Weekly Marvel Review: August 31, 2022 (Week 35)

The Progenitor is not the only character passing judgment in the comics this summer. Captain Britain serves as the judge, jury and executioner in the finale to Knights of X. Having defeated Merlyn’s uprising, Betsy summarily kills Merlyn in the Starlight Citadel. The Progenitor delivers his first positive judgement to Cyclops, who, trust to character, declares he doesn’t need the Celestial’s approval. Trying to earn a positive PR win, Mayor Luke Cage reforms the Thunderbolts, tabbing Hawkeye as the field leader, to rebrand the team after Kingpin’s team of villains in “Dark Reign.”

Book the Week – Knights of X #5 (Review score: 117 Points; 32 Characters). Following Gambit’s death in Otherworld, his Knights of X teammates were concerned he’d face the same twisted fate as others who perished in the foreign realm. However, with the power of the Siege Perilous and the love of his wife, Gambit returns seemingly unchanged. The Knights of X then proceed to win the war against Merlyn after reopening the way into Otherworld and joining with the X-Men, the Legionnaires and several other mutants eager to join the fray.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Review score: 22 Points/2 Appearances; 11 Pts/App). Spider-Man’s fourth Hero of the Week performance ties him with Thor for the most on the year. He also enters striking distance for his top character status, trailing Iron Man by just seven points. Spider-Man dominates in the Amazing Fantasy milestone issue with 16 of his 22 points coming from that title with the rest coming from the Fortnite X Marvel book, which he shares with his top challengers, Iron Man and Wolverine.

