Infinity #5

Infinity #5

Event\Storyline: Infinity Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 30, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

• The Avengers Universe.
•  The Heroes of Earth rally to defeat Thanos.
•  The war for Earth begins.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 30, 2013

    This is, quite simply, an amazing comic. Hickman, Opena & Weaver are in perfect sync in this issue and their storytelling abilities are on full display. The characterizations by both writer and artists are flawless and the events are as immense as you would expect from this event. This is a must read chapter of the Infinity event and one of the strongest issues in the event so far. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Oct 30, 2013

    The above (again, minor) complaint certainly doesnt reach deus ex machina levels, and for that Im glad, its just a slight sticking point. This issue is a completely worthy chapter in what has been Marvels best event in a long, long time. Even if youve been reticent to read big superhero events, this one should be given its day in court. This issue, in particular, strikes a great balance between downtime and incredible developments in terms of plot and even some characters. If they can stick the landing, I think Hickman and company will have created something truly special with this event. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 30, 2013

    Infinity is a work of staggering excellence. Jonathan Hickman is absolutely one of the best writers in comics, not just now, but ever. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Ben Silverio Nov 2, 2013

    A battle for the ages looms in the final four issues of 'Infinity'. Well, technically there's one issue left, but 'Avengers' #22-23 and 'New Avengers' #12 count as well. You know what I mean. Look at the checklist in the back of your book. Either way, the shocking conclusion of Marvel's best event of the year is coming soon and I'm beyond excited to see how this all ends. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Oct 31, 2013

    This issue is my favorite of the event. Hickman knocks it out of the ballpark wait no, out of this universe with this strong and heart felt issue. The art team has conveyed Hickman's script into a powerful work of imagery that will leave you stun. If you have to pick up one book this week this is it! The march to Avengers World begins now. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 2, 2013

    It feels like a classic Marvel tale, only bigger and bolder than anything that's gone before. It doesn't hurt to have excellent artists like Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver providing stunning visuals. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Oct 31, 2013

    The fight isn't over yet, and there's one more world that needs saving. Earth has been the reason for everything going on and it ends with Earth and keeping Thanos from having his way with both his son and the world. Now both stories between Avengers and New Avengers collide and it is what we've been waiting for all this time considering they are fighting for the same reasons. I mean there could be a little more focus on the New Avenger's side of the story, but that is what remains of this epic tale. Aside from this the collaboration between Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver consistently is on point and captures what makes this event so great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Oct 30, 2013

    Hickman, Opena, and Weaver gear up for an explosive endgame in the penultimate chapter of Infinity. This entry serves an extremely well drawn primer for the last entry. Enjoy the most progressive event since Final Crisis before it is all over. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Nov 1, 2013

    The penultimate issue sets everything up for one hell of an ending. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Nov 1, 2013

    This was yet another amazing issue in the Infinity crossover, as although it wasn't quite as good as the last couple of issues, being a bit slower, it did do a brilliant job of setting up the conclusion. The would also be some interesting developments, as well as some explosive artwork, and the issue as a whole has me very excited for the conclusion. Due to this I'd highly recommend this issue as although not quite as good as the last couple of issues it was still an amazing addition to the event. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 30, 2013

    It's just that, structurally, it's really seeming as though Infinity would have functioned better as a looser sort of crossover between the two Avengers books. This event's problems are minimal compared to most, but that continues to be an aggravating quirk with the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The MacGuffin - Matt LeMaire Nov 1, 2013

    If there's one thing for sure, it's that this event has been quite exciting, and even as it heads towards its impending conclusion, that sense of excitement remains. As we get a better sense of exactly how and where Hickman is heading in his grand plans, INFINITY holds up where many other events have failed, and I can't wait to read the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Oct 31, 2013

    Infinity #5 is another solid issue in this enjoyable event. Not the best chapter overall, but a good transition issue as the series comes to a close. Strong scripting and great artwork all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Oct 31, 2013

    The colorization of Justin Ponsor is really good, though, as he is able to bring a sense of uniformity to the issue while the strength of both artists are enhanced by his work. He is able to use a technique in two very different ways in terms of colorization, with the Avengers scene featuring wild and alien colors to contrast with the more normalized humans, while the Illuminati scenes do the opposite, with the Illuminati and Thanos being much different than the Earthly backgrounds they are set in. It's a strong technique that really do divide the issue in two without creating a clash between the two in terms of tone. There may be some minor problems with the art here and there as well as in the execution of some of the themes, but there's no denying that the entire package by the creative team of Hickman, Opena, Weaver and Ponsor is exciting and entertaining in the best of ways. A bit flawed, but still a ton of fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Oct 31, 2013

