Empyre #1

Event\Storyline: Empyre Writer: Al Ewing, Dan Slott Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 15, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 50
7.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

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Featuring action-packed extras including a Cover Gallery, Script, Inked And Color Pages and more! The Kree and the Skrulls have united under a new emperor – and their war fleet is on a collision course for our world. On the moon, the Avengers are ready to strike with the full power of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Approaching from outer space, the Fantastic Four are seeking a diplomatic solution. If the two teams can’t work together to save the day, things can only get worse...

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Jul 17, 2020

    Bottom Line: Beautiful pencils, good old-fashioned ass kicking and a terrific twist ending…this book is off to a great start. This is crossover events done right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Ian Melton Jul 13, 2020

    The beginning of an Event Crossover, Empyre #1 should be judged for good characterization, enjoyable artwork, and that something actually happened. In addition the foreshadowing, the payoff of actual storytelling, character development, tie-in potential, great cliffhanger, there is so much here that one hopes issue #2 does not drop the ball. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - J.A. Fludd Jul 23, 2020

    All things considered, this is a pretty rousing start to the Empyre epic. I remember seeing stories of the Kree home planet as a place completely covered with technology, where nothing grows except machinerythe legacy of their ancient hatred and prejudice against the Cotati. Well, their botanical bigotry has come back to bite both them and the Skrulls this time, and it will be up to The Fantastic Four and The Avengerswhom both sides have long hatedto get them out of it. And it serves them right. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 14, 2020

    This is a book that creeps up on you with its very clever final page. As far as first issues in event comics go this will likely make many who didn't even know who the Skrull or Kree are want to keep reading. The opening salvo for Empyre reminds us superhero comics are fun, stakes are high, and clever ideas prevail.  Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 20, 2020

    It's a strong start, but asalways, the conclusion will decide the thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jul 15, 2020

    Empyre#1 reads like a summer blockbuster, which might be what we all need right now. Some of the characters aren't quite themselves, but that doesn't stop this from being an explosively fun read. Be sure to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Jul 15, 2020

    Empyre begins in solid, unspectacular fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jul 15, 2020

    When all is said and done Avengers/Fantastic Four Empyre #1 offers an explosive start to the Empyrestoryline proper. With the field now set it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. Hopefully it will be able to follow through on the highs of this book, while avoiding its narrative pitfalls. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Jul 16, 2020

    Empyre is looking to be a summer blockbuster that plays on the strengths of the Marvel Universe, weaving continuity seamlessly into this event series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 17, 2020

    I maintain that Al Ewing is the best writer currently working at Marvel and this issue reminds of why, as he and Slott craft a strong, engaging and best of all, SURPRISING issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 15, 2020

    I will say the plotting of this first issue somewhat reiterates the same beats of an Avengers-centric zero issue that was published a few weeks back, but it also gives you enough context through narration and dialogue to jump right into this issue without necessarily having to catch up on anything else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jul 15, 2020

    With both sides of this interstellar conflict upended, Empyre #1 starts off on a strong foot. We will have to wait and see if the event keeps those steady legs, but for now Empyre #1 is good and splashy fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jul 20, 2020

    "Empyre" #1 is an intriguing but methodical start to an important Marvel storyline. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Jul 15, 2020

    Empyre #1 kicks off with some solid storytelling work lavished on plot developments that rest on a foundation of profound stupidity. There's exciting action, but it's a hard comic to read if you don't like seeing smart characters do stupid things. There's still room for inventive, exciting developments in this event -- but cleverness is in short supply in this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Dusty Good Jul 15, 2020

    If issue #1 is any indication it's going to be a very long summer. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 15, 2020

    Empyre's lead up issues generally have been really solid setting up the situation and catching readers up. Empyre #1 though feels like a letdown in a very basic and silly plot and visuals that aren't up to snuff. Marvel's cosmic side of things have been getting exciting but Empyre #1 feels like it's a step back from all the gains that have been made in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 18, 2020

    Empyre starts off big and crazy and full of superhero space battles, but there's nothing meatier beyond the action. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Jul 14, 2020

    The Empyre Event kicks off with an issue that had me more confused at points then excited. The art was good (though too close-up at times), and there is a twist at the end that might have some excited, but I needed more to convince me this is a must-read. I would never bail after one issue, but this one is now on a very short leash. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Jul 19, 2020

    Empyre #1, which kicks off Marvel's new event, is a beautifully drawn disagreement between two geniuses -- Reed Richards and Tony Stark -- that struggles to make either seem worthy of that descriptor. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 17, 2020

    Empyre #1 was all noise and not much substance. Things definitely take place in this opening issue but none of it is as intriguing as it should be with a lot of poor character development. Add in the fact that Empyre #1 is not at all welcoming to new or casual Marvel readers and you have a start of a big event that just drops the ball. Empyre #1 is definitely only for hardcore Marvel fans who feel like they need to have a complete Avengers and Fantastic Four run. Hopefully the second issue makes vast improvements over what we got with Empyre #1. Read Full Review

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