Eternal Empire #1

Writer: Sarah Vaughn, Jonathan Luna Artist: Jonathan Luna Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 3, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
6.8Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Ruined) return with ETERNAL EMPIRE, a fantasy epic!

The Eternal Empress has waged war against the countries of Saia for over one hundred years and now her sights are set on the last country standing. Within the brutal Empire's workforce, a young woman receives strange visions that give her the courage to escape her fate...or run straight toward it.

  • 8.5
    GWW - Travis Vertuca Mar 21, 2017

    A solid start to what should be a great adventure, Luna and Vaughn continue their previous success with a well-built fantasy world. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Mya Nunnally Apr 15, 2017

    From the creators of ALEX + ADA comes a new comic set in a mysterious fantasy world. It's a solid introduction into a new series, though not packing a life-changing punch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion May 3, 2017

    Eternal Empire is a good comic so far. It hasnt exactly captured my attention, but I could read the next issue. I feel like the twist at the end is enough to make me at least pick up issue #2 to see what its all about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Mar 28, 2017

    A strong debut with a slow build. The best may be ahead, but here is where it all starts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw May 7, 2017

    In introducing both, this issue is a clearsuccess and one that, if dystopian fantasies are your bag, I heartilyrecommend. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 4, 2017

    Opting more for show than tell, this debut issue from Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna is a slow burn. While this initial issue sets the conceit well enough " a mysterious woman in the present toils under the regime of a cruel Empress shaped by the past " there are more perplexing questions than enticing teases. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    ComicBuzz - Kyle Malone Sep 21, 2017

    Overall, while the Empress has only one country left in her path, it would appear Eternal Empire at large has many more battles to fight before it can claim to a crown in the fantasy genre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Apr 9, 2017

    The story of Eternal Empire #1 is a timeless tale of good and decent people succumb into the hands of a tyrant. The Synnian has made a career of crushing all hope from those conquered. As the story unfolds, there's one, the white-haired woman, is compelled to free herself from all this pain and suffering. Love the scenes depicting the coldness she endure while harvesting. My only regret reading Eternal Empire is the small, light font texts in some of storyboards. It was very difficult to read at times. A little larger and darker please. Over a nice story introduction and a bit of a cliffhanger. Looking forward for Eternal Empire #2, soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - belleburr Apr 24, 2017

    Overall Eternal Empire #1 is a great start to the series but needs to give us a bit more to make its characters look unique. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Chris Campbell May 3, 2017

    That being said, Vaughn and Luna have in the past done some great work together. If you are a fan, then you will want to stick around and see where things go from here. There is potential here for it to become something better. It could be exactly the look that the duo were going for in this first issue while subsequentissues may differ. First time readers may find the book too lacking in originality and interesting art to continue or even pick up this book in the first place. It seems to be a miss for the creative duo, but we may not discover Eternal Empires destiny until later in the series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty May 3, 2017

    I wanted to like Eternal Empire more than I did. I didn't hate it, but I found my mind wandering while I was reading. I found myself not caring one way or the other what was happening on the page in front of me. But I will say that this was also a problem for me while reading the first issue of Vaughn and Luna's previous collaboration, Alex + Ada, which I ended up liking quite a bit. That book was slow and drawn-out, and I have a feeling that this may be the case for Eternal Empire as well. So, my score for this review might seem low, but I am simply reviewing this individual issue, not the series as a whole, or its potential to become something I actually end up enjoying. I'm going to go ahead and call this a wait and see book. Read Full Review

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