Comic Book Review: Empyre (2020)

Details: This miniseries is currently complete. More information can be found at https://www.marvel.com/comics/series/29281/empyre_2020

Score: 5.8/10

Empyre is Marvel’s big summer crossover event. It mostly falls flat. It does little to affect the other Marvel titles and offers little developments within the story.

Two alien civilizations, the Kree and the Skrulls, have united and seek to destroy another alien civilization, the Cotati. The Avengers and the Fantastic Four get involved and the Earth gets put in danger.

This really wasn’t great. In these big summer crossovers, they usually have some big change that affects the entire Marvel universe. There’s nothing like that here. The tie ins are also mostly self contained. That just detracts from the whole event.

The plot itself is also kind of dumb. There’s some big sneaky plot and a true enemy hidden somewhere… but the plot developments were so uninteresting that I didn’t really care.

I suppose if you are a long time comic book fan and are familiar with the first Kree Skrull War event, then you might feel some nostalgia here. However, new comic books fans won’t know and won’t care about the Kree or the Skrulls all that much.

The art is fine. I just wish there better action scenes. The artist here doesn’t rise to the level of Coipel or someone who can draw big splash pages of action well.

Overall, this was a lackluster event. I don’t recommend any one read this and it will have little to no effect on the other Marvel books that are currently in print.

TV Show Review: Crisis on Earth-X

Details: Aired in 2017. This is a four-part crossover, television show special comprised of episode 8 of season 3 of Supergirl, episode 8 of season 6 of Arrow, episode 8 of season 4 of The Flash, and episode 8 of season 3 of Legends of Tomorrow, in that order. Each episode is about an hour-long and aired on the CW.

Ever since the CW started airing more than one DC Comics superhero show, they began to air an annual crossover episode where the heroes on all their respective superhero shows team up in a self-contained story arc and fight a common enemy. This means more special effects, more action, and more funny/strange moments between characters who would normally never interact with one another.

The crossover miniseries this year is the largest to date as it combines the cast of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. You’d think it wouldn’t work, but despite some cringe-y moments, it mostly does. If you are at all a fan of the CW’s superhero shows, this is the television event you should watch.

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