There isn't much hope these days in the Marvel Universe, and the beginning of Secret Empire #2 doesn't exactly inspire confidence that some will be found. The ending though? That's another story.
Spoilers incoming for Secret Empire #2, so if you haven't read it yet you've been warned.
New York's defenders are still stranded in the dark dimension, while some of the most powerful heroes aren't even on earth. What little remains of the resistance
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Of course, it could also be taking place within Steve's mind, as his original memories fight for control against his manipulated ones. This seems to be taking place in the physical world though, so it is probably something more along the lines of the previous theories.
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Secret Empire #2 is written by Nick Spencer with art by Rod Reis and Andrea Sorrentino. Mark Brooks provides the book's cover. The official description can be found below.
Enshrouded in darkness, plagued by the minions of Baron Mordo and cut off from all assistance, The Defenders and Doctor Strange struggle to save the lives of the innocent people consigned to this hell on Earth. Will Dagger prove to be the key to stopping this nightmare? Meanwhile, will the appearance of a new hero provide Iron Man with the key to Captain America’s startling change? THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL DEFEND YOU!
Secret Empire #2 is in stores today.