Secret Empire
2017's most startling and unexpected comic book event! Captain America, Sentinel of Liberty, has been living a lie! The world's greatest hero is secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, brought up since childhood to pursue their mission of progress through authority and unity through adversity! Using the trust and respect he is accorded by the great powers of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers has worked his way into a position where he can make Hydra's ideals a reality -and change the landscape of the world dramatically! Now, all the dominos of Steve's plan have been laid out - and it will take only the slightest push to set them into action! Hail Hydra! COLLECTING: SECRET EMPIRE 0-9, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017 DEFENDERS (SECRET EMPIRE STORY) 1

Secret Empire Details

TitleSecret Empire
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139780785194521
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GenreSuperheroes, Marvel, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Comic Book

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Secret Empire Review

  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    A good story with good art work that fits the story and style of the comic perfectly. However there were issues with this.Start rant:One thing I really hate is when a character is featured prominently on the cover and is not in the comic. I hate that. Now using my favorite character in that way pushes my annoyance level to 11. The Spider-man on the cover is Peter Parker, the Spider-man in the story is Milles. Peter is in possibly 10 panels, and contributes nothing to the story.Rant over!!The one A good story with good art work that fits the story and style of the comic perfectly. However there were issues with this.Start rant:One thing I really hate is when a character is featured prominently on the cover and is not in the comic. I hate that. Now using my favorite character in that way pushes my annoyance level to 11. The Spider-man on the cover is Peter Parker, the Spider-man in the story is Milles. Peter is in possibly 10 panels, and contributes nothing to the story.Rant over!!The one person you always believed in more then anybody else betrays you. How do you recover from a betrayal live that. However he has not just betrayed you but the world making him the more powerful person in the world. Some will hide, some fight, many will die. How many time can heroes rise to be knocked down again.This rant and other issues. Suddenly heroes have been away the whole book suddenly appear like nothing has happened. Even finishing the book I am not sure if it what if or from the now rebooted and merged Marvel Universe.A great but slow story, a little slow at the beginning but all this built up to the big heroic fight at the end. An epic story that does not just reboot the scars and damage remain. A great final battle and good epilogue, but I don’t think all the characters got enough time in this book.
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  • Jedi JC Daquis
    January 1, 1970
    You can sell a really bad idea and turn it into a genuine and sincere literary material. Secret Empire forced a really bad idea in a really bad story. Captain America being Hydra is something you can move on with if it is justified by a well-written story and good dialogue. But unfortunately Nick Spencer's Marvel crossover event fails big time.What I really dislike the most about Secret Empire is how it relies heavily on the much more successful MCU. Literally all characters from the movies and You can sell a really bad idea and turn it into a genuine and sincere literary material. Secret Empire forced a really bad idea in a really bad story. Captain America being Hydra is something you can move on with if it is justified by a well-written story and good dialogue. But unfortunately Nick Spencer's Marvel crossover event fails big time.What I really dislike the most about Secret Empire is how it relies heavily on the much more successful MCU. Literally all characters from the movies and TV series are haphazardly packed into the storyline. You got the Inhumans, the Defenders, Doctor Strange, Black Panther the Guardians all doing their part in the story. But where are the Fantastic Four and the X-Men? Nada (Well, there are some of them just to say that they still exist in the Marvel comics world). The problem is, you do not need all of them to progress the story. Remove most of these characters and what remains is a generic and simplistic story about (view spoiler)[collecting fragments of the Cosmic Cube to rewrite history (hide spoiler)].DC Rebirth was a bad idea too. It was in its core a reboot, despite what Geoff Johns said that it is not. But people received it well. Why? Because the story is good. That's it. There's no forced diversity, and political drama (again, I have nothing against politics and diversity). The story is just good. Give us a good story and we will chew whatever you give us.But Secret Empire is so bad for me that I do not actually hate those who liked this. I envy you guys for getting the best out of it. I tried. Really tried. There are some genuinely good moments in SE though, but there are overwhelmingly bad pages in it that it drags everything down in my heart. Well, perhaps aside from its over-reliance in the MCU (and tie-up issues too!) and a poorly written story, some of of my feelings might also be attributed to event fatigue. Age of Ultron and Civil War II were awful. But SE could have been Marvel Comics' redemption and hope.A collective sigh signifies relief that Secret Empire is finally finished (hmmm how about SE Omega#1?) So Marvel, please focus on writing a good Legacy, okay? Please.
