Empyre #4 Delivers Love, Betrayal + Death

A few weeks ago, I took Twitter off of my phone and iPad. The negativity on there was just too much for me, especially when I’d wake up in the middle of the night and doomscroll through hot takes, politics, what have you. Not having instant access to Twitter was a great move, personally. I still go on for Biff Bam Pop! and day job purposes, but I find my brain is a lot more at east these days.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t totally avoided any negativity.  I don’t recall the exact date that I saw someone in my feed coming down on Marvel’s current Empyre storyline, but I remember a comment about it being a terrible crossover, possibly Marvel’s worst. Now, while everybody’s entitled to their opinions, Twitter exhausts me because everybody also seems to want to share theirs. Plus, this opinion was just plain wrong!

Yeah, yeah, I kid, mostly. People can think what they want, of course, but I really have been enjoying Empyre and the majority of its tie-ins. This latest issue, #4, was especially grand for myriad reasons.

Spoilers ahead!

image003 (5).jpgEmpyre #4
Writers: Dan Slott & Al Ewing
Artist: Valerio Schiti

This issue made a lot of headlines for the revelation at the end of the issue that Wiccan and Hulkling had married prior to Hulking leaving to lead the Kree/Skrull Alliance as their new Emperor. The duo has been the most recognized same-sex couple in mainstream comics, and their union was not only a long-time coming but will also be significant to storylines going forward. While there are other gay relationships throughout mainstream and indie comics, it feels significant that Wiccan and Hulkling have been able to do what so many have fought for over the years and get married.

That wasn’t the only significant event in Empyre #4 – there was a significant betrayal by someone who appears to be Hulkling against the Earth and the combined forces and of the Avengers and Fantastic Four. We also learn that She-Hulk had been previously killed and replaced by a villainous Cotati agent. These significant plot points may have been overshadowed by the new married couple, by they’re definitely important to the ongoing narrative.

Ultimately, no matter what some Twitter naysayers are spouting off about, I’m enjoying the main Empyre storyline very much, and I think that goes to the strong plotting of Dan Slott and Al Ewing. The villains and their motivations are clear; we’ve got some twists and turns that have been surprising, and there are storyline developments that will likely matter even after the event comes to its conclusion.

What more could you want?


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