Over one year ago, the entertainment world witnessed the biggest heel turn since Hulk Hogan joined in the NWO back in July of 1996. Seeing Captain America swear allegiance to the enemy he’s been fighting since his 60’s revival. Now at the midway point of Secret Empire, the latest event from Marvel, read further on for my thoughts on this event thus far.
If you follow me on twitter then you must know by now that I’m a stickler for consistent art. In this aspect Secret Empire has failed. I understand that Marvel didn’t want a repeat of Secret Wars (book shipped extremely late) and Civil War II (also shipped really late), so their answer is to have multiple artists to keep the book on schedule. Don’t get me wrong, Daniel Acuna, Andrea Sorrentino, and Leinil Francis Yu are all amazing artists, but when you go from Acuna to McNiven, to Sorrentino (twice), to Yu, then back to Sorrentino it hurts the book. I wouldn’t even mind the various artists if they all shared a similar style then I would be okay with this move. It’s to jarring for me and for most readers.
Despite the art problems, I’m deeply enjoying the story, yes certain issues can be a bit talk heavy and have your typical event tropes but certain things can’t be avoided. Personally my favorite issue so far has been the issue four aka Pymtron invites everyone to dinner. It was a such a bizarre trip down memory lane and even though it only pushed the story by inches it was a such a joy to read. My biggest problem is that the overall tone of this comic has the stench of alternate reality, yet it’s not a alternate reality story. Honestly the confusion comes from seeing former Avenger teammates fighting along side Hydra Steve with no context as to why they would fight for tyranny. Criticisms aside, I’m enjoying Secret Empire more than I did Civil War II and I’m looking forward to see how Marvel resolves the fall of Steve Rogers. What are your thoughts on Secret Empire thus far? Let me know in the comments below!