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Secret Empire Paperback – July 10, 2018
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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- Grade Level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0785194533
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785194538
- Paperback : 432 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.68 x 10.25 inches
- Reading level : 13 and up
- Publisher : Marvel (July 10, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #379,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the $10 price I paid for the digital version, there was a TON of content in this one tpb! A whole GB of data on my iPhone!
While the story was good and enjoyable, there where certain plot devices that are implemented that don't go explained for nearly the entire storyline. The series is also dependent on you knowing a wee bit of recent Marvel Universe history. If you don't know much, though, the main dynamic of the story of Hydra winning and taking over everything is strong enough that casual readers can get by; just remember there might be some "oh, did that happen in another comic?" moments of revelation. There are some moments and events though that Even a big comic fan like me didn't understand, and a few seeming lapses in storytelling logic (I was very confused who the traitor was, when revealed; as it conflicted with what I saw previous issue)
The way the story is told has flaws, but the main delimia of a false Captain America turning Hydra and taking over the USA is engaging and terrifying! More could've been focused on the change to American culture, instead of focusing just on rebelling super heroes, but that said it still makes for a fun and engaging story!
For the price I paid for the digital version, I was quite happy with what I got.
Art is varied, with different artists rotating in and out. Usually the art is stunning, but every so often a lesser artist comes in. Over all it's a pretty package though.
This is the best crossover story Marvel has produced.
The ultra loyal familial bonds (brotherly between Baron Zemo and Hydra Steve Rogers; mother/son between Madame Hydra and Hydra Steve Rogers) is incredibly compelling. Sam Wilson's elevation is truly a highlight (one of many in this story). I love what Nick Spencer did with this. Steve Rogers is the focal point of the story. He comes out of the story shining even more as the ultimate hero. At the same time, in the scenes Sam Wilson is in, he is displayed as every bit Steve Rogers's equal. They both do things in their own way. Secret Empire elevates Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers.
Hydra Steve Rogers may be the most formidable villain now in the Marvel universe. He is written so well by Spencer. Much of his dialogue is written in such a top quality way. It helps to let the reader see the way he thinks and creates an understanding that overall makes sense.
The art is excellent.
Hopefully Marvel will put out more stories like this. It shows a creative freedom that is often times missing within the context of American comic book story telling.
The art is top notch all throughout. There a lot of artists but all are A listers like Daniel Acuna, Andrea Sorrentino, Steve McNiven, Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis, and more.
Spencer's whole Captain America run plus this event has a lot of social commentary going on which I like. Make art with meaning. Even if it is a "silly" superhero book. Our democracy can be lost. And we the people may be the ones to give it away to demagogues. Such a true take on today's political climate.
Such a great event and the culmination of a crazy exciting Captain America saga for the ages.
I believe this is something everyone should read for reference, and again it is pretty well written, but it’s possible that it’s no longer completely relevant.
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One thing I really hate is when a character is featured prominently on the cover and is not in the comic. I hate that. Now using my favorite character in that way pushes my annoyance level to 11. The Spider-man on the cover is Peter Parker, the Spider-man in the story is Milles. Peter is in possibly 10 panels, and contributes nothing to the story.
The one person you always believed in more then anybody else betrays you. How do you recover from a betrayal live that. However he has not just betrayed you but the world making him the more powerful person in the world. Some will hide, some fight, many will die. How many time can heroes rise to be knocked down again. This is the story of what heroes are made of.
This rant and other issues. Suddenly heroes have been away the whole book suddenly appear like nothing has happened. Even finishing the book I am not sure if it what if or from the now rebooted and merged Marvel Universe.
A great but slow story, a little slow at the beginning but all this built up to the big heroic fight at the end. An epic story that does not just reboot the scars and damage remain. A great final battle and good epilogue, but I don’t think all the characters got enough time in this book.
You might wanna read “Captain America: Steve Rogers Vol. 1 Hail Hydra” before tackling this one, as it acts as a great prelude to what kicks this Secret Empire book off...
It arrived with a damaged spine and slightly damaged edges on the cover. Disappointed but it's still perfectly readable.
Very relevant to modern politics in the era of Brexit and Trump.