    Like I said, Infinity #5 isn't perfect, with slightly worrying narcissistic undertones and a pace that is so furious it's almost a blur. And yet, as an exemplar of the penultimate, this casts its shadow well with exciting flurries of action, a depth and tenor of voice that is both tremulous and booming, and a fully-realized artistic direction that has as much in common with an intricate painting as it does a well-carved chopping block. Hickman and co. have a lot to wrap up in a relatively short amount of time after this, but despite how fraught and frenzied this felt, I continue to enjoy the hell out of Infinity's mad scramble. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Nov 1, 2013

    Despite my Tyra rant earlier,Infinityis still a really good comic, especially for a comic book event. It's still sort of disapointing to see this whole crossover boil down to “Thanos takes Earth while The Avengers faff about in space” instead of the dual storyline it initially was. Even “Avengers” #22,which I thought would show The Builders' defeat,is essentially just everyone hanging out on ships until they show up to Earth, exactly where “Infinity” #5ended. Still, even though one ofInfinity'sbiggest strengths was its wildly massive story, this issue is still well written and certainly as expertly illustrated as prior issues. Though it has its faults, it's still the event comic I've always wanted. The one I'm rooting for. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Nov 7, 2013

    This struck me as an odd issue – after the buildup of the Architects and their robotic Alephs, it seems that once their Ex Nihili abandoned them, their fleet destroyed and Captain Universe killing many of their leaders, the Alephs seemed to be dispatched easily. We get the set up of the Avengers universe and we also get a spotlight on the Illuminati trying to track down Thanos' pillaging of their secret plans as well as the introduction of his son Thane, an Inhuman Eternal. A good issue but it seems flat, especially it seemed after the previous issues of Avengers and New Avengers seemed to leave the Alephs on a rampage and a possible understandable reason behind the Architects plan. The art, of course, is fantastic and Hickman certainly nails all the characters, but that has been consistent through the entire mini. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Oct 30, 2013

    The artwork by Jerome Opea and Dustin Weaver remains strong as always. I could go on about how great the characters look, how the action felt strong, how rich and detailed the worlds and areas looked, and about the skilled use of colors and shading. You already know it looks good and the artwork hasn't dipped at all in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 30, 2013

    Ultimately, Infinity #5 isn't a bad book, just an unfocused one - with so many villains and subplots going on, it's been a somewhat unsatisfying read waiting for all these plot points to come together. That said, even this fleeting spotlight on the Avengers themselves gives this book a slight shot in the arm, and with the final showdown with Thanos on the horizon, there's a chance that Infinity might conclude with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 31, 2013

    It's the calm before the final storm, but it's also a penultimate chapter (by way of an Avengers and New Avengers issue) that feels more like an epilogue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 31, 2013

    Infinity has been an intense story both in planning and execution and Opena's work echoes Hickman's prose perfectly. There are still a lot of questions to be answered as the event winds down but the conclusion is sure to be as grandiose as the rest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 2, 2013

    Infinity is a well-made comic and is relatively entertaining. But what it has in scale it lacks in heart. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Oct 30, 2013

    "Infinity" #5 is a great comic for those looking for pure, unfiltered, cosmic space adventure, and nothing but. Such an adventure, though, without sufficient characterization to support it and provide a human connection is like a one-note guitar solo, or a one-ingredient recipe. A cup of sugar might be sweet, but as part of a batch of chocolate chip cookies, it's much better. This is epic space opera that's paired with Cliff's Notes characterization, and because of this comes across much shallower than it should. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Nov 1, 2013

    Infinity is just another chapter in a story that really didn't need to be told. This whole thing would have played out just as well as a minor crossover in just Avengers and New Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 4, 2013

    Infinity #5 is the perfect summary of what has made great and disappointing at the same time. With everything that happens in this issue I am even more worried with how rushed Infinity #6 will be. It doesn't help matters that Hickman's Avengers books continue to play a big factor in how the story of Marvel's latest event has played out. It's really unfortunate that Marvel's latest event has turned out this way but in the end it was their decision to make this event for Avengers and Hickman superfans instead of a way to please current and new readers. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 30, 2013

    The only thing that saves this comic from getting a complete 0 is that the covers and the interiors have been wonderful to look at. I think I continue to read this because I enjoy a good train wreck. Want to read something cosmic that's good then please do yourself a favor and read Guardians of the Galaxy. I'll jump back on board with the Avengers when they start having adventures that actually make sense for them to have. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Nov 3, 2013

    With all of the trashing I've done, Infinity #5 is not what I would use as an example of quality work. It reeks of rushed filler before the final battles and has some bad storytelling choices, yet it is saved by some cool characters and amazing art through and through. With everything said, I do look forward to seeing how Infinity #6 resolves the first parts of Hickman's run and begins the second. Maybe we'll finally end up seeing this Rabum Alal guy that's been teased in New Avengers. Read Full Review

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