Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 31, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 10
8.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Spinning out of the dramatic conclusion of Age of Ultron, dimensions collide and Heaven's most fearsome Angel pushes the Guardians back on their heels.

  • 10 - Stuart Conover Aug 4, 2013

    PLEASE let issue #6 finally partially address this. I suppose it may hold off to be explained in ‘Infinity', but I want answers dammit! At the very least give us more Thanos. It's great seeing the Mad Titan finally start popping up in the pre-'Infinity' story arc that's coming right around the corner. While the annoying questions are not answered yet, this book had me flying through each page and was a pure delight to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 31, 2013

    It's a little early to be demanding more characterization from Angela, but it is worth saying she doesn't do much beyond sneer and fight in this issue. It's all made up by the introduction of a classic Marvel villain on the final page, and the implications of this interaction are huge. Even though the team is broken up, we get a bit of everyone in this issue, and Rocket is once again hilarious and fun. I'm holding out hope Angela gets more to do in the next issue, as it's an intriguing idea to thrust her into the Marvel U, and I know I'm not alone when I say I want to see more from this character besides a Hulk-Smash fill in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Aug 2, 2013

    Sara Pichelli is one of the best artists in comics right now. Her design sense and layouts are truly original and a sight to behold. It's hard to out-awesome Steve McNiven, but Pichelli pulls it off. In lesser hands Angela's costume would look dated, but not Pichelli's. Instead it resonates grace and power. Welcome to the Marvel Universe, Angela, may all your appearances be as good as this one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 2, 2013

    So, another strong issue, with lots of humor and action - in other words, a typical Marvel comic. We can only hope next year's film will follow suit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jul 31, 2013

    Guardians Of The Galaxy is headed towards something interesting as the next phase of this universe is coming. This issue always takes a massive step forward into uncovering the secrets behind The Thanos Imperative. Fans of the title thus far should not be disappointed by this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jul 31, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is wild fun and only getting better. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Aug 1, 2013

    As I said before I liked that the plot is now clear. Not just for Guardians but Avengers and New Avengers as well. All tying in to Trinity, Hunger, Inhumanity, and more. There have been subtle pokes at the tears in space-time, but none like this which I really appreciated since many have not the slightest clue as to what to expect.Seeing Thanos as someone who has a part in what's to come wasn't surprising, but his motivations were which made things make sense. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 6, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy is an exciting book. There’s something in here for geeks across the board. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Aug 3, 2013

    Marvel is really drilling in this Angela stuff to us hard. I can't wait to see what happens next with the character. This is a story worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jul 31, 2013

    Sara Pichelli delivers some stunning art in these pages, with her flare for characters and expressions really shining through. The awkward scene involving Tony Stark and Gamora is fantastic thanks to things like Gamora's subtle sneer of disgust. Pichelli isn't always the best when it comes to backgrounds, often leaving the areas behind characters blank, but colorist Justin Ponsor comes to the rescue by giving each page dramatic lighting and mood. All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy #5 looks great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 11, 2013

    Not one of the better issues from this series, but still better than last issue, with some interesting development points. It also sets up the future of this series perfectly, as well as introduce Angela to the series. At the same time it wasn't anything more than set-up, with little excitement. There was however still some suspense, and drama, as well as interesting dialogue, and it does have me interested in the next issue. Due to this I'd probably recommend this issue, especially for anyone looking for a good starting point, but I would also recommend caution, as if you are short on cash, it may be worth waiting until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 6, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy #5 also introduces the Spawn character of Angela into the Marvel Universe (which is bizarre on so many levels) and suggests the cause of her arrival may lay on Earth. We get the beginnings of a throwdown between Gamora and Angela, but as to what the true intentions are for the hunter of Hell Spawns could be in a universe without them we'll just have to wait and see. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Aug 1, 2013

    Despite the slow-burn of Angela's appearance, there's very little here that doesn't work, and to cap it all off, there's a final page twist that can't help but have readers excited for the next issue. If space-opera superheroics are your thing, "Guardians of the Galaxy" #5 is definitely worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Aug 1, 2013

    As I said before, this is definitely a build-up issue, but it doesn't feel like filler. This is the best book that Bendis is writing, simply because its so different from everything else in the Marvel U. If you're a fan of sci-fi and a good time, you need to be reading this series!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 5, 2013

    I enjoyed this, but not as much as previous issues. I'm more interested in what's up with Quill thanwith Angela's swords. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 7, 2013

