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The Avenger

Location: New Jersey
Member Since: Thu Dec 02, 2021
Subj: Empyre TPB
Posted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 at 11:37:19 am EST (Viewed 53 times)

I recently finished reading this. I liked it a lot. I would even say it compares favorably with Annihilation.

Marvel AB ("After Bendis") has been firing on all cylinders, it seems, as long as we exclude Jason Aaron's books. It's not that I suddenly want to read every non-Aaron comic Marvel publishes. Far from it. But that just means I'm not interested in particular story lines. It doesn't mean I hate particular books with a passion, as I did in the Bendis era. The exceptions, as noted, are the Jason Aaron books.

Empyre is a strong FF story, a strong Avengers story, and a strong cosmic story. Here are the components I liked most:

- The Cotati were an interesting antagonist

- The Celestial Messiah, veggie-Swordsman, and Mantis were a tragically dysfunctional family writ large. I hope to see more of Mantis, even though her comic book incarnation is markedly different from her MCU one, which usually is the kiss of death as far as Marvel letting a character appear in print. Her story has been evolving since her first appearance in June 1973, nearly fifty years ago. I was twelve when she first appeared. I still remember those stories. Steve Englehart was very much into martial arts back then. Six months later he created Shang Chi.

- Hulkling as the Emperor of Space. Also his grandmother, who was quite the chiller, and isn't dead.

- Wiccan's role in the story, and the brief appearances of the other Young Avengers.

- Hulkling and Wiccan got married not once but twice! Superhero weddings are always awesome.

- Super Skrull and Captain Glory. I love these characters and want to see them again very soon. I would buy a Super Skrull comic, even with the diplomacy premise Hulkling has imposed, as anyone who watches Star Trek knows how quickly a diplomatic mission can turn violent or otherwise dangerous. I would also buy a Captain Glory comic. He represents an excellent anti-hero premise: heroic by his own principles, which happen to be ruthlessly militaristic, tyrannically statist, and anti-Earth.

- Swords! We got Hulkling's Sword of Space, T'Challa's Star-Sword, and veggie-Swordsman. My one regret is that we didn't get Dane Whitman and the Ebony Blade.

- Carol as the temporary Accuser and then her sister Lauri-Ell as the new permanent one.

- The Profiteer

- Jo-Venn and N'Kalla, the two warrior kids (Kree boy, Skrull girl respectively) who were rescued from the Profiteer by the Fantastic Four. Hulkling's decision to give them to Ben and Alicia to raise is awesome. I hope they will now be permanent additions to the FF mythos. It's tempting me to start buying that comic.

- Tony and Reed being Tony and Reed. Ben and Johnny being Ben and Johnny. Valeria and Franklin being Valeria and Franklin.

- Agent Abigail Brand's brief appearance and the portents of her role in a future epic.

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