Secret Empire #4

Event\Storyline: Secret Empire Writer: Nick Spender Artist: Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 39
6.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

There is a power that can either save the world or doom it! Both Steve Rogers and the heroes arrayed against him need this power! But unfortunately for all of them, the key to possessing this power lies in the hands of the unstoppable Ultron! LIVE IN X-CITING TIMES! SECRET EMPIRE!
Rated T+

  • 10
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Jun 14, 2017

    This was the most compelling issue of the mini-series so far. It touches on every storyline and keeps you interested with every page. The Ultron/Pym dinner party was intense and creepy. There's a lot of dialogue, but something about this issue is totally in my wheelhouse. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Jun 15, 2017

    SECRET EMPIRE #4 manages to hit all the right beats in terms of story and art, with pencils by Leinil Francis Yu providing some raw and intense artwork this issue. A lot of lower tier characters also manage to get their time to shine, as well as some sweet callbacks to previous events. Overall, Secret Empire #4 is fantastic issue, and Secret Empire as a whole has been a fantastic event that has me excited for the next issue that comes out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 14, 2017

    An excellent chapter that could be its strongest yet. This event is starting to pull out some memorable moments you won't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Jun 15, 2017

    One of the best issue so far in the series, Secret Empire continues to remain a solid event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Jun 14, 2017

    Secret Empire continues to defy expectations, and this issue is no different, presenting one of the most memorable sequences and conversations in some time. You won't want to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Jun 15, 2017

    All in all, taking this issue by itself and not as part of the whole, this is actually a very enjoyable issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 14, 2017

    Secret Empire is winning me over. I’m not ashamed to say that. It’s been, by and large, a solid event when it doesn’t have to dabble in the fascistic imagery that got it in hot water in the first place. It makes me wonder if the editorial and creative team really needed to go that route at all. There’s a story here about the changing nature of characters and our perceptions and history with them that I think is getting buried a bit. Still, it works with the story Spencer is telling. Right after the Pym scene, we see Cap in his HYDRA gear, and it's such a bummer. If Hank couldn’t come back from his one mistake, can Steve come back from his? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 14, 2017

    Secret Empire #4 is an enjoyable read on its own merits, but as a chapter in a much larger storyline, it comes up a bit short. The Ultron-focused subplot seems better-suited to a one-shot tie-in, and it leaves Nick Spencer too little room to explore the series' many other concurrent plot threads. More than ever, it's a good thing this series ships as frequently as it does. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 16, 2017

    I enjoyed Secret Empire #4 and found this to be easily the best issue of this big event to this point. However, it is tricky recommending Secret Empire #4 to readers. For me, the Pym and the two teams of Avengers plot line that dominated this issue made Secret Empire #4 worth the price of admission. However, for readers who are not a fan of Hank Pym or who do not care much about old 1970's and 1980's continuity then Secret Empire #4 will probably not be worth purchasing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jun 16, 2017

    A strange artifact rather than a competent issue, one that lampshades the problems of the current Marvel Universe while simultaneously adding to them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Jun 14, 2017

    Although this is a fairly strong issue with some fun character beats, it's becoming increasingly hard to tell what kind of story Secret Empire actually is. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jun 19, 2017

    Secret Empire continues to be the worst kind of event comic, a dull one, much like its predecessor Civil War 2. The art is a step up this issue from the last couple in the series but the overall story is in love with hearing itself speak and preach to the reader showing little in terms of progress after five issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Jul 1, 2017

    The art is passable and works with what we're given, and the tone is one of desperation as the ticking clock starts. The concept hasn't really gotten any better after 4 issues, and if you weren't interested initially, you most likely won't be now. The book is decent but not much happens, and one is still left with the feeling that this is just all so wrong. Wrong from both a character perspective and a story one. This story should not need to be told, and it's rather sad that it is being told. We'll have to see how it picks up from here and what questions the next issue can answer. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 19, 2017

    To make a long story short, whether or not the basic premise of this book makes is difficult to engage with, this issue is actively unpleasant to read both in terms of story and art. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 15, 2017

    Hopefully at some point Marvel can sort this out and make fans happy to read the adventures of their favorite heroes again - but I'm not encouraged. Read Full Review

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