Secret Empire is Marvel's next big arc and the house of ideas has worked non-stop to not only get comic fans amped for the event but also making sure that every title ties into the overall story in some capacity. Marvel announced today the opening salvo for Secret Empire which are three key issues fans will want to keep an eye as they prepare us for what is to come.

The first will be Captain America: Steve Rogers #16 which will be an oversize issue and will bring Captain America's master plan to light. The next book will be U.S. Avengers #5 followed by Thunderbolts #12 which brings Baron Zemo back into the Thunderbolts mix which if you never read the original Thunderbolts run I recommend you do to get a clearer picture of Baron Zemo's link to the group.  All three issues will hit shelves on April 19th so if you're counting down to Secret Empire you will want to grab these. Check out the covers below.

Show Press Release

SECRET EMPIRE Fires The OPENING SALVO This April!

Three Lead-In Issues Coming This April!

New York, NY—March 27th, 2017 — The stage is set! Everything has been leading to this moment! The Secret Empire is upon us! But before the heroes of the Marvel Universe stand united against Hydra, prepare yourself for three senses-shattering lead-in issues coming to comic shops this April! As the Marvel Universe speeds headlong toward the blockbuster comic event of the year, no fan should miss SECRET EMPIRE: OPENING SALVO – three key issues prepping fans for the epic event to come, shipping one week before SECRET EMPIRE #0 hits stores!

First, in CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #16 – Captain America prepares to step out of the shadows and into the light, but is the Marvel Universe ready? Plus, this oversized issue clocks in at 30 pages at no additional cost! Then, A.I.M is about to get serious in U.S.AVENGERS #5 as Captain America shows up on the scene. But where does that leave Roberto Da Costa? Finally, betrayal & destruction abound in THUNDERBOLTS #12! With Baron Zemo back in the picture, what will be the final fate of the T-Bolts and Kobik?

Seeds sown here bear bitter fruit in the pages of Secret Empire this May! Don’t miss the Opening Salvo when CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #16, THUNDERBOLTS #12 and U.S.AVENGERS #5 come to local comic shops on April 19th!