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Guardians Of The Galaxy #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

At the mercy of the Goddess of Death! Hela’s dreams of resurrecting Thanos are finally within reach…But what will the Guardians have to sacrifice in order to prevent that?

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24 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    As far as wide-reaching cosmic epics go, this issue has it all. Reversing a major plot device from last month, the title moves full steam ahead — and then some — as the carrier of Thanos’ spirit is finally revealed. It’s an absolute cluster yet Cates writes it clean and delightful, resulting in another comic that’s hard to put down.

  • 96

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Donny Cates does a great job of building the tension and drama in this issue. He adds the right amount of humor as well without watering down the stakes. The story has a great pace and it moves along with a sense of purpose that makes the moments of both action and drama feel fresh. The reveal of who is holding the essence of Thanos is handled extremely well and the actual reveal is great.

    Geoff Shaw punctuates the great story being presented with amazing art throughout. The characters all look amazing and the action is fantastically detailed and vibrant.

  • 88

    Comics Bookcase

    This book remains among my favorite Marvel comics right now. This issue delivers a major plot development, one that was promised back in the first issue. I highly recommend it.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    The best issue yet of Donny Cates GOTG series I can’t say the reveal surprised me but it’s better to have a solvable mystery rather than the nonsense going on in Detective Comics. I was overjoyed to see Lockjaw, who displayed this same bond with BrB in Death of the Inhumans (also by Cates) which was kind of a neat callback. I appreciate the sense of continuity this series provides in this era of endless relaunches. I really loved the chewie speak way that Bill seemed to have a conversation with him it was perfect.

    ’ve been a bit down on this series due to an overabundance of characters and this issue improves on that front a bit with almost every character having at least 1 or 2 lines and a couple things being spelled out. Rocket still hasn’t shown up, but he is mentioned so maybe we’ll get there soon. There are still a couple characters that we haven’t seen much from like Quasar (or is it Pulsar?) and Moondragon.

    The cliffhanger resolution held over from last issue felt like something out of an old cop show, which made me laugh. I also really liked Hela attacking the Dark Guardians, she owned them as a god should, Asgardians hardly get enough credit these days.

    The art by Geoff Shaw and David Curiel is fantastic, it’s very detailed and I love the way Shaw portrays expression and emotion in even the most inconsequential scenes. Curiel’s colors are especially great in a splash page of Lockjaw entering and another page where Hela and Cosmic Ghost Rider meet, so cool. Great.

    Sorry about the lack of pics there are a lot of big panels I didn’t want to spoil for folks.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    Guardians of the Galaxy #5 puts Hela in the driver’s seat of the plot. That’s bad news for the galaxy and all its guardians, dark and original-flavour. While this issue isn’t much for characterization, it wrings dramatic, transformative developments out of the plot. It’s satisfying in itself, and it promises plenty of desperate excitement to come. Good news for the villains is bad news for the heroes, but excellent news for the readers.

  • 77

    Sequential Planet

    Whatever grievances I may have with the plot I can easily dismiss due to the high quality of the craftsmanship. The character banter never fails to be a high point, and the book’s unique identity always keeps me engaged.

  • 70

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    This book was a very quick read! Unfortunately, wanted to get more about the team we have but only ones who talked were the ones who have been doing most of the talk so far in this story. They are few characters who I know nothing about that I was actually looking forward to get invested in. I will admit the page with Cosmic Ghost Rider about to lay waste did look wicked! Hoping to see more of him. The art on some panels looked good while others looked alright, nothing I would brag about. The twist kind of saw coming. Again hoping this book gets it’s groove after this first story gets done.

  • 70


    The new issue is focused more on correcting recent “mistakes” from other comics than it is about building itself into a good comic.

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