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  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
    January 1, 1970
    I bought this in single issues, saved them, and then binged over a couple of days when the final issue dropped.Apparently, this event was in planning for two years, and then the actual event itself took a year in the telling.My big take away at the end of it all was that none of it mattered.That's kind of a shitty feeling to have at the end of a story you have dedicated a year of your life in following. I mean, some of it was pretty good. The beginning few issues were solid, the middle sagged, a I bought this in single issues, saved them, and then binged over a couple of days when the final issue dropped.Apparently, this event was in planning for two years, and then the actual event itself took a year in the telling.My big take away at the end of it all was that none of it mattered.That's kind of a shitty feeling to have at the end of a story you have dedicated a year of your life in following. I mean, some of it was pretty good. The beginning few issues were solid, the middle sagged, and the conclusion leading up to the ending was fun (even though the ending itself was a pile of crap). In fact, the end left such a bad taste in my mouth that I find myself forgetting about the fun(er) moments I had earlier on in the series.I dunno. And sadly, I don't think Marvel does either.Read the wiki. Pass on the book. Hope that something else better comes along.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was very...readable! So reading through this, partly just to see what all the fuss was about, I was gonna rip this book a new, you know what. But towards the end the story redeemed itself a bit, not a lot but, enough for me to not hate it as much as many people on here. So the story is Hydra has taken over America and guess who leads them? (Hint, his name has America in it). All the heavy hitters like Captain Marvel were tricked into going out into space to deal with a Shitari invasion Well that was very...readable! So reading through this, partly just to see what all the fuss was about, I was gonna rip this book a new, you know what. But towards the end the story redeemed itself a bit, not a lot but, enough for me to not hate it as much as many people on here. So the story is Hydra has taken over America and guess who leads them? (Hint, his name has America in it). All the heavy hitters like Captain Marvel were tricked into going out into space to deal with a Shitari invasion, just before Hydra raised a shield around earth to keep them out; while at the same time New York has been sealed off since a quarter of Marvel heroes come from there. So Who's left? Well the Champions, Iron Man, Black Widow and some other characters. So what's wrong about this? Well its not the most well written event ever and because its so damn long, its a real slog to read through, with some real throwaway issues in the beginning. Artwork by Steve McNiven is okay(If you like his art like I do) and the other art in here is fine, not great. Plus this event wasn't exactly cheap, I mean $5 each issue and three a month I believe? Granted other publishers like DC aren't perfect with prices either, but Marvel really is just too expensive for what you get! But rants aside, I'm sure their are people who will pick apart the narrative and find plot holes; but I'm just writing what I felt. So why is the score the way it is? Why haven't I just given this a one? Well for one thing, Nick Spencer doesn't write the best political thrillers, but he knows how to write comedy! There were many jokes in this one, that while didn't make me roll on the floor laughing, it definitely made me grin and chuckle, in the more sluggish parts of this book. And for the most part the book did get better towards the end, enough for me to be satisfied! Some people hate the ending, granted it felt like something out of the 90s, but that's comics for ya. I'm not saying the ending was fantastic, but its a comic book, its a pretty standard ending especially for an event, plus you'll never always get the most satisfying endings every time. In the end, this is readable, is it worth a read? Probably not, its readable but in the end, its dancing between throwaway and average. I just think its okay.
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  • Kairi Sane
    January 1, 1970
    Wanna find out how bad Marvel comics on general currently are? Then read this mess.
  • Vasharesh
    January 1, 1970
    If Civil War 2 was the death of the Marvel Universe then this is it's funeral. Secret Empire is a very slow and utterly depressing read where the story is written in the same manner as the social media feed of a very biased writer. Nick Spencer hijacks the Marvel Universe and twists it to tell his opinions on the current political situation in his country.
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  • Aldo Haegemans
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the action, the story itself. Some issues had Fantastic art. I Feel not everything was explained Well enough. Maybe in the tie-ins. I also felt the ending result came out of nowhere and felt too simple and lackluster.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Reviewing this story is difficult. We all know the premise - Nazi Captain America takes over the country and wrecks the shit out of everything. But the story itself is...difficult to talk about.One of my friends nailed the problem with Secret Empire quite well, about six issues in - Nick Spencer does a lot of telling rather than showing. The story has an epic, sweeping feel that just doesn't seem to be reflected in the tie-in books, which address smaller conflicts and don' [Read as single issues]Reviewing this story is difficult. We all know the premise - Nazi Captain America takes over the country and wrecks the shit out of everything. But the story itself is...difficult to talk about.One of my friends nailed the problem with Secret Empire quite well, about six issues in - Nick Spencer does a lot of telling rather than showing. The story has an epic, sweeping feel that just doesn't seem to be reflected in the tie-in books, which address smaller conflicts and don't really feel like they're part of the main story that other events, even ones I haven't liked like Fear Itself or Civil War II have managed to nail. Instead, Secret Empire gives you quick synopses of things and one panel illustrations, which don't give the story the impact it needs.The character work is very good however; the exploration of Steve Rogers is very interesting, and the Pym/Ultron issue midway through the story is possibly the best single issue I've read this year. When Spencer takes time to tell a story rather than breeze through to hit all the plot points he wants to hit (even with extended page counts on almost every issue), things really take shape.Of course, this is a Marvel event, so there are pointless deaths that will be retconned soon enough, and a return to the status quo by the end of the story with little to no repercussions for the characters, but hey, what can you do. Oh, and I'd sussed out the ending twist about 2 issues in, which was disappointing, and it shoves a Generations tie-in into two panels. Literally two panels to explain why Marvel published 10 one-shots. Sigh.The artwork is definitely top notch however. With Andrea Sorrentino's psychadelic panel arrangements, Leinil Yu's distinct visuals, Steve McNiven's hyper-detailed pencils, and assists from Rod Reis's ethereal imagery and Joshua Cassara's more visceral down-to-earth linework, this is a very good looking book. Yes, each issue has a few artists on it, but they're all given one story to draw for the entirety of the series, so it fits very well. Even if the story isn't great, it always looks lovely.Good ideas, badly executed. Marvel all over, recently.