Antagonist of the Week – Kraven (Review score: 8 Points/1 Appearance; 8.0 Pts/App). Kraven, the Last Son, earns his first Antagonist of the Week, though he tied with Doctor Doom. The hunter earns the nod because he successfully defeated Deadpool in his X-Force appearance. He currently stands as the 12th top antagonist with a strong 5.0 Points/Appearance ratio. Doctor Doom deserves an honorable mention, despite running from his antagonists in Fortnite X Marvel, because his eight points moves him ahead of Doctor Octopus as the year’s top antagonist.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Peter Parker (22); Gambit, Marvel Girl (13); Deadpool (12); Ant-Man/Eric O’Grady, Iceman, Luke Cage (11); Kane, 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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Amazing Fantasy #1000 (27)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Business, Durability, Ensnare, Influence, Investigate, Melee, Sense, Strength, Swing, Tech, Toxin, Whip, SC, DA (Enforcers)
Thor – Flight
Antagonist(s)
Fancy Dan
Galactus
Montana – Ensnare
Ox – Melee, Strength
Rhino
Shocker
Ant-Man #2 (21)
Ant-Man (EOG) – Appendage, Computer, Creature, Energy, Melee, Sense, Shrink, Suit, Telepathy, DA (Hank Pym)
Ant-Man (SL)
Hank Pym – Teleport
Maria Hill – LT
Antagonist(s)
Criti Noll – Creature, Melee, Shrink, Strength
Deadpool: Bad Blood #4 (24)
Deadpool – Agility, Blade, Durability, Influence, Melee, Precision, Weapon
Domino – Durability, Gun, Melee, Weapon, LT
Kane – Bionics, Claws, Durability, Flight, Gun, Melee, Morph, Weapon, DA (Domino)
Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War #4 (33)
Iron Man – Energy, Flight, TU (The Seven)
Shuri – Agility, Blade, Projectile, Tech, Weapon, TU (Spider-Man), LT
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Projectile, Swing, Tech, TU (Wolverine)
Wolverine (JH) – Agility, Claws, Claws Offensive, Heal, Sense, TU (Spider-Man)
Antagonist(s)
Doctor Doom – Artifact, Durability, Energy, Gun, Shield, Suit, WeaponFor
Gambit #2 (11)
Gambit – Energy, Melee, Precision, Projectile, Vehicle, Weapon
Storm – Water, Will Power, SC
Iron Fist #5 (20)
Fat Cobra – Melee, TU (Iron Fist), DA (Demon)
Iron Fist (DR) – TU (Fat Cobra), SC
Iron Fist (LL) – Artifact, Blade, Energy, Melee, Weapon, CD (Learns to balance the powers of the Iron Fist and Sword of Fu Xi)
Luke Cage – Melee, TU (Fat Cobra), DA (Demon)
Antagonist(s)
Loki – Teleport
Knights of X #5 (117)
Bei the Blood Moon – Blade, Sonics Offensive, Weapon, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Captain Avalon – Blade, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Captain Britain – Blade, Flight, Shield, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, CD (Executes Merlin), DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Cyclops – Energy Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Cypher – Weapon
Daken – Claws Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Gambit – Agility, Blunt, Energy, Projectile, Weapon
Gloriana – Elements, Flight, Magic, Wind, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Jubilee – Creature, Energy Offensive, DA (Fury)
King Arthur
Kylun – Blade, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Lady Roma – Creature, Magic, TU (Saturnyne)
Legion – Energy, Flight, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Marvel Girl – Flight, Telepathy Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Merlyn – CD (Dies)
Nightcrawler – Blade, Teleport, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Pixie – Blade, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Polaris – Flight, Magnetics Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Prestige – Flames, Flight, Influence, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, Temporal, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Psylocke – Blade, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Rictor – Geokinesis Offensive, Magic, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Rogue
Saturnyne – TU (Lady Roma)
Scout – Claws Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Shatterstar – Blade, Weapon, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Sunfire – Flames Offensive, Flight, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Synch – Energy, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Wolverine (JH) – Claws Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Wolverine (LK) – Claws Offensive, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Antagonist(s)
Exodus – Flight
Juggernaut – Melee, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Mordred – Blade, DA (Sevalithi vampire)
Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood #4 (8)
Khonshu
Moon Knight – Blade, Melee, Weapon, SC, DA (Cultists)
Tigra
Thunderbolts #1 (66)
Gutsen Glory – Explosive, Gun, Sense, Tech, Weapon, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (U.S. Agent)
Hawkeye (CB) – Business, Explosive, Melee, Precision, Projectile, Weapon, LT, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts)
Luke Cage – Business, CD (Reforms the Thunderbolts)
Ms. America – Durability, Flight, Melee, Strength, Teleport, SC, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (Taskmaster)
Persuasion – Influence, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (Abomination)
Power Man – Energy, Melee, Strength, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (Agony)
Spectrum – Absorb, Flight, Melee, Speed, CD (Joins the Thunderbolts), DA (Electro)
U.S. Agent – Durability, Melee
Wonder Man
Antagonist(s)
Abomination – Durability, Melee, Strength
Agony – Crawl, Ensnare, Melee
Electro (FF) – Energy, Energy Offensive, DA (Police)
Taskmaster – Gun, Projectile
Whiplash
The Variants #3 (16)
Colleen Wing
Daredevil – TU (Jessica Jones)
Iron Fist – TU (Jessica Jones)
Jessica Jones – Investigate, TU (She-Hulk), LT
Luke Cage – Durability, Melee, DA (Jesse Jones)
Misty Knight
She-Hulk – TU (Jessica Jones)
X-Force #31 (23)
Beast
Colossus
Deadpool – Agility, Durability, Heal
Sage – Weapon
Antagonist(s)
Black Tom Cassidy – Plants
Blob
Kraven (LS) – Blade, Crawl, Durability, Ensnare, Investigate, Projectile, DA (Deadpool)
Omega Red – Ensnare, Vehicle, SC
X-Men #14 (49)
Cyclops – Energy Offensive, Melee, Precision, CD (Receives positive judgement), DA (Aliens)
Firestar – Flames Defensive, Flames Offensive, Flight, SC, DA (Eternals)
Forge – Intellect
Havok
Iceman – Durability, Ensnare, Flight, Ice, Ice Defensive, Ice Offensive, Influence, Strength, SC, DA (Eternals)
Magik – Teleport, Teleport Defensive, Weapon, SC, DA (Aliens)
Marvel Girl – Flight, Telekinesis, Telekinesis Defensive, Telekinesis Offensive, Telepathy, LT, SC, DA (Eternals)
Rogue – Flight, Telekinesis, SC
Synch – Flight, Telekinesis, SC

 



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