Written by Al Ewing and Dan Slott
Art by Valerio Schiti
Published by Marvel Comics
With this most recent issue of Empyre , the stakes are raised.
This series is gaining a sense of urgency and momentum it lacked previously. Is it enough to make an event, that up to this point as been less than stellar, interesting?
We start off with a scene in which Wiccan explains to Captain Marvel and the Human Torch why he believes Hulkling can’t possibly be himself.
We get a flashback to their quick wedding prior their separation and Hulkling accepting his role as Kree/Skrull leader.
Wiccan’s declaration of love is setting up an upcoming plot twist.
Black Panther meanwhile is battling to protect Wakanda’s Vibranium enriched soil. The Cotati are planting one of their seeds that would eradicate life on Earth.
At this point, Black Panther utters the words “We are in the Endgame now” Which just takes a reader out of the scene and reminds you of a far better crossover in film form.
Wiccan shows up to confront Hulkling. Except it’s not him. Hulkling was locked in a cell. Wiccan has drawn a spell that would help the lovers find each other no matter what.
Our last page has Reed Richards and Tony Stark summarize what’s at stake for the next issue. The Cotati has their Vibranium empowered Death Flower blooming. The Kree/Skrull alliance will blow up the sun.
One of the things Empyre has done well over these five issues is elevate Wiccan and Hulkling as characters. Everything else feels like plot points that have been done better elsewhere. Customary kudos for Valerio Schiti for really smooth, action packed work.
Ultimately, I wouldn’t say Empyre is bad; it just doesn’t live up to the standards of past event series.