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So far I’ve tried to do full reviews on each of the issues in the main Secret Wars event series, but for this issue that’s going to be a little difficult without giving too much away, so my loyal readers, you’ll have to settle for a quick review.

Secret Wars #5 digs a little deeper into the fabric that makes up Battleworld itself.  You know Doom had a hand in creating it, and you know that he didn’t do it entirely by himself, but up to this point the finer details of how that all happened have been a little lacking.  Fortunately, some of those questions are answered in this issue.  Along with those answers, you also get a lot of characterization from Doom himself, and a very brief sneak peek at what is coming just around the bend.

Hickman’s storytelling is solid yet again, and as I mentioned previously, this issue adds a lot of depth to the main story.  However, because the time was taken out for this issue to add depth, the general plot itself didn’t move forward that much at all.  The extra plot dimensions are great, but a stalled story line is not something that anyone wanted.

Ribic’s artwork is once again masterful, just as every other issue in this series has been.  This will definitely be one of the best, if not the best looking books of the year.  One of the other things about this series that I really enjoy but haven’t touched on yet, are the covers from Alex Ross.  They really are spectacular and totally fitting for an epic event such as this.

Overall, this issue was still great, but when compared to the rest of the series so far, this is hands down the weakest of the bunch.  That being said, it looks like big things might be just over the horizon.  Here’s to hoping for the best.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #5:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Ghost Racers #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Planet Hulk #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Secret Wars: Battleworld #4
Doctor Sleep (Novel)

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