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Infinity Gauntlet #5: Review

Nov 1991
Jim Starlin, Ron Lim

Story Name:

Astral Conflagration

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3 stars

Infinity Gauntlet #5 Review by (May 8, 2021)
Comments on tie-ins by Rob Johnson:-

Early in the issue Adam Warlock tells Dr Strange to find as many heroes who actually survived last issue as he can and keep them on ice for use later in the issue.

In DrS, Sorcerer Supreme #34 he reveals that he saved Scarlet Witch from being killed by her backfiring spell in IG#4. He also has the glass shards that Thor was turned into. And he has Dr Doom as an apparently petrified statue. But he takes the body to the Tibetan monks who taught Victor Von Doom magic and made his armour. Their mystic fire revives him, and DrS leaves DrD there until needed.

Meanwhile in part of Sleepwalker #7 the hero fights the Chain Gang. But the apocalyptic battle between Thanos and the cosmic entities (probably) opens rips in reality which allows Sleepy to drag the villains into his home the Mindscape and leave them there, returning to help more civilians in the ongoing disaster.

At the end of Hulk #384 Hulk is spirited away by 1 of DrS's portals ...

... and reappears at the beginning of DrSSS#35 in another dimension where Strange leaves him until needed. The DrS takes Clea and Scarlet Witch with him to the Ginnungagap between Muspelheim and Niffleheim to restore the Thor-shards to life (after being sidetracked by Hela). Meanwhile Pip The Troll and Rintrah discover Drax and Firelord in the Jurassic, but get trapped there with them. Rintrah mentally contacts his master and Strange rescues them all. Drax, Firelord and Thor are left in the Ginnungagap until Warlock needs them ...

... which he does later in this issue after Nebula has taken the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos. Strange brings them, Hulk and Dr Doom to join Adam and Silver Surfer, but they also recruit the defeated Thanos as well. Thanos and Surfer start to fight and the others try to restrain them. This grudge match is expanded in ...

... Silver Surfer #59 where DrS sends the pair to a mental plane where they fight as armoured knights. Surfer almost wins but refuses to kill Thanos because he's needed against Nebula. Thanos then 'wins' and Surfer surrenders to end the match so they can save the universe from the villainess.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Infinity Gauntlet #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
The clash between Thanos and the Cosmic Beings causes astonishing havoc throughout the universe. During the conflict, Mephisto reveals his true scheme by attempting to seize the Infinity Gauntlet for himself, but he fails, Thanos is stopped from destroying him by Mistress Death who has once and for all rejected his love. The angered reaction causes the downfall of all of Thanos’ foes. Then comes Eternity to challenge the all-powerful Titan, and after a brief conflict, Thanos triumphs and stands at the center of reality, while his body sits comatose on his throne. The zombie Nebula takes the opportunity to pull the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ unconscious body and put it on, restoring her true form and banishing Thanos and Terraxia to the depths of space. Terraxia suffocates without air and Thanos is pulled through a mystic portal to Earth. There he meets with Adam Warlock, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer and the heroes they’ve managed to rescue: Hulk, Thor, Firelord, Drax, and Doctor Doom. By revealing that Thanos always subconsciously supplies the means for his own defeat, Warlock persuades the Titan to join them against Nebula. The five recovered heroes attack first and are easily locked in stone by Nebula. She then faces Thanos, Strange, the Surfer and Warlock.
Other characters appearing in this issue: Eros. Galactus, the Watcher, Kronos, Lord Chaos, Master Order, the Stranger, Love and Hate, two Celestials, Epoch. Annihilus and minions.

Ron Lim
Joe Rubinstein
Christie Scheele
Ron Lim (Cover Penciler)
George Perez (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.
Editor: Craig Anderson. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)


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