By Jonathan Hickman, Jorge Molina, Lucas Werneck, Nolan Woodard and Rachelle Rosenberg
This week we see the end of the X-Men tie in to Empyre. To say that this tie in, and the overall event has been underwhelming is an understatement. Generally with tie ins, nothing major happens and it’s just sort of a cash grab for the comic company. I won’t say this was a cash grab, but it is very skippable.
The great Jonathan Hickman writes this issue, and it definitely has his stamp on it. Horde Culture is back, and Hickman uses them well with all the characters on the mission, especially Beast. Hickman has used the Scarlet With as a catalyst for some of the things that happened in this event. He continues to use her as a character that seeks redemption, but screws that up as well. This issue doesn’t really offer anything new or exciting until Hickman writes the conversation between Explodey Boy and his dead self. This, in my opinion, saves the issue. The conversations is great and feels very honest. It also highlights that the resurrections have other consequences. You could potentially have 2 of the same characters walking around. As the issue ends, it’s all business as usual. Nothing is really that important, and skipping this series won’t hinder your reading of the X-books.
The pencils this issue are handled by Jorge Molina and Lucas Werneck with colors by Nolan Woodard and Rachelle Rosenberg. The art in this issue is very good. Werneck and Molina draw easy to see panels, that are inked smoothly. The panels with Dr. Strange and Wanda look amazing. The colors really pop out as well for these first few pages. The battle pages are also drawn well. There is a moment in this issue where you have to smile seeing Explodey Boy coming through the portal with a smile on his face. The colors work with the story for both pencils. The smoother color palette used in the beginning of the issue with the Scarlet Witch story are vibrant and just jump out at you. The colors used for the battle are a little grittier, but work since it is a war. Overall the art in this issue was top notch.
X-Men Empyre #4 was an ok issue, but easily skippable. Tie-ins rarely pay off, and this one at least had some interesting things going for it. Hickman is a master storyteller, and this has been the best issue of the series. The colors and pencils add some life to this story and really make it easy to read.