In case you haven't been following along with the saga of Marvel's Secret Empire Prelude, here's a quick recap. Bleeding Cool first discovered the comic back in October, when it was just an Amazon listing for a book called Classified Prelude, with no actual information about the contents of the book, for $34.99. In December, Marvel listed the title in their March solicitations, still "classified," with no information about the contents of the book, just the description:
Find out what's in store for the Marvel Universe in this definitive prelude to the next major event! You won't want to miss a moment of the story and it all starts here.
In January, we learned the name of the book, which was obvious by that point: Secret Empire Prelude. But still, we had no idea what was in it, and the price remained the same.
Finally, Marvel has revealed the info on the book, with a lot of ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-*smacks self*-changes.
Secret Empire Prelude will contain:
Collects Captain America (2012) #21 & #25; material from Captain America: Sam Wilson #7 & #8; Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha, Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega; Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 & #2.
It will ship on April 26, not in March (final order cutoff March 6).
And if you're about to throw a fit about an eight issue TPB costing $35, take a deep breath. It will now cost just $14.99.
SECRET EMPIRE PRELUDE TPB (JAN171105)
Written by NICK SPENCER & RICK REMENDER
Art by NIC KLEIN, STUART IMMONEN, CARLOS PACHECO, DANIEL ACUNA,
ANGEL UNZUETA, PAUL RENAUD and JESUS SAIZ
Full of edge-of-your-seat thrills, this collection details all the pulse-pounding moments that have led up to Secret Empire! Captain America, due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, is secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra and has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can strike without warning. Should they hope for any chance of victory, the entire Marvel Universe must band together as never before. UNITED THEY STAND against their common foe – the Avengers, the Defenders, the Champions, the X-Men, and more must hold together. Yet even they may not be enough!
FOC – 03/06/17, On-Sale – 04/26/17
The title, on the cover at least: The Road to Secret Empire.
And the cover: Hail Hydra!