The World is broken! Can the Hulk, Grandpa Cho, the Jen, and Korg of Krona defeat Grand Priestess Venkiera before she kills all the Haarg? Find out in Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5 by Marvel Comics!
PLANET HULK: WOLRDBREAKER #5 (OF 5)
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Manuel Garcia and Cam Smith
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 29th, 2023
Previously in Planet Hulk: Grand Priestess Venkiera wants to destroy the worldbreaker’s influence on this planet and kill his descendants, the green-skinned Haarg. Balo and Tala are Haarg who live on Sakaar. Balo is kidnapped by the Green Priestess, and Talo enlists the help of Grandpa Cho to save him. Since then, many Hulk characters have united to take down this priestess before her fanatics destroy an entire group of people and the planet.
THE FINAL SHOWDOWN
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5 explores Venkiera’s character a little bit. She declares that she plans to kill herself and her followers for her quest, stating they are not innocent of the acts they have done. This makes her acolytes second-guess their roles. The Hulks prepare for the final battle before Venkiera can destroy the planet. Cho uses his intellect to understand the surface’s volcanic current. Venkiera’s machine slowed down the planet’s core, causing the planet’s magnetosphere to fall apart. With no protection, these cosmic rays begin to incinerate everything. Tala starts to absorb the cosmic energy to buy time, and the rest of the Hulks join her except for Bruce Banner, who decides to punch the ground to jumpstart the planet’s core. As the dust settles, Bruce is victorious, and the battle is over.
TOO MUCH GOING ON
The creative team doubled down on the atrocities of the Grand Priestess in Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5. I struggled to connect with the theme of genocide, and I was taken out of the story. For me, the most exciting section was Tala relating to the Hulks and the themes of understanding where you came from and your family. But Tala’s moment was weakened in this story due to the change of tone and theme. Maybe I am misremembering previous issues, but I think the book’s promise was a united front of Hulks against a threat brought together through Tala. Instead, we see the precipice of a final battle and Hulk going off on his own to save the day. Maybe I am being harsh, but this wasn’t the conclusion I wanted.
The linework of this issue was excellent. Notably, the backgrounds are filled with details that don’t overwhelm the page. Good work here!
BOTTOM LINE: DISAPPOINTED
I am disappointed with the ending of Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5. I am not convinced it kept the promises it set out in earlier issues. I enjoy many of these ideas, but I think my desires for the book differed from the writing team’s creative intention. Considering that, Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5 is 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5
Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #5 did not meet my expectations but provided beautiful pages and a conclusion to the miniseries.