Empyre: The Avengers #1 Review

Written by: Jim Zub

Art by: Carlos Magno

Colors by: Espen Grundetjern

Letters by: VC’s Cory Petit

Release Date: 7/22/2020

Price: 3.99

The Kree & Skrulls have united to defeat a common enemy, the Cotati. As they wage war on planet Earth, it is apparent that casualties of war, human or otherwise, are non-important to the Kree or Skrull. Thus Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are here, to do less than nothing in what Marvel is calling their Phase One of this ridiculously long event.

Unfortunately, that’s all there is to this issue. Jim Zub separated the Avengers into sub-teams to contain the fights, as well as save civilians if need be. Nothing progresses the story until the final cliffhanger, no other threads are made to move character plots. There was a single moment Zub decided to waste two panels on Captain America and Black Knight saying hi to each other during the debriefing Black Panther was giving the team. It was obvious it was just there to remind readers Black Knight had a one point teamed up with Punisher after the War of the Realms via an editors note. And in the end the cliffhanger shows a possible betrayal of Ka-Zar, by (spoilers).

This story was flat and added nothing to the bigger picture of the war between the Kree/Skrull and the Cotati. The art on the other hand was great, other than some weird facial expressions, everyone looked great, with so many things happening in each panel Carlos Magno did not skip a detail in background, in expression, or in action. Espen Grundetjern’s color pallet and shading worked perfectly with the detail of each character and environment.

Final Thoughts: The writing wasn’t bad, well Cap’s opening speech reminded me of the ending of every Captain Planet episode, but overall Jim Zub had to work with what he was given. A three issue arc in the midst of thirty plus tie-ins means there’s going to be plenty of other writers that are going to be playing in the sandbox. But that many books and writers in one event, it blurs the line of which books are important.

5.0/10

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