Fans attending their local comic shop’s Marvel Comics-sponsored launch parties for “Secret Empire” #1 will not only be among the first to learn what happens when Steve Rogers takes over the government and transforms it into a Hydra-led organization, they’ll also have the chance to purchase a limited edition “Where’s Hydra” variant cover.
The cover, illustrated by Todd Nauck, parodies the “Where’s Waldo” books, and will be available to qualifying retailers. The art challenges fans to locate the Hydra agent hiding in the background of a massive superhero battle. We don’t have an official count, but we’d estimate there are roughly a kazillion heroes and villains fighting, so good luck in finding the hidden agent!
Retailers can order their Secret Empire Party Kits from Marvel now, with and April 3 deadline for opting in. Each kit includes:
- Secret Empire Invitational Postcards
- Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Board (Bundles of 25)
- Secret Empire Pins (Bundles of 25)
- Secret Empire #1 Nauck Where’s Hydra? Sketch Variant
- Deep Ordering Discounts
- Downloadable Cake Toppers
— Comic Book Resources (@CBR) March 23, 2017
“Secret Empire” debuts in April with Issue 0. Issue #1 arrives in stores May 3, three days ahead of Free Comic Book Day (May 6). The nine-issue event will conclude in August.