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Secret Empire #10: Review

Aug 2017
Nick Spencer, Steve McNiven

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4.5 stars

Secret Empire #10 Review by (September 2, 2017)
Characters: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hawkeye, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Tony Stark A.I., Old Man Logan, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Winter Soldier, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Thor (Jane Foster), Kobik Villains: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hydra As usual there are so many characters involved that the list above is limited to those who have speaking roles or some outstanding actions.

Comments: Additional art by Rod Reis, David Marquez, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco & Jesus Aburtov, Ron Lim. Easter Egg: A man is seen wearing a sports jersey with the name Leisten on the back; Jay Leisten is the issue's inker.

Review: So this is it? An epic beatdown laid onto the foul Cap we've been watching for two years by the real, red-white-and-blue Cap we all love? Then Kobik makes everything right again? Well, that's good enough for me. I know, it seems a bit anticlimactic wrapping up a complex plot spanning many years with a simple fight but it is solidly satisfying. The strangest bit was the revelation that the Mjolnir hoisted by Bad Cap was not the real one (why and how wasn't it?) but a duplicate (again, how?) which promised the power of Hydra to the Strongest. When it came time to lift it, it was back to the Worthy and the power of Thor. I don't have to explain it just record it and make inane comments. What's next? Can't wait to find out.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Empire #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hydra Captain America, with the power of a god and an armored suit created by the Cosmic Cube, faces the assembled heroes and tries to persuade them to join his empire; they refuse and there is a massive battle, all against one—and the super-powered Cap prevails. Using the power of the Cosmic Cube Hydra Cap rebuilds Washington in Hydra's image. Captain America Sam Wilson approaches Hydra Cap, kneeling and offering him the last fragment of the Cosmic Cube. Bad Cap takes it, and his shield too, and places the fragment inside his breast—and then everything goes wrong and Cap loses his powers.... Ant-Man then enlarges into sight as Winter Soldier enters through a dimensional gateway. According to plan, Ant-Man took Bucky into Bad Cap's body while he was inserting the last fragment of the Cube. There, Bucky found Kobik and the other Steve Rogers and helped them escape. Now Kobik steps from the portal and undoes everything that Bad Cap just transformed. And then the real Captain America comes through the portal....

The good one faces the bad one and they fight, a battle seen on television screen around the world. First, Good Cap takes back his shield, and then beats his foe mercilessly. Bad Cap tries to pick up Mjolnir but finds he cannot lift it. Good Cap takes the hammer from him, and with a single blow, shatters his armor.... Cap tosses Mjolnir back to Jane Thor and Kobik restores the history that had been corrupted and Earth's Mightiest Heroes are whole once more....

Epilogue: The country slowly gets back to normal, rebuilding damaged properties and holding a funeral for Black Widow. And Brian McAllister is released from a Hydra detention camp, along with many other Inhumans. Brian is reunited with his brother Joey and they return home to discover it vandalized. The next day they are awoken by the sounds of the neighbors and friends making repairs to their home to atone for their previous attitudes.  

Steve McNiven
Jay Leisten
Matthew Wilson
Mark Brooks (Cover Penciler)
Mark Brooks (Cover Inker)
Mark Brooks (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Scott Lang)
Captain America
Captain America

(Sam Wilson)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Jane Foster)

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