Writer: Nick Spencer
Art: Andrea Sorrentino, Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara, Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
It was foretold by Ulysses, it’s haunted Spider-Man’s nightmares for months, and now the moment has arrived: It’s time for Miles Morales to kill Captain America! Unless Natasha…
Content (May/May Not Contain SPOILERS)
Secret Empire trucks on. We’re finally dealing with something never dealt with in Civil War II – Ulysses’ vision of Spider-Man killing Captain America. That’s the concept of this issue. Spider-Man rushes into what may simply be destiny, but things aren’t always this simple. We get a small scene where Captain Marvel begs Quasar to wake up, but as we’ve not had much dealings with her lately, it doesn’t really come off meaning much. The conversation after, between Miles Morales and Black Widow however, does. Spider-man is afraid of being a killer, knowing the vision has affected the way people interact with him. Widow has her attack on Cap set up, but someone has an objection to all this; Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher.
With Natasha distracted, Spider-Man makes his escape towards a confrontation with Captain America, who is not at all shocked. The battle goes surprisingly, with Spider-Man on the brink of doing what the vision said he would – until Wasp convinces him he’s not a killer. Cap’s not just got enemies on the opposition side though. Sharon Carter is still held by Hydra, and she’s still not too happy with the Captain either. Cap’s never been so alone, but Hydra seems more poised for victory than ever! Hope seems all but lost for the Underground now, with most of their forces seemingly gone, but one man isn’t ready to give up yet. Sam Wilson is back – and this time the Sentinel of Liberty has returned!
In Conclusion (Definitely Contains SPOILERS)
Sam Wilson coming back as Captain America was highly unexpected- especially since it had seemed he had been one of the first to give up being a hero. Steve Rogers has tasted the wrath of Spider-Man, who chose to defy the vision in the end and not kill him, thanks to the Wasp. Cap’s out to crush the rebellion fully now. He’s declared war, and the Underground is in no shape to handle the might of Hydra at this point. Cap’s also gotten rid of one of the biggest opposition players now – Black Widow. Cap accidentally breaks her neck while aiming for Spider-Man, after Widow pushes Miles out of the way.
Widow is probably the most surprising character this issue. She’s a hardened killer, and is planning an assassination, but she sacrifices herself to make sure Spider-Man, someone she’s been training in her new Red Room to be more ruthless, did not become a killer. Hydra’s seemingly got all the cards in their corner, and the tone is certainly grim with a small glimmer of hope at the end. The dream world sequences, the ones with a different Steve Rodgers and Red Skull, are still rather confusing and make no real contribution to the overall plot – at least, not yet.
The art is serviceable, as always, and the writing is okay but not spectacular. This is something to pick up if you’ve been following the story, otherwise it’s nearly skippable. It is exactly what it needs to be and not much more, though Sam Wilson being a hero again is rather nice for fans distraught with the current status quo. Will Hydra prevail, or will the Underground find a way to achieve their goals? We’ll have to see next issue. Spider-Man’s duel with Cap isn’t all that much in the story and lasts a scant period of time. For something so hyped up, it didn’t really deliver too much.
Secret Empire #7 is an alright book if you’re of a mind to get it, otherwise, it’s pretty easy to avoid.
Age Rating: T+
Publisher: Marvel Comics