Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Sammy Younan as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

If there’s one thing that Andrew hates, it’s Event Books. So we’re going to review one.

2017’s big event book offering from Marvel was considered controversial by some and a hit by others. Secret Empire was the climax to the divisive storyline written by Nick Spencer where Steve Rogers, America’s greatest hero, was revealed to be a sleeper agent of Hydra. The controversy of turning the O.G. Cap into a “Nazi” overshadowed the story itself. For the comic fan not reading Secret Empire, it was hard to discern whether the book was actually good or if it was just popular due to the large amount of online bickering regarding it’s content. That’s why Andrew decided to wait until it was all over to give it a read.

This week on Bloodbath, Andrew and Sammy tackle Secret Empire. Was this a series so good it could stand on it’s own? Is this a timeless story? The guys attempt to answer these questions and more as they look at an America ruled by Hydra with a small band of heroes fighting against Evil Steve’s tyranny. Be sure to give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments.

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