As we suspected yesterday, Marvel‘s Empyre event is getting more tie-in titles. The titles announced today seem to focus on what led up to the event. The first two titles involve the main Earth groups involved in Empyre: Avengers and Fantastic Four.
Perhaps you thought, that Empyre: Avengers #1 would be the only Avengers tie-in title in the event. You would be wrong! Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will also be getting another one-shot titled Empyre: Avengers #0. Al Ewing will write this one-shot, with art duties being handled by Pepe Larraz. In this comic:
… old allies have returned and the Avengers are called to the new Green Area of the Moon to help face a terrible enemy…
The companion Fantastic Four story is unsurprisingly titled Empyre: Fantastic Four #0. Dan Slott will be writing this title, with R.B. Silva doing the art. In this one-shot, the Fantastic Four:
… will witness the final conflict of the Kree/Skrull War and meet a long hidden Elder of the Universe…the mysterious Profiteer!
The pair of titles will work together and lead in to the Empyre event. These titles are scheduled to land before the Empyre event starts, in April. To emphasize that these two issues lay the groundwork for the event, the two Cheung covers form one image:
The other one-shot announced today focuses in on the other side of the conflict. Once a Young Avengers, Dorrek VIII aka. Hulkling, is now the leader of a united Kree/Skrull force bent on invading Earth. How did this come to be? That is the story this title intends to tell:
LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING #1
CHIP ZDARSKY & ANTHONY OLIVEIRA • MANUEL GARCIA (A) • COVER BY PAT GLEASON
The child of the Kree hero Mar-Vell and Skrull Princess Anelle, Dorrek VIII — known on Earth as “Teddy” — has spent years evading the clutches of both bloodthirsty empires. But now fate has caught up to him. The Kree and Skrull worlds are aligned — and only a man born of both can lead them. But what has led Hulkling to abandon Earth and the Avengers he’s fought beside? And what will become of his fiancé, the hero Wiccan? Star writers Chip Zdarsky and Anthony Oliveira team up with artist Manual Garcia for a can’t-miss one-shot!
Next up is the newest X-title to launch since the Hickman reboot. This time it’s Children of the Atom. This ongoing series will launch in April and be written by Vita Ayala, with art by Bernard Chang. This new team will be inspired by the X-Men, but Marvel assures us that their adventures will be “far different” than your typical X-book. Here’s the pitch for Children of the Atom by Ayala:
“… what would actual kids from our current time be like if they were X-Men sidekicks? What would Gen Z X-Men be like?'”
Ayala goes on to describe the mystery cast:
“What makes the new cast special to me is that they are reflective of a lot of people I know who look up to what the X-Men stand for, and have taken it upon themselves to further those ideals. These kids are exactly the kids who, in real life, have posters of Storm and Wolverine in their rooms, who grew up seeing them as heroes and want to live up to that.”
Finally (for today) there is word of a Werewolf By Night title coming up. This news was revealed on an episode of the This Week in Marvel podcast. The new Werewolf By Night title will be co-written by Taboo (of Black Eyed Peas fame) and Ben Jackendoff. None of the rest of the creative team was announced. Newsarama suspects the title will be a part of Marvel’s April solicitations. Could this be in preparation of the character rumored to be appearing in the Disney+ Moon Knight live-action series?
Yes there will be a Werewolf By Night title in April. Here is the solicitation text and cover:
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 (of 4)
TABOO & BENJAMIN JACKENDOFF • SCOT EATON (A)
COVER BY Mike McKone
THE HOUR OF THE WOLF!
A new Werewolf by Night is prowling the Southwest, but all is not as it seems! A young man, a family curse, and an unholy experiment prove a dangerous combination for a small town in Arizona. All young Jake wants is to protect his people, but who will protect him from the monster within? Taboo of the BLACK EYED PEAS and Benjamin Jackendoff team up with Scot Eaton to tell an epic tale of righteous fury and incredible transformation in the Mighty Marvel Manner that is not to be missed!