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Icon vs. Hardware #5 (of 5)

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It all ends here as Icon and Hardware’s battle against Brainiac sets these two titans on a surprising new course…with implications for every character in the Milestone Universe! Their world just got a lot bigger-and a lot more dangerous!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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2 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 75

    Geek Dad

    This series, the largest crossover event in the Milestone Universe so far, has been plagued by some odd circumstances. Frequent delays between issues make it a little challenging to keep up, but the bigger issue is the vastly divergent two plotlines—one focusing on the title characters, and the other focusing on Rocket at her boarding school in the Alps. The art styles are very different as well, with Rocket and her battle against superpowered rich girls having modern art by Flores Montanez and the Icon/Hardware story having top-notch Denys Cowan art. It’s interesting to see modern Milestone reinventions of Vandal Savage and Brainiac, but only the latter comes off as a real threat. The subplot involving Rocket and her alliance with Xiomara largely falls flat this issue, but the eventual confrontation between Icon and Hardware is one of the best scenes of the series. One issue to go, and a LOT still left to play out.

  • 50

    There are some fleeting enjoyable moments in this issue, but a little too much gets thrown to the wayside. Virtually every conflict gets wrapped up at a lightning speed, only to dovetail into another larger narrative beat for the Milestone universe. That, combined with a few too many quips and some inconsistent anatomy with the art, arguably stand in the way of the distinct crossover fun that Icon vs. Hardware has set up thus far.

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