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  • Tiago
    January 1, 1970
    Remember how bland and forgettable Age of Ultron was? This is more of the same, but worst, to the point of being unreadable, there's absolutely no fun factor, remember the days when Marvel released those "What If" comics, well it seems the entire Marvel canon right now is one of those books. Also, a word about the illustrations, apart from a few exceptions and the covers, I think this book has some of the ugliest pages I've seen in years. It's all been downhill since the Secret Wars, the company Remember how bland and forgettable Age of Ultron was? This is more of the same, but worst, to the point of being unreadable, there's absolutely no fun factor, remember the days when Marvel released those "What If" comics, well it seems the entire Marvel canon right now is one of those books. Also, a word about the illustrations, apart from a few exceptions and the covers, I think this book has some of the ugliest pages I've seen in years. It's all been downhill since the Secret Wars, the company is trying so hard to appeal to every demographic, constantly masquerading real life political agendas in these stories, its just a mess right now, it won't be long until another reboot happens.
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  • Michael Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    When Nick Spencer and Marvel first unveiled Hydra Cap, I was among the naysayers. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the rise of a racist authoritarian in the form of a bloated sack of orange-tinged chemical waste given erratic sentience and a China-made red hat, and our very real-life white supremacist problem, resurgent and freshly emboldened by the said normalization of bloated orange chemical waste sack, I was appalled at what appeared to be Marvel's decision to give them their v When Nick Spencer and Marvel first unveiled Hydra Cap, I was among the naysayers. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the rise of a racist authoritarian in the form of a bloated sack of orange-tinged chemical waste given erratic sentience and a China-made red hat, and our very real-life white supremacist problem, resurgent and freshly emboldened by the said normalization of bloated orange chemical waste sack, I was appalled at what appeared to be Marvel's decision to give them their very own icon in the form of our once-patriotic and welcomely idealistic Captain America. How could the man who punched Hitler and who fought against government overreach during the Superhero Registration Act be a comic book analogue, and figurehead for, Nazis? And then I read the damn thing in its entirety. What I discovered was a deep, rich work of much-needed subversive Resistance fiction. Sure, Captain America might have been transformed by an evil cosmic cube into a Donald Trump voter, but Hydra Cap showed us the dangers of demagoguery and the inherent perils in the rise of Trumpism. This story, taken in toto, was a long form, comic book clarion call to resist.In Secret Empire, Nick Spencer takes all the various pieces he's been arranging across two Captain America books, the Avengers Stand-Off miniseries, and the whole of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe post-Secret Wars, to present a wonderfully engaging superhero epic. Master tactician Steve Rogers has been manipulating events in order to achieve a singular goal - the domination of Hydra. With Marvel's mightiest heroes fractured, and their trust in one another broken, in the wake of Civil War II, and with SHIELD in disarray, Hydra has been allowed to rapidly build an empire in Europe. An alien invasion threatens Earth, and a terror attack in New York further divides and conquers our heroes. As one calamity after another is unleashed upon the world, Captain America steps in and seizes power for himself.This book is, by turns, grandly sweeping, ambitious in scope, deeply personal, and completely horrifying. Secret Empire is bleakly dystopic, but also awe-inspiring as the heroes begin to rise, fighting their way through one monumental disaster after another. Spencer orchestrates the whole affair like a seasoned symphony conductor, as his band of artists illustrate the deeply resonant, and viciously dark, chords, before offering us melodramatically sustained highs. This is the kind of sprawling, operatic virtuoso that all comic book events should be.Spanning ten issues of the event itself, along with an Issue #0 and Free Comic Book Day issue to act as prologue, and an Omega epilogue, there's a number of artists contributing to Spencer's vision. Each deliver great artwork, but I have a real soft spot for Andrea Sorrentino. His art is rough, capturing the grimy, often-times dirty, feel of the narrative quite well, but where he really shines is in drafting vivid, engaging, and imaginative layouts. He does some truly marvelous two-page spreads with the panels configured in star shapes, like the icon of Captain America, or arranged around the tentacled limbs of the Hydra logo. I absolutely love how he crafts a page. Steve McNiven illustrates some lovely homages to iconic Captain America imagery in issue 10, recalling moments from Infinity Gauntlet and the first Civil War miniseries, which I particularly enjoyed.Secret Empire closes out the Hydra Cap story (or does it?) on a high note, presenting a strong finish that reminds us why we root for these heroes, and ultimately why we Americans root for America in the first place, and why we must always combat fascism and resist tyranny. It might be easier, perhaps too easy, to give in to evil and let our own dark temptations guide us, but we must resist. We have to stand up and fight.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a tricky reviewOverall it was fine to read.The writing was great in parts (as far as themes, dialogue, etc)It started strong, dragged, and had a just okay finaleMy problem with this event I think was that I only followed the main title and it felt like I was missing pieces . Each issue would come back and the summary would mention something that happened elsewhere in another title or a character will say "now that we did xyz" which sounded interesting but never got to see in main title.S This is a tricky reviewOverall it was fine to read.The writing was great in parts (as far as themes, dialogue, etc)It started strong, dragged, and had a just okay finaleMy problem with this event I think was that I only followed the main title and it felt like I was missing pieces . Each issue would come back and the summary would mention something that happened elsewhere in another title or a character will say "now that we did xyz" which sounded interesting but never got to see in main title.Some events tip you off that other reading is necessary (such as Infinity a few years ago) but this didn't. And the effect was I felt like I was missing parts of the story because it was too tied to other stuff.Spencer makes great real world parallels and clearly has important stuff to say. It's a shame his story got bogged down and distracted by the nature of the event cycle into something forgettable.
