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Hail Hydra #1: Review

Jul 2015
Rick Remender, Roland Boschi

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(No title given)

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4 stars

Hail Hydra #1 Review by (November 24, 2016)
Comments: SECRET WARS (3) tie-in. There's a brief reference to the last mutant having been rounded up; “blue fur.” That narrows it down to two.

Review: Oh yeah, whatever did happen to Ian Rogers? Cap's adopted son/Arnim Zola's natural son from Rick Remender's run (2012-2014, ending with Sam Wilson becoming Captain America) who grew up to be the new Nomad and who seems to have vanished post-SECRET WARS? Well, last we saw him he was in an exploding building. Here, we find out what became of him, and, like the usual Marvel WHAT IF?s, it's pretty dark and miserable. But it closes his story out neatly—though coming up with a reason why he (and Ellie) weren't killed doesn't look that difficult, assuming anyone would want to do that. But then, if Bucky Barnes can come back, anyone can. Oh, wait.... Is this story any good? Yes, and it carries a bit more heft than most of the SECRET WARS 3 fare as it deals with a real (616) character whose fate actually means something. It's nice they let Remender give a proper send-off to a character he created.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Hail Hydra #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Supposedly killed in the assault on Hydra headquarters (ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #6), Nomad (Ian Rogers) had found his way to the Infinite Elevator which takes him to an alternate New York, a dark and ugly one built by Hydra. Ian spots a kid spray-painting graffiti on a building and the kid panics. They are then surrounded by a Hydra police patrol. Ian takes them all down in a furious fight, then heads off to find out what happened to the kid....

The kid (Christopher Miller) is taken away in a cruiser and brought before the holographic image of Arnim Zola. In view of his bad record, Zola sentences him to “sanitation.” The boy is taken to a massive incinerator where he is tied up with other convicts awaiting immolation in the giant furnaces and his ashes put to a more useful purpose. As Chris is about to be tossed in, Nomad arrives and saves Chris, telling him to free the other prisoners. Nomad fights his way out and sabotages the building explode. Ian takes Chris to a rooftop where the kid explains how the world is a fascist dictatorship ruled by Hydra (and wonders why Ian doesn't know this). The kid is suddenly decapitated by a thrown shield with the Hydra emblem on it. Captain Hydra has arrived and he is startled to see Ian. They fight and “Cap” unmasks to show that he is Leopold Zola—the man Ian was meant to become....  

Roland Boschi
Roland Boschi
Chris Chuckry
Andrew Robinson (Cover Penciler)
Andrew Robinson (Cover Inker)
Andrew Robinson (Cover Colorist)

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