First off, let’s get everyone up to speed with what’s going on.
Red Skull has rewritten Captain America’s origin using, the sentient Cosmic Cube, Kubik. That being said, as far as the current Marvel Universe is concerned, Steve Rogers has always been a Hydra loyalist. So Steve Rogers isn’t a turncoat, he’s just been thrust into a new reality wherein the Cap we once knew never actually existed.. Trippy… Right?
Ok, Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s get into this issue.
Secret Empire #0 kicks this epic event into action by bringing some of Cap’s meticulously laid out plans to neutralize some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to fruition. The issue sets the stage by resolving some behind the scene setups, which I’m thankful for. Might just be me, but I feel like a few of Marvels more recent events have felt super slow due to too much being set up over the first handful of issues, causing the story itself to drag, then once everything is set up the rest of the issues seem to really rushed dumping an ending onto our laps…. (cough) *Spider-Verse* (cough).
Personally, I’ve been loving “Hydra Cap”, he’s everything I love about Captain America but wrapped in all that epic Hydra imagery. If you haven’t already, I HIGHLY recommend reading as much of the Captain America: Steve Rogers series as you can before diving into Secret Empire, especially if you’re a Hydra Cap hater. The series breaks down perfectly who our current Steve Rogers is, why he is, and how he came to be.