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The Avengers #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Battle zone: Vatican City. God vs. living godhead as Thor battles Idol Alabaster. Battle zone: Sydney. Witch vs. revenant as the Scarlet Witch wages war upon the Dead. Battle zone: Toronto. Engineer vs. artist as Iron Man clashes with the Citysmith. Assembled, the Avengers are invincible. But separated, how can they triumph?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Avengers #5 maintains the magnitude of this first arc. This is one hell of a first Tribulation Event for the team, relentlessly restraining and overwhelming the Avengers from start to finish. The freshness of the villains is brilliant, allowing this group to have brand-new stories told. The discovery of what the Ashen Combine can do is exhilarating and in-depth, having to be split over many issues because of their numbers. And through it all, the integrity of the team and the primary function remains clear.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    Once again, this creative team has dropped a fantastic book for the readers. The action, plot, and desperation of this series continues to ramp up as The Avengers find themselves in the middle of an impossible situation. The final pages left me with goosebumps and a fist pumping as I said aloud with them, “NO!” The Avengers are in capable hands and I’m so very excited to see where this story goes next!

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: MacKay crafts an engaging, rousing and enjoyable story in this issue. The story reminds me of why I love superhero comics and especially the Avengers. I love that the odds are stacked against the team and the Ashen Combine are a formidable foe that each have an interesting connection to the heroes fighting against them. I love how the story culminates in a moment that is pure comic book stoicism and I look forward to seeing if this team can back up their words.

    The Art: Fiorelli delivers some amazing art in this issue. The visuals are vibrant and brilliantly detailed. Both the action and character moments are stunning to look at.

  • 90

    Un Cómic Más

    This chapter adds terror, suspense, and a thrilling race against time feeling to the story.

    The art has many textures and highlights the facial expressions of all the characters that support the intense narrative. The amount of detail in this installment is impressive.

  • 90


    Avengers is a pulse-pounding joyride of new characters and excellent action. The series can’t stop itself from raising the stakes of each issue while making each unique villain shine through more clearly. Avengers #5 is an exciting superhero comic in an age when we mostly settle for repetitive tales.

  • 82

    Comic Watch

    Avengers #5 is a visual feast for the eyes with its well-designed new villains and gargantuan sci-fi set pieces. The issue successfully balances a drearier tone while maintaining a heroic and hopeful spirit.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 80

    Marvel Heroes Library

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Avengers #5 was not designed to push the overall Impossible City story forward. This was more about getting over the Ashen Combine over as they overpowered the Avengers. The way that was accomplished will be good for the long-term and builds greater confidence in Jed MacKay being the correct choice as the writer of the main Avengers series.

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Avengers #5 continues the battle between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the alien villains the Ashen Combine. The comic shows off Vision and Captain Marvel take on two members of the Ashen Combine, one of whom is okay while the other is more engaging. The art and colors work great in this comic, particularly near the latter of the half of the comic that highlights the Avengers’ unconquerable spirit as individuals and as a superhero team.

  • 65


    There’s a lot to love in this issue. Even with pacing issues and art that’s not nearly as strong as the rest of the volume so far, I’m still interested to see where it goes. I just hope the story’s issues get resolved soon.

  • 60

    The Ashen Combine have been presented as true threats to the Avengers, and writer Jed MacKay continues to stack the deck in Avengers #5, but with a twist that looks to shake up things up considerably. MacKay shifts the focus to Vision and Captain Marvel’s battles with Meridian Diadem and Lord Ennui, while also revealing how the Impossible City fits into the overarching story. There are a few stellar moments contained in Vision and Captain Marvel’s individual battles, but the issue is at its best when the Impossible City is sharing its unfortunate predicament. Ironically those moments are also when the artwork is at its weakest, as the team of Ivan Fiorelli, Federico Blue, and Cory Petit shine brightest in Vision’s battle with Meridian. Avengers #5 is not as strong as other issues in the series, but it features some welcome moments that Avengers fans will want to see, and it sets up the team for quite the comeback.

  • 60


    Several issues deep and we’re still just introducing the new villains, who are creative, but don’t have much depth beyond their funky ideas and very modern names.

  • 50

    Fortress of Solitude

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