Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Secret Empire #10 and Secret Empire: Omega #1.

All in all, Marvel’s Secret Empire was an enjoyable comic book event, but it sent a few mixed messages. Writer Nick Spencer spent a year crafting Steve Rogers into an untrustworthy yet principled version of himself, or Hydra Captain America. His history was tweaked, thanks to Red Skull and his Cosmic Cube, Kobik, (a Marvel genie of sorts), and he betrayed his friends’ trust and the entire populace of the United States, reimagining it as a Hydra state in his quest to “fix” the world. Spencer’s winding ...

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