Avengers Vs. X-Men #5

Event\Storyline: Avengers vs. X-Men Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 6, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 6
6.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

The fiery conclusion of Act One is here! Clashing on a lunar battlefield, the tide of the conflict will be turned…

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Jonathan Gomez-Dominguez Jun 8, 2012

    I have turned into a big fan of this series after this issue and judging by the cover art preview for the next issue, its going to be insane. Six mutants have gained the Phoenix power and they are heading to Earth. Things are looking up for this series but you have to wait two weeks for the next issue. I give this doom issue a 10 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 7, 2012

    Avengers vs. X-Men continues to be a good, solid, well-paced read. It may not delve into any of the characters on a personal level, but there are tie-ins for that. And with awesome ideas and wild events like this issue, it promises to only get better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Jun 9, 2012

    The other battles and pairings are titanic in its own right but we don't get to see that much. We really have to look at AvX: Vs to provide us with that much fighting. Overall, it was an enjoyable book and I can say that its going to lure you in to buy the next ish especially since we've got Olivier Coipel doing the art chores. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Jun 13, 2012

    Geoff: Well, the good news is that we do have some one on ones coming in the form of Vs. next week. Looks like some of it might be from the very battle on the Moon we saw in this issue. I'm thinking we're going to see some decidedly X-Men victories, but we'll see! Until then, my X-buddy! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 7, 2012

    This issue restored my faith in the quality of this event. In a series that is this high profile there was bound to be blips, but I am happy to say all is once again well in AvX. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 9, 2012

    Hopefully future issues will manage some more surprises and lean a bit less on the formula. I'd hate to suffer a burnout on such a treasured tradition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 6, 2012

    AvX #5 does have art from John Romita Jr. which always kicks ass. I am an endless sucker for his pencils and how they capture the larger than life idea of a comic book without becoming silly. Everything Romita does is unique, you always know it is his work you’re looking at the same way you always know it’s Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko. Avengers vs. X-Men hasn’t crossed the line into failure yet, but Marvel better get a move on with the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jun 6, 2012

    Even though I didn't love this issue, I'm still looking forward to the next issue in two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Rob Rasmussen Jun 7, 2012

    Avengers Vs. X-Men Round 5 gave me much of what I wanted from the title, an extension of the story and a real reason to keep fighting. It has me looking forward to round 6 and much of the tie-in work. Again, my only complaint was, despite being quite well paced, I wanted more. We are given some great character moments spread across a number of individuals, but the focus seemed to linger on the wrong spots for too long. Despite this, Avengers Vs. X-Men Round 5 earns a healthy 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jun 11, 2012

    The finale of this issue produces the mother of all endings that will make issue six a most anticipated affair. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jul 26, 2012

    If you have not read and of Avengers vs X-men yet this actually could be someplace to start. All you need to know is Hope Summers is supposed to be the new Phoenix and the X-men are for it and the Avengers well aren't. With that know they have been fighting pointlessly and you could easily get into this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Jun 11, 2012

    Even though I did not like the art and the cover for this issue I still think this issue is worth picking up. This is by far the best issue of Avengers Vs. X-men, and I hope the event continues to be this great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jun 7, 2012

    While not the worst issue, things to change fast in this series if the event is going to be saved at all. With JRJR finally getting a break and Olivier Coipeltaking over on art duties, it's time for the event to turn it around quality wise. My fingers are crossed for Act 2. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 6, 2012

    Finally, there's the big, long-awaited twist that puts the cap on Act 1. This new development is bizarre, to say the least. I worry it pushes the conflict into silly a direction, but that's for future issues to confirm or deny. At the very least, the twist marks the point where AvX stops feeling predictable and begins exploring uncharted territory. A newfound sense of unpredictability and change can only be a good thing as the story moves into its second act. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 6, 2012

    If you've been waiting for something to happen in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN, this is the issue for you. We've been getting a lot of set up along with glimpses of battles throughout the first five issues. Now that the 'first act' has come to an end, we're seeing a progression in the storyline. There is some crazy events unfolding here, and you might also find yourself surprised by how the issue ends. I may have been having high expectations but I've found my excitement lessening with each issue of battles. Now I feel we have something to look forward to. This is a moment that should be noted in the history of the X-Men and Avengers. This issue should be read in order to prepare for the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 7, 2012

    Not the most exciting issue to date, but at least the story turns for the better. I won’t spoil it, but let’s just say I didn’t see it coming and it adds a little bit of spice to a currently dull series. John Romita Jr. does a good job with the illustrations, especially cosmic drawings of the Phoenix Force in full flame & power mode. Written by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction & Jonathan Hickman. From Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jun 8, 2012

    Apart from the last couple of panels the art doesn't do anything overly special. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Winter So1dier Jun 10, 2012

    Few can draw fire as well as Jim Cheung, but this cover suffers from a case of the busies. It's a very busy cover, and it's almost impossible to tell Cyclops's head is there at first glance. It also suffers from being a bit confusing, with half of Captain America and Wovlerine's bodies coming out of the back of Cyclops's head. This could be partially due to the oversized AvX banner, which has proven to be a consistent problem. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn HillJamil ScaleseSteve Morris Jun 11, 2012

    Steve: Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 6, 2012

    The easy part was getting all these heavy-hitters together. And considering how it's assured that this crossover will set the tone of the Marvel Universe for a while, that might be enough for sheer sales. But Avengers vs. X-Men is lacking that drive and direction that, say, Civil War possessed, with the character interactions being just the same handful of qualities being rehashed again and again. With the plot taking a turn for the ludicrous, this issue is a collection of Marvel's finest not swinging for the fences, but simply knocking a bunt. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 7, 2012

    Avengers v. X-Men #5 continues the trend of disappointing reads for this big event. There is no way I would recommend this issue to anyone other than hardcore Marvel fans. The $4.00 cover price is a financial raping considering the pathetic amount of actual content that the reader gets in this issue. I would be fine with paying .99 for this issue. Maybe even $1.50. But, $4.00? For this? No way. A total waste of money. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 7, 2012

    "Avengers Vs. X-Men" #5 comes in very tired, but the issue buzzes about with the fury of a second wind before completely passing out in sheer exhaustion. Act One of this series is done. The Phoenix has arrived. Hopefully, Act Two has fewer instances where scenes and matchups repeat in a seemingly endless loop. This issue certainly offers hope for improvement, but we're not even halfway into the series yet. Quite simply, I just don't know what to make of all of this. It's not riveting, but it is finally moving. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 11, 2012

    Honestly, as twists got this one is pretty damn dumb, but having the power dispersed among five different X-Men may create some unusual battles over the next few issues before Marvel finally relents and gives us the only thing we're reading this comic for – the new Phoenix. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Jun 6, 2012

    A bunch of vapid pages that serve no purpose but to kill time, all leading up to a giant stinker of a twist. But hey, it's definitely not one you'll see coming? Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 8, 2012

    I didn't like this issue. I do think it has its audience though. Since the issue is so light on dialogue it might be a good gateway for kids to get into comics too because it does look pretty cool. I haven't even scratched the surface on so many other flaws (like Tony Stark already being on the moon preparing for the Phoenix or all the random snapshots of characters in other locations), but the flaws I have highlighted should sent off some big warning signs about the rest of the series. Proceed with caution. Read Full Review

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