The other main reason why I dislike it is because it's a massive retcon and the kind of retcon I have a specific hatred for - the "secret history" retcon. I hate it because it is something that should have come up a thousand times before but hasn't since no one has used it before. To me, it signals a lack of creativity on the part of the writers since they can't think of anything new and have to tamper with the past in order to do something and if that's all you've got to base the story on, then you shouldn't even bother. There are a lot of other little things as well that bug me. A supporting cast that screams "cannon fodder," resurrections, WWII vets that don't look a day over 50, and some other similar stuff that usually clogs up superhero comics. But, as I said earlier, Hickman does enough good things to balance it all out.
Hickman also introduces a couple of new Hydra characters (Kraken, The Hive and a new Madame Hydra) which helps to alleviate the whole Hydra/punching bag problem since they are new characters and Hickman can characterize them however he wants. The Gorgon, from Mark Millar's and John Romita Jr.'s Wolverine: Enemy of the State, is resurrected (his second for those keeping track) and added to Baron Strucker's inner circle as well, which also helps with Hydra/punching bag problem since he was a legitimate threat when he was originally introduced. This does help make Hydra actually feel like an actual threat but the fact Hydra has rarely been portrayed as one still lurks in the background.
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