Secret Empire 0 pulls together threads from several different books which constitute the prologue. They are conveniently laid out here:

I only read the Steve Rogers issue and didn’t really feel like I needed to read the rest to follow what was going on in Secret Empire 0. In Steve Rogers 16 we see Cap’s secret plan start to coalesce as Hydra seeks to reassemble the Cosmic Cube without reawakening Kobik and Zemo appears to kill Bucky.


This brings us to Secret Empire 0 wherein it is outlined that the Cosmic Cube was apparently created by American scientists during the World War II era and used to create the reality that we know as the original Marvel Universe.  Hyrdra’s plan is to use Cap to “undo” that “fake” reality and restore the “true” reality in which Hydra conquers the world.  So they appear to be telling us that the entire Marvel Universe is all just one big EYKIW.

On the other hand, we are still getting the intro text page telling us that Kobik has rewritten reality.  In which case this whole Captain Hydra saga is just one big bad dream that can be Bobby Ewinged out of existence at any time.

In the meantime Nick Spencer has started knocking down the dominos that he has nicely put into place over the last year or so.  This isn’t just a bunch of random stuff thrown together to sell a summer crossover. There appears to have actually been a lot of planning that went into this.

Here’s the way it will unfold going forward:

It doesn't appear that there are too many tie-ins or spin-offs, although I suppose that could change but so far I'm on board for the main series and probably Uprising as well.

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Ronald Morgan said:

Hasn't Natasha stopped being the Widow before? Should we expect a new "temporary" to turn up while they figure out what to do about her?

From Nick Lowe at the San Diego Con:

Black Widow… there’s stuff coming up. I don’t think you’ll hear about it at this convention, but we have a lot coming up,

There was another Black Widow, Yelena Belova, with a somewhat confusing continuity. I'm not sure if she's alive or not.

I think sh'es still around, but I couldn't say for sure. I know she never caught on.

Captain Comics said:

There was another Black Widow, Yelena Belova, with a somewhat confusing continuity. I'm not sure if she's alive or not.

That usually means she's going to die in a way that'll make Steve seem even more guilty.  I can understand marvel trying and failing with characters, but there should always be a plan for what happens if the character doesn't catch on.  

Randy Jackson said:

I think sh'es still around, but I couldn't say for sure. I know she never caught on.

Captain Comics said:

There was another Black Widow, Yelena Belova, with a somewhat confusing continuity. I'm not sure if she's alive or not.

This sounds like another way to stir up interest in a character. Thor replaced by a woman, etc. Maybe they'll replace her with a man this time. photo whistling.gif

If the character is well written they shouldn't need to stir up interest.  Put out a good story and art with a good cover and people will find it.

Richard Willis said:

This sounds like another way to stir up interest in a character. Thor replaced by a woman, etc. Maybe they'll replace her with a man this time. photo whistling.gif



Mark S. Ogilvie said:

If the character is well written they shouldn't need to stir up interest.  Put out a good story and art with a good cover and people will find it.

I wish that were true, but the most recent Waid/Samnee series had all of those ingredients and more and still didn't set the sales charts on fire.

I should have added affordable pricing to the mix.

Detective 445 said:



Mark S. Ogilvie said:

If the character is well written they shouldn't need to stir up interest.  Put out a good story and art with a good cover and people will find it.

I wish that were true, but the most recent Waid/Samnee series had all of those ingredients and more and still didn't set the sales charts on fire.

Well...it was priced at $3.99 which is silly but it it's still in line with many of the books that finish in the top 10 every month.  So I can see why Marvel might feel that need to try some type of gimmick to boost the sales.  It's too bad that it's come to that though.

By the way, those issues are now $2 on Comixology. Not a bad deal.

And if you're a Marvel Unlimited subscriber, they're included. I swear, MU is the best deal in comics. Not only can I read as many comics as I like, but I don't have to find a place to store them when I'm done!

But regardless, there's ALWAYS a need for marketing -- for superstar characters and up-and-comers alike. The media landscape is far too crowded for any book, comic, tv show, or movie to sell itself. Quality is one point to sell a book on*, but even getting the word out about quality takes a marketing push. 

*And it's often not even the best selling point. I'm sure more books are sold because of "importance" to the storytelling universe than high-quality story and art. 

Having finished the series, would you want to pay $2 for an issue at this point?

Detective 445 said:

By the way, those issues are now $2 on Comixology. Not a bad deal.



Randy Jackson said:

Having finished the series, would you want to pay $2 for an issue at this point?

Detective 445 said:

By the way, those issues are now $2 on Comixology. Not a bad deal.

Yeah.  I mean I already have them, but if I didn't I'd probably get the trades.

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