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Review: Empyre: Captain America #2

Empyre: Captain America #2
Empyre: Captain America #2

Phillip Kennedy Johnson gave his Captain America Empyre tie-in one of the toughest parts of any global conflict to deal with: American military policy. Ol’ Cap had his hands full in issue one trying to convince high ranking officers of providing support to the other countries of the world also fighting the Cotati. America refused, even when told they could inspire international allyship. Empyre: Captain America #2 is an exploration of that decision’s consequences.

Illustrated by Ariel Olivetti, Empyre: Captain America #2 continues to keep the bar high as a tie-in comic. It’s a great example of what these types of comics should be: short incursions into the event that can result in some fun worldbuilding mechanics. To use a music metaphor, good tie-in books can be rip-roaring guitar solos to the hit song that is the event. Johnson and Olivetti’s Empyre book is precisely that.

What makes this comic an essential read within the larger event is that its discussion on the politics of war on Earth feel epic and high stakes. Should Captain America fail at bringing together the international community to fight the Cotati as a singular force, Earth will have its hands full with an enemy that will never fall to the efforts of an individual country.

Captain America makes this point throughout. He speaks to soldiers and world leaders on the dangers of putting too much weight on heroics and not enough on the soldiers and people that are involved in every aspect of war. In one particular instance, Captain America tells a story about a Nazi ambush during World War II that incapacitated him and forced his fellow brothers in arms to take lead and salvage what they could out of the situation. Half of those soldiers died so that Captain America could live.

Empyre: Captain America #2

These types of stories help explain the comic’s focus on military action and how it can be used for good. It also falls in line with Empyre’s main story, where we see the idea of heroism clashing with the idea of practicality. Should heroes put their lives on the line when a less dangerous approach exists? What does this say about war? What should we be asking of soldiers when faced with the extreme realities of combat?

Olivetti’s art does an amazing job of showing the Cotati as a lethal invading force that is undoubtedly alien but also eerily similar to Earth’s vegetation. If the story were about our own vegetation rising up and trying to eradicate humanity, it would still work. The Cotati can infect humans with living seeds that turn them into Cotati themselves. For these sequences, Olivetti takes a very gruesome body horror approach that adds to the lethality of the invaders.

Empyre: Captain America #2 is an impressive exploration of the Cotati invasion and its forays into military policy basically hold up a mirror to America’s Army and how it could be doing more than it usually does.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Ariel Olivetti
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: It’s Captain America. Why wouldn’t you buy it?

Preview: Empyre: Captain America #1 (of 3)

Empyre: Captain America #1 (of 3)

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Mike Henderson
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The invasion has made landfall! Captain America stands on the front lines – but when the threat goes global even he won’t be enough to stem the tides! Will Captain America be able to find allies willing to fight alongside him – or will he fall in the face of this intergalactic incursion?

Empyre: Captain America #1 (of 3)

Review: Marvel’s Avengers: Hulk #1

In the lead up to the Marvel Avengers video game, Marvel Comics takes a look at the Hulk!

Story: Jim Zub
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Color: Andy Troy
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Preview: Marvel’s Avengers: Hulk #1

Marvel’s Avengers: Hulk #1

(W) Jim Zub (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Stonehouse
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

HULK STARS IN THE SMASHING PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!

The adventure leading to MARVEL’S AVENGERS rages on, with an all-new story leading directly into the events of the highly anticipated video game!
As the incredible HULK, the monstrous alter ego of scientist BRUCE BANNER, he’s done good for the world. But with the virtually uncontrollable, gigantic green rage monster always bubbling under his skin, Banner has teamed up with an inquisitive scientist in an attempt to regulate the beast once and for all. As their experiments go deeper, a catastrophic event may spell the end for more than just Banner’s curse!

Witness crucial incidents and intrigue in the saga tied to the earthshaking events in the MARVEL’S AVENGERS game next year!

Marvel's Avengers: Hulk #1

Preview: Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Guardians of the Galaxy #12

(W) Donny Cates (A) Cory Smith, More, Dylan Burnett, Ariel Olivetti (A/CA) Geoff Shaw
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THE “FAITHLESS” STORYLINE ENDS HERE!

Thanos Wins…Cosmic Ghost Rider…The Death of the Inhumans…Silver Surfer: Black…Guardians of the Galaxy…It’s all been leading to this.

Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Review: Thanos: Zero Sanctuary

We know Thanos raised Gamora, but how did a little girl from a peaceful world become one of the deadliest people in the galaxy? Find out in Thanos: Zero Sanctuary which collects the six issue series.

Story: Tini Howard
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Color: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

Get your copy in comic shops now and on book shops on December 10! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Psi-Lords #7

Psi-Lords #7

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover C by JUAN DOE
Preorder Edition Cover by SCOTT FORBES
On sale DECEMBER 4 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

By the end of this issue…SOMEONE WILL DIE!

Psi-Lords #7

Preview: Thanos #6 (of 6)

Thanos #6 (of 6)

(W) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• The grand finale of this cosmic epic!
• Thanos has set into motion the chain of events between him and Gamora that will inspire loyalty, bloodshed and betrayal across the galaxy…but what does the Magus have to do with it?
• And more importantly…are you ready to witness the beginning of Thanos’ end?

Thanos #6 (of 6)

Preview: Thanos #5 (of 6)

Thanos #5 (of 6)

(W) Tini Howard (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Jeff Dekal
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Mutiny aboard Zero Sanctuary!
• As Butcher Squadron launches a rebellion against the Mad Titan, will Thanos be able to quell their revolt?
• Or will he have to turn their space station into a bloodbath in order to hold onto power?

Thanos #5 (of 6)
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