Empire: Uprising #1
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Empire: Uprising #1

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Barry Kitson Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: April 22, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 2
8.1Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

It's been a year since the events of the original Empire, and much has changed for Golgoth, the first super-villain to conquer the world. Can he hold onto his reign-and does he even want to?

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Coleman Apr 22, 2015

    This is an awesome beginning to an excellent comic. I can't wait for the next issue. I don't hand out five stars that often but this one really knocked it out of the park for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 23, 2015

    "Empire: Uprising" #1 is the welcome and triumphant return of a long-missed series that, so far, is every bit the achievement that its predecessor was. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Apr 22, 2015

    If you're curious to learn what a new fan of Empire: Uprising has to say, check out more of Gavin's review I've been mentioning here at The Outhousers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 21, 2015

    Empire: Uprising #1 is a lot of things, but above all it is a viciously entertaining read. Fans of the original Empire will find a lot to love about this newest extension of Golgoth's story as well as a look into how his world has changed in just one short year. However, Empire: Uprising #1 also serves as a brisk and bloody introduction to the world of Empire that will surely send new readers seeking out what came before as well as waiting breathlessly for the next installment. Mark Waid, Barry Kitson, and Chris Sotomayor go for the jugular with this debut issue and don't let go until the final page. The uprising has begun and we, lucky readers, get to experience it in all its macabre glory. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 25, 2015

    Excellent art plus a dark, twisty story with hints of betrayal and just the right touch of angst… Good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Apr 22, 2015

    The only thing that really held back this issue for me though is the lack of forward momentum. Aside from the world building and introduction theres nothing much else that goes on during the story other than a potential uprising. This itself is interesting and allows Kitson to employ some really brutal and highly violent art, but apart from this I have trouble telling where the story will go from here. With the talent on board I have no doubt itll be a story worth reading, however I wouldve liked a little more suggestion as to where the story is going from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Apr 22, 2015

    Empire: Uprising #1 sets the board for what could be a very entertaining series down the line. There is a lot to be explored in this world that has been conquered by Golgoth, and I'll be back for more down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Apr 29, 2015

    The art in Empire: Uprising is exactly as it was in the first book, which was both comforting, but also a bit disappointing. There has been a decade of progress artistically, but the artwork still reflects the style of the time, which was heavy inking lines and a ton of black. Beyond a lack of innovative progress, the book looked damn good, and will easily blend in with the back issues of the original Empire Series in my long box. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - John F. Trent Apr 21, 2015

    Mark Waid and Barry Kitson deliver an exciting new entry with Empire Uprising #1. It is a perfect jumping-on point for new readers that fully immerses you in the world of Empire, fleshing out the world and the man who controls it. It even touches on a greater plot to unseat Golgoth from his throne. Waid's dialogue is fun, but also dramatic. He is able to combine jokes about telling fortunes from entrails to discussing the strategy of covering up the attack on Golgoth. Kitson's artwork is exciting and at some points extremely gory. He is able to effectively convey the evil and tyranny behind Golgoth's reign, however, he fails to deliver on capturing facial expressions, especially with Golgoth's ministers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Apr 23, 2015

    If you picked up EMPIRE: UPRISING #1 and was even slightly interested in the series, I highly suggest getting getting Volume 1 before #2 comes out next month. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Overmental - Matt Overstreet Apr 22, 2015

    Empire Uprising does what it does real well, it just so happens that what it does isn't, frankly, all that interesting. It's pure comic book filler, with bright colors and extreme characters, but no nuance or subtlety. Read Full Review

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