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  • Fernando Rezende
    January 1, 1970
    (READ AS SINGLE ISSUES)I think this moment says everything about why I loved this book so much:"I've been fighting facists my entire life. And I promise you, there is nowhere you can run or hide that will keep you safe from them. There is only one thing you can do. You stand and you fight."- Steve RogersSome may say it's boring, awful, and lots of other things but I enjoyed this book a lot. This is (hopefully) the redemption of the Marvel Universe and it's comeback to what it used to be, with lo (READ AS SINGLE ISSUES)I think this moment says everything about why I loved this book so much:"I've been fighting facists my entire life. And I promise you, there is nowhere you can run or hide that will keep you safe from them. There is only one thing you can do. You stand and you fight."- Steve RogersSome may say it's boring, awful, and lots of other things but I enjoyed this book a lot. This is (hopefully) the redemption of the Marvel Universe and it's comeback to what it used to be, with lots of interesting reflections.The story is a bit dark and full of twists and turns that make you feel unconfortable sometimes but that's the big deal. It was written to make us think. If you simply read without reflecting about it, about the Marvel Universe in the last couple of years, you'll think Secret Empire is more of the same old event where nothing really happens or even pointless. There are some fantastic dialogs that go right to the weak spots of the Marvel Universe, but because people don't understand it they say it was bad. It's a story about losing hope but, also, about having new hopes as well. Can't you see the clear conection? We see our beloved heroes in the worst days of their lives and we see them rising again in the end, bringing a renewed faith in Marvel Comics.The art was really good. Although there is a constant change of artists throughout this book, it's on purpose, because every artist has it's unique style that fits certain moments of the story that's being told. We have lot's of beautiful panels that really fit Spencer's storytelling.Like you should have imagined, you have to read "Captain America: Steve Rogers" and "Captain America: Sam Wilson", both written by Nick Spencer, to have a solid background about this event that is essential for the full experience that is reading this. "Thunderbolts" by Jim Zub it would be good to read too, but not as important as both "Captain America" by Spencer. Gerry Duggan's "Uncanny Avengers" also has as small interference in certain things, but that's not a big deal. It would be nice to read "Civil War II", although it's not so important, to know more about this moment of huge fragility in the Marvel Universe. On the other hand, "Civil War II: The Oath" I would consider of great importance since it is pretty much an Captain America (Hydra) comic.If you are truly a fan of the Marvel Universe and was losing the faith in it, this comic is for you. But don't fool yourself, this won't be that easy and pleasant read that you may be thinking. It will take you to a trip to Hell alongside with the characters and will take you all to Heaven in the end. Read each and every word in it thinking about them, about their true meaning. This is what Marvel is all about. About being broken, but overcoming every problem in the very end. And that's why this may be the best Marvel Comics Event in a very long time, maybe since the first Civil War. It couldn't be like every other event. No. It had to be bold, moving and heartbreaking, like most of Marvel's greatest stories to date.Clear your mind of any negative influence and prejudice, and give this great comic a try. I'm sure you'll at least enjoy some moments. It's not a disaster like we see lots of people saying it is. Those people barely read it. Don't let they make up your mind, take your own conclusions.
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    Christ almighty, what a heap of shite.I mean leaving aside the hamfistedness of the whole premise, adn the fumbling of the opportunity to say something interesting about fascism. The entire story is basically a fetch-quest. And the resolution depends on not one, not two, not three, but four (maybe more?) super powerful characters conveniently waking up from comas to do their little bit to move the story on.Awful. Just fucking awful. Marvel, please stop with these event storylines.
