I’ve been fighting fascists my entire life. And
I promise you, there is nowhere you can run or hide that will keep you safe
from them. There’s only one thing you can do. You stand, and you fight.- Steve Rogers/Captain America
That shield doesn’t belong to you. – Steve Rogers/Captain
He was a man at war
with his worst nightmare. A warped and twisted reflection of himself, and all
he stood for.
Secret Empire #10
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Steve McNiven, Ron Lim, Rod Reis, David Marquez and Paco
Colours: Jay Leisten, Ron Lim, Rod Reis, David Marquez, Juan
So I defended Secret Empire quite a while ago and basically
everything I said there still stands. In fact, it only got reinforced by the
conclusion of the story being that Hydra Cap is precisely the antithesis of
everything Steve stands for. This ending was, I feel, the only way this story
could have ended (the best kind of ending). Where the true Steve Rogers/Captain
America is what brings down Hydra and Hydra Cap.
Was Secret Empire perfect? Nope. I felt it became “Hunt the
McGuffin item” for a while in the middle and definitely got stretched out quite
a bit. It also never seemed to really delve into what American society had now
become post-fascist takeover and consequently lacked as much social commentary
that I was hoping for. Maybe it was in the tie-ins but if I have to read
tie-ins to get a main goal of a story then the story doesn’t really work.
Considering the level of padding in the middle, I feel that more of this type
of thing could have been done in its place.
Some of the ideas about how a charismatic and trusted person
could easily lead to a fascistic America seemed socially relevant and so that’s
where I thought more of the story would be focused. I will say though, that the
ending was pretty great and seems to have redeemed a lot of the Marvel heroes,
Basically, my views on Secret Empire are that is was pretty
good but I wish it had done more on how society had changed and less Cosmic
Cube Treasure Hunt.