Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 30, 2013
Jonathan Hickman’s scripting has been damn near flawless throughout this event, and his strong work continues in Infinity #5. With the two theatres of battle set to merge in the very near future, Hickman does an excellent job of bringing one chapter (seemingly) to a close while upping the stakes of in the second story dramatically. Hickman’s interpretations of these characters is fantastic, with subtle nods to Thanos Rising bringing a nice consistency to Thanos in the Marvel Universe. The Mad Titan is as ruthless as he has ever been and Hickman really nails the cold, calculating nature of Thanos. Each word he utters has a gravity and power to it that feels as though the bedrock of the Marvel Universe is being shaken, and very well might be depending on what he pulls off next. His writing of Thanos’ son, Thane, is brilliant as well, introducing readers to a brand new character of immense power who is a complete wild card. Hickman’s masterful weaving of storylines continues in this issue, with the events of New Avengers having a dramatic effect on the story here (and going forward) and I commend him for how tightly woven he has kept the issues in this event. Infinity #5, while readable if you haven’t been reading Avengers or New Avengers, slides into the series at large as the perfect chapter to merge all the series together for an impending immense conclusion. The tension in this issue is palpable and something tells me Hickman is going to build it up even more down the line.
Opena & Weaver combine for some absolutely fantastic art in this issue, as has now become the norm. These two artists have set the tone for this event and delivered amazing art to match Hickman’s epic scripts. This issue features some of their best work to date and solidifies each as top-of-the-class at Marvel (if they weren’t already). Both artists deliver some excellent action and emotional moments for characters and they each do an excellent job of controlling the flow of the comic. The layouts are fantastic, the detail is intense, and this is a must read issue for the artwork alone.
This is, quite simply, an amazing comic. Hickman, Opena & Weaver are in perfect sync in this issue and their storytelling abilities are on full display. The characterizations by both writer and artists are flawless and the events are as immense as you would expect from this event. This is a must read chapter of the Infinity event and one of the strongest issues in the event so far.