Hydra Supreme Leader Addresses Media in ‘Captain America: Steve Rogers’ #17

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Writer Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire has been making waves in the comic book world. The book that started it all, Captain America: Steve Rogers, continues the major narrative in between issues of Secret Empire. Hydra’s supreme leader addresses the media in issue #17 this week.

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The U.S. has been aggressively taken over by Hydra. Their supreme leader, Steve Rogers, has volunteered to do an interview and address the regime change.

He shares Hydra’s position on Inhuman camps, the sovereign Mutant territory, altering historical events, and the means by which this power was obtained. The only topic off the table is the crater he recently turned Las Vegas into.

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This is exactly the tie-in issue that Secret Empire needed. Now that the concept has settled in and internet fools are up in arms, we get into the details of this event. Readers explore both what Steve shares to the public, and what actually happened.

Hydra Steve is most enjoyable the more he waves his Hydra flag. In the main event book, he’s showed some remorse and reluctance about what’s happening. In this issue, he’s all-in on Hydra propaganda and it’s highly entertaining.

The further Nick Spencer takes Steve Rogers away from his Captain America ideals, the more fun this event is. Despite misguided internet fan anger, Spencer should turn the Hydra knob to eleven and let his story reach its maximum potential.

Cap Worthy

Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 is a dark issue. Spencer gives readers a better look at what a Hydra takeover looks like, and it’s grim. On the surface, somehow Rogers has supposedly won over the public and people are more than willing to hail Hydra. Is this accurate or a symptom of Steve’s delirium?

How the world, and its superhuman champions, react to this new power will continue to be the driving force. We finally get to see how the mutants fit into this mess. The scene between Steve and Magneto is a powerful one.

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Effectively taking mutants off the board and asking Magneto to stay in hiding is bold. Appointing Xorn as the mutant overseer isn’t going to sit well with the master of magnetism. One would imagine the mutant nation of New Tia won’t be silent forever.

Cap Mags Xorn

Bringing in the reporter who previously humiliated Cap to conduct this interview pays off in a big way by issues end. Not only does Steve show how ruthless he can be, but also that he’s a bit petty as this was clearly a trap.

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This characterization of supreme leader Rogers needs to be the standard for all Secret Empire books. The further committed to the concept, the more effective this experience will be in the end.

Regardless of how you feel about Cap ditching the stars & stripes, his villainy in Secret Empire is classic comic book entertainment. Nothing sticks forever, especially with knowing that Legacy is right around the corner. This is a story to be enjoyed while it lasts. Comic books are supposed to be fun after all, right?

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This tie-in issue was mostly dialogue between seated characters. It’s a two-sided news report, filling us in on the details of a hostile takeover. It also wasn’t a boring read despite that. This was more exciting than any issue of Bendis’ Civil War II.

Nick Spencer may not be the best at handling scrutiny on Twitter, but he’s delivering a worthwhile Marvel event.

Where do you stand on Secret Empire? Let us know in the comments below!

Brandon J. Griffinhttps://twitter.com/griffunk
New Jersey scum who worships comic books like religious literature. Yell at me on Twitter @griffunk


  1. As because I’am apperently a fucking tool, since a very much liked Spencer work I will Say my opinion. A very good issue showing how Hydra Cap maintans a control over USA. It’s very well done. This so called ,,fucking entertaining” is entertaining since Steve Rogers is evil now, but no malicious. He thinks he’s doing the right thing, even as we can see that he rationalises he’s action that are clearly wrong. Which is interesting, since this is how totaitarian goverment works. Changing the truth, and masking the vaults of the system. And sad truth is that, people today are also swayed by this demeanor. Holocaust denial isn’t even implied here. From the start we see that Kobik the changes to his head, and created Elise as a Devil on his shoulder. So idea of Hydra winning is a bullshit from the beginning. It’s like saying ,,goverment has been taken over by evil forces, and says complete bullshit is truth now. We have to believe them”. Inteligent people know what is true and what isn’t.

  2. God you are such a fucking tool. You and every dick sucking Nick Spencer Mega Fan. You just flat out ignored the fact that this bullshit comic has essentially made Holocaust Denial historical fact in this universe. You’re as tone deaf and fucking stupid as Spencer is. And no, none of this is fucking fun and none of this fucking entertaining. Watching HydraCap constantly get away with shit and talk down to people about this or that is NOT fucking fun!

    You’re a fucking idiot. Pure and simple. Fuck you and fuck your condscending bullshit towards anyone who rightfully hates this shit. Fuck you so hard.

    • wow all those f bombs sure are a sign that you’re a smart well balanced individual… so did you even read any of secret empire? cause i’ve read all of it and the captain America comics and not a single one of them says a thing about the holocaust not happening. And the “great Illusion” is basically hydra propaganda. you’re literally freaking out about stuff that didn’t happen.

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