Captain America has officially returned and he’s not too happy with the Hydra Captain America that’s been acting in his name.

Marvel Comics has released pages from the new Secret Empire #10, revealing that Steve Rogers’ Captain America has returned, and wastes no time in taking down Hydra Cap with Thor’s hammer – proving once again, that he is worthy.

After the incredibly controversial May 2016 storyline, where Steve Rogers said “Hail Hydra” for the first time, the story will finally reach the payoff fans have been eagerly awaiting in Secret Empire #10 – released tomorrow, 30th August.

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Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told the New York Times: “We understood that the story would challenge readers, but we also knew how it ended. We also thought the story had something important to say about democracy, freedom and the core American values that Captain America embodies.”

He went on to say that Marvel couldn’t have imagined that Secret Empire would come to an end “at a time when our country would also be engaged in – let’s call it heated debate – about fascism.”

The announcement of Cap’s return fell on co-creator Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday – after the original reveal of Hydra Cap was considered to be in very poor taste, or worse, anti-Semitic given that Kirby, and fellow Cap creator Joe Simon were both Jewish and created the hero specifically to act as a symbol against the fascism of Nazi Germany.

There have been a number of clues to point towards the original Captain America’s return throughout Secret Empire’s limited series, as it has spent time following a man appearing to be an amnesiac Steve Rogers as he travels through a mysterious realm, searching for his home. In the ninth issue, this place was revealed to be the mind of Kobik, a sentient cosmic cube who rewrote Cap’s history to make him a sleeper agent of Hydra. This issue also saw Kobik finally restore Steve Rogers’ memory (though this Steve would be a product of her memory of the original).

 

Secret Empire #10 from writer Nick Spencer and artist Steve McNiven goes on sale August 30th.

 

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