The latest crossover from the house Akira Yoshida built grapples with issues of genocide and distraction in equal measures, using only two brief action pieces to punctuate its pontifications. Unfortunately, these deep ideas come with a cost that may not be worth paying. There are two noteworthy things that happen in Empyre #4. The second one, which happens on the last page, is an emotional beat that informs the decisions of the newly minted ruler of two pan-galactic civilizations. That's an interesting character moment that seems to add pathos to some moments that have occurred, as well as giving a little light for a disenfranchised community, so that's worth noting.
EMPYRE #4 (of 6)
AL EWING & DAN SLOTT (W) • VALERIO SCHITI (A)
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER…
• Tensions mount as the action heats up!
• As the attack on Wakanda intensifies, the heroes find themselves under attack from their enemies — and their allies!
• In a war where nobody can be fully trusted, betrayal cuts deep — as the alien invasion claims its first casualty!
• In this issue: The shock ending you never expected! You'll want to frame it for your wall, True Believer!