Empire: Uprising #1

8 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Flawless Return to Empire.

No new tools were brought to this series.

Empire: Uprising #1

Written by: Mark Waid & Barry Kitson
Art by: Barry Kitson
Published by: IDW


I hadn’t read Empire since it came out, and frankly I thought Mark Waid got his dark side out when he wrote Irredeemable for BOOM!Studios. When Empire originally came out I was shocked at how dark it was, and how the guy who wrote epic runs on The Flash, JLA and wrote Kingdom Come had this sinister side.

Empire: Uprising picks right up, and thankfully, Waid delivers exposition through a classroom to get new readers up to speed, or dust off memories for those of us who read the first series a decade ago. A complete day of silence is proclaimed in memory of the Emperor’s fallen daughter. A rebel group attempts an assassination, and we see a crack in his impenetrable armor.

The art in Empire: Uprising  is exactly as it was in the first book, which was both comforting, but also a bit disappointing. There has been a decade of progress artistically, but the artwork still reflects the style of the time, which was heavy inking lines and a ton of black. Beyond a lack of innovative progress, the book looked damn good, and will easily blend in with the back issues of the original Empire Series in my long box.



Author: Peter Schmeiser View all posts by
Peter fancies himself a comic book critic since he is one of the last comic book readers in southwest Florida. When he isn't reading and writing reviews for movies, TV and comic books, he’s binge-watching shows, marathoning movies, podcasting, and performing classical music.

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