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  • Javier Muñoz
    January 1, 1970
    Este es un evento marvel de los que lo cambian todo y se pone todo el mundo patas arriba para que al final quede todo igual, dejando eso sí algún fleco que se aprovechará en las colecciones futuras (o no)... entrando en él con esa idea y teniendo en cuenta el carrusel de dibujantes que se suceden a lo largo de los distintos números, se puede disfrutar bastante esta historia.El que haya ido siguiendo las colecciones de los capitanes steve rogers y sam wilson encontrará aquí una resolución a gran Este es un evento marvel de los que lo cambian todo y se pone todo el mundo patas arriba para que al final quede todo igual, dejando eso sí algún fleco que se aprovechará en las colecciones futuras (o no)... entrando en él con esa idea y teniendo en cuenta el carrusel de dibujantes que se suceden a lo largo de los distintos números, se puede disfrutar bastante esta historia.El que haya ido siguiendo las colecciones de los capitanes steve rogers y sam wilson encontrará aquí una resolución a gran parte de las tramas que se vienen sucediendo en los últimos dos años, así que si te gustan estos personajes es un evento muy recomendable, pero la pregunta es ¿resulta apropiado para quien quiera acercarse a este evento simplemente porque la historia le atrae?, aquellos que simplemente hayan oído hablar algo del capi hydra o sobre el trasfondo político pueden ver en esto una reacción al panorama político actual en EEUU y en realidad puede que haya algo de eso... pero no hay que confundirse, esto no deja de ser una historia típica de superhéroes con elementos clásicos de la editorial como hydra y el cubo cósmico, que sirve para anudar cabos sueltos que se han ido dejando en distintas colecciones y eventos (en especial civil war 2), para mostrar la amplia plantilla de personajes de la editorial, resucitar alguno que otro de los que estaban supuestamente muertos, matar otros tantos (o no) y en definitiva dejar el camino despejado para la siguiente etapa editorial. La política la encontramos en dosis mínimas, y de hecho lo más interesante se nos mostrará muy de refilón.En definitiva tenemos una historia interesante que sin embargo se ve lastrada por problemas de ritmo y dirección y por ser excesivamente vaga a la hora de darnos detalles claros de la situación. Nos encontramos al inicio del evento la situación ya desplegada y la apariencia de que hydra lleva en el control un tiempo indeterminado, a partir de ahí se nos muestran o se nos dejan de mostrar las acciones de varias facciones de forma bastante arbitraria, ganando o perdiendo importancia en la trama según le interesa al autor, a veces el ritmo parece demasiado pausado y a veces se apresuran las cosas sin razón aparente y en ningún caso tenemos una percepción clara del paso del tiempo.... El dibujo de este evento es otro problema que le veo, entiendo que se quiere aprovechar la diferencia de estilo de los diferentes dibujantes para expresar y mostrar cosas distintas, pero creo que estas diferencias son muy importantes y a menudo cuesta encajar estilos tan distintos en el mismo número... en todo caso son todos grandes dibujantes y esto lo veo más cuestión de gustos que otra cosa, quería comentar, eso si, que no se si es porque ya he visto demasiados cómics dibujados por él y le he pillado el truco, pero el caso es que Sorrentino me ha decepcionado... hace unas composiciones impresionantes, aprovecha cada mínima oportunidad para mostrar su talento para los ambientes, las estructuras y la infografía, pero no es que haga un gran trabajo con los personajes, creo que falla en la expresión y en la caracterización de los personajes, que en muchas ocasiones no son todo lo distinguibles que debieran.En todo caso, para fans del universo marvel es indispensable, para fans del capitán américa también, para todos los demás es una historia entretenida, con buenas raciones de peleas de puñetazos y un mensaje político bastante evidente... o sea, nada nuevo bajo el sol, pero para pasar el rato sirve
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    This Marvel event tells the story of when Captain America takes over. He's now a member of Hydra, though has been for his entire life. It's complicated. Captain Marvel, the Guardians of the Galaxy and other cosmic heroes are trapped in space, Doctor Strange and the Defenders are trapped in another dimension and most of the Marvel heroes are imprisoned. It doesn't look good. But of course there's a team of rebels working to bring Hydra Cap down. Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Champions, amongst oth This Marvel event tells the story of when Captain America takes over. He's now a member of Hydra, though has been for his entire life. It's complicated. Captain Marvel, the Guardians of the Galaxy and other cosmic heroes are trapped in space, Doctor Strange and the Defenders are trapped in another dimension and most of the Marvel heroes are imprisoned. It doesn't look good. But of course there's a team of rebels working to bring Hydra Cap down. Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Champions, amongst others, travel to find fragments of the cosmic cube in the hope of stopping Hydra Cap. Incidentally the cover is really misleading with the likes of Peter Parker, Logan and Jane Foster/Thor barely appearing in the book. Indeed, it's not really explained where the hell these characters are which is annoying but explained further in some of the tie-in issues. There was a lot of controversy about making Captain America a member of Hydra. I thought it works well here and there's a satisfying end to the arc too. It didn't really need to be Cap but it's the only way Hydra could take control, by using someone as trusted as him. What's clever here is the way Spencer doesn't entirely change his character. I mean, obviously he's not the Cap we know and love, but there's actually still a lot of Steve Rogers there which I wasn't expecting. It did feel like too many characters were being juggled here and some were served better than others. Outside of Cap himself, much of the story focuses on Black Widow and the Champions, especially Miles Morales. There was a vision of Miles killing Cap in Civil War II and that idea is really well used here- it's not as simple as you might imagine it to be. I was going to say I have mixed feelings about the art but actually it's more the inkers I disliked. The whole story is virtually in greyscale and whilst that does fit with the tone of the story I prefer comic books to be brighter. Several issues within it were in two-tone colour and whilst there was the odd page spread where this worked well for the most part it just meant it was quite tricky to tell characters apart. Some clever tricks were used though like with great art for dream-like sequences and a couple of vintage style panels for flashbacks. An epic tale which I thought worked well and had a triumphant end that few Marvel events have. After recent in-fighting between the heroes it's great to end with a Marvel Universe where for the most part the heroes get on. I'm also pleased that this is the last Marvel event for the foreseeable future as it means individual books won't have to constantly be influenced by major events.
