Once Marvel finally divulged the first details regarding its next major crossover event, Secret Empire, one of the first things we learned was that it would kick off with a special zero issue. This practice isn’t uncommon, as preludes such as these often catch up lapsed readers before the main narrative commences. But, given the interiors included in the gallery at the top, it looks like even those who are up to date on all things Marvel shouldn’t skip this.
Although the preview happens to be unlettered, it appears writer Nick Spencer will waste no time in getting things off to a, shall we say, explosive start. Furthermore, it looks like many A-list heroes will make their presence felt as Hydra begins moving its first chess pieces.
Story aside, you have to admit it’s nice to get a look at several of the variant covers that will be hitting shelves. While we already knew what Mark Brooks’ standard cover would like for some time now, which is arguably the best looking of the lot, it’s undeniable that the alternate choices offered by Rod Reis, Elizabeth Torque and Ron Frenz are stunning in their own right.
For more details concerning Secret Empire #0, in addition to its release date, be sure to check out the synopsis Marvel has provided below:
What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? What if the most trustworthy, stalwart hero in the Marvel Universe was planning in secret a massive betrayal? That time is now – and no one will see it coming! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside SECRET EMPIRE #0 – the blockbuster prologue chapter from Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna and Rod Reis! Witness Hydra’s first move as the dominos begin to fall and war erupts on three fronts! To stem the coming darkness – it will take everyone! Avengers, Champions, Guardians, X-Men and more. United they stand against a common foe – will they stand a chance? The secret is out on April 19th in SECRET EMPIRE #0!