Weekly Marvel Review: August 17, 2022 (Week 33)

Do you believe in Magik? Honestly, Illyana Rasputina, the youngest—and arguably the fiercest—member of Krakoa’s Great Captains doesn’t need you to believe in her. Ever since aligning with Cyclops during the X-Men’s “Schism” nearly a decade ago, she has cemented her place as one of Marvel’s most prominent mutants. Recently, her ruthless nature earned her a spot on Conan’s first team of “Savage Avengers,” though a new cast of characters have joined together under that moniker now.

Book the Week – X-Men #13 (Review score: 64 Points; 9 Characters). No sooner is a new team of X-Men announced at the Hellfire Gala than they are put to the test. With the mutants playing defense for the first part of the Eternals’ assault on Krakoa, the X-Men go on the offense. With the help of Ikaris, the X-Men infiltrate Uranos’ armory to cut off the Hex’s power source. Several of the members get a chance to flex their muscles, including Iceman growing and going toe-to-toe with the giant Eternal, Forge creating massive Eternal killing guns, and Magik porting the team in and out of danger.

Hero of the Week – Magik (Review score: 24 Points/5 Appearances; 4.8 Pts/App). Magik may have given up the keys to Limbo, but she takes her first Hero of the Week title in return. In addition to being on the premier mutant team, Magik continues leading the New Mutants title and currently appears in Captain Marvel, sitting in judgement of Carol Danvers misuse of magic.

Antagonist of the Week – Goblin Queen (Review score: 10 Points/1 Appearance; 10.0 Pts/App). Madelyn Pryor has had a rough go of it since her creation at the hands of Mr. Sinister. Up until recently, she was denied a right to mutant resurrection given her status as a clone. But now, she is given an opportunity to leave Krakoa behind and make a name for herself as the new ruler of Limbo. Though not everybody is thrilled at the prospect of the Goblin Queen ruling a land of demons, Magik is willing to give her a chance so they can both redefine their connection to Limbo.