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  • Davy
    January 1, 1970
    I was slowly giving up hope for the post-Secret Wars era because Marvel just uses new heroes (Ms.marvel, Thor, spider-man, etc) in the same storylines when Brian Michael Bendis brought the Avengers back in Break Out (a prison break out by villans, now Stand-Off, a prison break out), the we had the Civil War (now Civil War II) and Secret Empire (but instead of the Skrull it's Captain America undermining the superheroesculture and his big take-over plan). But I was really surprised with the result I was slowly giving up hope for the post-Secret Wars era because Marvel just uses new heroes (Ms.marvel, Thor, spider-man, etc) in the same storylines when Brian Michael Bendis brought the Avengers back in Break Out (a prison break out by villans, now Stand-Off, a prison break out), the we had the Civil War (now Civil War II) and Secret Empire (but instead of the Skrull it's Captain America undermining the superheroesculture and his big take-over plan). But I was really surprised with the result. I started reading the first Captain America Hail Hydra as a teaser, then the next ones and really plunged in the main Secret Empire storyline (switched to Secret Empire United We Stand and Captain America Secret Empire in the middle of the story), and now looking forward to new tie-ins . Also the connection to the previous main crossovers (the effect Kobik has on the old Steve Rogers in Stand-Off, the vision Ulysses has abought Spider Man and Captain America in Civil War II) gave those previous crossovers a deeper story.Maybe the appearance of some characters and some plots are not so clear, even foncusing (suddenly we have an AI Tony Stark, where does he come from ? Captain Marvel, isolated in space suddenly fighting with the rebellion on Earth ? Black Panther defeated by the invasion of Hydra ?). But like I wrote, I started reading with low expectations and was surprised by the result. Steve Rogers in his tormented role (and I don't want to get into politics, buth the fascists are really coming back, both in the streets of America and Europe so it can do no harm Marvel refers to real dangers what's happening in our societies). Black Widow in her Red Room role. The Hank Pym-Ultron. I even liked the Sam Wilson-storyline (he's just no Captain America to me). Maybe four stars are a more realistic rating, but because of the surprise.But I'm curious what's coming next, Marvel doesn't seem to change their scenario, Sam Wilson, Jane Foster as Thor (I was so hoping Odinson would pick up the hammer again) and Captain Marvel seem to stay the main characters and after Secret Invasion we had the Dark Avengers and Siege. Let me guess, we have 3 Captain America's now: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson and the 'bad' Steve Rogers, with Hydra sympathisants still active, the last one will probably escape and...
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  • সাদমান হুসাইন
    January 1, 1970
    ডিসি আর মারভেলের যুদধ সেই আদযিকালের হলেও, মুভিতে ডিসি যেমন পিছিয়ে আছে মারভেল থেকে, কমিকে মারভেল তার থেকেও পিছিয়ে আছে ডিসির থেকে। এরা হাইপ তোলার জনয এমন কোন কাজ নেই যেটা করতে পারে না, এমন কোন হিরো নেই যার ১২টা বাজাতে পারে না।সো, কযাপটেন আমেরিকা, মারভেল ইউনিভারসের সততা আর নযায়নিষঠতার পরতীক, সটিভ রজারস - এখন হাইডরা।সে হাইডরা কীভাবে হলো সেটা এখন সবাই জানে মোটামুটি, কসমিক কিউব নামের একটা জিনিস দিয়ে তার রিয়েলিটি বদলিয়ে দেয়া হয়েছে। বড় ভালো কথা, এখন এই হাইডরা রজারস আপরাণ চেসটা করে যাচছে আমেরিকাকে হাইডরা ডিসি আর মার্ভেলের যুদ্ধ সেই আদ্যিকালের হলেও, মুভিতে ডিসি যেমন পিছিয়ে আছে মার্ভেল থেকে, কমিকে মার্ভেল তার থেকেও পিছিয়ে আছে ডিসির থেকে। এরা হাইপ তোলার জন্য এমন কোন কাজ নেই যেটা করতে পারে না, এমন কোন হিরো নেই যার ১২টা বাজাতে পারে না।সো, ক্যাপ্টেন আমেরিকা, মার্ভেল ইউনিভার্সের সততা আর ন্যায়নিষ্ঠতার প্রতীক, স্টিভ রজার্স - এখন হাইড্রা।সে হাইড্রা কীভাবে হলো সেটা এখন সবাই জানে মোটামুটি, কসমিক কিউব নামের একটা জিনিস দিয়ে তার রিয়েলিটি বদলিয়ে দেয়া হয়েছে। বড় ভালো কথা, এখন এই হাইড্রা রজার্স আপ্রাণ চেস্টা করে যাচ্ছে আমেরিকাকে হাইড্রার আন্ডারে নিয়ে যাওয়ার জন্যে। সিক্রেট এম্পায়ার যখন শুরু হয়, সে তখন প্রায় সফল তার মিশনে, মার্ভেল ইউনিভার্সের বড় বড় সব হিরো তখন হয় আমেরিকার বাইরে, নাহলে স্ট্রেইট পৃথিবীর বাইরে আটকা। বেশ ইন্টারেস্টিং সিচুয়েশন। যথারীতি, একটা আন্ডারগ্রাউন্ড মুভমেন্ট হাজির এখানেও। ব্ল্যাক উইডো, টনি স্টার্ক, আর হকআই (ক্লিন্ট বার্টন) মিলে লিড করে তাদের। বাকি সিরিজটা তাদের একজনের উপরে আরেকজনের চাল দেয়া নিয়েই চললো। আর যথারীতি, ক্যাপ আর আয়রনম্যানের দুই-একটা ফাইট না থাকলে কোন মার্ভেলের ইভেন্ট হয় নাকি?