It’s becoming a common theme for Marvel Comics events to stretch an extra issue or two, and now Secret Empire is getting in on the action. But the first look makes it seem like something fans might have a few opinions on.
The event series was originally solicited for nine issues, but that has now been bumped up to 10 installments. The first cover for the new, 10th issue shows a triumphant Steve Rogers rocking a brand new, Hydra-themed costume (that looks a bit familiar) — standing over a lot of his former, now-fallen comrades. We can see both versions of Spider-Man, Ironheart, a Hulk, Sam Rogers’ Captain America, a few X-Men, Black Panther, Old Man Logan and the old-school Tony Stark AI that’s been kicking around.
Here’s what Marvel SVP & Executive Editor Tom Brevoort had to say about the expansion:
"[Writer] Nick [Spencer] has constructed each issue of Secret Empire so that it ends with a climactic twist or a big reveal or a shocking development, and issue #9 is no exception. So moving into the finale, with issue #10, the heroes across the Marvel Universe will be pushed to the breaking point as we race to the exhilarating climax we’ve been planning for months. Oh, and let me say again: we’re not going to use the Cosmic Cube to simply reverse everything away—the stakes matter, maybe more than they ever have before.”
Check out the full cover below and let us know what you think: