The real Captain America stands as beacon of hope as the Secret Empire begins to crumble in this latest issue in the groundbreaking Marvel event of the summer.
While Secret Empire #7 was an issue filled with despair and very forlorn circumstances for it’s heroes, Secret Empire #8 does the opposite, with writer Nick Spencer giving the heroes of the Marvel Universe the hope that they have been desperately searching for, in the form of Sam Wilson’s Captain America. Sam wields the Shield once again to rally the heroes and in doing so provides inspiration for those trapped in space or in the dark dimension shadow bubble in New York.
The whole issue centers on Heroes rediscovering who they are, and their purpose of helping other people instead of fighting with each other. It is this message that is the driving force of Nick Spencer’s conclusion of Secret Empire, and thanks to his superb writing and fantastic art by Daniel Acuña, Secret Empire #8 stands tall, much like its heroes in the issue.
The narration in this issue changes tone drastically from previous issues, with the Heroes beginning to take back control of the dire situation. Although it may come off as a bit dramatic, the newfound confidence optimism evident in Nick Spencer’s writing. You can clearly tell with only two issues left, Nick Spencer is setting the stage for an epic conclusion to the event, and all the build up that has been taking place since the pages of Steve Rogers Captain America in 2016 is all finally paying off.
Thanks to Daniel Acuña’s bright and colorful art brings a new quality to secret Empire, and it is great to see him draw Sam Wilson Captain America again after drawing his series back in 2015. The only problem that this issue had was Spencers valiant attempt at connecting tie-in issues to the event which makes the issue feel a bit cluttered. Overall, Secret Empire #8 is a fantastic issue thanks to the change in tone in both story and art, as well as being able to set the stage for an epic last two issues of Secret Empire. – Ernesto Valenzuela
GRADE – 9/10