SECRET EMPIRE #9's 'Classified' Character Revealed

"Secret Empire #9" cover
Credit: Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)

Spoilers ahead for Secret Empire.

Updated August 9, 2017: The Winter Soldier has been conspicuously absent for much of Marvel's Secret Empire before this week, but in the newly revealed un-redacted cover for Secret Empire #9 that is changing.

In the back of this week's Secret Empire #8, the full #9 cover (at right) was shown.

Look for the full details of this week's Secret Empire #8 and associated Secret Empire tie-ins later today at Newsarama.

Secret Empire #9 is scheduled to be released August 23.
 

Credit: Mark Brooks (Marvel Comics)

Original Story: The just-released cover for August 23's Secret Empire #9 features a mysterious, blacked out figure fighting Baron Zemo. The image was released with a simple statement - that Steve Rogers has another secret, hidden since he became an agent of Hydra, that will now be revealed.

"When Steve Rogers was revealed to be an agent of Hydra due to the manipulations of Red Skull, the Marvel Universe was rocked to its core," reads the statement. "Now, it’s the moment fans have been waiting for – and you’re not going to want to miss this reveal!"
 
Marvel previously said that fans frustrated with Steve's Hydra turn should "have patience," and that Steve's "core values" would be the key to the end of Secret Empire.
 
Here's the full solicitation for the issue:
 
SECRET EMPIRE #9
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by LEINIL YU
Cover by MARK BROOKS
FOC – 7/31/17, On-Sale – 8/23/17
What is the secret of Steve Rogers? And how will it affect the Marvel Universe as we know it? Head to your local comic shop this August to find out!
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