Secret Empire #5

Event\Storyline: Secret Empire Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 28, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 32
7.1Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

They thought they were safe! They thought they could handle anything that was thrown against them! But the united heroes of the Marvel Universe never reckoned on the dread power that Steve Rogers would unleash! THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL AMAZE YOU!
Rated T+

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 28, 2017

    Another good installment that moves the needle a bit closer to the end. The biggest win though is the character writing which is always good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Jun 29, 2017

    Secret Empire has been a respectable event to so far. Spencer has impressed with his knowledge and subtle references to the past events as well as his characterization and world-building. Still, as mentioned above, this issue feels like a filler but has been delivered in such a way, which makes it feel important. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 28, 2017

    It's good to see Secret Empire building steam again as the series reaches the halfway point. Issue #5 helps push the narrative forward again, even as it devotes most of its attention to showcasing various heroes and villains and the ways in which this conflict is burdening them all. From Thor Odinson to Black Widow to Cap himself, there's plenty of strong character work to go around, and the (mostly) strong visuals help keep the story humming along. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Jun 28, 2017

    Secret Empire #5 is a strong issue, with a lot of unexpected plot twists that make it a delight to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jul 2, 2017

    Strangely though, for all the twists and turns, this issue isn't quite satisfying. It does a great job of setting things up, but it's mostly sizzle and no steak. The sizzle is great, don't get me wrong, and the writing on it is very good" but it needed just a little extra oomph. However, It's another solid (and vital) issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Donald Hudec Jun 28, 2017

    While the writing here is pretty solid, but a very unusual choice in artists, in my opinion. This sort of epic-blockbuster-summer-popcorn-fest is generally paired up with a more prominent, mainstream artist along the lines of a Steve McNiven, Olivier Coipel or even the cover artist, Mark Brooks. It's not bad, just unusual. I'll be honest, considering the shit-storms that the last few Marvel crossovers have turned out to be (don't get me started on that ending to IvX), I did not expect great things from Secret Empire. I have been refreshingly surprised by how well Nick Spencer has crafted this story thus far. PLEASE, Marvel, don't make me regret saying that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Jun 28, 2017

    A bit confusing at times but packed with plenty of revelations. It doesn't feel as cohesive a story as the last issue, but it successfully moves the plot forward. Which is probably what readers want most. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 28, 2017

    This issue is utilitarian in that it asks even more questions and provides no answers, forcing those who seek them to hang on for another issue. If Marvel's event format has been trying to ape the success of Civil War, they'd do well to learn one simple lesson from that book: less is more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 1, 2017

    I cant say that this is a bad story. Im sorry, I just cant. Its not satisfying super hero fiction, but its not bad. I can recommend it. Its a decent continuation to the story. It just wont make you feel good in any way shape or form. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jul 3, 2017

    Ill sum up Secret Empire #5 in one sentence, I feel asleep three times reading this book, itsjust flat out boring. It continues the trend of revealing very little, progressing the story even less, just about turning into the over bloated messwe all feared it would be at the start. Tie-in'sappear to be telling too much of the story, while the main event book feelslike a series of uninteresting random scenes that just aren't keeping myattention anymore. To many questions, too few answers, and a poorly thought out,and now expanded idea, make this a low point for Marvel event comics since Fear Itself. Honestly I think I liked Civil War II more and Im saying that with acompletely straight face. Read Full Review

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