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Gorilla Comics (Image Comics)|
Thrillbent (IDW Publishing)
May and September 2000
September 2003 – February 2004
|No. of issues||6 (plus issue #0)|
|Written by||Mark Waid|
|Inker(s)||James Dean Pascoe|
Empire is an American comic book limited series created by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. It has been published by Gorilla Comics (an Image Comics imprint), DC Comics, and a partnership between Thrillbent and IDW Publishing.
The protagonist of the series is a Doctor Doom-like supervillain named Golgoth who has defeated all superheroes and conquered the world, but must now contend with internal power struggles.
The series was originally published in 2000 by Gorilla Comics, a company formed by Mark Waid, Kurt Busiek and several others, but the company folded after only two issues were produced. Empire was finished at DC Comics in 2003–2004, although it remains in its own fictional universe and is not part of the DC Universe. The already published two comic books were collected in a #0 and then the rest of the story was told over six issues.
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- Golgoth – the Emperor of the world. He is human and at the beginning of the series it is revealed that his wife is dead but his daughter is still alive. He is ruthless and ensures the loyalty of his Ministers through the use of a highly addictive booster drug called Eucharist. His powers seemingly come from his armour; he is never in the series seen without his mask. His powers include hand blasts and teleportation, a technology that greatly helped him in his fight against the world.
- Delfi – Golgoth's daughter resides in the Empire's citadel and is treated by the Emperor and its people as a secluded princess. Golgoth keeps his business and ruthlessness secret from her and she seemingly knows nothing about his real actions. She spends the majority of her day studying or reading books that are recommended to her by the Emperor. However, the girl reveals herself to be not as innocent as first suspected as the series progresses.
- Xanna – Minister of Execution. She is the Emperor's chief assassin but she is bored with her position because the Emperor has killed most of his enemies and instead chooses to ponder the origins of the Eucharist drug.
- Tumbril – Minister of Discipline. The Emperor's chief Torturer who uses all manners of acquiring information from the enemies of the Empire.
- Lohkyn – The newly appointed Minister of Espionage and is the character whose point of view the reader sees through much of the series. He develops a secret sexual relationship with Delfi.
- Lucullan – The Minister of War. He is known for frequently fumbling his words. He first met Golgoth in Australia 10 years prior to the events of issue 0.
- Kafra – Head of the Ministry of Information. Kafra has been modified and bound to his workstation for the purpose of co-ordinating and editing the news of the world to best represent the intentions and goals of the Empire.
- Sebirus – the Emperor's Domestic Advisor and an old friend of the Emperor. He knew the Emperor's wife before she died, and is close to Delfi. Due to his friendship and loyalty to the Emperor, he believes that he is the only indispensable member of the cabinet.
- Endymion – A superhero and Golgoth's greatest opponent. He was reportedly slain by Golgoth some time before the beginning of the story.
- Waid's Thrillbent Launches an App; Revives "Empire"
- Empire trade details at DC Comics.com
- Empire vol. 1. (2015 reprint) trade details at IDW Publishing.com
- 2004 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Comic Book Awards Almanac