Weekly Marvel Review: May 18, 2022 (Week 20)

A handful of characters explore their identity, their heritages and their overall place in the world—or even other worlds, such as Arakko. Among the Eternals, Ajak learns that the Deviants they hunt are more favored by their Celestial gods. Druig betrays Thanos and takes his place as the new Prime Eternal and sets the stage for the Eternals upcoming conflict with the mutants. Speaking of Krakoans, Kid Omega seeks to establish a new identity by test driving different mutant husks, Hope Summers officially ascends to the Quiet Council and Magik loses her Soul Sword. Off world, Storm and Magneto recruit members for the Brotherhood of Arakko to counter Abigail Brand’s S.W.O.R.D. sponsored X-Men team.

Book the Week – Fantastic Four #43 (Review score: 75 Points; 39 Characters). The Recknoning War rages on, but the latest Fantastic Four issue focuses on the Badoon’s Battle on Earth. The mysterious aliens known as Comorant and the Helmsman take advantage of the invasion to retrieve the pieces of the Gauntlet Armor. Unfortunately for them, Doctor Doom represents the final hurdle in assembling the full suit. Sue Storm, who has been mysteriously absent the past few issues, reveals herself by coming to the aid of Uatu the Watcher and Nick Fury.

Hero of the Week – Venom/Eddie Brock (Review score: 20 Points/1 Appearance; 20.0 Pts/App). Eddie Brock gets a chance to display his investigative journalism skills and not just the symbiotic side. He outsmarts Hydro-Man for an Intellect power along with a Computer, Deception and Investigate power when making his way back into his former employer’s office at the Daily Globe. Eighteen of his 20 points come from power usages to earn him his second Hero of the Week in 2022.

Antagonist of the Week – Goblin Queen (Review score: 8 Points/1 Appearance; 8.0 Pts/App). Things are looking up for Madelyn Pryor. Following her somewhat controversial resurrection due to her clone status, she is being handed the keys to Limbo by Magik. Her 8-point performance in New Mutants also earns her her first Antagonist of the Week.

Top Characters (by review score). Venom/Eddie Brock, Wolverine/James Howlett (20); Daredevil/Elektra Natchios, Magik (15); Deadpool, Hope, Iron Man, Storm, Thor (14); Silk (11)

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

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Elektra: Black, White & Blood #4 (22)
Daredevil (EN) – Agility, Blade, Business, Durability, Melee, Projectile, Stealth, Weapon, DA (Kingpin’s men)
Ghost Rider (JB) – Durability, Flames, Influence, Melee, Morph, Strength, Vehicle, DA (Elektra)
Antagonist(s)
Kingpin – Business, LT
Eternals #12 (56)
Ajak – Blunt, Flight, CD (Learns that the Deviants are more important to the Celestial’s plan than the Eternals)
Black Panther – Claws
Captain America (SR) – LT
Captain Marvel – Energy Offensive, Flight
Druig – Computer, Deception, CD (Becomes the new Prime Eternal), DA (Thanos)
Gilgamesh – Energy Offensive, Flight
Ikaris – Durability, Flight, Speed
Iron Man – Explosive, Flight, Suit
Kingo Sunen – Blade
Makkari – Flight, Speed, Vibrations
Mentor
Namor
Phoenix (ML)
Sersi – Flight, Telepathy, LT
Sprite – Flight
Starbrand
Thena – Flight, Projectile, Telepathy
Thor – Durability, Flight, Lightning
Antagonist(s)
Thanos – Assassin, Durability, Melee, Strength
Fantastic Four #43 (75)
Beta Ray Bill – TU (Human Torch)
Big Bertha
Brainstorm
Ch’od – TU (Human Torch)
Corsair – TU (Human Torch)
Flatman
Gamora – TU (Human Torch)
Gauntlet – Energy Offensive, CD (Loses the Gauntlet armor)
Gladiator – TU (Human Torch)
Groot – TU (Human Torch)
Hepzibah – TU (Human Torch)
Hulkling – TU (Human Torch)
Human Torch – TU (Guardians of the Galaxy), LT
Invisible Woman – Gun, Invisibility
Jack of Hearts – Absorb, DA (Emnu)
Jennifer Kale
Man-Thing
Manta – TU (Human Torch)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Immortal
Nova (FR) – TU (Human Torch)
Nova (RR) – TU (Human Torch)
Oracle – TU (Human Torch)
Powerhouse
Raza – TU (Human Torch)
Rocket Raccoon – TU (Human Torch)
She-Hulk
Sky – TU (Human Torch)
Squirrel Girl
Star-Lord – TU (Human Torch)
Thing
Thor – TU (Human Torch)
Uatu the Watcher
Unseen

