The GeeksverseChaos War #5

Chaos War #5
Published on Thursday, January 27, 2011 by

Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Khoi Pham
Inked by: Thomas Palmer & Bob McLeod
Colored by: Sunny Gho
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: Brandon Peterson
Associate Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Mark Paniccia

First off now that it’s over, I’m not sure why this was called the “Chaos War”. The goal of the Chaos King, an end to everything, is not very chaotic. In fact that would be the ultimate form of order. Nothingness. There wouldn’t be anything to cause chaos. So why was it called the Chaos War when the Chaos King really wanted to bring about true order?

I had a couple of problems with this issue.

The first was how all the different players were brought together at the same point. Seemed a Deus Ex Machina kind of thing, like the writers had written themselves into a corner with all the various players scattered and needed to bring them all together. It felt contrived.

The second was how a couple of the dead people just happened to remain alive. We saw Alpha Flight at the end. Does that mean Yellowjacket and any of the Dead Avengers and Dead X-Men are alive again? Or just Alpha Flight? Again, came across as contrived. Majorly so.

How did the “sleeping” heroes know Hercules saved the day at the end? Weren’t they asleep?

The third issue was that none of the characters talked like they did in previous issues of Chaos War. Sersi dropping a “mary sue” comment? Seriously? Herc definately wasn’t talking the same way he had before. Neither was Amadeaus Cho. None of it felt right, like it was different people talking.

It’s been no secret that I wasn’t the biggest fan of this crossover. And the final chapter did nothing to change my opinion. In fact the final issue made my opinion worse. This issue didn’t feel professional. It was hard to tell if they were going for an element of “fun” to the story or trying to be serious.

And the lettering didn’t help. Seeing “godslam” and “gutsss” in big letters was just bad. Really bad. And the worse was Herc’s last punch agains the Chaos King, the one that sends him into the portal and saves the day. The punch that was the most important in the entire series and what do we get for a sound effect? “SFX”.


And the art from Pham was worse then the previous issues. The metallic & shiny look that Gho give Pham’s pencils was amplified. The usual heavy detail of Pham’s pencils was missing as well. Parts of the book appeared rushed and sketchy.

It’s like both sides of the creative teams mailed this issue in.

Chaos War #5 receives
1.5 out of 5

Disappointing end to the event.

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