New comics are due to hit the shelves on Wednesday so here’s a look ahead at some of the books we’ll be picking up this week.
Andy H: While I haven't been reading the main Captain America: Steve Rogers comic I have been keeping an eye on the Hydra storyline. I'm liking the idea that Cap believes he has always been a Hydra agent (even though we know he hasn't). This week Secret Empire #0 will get the ball rolling for what I think will actually be an interesting event. How will the Marvel heroes react to this devastating news that the man they all looked up to, trusted, and called friend, will turn their world upside down? Nick Spencer has crafted a fine story so far and I'm really excited to see how it all comes to a head in Secret Empire. Wow, can't believe I'm looking forward to an event. Over at DC it's possibly a biggie for Watchmen fans as Batman #21 starts the four-part Batman/Flash crossover 'The Button'. At the start of Rebirth, Bats found a bloodstained button in the Batcave. Now he and the Flash want to learn more about it. As with anything involving Watchmen, I'm trying to keep an open mind on this one. The - quite frankly - magnificent Royal City from Jeff Lemire continues this week with issue #2. This is a title that just totally sucks you in. I have a double whammy from Warren Ellis, the ever intriguing Injection and his reworking of the Wildstorm universe in The Wild Storm #3. As usual with his books they may appear as slow burners at first but the payoff is generally worth it. For something new I'll be trying Nick Fury #1. I've learned to trust writer James Robinson and the art of Aco looks amazing. There's so much detail on the pages and a definite nod to the psychedelic look of the old Fury books. Finally, a double dose from the Whedonverse as I get to dive into Angel Season 11 #4 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #6. Once again, looking like a fine week of reading material.
Stewart R: At this time, with a dwindling interest in Marvel's works post-Secret Wars, I will be taking a pass on Secret Empire in pretty much entirety (never say never to an unexpected spin-off or tie-in if it looks good). I haven't been following the adventures of the Hydra-influenced Steve Rogers and I've no current interest to do so. It seems that the books I do pick up from the publisher will remain relatively unscathed for the most part so I'll try to let this event flow by and see what others think. I will however be giving a new title the once over this week in the shape of Donny Cates' Redneck #1. Cates has done a fine job with God Country for Image so far (which also has its fourth chapter out tomorrow!), and many of you will already know that I'm a huge fan of his work with The Paybacks. Now, along with artist Lisandro Estherren, he'll be diving into the world of vampires as a family of the blood suckers have their peaceful life in Texas, running a BBQ joint no less, gets turned upside down and inside out. Cates has a penchant for quickly delivering fine character strokes and I'm eager to see how he kicks this series off. Jumping back to Marvel briefly, I'll pop nods to two books reaching their penultimate issues with the current creative teams this Wednesday; Moon Knight and Doctor Strange. Lemire and Aaron have done fine work carving out fresh, engaging corners for both characters and as usual it's a shame to have these talented writers leave things behind when perhaps the feeling was that they were building strong, lasting things with each book. Elsewhere around the shelves I shall be picking up the third chapter of Titan's Forever War series, look forward to getting my hands on Black Science #29 having recently caught up on events in Rick Remender's dimension-hopping saga and brace myself for 'end of the world' shenanigans in Charles Soule's Letter 44 #32, the man himself confirming today on Twitter that he'd started writing the 35th and final issue!