Weekly Marvel Review: December 28, 2022 (Week 52)

Shang-Chi ends the year a winner. Not from a Fantasy Comic League perspective, mind you. He finished just outside of the Top 20 performances with a review score of 119, six points fewer than the prior year. But he does win the Game of Rings and retains the right to wield the Ten Rings. He also learns that his estranged sibling, Sister Hammer, has been watching his back as Red Cannon, the current leader of the Red Dot Collective’s criminal organization.

Book the Week – X-Terminators #4 (Review score: 49 Points; 34 Characters). Dazzler and her vampire-killing gal pals escape the Collector’s Museum and crash land back on Krakoa, interrupting a friendly game of baseball. Brought before they Quiet Council, they don’t need to answer to just Krakoa’s leadership, but the Vampire Nation’s ruler as well. Dracula, swayed by their argument that the vampires they killed were defectors, agrees to help them find Al’hex, Dazzler’s traitorous, vampiric ex-boyfriend.

Hero of the Week – Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Review score: 15 Points/2 Appearances; 7.5 Pts/App). It’s official, Peter Parker fails to top repeat his Top Hero of the Year performance. He finishes 19 points behind Iron Man and 5 points behind Wolverine to finish in third place overall. He earns 47 fewer points in 25 fewer Appearances when compared to his prior year performance. However, he does top the rest of the characters in two categories: most.Hero of the Week titles with 9 and the most Save Civilians with 10.

Antagonist of the Week – Kang (Review score: 14 Points/1 Appearance; 14.0 Pts/App). Kang rounds out the year, previews the upcoming major moments for the Marvel Universe, and earns his first Antagonist of the Week title in Timeless. With his cinematic debut looming and a potential conflict with the Avengers in the comics, the Master of Time should easily beat his four Appearances this year. Kang made the most of those few Appearances, averaging 7.75 Points per Appearance.

Top Characters (by review score). Spider-Man/Peter Parker (15); Kang (14); Chasm, Goblin Queen (13); Black Widow, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Magik, Marvel Girl, Shang-Chi, Synch (11)


