Queen Vs Hydra In Secret Empire #1 – And Which Major Marvel Character Meets Their Death? (SPOILERS)

The Oval Office. The Hydra curtains. Captain America sitting there. The beginning of Secret Empire #1, out today. And yes, there are spoilers. Come on.

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Do you think this A stands for France? The highest office of the land, now corrupted, through legitimate means.

We get a confirmation of the ongoing plans of the Secret Empire, as outlined in previous issues of Captain America. They're not stopping with the states….

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Or indeed the world. And there was that line previously about not killing Rick Jones, currently reinvented as a super-hacker.


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"I Want To Break Free" by Queen is a symbolic song. As well as the literal lyrics by John Deacon, the video was controversial in the USA as it featured the band members dressed as women. Something seen an utterly innocuous and jokey in the UK, with its history of pantomime and Monty Python, and reached no 3 in the charts in 1984, it was banned by MTV and other TV stations when it came to the States and only reached 45. The MTV ban was only lifted in 1991. It has also been regarded as an anthem for a fight against oppression.

So when presented with…

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The only response is to sing Queen. How will that go down?

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I didn't think the song was that bad. Death by firing squad, ordered by Captain America. But we also get a rallying cry – expect that to spread.

Secret Empire #1 by Nick Spencer and Steve McNiven is published today.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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