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Review: Empyre #5

Empyre #5

Empyre as an event has been a bit deeper than your usual summer popcorn. There’s been debates on war and what is an acceptable loss and sacrifice. Both sides have experienced this and the philosophies are pretty bleak and far too similar. Empyre #5 though takes the series into soapy drama as the truth about Hulkling is revealed and it’s exactly as expected.

Al Ewing and Dan Slott deliver the story, with Ewing on script in a chapter that is full of reveals but none of them are really all that surprising. The big one is utterly head scratching in the logistics make little sense. Empyre #5 is that expected battle as the Kree/Skrull empire turn on their human allies putting Earth in the middle with no one to help.

Empyre #5 isn’t a bad chapter to the epic. It’s just rather predictable. There’s an almost trope-ish Bond-like villain aspect to it as the timer begins ticking in multiple ways. It’s the moment and issue where the story walks back some of the smarts and depth shown in previous issues. It shifts to a more expected event focus of battles and action.

And that shift is interesting as artist Valerio Schiti continues to forgo splash pages. Instead the art is more at the page and panel level. We don’t get two page spreads with images leaping from it. There is a more interesting use of panels in some parts of the comic. The layouts are more interesting than they’ve been but again, the art isn’t as splashy as one might expect for a bit event. Schiti’s art is enhanced by Marte Gracia’s colors and Joe Caramagna’s lettering. It all comes together to create visuals that are interesting and engaging but at the same time sort of conservative and muted in a way. It’s not over the top where the art becomes the most interesting aspect of the story.

Empyre #5 is a bit of a letdown in that it brings the event down to the level that was expected. It’s an issue that’s about the over the top action in some ways betraying the more insightful previous issues. It is a lowest common denominator in some ways walking back what was an interesting event. Hopefully, as the event wraps up, we’re treated to more of what was and not just more of this issue.

Story: Al Ewing, Dan Slott Script: Al Ewing Art: Valerio Schiti
Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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Celebrate the Union of Two Marvel Heroes in Empyre: Avengers Aftermath #1

In the aftermath of the cosmic conflict known as Empyre, heroes will gather to celebrate the marriage of two of Marvel’s most beloved Avengers. Revealed at the end of Empyre #4, Teddy Altman, the Kree/Skrull hybrid Hulkling, and his longtime boyfriend Billy Kaplan, the powerful magic-wielding Wiccan, were married just before Hulkling took to the stars to fulfill his destiny of uniting the Kree and Skrull empires against the universal threat of the Cotati.

With plenty of twists and turns still to come in this earth-shattering epic, be there when the dust settles to celebrate this joyous union when Empyre: Avengers Aftermath #1 hits stands in September from writer Al Ewing, artist Valerio Schiti, and a cover by Jim Cheung.

Empyre: Avengers Aftermath #1

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead Gets a Trailer

BOOM! Studios has released a brand new trailer for We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available in stores on September 2, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant covers by fan-favorite artists Toni Infante, Christian Ward, Matías Bergara, Jenny Frison, and more.

Preview: Empyre #5 (of 6)

Empyre #5 (of 6)

(W) Al Ewing, Dan Slott (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jim Cheung
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 12, 2020
SRP: $4.99

• Love and war – in the midst of cosmic cataclysm!
• One fan-favorite Marvel hero reveals their secret – as another faces the ultimate showdown with a monstrous foe!
• Meanwhile, an outer-space jailbreak leads to a trial by combat you’ll have to see to believe…
• …but is it all too late to save Earth from two world-ending threats at once?

Empyre #5 (of 6)

Empyre #4 Gets a Second Printing

The war between the Kree/Skrull alliance and the vengeful Cotati escalated greatly in Empyre #4, but fans were delighted to see that amidst the conflict, love prevailed! Yesterday’s issue ended with a shocking twist when it was revealed that Hulkling and Wiccan married prior to the start of the intergalactic war. This landmark issue has already sold out, and Marvel has announced that it will be returning to comic shops for a second printing!

