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Secret Empire #3

May 2017
Nick Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino

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(No title given)

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4 stars

By Peter on June 4, 2017

Characters: Sharon Carter At Large: Maria Hill, Sam Wilson. Beyond the Shield: Captain Marvel (C. Danvers), Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket Racoon, Spectrum, Quasar (Avril Kincaid). Underground: Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Tony Stark AI, Mockingbird, Quicksilver, Hercules. Red Room: Black Widow, Hulk (A. Cho), Wasp (N. Pym), Spider-Man (M. Morales), IronHeart, Falcon (J. Torres), Viv Vision. Plus Hank Pym,Boomerang, and the Punisher. Villains: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Baron Zemo, Kraken, Scarlet Witch, Superior Octopus, Taskmaster, Black Ant

Comments: Art is credited to “Andrea Sorrentino with Rod Reis.” Nova is shown prominently on the cover but does not appear inside. SECRET EMPIRE: UPRISING follows this issue.

Review: As with the long buildup to this series, the issues are now filled with Nick Spencer pulling together plot threads and setting up a big denouement. The issue is good but offers little payoff; we'll need to get to the end for it all to make sense. That said, there are a number of great moments, including Black Widow's New Red Room training session for the teen heroes who are ninja wannabes.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The mysterious second Steve Rogers has rescued a woman from attack by three villains (last issue); she is seriously injured but does not want help. Instead she asks Steve how he got there; Steve is unsure but feels there is someplace that needs him....

Star-Lord (with Rocket and Groot) is trying to persuade some aliens to come to the aid of the Earth heroes stranded in space; instead they shoot at him and he reports his failure to Captain Marvel. The situation outside the shield is critical and the only person powerful enough to save the day, Quasar, is in a coma....

Boomerang, a mobster in Newark, New Jersey, sets up a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. After some verbal sparring, Hill hands over a copy of Captain America's social calendar, listing opportunities for an assassination attempt. Back at her base she is trying to train the young heroes in her Red Room to be able to make impossible choices in a split second....

In Montana, Sam Wilson refuses to help Ant-Man and his team to escape over the Canadian border; they finally convince him that finding the last fragments of the Cosmic Cube is the only way to save Steve Cap and return the world to what it was....

In Washington, Cap is attending a Hydra Science Fair, still trying to persuade Sharon Carter to join Hydra when he is called away. A team led by Baron Zemo is in an Atlantean temple, searching for one of the fragments of the Cosmic Cube. Finding one they realize it is a fake planted by Namor as a decoy. Cap orders the temple blown up as a warning to his former ally....

In a mysterious location, a curiously disfigured Hank Pym awaits the arrival of his “family”....

Steve Rogers puts the injured woman down beside a stream and with her dying breath she assures Steve that he will make it home....

In Newark, a bomb explodes in Boomerang's apartment and he has an unwelcome visitor wanting to know what passed between Maria Hill and Black Widow—the Hydra Punisher....

RobFJ with tie-ins (so far) related to this issue:-

All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy Annual #1
The GotG fail to recruit any help from alien races and with help from Mantis and Yondu Udonta go looking for a cosmic artefact that turns out to be broken.

Dr Strange #21
Trapped in New York under the Darkforce dome depowered Dr Strange fights a monster while Daredevil, Spider-Woman and Ben Urich break into his Sanctum to confront Baron Mordo and are rescued by Kingpin (except for DD).

Secret Empire Uprising #1
After this issue Black Widow sends Amadeus Cho and Nadia Pym to a try-out for Hydra's youth choir, expecting them to get a chance to assassinate Hydra-Cap. But the Champions' foes the Freelancers will recognise Cho so the rest of the team break in with an image inducer for him. Unfortunately this blows Wasp's cover so she has to flee with them.

Dr Strange #22
DrS, Ben Urich and Spider-Woman ally with Kingpin who leads them to a horde of black magic items guarded by his (not so) tame witch.

Dr Strange #23
An evil item gets Kingpin possessed by a smoke demon, but Ben Urich in the Light Knight's armour can keep that in check as an ally. Spider-Woman gets to fly the spirit(?) of Phantom Eagle's biplane. They head of to confront Baron Mordo who has added Luke Cage and Iron Fist to the captive Daredevil and imprisoned Cloak in a book. This and next issue presumably occur before SE#6 where DD is free.

SE: Brave New World #4 (Emma Frost story)
Emma discovers the existence of the youthful underground resistance to New Tian featured in X-Men Blue #7.

X-Men Blue #7
Magneto sends the young original X-Men to rescue imprisoned rebels in New Tian. But the team are captured and taken to Emma Frost.

X-Men Blue #8
Jean Grey and Jimmy Hudson try to rescue the rest of the young team from New Tian.

CA: Sam Wilson #23
This issue links SE#3 and #4 by showing how Sam Wilson smuggles the Avengers to Canada and gets them a plane to take them further. But unfortunately they wreck the escape route on the way.


Nick Spencer
Andrea Sorrentino
Mark Brooks (Cover Penciler)
Mark Brooks (Cover Inker)
Mark Brooks (Cover Colorist)