Weekly Marvel Review: April 27, 2022 (Week 17)

Death and rebirth remain a key theme of Marvel’s recent comics. The Punisher features Frank Castle’s recently resurrected wife by the Hand and after several issues of torture, Hydro-Man finally succumbs to Carnage and gets absorbed into the symbiote. The latest Thor title honors Odin as several of Marvel’s elite gather in Asgard to lay the former All-Father to rest. The book also confirms that Odin’s spirit currently resides in the reforged Mjolnir because Valhalla has been wiped out. The latest relaunched X-Title, Knights of X, reconnects the members of Excalibur under a new team name.

Book the Week – Knights of X #1 (Review score: 67 Points; 20 Characters). Merlyn’s war against mutants in Otherworld continues, with the Captain Britain Corps standing as the main line of defense. But Betsy Braddock needs more soldiers to win this war so she turns to Merlyn’s daughter, Roma. The Queen Regent of Roma Regina assists Captain Britain by bringing her former Excalibur teammates back to Otherworld. They immediately take the battle to King Arthur and get a surprising ally in the resurrected—and young—Sir Mordred.

Hero of the Week – Thor (Review score: 11 Points/1 Appearance; 11.0 Pts/App). Thor publicly says goodbye to his father, but secretly struggles with Odin’s lingering presence in Mjolnir. He earns the bulk of his powers in a back-up story which showed one of the many times Odin tricked his son in an attempt to teach him a lesson. Despite the somber story, Thor celebrates his current league-leading third Hero of the Week title.

Antagonist of the Week – Thanos (Review score: 10 Points/1 Appearance; 10.0 Pts/App). Thanos is one major cosmic player that did not get an invitation to Odin’s funeral, which is not surprising. But he did clean up in his appearance in Silver Surfer Rebirth. He defeats not one, but four, different versions of Silver Surfer on his quest to find out who is messing with reality.

Top Characters (by review score). Thor (11); Captain Britain, Ms. Marvel, Thanos (10); Punisher, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man/Peter Parker (9); Carnage, Wasp/Nadia Van Dyne (8); Jack of Hearts, Kylun (7)

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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 #1 (27)
Human Torch – Flight
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Ensnare, Melee, Sense, Stealth, Swing, Tech
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Octopus
Hammerhead – Business
Madame Masque – Business
Mr. Negative – Business
Owl – Business
Rose – Business
Tombstone – Business, Durability, Sense
White Rabbit – Business
Carnage #2 (13)
Antagonist(s)
Carnage – Absorb, Appendage Defensive, Appendage Offensive, Crawl, Heal, Possession, CD (Absorbs Hydro-Man’s abilities into his body)
Hydro-Man – Durability, Water Offensive, CD (Dies)
Spot
Knights of X #1 (67)
Bei the Blood Moon – Blade, Weapon, CD (Joins Knights of X)
Captain Britain – Artifact, Creature, Influence, Shield, Telekinesis, Telepathy, LT, CD (Joins Knights of X), DA (Furies)
Cypher
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Gambit – Energy, Projectile, CD (Joins Knights of X)
Gloriana – Artifact, Energy, Flight, CD (Joins Knights of X)
Hope Summers – Influence
Jubilee
King Arthur – Creature, LT
Kylun – Blade, Melee, Sonics, Weapon, CD (Joins Knights of X), DA (Sir Vescora)
Lady Roma
Merlyn – Telepathy
Prestige – Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Telepathy, CD (Joins Knights of X)
Rictor – Geokinesis, Sense, CD (Joins Knights of X)
Saturnyne – Weapon
Shatterstar – Blade, Weapon, CD (Joins Knights of X)
Tempus – Temporal
Antagonist(s)
Proteus – Reality
Sir Mordred – Blade, Creature
Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit #5 (23)
Doctor Strange – Ensnare, Magic, Teleport, TU (Ms. Marvel)
Ms. Marvel – Durability, Ensnare, Grow, Morph, Sense, Stretch, Will Power, TU (Wasp), DA (Qarin)
Wasp (NvD) – Flight, Intellect, Morph, Shrink, Tech, TU (Ms. Marvel), DA (Qarin)
Punisher #2 (13)
Ares – Assassin, Melee, Strength
Punisher – Blade, Durability, Melee, Sense, Suit, Weapon, CD (Manifests the Eyes of the Beast), DA (Apostle of War)
Sabretooth #3 (21)
Bling! – Investigate, Vehicle
Madison Jeffries – TU (Sabretooth)
Marrow
Oya – TU (Sabretooth)
Professor X – Telepathy
Shark Girl
Skin
Antagonist(s)
Blob
Nekra – TU (Sabretooth)
Sabretooth – Claws, Claws Offensive, Intellect, TU (Nekra), LT
Silk #4 (3)
Silk – Biokinesis, Sense
Silver Surfer Rebirth #4 (25)
Jack of Hearts – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Melee, DA (Dies)
Silver Surfer – Artifact, Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Sense, TU (Thanos)
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Sense, Teleport, Vehicle, TU (Silver Surfer), DA (Silver Surfers)
Thor #24 (57)
Angela
Beta Ray Bill – Computer, Durability, Melee, DA (Alpha Ray)
Black Panther
Balder – Durability, Melee
Captain America
Clea
Fandral
Freyja
Groot
Hogun
Human Torch
Iron Man
Lady Sif
Marvel Girl
Odin – Deception, Heal, Melee, Telepathy, DA (Giants)
Rider
Silver Surfer
Spider-Man (PP)
Taaia
Thing
Thor – Artifact, Blunt, Business, Energy, Flight, Projectile, Shield, Strength, Weapon, CD (Leads the funeral procession for Odin)
Uatu
Valkyrie (JF)
Volstagg
Wolverine (JH)
Antagonist(s)
Hela
Karnilla
Loki – Artifact, Morph, Projectile, Teleport
Super-Skrull
Terrax
Tyr
Ulik

 



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