That's the premise of Rob Williams and Simon Coleby's new Vertigo comic Royals: Masters of War. In this alt-history, royal blood bestows superpowers, but these kings and queens have an agreement to never join their respective wars — that is, until World War II forces England's Prince Harry to take action. All that and more, in this week's comics!
• Creepy Comics #15: Two tales of horror, including an Aztec curse and a lovers' quarrel between beauty and a beast.
• Other releases: Abe Sapien #10, Clown Fatale #4, Star Wars #14, X #10.
• Royals: Masters of War #1: In a world where only those with royal blood have superpowers, England's Prince Henry joins the fight against the Nazis.
• Suicide Squad #28: OMAC takes on the entire squad at Belle Reve prison, and not everyone survives.
• Forever Evil: Rogues' Rebellion #5: The Rogues battle the Royal Flush gang.
• Other releases: Astro City #9, Batgirl #28, Batman #28, Batman: Li'l Gotham #11, Coffin Hill #5, Constantine #11, Green Lantern Corps #28, Injustice Year Two #2, Justice League 3000 #12, Justice League of America #12, Nightwing #28, Smallville Season 11: Alien #3, Superboy #28, Superman/Wonder Woman #5.
• City: The Mind in the Machine #1: The greatest surveillance system in the world needs a human to work it — but the interface is much more complicated than just a keyboard.
• Other releases: The Maxx Maxximized #4, Memory Collectors #3, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26, The X-Files Season 10 #9.
• Fuse #1: A new crime series set upon a gigantic, dilapidated city in space.
• Mercenary Sea #1: An ex-bootlegger sails the dangerous seas of the Pacific in 1938, looking for work and treasure.
• Other releases: Egos #2, Fatale #20, Great Pacific #13, Manifest Destiny #4, Spawn #240, Ten Grand #7, Think Tank #12, The Walking Dead #121.
• She-Hulk #1: Jennifer Walters tries to balance her new law firm with her superhero career and the countless supervillains who want her dead.
• Revolutionary War: Death's Head #1: Death's Head and Death Head II are pulled together through time to battle the resurrected Mys-Tech corporation.
• X-Force #1: This special ops squad will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of mutant-kind.
• Winter Soldier: Bitter March #1: In 1966, SHIELD and the Winter Soldier battle over two Nazi scientists with the key to winning the Cold War.
• Other releases: All New X-Factor #3, All New X-Men #23, The Amazing Spider-Man: Movie Adaptation #2, Avengers #26, Avengers AI #8, Deadpool #23, Kick-Ass 3 #6, Marvel Knights X-Men #4, Marvel Universe: Avengers Assemble #5, Secret Avengers #15, Superior Spider-Man #27, Thor: God of Thunder #19, Wolverine and the X-Men #41, X-Men Legacy #24.
• Devil's Hopyard #1: A hard-boiled cop discovers a world of sleaze and superheroes.
• Gravel: Combat Magician #1: Gravel returns when a rogue Combat Magician devastates Tokyo.
• The Bunker #1: When trying to bury a time capsule, a group of friends find a bunker with their names in it — and objects from the future inside.
• Other releases: Accelerators #5, All New Soulfire #3, Battlestar Galactica #8, Cavewoman: Deadly Venom, Crossed Badlands #47, Death Sentence #5, Eternal Warriors #18, Executive Assistant Assassins #18, Fubar: Guts and Glory, Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood: Age of Darkness, GFT: Wonderland #20, GFT: Wonderland: Clash of Queens #1, Gold Digger #207, Grimm #10, Harbinger #21, Hawken Melee #5, Insect Bath #1, John Carpenter's Asylum #7, Legenderry #2, Letter 44 #4, Protocol Orphans #4, Rachel Rising #23, Red Sonja: Berserker, Regular Show Skips #4, Robocop: To Live and Die in Detroit, Shahrazad #3, Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #2, Sixth Gun #38, Sons of Anarchy #6, Steam Engines of Oz #3, Stitched #19, Uncanny #6, Vampirella: Southern Gothic #5.
Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers
• Alabaster: Pale Horse, Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat.
• Power Girl: Power Trip: All of Amanda Conner's fantastic, funny, action-packed Power Girl comics (including her appearances in JSA) in one collection.
• The Invisibles Book One: Deluxe Edition: The first 12 issues of Grant Morrison's first major creator owned title about a group of crazy, dangerous heroes battling international alien gods.
• Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga: The League gathers every hero who has ever joined their ranks to battle Darkseid and his enormous army of super-beings.
• Other releases: Batman: Dark Victory, Constantine Vol. 1: The Spark and the Flame, The Flash Vol. 3: Gorilla Warfare, Legion of Super-Heroes Vol. 3: Fatal Five, Spaceman, Supergirl Vol. 3: Sanctuary.
• Mars Attacks Judge Dredd: The Martians make a tactically unsound decision.
• Dungeons & Dragons: Fell's Five: The collected saga of Adric Fell and his motley crew of adventurers.
• Other releases: GI Joe Vol. 2: Threat Matrix, Popeye Classics Vol. 3, Red Panda: Mask of the Red Panda, TMNT Vol. 7: City Fall Part 2, True Blood Vol. 3: The French Quarter, The X-Files Classics Vol. 3.
• Fatale Vol. 4: Pray for Rain: A beautiful amnesiac woman wanders into a band's practice session, but is she their muse or their Yoko?
• Other releases: Hoax Hunters Vol. 3: The Book of Mothman, Prophet Vol. 3: Empire.
• Avengers Vol. 1: Avengers World: The Avengers meet a new threat… and get their asses thoroughly kicked.
• Fearless Defenders Vol. 2: Most Fab Fighting Team of All: Marvel's beautiful badasses protect the Earth from Thanos, Doom Maidens, and more.
• Other releases: Captain America Vol. 1: Castaway Dimension Z, Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 2, Iron Man Vol. 1: Believe, Marvel MasterWorks: Defenders Vol. 4, Scarlet Spider Vol. 4: Into the Grave, She-Hulk by Dan Slott: Complete Collection.
• Beautiful Darkness: An incredible dark fantasy about a group of tiny people and creatures living in the woods, where cuteness and death walk hand-in-hand.
• The Bojefferies Saga: Basically, Alan Moore's completely insane 1980s version of the Munsters.
• Other releases: 7 Holes for Air, Adventure Time Vol. 4, Bravest Warriors Vol. 2, Grimm Fairy Tales: No Tomorrow, Harvey Horror's Black Cat Mystery Vol. 3, Harvey Horror's Tomb of Terror Vol. 3, Knights of Sidonia Vol. 7, The Mocking Dead Vol. 1, Roy Thomas Presents Vol. 3, Sankarea Vol. 5, Supurbia Vol. 3, Terry and the Pirates Vol. 1: 1946-48, Tiger & Bunny Vol. 4, U.S. Judge Dredd Complete Case Files Vol. 7, United Nations of North America.