Tagged: Defenders

Marvel’s Endgame Begins in Secret Empire #0

The Marvel Universe’ Hostile Takeover Begins in Secret Empire #0

Now, for fans of the House of Ideas, this week is the start of a hotly debated event. There’s a lot of heat in the discussions for many reasons, but one started a while back in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, where it was revealed that “Old Reliable” himself is in fact an undercover agent of Hydra. A lot of readers were left shaking their fists while others were scratching their heads.

From there, the nature of Steve’s history having been altered by the Red Skull tweaking with a cosmic cube filled in some back story but the path to Cap and Hydra’s endgame was unclear. Like DC did with their DC Universe: Rebirth #1 one-shot, Marvel used a tentpole release to further build the foundation for this company altering event. As the dust settled on Civil War II, Steve Rogers was appointed the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and thanks to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Act, he now has more authority than any director before him (sorry, Nick Fury!).

Meanwhile, Cap’s been orchestrating a Chitauri invasion of Earth which, based on the preview pages released, looks like will be a focal point in Secret Empire #0. Add in the death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, and the dispatching of the Red Skull in his series’ last issue, and Steve Rogers is set to run the table all in the name of Hydra. Who can stop, arguably, the former greatest and most beloved hero in the history of the Marvel Universe? Apparently, it’s going to take everybody!

Rumors run rampant about what Marvel’s status quo will be after the Secret Empire’s saga is done. Will Steve Rogers be returned to the good ole Captain America he once was? So soon after the casualties from Civil War II, could other beloved characters be sacrificed or terminated with extreme prejudice? Will Ulysses’ vision of Hydra’s dark reign over the world come true? Or will this lead to something even more game changing than even Secret Wars did less than two years ago? Is their Rebirth or a “New 52” style reboot?

The journey to all of our answers will begin in this special zero issue from Steve Rogers scribe Nick Spencer and artists Daniel Acuña and Rod Reiss. Marvel fans, are, you rrrrrrrrready?

 

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Defending Good Taste

“The older I get, the more life seems to be the stupid, frustrating stuff that gets in the way of YOU and reading comics.”

That’s what Danny Rand, Iron Fist, said in the first issue of Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s new Defenders series.  I’m here to make sure that nothing gets in the way of you, Forbidden Planeteers, and reading The Defenders #4.

The Defenders is one of the most engaging superhero books going.  It has a vibe that’s as hyper-modern as it is old school, with big action, complicated characters, serious weirdness, and more energy than Quicksilver on a cappuccino binge.  In just the first three issues, the team got together, went to Wundagore Mountain, saved the universe, and stole a powerful, mysterious device called the Concordance Engine.

This week’s tale, the first of three issues focusing on individual Defenders, deals with Doctor Strange accidentally revving the Engine, whilst simultaneously finding himself targeted by an unscrupulous young street magician.  Guest artist Michael Lark keeps the strange proceedings believable, while Matt Fraction turns up the pathos.

Believe me folks, the Defenders will surprise you every time – it’s far too cool to play by the rules.  Don’t miss it.

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If you’d like to jump on board the current Defenders series issue #1 is currently available here.

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