We’ll have a relatively abbreviated Monday due to Labor Day here at GP but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of articles coming at you. Stay tuned throughout the day! And while you hopefully have a relaxing day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Cory Smith (CA) Jorge Molina Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 09, 2020 SRP: $3.99
EMPYRE Tie-In! A CAPTAIN’S LEGACY – THE ACCUSED FINALE! The rise and fall of the Supreme Accuser. The end of a war, the end of an ERA…and the birth of an even more dangerous world. Carol Danvers must make a choice that will define her life and the lives of those closest to her.
(W) Dan Slott (A) Sean Izaakse (CA) R. B. Silva Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 09, 2020 SRP: $3.99
• The fate of all future Kree/Skrull Wars is placed in the hands of… Reed Richards and his family, the Fantastic Four. • This is NO standard issue of a Marvel Comic, True Believer. Two MAJOR TURNING POINTS for THE ENTIRE MARVEL UNIVERSE will take place here! • Also in this issue… The Profiteer returns, but is she here for revenge… or justice? And a special appearance by the most ominous cosmic character of them all, The Unseen!
(W) Al Ewing (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jim Cheung Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 09, 2020 SRP: $4.99
• The end of EMPYRE begins a new age for the Marvel Universe! • In the aftermath of the cosmic conflict, the forces gather one last time… but why? And at whose bidding? • New bonds will be forged, new families will be founded, and there’s a new role waiting for Earth… but new destinies bring new dangers – and new enemies! • Welcome to the new Marvel Space Age, true believer – hope you survive the experience!
After a condensed number of issues and tie-ins, Empyre #6 wraps up the main story for Marvel’s 2020 comic event. It’s hard to say how it might have read if all of its issues had been released but as is, the comic feels not so much as an event as it’s a way to put focus on the neglected Marvel cosmic universe.
With a story by Al Ewing and Dan Slott with script by Ewing, Empyre #6 isn’t bad in any ways but it also feels a bit rushed. It suffers from Marvel’s propensity to focus more on what comes next when it comes to events before really cementing the end of what’s being read. The issue also feels like it knows things are off the rails a bit with far too much being used to recap and getting new readers up to speed. It’s an odd use of panels and pages as Reed Richards and Tony Stark measure where they’re at and what needs to be resolved in one issue.
The details of everything are condensed again and again as the at times thoughtful event continues to pivot towards splashy images of heroes swooping in to save the day. It’s grand motions and moves that conveniently resolve issues with punching being the general solution. Twists and turns from the series feel a bit too much Soap Opera, not fleshed out, and rather predictable. This is a series that started with thoughtful debates but as it progressed slid to the lowest common denominator of storytelling.
What’s interesting about the comic is the art continues to be condensed. Valerio Schiti keeps the moments that pop to single pages mostly and even at times single panels. Double page spreads feel rare. The art almost reflects the condensed nature of the event. Schiti is joined by Marte Gracia on color and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The images absolutely pop but it’s just an interesting choice where recent events have relied heavily on jaw-dropping images to sell the scale and scope.
Empyre #6 feels like a throwback event in many ways. This is more akin to Avengers events of the 80s and 90s than more recent Marvel stories. It also feels like it’s entire point is to condense shaking up the Marvel Cosmic status quo. There’s numerous references of how things have changed and that it means big things and challenges to come. It expands the playground through which future stories can be told. It’s an event with a goal and the goal isn’t so much the story as to get from point A to point C for future stories.
Empyre #6 wraps things up generally nicely but as far as recent Marvel events, things as a whole feel a bit of a letdown. It’s a story that isn’t exactly memorable and while setting up potentially a lot it also doesn’t feel like an event that’ll have folks talking for years to come. It’s not bad but in evoking a classic feel, it doesn’t become one itself.
Story: Al Ewing, Dan Slott Script: Al Ewing Art: Valerio Schiti Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Caramagna Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw Rated T In Shops: Sep 02, 2020 SRP: $3.99
• The ultimate Omni-Wave Projector – built by Valeria Richards, powered Franklin Richards. In their hands, it could lay waste to the Empyre… • …but what if it fell into the hands of the Celestial Assassins? A tipping point in the Empyre saga! A fight that Spider-Man and Wolverine can’t afford to lose! And two lives that that will be forever changed!
(W) Al Ewing, Dan Slott (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jim Cheung Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 02, 2020 SRP: $5.99
Who will rule the EMPYRE? • There can be only one King of Space-and it’s the last liege standing! But as combat rages on, the clock ticks down to catastrophe! • Will the ultimate interstellar weapon fry planet Earth before or after all sentient life on the planet is wiped out? • The Avengers and the Fantastic Four are tested as never before-as EMPYRE comes to a pulse-pounding finish!
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Mike Henderson Rated T+ In Shops: Aug 26, 2020 SRP: $3.99
A mountain of trouble arises for Captain America and his ground forces – literally! Will Captain America and his allied soldiers be able to stop this terrain behemoth… …or will they find themselves buried in an early grave in this shocking series conclusion?