Many fans and readers of Cap were infuriated because of the huge twist but I was super excited about it and were it was going to go. Why not? You know they couldn't keep him a Hydra agent forever. There had to be a reason for it. So I was fully on board.
In a really quick synopsis, the red Skull used the comic cube's sentient form, a little girl named Kubik, to implant memories into Steve Rogers mind. These memories were those of a reality where Steve Rogers was recruited by Hydra as a young boy and groomed into their greatest super spy. His mission was to pose as an American hero and infiltrate Shield so that Hydra can take over the world.
So in short Captain America thinks that his entire life he was a Hydra Spy undercover in America to gain access into shield. Well, he did it and he did it extremely well.
It only took 1-2 issues for Rogers to basically take over the world for Hydra. His skills as a war strategist far exceed shield and he was always 3 steps ahead of them.
This event ran for 10 issues. The first third was about the take over of shield and the utter annihilation of the super heroes. The cosmic heroes were trapped in space. The street level heroes in the dark dimension, Thor and Scarlet Witch switched sides, others went into hiding.
The middle issues dealt with the rebels (the good guys) trying to over throw Hydra and Rogers. None of their plans worked and some characters even died. Also, these issues were a race to get shards of the cosmic cube. It happened to be destroyed shortly after the take over. Theheros believe that if they can find the shards they can change history back to normal with it. The badies don't want this to happen so they are trying to find the shards as well.
The last couple of issues deal with the final plan to destroy Hydra. I don't want to spoil it but some people that you thought were dead return to save the day.
This event had its good and bad issues but ended poorly in my opinion. Overall I enjoyed it and the artwork was amazing. It failed me in the areas of continuity because so many things that you needed to know were in side issues that I just refused to buy. So you felt a little lost at times. I think they took a weird easy way out at the end.
I am interested in seeing what the consequences are of this event and how it impacts the Marvel Universe.