Secret Identity: Comic book update for week beginning 3rd July 2016

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Publisher and industry news

Is it getting hot in here, or is that just the news that actor John Barrowman will be hosting the Eisner Awards this year? Comics Beat has reported that The Torchwood and Arrow star will be behind the host’s podium (or mic, or whatever is used for hosting this year) and will no doubt make the event one to remember. And good news for those of us wanting to catch the ceremony – this year’s awards will be filmed and broadcast after the event has finished.

Proving that you can never have too many Avenger teams, Marvel has announced yet another new Avengers title – USAvengers. As reported by The Washington Post and featuring quite an interesting line-up of characters, the title will be written by Al Ewing with art by Paco Medina.  And that line up? The USAvengers will be led by Sunspot, and feature Red Hulk, Squirrel Girl, Cannonball, a Captain America from a possible future (who is the daughter of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage), Pod and a new Iron Patriot. More Avengers – yay?

Movie and TV tie-in news
It’s a magical day for casting news for The Flash with the news that Tom Felton (best known for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) will be joining the eason 3 cast in a regular role. According to TVLine, Felton will be playing the part of Julian Dorn, another CSI working at Central City Police Department who has quite the suspicions regarding everyone’s favourite CCPD CSI Barry Allen. Will Dorn be an ally or an enemy of Barry? We’ll have to wait until October to find out.

If you’re a Captain America fan, then mark September 13 into your diary (or smartphone, whatever works) as that’s the date that Disney has confirmed for the release of Captain America: Civil War on DVD and Blu-ray. In addition to the movie, the Blu-ray and DVD will also include extra special features, such as making-of featurettes, director commentary, extended scenes and a sneak peek at Doctor Strange, releasing in cinemas in November.

Are you watching AMC’s Preacher and absolutely loving the series? Well, you’re not alone, and with such high praise for the show’s first season, it comes as no surprise that AMC has officially renewed the series for a second, longer season. Season 2 will feature 13 episodes as compared to the first season’s 10, and will release in 2017.

Out this week
This week sees the release of the first issue of Bounty #1, written by Kurtis J Wiebe with art by Mindy Lee. The series centres around the Gadflies, who were the most wanted criminals in the galaxy, robbing rich corporations to give to the poor, until they decided to become bounty hunters.

For this week’s DC Rebirth watch – here are the titles that will be hitting the shelves on Thursday: Aquaman #2, written by Dan Abnett with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy; Batman #2, written by Tom King with art by David Finch; Green Arrow #2, written by Ben Percy with art by Otto Schmidt; Green Lanterns #2, written by Sam Humphries with art by Robson Rocha and Jay Leisten; Justice League Rebirth #1, written by Bryan Hitch; and Superman #2, written by Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray.

Another first issue releases this week for publisher Image Comics – Throwaways #1, written by Caitlin Kittredge with art by Steven Sanders. The series follows Abby Palmer and Dean Logan, two broken people who must adapt fast when they are thrown into an ULTRA conspiracy, and learn they are both ULTRA’s human experiments.

Everyone’s favourite ‘rhymes with loony’ Moon Knight is back this week with the release of Moon Knight #4. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Greg Smallwood, this issues sees Marc Spector and his fellow asylum patients reach street level, but will Marc find freedom, or something else?

Also shambling onto comic books stores this week is The Walking Dead #156, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard. What happens when two enemies form an alliance with one another? Probably a whole lot of trouble for Rick.

In trade releases, A-Force TP Vol 1 Hypertime is out this week, collecting A-Force (2016) #1-4, Avengers (1963) #83, A-Force (2015) #1 and material from Avengers (2015) #0. For those unfamiliar with this series, it follows Marvel’s female super team, A-Force, whose roster consists of Singularity, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru.

Also out this week is Scarlet Witch TP Vol 1 Witches Road, written by James Robinson and collecting Scarlet Witch (2015) #1-5. The Scarlet Witch is on a mission to fix witchcraft, and she’s travelling across the globe for answers. From Manhattan to the Greek Isles and back to the Irish countryside, her journey will lead her to encounter curses, myths, mages and more.

Weekly Pick

What would happen if the world’s most powerful superhero became its greatest supervillain? If the being with untold powers destroyed the city he once protected and murdered millions of people on Earth? Irredeemable, by Mark Waid with art by Peter Krause and Diego Barretto, seeks to explore this question. As the Plutonian, superhero turned supervillain, begins his incomprehensible rampage, it’s up to his former allies, the Paradigm, to stop his massacre and search for the reason behind Plutonian’s change. Irredeemable is unlike any other Superhero story, and if you’ve yet to read this Eisner award winner, make some time and grab yourself a copy of the start of the series.

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