S.W.O.R.D. #5

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 21, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 45
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

On Krakoa, Fabian Cortez and the Quiet Council discuss the rules of murder. But in space, the murders have already begun...and the killer has a connection to Cortez he'd never suspect. The color may be gold...but this, my friends...is pure giallo...

Rated T+

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Apr 21, 2021

    Ewing and the team continue to throw surprises to thrill and astound in what is in my mind one of the best written and certainly best-drawn books in the X line. This issue juxtaposes Cortez's attempt to try to bend the rules in his favor with the S.W.O.R.D. team using highly questionable tactics of their own to solve issues. It's smart storytelling combined with superbly made art that is a pleasure to read from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Apr 21, 2021

    This issue does many things, and it does all of them exceptionally well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Apr 22, 2021

    Honestly, this issue was fantastic. Valerio Schiti draws the Zn'rx as well as the mutants. He does the Lawd's work when drawing all of his landscapes, space, Hatchery and Krakoan Quiet Council meeting panels. The waterfalls in the background had me singing TLC while I soaked up Marte Gracia's colors painted beautifully on each page. Don't get me started on Al Ewing's writing! Balancing the instances of cold blooded murder happening in unknown regions of deep space, with the ideology of murder as a guiding principal for mutants debate was masterful considering the one behind the Snarkwar assassinations, or the one delivering the fades for that matter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Apr 23, 2021

    Incredibly, this remains the best current book in the X-line, and it does it with the most unexpected cast in comics. The hubris of Fabian Cortez is practically palpable, and his powerplay (and downfall) is worth every moment of the issue. I cannot recommend this series enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Apr 21, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D. #5 deals with the disruptive element that is Fabian Cortez but also sets him up as someone to watch in the future. Ewing scratches his sci-fi itch in this issue and also finally does something interesting with Arakko, which was completely unexpected. Schiti art is a great compliment to his script. S.W.O.R.D. remains one of the most impressive X-Men books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Lia Galanis Apr 21, 2021

    Seeing what Ewing has in store for cosmic Marvel is a treat and as usual, hisS.W.O.R.D.is one of the best X-books on the market. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 24, 2021

    A lot of great character work and mutant politics is at the forefront of this very well-made issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Apr 21, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D. #5 delivers an intriguing issue that keeps the reader's attention while laying the groundwork for the story to come. I look forward to seeing where Brand intends to take the space program next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Apr 19, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D. #5 is less of a story and more of a dressing down of Fabian Cortez by the mutants, or rather by Al Ewing. If you dislike or hate Cortez, then this book is up your wheelhouse as Ewing lays all his flaws bare. But if not, and this is your first exposure to the character, then skip it and wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

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