredevil), DA (Whiplash)
U.S. Agent – Shield Offensive
Viv Vision – TU (Daredevil)
Antagonist(s)
Abomination – Durability, Melee, Strength
Agony
Doctor Octopus
Electro (FF)
Kingpin – Durability, Melee, Strength, Vehicle, Will Power, CD (Turns down the Stromwyn’s offer to run for President of the United States), DA (Stromwyn bodyguards)
Purple Man – Energy, Influence
Taskmaster
Typhoid Mary – Blade, Flames Offensive, Weapon, CD (Sails off with Kingpin)
Whiplash
Fantastic Four #42 (68)
Beta Ray Bill – TU (Human Torch)
Brainstorm – Computer
Ch’od – TU (Human Torch)
Corsair – TU (Human Torch)
Drax – TU (Human Torch)
Gamora – TU (Human Torch)
Gladiator
Groot – TU (Human Torch)
Hepzibah – TU (Human Torch)
Hulkling – Blade, TU (Human Torch), DA (Mekkans)
Human Torch – Flames Offensive, Flight, TU (Unparalleled), LT
Jack of Hearts – Energy, Energy Defensive, Energy Offensive, Flight
Mr. Fantastic – Deception, Durability, Ensnare, Stretch, Teleport, LT
Oracle
Powerhouse
Raza – TU (Human Torch)
Rocket Raccoon – TU (Human Torch)
She-Hulk – Melee, Sense, Strength, LT
Sky – Flight, Melee, TU (Human Torch), LT
Star-Lord – Gun, TU (Human Torch)
Thing – Melee, Rage, Strength
Unseen – Stealth
Wiccan – Magic, TU (Human Torch)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Magic
Marauders #1 (43)
Aurora – Flight, Speed
Bishop – Absorb, Energy, Energy Offensive, Vehicle, LT
Daken – Claws
Dr. Cecilia Reyes – Business
Doctor Nemesis
– Business
Gladiator
Kate Pryde – Intangibility, Vehicle, LT
Manta
Marvel Girl
Psylocke – Agility, Blade, Explosive, Gun, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, DA (Danger Island training dummies)
Somnus – Reality
Tempo – Speed, Temporal Offensive, DA (Danger Island training dummies)
Antagonist(s)
Cassandra Nova – Blade, Telekinesis, Telepathy, CD (Joins the Marauders)
Mr. Sinister – Business
Moon Knight #10 (10)
Moon Knight – Creature, Deception, Ensnare, Explosive, Melee, Projectile, TU (Rutherford Winner), DA (Waxman)
Tigra
She-Hulk #3 (10)
Hellcat
Iron Man
Jack of Hearts – Energy, Flight
Quicksilver
She-Hulk – Business, Investigate
Thing
Spider-Punk #1 (10)
Spider-Punk – Agility, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Swing, Weapon, Whip, DA (Kraven)
Strange #2 (11)
Clea – Blade, Flames, Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive, Morph, Teleport
Thunderstrike
Wong – Heal
Thing #6 (10)
Thing – Creature, Durability, Melee, Strength, Suit, TU (Doctor Doom), LT
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – TU (Thing)
X-Force #27 (50)
Abigail Brand
Beast – Business
Colossus – Business, Influence, Morph
Cypher
Domino – Weapon
Emma Frost – Business, Telepathy
Forge
Kate Pryde – Business
Kid Omega – Telekinesis, Telepathy
Magneto – Business
Nightcrawler – Business
Professor X – Business
Sage – Business, Influence, Tech
Storm – Business
Wolverine – Claws
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Geokinesis, Investigate, Sense
Destiny – Business
Exodus – Business
Mr. Sinister – Business
Mystique – Business
Omega Red – Ensnare, CD (Receives a second chance on Krakoa)
Sebastian Shaw – Business
X-Force Annual #1 (27)
Beast – LT
Domino – Melee, Probability, Tech, DA (Sentinels)
Emma Frost – Morph
Forge – Vehicle
Kid Omega – Flight, Sense, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, LT, DA (Sentinels)
Sage – Computer
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Heal, DA (Sentinels)
X-Men: Red #1 (32)
Abigail Brand – Business, Influence
Cable – Telekinesis Offensive, DA (Vulcan)
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics
Storm – Agility, Business, Ensnare, Lightning, Melee
Sunspot – Agility, Business
Thunderbird – Melee, Strength, Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Isca the Unbeaten – Business
Vulcan – Absorb, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, Speed

 



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