Chris’ Comic Book Corner

Comic Book Road Maps – Secret Empire

From Pleasant Hill to Secret Empire
the Fall of (Captain) America
By: Christopher Franey

So the Secret Empire has risen and fallen
and a lot of fans are polarized by this Marvel
Comics event, good. Comic book stories are at
their best when fans get to talking about the
material. For me as a fan I love comics that
showcase a hero’s redemption; my first time
seeing this was with Hal Jordan and Emerald
Twilight. I remember going to Wal-greens as a
kid and going to the comic book rack to see what
issues I could find; luckily this place had bared
great fruit before with Superman 75, the famous
death issue. So that New Year’s Eve I went in
and found a copy of Green Lantern issue 48,
which was part one of Emerald Twilight. I knew
something was amiss as the main character looked
very troubled on that cover and that single story
led to ten years of comic storytelling; Parallax,
Zero Hour, Final Night, Day of Judgement, Spectre,
and many more…till finally Green Lantern Rebirth.
Comic books are about heroes and their humanity, in my humble opinion. Why do we
love the comics we love? Is it because of Spider-man or Peter Parker? The answer will always
vary, but if you remember they are both one and the same, it is the character’s journey and their
choices. Before Secret Empire began we were witnessing a Marvel Universe with an aged Steve
Rogers and Sam Wilson as the new Captain America. Of course fans were happy for Sam, but
they didn’t want to see Steve sidelined, so change was about to come. That takes us to the
Pleasant Hill, written by Nick Spencer and this would begin the road to Secret Empire.
What I have done here to help folks with Secret Empire (and even Civil War II for that
matter) is to give them the comic book issues that help to make the stories stronger, but mostly
form a view point of following Steve Rogers. This road map will let you know which issues to
read and they were placed in a release order. With this map you can see how Steve went from
being an old man to a revitalized Captain America, but we now know at what cost. Enjoy the
read and please feel free to ask myself or Geek Elite Radio questions along the way or after. I

can be reached on twitter as @stuffIshuldSay or on Geek Elite Radio’s Facebook page. Two
major things that are great about the ending of this story are when we will see “Stevil” again and
watching Steve Rogers find his path towards redemption.

1. Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill
2. Standoff Alpha
3. Captain America Sam Wilson 7
4. Captain America Sam Wilson 8
5. Standoff Omega
6. Captain America Steve Rogers FCBD 2016
7. Civil War II FCBD 2016
8. Thunderbolts (v3) 1
9. Civil War II 0
10. Captain America Steve Rogers 1
11. Civil War II 1
12. Thunderbolts (v3) 2
13. Civil War II 2
14. Captain America Steve Rogers 2
15. Civil War II 3
16. Thunderbolts (v3) 3
17. Captain America Steve Rogers 3
18. Civil War II 4
19. Civil War II The Accused
20. Civil War II The Fallen
21. Captain America Steve Rogers 4
22. Thunderbolts (v3) 4
23. Civil War II 5
24. Captain America Steve Rogers 5
25. Thunderbolts (v3) 5
26. Thunderbolts (v3) 6
27. Civil War II 6
28. Captain America Steve Rogers 6
29. Captain America Steve Rogers 7
30. Civil War II 7
31. Thunderbolts (v3) 7
32. Captain America Steve Rogers 8
33. Thunderbolts (v3) 8
34. Civil War II 8
35. Captain America Steve Rogers 9
36. Captain America Steve Rogers 10
37. Civil War II The Oath
38. Thunderbolts (v3) 9
39. Captain America Steve Rogers 11
40. Captain America Steve Rogers 12
41. Thunderbolts (v3) 10
42. Captain America Steve Rogers 13
43. Captain America Steve Rogers 14
44. Thunderbolts (v3) 11
45. Captain America Steve Rogers 15
46. Captain America Steve Rogers 16
47. Thunderbolts (v3) 12
48. Secret Empire 0
49. Secret Empire 1
50. Secret Empire FCBD 2017
51. Secret Empire 2
52. Captain America Steve Rogers 17
53. Secret Empire 3
54. Secret Empire 4
55. Captain America Steve Rogers 18
56. Secret Empire 5
57. Secret Empire 6
58. Captain America Steve Rogers 19
59. Secret Empire 7
60. Captain America 25
61. Secret Empire 8
62. Secret Empire 9
63. Secret Empire 10
64. Secret Empire Omega
65. Generations Captain Americas

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