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In the spotlight: Marvel’s Secret Empire

By Alex Wiggan

This week, after ten issues (12 if you include issue #0 and the Free Comic Book Day special), as well as numerous tie-in comics, Secret Empire, Marvel’s summer-long epic event came to an end. Issue #10 hit shelves on Wednesday and not only did it bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion, it also rounded off one of the most important tales of 2017.

If you’ve not read any of Secret Empire – aka the book where Captain America goes evil – then now is the time to head to your comic store. Most comic book shops are still carrying all the back issues and if you’ve got the spare cash in your budget, it really is worth your investment.

For those unfamiliar with Secret Empire, the story is as follows:

Captain America’s reality has been rewritten by Kobik, a sentient Cosmic Cube. Kobik’s version of Cap has completely different ideals to the original, with this new Cap believing the strong should rule over the weak.

Leading Hydra (Marvel’s version of the Nazi’s) Cap sets in motion a plan to transform the United States, creating a new order in the process. Cap divides the people, turns his friends (aka the superhero community) into enemies of the state and transforms America into a fascist country.

Sound familiar?

It’s fair to say that Secret Empire shares frightening similarities to real-world events and at times the symmetry between the printed page and real life has been quite frightening. However, because of these similarities Secret Empire has remained a compelling read this summer and arguably one of the best Marvel stories of recent times.

Over the course of its run, Secret Empire hasn’t always hit the mark, there were a few issues that felt like padding, but the overall scope and pace have worked very well. Most important of all, its themes of hope and perseverance have far outweighed those of intolerance and fascism ensuring that good will always triumph, even during the darkest of times.

Marvel has put out some great books this year, but Secret Empire has to be at the top. Once again, if you’ve not picked up an issue, now is the time to rectify this.

 

 

 

About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.

 

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