My latest review for Graphic Policy website —
Do the books themselves even matter anymore — or is the announcement of their forthcoming arrival enough?
I ask that question in all seriousness because it gets to the heart of one the major problems (among many worthy contenders) in Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, and Rod Reis’ Secret Empire #0, the first chapter (or maybe that should be pre– first chapter) of Marvel Comics‘ latest sure-to-disappoint-most “crossover event” series. Within these pages you’ll find, for instance, a team calling itself “The Defenders” that hasn’t made its “official” debut yet, and you’ll see Tony Stark back as Iron Man even though, according to “present” continuity, he’s still in a coma. But Marvel knows that you’re already aware of these “future” events because, hey, they’ve all been announced.
Likewise, they know damn well that pretty much everyone reading this book — even those who haven’t been keeping…
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