কিন্তু, মজা লাগলো না পড়ে। যা হচ্ছে এখানে, সবই ইউজলেস, কয়েকদিন পরেই মার্ভেল আবার আরেকটা প্লট-ওয়াশ দিয়ে সব ঠিক করে ফেলবে - এই ইনফো জানার পরে কি আর পড়তে ভালো লাগে? স্পয়লার খাওয়ার থেকেও তো বড় যন্ত্রণা হলো যখন আপনি জানবেন যা পড়তেসেন এর কোন মূল্য নেই। এন্ডিং? (view spoiler)[বাজে, এক কথায় বলতে গেলে। যেই কসমিক কিউব নিয়ে এতো গোলমাল, এতো হানাহানি খুনোখুনি, সেই কসমিক কিউব নিজে থেকেই এসে সব ঠিক করে দিয়ে যাবে। (hide spoiler)] তো লাভটা কি হলো আমার এই ১০টা ইস্যু পড়ে? যদি মার্ভেল এই স্টোরিলাইনটাকে কন্টিনিউ করতো, ইভিল হাইড্রা ক্যাপের আন্ডারে আমেরিকা থাকতো আরো ৩-৪ বছর, নিউ জেনারেশনের হিরোরা এসে তাঁকে অভারথ্রো করতো, তাহলে জিনিসটা কিছু একটা ইন্টারেস্টিং হইতো। এতো বড় রেজিমে ১০টা ইস্যুতে গড়ে উঠে আবার এক ইস্যুতে ফল করে গেলো, কোন রিপারকাশন ছাড়াই - কমিক লজিকের তুলনায় ও বেশ আনরিয়েলিস্টিক এটা :/আজকে যারা এই লাস্ট ইস্যুতে এতো মারামারি করলো, একে অপরকে মেরে ফেলবে বলে নেমে গেলো মাঠে, সামনের মাসের কমিকেই তারা গলায় গলায় ভাব করে একসাথে কোন সি-গ্রেডের ভিলেনের বিরুদ্ধে ফাইট করবে। মার্ভেলের সমস্যাই এটা, কোন লাইন ধরে রাখতে পারে না। আর ডিসির অনুকরণ তো আসেই। রিবার্থের অনুকরণ করে সামনে আসবে মার্ভেল লিগ্যাসি, আর কনভার্জেন্স ইভেন্টের কপি করে জেনারেশন নামের ইভেন্ট তো চলতেসে এখনি।মার্ভেল পড়ার থেকে এখন ইন্ডি-কমিক পড়া ফার বেটার।
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  • Anchorpete
    January 1, 1970
    and here we are...... one of the most controversial Marvel comics, from the past decade. Is this book really worth all of the scorn? I am sorry to get super political here, but there came a time where SJW, who know very little about comics, became a large vocal presence in the geek community. Let me make myself clear, I have no problem with people wanting to correct misconceptions that have been perpetuated throughout the media, but I can't stand people that know nothing about comic books acting and here we are...... one of the most controversial Marvel comics, from the past decade. Is this book really worth all of the scorn? I am sorry to get super political here, but there came a time where SJW, who know very little about comics, became a large vocal presence in the geek community. Let me make myself clear, I have no problem with people wanting to correct misconceptions that have been perpetuated throughout the media, but I can't stand people that know nothing about comic books acting like they know the medium, since they have seen every Marvel film. Hydra? They are Nazis? That is offensive? First off, even if Hydra were just Nazis, wouldn't it be satisfying to see them thwarted and beaten by Superheroes? Changing Captain America, so that he is a member of Hydra? If you know comics, you know from the moment they revealed that, he would end up being a clone, or some sort of weird doppelganger, and he would be defeated by the books end. Captain America would either go back to his old self, or his old self would come back and beat Hydra Cap's ass. Guess what? One of those scenarios happens. This book NEVER glorified Nazis, just as there never was the possibility that Captain america would be a hydra agent by the time the story was over. I thought this book was a good wrap up of the stories that Nick Spencer had been telling from His time on Secret Avengers, through Superior Foes of Spider-man, through Ant-Man to Steve Rodgers: Captain america and Sam Wilson: Captain America. His work is going to leave an impact on the Marvel universe, it is just a shame that people that aren't true comic book fans had to make this such a spectacle.
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  • Ramon
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not one of those people who's all "you can't do that to Captain America!" So long as the story's feasible and good. This... was not that. It was too long, scattershot, inconsistent, and sloppy. It usually felt rushed, and not just in the wildly inconsistent art. The ending conceits borrowed from HBO's Westworld and Grant Morrison's JLA story "Rock of Ages." Spencer would cut his own legs out from under him by switching to narration in the middle of what should be breathless, urgent sequences I'm not one of those people who's all "you can't do that to Captain America!" So long as the story's feasible and good. This... was not that. It was too long, scattershot, inconsistent, and sloppy. It usually felt rushed, and not just in the wildly inconsistent art. The ending conceits borrowed from HBO's Westworld and Grant Morrison's JLA story "Rock of Ages." Spencer would cut his own legs out from under him by switching to narration in the middle of what should be breathless, urgent sequences. It was terribly frustrating to read in that regard. It never had the weight that Marvel wished it did. A lot of other books also felt like they couldn't wait for this latest event to be over and ignored. It had an interesting, promising premise at the beginning, but here at the other end, I honestly can't say I'll remember any of it in a month's time.
