The Kree/Skrull Alliance has arrived and the war has spread to the heroes of earth. The Crotai have invaded Genosha and found a surprising force of resistance in Empyre: X-Men #1. The Avengers find themselves dealing with multiple points of conflict in Empyre: Avengers #1. In Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1 we learn how Teddy Altman ascended to the throne of the Kree/Skrull Alliance.
Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling
Lords of Empyre: Hulkling #1 was a high point of the tie ins this week. Empyre is the story of three warring alien nations using Earth as a battlefield- which sets a pretty serious tone. Lords of Empyre: Hulkling, in contrast, is a fun but still impactful tale of how the Young Avenger came to lead an armada to Earth. Chip Zadarsky and Anthony Oliveira seamlessly jump from humorous quips of a drag queen, while Teddy and his friends fight off Skrulls, to the heart-wrenching choice Teddy must make between his destiny and his love. Manuel Garcia and Cam Smith have managed to create my favorite portrayal of Hulking, embodying the earnest and goofiness that makes the character so endearing in their art, and Triona Farrell adds vibrancy with colors.
Empyre Avengers #1 covers a lot of ground as three different teams of heroes deal with the fall out of the battles started in the main title. Due to the split focus, the issue is mostly setting the groundwork, but Jim Zub manages to add personality in the moments between beautiful action scenes by Carlos Magno and Espen.
Empyre X-Men #1 delivers a fun concept, even if it leaves behind some continuity questions at its base. In all Wanda’s research, she didn’t notice that Death almost died, partially due to the X-Men’s resurrection protocol? Did she just make a mess of Genosha and then peace out to be in Empyre Avengers? And say nothing of super-powered zombie hoard? But when it comes down to it, who cares? Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard give us Plants vs. Zombies vs. the long hinted X-Corp vs. a returning recent fan favorite. Between the ridiculous plot and the personality on the page in the art by Matteo Buffagni and Nolan Woodard, it doesn’t need to make sense.
This week's Empyre tie-ins flesh out the event as the action picks up, with the stand out being Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1.
Empyre Tie-ins Week of 7/22: Seeds of War
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