The end of Empyre finally brought peace on earth and solidified the Kree/Skrull Empire. But what lies in wait next? Find out in Avengers Empyre Aftermath #1 by Marvel Comics!
AVENGERS EMPYRE AFTERMATH #1
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 9th, 2020
Previously in Empyre: The war is finally over! The Cotati and the Celestial Messiah are placed in a far off planet where they can live in peace and the rebellions in the Kree/Skrull empire have been stopped. Now it is a time to celebrate and find out what is going to happen next!
TIME TO CELEBRATE PEACE!
The issue starts out with Hulking questioning R’Kill and how she was able to impersonate Tanalth the Pursuer. When Galactus appeared in Tarnax IV, R’Kill had the option to save her daughter Anelle but decided to leave her and not risk her teleportation device screwing up. Hulking grits his teeth at how his birth mother died but continues to question on how and why she became Tanalth. According to R’Kill she was setting up her folklore of a grandchild to take the throne of a Kree/Skrull empire.
Meanwhile, we cut to a flashback of the wedding of Hulkling and Wiccan! Almost every superhero is here and people discuss their role in the Empyre event. But the wedding can’t be completely peaceful as Abigail Brand quits Alpha Flight after an explosive confrontation with Carol Danvers. According to Abigail, if Carol just contacted Alpha Flight they could have easily solved the problem of Cotati before anyone died.
Back to the present. Hulking punishes Super-Skrull and Captain Glory by sending them to diplomatic relations but Captain Glory refuses. He states that he will go to prison until he is needed as a weapon. The ending of the book shows a brief glimpse of the future and the future is rather… grim.
A PLEASENT ENDING
I really enjoyed seeing the wedding of Hulkling and Wiccan! It was really sweet to see the superheroes coming together and celebrating the victory through a sign of love. There is also a theme of parenthood going on through many of the main players in the Empyre event. Both with Mantis and the Swordsman for the Celestial Messiah and R’Kill killing her own daughter in Tarnax IV. There was also a side comment about Mar-Vell not being there to attend the wedding. I enjoyed the theme of a broken family being resolved by love with the wedding. Super interesting and I hope their marriage stays strong in future events.
BOTTOM LINE: GRIM TIDINGS THAT WE OVERCOME TOGETHER
I have enjoyed the Empyre event and this was a sweet ending to the story. I have been rooting for Hulking and Wiccan since I knew about their relationship and glad to see it finally come to marriage. While this issue was mostly resolution and didn’t have much to talk about, I think this is a good read regardless if you having been following the Empyre Event. 4 out of 5 stars for Avengers Empyre Aftermath #1 from me.
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Avengers Empyre Aftermath #1
Now that the Celestial Crusade has ended, we now get to see the resolution and what is going to happen next!