Empyre: X-Men #1

Event\Storyline: Empyre Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard Artist: Matteo Buffagni Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 22, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 51
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Plant people from outer space have come to Earth and, wouldn't you know it, they just happen to be here when millions of mutants rise as undead creatures hungry for human flesh. The X-Men return to Genosha in a tale so crazy, it's taking the entire writing crew of the X-Men line to tackle it!

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 21, 2020

    The Empyre event is a smart one to coincide with the X-Men since Krakoa is a plant lifeform, and yet this issue builds on that. This issue proves in multiple ways, it's not only worthy as a tie-in but as a standalone X-Men adventure in its own right. A properly sharpened X-Men tie-in series with a blend of X-Men history and action thriller underpinnings. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Jul 25, 2020

    Tini Howard and Jonathan Hickman make Empyre: X-Men work by treating it like its own story rather than a Marvel event tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Quinn Jul 22, 2020

    Although the theme and plotline of Empyre: X-Men #1 was not something I would ever expect to come out of Marvel Comics, the issue remains entertaining in part because the writers embrace the absurdity and lean into the humor of the situation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 22, 2020

    As somebody who's read a lot of tie-in comics over the years, I honestly did not expect to enjoy Empyre: X-Men #1 nearly as much as I did. But it's proof there is no such thing as bad concepts, only bad execution. Armed with a rich sense of humor, gorgeous artwork, and a team of largely underutilized X-Men " not to mention a mash-up of some gloriously weird villains " and you've got a tie-in comic that honestly reads better than the main event itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Brake Jul 22, 2020

    Empyre: X-Men #1, while tying into Marvel's big Empyre event, is more of a pretext for exploring plot threads in Hickman and co.'s mega X-story. But that isn't a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jul 22, 2020

    While this may not be essential, it is already one of the most engaging event tie-ins to be published in living memory"and it could set a new standard if the next three issues retain the momentum and approach found here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 25, 2020

    This is a quality tie-in. This is the sort of tie-in that makes the very concept of tie-ins worthwhile. We've got legit X-Men momentum, and fun ideas with the whole Empyre concept. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - acnbat Jul 22, 2020

    While the first half of this book is far better than the second, it's still well worth picking up. Whether you're in it for the X-men, Empyre, or both, it's worth your money for sure! And while it does get bogged down in its own wordiness, the good far outweighs the bad. Plus we do get some actual progression in the story as far the X-books. What has felt like being on a runaway train at times now feels like a more focused book. And I'm SO down for that! Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Sequential Planet - Brandon Carlisle Jul 27, 2020

    A light-hearted side-story giving some lesser-known mutants the spotlight with a fun adventure. Read Full Review

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