Wiccan – TU (Human Torch)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Energy, Intellect, Magic Offensive, Shield, Telekinesis, Teleport, DA (Helmsman)
Ego – TU (Human Torch)
Super Skrull – TU (Human Torch)
Terrax – TU (Human Torch)
Immortal X-Men #2 (59)
Colossus – Business
Cyclops – Intellect
Doctor Nemesis – Intellect
Egg
Elixir
Emma Frost – Business, Telepathy
Hope Summers – Absorb, Assassin, Business, Gun, Influence, Melee, Precision, Telekinesis, Teleport, LT, SC, CD (Joins the Quiet Council), DA (Selene)
Kate Pryde
Magik
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics, Weapon
Nightcrawler – Teleport
Professor X – Telepathy
Storm – Elements, Flight, Lightning
Synch
Tempus
Antagonist(s)
Destiny – Sense
Exodus – Assassin, Flight, Melee, Telekinesis Defensive, Telepathy, DA (Selene)
Mr. Sinister – Claws, Energy, Grow, Melee
Mystique
Proteus
Sebastian Shaw
Selene
Iron Fist #3 (10)
Fat Cobra – Melee
Iron Fist (LL) – Blade, Durability, Energy, Melee, Sense, Strength, DA (Chiyou demon)
Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 (48)
Brawn – TU (Sister Dagger)
Doctor Strange
Giant-Man – TU (Sister Dagger)
Groot
Jimmy Woo – Gun, Melee, Tech, TU (Sister Dagger)
Leiko Wu – Gun, TU (Sister Dagger)
Luna Snow – TU (Sister Dagger)
Mantis – Absorb, Blade, Sense, Weapon, CD (Merges with another one of her split identities)
Ms. Marvel – Durability, Grow, Morph, Stretch, TU (Sister Dagger)
Rocket Raccoon
Shang-Chi – Durability, Influence, Melee, Tech, TU (Jimmy Woo)
Sister Dagger – Artifact, TU (Jimmy Woo)
Sister Staff – Blunt
Wong – Artifact, Intellect, Melee, Shield, DA (Egor)
Antagonist(s)
Crossfire – Computer
Marvels #10 (34)
Aarkus – Flight, Sense, Wind Offensive, TU (Captain America), DA (Zombie creature)
Aero – Flight, Wind, Wind Offensive, TU (Captain America), DA (Zombie creature)
Black Cat – Melee, TU (Captain America), DA (Zombie creature)
Captain America (SR) – Melee, TU (Human Torch), LT
Human Torch – Flames, Flight, TU (Captain America)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, Sense, Tech, TU (Captain America)
Storm – Flight, TU (Captain America)
Antagonist(s)
Lady Lotus
New Mutants #25 (41)
Magik – Blade, Business, Deception, Melee, Sense, Strength, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Weapon, TU (Goblin Queen), LT, CD (Loses her Soul Sword), DA (Demon)
Mirage – Melee, Projectile, Weapon, TU (Goblin Queen), DA (Demon)
Wolfsbane – Claws, Claws Offensive, Melee, Morph, TU (Goblin Queen), DA (Demon)
Antagonist(s)
Belasco
Goblin Queen – Flight, Melee, Strength, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, TU (Magik), DA (Demon)
S’ym – Melee, Strength, Toxin, LT
Savage Avengers #1 (41)
Anti-Venom – Intellect, Melee, TU (Daredevil)
Black Knight (DW) – Blade, Intellect, Melee, Weapon, TU (Weapon H)
Cloak – Ensnare, Sense, Teleport, TU (Conan)
Conan – Agility, Blade, Durability, Gun, Weapon, TU (Anti-Venom), DA (Cultists)
Dagger – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, Projectile, TU (Conan)
