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A mixture of political intrigue and action-adventure, the groundbreaking Empire explores the concept of world domination from the unique perspective of the conquering dictator. Ten years after beginning a campaign of global conquest, the villainous Golgoth sits as the unopposed ruler of the world. But now that the masked monarch has realized his totalitarian dream of ruling the planet, he must contend with the incomprehensible nightmare of lording over a global empire. Under an eternal onslaught of alien invasions, traitorous plots and rebellious uprisings, the evil despot must find a way to maintain control or watch as his kingdom is destroyed.
Publisher: New York, NY : DC Comics, c2004
ISBN: 1401202128 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 WAI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Pascoe, James
Kitson, Barry


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Strange Jul 14, 2012

This is what happens when the supervillain wins. Empire is a dark, but very well executed look at what might really occur if no superheroes were left to stop a supervillain from taking over the world. There is more political intrigue and less comic book action than in an average story, but both are present in exactly the amounts required for this one. The artwork in the book is great; the varied backgrounds make the world and the scope of the story believable and real. The character designs are original and interesting. The premise is interesting, and the plot, art, and writing make the story both dramatic and disturbing. The tone can be overwhelmingly dark at points, but the emotional strength of the characters carries it past those points. The villain main character is also a tragic hero to a degree, and gives Empire far more emotional depth than its premise might suggest. It is well worth a read.


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