This week there were 5 Secret Empire titles including one of the title comics. Lets get started.
1. Secret Empire #4 seems to be a bit of a distraction in a strange way. Two issues ago we learned that the cosmic cube that was influencing Captain America has been shattered into different shards and scattered across the earth. Both sides are after these shards.
We also meet an older man who claims to be the real Steve Rodgers but it seems he has forgotten who he is. In this issue we see him continue his journey.
We also learn that one of the biggest past villains in the Marvel universe has one of the shards and is having a dinner party with the heroes and villains and deciding who gets it.
What makes this issue a bit of a distraction is that it seems to be one giant monologue of the main villain.
A second shard is introduced in the story too. I will not give anything else away.
I thought it was also a little strange that the Secret Empire Uprising storyline was continued here instead of in its own issue
I liked the issue but I think its not as good as I had hoped. I’m giving the book a grade of B.
2. Secret Empire United #1 was an excellent comic book. The mutant population has been moved to their own territory of New Tian. They have elected Xorn to be their king. In a secret mission to invade hydra territory one of the mutants is captured which prompts a rescue mission. As a result, Deadpool, Taskmaster and others defend against the attack.
I really liked this book. The art is fantastic and the concerns in the book seem to be real enough to be believable. I highly recommend this book. Grade: A
3. Deadpool #032 is all about Wade Wilson coming to terms with his actions last issue. In case you missed it, Deadpool killed Agent Coulson without questioning. He did it because Captain America was his hero.
This issue was pretty well written. Humor drives the story with Wade using it to show us his resolution with his decisions. It is a solid issue
The art here is good too. Grade: A.
4. Sam Wilson Captain America #22 is a part of a story that has been brewing for this character over a number of issues in various different comics in the series.
Sam Wilson has been through a lot of things and he is jaded. He was Captain America and he has shed that moniker. In fact, he really wants nothing to do with fighting Steve Rodgers. But he has been pressed into service. People in danger are asking Sam Wilson to get them out of the United States and he is helping them reluctantly.
This was another good issue. I like that the issue doesn’t try to be artsy fartsy. Each character is recognizable. I give this issue a grade of A.
5. The last of the Secret Empire books I read this week was Uncanny Avengers #24. While most of the books deal with Captain America’s influence around the United States, this book deals with the influence the darkforce dome has over Manhattan. We learned through the last doctor strange issue that beings from the dark force dimension have used the dome as a portal to gain access to earth. These beings look like the monsters in Monsters unleashed but much more evil.
This book is action packed and even has a bit of a twist near the end that should prove interesting to the unity squad.
I really liked this issue but with as many different problems that seemed to have popped up with this event, I’m a little worried that this event could easily lose its focus. Grade: A