Secret Empire is a comic book series by Marvel about a fascist takeover of the USA by a Captain America revealed as a sleeper agent of Hydra, a non-white-supremacist-honest-but-once-allied-to-Nazis-in-WWII-and-nevertheless-fully-fascist organisation. You may have heard of it. You may have also heard that it has caused considerable concern for some who have been quite vocal on social media.
The Free Comic Book Day edition of Secret Empire have been selling copies for up to $7 on eBay. Why, when it was so widely available and so free? Well, this might be a partial explanation. People had been talking about burning copies of it.
And then actually burning copies of it.
It was pointed out by a few that burning comics in opposition to white supremacy might have tinges of irony, as traditionally, it's the Nazi white supremacists who mostly burned books. And indeed, the fascists of Hydra did so in the comic itself.
But there was also plenty of support for the action. There was what you might call a mixed response.
And from the writer of the comic himself…
But one thing is sure: It's great news for comic book speculators! Maybe they can persuade folk to burn all their New Mutants #98 while they're at it, after all, Deadpool is Hydra now, too.