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  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    Nick Spencer is one of the best mainstream writers of the last few years and both of his Cap America series had been terrific, with a great build-up for this event, so I obviously had huge expectations. This could have easily been THE Marvel event of the decade, but it has been killed by way too much different artists (nine or ten of them in one single miniseries!) and a bad ending. Cap Hydra was a wonderful idea and a great occasion to tell a story about the problems America and the rest of the Nick Spencer is one of the best mainstream writers of the last few years and both of his Cap America series had been terrific, with a great build-up for this event, so I obviously had huge expectations. This could have easily been THE Marvel event of the decade, but it has been killed by way too much different artists (nine or ten of them in one single miniseries!) and a bad ending. Cap Hydra was a wonderful idea and a great occasion to tell a story about the problems America and the rest of the Western world are facing today and I think it has been an incredibly brave and intelligent move, but the way this story ended with what's basically a reset of all the terrible thing that happened in the MU in the last year was a complete disappointment.
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  • Michal Vámoš
    January 1, 1970
    Jeden z nejlepších eventů vůbec. Vesměs není co vytýkat (Spencer konečně do něčeho nepromítá své levičácké postoje!), celý event je dobře psaný a po dlouhé době mi ani nevadilo číst tie-iny. Když se blíží konec, říkám si, že to příběhu dost uškodí, protože všechno bylo tak připraveno pro předvídatelné finále, ale nakonec si s tím scénárista dobře poradil - akorát jsem moc nepobral tu věc se starým Rogersem v mysli Kobik.Není to nějaká ultrapecka, ale je dobré vidět, že u Marvelu ještě mají někoh Jeden z nejlepších eventů vůbec. Vesměs není co vytýkat (Spencer konečně do něčeho nepromítá své levičácké postoje!), celý event je dobře psaný a po dlouhé době mi ani nevadilo číst tie-iny. Když se blíží konec, říkám si, že to příběhu dost uškodí, protože všechno bylo tak připraveno pro předvídatelné finále, ale nakonec si s tím scénárista dobře poradil - akorát jsem moc nepobral tu věc se starým Rogersem v mysli Kobik.Není to nějaká ultrapecka, ale je dobré vidět, že u Marvelu ještě mají někoho, kdo ty eventy umí.BTW, využiji toho, že mi to žádný anglicky komentující člověk nebude rozumět a řeknu: Naserte si, je to dobrý.Zajímalo by mě, kolik lidí, co to hodnotí negativně to dělá prostě proto, že se jim nelíbil komiks a kolik lidí protože se jim nelíbí koncept Hydra Capa.
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  • Arturo
    January 1, 1970
    There were some cool moments and good ideas here and there, Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis were doing great things on art (Acuna was not).But in the end, the amount of times I was taken out of the story because of its many flaws, whether it was in art change, it's plot ideas, execution, and dialogue, it just made this a horrible read. Spencer does some great one shot issues from what Iv read in Sam Wilson: Captain America and in Ant-Man. But big events and long running series get bogged down wit There were some cool moments and good ideas here and there, Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis were doing great things on art (Acuna was not).But in the end, the amount of times I was taken out of the story because of its many flaws, whether it was in art change, it's plot ideas, execution, and dialogue, it just made this a horrible read. Spencer does some great one shot issues from what Iv read in Sam Wilson: Captain America and in Ant-Man. But big events and long running series get bogged down with his heavy speech ridden dialogue. Ironically the one issue that came out of left turn with Ultron popping up and putting a hold on the story was actually one I liked.Overall: a tedious read, but hey.. Not a bad cosmic cube story idea. Still a failure in storytelling.
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  • Czar Nicholas
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I think this entire comic event was better than Civil War II. Some points were iffy at best, but the story itself made sense. I think the writing on this is very timely considering the way current leaders run around like gods and how sheep conform and accept these dire situations. I don't think Omega would be necessary, but I sure as hell would still read it anyway. Last thoughts would probably be, this is the Civil War III series I don't think anyone asked for.
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  • Emmanuel Nevers
    January 1, 1970
    This is probably one of if not the best Marvel event since Seige in 2010. This had a grand scope and lots of heart. I really enjoyed this event better than last year's Civil War II. Unlike that event and many other events this one torn down the foundations of Captain America and built it up and showed the world why he's so great!
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  • Cagne
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. Got to admire the whole setup though.
  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    So much superfluous dialouge, got better as it moved along. The coloring is well done considering the art, and storyline.
  • Mauricio Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting premise with painfully written dialogue, lots of exposition. Now that the setup is established let's see how it evolves in the forthcoming issues.
  • Nicky
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a really great read. Some really interesting ideas, twists and turns throughout the story with great artwork.
  • Shaun Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Can I give something zero stars?
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