Secret Empire #2

Secret Empire #2

Event\Storyline: Secret Empire Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Andrea Sorrentino Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 17, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 37
6.9Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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Enshrouded in darkness, plagued by the minions of Baron Mordo and cut off from all assistance, The Defenders and Doctor Strange struggle to save the lives of the innocent people consigned to this hell on Earth. Will Dagger prove to be the key to stopping this nightmare? Meanwhile, will the appearance of a new hero provide Iron Man with the key to Captain America's startling change?  THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL DEFEND YOU!
Rated T+

  • 9.5
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela May 17, 2017

    Secret Empire #2 manages to impressivley build off the previous issues before it in new and interesting ways, with more characters being added to the mix that will sure to provide some interesting scenarios. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Tom Guilfoyle May 18, 2017

    This is a brilliant second issue to an engaging event. Nick Spencer is a fantastic writer and the art by Andrea and Rod is superb. This is a series to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 17, 2017

    A strong second issue that serves as more of an intro as to what's to come for our heroes than either of the previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 17, 2017

    Secret Empire has a few presentation issues in the switch from one artist to the next, but otherwise this is one event that looks to deliver on the hype. This issue manages to both convey the full scope of Hydra's takeover while keeping the focus intimate and relatable. Things are looking bleak for the Avengers, but there's also a ray of light on the horizon as the race against time begins. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - Sankalp G. May 25, 2017

    After the blunder known as Civil War II, which served as glorified advertisement for Secret Empire, Marvel has learned from their mistake. Secret Empire has potential to be one of the best crossover events in memory, at least up to its 3rd issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon May 17, 2017

    Secret Empire #2 is a powerful issue, featuring a shocking twist at the end. If this is handled well, we could be talking about Marvel's best event in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde May 17, 2017

    Not every issue of Secret Empire will be as epic as #0 and #1 and that’s okay. Secret Empire #2 slows the war down to focus on the dividing lines in the resistance and to start paving the way for Steve’s return. What Nick Spencer brilliantly does is make you question whether Steve will actually survive long enough to turn back into his true self. That sort of unpredictability in Secret Empire is why it has overcome the boring event trend. The stakes are high, the characters are compelling, and I truly have no clue what is going to happen in issue #3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin May 22, 2017

    The knee-jerk reaction from some to instantly despise Secret Empire is proving to be increasingly unfounded and short-sighted with each issue. This is a class act all around, a genuine must-read series. Comic books don't get much better than this. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones May 22, 2017

    "Secret Empire" #2 is filled with creativity and passion, getting readers ready of the next steps of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 17, 2017

    Spencer ends the issue with a “shocking surprise” and again foreshadows how it'll all likely end, which since the narrative is being told in past tense, will end with resistance victory. This is an improvement as it actually gives us characters to cheer for in a way and some folks we should care about as a whole. The issue and event still comes off as poorly thought out and perspectives are too simplified missing the complexity of real life politics. A step in the right direction, but one that's far too late. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 18, 2017

    Secret Empire #2 was a massive improvement over issue #0 and #1. There are still several major problems with the story that Nick Spencer needs to address in future issues. That said Spencer did an effective job continuing to make Captain America and Hydra look like an unstoppable force our heroes can't overcome. The ending along with how the underground heroes have chosen to deal with the problem at hand create intriguing scenarios for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 28, 2017

    That being said, the Cube and this Steve may still play a role in overthrowing the Empire and not fixing the evil Steve Rogers problem itself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 18, 2017

    I still believe this series can right itself - but it's going to have to deliver a pretty amazing plot twist to manage it. So far, I'm not seeing it - and that voice of optimism in the back of my mind is fading fast. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 17, 2017

    It’s true, sometimes you do find hope in the strangest places, and we’re still very early on in this event. That final splash is might be the best hope we can hope for, but even with this markedly improved sophomore installment, Secret Empire still has a ways to go before it will feel like it has truly turned the corner. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray May 22, 2017

    Overall I'mjust not in love and committed to repeatedly paying $4.99 repeatedly multipletimes per month for another overly long event comic book series from Marvelcomics again. Unless it was Nick Spencer knocking my socks off of course whichSecret Empire so far is still far from doing.    If you're a fan of Sorrentino's art style,that is where most of your enjoyment will be found in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 15, 2017

    What I liked most about Secret Empire #2 is that it gives us various perspectives " even if they don't all hold their weight in water. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 18, 2017

    Secret Empire gets weirder, but that doesn't exactly mean better in its second installment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk May 26, 2017

    Secret Empire #2 is a lackluster read. This issue offers up a thin read with little substance or actual plot progression. Keep in mind that Marvel is charging $5.00 for the price of admission with Secret Empire #2. That is a massive cover charge for a show that offers very little in return. Secret Empire #2 offers up little bang for the buck. For $5.00 I require far more content and plot progression than what Spencer dishes out with this issue. There is just no way I could recommend any reader spending their hard-earned money for Secret Empire #2. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    GWW - RW Adams May 17, 2017

    This event seems to be going nowhere fast and the inclusion of all the shock twists in the world ain't gonna save it. After three issues (including the zero issue or three and a half if you include the free comic day issue) this should be further along. Here's hoping that Nick Spencer can somehow pull all this together and live up to the highly contentious concept he first introduced. Read Full Review

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