Top Characters (by review score). Magik (24); Moon Knight (20); Ikaris, Ms. Marvel (13); Clea, Iceman, Iron Man (12); Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Shuri (11); Black Cat, Daredevil/Elektra, Goblin Queen, Marvel Girl, Omega Red, Wolverine/James Howlett (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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A.X.E.: Death to the Mutants #1 (59)
Ajak – Flight, Tech, LT
Druig – Telepathy, LT
Firestar – Flight, TU (Ikaris)
Gilgamesh – Invisibility, Melee, Strength, Weapon, TU (X-Men), DA (Delphan Brother)
Ikaris – Durability, Energy, Energy Offensive, Flight, Invisibility, Weapon, TU (X-Men), LT, DA (Zuras)
Kingo Sunen – Flight, Weapon
Magik – Teleport, TU (Ikaris)
Makkari – Flight
Phastos – Flight
Professor X – Telepathy Defensive
Sersi – Flight, Melee, Tech, Telepathy, LT
Sprite – Computer, Flight, Invisibility, Magic Offensive, TU (X-Men)
Thena – Flight, Weapon
Wolverine (LK) – TU (Ikaris)
Zuras – Telepathy Offensive
Antagonist(s)
Kro
Avengers: 1,000,000 B.C. #1 (8)
Odin – Lightning, Projectile, SC, CD (Gets rejected by the Phoenix), DA (Bugs)
Thor – Lightning
Captain Marvel #40 (22)
Agatha Harkness – Business
Captain Marvel – Agility, Blade, Durability, Energy, Weapon, Will Power
Doctor Voodoo
Magik
Scarlet Witch – Business, Influence, Reality
Antagonist(s)
Enchantress – Business, Flight, Influence, Reality, Teleport
Satana
Daredevil #2 (13)
Daredevil (EN) – Melee
Daredevil (MM) – Blunt, Durability, Influence, Melee, Projectile, Sense, Swing, Weapon, SC, DA (Kidnappers)
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 (10)
Ghost-Spider – Ensnare, Melee, Swing, DA (Mysterio)
Madame Web – Teleport
Spiderling – Sense, Tech
Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War #3 (37)
Iron Man – TU (The Seven)
Shuri – Blade, Computer, Flight, Melee, Morph, Sense, Weapon, TU (The Imagined), LT, DA (Lizard-Man Ninja)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Ensnare, Melee, Swing, Tech, TU (The Imagined), DA (Lizard-Man Ninja)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws, Claws Offensive, Sense, TU (The Imagined), DA (Lizard-Man Ninja)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Energy, Teleport
High Evolutionary – Durability, Energy Offensive, Vehicle, TU (Stegron)
Stegron – TU (High Evolutionary)
Hulk #8 (23)
Beta Ray Bill
Hulk – Blunt, Durability, Heal, Melee, Strength, Weapon, DA (Thor)
Iron Man – Creature
Lady Sif – Sense
Odin – Artifact, DA (Thor)
Thor – Durability, Melee, Morph, Strength, Weapon
Uatu the Watcher
Iron Cat #3 (18)
Black Cat – Agility, Deception, Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Suit, Thief, TU (Iron Man)
Iron Man – Creature, Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Suit, TU (Black Cat)
Ms. Marvel & Moon Knight #1 (30)
Hunter’s Moon – Agility, Cosmic, TU (Ms. Marvel), DA (Robotic rats)
Moon Knight – Agility, Blunt, Business, Cosmic, Melee, Projectile, Water, Weapon, TU (Ms. Marvel), LT, DA (Robotic rats)
Ms. Marvel – Durability, Ensnare, Grow, Investigate, Melee, Morph, Strength, Stretch, Water, TU (Moon Knight), LT, DA (Robotic rats)
New Mutants #28 (41)
Cable
Colossus – Melee, Morph, TU (Goblin Queen), DA (Demons)
Magik – Absorb, Deception, Durability, Magic, Magic Offensive, Melee, Weapon, TU (Goblin Queen), CD (Relinquishes control of Limbo to Goblin Queen), DA (Demons)
Mirage – Projectile, Weapon, TU (Goblin Queen), LT, DA (Demons)
Wolfsbane – Claws, Claws Offensive, Morph, TU (Goblin Queen), DA (Demons)
Antagonist(s)
Goblin Queen – Blade, Flight, Magic, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Offensive, Weapon, TU (Magik), CD (Becomes the new ruler of Limbo), DA (Demons)
S’ym – Melee
Savage Avengers #4 (39)
Anti-Venom – Claws Offensive, Melee, Morph, CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Black Knight (DW) – Blade, Weapon, LT, CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Cloak – Energy, Ensnare, Suit, Teleport, CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Conan – CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Dagger – Energy, Energy Offensive, Melee, CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Daredevil (EN) – Absorb, Magic, Melee, Weapon, Whip, LT, CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Weapon H – Claws, Claws Offensive, Intellect, Morph, Sense, Telekinesis, CD (Establishes themselves as the Savage Avengers)
Strange #5 (26)
Clea – Ensnare, Flames, Flight, Influence, Magic, Morph, Projectile, Teleport, TU (Moon Knight), SC, DA (Orderlies)
Dr. Strange – Flight, Morph, CD (Reveals himself as the Harvestman)
Moon Knight – Influence, Melee, Suit, Weapon, TU (Clea), LT, DA (Orderlies)
Antagonist(s)
Umar the Unrelenting – Teleport
X-Force #30 (47)
Angel
Beast – Business, LT
Colossus
Deadpool – Blade, Durability, Gun, CD (Joins X-Force)
Domino – Business, Weapon
Gentle
Magik
Nightcrawler
Penance
Professor X
Sage – Business, Computer, LT
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Sense
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Business, Ensnare
Blob
Krakoa
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Durability, Projectile, Stealth, DA (Polar bear)
Omega Red – Appendage Offensive, Blade, Business, Durability, Ensnare, Melee, SC, CD (Joins X-Force), DA (Russians)
X-Men #13 (64)
Cyclops – Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Ikaris), LT
Firestar – Flames Defensive, Flames Offensive, TU (Ikaris), DA (Eternal guard)
Forge – Gun, Tech, Thief, Weapon, TU (Ikaris), DA (The Hex)
Havok – Energy, Energy Offensive, TU (Ikaris), DA (Eternal guard)
Iceman – Durability, Flight, Grow, Ice, Ice Defensive, Ice Offensive, Melee, Projectile, Speed, TU (Ikaris), DA (Eternal guard)
Ikaris – Telepathy, TU (X-Men)
Magik – Blade, Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Weapon, TU (Ikaris), LT, DA (Eternal guard)
Marvel Girl – Ensnare, Flight, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, TU (Ikaris), LT, DA (The Hex)
Synch – Absorb, Energy, Flight, Heal, Ice, Telepathy, TU (Ikaris), DA (Eternal guard)

 



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