Written by Al Ewing, Dan Slott
Art by Valerio Schiti
Published by Marvel Comics
We are all aware of the world we live in.
More than ever, we wonder how to stretch the entertainment dollars. With various video subscriptions and comics, we make tough decisions on what to read or watch or listen to.
At times , we pay a premium to engage with something now instead of waiting a few months or a year to find it in one of the subscription services.
Which is my way of saying, at nearly six dollars a pop, not to mention various tie ins with varying relevance, the six issues of Empyre does not seem to be the best way to spend your money.
It’s by no means awful. It just lacks any urgency or moments of impact.
Empyre #6 starts with Reed Richards and Tony Stark catching up to speed with the situation.
In light of Chadwick Boseman’s passing, and how closely he’s remembered for playing Black Panther, there is a moment that really catches you. Reed describes T’Challa as “incapacitated, perhaps fatally “
For me, it took me back to the moment I found out about his passing. I’m certain it’s unintentional. But any story featuring Black Panther will have to carry that weight for some time.
Empyre features a lot of “our heroes have their back against the wall” moments.
Black Panther battles back. Reed shows up in Iron Man/Fantastic Four. Armor. Spider Man and Wolverine get Fantastic Four outfits. The whole thing feels geared to either sell toys or plant cross over ideas for Marvel Films.
The one thing that may have some permanence is Hulkling and Wiccan as important characters in the Marvel Universe. They get an opportunity in the spotlight and I hope it continues.
Empyre ultimately feels like an Avengers/Fantastic Four crossover that could have been told in regular issues of their titles. If you’re a completist and want to read Empyre, go for it. But if you’re a casual reader, it’s not essential.