Lords Of Empyre: Celestial Messiah #1

Event\Storyline: Empyre Writer: Alex Paknadel Artist: Alex Lins Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 5, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 15
7.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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The eve of Quoi's ascension is at hand! But when the trials are interrupted by an unexpected interloper-Mantis-who will win this battle of wills?
Don't miss out as mother and son go head-to-head, revealing secrets that will shape the course of the galaxy!
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Aug 10, 2020

    Sequoia is an interesting villain because the Celestial Messiah seems almost secondary to the Cotati people as a whole. Now in this issue, we get to the root of the character and his motivations. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Aug 5, 2020

    There was a lot more in Lords of Empyre: Celestial Messiah #1 than I expected. The confrontation between mother and son hit home extremely well. There is a lot of emotion in these pages. If you find yourself enjoying the larger Empyre storyline I would strongly recommend picking this book up. It gives a great background for one of its key players in a manner that hits home in an all too familiar way. After all, what person hasnt screamed at their parent from a few parsecs away? Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Aaron Anderson Aug 5, 2020

    This was the most enjoyable, needed, and the best-written issue of Empyre thus far for me. I feel a connection to the villains now and a deeper connection between Mantis and Quoi. The art served the story very well with detailed backgrounds and great panel to panel progression. The sad personal stories Mantis told her son I found heartwarming and heartbreaking. Especially the flashback scene to Quoi's childhood. I for one will be keeping my eye out for any comics written by Alex Paknadel he has some kind of Je ne sais Quoi about him I like. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 5, 2020

    Lords of Empyre: Celestial Messiah has the difficult task of humanizing Quoi while also reminding us he's the villain we're rooting against. There's just enough here to seed his redemption and make him much more complex than the main-line event could ever do. Read this for a full primer on the main villain of Empyre and to get a clearer sense of how deep Avengers history goes into the roots of this event. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Aug 10, 2020

    "Lords of Empyre: Celestial Messiah" #1 gives us more nuance and backstory out of an event one-shot than we usually receive, and the emotional weight works. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Aug 12, 2020

    Quoi, the Cotati Celestial Messiah, gets a chance to be more than just a villain in this one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Aug 5, 2020

    While not necessary to enjoy "Empyre," I think this is one of those comics that helps bridge the gap for longtime readers, or helps new readers understand where "Empyre" fits in the grander scheme of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Aug 5, 2020

    Despite the title of 'Celestial Messiah,' Quoi is still no more interesting than any other would-be despot " but to this creative team's credit, that's a problem hanging over 'Empyre' as a whole. Alex Paknadel, Alex Lins, and Matt Yackey make the most of what they've been given, but there's a sense of been-there, done-that to the story being told. Event comics are hard. Creating new, effective villains is hard. But unless you're really enjoying the Empyre event, this tie-in doesn't have much to offer. Read Full Review

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