Empyre #4

Event\Storyline: Empyre Writer: Al Ewing, Dan Slott Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 5, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 41
7.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

•  Tensions mount as the action heats up!
•  As the attack on Wakanda intensifies, the heroes find themselves under attack from their enemies - and their allies!
•  In a war where nobody can be fully trusted, betrayal cuts deep - as the alien invasion claims its first casualty!
•  In this issue: The shock ending you never expected! You'll want to frame it for your wall, True Believer!

Rated T+

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - J.A. Fludd Aug 11, 2020

    Now that Wiccan has exposed the Skrulls chicanery, where is Hulkling, and can his husband find him and save him? How can She-Hulk be saved? Will Earth be overgrown with Cotatis, or will the Skrulls and Kree reduce our poor planet to ashes? These questions and many others will be answered in the next issue of Empyre! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 5, 2020

    I continue to like this event thanks to its spot-on pace and great art that seems to find a way to dazzle on every single page. The grand scheme of this event ties to so many heroes, and so much Avengers history, that it's hard to not see its importance. Plus, it comes out weekly with very little wait time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Aug 5, 2020

    Empyre #4 and Empyre itself seems to be turning out to be a great Event Comic book. This is the first actual review I have done for the main series (I reviewed the Savage Avengers tie-in last week). I know I keep saying "event comic book" like it is something "lesser". Just calling it what it is. It is Marvel's big summer blockbuster in the comic book world. Nothing wrong with that. I am not going to tell you it's the greatest comic I ever read, but I am also having a ton of fun reading it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Aug 6, 2020

    This issue is well done, with strong character moments, solid twists and a logical path. It is unfortunate that it leaves us in a much more traditional place, with two arch villainous groups unwilling to bend to see the value of humanity. It will be interesting to see if the Cotati can discover some empathy by the end of the crossover or if they will remain in place as the vegan villains of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Aug 7, 2020

    Although this wasn't quite as "jump right in" accessible as those before it, the dynamics between the characters, the reveals, and the general fun I'm having with this book are still a decent tradeoff. A solid book still absolutely worth the coin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 5, 2020

    Empyre #4 continues to improve the series which has decided to shift the big visuals to other series and instead, so far, focus more on the individual impacts of war and the difficult decisions that have to be made. There's been twists and turns as things have become more complicated. What began as a stereotypical eye-roll of an event has evolved into something far more deep. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 10, 2020

    Things slow down a little bit, but the drama is still working, and the mystery of who's and what's deepens. And what about She-Hulk? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Aug 5, 2020

    If you have been reading Empyre, you know what to expect. A bunch of characters standing around talking and a couple of twists that most people saw coming. Valerio Schiti's art is superb, but Dan Slott and Al Ewing's story has not hit must-read levels yet, and with two issues left, I doubt it will. Still, there are worse books out there, but I was hoping for something better overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Aug 11, 2020

    A few surprising twists make this the best issue so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Aug 6, 2020

    The end of the world should elicit much more emotion, but here only a personal tragedy manages to elicit emotion: sadness. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 5, 2020

    We're two-thirds of the way through Empyre, and I'll be honest - I'm not sure how this event sticks the landing at this point. While I'm a huge fan of Hulkling and the Young Avengers, there's been a fundamental disconnect with this series from the jump, making the Avengers and the Fantastic Four feel a little superfluous, almost acting as punching bags rather than organically driving the narrative. Unfortunately, I have the feeling that there was hope that the two big developments this issue might get people invested in the series as a whole, but anyone with even passing familiarity with the characters' recent history will likely only see this as a blip on the radar. I can only hope Ewing and Slott make me eat my words in the next two issues, as both are superlative creators in their own right - but given how much narrative real estate has been burned, it will take a lot to make Empyre succeed this late in the game. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Aug 5, 2020

    With two issues left, I'm crossing my fingers that the mini-series can still turn itself around before the end. Read Full Review

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