Marvel Comics dropped an alien propaganda poster depicting a sinister version of the Fantastic Four, in much the same vein as another poster targeting the Avengers for war crimes. The image teases the upcoming universe-wide crossover miniseries Empyre, which will serve as a direct followup to Incoming!, a one-shot released last December.
A throwback to classic 20th century propaganda posters with an extraterrestrial twist, the teaser was drawn by Jim Cheung, who will provide covers for Empyre. The miniseries hails from writers Al Ewing and Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti.
Empyre will follow up on the conclusion of Incoming!, which saw Theodore “Teddy” Altman, a.k.a. the Hulkling, choose to embrace his mixed heritage as the son of a Skrull mother and a Kree father. He ultimately accepted his role as the leader of the Skrull-Kree Alliance as Emperor Dorrek VIII. Incoming! also saw Teddy and the Skrull-Kree Alliance preparing for a “final war” with Earth.
“This really sets the course of what you’ll see in the Marvel Universe in the years to come,” Marvel Comics editor-in chief C.B. Cebulski said regarding the events of Incoming! The one-shot has led into X-Men/Fantastic Four, Iron Man 2020 and Outlawed. There will also be a one-shot exploring Teddy’s role and motivations in the upcoming conflict in Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulking.
According to Marvel previews, Empyre #1 sees a Skrull-Kree Alliance war fleet on a collision course with Earth. Stationed on the Blue Area of the moon, the Avengers are ready for a fight. However, the Fantastic Four is acting at cross-purposes with the Avengers, working instead to find a compromise.
Empyre #1 goes on sale April 15 from Marvel Comics.
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