The pulse-pounding cosmic epic continues next week in Empyre #5, AND Hulkling and Wiccan’s marriage will be celebrated Marvel style in September’s Empyre: Avengers Aftermath #1. With second printings of Empyre #1-3 now available, don’t miss your chance to witness history in the making as the cosmic landscape of the Marvel Universe is reshaped forever! Stay tuned for more news about Empyre, including the reveal of the Empyre #4 second printing variant cover!

Empyre #4 features a story by Al Ewing and Dan Slott with art by Valerio Schiti.

Empyre #4

Review: Empyre #4

Empyre #4

Despite a rough first issue, Empyre has turned into one of the most intriguing events from Marvel in some time. Empyre #4 cements that with a further exploration of horrors of war and some reveals that’ll shock and excite.

Al Ewing and Dan Slott have been crafting the story with Ewing handling scripts and the team has really nailed this event. Despite its rather obscure origins, the series has really just used Marvel’s cosmic side of its universe to explore interesting philosophical topics and shake things up.

Things aren’t going all that great on the battlefront which puts Emperor Hulkling in an awkward decision-making spot. Does he sacrifice Earth and its 8 billion residents to save trillions? The issue hints at an answer and raises questions if this is really the Hulkling we know. The question feels a little groan-inducing with Secret Invasion within memory and the idea of “evil replacements” feeling a bit soap opera for an event that has raised some really interesting questions.

That questioning of Hulkling leads to so much though. It’s Ewing and Slott’s focus on the characters in the main story instead of the overall battle that makes the main series stand out and keep getting better. That focus extends to Tony who is having a crisis of confidence which might feel sudden but makes sense concerning his experiences in the first issue. The confident man has been knocked down quite a few pegs leaving himself questioning his decisions and abilities. This isn’t a series of confident brash characters saving the day but one of tough decisions and moments of doubt.

Slott and Ewing also use the issue for some major revelations that will have readers buzzing. Not only is a marriage revealed but another has been revealed to have died on the moon which immediately sets up a new series spinning out of Empyre when it’s over. Both are the shocking highlights within an issue full of contemplative moments and hard decisions.

Valerio Schiti’s art feels like it has gotten to be consistent from the inconsistent first issue. Characters have gotten their design down and there’s a focus on scenes using panels instead of splash pages delivering a big picture. A battle in Wakanda is depicted in chaotic panels instead of a two-page spread which would have worked. Schiti is joined by Marte Gracia and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The trio realize this is a character driven drama as a opposed to a summer visual blockbuster. It doesn’t mean there’s not moments to shine. The lack of splash pages works as a group of heroes confronts the Cotati leader in hopes of talking sense into him which morphs into a big reveal and action sequence.

Empyre #4 continues to improve the series which has decided to shift the big visuals to other series and instead, so far, focus more on the individual impacts of war and the difficult decisions that have to be made. There’s been twists and turns as things have become more complicated. What began as a stereotypical eye-roll of an event has evolved into something far more deep.

Story: Al Ewing, Dan Slott Script: Al Ewing Art: Valerio Schiti
Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.10 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation:
Buy

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Meet the Crew of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at key character art of the four crew members of the Vihaan II, Captain Malik, Ella Hauer, Alice Wirth, and Jason Hauer, as well as Officer Paula Richter and a Dead God, by series artist Simone Di Meo for We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti, and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available on stores September 2, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant covers by fan favorite artists Toni Infante, Christian Ward, Matías Bergara, and Jenny Frison.

Get a First Look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1, a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available in stores September 2, 2020.

Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II harvest resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant covers by fan-favorite artists Toni Infante, Christian Ward, Matías Bergara, and Jenny Frison.

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Guardians of the Galaxy #5

(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Cabal (CA) Ivan Shavrin
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Moondragon is a hero. With her wife at her side, she came to our reality from a dimension of heroes – to save us all from evil.
• But our reality already had a Moondragon, and she can’t be a hero all the time. The DRAGON OF THE MOON has returned…
• …and it won’t leave until it’s fed on a soul.
• Didn’t we say it could always get worse?

Guardians of the Galaxy #5
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