Weekly Marvel Review: July 20, 2022 (Week 29)

Even beyond the grave, Dr. Strange defends reality from mystic and cosmic threats. Although this time he, via his Tarot deck, enlists Blue Marvel to gather the new team of Defenders. The new Defenders series by Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez picks up where their previous volume ended and includes Taaia, Galactus’ mother and a character introduced in the last series. Shang-Chi’s new series begins and a trio of titles end: Maestro: World War MThe Marvels, and Savage Spider-Man.

Book the Week – The Marvels #12 (Review score: 96 Points; 33 Characters). The Marvels ends after a dozen issues detailing Siancong’s mysterious origins and its connection to Lady Lotus. The assorted characters which starred in the book, including Captain America, Black Cat, Human Torch and Aero, are joined by additional characters from around the Marvel universe including members of the Avengers, X-Men, Agents of Atlas and the Winter Guard in the finale.

Hero of the Week – Iron Man (Review score: 21 Points/4 Appearances; 5.25 Pts/App). Iron Man continues his reign atop the Power Rankings for Marvel’s heroes, padding his lead with a four-appearance performance. Outside of his main appearances in Avengers and Iron Man, Tony plays a major role at the start of the Eternals and Mutants feud. He traps Sersi and questions her people’s motives only to learn she’s in the dark as much as he is when it comes to Druig’s plans for the X-Men.

Antagonist of the Week – Maestro (Review score: 7 Points/1 Appearance; 7.0 Pts/App). Maestro’s latest miniseries comes to an end and he stops the latest threat to his rule over Dystopia. His five Appearances in his miniseries account for all of his Appearances in 2022 and helped him climb to 15th in the Antagonist Rankings. He averaged 5.2 Points/Appearance with 2 Antagonists Defeated.

Top Characters (by review score). Iron Man (21); Spider-Man/Peter Parker (18); Venom/Eddie Brock (14); Shang-Chi (13); Moon Knight (12); Captain America/Steve Rogers, Human Torch, Marvel Girl, Wolverine/James Howlett (10); Phoenix/Maya Lopez, Thor (9)


