With Star Wars ruling the pop culture landscape the interest in space opera’s has never been higher. The latest offering from Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen that trend looks to continue with the first issue of their new series Empress. Will this comic scratch the itch for new spaced based adventures?

Character design of the main character from Empress.

Character design of the main character from Empress.

You can see the European comic influence in these characters and their world.

You can see the European comic influence in these characters and their world.

Mark Millar has been on a tear lately with books like Jupiter’s Circle, Huck riding high on the comics sales charts his name and profile in creator owned comics has never been higher. Most of his offerings have come from Image Comics however this time he is releasing Empress through Icon, Marvel’s creator owned line of comics. Along for the ride with Millar is superstar artist Stuart Immonen, who is fresh off of an impressive run on the ongoing Star Wars series from Marvel Comics. So this seems as natural a fit as could be expected, you have a superstar artist coming off of one space opera and the writer who has an adaptation¬†of his more acclaimed event comics coming to the big screen in Captain America Civil War.

Empress tells a fairly straight forward tale of a wife and mother seeking to escape her marriage for the sake of her own safety and that of her children. Millar does a great job of introducing us to this case of characters and we get to know just enough about them to be intrigued. We can clearly see the main character’s motivations for leaving and are provided examples of why she should be wary and be determined to leave this situation. There is only one character whose motivations are in question but I am sure they will become clearer as the story progresses. Overall Millar’s writing is great in this issue as he tells a very, as stated earlier, straight forward tale.

Stuart Immonen is a premier artist and it shows her as he stretches his legs and flexes his muscles in some very cinematic and dynamic pages. From the appearance of a T-Rex to an explosion in space Immonen clearly establishes the look of this world while making it feel alive and lived in.

The colors by Ive Svorcina is fresh off of his stint on Secret Wars and provides dynamic colors that look painterly yet still retains an element of sheen usually only seen in animation. Wade Von Grawbadger’s inks are superb as they embelish and yet don’t over power Immonen’s pencils.Peter Doherty’s letters provide the right amount of contrast and pop that each scene needs.

We are along for the ride in this new galaxy and cannot wait to see how it all turns out.