Daredevil (EN) – Blade, Weapon, TU (Anti-Venom), LT
Weapon H – Claws, Claws Offensive, Melee, Morph, Strength, TU (Black Knight)
Silk #5 (11)
Silk – Agility, Biokinesis, Crawl, Durability, Melee, Shield, Swing, Weapon, CD (Reconnects with her heritage), DA (Manyeo)
Spider-Punk #2 (7)
Spider-Punk – Projectile, Shield, Tech, Weapon, LT, DA (Taskmaster)
Thor #25 (46)
Angela
Black Panther
Black Widow
Captain America (SR)
Captain America (SW)
Captain Marvel
Hulk (BB) – Claws, Computer, Ensnare, Gun, Influence, Melee, Strength, DA (Bikers)
Human Torch
Invisible Woman
Iron Man – Deception, Flight, Suit
Mr. Fantastic
Namor
Odin – Melee, Telepathy, Will Power
Phoenix (ML)
Shang-Chi
Spider-Man (PP)
Thing
Thor – Artifact, Blunt, Deception, Durability, Melee, Weapon, DA (Thrym)
Antagonist(s)
Enchantress – Creature, Deception, Magic, Reality
Loki – LT
Venom: Lethal Protector #2 (27)
Venom (EB) – Agility, Appendage, Biokinesis, Claws, Computer, Creature, Deception, Durability, Energy, Gun, Intellect, Investigate, Melee, Projectile, Sense, Strength, Swing, Weapon, DA (Hydro-Man)
Antagonist(s)
Hydro-Man – Flight, Grow, Intangibility, Melee, Morph, Water Offensive
Wolverine #21 (26)
Danger – Creature, Vehicle
Deadpool – Blade, Deception, Durability, Fourth Wall, Gun, Heal, Melee, Teleport, Vehicle, Weapon, TU (Wolverine), LT, DA (Wolverine LMD)
Maverick
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, Melee, TU (Deadpool), DA (Wolverine LMD)
Wolverine: Patch #2 (12)
Nick Fury – LT
Tyger Tiger – Investigate
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, Influence, Sense, DA (Soldiers)
X-Cellent #3 (16)
Dead Girl – Sense, Stealth
Doctor Strange – Flight
Doop
Gone Gal
Mister Sensitive
Phatty – Morph
Rosa Lemper – Morph
The A
Vivisector
Antagonist(s)
Morgan Le Fay – Flight
X-Force #28 (30)
Beast
Doctor Cecilia Reyes – Intellect
Domino – Explosive, Gun, Weapon
Forge
Havok
Kid Omega – Creature, Telepathy, Vehicle, CD (Explores his identity via the use of Telepathic- and Telekinetic-linked husks)
Polaris
Sage – Intellect
Stepford Cuckoos
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Defensive, Durability
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy
Omega Red – Appendage
Silver Samurai – Agility, Blade, Weapon, DA (Omeganaut husk)
X-Men: Red #2 (46)
Abigail Brand – Deception, Tech, LT, CD (Forms X-Men Red)
Cable – Strength, Telekinesis Offensive, Teleport, CD (Joins X-Men Red), DA (Progenitor)
Cyclops
Frenzy – CD (Joins X-Men Red)
Magneto – Flight, Magnetics Offensive, LT, CD (Joins the Brotherhood of Arakko), DA (Progenitor)
Manifold – Teleport, CD (Leaves S.W.O.R.D.)
Professor X – Telepathy
Random – CD (Joins X-Men Red)
Storm – Ensnare, Flight, Lightning, Melee, CD (Forms the Brotherhood of Arakko), DA (Vulcan)
Sunspot – Flight, CD (Joins the Brotherhood of Arakko)
Antagonist(s)
Mentallo – CD (Joins X-Men Red)
Vulcan – Creature, Energy, Energy Defensive, Flight, Rage, CD (Joins X-Men Red)

 



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