New Avengers #5

New Avengers #5

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 24, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 8
8.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Learn the history of the enigmatic Black Swan.What answers can she provide the Illuminati?And watch as the New Avengers do the unthinkable!

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Apr 25, 2013

    As much as I enjoyAvengers, I would be remiss to point out thatNew Avengers is superior in every way. At this point this series is headed into bold new territory and is poised to be recognized as one of the best comics currently being published. This is one of the few Big 2 comics that are actually more akin to something from Image as it has a “creator-owned” feel to it. Don't be surprised when every comic reader is singing the praises of this book by the end of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 28, 2013

    Like most of Hickman's work, it's challenging for the reader, but very rewarding. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Apr 24, 2013

    New Avengers continues to outdo itself. Just when you think Jonathan Hickman can't top himself, he does. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Apr 25, 2013

    With such skillful exposition, Hickman continues to unfold his puzzle one well-plotted issue at a time. The pacing is essentially perfect, every line and scene purposeful and deliberate. Epting's pencils carry the weight of the narrative with cinematic scope and expert poise, which is well complemented by D'Armata's somber color work. Another deeply fascinating issue that leaves the reading wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Apr 24, 2013

    Jonathan Hickman brings even more of his high concepts, great character work and sense of tension and importance into this newer issue of this title, making this yet another must-read. With Steve Epting and Frank D'Armata doing some astounding work on the art, it manages to be even more impressive as it seems this title keeps on getting better with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Apr 24, 2013

    It almost seems strange that Avengers and New Avengers are telling two different sides of the same story. Or are they? It's hard to tell. The Avengers team appears to be on a wild goose chase for answers, while the ego-driven brain trust of New Avengers dives headfirst universe-sized answers and then fight to make sense of them. I couldn't begin to tell you where this is all going, but Reed, Black Panther, and the rest of them have me on their side thanks to Hickman's razor sharp scripting. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Apr 28, 2013

    The artwork was great as usual, between the solid colors and the shading which adding to that end of the world vibe that they try to consistently portray. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 24, 2015

    Jonathan Hickman is definitely solid at building and crafting larger stories and giving them weight, and I love that he spends his time going through the exposition aspect of it and exploring the back story so it feels weighted and real. When we get the flashback to the fight, it's perfunctory and wordless as we get Steve Epting a chance to show some action, but it feels empty because it has no real meaning, a moment of fighting against the dying of the light. The world building going on here has so many expansions to explore to it that will likely never get touched upon that it's unfortunate, but with what all of this does eventually lead to and the creativity it's unleashing, it's exciting to go back and read these for the first time with that bit of knowledge. Each installments adds another brick in the foundation that will make for this to be a very strong story overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Apr 28, 2013

    Now that the team seemingly has a new ally in keeping their world alive, they might stand a chance at actually saving the Earth. Not saying that they couldn't do it on their own, but with this time crunch implemented upon them, they could use all the help they can get. Which they might have to do if the solicits for the next issue are any indication of what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Apr 28, 2013

    Can you guess that I liked this book? I know that my opinions on this series differs from others for this title but I am really into the intrigue here. The fact that we have characters we have grown to know over the years in various other titles and actions makes it that much better. This is truly a great book coming out of Marvel and one of the Marvel NOW! relaunches that I can honestly say that the new #1 was suited as the whole tone of the book has changed under the words of Hickman and the art of Epting. This is not theNew Avengers we saw before, but this is a true evolution of the title to something wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Apr 29, 2013

    New Avengers is a title that is building slowly. There is little action and lots of talking around things. But that's what I enjoy. I like not knowing what the hell is going on. I like that Jonathan Hickman is making me think about the story instead of spoon feeding me some trite re-hash of something gone by. I can't recommend New Avengers highly enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Apr 24, 2013

    New Avenger's #5 is another decent issue, but I can't find myself getting as excited as I 1st was about the series. That being said I still recommend it to those who like sci-fi stories and alternate realities with a methodical pace. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jose Camacho Apr 25, 2013

    This issue had the makings of a big reveal, yet somehow flopped. The issue settled on paraphrasing the previous chapters Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 1, 2013

    I wanted to enjoy New Avengers #5 more than I did. The same methodical approach that I've always enjoyed from Jonathan Hickman is proving to be this series worst enemy. That is not to say that I didn't find Black Swan's history interesting but more that I would like to see Hickman find a way to involve all the members of the Illuminati instead of cherry picking one or two members. It doesn't help that New Avengers has more of a singular focus while the other Avengers books are dealing with multiple plot threads at the same time, even some that involve the Illuminati. At the same time Steve Epting greatly helps the story's pacing with some great visuals throughout the issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 27, 2013

    The best part about this issue was the final page. The idea that Doctor Doom is going to be thrown into this mess fills me with wicked glee. Doom would be perfect to join this lot. But the rest of the issue wasn't all that entertaining. Much like Avengers, Hickman has fully embraced these big, strange, far out ideas he has about the making of the universe and everything else. And I'm sure they're awesome ideas in his head, but I don't think he is being all that clear about these ideas for the rest of us. Black Swan tells her story to the Illuminati, but I don't care about any of it, and I barely understand how it ties into the Incursions or anything else that's happening. She seems to be a fascinating enough character, but her backstory is just more incomprehensible Hickman stuff, and that makes for a pointless comic. I much prefer this title when it focuses on the Illuminati, and adding Doom to that mix should prove to be amazing. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - TylerM Apr 26, 2013

    This is the chapter that's kind of boring, but you'll be confused if you skip it. You can't make the story without the narrative equivalent of vegetables. So chomp on the Brussells sprouts, dear readers. Hopefully we get some dessert next issue. Read Full Review

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