In this heart-stopping conclusion, Jessica discovers who is actually behind the appearance of the variants who have been ruining her life… but it may be too late to stop them from destroying the Multiverse!
ComicBook.comThis final issue proves that The Variants is, by far, among my top comics of this year. Jessica's fight for agency and identity—and to potentially save the fate of the entire multiverse—culminates in a way that's brilliant and genuinely unexpected, with an absolutely exceptional narrative crux. I can not overstate the magnitude of the work that Gail Simone, Phil Noto, and company do in this issue — not only creating a cornerstone of Jessica's story, but probably the entire Marvel universe too.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Gail Simone brings this story to a fantastic conclusion while showcasing just how dark and disturbing this characterization of Jewel is. I enjoyed every element of this finale issue from the dialogue to the way Jessica steps up to not only defend her life, but that of her Variants. There is some great humor throughout the issue as well and I love how it confirms the depths of her connection to Luke and vice verse. The Art: Noto delivers some beautifully drawn art that has a unique and visually fun style. The art is compelling and engaging both in its action and its emotional moments.
Graphic PolicyThe Variants #5 on its own is just ok. The battle is a little anti-climactic. But, there’s an emotional aspect to the ending that feels really nice. This isn’t a comic that’s completely wrapped up by punching as we might expect with Jessica Jones. And in a series that explores her character a bit, it’s a nice change of pace in a lot of ways.
Henchman-4-HireThis was a fun little story but the ending is only lukewarm, as it tries to cream the villain’s entire deal into a single issue, without much obvious connection to the story that came before it.