Iron Man #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Greg Land Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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EXTREMIS plus the final frontier equals universal doom! Will Tony have to betray an old friend? The debut of the All-New Space Armor!

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Jan 5, 2013

    I was hoping for a slightly more explosive finale to this arc, but instead this felt more like setup for the next storyline, which is a shame. But if, however, the themes from this arc carry over into the next, I will rescind my complaint. Hopefully Gillen is building up something epic here that can't be expressed in five short issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Jan 2, 2013

    In closing, this was another decent issue. If you've been a fan of the series so far, you'll enjoy this issue, but classic Iron Man readers may finish wanting something a little more fresh. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 2, 2013

    The new Marvel NOW version of Iron Man could be really cool if the artwork was anywhere near as engaging as the story beats are. Unfortunately, it's not to be, so the series can't really get much better than noncommittal shrug of acceptance. All is certainly not right with it, but... eh, it's all right. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jan 2, 2013

    I feel like I'm a broken record with my reviews for this story arc. It comes down to the simple fact that if you've liked the series so far or want to see how and why Tony heads to space, then this issue is worth reading. If you haven't been a fan, then odds are you'll be letdown once again and there's no real reason to justify picking this one up.Me? I'm somewhere in the middle. While this story will by no means be considered a classic or a must read, it was still a short and fairly amusing ride. Hopefully Iron Man soaring in the cosmos will set a bigger stage for the character and deliver us something fresh. Shoot for the stars, Stark. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jan 3, 2013

    "Iron Man" #5 is another enjoyable one-shot in this overall arc from Gillen and Land. Gillen has structured these tales to be tight and effective and his coda at the end here is a very cool way to set up the future of the title. It is a shame that the art from Land is so ineffective and distracting. He delivers on some cool moments -- just look at the cover for what he can do -- but overall it's hard to take the book seriously when it looks like this. Nonetheless, "Iron Man" has been enjoyable and written and structured well, so hopefully readers will continue to enjoy that aspect of the title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Jul 25, 2013

    This was a very disappointing issue, and a disappointing way to end a storyline, which wasn't a proper story. I would only recommend this issue to anyone who's got the series so far, as otherwise it's not worth getting. If you are a new reader, and are wanting to try Iron Man, I would also recommend leaving this issue, and either getting the next story arc, or well established storyline's, like Demon In A Bottle. I personally am dropping this series now, but I hope that it gets better, and if the next story arc gets continuously good feedback then I might give the series another shot. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 2, 2013

    If nothing else, issue #5 lays the groundwork for Gillen's next story and puts the Extremis conflict to rest. The flip side to this is that the ending only makes these five issues feel even more pointless and irrelevant. With Invincible Iron Man ending with Tony venturing out into space, and with this arc ending in nearly identical fashion, what was the point of these five issues at all? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Jan 4, 2013

    Reading this and then looking back on Fraction's final arc just makes me sad. Hopefully, it gets better now that Gillen is returning to conventional story-arcs. Read Full Review

  • 3.0 - Ben Silverio Jan 5, 2013

    Iron Man has been really weird in this title. It started off okay, but in these last two issues things have just been off. This last issue before heading into a new story had the potential to be good, but it ended up falling flat. It's a shame that one of Marvel's top heroes had such a meh start in Marvel NOW!. Maybe things will get better once he joins up with the Guardians, but we shall see. Read Full Review

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