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

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A.X.E. Judgement Day #1 (79)
Cable – Telekinesis
Captain America (SR) – LT
Captain Marvel – Flight
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Offensive, LT
Druig – Business, Tech
Egg – Biokinesis
Elixir – Heal
Emma Frost
Havok – Energy Offensive
Hope Summers – Influence, Telepathy
Iron Man – Computer, Flight, Tech
Magik – Blade
Marvel Girl – Flight, Sense, Telekinesis, Telepathy, LT
Moira MacTaggert
Nightcrawler – Teleport Defensive
Phoenix (ML) – Flames, Flight, Melee, DA (Sersi)
Professor X – Telepathy
Strong Guy – Melee
Tempus – Temporal
Thor – Flight
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, Claws Offensive, Durability, Heal, Sense, LT
Destiny – Sense
Mr. Sinister
Proteus – Reality
Sebastian Shaw
Avengers #58 (32)
Captain America (SR) – Projectile, TU (Samurai of Vengeance), LT
Captain Marvel – Flight, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Iron Man – Flight, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Namor – Sense, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Nighthawk – Weapon, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Phoenix (ML) – Flight, Sense, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Starbrand – TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Thor – Flight, Sense, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Valkyrie (JF) – Flight, TU (Samurai of Vengeance)
Mephisto – Creature
Deadpool: Bad Blood #3 (14)
Deadpool – Durability, Gun, Heal, Investigate, Melee, Teleport, Weapon
Kane – Blade, Claws, Durability, Morph, Weapon
Defenders: Beyond #1 (14)
Blue Marvel – CD (Joins the Defenders)
Ms. America – Melee, CD (Joins the Defenders)
Taaia – CD (Joins the Defenders)
Tigra – CD (Joins the Defenders)
Loki – Artifact, Magic Defensive, CD (Joins the Defenders)
Iron Man #21 (11)
Iron Man – Computer, Deception, Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Strength, Suit, DA (Switchback)
War Machine
Knights of X #4 (37)
Bei the Blood Moon – Sonics Offensive, Weapon
Captain Britain – Flight, Shield, Telekinesis, CD (Expresses her true feelings for Prestige)
Gloriana – Flight
King Arthur – Creature, LT
Kylun – Blade
Lady Roma – Creature, Influence
Merlyn – Creature, Magic Offensive
Prestige – Flames, Flight, Influence, Melee, Telepathy, CD (Expresses her true feelings for Captain Britain)
Rictor – Geokinesis
Shatterstar – Blade, Melee
Mordred – Blade
Maestro: World War M #5 (7)
Maestro – Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength, TU (Abomination), DA (Namor)
The Marvels #12 (96)
Aarkus – Flight, TU (Captain America)
Aero – Flight, Wind, TU (Captain America)
Black Cat – TU (Captain America)
Black Panther – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Brawn – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Captain America (SR) – Shield Defensive, TU (Storm), LT
Captain Marvel – Flight, TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Choir – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Cyclops – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Doctor Strange – TU (Iron Man)
Human Torch – Flames Defensive, Flight, TU (Captain America)
Invisible Woman – TU (Black Panther)
Iron Man – Flight, Tech, TU (Captain America)
Jimmy Woo – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Marvel Girl – Telekinesis Defensive, TU (Mr. Fantastic), SC
Mr. Fantastic – Grow, Stretch, TU (Black Panther), SC
Namor – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Punisher – Assassin, Precision, Projectile
Silk – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Spider-Man (PP) – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Storm – Elements, Flight, Lightning, Wind, TU (Captain America)
Synch – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Thor – Flight, TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Union Jack – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Valkyrie (JF) – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Wave – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Wolverine (LK) – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Crimson Dynamo – Flight, TU (Mr. Fantastic), SC
Lady Lotus – Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Sense
Red Widow – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Songbird – Flight, Sonics Defensive, TU (Mr. Fantastic), SC
Ursa Major – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Vanguard – TU (Mr. Fantastic)
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #40 (10)
Shift – Appendage Offensive, Durability, Melee, TU (Ganke’s Resistance)
Spider-Man (MM) – Agility, Swing, TU (Ganke’s Resistance)
Prowler (AD)
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #3 (13)
Moon Knight – Blade, Durability, Intellect, Magic, Melee, Personality, Projectile, Speed, Vehicle, SC, DA (Robbers)
New Fantastic Four #2 (23)
Ghost Rider (DK) – Durability, Flames, Melee, Projectile, Weapon, Whip
Hulk – Durability, TU (Human Torch)
Human Torch – Flames, Flames Defensive, Flight, Vehicle, TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man (PP) – Swing, Vehicle, TU (Human Torch)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, TU (Human Torch)
Savage Spider-Man #5 (18)
Doctor Strange – TU (Spider-Man)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Blade, Crawl, Ensnare, Explosive, Influence, Intellect, Melee, Whip, TU (Doctor Strange), LT
Baron Zemo – Weapon
Mad Thinker – Intellect
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #1 (13)
Shang-Chi – Agility, Artifact, Energy, Investigate, Melee, Precision, Speed, Tech, Vehicle, Weapon, SC, DA (Razor Fist)
She-Hulk #5 (11)
Jack of Hearts – Energy, Weapon, TU (She-Hulk)
She-Hulk – Durability, Investigate, Melee, Morph, Strength, TU (Jack of Hearts)
Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #4 (9)
Ghost-Spider – Heal, Melee, Projectile, Swing, TU (Iron G.W.E.N.)
Nightbird – Influence, Melee
Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (16)
Venom (EB) – Agility, Appendage, Appendage Offensive, Durability, Ensnare, Influence, Invisibility, Melee, Strength, Swing, Weapon, SC, DA (Mugger)
Taskmaster – Projectile


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