Quicksilver centers himself, and his shades finally disappear. However, one remains. It talks and looks even more like Pietro than the others. It taunts Quicksilver and promises to kill everyone he loves. It somehow tears through the barrier and enters our world with Pietro shortly behind. Time is finally moving again for our hero, but he must stop his double from killing his friends.
Quicksilver: No Surrender #5 ends the miniseries on a high note, bringing the metaphor of Pietro Maximoff fighting himself to its logical conclusion. We have a near-perfect clone of Pietro insulting and swearing at Quicksilver and promising to kill Scarlet Witch and the Avengers in a violent rage.
This story has been about Pietro’s struggle with his own demons from the beginning, and this book rides that theme out. Without spoiling too much (though you could probably guess it), Pietro can’t punch his way out of this conflict. This is more complex, and it requires the white-haired Avenger to confront things about himself which he won’t like.
This is a small detail, but I like how the comic almost has to stop itself from calling Quicksilver the “Fastest Man Alive” and instead call him the “Fastest Man in the World.” It’s kind of funny.
The ending is genuinely heartwarming though, and I hope this transformed Pietro Maximoff carries over into his next appearance, wherever that may be.
Eric Nguyen and Rico Renzi finish strong too, with Nguyen’s distinct style flourishing all the more when Pietro returns to our world full of moving parts. Rico Renzi’s color art similarly takes advantage of no longer being in a white void and gives a vibrant palette to the environment. I also still really dig the updated classic Quicksilver costume.
Quicksilver: No Surrender #5 brings closure and satisfaction to the miniseries, bringing Pietro Maximoff to some realizations about himself and showing character growth for the Avenging speedster. The writing is spot-on, and the art is gorgeous. This one earns a recommendation. Give it a read.
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