Empyre #5

Event\Storyline: Empyre Writer: Al Ewing, Dan Slott Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 12, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 32
7.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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• Love and war - in the midst of cosmic cataclysm!
•  One fan-favorite Marvel hero reveals their secret - as another faces the ultimate showdown with a monstrous foe!
•  Meanwhile, an outer-space jailbreak leads to a trial by combat you'll have to see to believe...
• ...but is it all too late to save Earth from two world-ending threats at once?

Rated T+

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - J.A. Fludd Aug 20, 2020

    Theres just one more issue of Empyre to go. After that, there will be a lot of one-shots and specials about the consequences of this epic for the Marvel Universe, including one that deals expressly with Reed Richards and The FF, and another celebrating the Wiccan/Hulkling marriage. For now, though, well have to wait until the beginning of September to see how Reed and Iron Man will rather literally pull us all out of the fire. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 11, 2020

    'Empyre' #5 is a great continuation of the story. Empyre has got it all: Love, high stakes, and densely rich heroic moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Aug 12, 2020

    Empyre #5 is solid, if a little bit too over-bloated. I don't hate Empyre as an event comic but it could do a lot better, as well. A lot of the stuff happening in the tie-in issues should be happening in the main series and the storytelling in the main series could be more connected and streamlined for a better flow. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Aug 11, 2020

    Empyre #5 won't blow you away, but Ewing's solid script continues the series' pattern of consistently rich storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Aug 20, 2020

    Empyre #5 follows on the heels of major reveals in the event's last issue and delivers a character-defining moment for the Thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 14, 2020

    Being a big crossover schmegegge there was no question in my mind that Empyre #5 was going to leave our heroes at a low point, but it delivers in terms of art and succeeds more often than not in the pacing/scripting department. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 12, 2020

    Empyre #5 is a bit of a letdown in that it brings the event down to the level that was expected. It's an issue that's about the over the top action in some ways betraying the more insightful previous issues. It is a lowest common denominator in some ways walking back what was an interesting event. Hopefully, as the event wraps up, we're treated to more of what was and not just more of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 12, 2020

    But there's a lesson to be remembered with Empyre #5 " when characterization comes first, the overarching threat feels that much more tense as a result. That's the whole point of hero-worship, which feels like superhero comics in a nutshell " we love these characters, we want to root for them to succeed against all odds. And by reminding us of the heart underneath all the cosmic fireworks, even if the event itself doesn't echo through eternity, Empyre #5 should be considered a much-needed win. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Aug 12, 2020

    Empyre as a whole is a mixed bag and, while it has interesting elements, such as Reed Richards slapping on Iron Man's armor, it is a crossover that ultimately falls far short of its promise. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Weird Science Jim Aug 11, 2020

    Empyre #5 is the penultimate issue to an event that should have been nothing more than an Avengers/Fantastic Four crossover. Al Ewing and Dan Slott have tried to convince readers otherwise, but their big talk can't hide their little story. We do get a nice bit here for fans of Hulkling and Wiccan, but it felt more like a plot device than something to celebrate, and while I did like Valerio Schiti's art, I can't recommend this to anyone.I am looking forward to the next issue, but only because it's the last one. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Aug 17, 2020

    I’m still generally enjoying reading this, even if it’s not giving us anything amazing.

  • 8.5
    YourGreenMuse Aug 13, 2020

    I liked this issue. I thought the wedding was nice. I thought everything with the Thing was written very well. I wasn't expecting the one death in the issue, although I have a feeling that will resolve itself. I'm interested in seeing where it leads. This definitely feels like an event built around its tie-ins. The whole Invasion of Wakanda, for instance, had its own miniseries. I feel like that's the biggest problem with the event is that now there are gaps that would've been filled by tie-ins that won't be now. I like the event for what it is though, and I do think it is overall well-written. The art continues to be great.

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  • 8.0
    ScorpioDarkArachnoid8 Sep 2, 2020

    We're close to the finale as things are heating up. The story is going smoothly and pretty well-paced. Excited at how it'll end. The Thing shined in this issue as well Black Panther. R.I.P. Chadwick, you'll be missed.

  • 6.5
    allenquanobi Aug 12, 2020

    Hmm I wasn't aware this series was only 6 issues long. And it still feels like theres a lot more story to go, so it will be crammed in the final issue. The twist was also very obvious after the last issues ending. It's starting to feel like a let down for me

  • 6.5
    Beyond_Batman Aug 12, 2020

    This whole event is just meh. It's not terrible, but this whole event and all of its tie ins could have been covered in about 3 issues. The Cotati could have been so much more interesting if they added more than Quoi and Swordsman(I dont get why he is referred to as swordsman, its a plant with his memories).
    Off topic but the fact that Marvel is going out of it's way to show that the Black Panther is in charge is starting to irk me. We get it, he's black and "in charge".I have never in my 20+ years of collecting and reading Avengera there being a leader as anything more than a figurehead. They make it seem like there is now a chain of command and he is in charge. The Avengers are a group of heroes banded together for the same cause an more

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  • 6.0
    Branden Aug 13, 2020

    Overall, I like the event. The art is fantastic. I like how well-written the tie-ins are. The weekly reading experience, however, is somewhat lacking. Large gaps of story are missing at times, resulting in my sometimes lack of understanding or lack of caring. I want to care and I want to feel suspense, but I'm often not there. Incoming, for example, just led me from one idea to the next, and Road to Empire was rather ho-hum... until I read Empyre #1 and Hulking, and then reread the issues. Then I cared and was interested. But little things keep getting in the way. This issue's twist is given away in issue #4, so there is little impact there. I would love to experience the pain and suffering a character went through so I could care more

  • 5.0
    Liem Duong Aug 12, 2020

    Okay. So another issue of nothing actually ramped up to combat the Cocati and the Kree-Skrull, and we are one issue to go. Man, I do not have hope this issue will finish off well. For such an intriguing situation, It feels like half of the Avengers are just standing around. There are some interesting things like the whole Hulking fiasco, but outside of that and BP, what the hell is even the point of showing half of the pages. They don't feel important, this event feels boring, the avengers still haven't done anything. Like, where the hell is Thor and whats going on with Tony/Reeds.

    Even with decent action and good art, this event literally is shoving all the actual battle in its final issue. And on top of average tie-ins, I feel more

  • 5.0
    Jacks Comics Aug 17, 2020

    Art 4/5
    Story 1/5

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    EdNothIng Aug 11, 2020

  • 10
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  • 10
    Leylin Aug 12, 2020

  • 10
    Batmanman Aug 12, 2020

  • 10
    Megatron Bob Aug 13, 2020

  • 9.5
    maelstron Aug 12, 2020

  • 9.0
    Prodigalson16 Aug 26, 2020

  • 9.0
    Halodystroyer44 Aug 31, 2020

  • 8.5
    wesshamu Aug 24, 2020

  • 8.0
    Bananaknight Aug 15, 2020

  • 8.0
    Grifter Sep 6, 2020

  • 7.5
    Magik Aug 12, 2020

  • 7.5
    Sriley57 Aug 13, 2020

  • 7.5
    Radar Aug 13, 2020

  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.5
    jmprados Sep 15, 2020

  • 6.0
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  • 6.0
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  • 6.0
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