Avengers Inc. #5 Review: Ants All, Folks

Avengers Inc. #5 review

Read our review of Avengers Inc. #5 from Marvel Comics, written by Al Ewing with art by Leonard Kirk as the noir Ant-Man/Wasp series ends.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Avengers Inc. #5 Review:

In the final issue of the series, the real villain is revealed: Ultron, who has been manipulating Hank Pym. Wasp is able to shut him down with a little help from her friends, leading to a bunch of status quo changes we may or may not see more from.

“I was really into this series,” said host Alex Zalben. “And I still think that Kirk’s art is great. The action is very dynamic throughout. Ewing knows his way around writing a story. But man, you could really feel that they reduced this from ten issues to five issues. And it’s such a bummer that more people didn’t read this because I would love more original ideas like Avengers solving noir mysteries. We got that for three issues. And then it very quickly wrapped up, and that stinks.”

Pete LePage really liked the inking and art style in the issue in particular, adding that it gave it a “cool… vibe and tone,” and felt it was different than what you’re “used to when it comes to Marvel art. So I really appreciated that.” And he didn’t mind the quickened pace of the issue, as “it was just a big fun action thing… It felt very economical.”

And Justin Tyler thought the book came to “a nice close,” though he wasn’t sure “anyone will follow up on these threads… This is the first time I’ve enjoyed where the Wasp took center stage and was able to be like a real leader in recent Marvel continuity. So that was cool. The idea that someone’s going to pick up and be like, ‘the character I want to deal with is Uncle Mark, who’s Ultron… sort of…’ I don’t know.”

Still, Zalben was hopeful, noting that Al Ewing went from an Ant-Man series, to a Wasp series, to this, “which is a direct sequel to that. Maybe he’s got more in him.”

Avengers Inc. #5 Official Synopsis:

THE SECRET REVEALED! Her name is Janet Van Dyne. She led the Avengers. She’s divorced. Deep down, she still considers herself a widow. His name is Henry Pym. He’s the leader of the new Lethal Legion. He’s her ex-husband. He’s very much alive. Together, they’ve got a LOT to talk about…

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