Marvel Comics Confirms, In Two Ways, To Padding Events Like Empyre With Unnecessary Tie-In’s?! (Sans Spoilers)
First Way – Marvel cancelled 15 planned tie-in issues for Empyre. This is a clear admission that they were not essential to the main Empyre tale. I understand the reason for not proceeding is the pandemic, but the decision on which Empyre books to cancel includes relevance to main plot.
Some tie-ins are proceeding and seem essential like the Lords of Empyre one-shots focussing on Emperor Hulkling, Celestial Messiah and the Swordsman respectively.
Second Way – Empyre co-writer Al Ewing had this to say recently (emphasis added):
“Their story [Empyre: X-Men] certainly doesn’t contradict any of the things going on in EMPYRE, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun, especially for X-readers. We do refer to it in the main book – but more as a pointer in that direction if people want to check out how Marvel’s merry mutants are weathering the crisis. I think people who like their X-books self-contained will still get a kick out of this tie-in. It’s a wild ride!”
Empyre #4 (of 6) is in stores this week.
What say you?
Tags: Avengers, Celestial Messiah, Dawn of X, Empyre, Fantastic Four, Hulkling, Marvel, Swordsman, X-Men