Marvel Comics released preview pages for the debut issue of the much ballyhooed summer event, Secret Empire, which will be released May 3rd. Positioned as the culmination of the long-simmering and controversial “HYDRA Cap” storyline running through the Captain America line, writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve McNiven take Steve Rogers from undercover double agent to public enemy number one. Will his former heroic allies recover form this shocking betrayal? Will HYDRA rule the world? Will Steve Rogers’ cosmically altered past revert to normal and return him to the side of the angels? Will irate fans continue to forget how comics work and bombard Spencer with threats and insults via Twitter? Will McNiven defy the odds and stay on schedule? Most importantly, will this really be the end of Marvel’s big events for the foreseeable future? These questions and more might be answered when Secret Empire #1 debuts May 3rd.
In the meantime, whet your appetite or fuel your outrage with these preview pages!
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:
UNITED WE STAND – Your First Look at SECRET EMPIRE #1!
The Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Inhumans, Champions, and More Galvanize as One
New York, NY—April 7th, 2017 — This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for! It has been building for months, but now the time has come. The most trustworthy, stalwart hero the Marvel Universe has ever known will step into the light and reveal himself! How will the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with such a shattering betrayal? It’s all happening on May 3rd, as the highly anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1 makes it’s thunderous debut at your local comic shops and on digital devices everywhere! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first eye-popping look inside issue #1!
From blockbuster creators Nick Spencer & Steve McNiven comes a first issue that must be seen to be believed! The Marvel Universe is under siege from within. Due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, uses the trust and respect he has gained over the years to ascend to a position where he can enact Hydra’s ideals. But now, the dominos of his master plan will begin to fall! Ask yourself, what if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy?
Now, the rise of Hydra stands as a rallying cry for the heroes across the Marvel Universe. Avengers, Champions, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men, Spider-Man, Deadpool and more must unite. Put aside their differences and come together as one. The first and last line of defense against Hydra!
The sensational, can’t-miss SECRET EMPIRE #1 hits comic stores and digital devices May 3rd. Get in on the ground floor of the comic event of the year that’s sure to have the world talking! As Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, can the heroes stand triumphant? Find out this May!
Retailers: FOC on Secret Empire #1 is fast approaching (04/10). Retailers are strongly encouraged to check their orders on Secret Empire #1. Check your Marvel Mailer for ordering options and opportunities.
SECRET EMPIRE #1 (MAR170901)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Covers by ADI GRANOV (MAR170902), J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAR170903),
And SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR170906)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR170907)
Villain Variant by DAN MORA (MAR170908)
Hydra Heroes Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR170905)
FOC – 04/10/17, On-Sale – 05/03/17