    I'm glad to see this book getting good again, and with a last page cliffhanger, I'm even more excited for the next issue. This is a fun book that's exploring a part of the Marvel Universe that has so much potential. Let's hope the inclusion of Angela adds to the universe, without unnecessarily complicating it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 4, 2013

    For a series that has struggled to find its own identity in this first story arc, with Brian Michael Bendis once again choosing to abandon the groundwork laid by the all-too-short previous series, the addition of a character from another publisher is just odd. However, this issue does manage to find its feet a little more, bringing back some much needed humour in a sparkling two-hander that sees Tony Stark taken down a peg or two by Rocket Raccoon. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Aug 1, 2013

    With a movie on the way, Marvel clearly wanted to throw a lot behind this property. A top writer, a top artist, a key role for Tony Stark, a newsworthy guest appearance of a “Spawn” character, and stakes that look like they'll rattle throughout the Marvel Universe are all ingredients for something that should make for a top-notch title. You and I know, however, that it doesn't always work out as intended. Great talent and stunt casting can make for things that look like cash-grabs just as easily as they can turn out truly good stories. Though the biggest news story surrounding the comic (Angela) is the issue's biggest weakness, everything else works pretty well to bring you something that is definitely less of a cash grab than it is a property that's going places. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Player Effort - Roger De Leon Aug 23, 2013

    This is a decent issue, a definite worth read for the avid fan.But it's not stellar by any means, and that may not be enough for Guardians of the Galaxy to garner new fans " at least from the comic book front. I expect more out of this all-star cast, and I know they'll get out of this slump soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Michael Bowie Aug 4, 2013

    I don't know how large of a role Neil Gaiman actually played in the writing of this issue, but it doesn't matter. Whether it was all Brian Michael Bendis or a collaboration between the two, all of the Guardians, as well as a few others, were given moments to shine, and they all flt exactly as I would hope for them to, even Drax, who only actually appeared in one panel. This issue is a fun read and undoubtedly the start of some big events in the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Aug 1, 2013

    All of the Age of Ultron fallout seems to be a blessing and a curse. While Bendis still keeps up some solid character work, this Angela angle is coming off as bland. Knowing Bendis, hes going somewhere with this. Oh, and more Drax. Please. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Aug 6, 2013

    This wasn't the issue that I was expecting at all, to be honest. I was expecting a really action packed and explosive introduction to Angela, with her appearance taking center stage in this issue, with all other story developments being relegated to the sidelines. This issue however takes a more considered and low-key approach to introducing Angela to the Marvel Universe, instead moving to explore the fallout of "Age of Ultron" first and foremost " something which I consider to be a wise, and hopefully an entertaining path to follow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Aug 1, 2013

    Overall, this is still a good issue, but it was my least favorite of the run so far. The various storylines felt thrown together for the sake of a tie-in, and Angela really didnt live up to the hype. I expected much more from a character created by Neil Gaiman. Perhaps it was just too big an introduction for an issue with so many other things going on. On the plus side, a lot of chess pieces are on the board, and it is clear to me that some really cool things are about to happen. Take this issue for what it is a transition and buckle in for issue 6. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 1, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy has suffered from delays which causes any momentum it gains with each issue to severely drop once the next issue doesn't show up for a over a month. That much aside, Bendis is still telling a superb tale of intergalactic politics that play directly into Earth going-ons. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Aug 2, 2013

    Guardians of the Galaxy #5 is a fun space adventure. If the movie is even a LITTLE bit like the book, it's going to be pretty awesome.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 31, 2013

    Given the increased focus on the timestream throughout Marvel's catalog, this is a good spot to jump on board with Guardians of the Galaxy. While occasionally Bendis's team dynamics can wind up being abrasive, it's clear from this issue that the team has definitely justified their place in the Marvel Universe as a whole. With the boundaries of reality starting to collapse all around them, this all-too-human group of aliens has a ton of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jul 31, 2013

    Bendis continues to do what he does best: comedic banter. This book shines when we're hit with the characters spending downtime together, but when it comes to the overall narrative, AGE OF ULTRON has seemingly shoved aside the plot I was really enjoying with Peter's father and is forcing Angela into the picture. I'm sure Bendis will continue work the pre-existing plot into this new scenario, but so far it doesn't feel like an organic fit. Hopefully that'll change in the next issue and the various plot points will be given equal attention. Read Full Review

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