We are one week away from the first issue of Marvel’s Empyre event. To build up to the release of the event, Marvel has released two prelude issues, the second of which focuses on the Fantastic Four.
Written by Dan Slott with art by R.B. Silva and Sean Izaakse, Empyre #0: Fantastic Four follows Marvel’s first family who are stranded in space. Luckily, they are picked up by a cargo ship who tells them about Casino Cosmico. They head there hoping to enter the Thing into a few fights to win them transport back to Earth. Upon arriving at Casino Cosmico, the family learns that the Kree-Skrull War has ended. Upon discovering that the casino is attempting to recapture the prominence of the war, Mr. Fantastic investigates it.
The art showcases the colorfulness of the crazy locations and creatures of the Marvel universe. This is exemplified most in the explosive and constantly changing arena within the Casino Cosmico. The variety of beautiful colors from Marte Gracia and Marcio Menyz give the pages life. They compliment Silva and Izaakse’s art perfectly.
Slott has written Fantastic Four for almost two years now and has managed to craft many fun adventures with the group. Empyre #0: Fantastic Four is no exception, giving us some great moments between each member of the team. This issue provides readers with insight into the state of the universe going into Empyre.
The sub plot with Valerie and Franklin Richards gambling at the casino seems silly at first, but the way Slott wove it into the main plot was great. Before the collision at the end, the kids’ story took away from those of the other members. The Thing and Human Torch fighting in the arena and Mr. Fantastic’s confrontation with the Profiteer were more interesting.
Overall, this last prelude issue provides some fun space action, a staple of Fantastic Four adventures. It was entertaining and the exposition never felt overloaded. The ending of the issue lays down some serious developments that will be incredibly important going into Empyre. While you do not need to read this comic before Marvel’s next event hits the shelves next week, I would still recommend doing so anyways. I am excited to see what adventures await for the team in the pages of Empyre.