Monday, September 26, 2016

Empress #6 Review

Dane Is Just Doing Dane Things

Written by: Mark Millar
Art by: Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Ive Svorcina and Peter Doherty
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Empress has been an epic thrill ride every issue so far, and I was expecting nothing less this time around. It’s been non-stop action with just enough character development to make you care about them. Let’s hope this issue turned out to be just as fun as the other ones.

If you like a book that picks up exactly where the last one left off, you’re in for a treat. Right from page one, we see what’s going to happen to Aine and the other kids. The controls to the ship and the sprinklers are all destroyed, and the kids don’t know what to do. It looks like the end for the kids, and I was honestly scared that Millar might do it.

Just in time, Emporia shows up with Ship and beams them out of danger. The group finally gets a little break from the constant peril as they beam around and eventually land on Euphoria, the home of Emporia’s long-lost sister. The entire planet is made out of precious gems, and it’s called Euphoria, so you just know this place is going to get messed up.

They get to Valeria’s house and Dane takes down 28 high-tech robot guards like it’s nothing. Valeria welcomes them in and accepts her sister and the kids with open arms. The group seems to be pretty relaxed staying there, and Emporia even invites Dane in for a little hanky panky. It’s all going well, but Aine sees them kiss and takes off into the city.

Before we see where she’s going, we see that the real Valeria and Lars are actually staying at a Quez resort and aren’t in their actual bodies. Meanwhile, Aine is clearly upset about the lies her mother told her about nothing happening with her and Dane, so she calls the Madame Secretary and tells her to send her dad to Euphoria. He receives the call and prepares to go find them. The issue ends with a very ominous “To be concluded,” and I can’t wait to read it.

Stuart Immomen put together yet another beautiful issue that works perfectly with the epic story Millar has put together. I’m a little suspicious when things are given movies before they even come out, but it’s safe to say that this book deserves it. Millar deserves all of the praise he’s gotten for this book and I can only hope it looks as good on the big screen as it does on the page.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue slows down a little bit from the last one with not as much action going on, but we get some awesome progression of the story. The book looks fantastic and is set up for a kick ass ending.


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