Lords Of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1

Event\Storyline: Empyre Writer: Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira Artist: Manuel Garcia Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 22, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 19
7.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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The child of the Kree hero Mar-Vell and Skrull Princess Anelle, Dorrek VIII - known on Earth as "Teddy" - has spent years evading the clutches of both bloodthirsty empires. But now fate has caught up to him. The Kree and Skrull worlds are aligned - and only a man born of both can lead them. But what has led Hulkling to abandon Earth and the Avengers he's fought beside? And what will become of his fiancé, the hero Wiccan? Star writers Chip Zdarsky and Anthony Oliveira team up with artist Manual Garcia for a can't-miss one-shot!
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  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 21, 2020

    This book goes a long way in showing how much Teddy has to give up while this war rages on. The main event hasn't done enough to show this, which makes this book a must-read if you're at all invested in the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jul 22, 2020

    Few tie-ins these days are as satisfying as Emperor Hulking, and if you pick one tie-in to buy, this one is definitely the one to grab. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jul 22, 2020

    When all is said and done Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1 gives an emotional look at the man who is made to be an emperor. It delivers both good background as well as moments that endear it's lead to the reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Rogues Portal - Nico Sprezzatura Jul 22, 2020

    Emperor Hulkling also feels like a revelation in how unabashedly queer it is, despite being a crucial part of the company's latest crossover event. Marvel is often criticized for being reticent to embrace its LGBTQ characters, so it feels pretty momentous when a crucial fight scene takes place at a drag show attended by four queer-identifying superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Aaron Anderson Jul 22, 2020

    It's a competent story with quality art but honestly it would have been better if it came out before Empyer#1. It would not have made it more exciting or entertaining but it might have had a chance to generate some emotion from just its placement in the overall event. I applaud the effort but frown at the outcome. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 28, 2020

    Zdarsky, Oliveira, and Garcia went into Lords of Empyre: Hulkling with a lot of goodwill involving their titular character, and for the most part, they're able to pull out a win despite some missteps. Unfortunately, a book like Lords of Empyre: Hulkling feels like an exoneration of a fan-favorite character like Hulkling just as much as an indictment of a continuity-heavy storyline like Empyre " the actual factions at war here don't evoke a lot of emotional connection for readers, and even longstanding affection for characters like Hulkling might not make it out of this event unscathed. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Spacey Medicine Jul 29, 2020

    This was very boring, with some nice moments sprinkled throughout. And felt a little “how do you do, fellow gay kids?” at times. Why would aliens who hate Earth know what a twink is??

  • 10
    Batmanman Jul 24, 2020

    Masterpiece. Best character

  • 8.5
    Branden Jul 22, 2020

    I had no desire to read this book, but I'm really glad I did. This is the perfect Incoming accompanyment and deserves to be read by anyone following the series. I'm usually not a fan of tie-ins, but this one really worked for me.

  • 8.5
    TheHyruleElf Jul 22, 2020

    This was a pleasant surprise, as I did not have high hopes for this. I love Hulkling, but I hated the idea of him being a space dictator. Nevertheless, this issue gets you up to speed on what Teddy's been doing, his connection to the new Alliance and, best of all, his relationship with Billy and how that changes. Billy and Teddy's relationship is so pure, and I almost wish we could see more, but I'm sure we'll get some answers soon. I had no idea who this Oliveira guy was but he and Chip delivered a solid story that I look forward to rereading soon.

  • 7.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 24, 2020

    This is a very gay issue. I think it possibly falls into that trap where, in the attempt to write LGBT characters, it begins to feel like pandering. Like, we all know what a twink is, Chip (Twunk is a bit more obscure). But despite some of the dialogue being a bit much because of the trap writers tend to fall into, there were plenty of sweet moments that did feel genuine, so I'm not going to be too harsh about it. The story itself is fine, if a bit dry. This issue was very wordy, which didn't help either. The art didn't really blow me away, but it did its job. This issue is fine. I want and expect more from Chip Zdarsky when he's writing, one of the best ongoings out right now, Daredevil. If you're a Hulkling fan or a big Teddy/Billy shippe more

  • 5.0
    Liem Duong Jul 22, 2020

    The story itself was okay. But this issue was extremely verbose, I had to skip pages of because it was a wall of words. This is a good issue for anybody who wants to know more about Hulking for Empyre, and how he became the emperor for the Kree/Skrull Alliance. The art was fine, not my favorite, the coloring was good, but there is so much writing. We get to see Wiccan which was cool, and there were some real touching personal moments and a good beginning with decent action, but the flow of this book is significantly trampled by the sheer amount of speech bubbles. Seriously, editors of Marvel have to reread this to trimm it down. I took me 15-20 minutes just to read this.

  • 3.5
    Nightmare of Solomon Jul 22, 2020

    A decent story ruined by terrible dialogue.

  • 1.0
    Jokerman Jul 22, 2020

    Nobody cares about this trash character

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