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

< Week 51

All-Out Avengers #4 (29)
Black Widow – Agility, Blade, Investigate, Melee, Vehicle, TU (A.I.M. scientist), DA (Drahl)
Captain Marvel – Durability, Energy, Flight, Melee, Strength, TU (A.I.M. scientist), LT, DA (Drahl)
Hawkeye (CB) – Investigate, Projectile, Weapon, TU (A.I.M. scientist), DA (Drahl)
Iron Man
Spider-Woman (JD) – Energy Offensive, Melee, TU (A.I.M. scientist), LT
Amazing Spider-Man #16 (28)
Chasm – Artifact, Blade, Claws, Creature, Melee, Projectile, Rage, Sense, Tech, DA (Spider-Man)
Hallow’s Eve
– Melee, Morph, Strength, TU (Venom)
Spider-Man (PP) – Agility, Melee, Projectile, Sense, Tech, Weapon
Venom (EB) – TU (Goblin Queen)
Goblin Queen – TU (Venom), LT
Captain America: Symbol of Truth #8 (12)
Captain America (SW) – Flight, Melee, Projectile, Shield, Shield Defensive, TU (Nomad), DA (Soldier)
Falcon (JT) – Flight, Melee
Carnage #8 (6)
Carnage – Business, Personality
Hela – Business
Dark Web: X-Men #2 (25)
Cyclops – Influence, Telepathy
Forge – Plants, SC
Magik – Blunt, Will Power
Marvel Girl – Melee, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Telepathy Offensive, Will Power, LT
Synch – SC
Goblin Queen – Computer, Deception, Ensnare, Magic, Telepathy
Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3 (9)
Spider-Man (PP) – Creature, Grow, Reality, Sense, Swing, Tech, SC
Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #2 (4)
Doctor Strange – Artifact, Magic Defensive, Telepathy
Midnight Suns #4 (34)
Agatha Harkness – Magic, Magic Offensive, Teleport, Will Power
Blade – Blade, Weapon, TU (Wolverine)
Magik – Blade, Magic, Teleport, Weapon, TU (Blade), LT
Nico Minoru – Magic, Weapon, TU (Blade), DA (G’uranthic)
Spirit Rider – Ensnare, Flames, Flames Offensive, Flight, Morph, TU (Blade), DA (G’uranthic)
Wolverine – Claws, Claws Offensive, Will Power, TU (Blade)
Moon Knight #18 (18)
Hunter’s Moon – Blade, Weapon, TU (Moon Knight), DA (Vampire)
Moon Knight – Blade, Melee, Water, TU (Hunter’s Moon), LT, DA (Vampire)
Tigra – Claws Offensive, Melee, TU (Moon Knight), DA (Vampire)
Grand Mal
Murderworld: Spider-Man #1 (8)
Black Widow – Investigate, TU (Kate Pryde)
Kate Pryde – TU (Black Widow)
Arcade – Assassin, Creature
New Mutants #33 (5)
Wolfsbane – Creature, Morph
Emma Frost
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings #6 (24)
Cat – Durability, Energy, Melee, Morph, Projectile, Whip
Jiang Li
Shang-Chi – Agility, Durability, Energy, Ensnare, Melee, Projectile, Speed, Strength, Weapon, CD (Retains his ownership of the Ten Rings)
Red Cannon – Blunt, Flames, CD (Reveals herself to be Sister Hammer), DA (Wyrm of Desolation)
She-Hulk #9 (8)
Jack of Hearts – Absorb, Tech, Weapon
She-Hulk – Fourth Wall, Melee, Strength
Strange Academy: Finals #3 (14)
Doctor Voodoo – Business, Flight, Magic, Magic Offensive
Nico Minoru – Magic
Shaman – Business, Magic, Magic Offensive
Shuma-Gorta – Appendage Offensive
Thunderbolts #5 (34)
Eegro the Unbreakable – Grow, Melee, DA (Nightmare)
Gutsen Glory – Energy Offensive, DA (Nightmare)
Hawkeye (CB) – Explosive, Precision, Projectile, DA (Nightmare)
Luke Cage
Ms. America – Melee, Will Power, DA (Nightmare)
Persuasion – Influence, DA (Nightmare)
Photon – Energy, Energy Offensive, DA (Nightmare)
Power Man – Energy, Melee, DA (Nightmare)
Nightmare – Durability, Energy Offensive, Influence, Teleport
Timeless #1 (14)
Kang – Agility, Assassin, Blade, Computer, Durability, Energy, Explosive, Gun, Melee, Suit, Teleport, Teleport Offensive, Weapon
Venom #14 (28)
Chasm – Absorb
Hallow’s Eve – Flight, Thief, Toxin, TU (Venom)
Synch – Absorb, Agility, Appendage, Durability, Energy, Influence, Telepathy, DA (Venom)
Venom (DB)
Venom (EB) – Durability, Melee, Morph, Personality, Strength, TU (Hallow’s Eve)
Goblin Queen – Magic, Magic Defensive, TU (Hallow’s Eve)
X-Terminators #4 (49)
Bei the Blood Moon
Boom-Boom – Explosive, TU (Dazzler), SC
Captain Britain
Dazzler – TU (Jubilee), LT, SC
Emma Frost
Hope Summers
Jubilee – Energy, TU (Dazzler), SC
Marvel Girl – Flight, Telekinesis, Telepathy
Professor X
Stepford Cuckoos
Wolverine (JH)
Wolverine (LK) – TU (Dazzler), SC
Collector – Tech
Mr. Sinster
Sebastian Shaw
X-Treme X-Men #2 (29)
Askani – Flight, Sense, Telepathy, Telepathy Defensive
Bishop – Blunt, Durability, Precision, Weapon
Lila Cheney
Lockheed – Flight
Kate Pryde – Blade, Flight, Weapon
Rogue – Melee
Sage – Computer, Intellect, Melee
Storm – Flight, Water
Wolverine (JH) – Claws


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