Civil War II #5

Event\Storyline: Civil War II Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Marquez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 21, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 36
5.7Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

The devastating fallout from the first half of this event is enormous and being felt in every corner of the Marvel Universe. The truth about Ulysses' future-seeing power is revealed and it is a game changer. Sides are irrevocably drawn and the gauntlet is thrown for the biggest battle in Marvel Universe history. And that's just the stuff we can tell you. All this, and the story goes galactic!
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  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 21, 2016

    If you're looking for lots of action, this issue checks that box! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 21, 2016

    Yet considering how difficult it was to connect with the previous four issues of Civil War II, I’m not about to look a gift horse in the mouth with this much-improved installment. While Brian Michael Bendis might be known for his naturalistic dialogue, he’s able to utilize his structural strengths in a very different - and very refreshing - manner here, as he finally turns in a script that not only delivers on the promise of Civil War II’s high concept, but also gives his collaborator David Marquez a real opportunity to shine in an event comic book landscape. While it appears that the superhero fisticuffs might be taking yet a breather after this chapter, it’s hard to deny the sheer fun Civil War II #5 has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Sep 22, 2016

    This was the first issue that made me forget about the terrible plot and that's it's a cash grab, until Tony and Star Lord do the “Carol's my friend” “So was I” bit from the movie, then I was immediately snapped back into reality. At this point I'm just seeing what new lows the story can reach, as I see it firmly placing itself as my least favorite Marvel crossover event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Sep 27, 2016

    On its own, this isn't a bad issue. It isn't great, but it certainly isn't bad either. In terms of it being a future classic, that probably won't happen. In terms of it being a stepping stone in this story though, it's necessary. So if you're following this series then enjoy it, and if not then this probably won't sell you on the whole thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicsverse - Ben Wasserman Sep 24, 2016

    CIVIL WAR II #5 is an action-packed comic by stand-alone terms, but as a part of the main story narrative it's a mixed bag. The fighting still lacks weight and plot-wise doesn't do much to contribute to the protection versus profiling dilemma that the series praised itself for being. The artwork definitely helps deliver on the concept of a fun CIVIL WAR fight sequence, but with only two episodes left in the series I'm still not sure where it's going as a story. Make of that what you will, whether it be positive or negative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Doug Zawisza Sep 22, 2016

    Writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist David Marquez, colorist Justin Ponsor, and letterer Clayton Cowles push the Marvel Universe over the tipping point in Civil War II #5 as the two sides rush into conflict atop the Triskelion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Sep 23, 2016

    Everything is still a bit of a mess, but Civil War II is a fun mess and now Im deeply itching for the next chapter- which probably hits sometime in 2018 or some such nonsense. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Sep 22, 2016

    Civil War II isn't really getting better, but it's far from the worst thing on the stands. Still, with so many heroes and personalities at your disposal, this book just isn't giving us a quality story to fully invest in. Here's to hoping (HOPING) we get a real shift in the second half of the book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Sep 21, 2016

    As expected, Civil War II continues to be a cluster of pure confusion in terms of plot and character decisions. There's plenty that just doesn't make sense, and the motivations behind the war are still questionable. It feels like they're fighting for the sake of fighting, and that shouldn't be the case after six issues. There's only two issues to go, and it's possible that the series isn't redeemable at this point. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Sep 21, 2016

    Civil War II continues to be a confusing mish mash of ideas, both morally and plot wise. There are surprises that dont make sense and the motivations of the characters feel unclear at best. The ending was not so much a surprise as a hackneyed way to deliver shock, complete with beautiful, sad, and opportunistic posing of characters to commemorate their pain. I havent been sure where this story has been going and Im still not sure, especially with only two issues left. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 21, 2016

    It all feels like there were issues putting this issue together. Some things are rushed, othere things there's not enough detail or discussion. I'd guess it was around this issue that plans changed and the series was expanded. Overall, the issue continues an event that's more flash than substance. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Sep 22, 2016

    I really feel bad to say this as last week I praised Bendis. Civil War II had also had somewhat made its comeback in the last issue but now the momentum has stalled. This issue delivered what was promised: a big battle, though at the end, it left bad taste in my mouth. Believe me, I am generous with the ratings here. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Sep 21, 2016

    Civil War II #5 is a step down from the last issue. While we finally got the action we were promised from the very beginning, we sacrificed story progression for it, outside of a very questionable ending. The writing had a lot of problems, especially when it comes to character depiction, and the artwork, while amazing, has some slipups as well. This is the weakest issue of this event by far, so hopefully things can bounce back somehow next time around. Read Full Review

  • 4.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 21, 2016

    Civil War II has had its moments over the past few months. And at the very least, the series has always had its gorgeous visuals to rely upon. But at this point, that's not enough. This issue fixates on an extended superhero brawl that lacks dramatic weight (or even narrative logic) before transitioning into a very disappointing twist that threatens to derail the series for good. It may be too late in the game to hope for things to turn around now. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerdist - Blair Marnell Sep 22, 2016

    We really want to like this series more than we actually do, but the way that Bendis writes the book and treats the characters constantly throws us out of the issue. Marquez and Ponsor are continuing to turn in stellar artwork, but it's not enough to balance out a lackluster story that doesn't feel true to the heart of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Oct 1, 2016

    Yes there is great action. Watching Dr. Strange take on The X-Men and Blue Marvel facing off against Luke Cage was surely fun, but that fun goes by so quick with andno repercussion you realize you are witnessingnothing more than a glorified training exercise. The biggest issue is this argument has become stale. Five issues in now and the debate has yet to evolve past its initial premise. Its like watching a political debate show with superheroes shouting the same things over and over. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Sep 21, 2016

    We have four more issue in this event and now I’m beginning to wonder why I even invested in reading this. I would say skip this issue but the last four pages will be important for what is to come. So if you are following this event then you will want to pick up this one, even if it is a blatant cash grab. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 26, 2016

    The bottom line is this is not a well written or constructed comic event in any way shape or form and now that's it's hit delays, has become utterly pointless. Continuity is loose as a goose and not followed, resurrection, killing, and now destruction is abound just because the author demands it, so save your money. Go buy a large coffee and donut least you'll have some satisfaction from spending five dollars on something worthwhile. Bendis has turned Ulysses into nothing more than an uninteresting plot device, taking down heroes left and right, while the only death I'm interested in going forward from the author is Ulysses' himself. Bits and Pieces:Marvel needs to do better because, other than Spider-Man, I'm losing interest in the future of their comics at a rapid pace. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Sep 21, 2016

    The only shinning light I can see in this event is that it'll hopefully move Marvel away from their current "multiple events a year with higher prices" trick if it bombs enough sales wise. Read Full Review

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