Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Iban Coello
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Release Date: 02/23/2022
Dark Ages #5
Has it only been a handful of weeks since the last issue of Marvel’s Dark Ages was released? Time goes by slowly when you are waiting to read Dark Ages #5 by Tom Taylor. Thus far, this series has been a pleasant surprise. Each issue has served us with intense action scenes and an amazing hero/villain team-up. What does issue #5 have in store? Well, let’s find out!
This issue opens with the funeral of Nick Fury who died in issue #4. This death did not hit me the way it should have. This is partly because I never understood any iteration of the character and because there are so many characters in this series. This is not a bad thing at all, but it draws away from the characters you’re supposed to care about (i.e. a dead Nick Fury and the narrator aka Spiderman). This portion of the issue loses all oomph once the Merc with the Mouth aka Wade Wilson aka Deadpool makes his glorious appearance. He is a natural scene-stealer. The best part of this portion was the introduction of the Deadmobile. Of course, Deadpool would have a British-style double-decker bus. And of course, he would be the tour guide showing the heroes (and Dr. Doom) the wasteland. Everything about this setup made sense. It was natural. Great job on this Taylor!
For fans of the EPIC Marvel game, Dark Ages #5 by Tom Taylor reads like a section of Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance. Besides the big bad (Apocalypse) who naturally wants to end the world, there is a solid showdown in the forest. Rare as it is when Marvel Heroes have to combine their powers to stop an enemy, you fully realize how many different skill sets are around. Picture it: a fully merged Venom and Carnage symbiote attacking everyone in the middle of the night. Who saves the day? Oh, that’s right, a combination of the Invisible Woman and Storm. If there is one thing I love, is seeing amazing characters use their powers. Again, excellent job Taylor.
Marvel’s Dark Ages #5 by Tom Taylor was not the best issue in the series. Yes, this is the second to last issue in the miniseries, so they are planning on going out with a bang. There were some lovable moments (shoutout to Deadpool) coupled with the cringe moments (Dr. Doom giving parenting advice). Overall, I would skip this issue. The plot half steps throughout #5 and leaves something to be desired. However, I have read a lot of Tom Taylor in the past, and I am confident that this series will end on a high note!