FIRST LOOK: December ‘Heroes’ Solicitations From Marvel Comics

Today we’re pleased to debut for you the complete list of the “heroes”family of comic books shipping from Marvel Comics in December 2011.

So, what’s interesting in December?

  • Francesco Francavilla drawing Captain America!
  • There will be both FF and Fantastic Four this month.

There’s more for you to check out so make with the scrolling!


Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Written by Ed Brubaker & James Asmus
Pencils & Cover by Francesco Francavilla

• The original Human Torch guest-stars as Captain America teams up with Bucky in the present day… for the first time?!
• Rising stars James Asmus and Francesco Francavilla join Eisner award winner Ed Brubaker for a rollicking adventure into the future of the star-spangled Avenger’s past!
• Brand new arc! Easy jumping on point!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Butch Guice

SIX GUNS #3 (of 5)
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Butch Guice

All hell breaks loose as five gunslingers converge on the Blackguard military compound in lawless San Diablo. The Black Rider, Two-Gun Kid, Tex Dawson, Matt Slade and Tarantula are outnumbered and outgunned – but they’re not going down without a fight! Non-stop, high-octane action from the DAREDEVIL: REBORN creative team of Andy Diggle and Davide Gianfelice!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

No Cover Available

Written by Paul Jenkins
Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover by Mico Suayan

The biggest mystery in U.S. military history is about to be blown wide open, as the survivors and descendants of America’s WWII superhumans finally discover the truth behind Operation: Firefly.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Carlo Pagulayan

Written by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by Dale Eaglesham
Cover by Carlo Pagulayan

Alpha Flight marches on to reclaim the Canadian government from the fascist forces that have overtaken it, but one Canadian citizen and former ally might disagree with their tactics… WOLVERINE! It’s Canuck versus Canuck as the battle for Canada continues! Master craftsmen Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak and Dale Eaglesham continue their lauded run!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by John Tyler Christopher

Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Tan Eng Huat
Cover by John Tyler Christopher

Earth is the setting for the final battle as the combined might of the
Annihilators and the Avengers go up against the world-corrupting Magus. What kind of sacrifices must be made to defeat a foe THIS dangerous? And – when the entire Universe is at stake – what is ‘too great a cost”?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Cover by Francesco Francavilla

Cover by Francesco Francavilla


Written by David Liss
Penciled by Shawn Martinbrough & Michael Avon Oeming
Covers by Francesco Francavilla

The war with the Kingpin heats up – with two issues hitting this month! Lady Bullseye and Typhoid Mary are out to kill T’Challa…time to call in Falcon and Luke Cage! The former King of Wakanda and the former Kingpin of crime wage in a deadly game, with the Panther’s homeland as the prize!

32 PGS. (each)/Rated T+ …$2.99 (each)

Cover by Stefano Casselli

Written by Rob WIlliams
Penciled by Lee Garbett
Cover by Stefano Casselli

The Avenger Hawkeye has followed the trail of destruction and ruined souls the Ghost Rider has left in its burning wake. And he isn’t the only one with his sights set on the Spirit of Vengeance. The wild hunt for the Rider begins here.

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

Cover by Mike Choi

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Pencils by Steve Epting
Cover by Mike Choi
Variant by Ron Garney

Marvel Comics 50th Anniversary
“Forever” Part 2
Finally, It’s Clobberin’ Time.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Mike Choi

FF #13
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Penciled by Juan Bobillo
Cover by Mike Choi
Connecting Variant by TBA

The Battle between the Council of Reeds and the Future Foundation extends through the BRIDGE and into the world now controlled by the Mad Celestials.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Patrick Zircher

HULK #45 & #46
Written by Jeff Parker
Pencils & Cover by Patrick Zircher

HULK OF ARABIA reaches its astonishing conclusion! One of the most hotly anticipated Red Hulk stories yet has all been building to this! Red and Machine Man go mono a mono (a machino) against Dagan Shah, the mysterious new powerhouse whose mythical kingdom of Sharzhad has become a destabilizing new force to be reckoned with! Mastermind Jeff Parker and the brilliant Patch Zircher guarantee the result of this epic showdown is one you won’t see coming, and will change the face of the Marvel universe!

32 PGS. (each)/Rated T+ …$2.99 (each)


Cover by Salvador Larroca

IRON MAN 2.0 #12
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Ariel Olivetti
Cover by Salvador Larroca

The world is in the balance as War Machine races to take down global terrorist Palmer Addley once and for all! It’s an all-or-nothing battle of wills as Rhodey presses every advantage, tests every skill, and depends on every relationship to finally outsmart, outfight and outlast his greatest enemy and become the twenty-first-century War Machine…or die trying!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Written by VARIOUS

The chronicle of the Marvel Universe continues its coverage of Wolverine (from 1999’s WOLVERINE #142), the Punisher (from 2003’s PUNISHER #21) and Ghost Rider (from 1997’s GHOST RIDER #88). Watch the Marvel Universe’s history unfold month by month as we provide synopses for dozens of individual comics, including backup strips — introducing the characters, teams, places and equipment that appeared within; and providing vital information about first appearances, where they last showed up and where they appeared next!

64 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Cover by Becky Cloonan

Written by Nick Spencer
Art & Cover by Becky Cloonan

Deep in the pits of Hell, teenaged Victor Von Doom is in for the battle of his life! As he fights to save the only good and true thing he cares for, our hero discovers the only thing worth living for is within his reach…by the exciting-hot team
of Nick Spencer (ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN) and Becky Cloonan (Demo)!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Dustin Weaver

S.H.I.E.L.D. VOL. 2 #4 (of 6)
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Pencils & Cover by Dustin Weaver

The Immortal City has been destroyed and Issac Newton is on the lam. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Nostradamus and the Eternal Dynamo need to make an impossible journey to stop him.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Stephen Segovia

Written by Rob Rodi
Pencils & Cover by Stephen Segovia

The thunder god travels to Olympia, home of the Eternals, to enlist their aid in finding the Deviant goddess Ereshkigal before she destroys the very fabric of reality. But the city is virtually empty…and what few allies Thor does find there are overrun by a horde of Deviants. Featuring the return of the superhuman behemoth Tutinax, whose one-on-one clash with Thor is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Cover by Gabrielle Dell'Otto

VENGEANCE #6 (of 6)
Written by Joe Casey
Penciled by Nick Dragotta
Cover by Gabrielle Dell’Otto

The newest ruler of Latveria is targeted for death by the Young Masters – can the Teen brigade rescue young Kristoff, before his assassination sparks a World War? Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta bring you the rollicking conclusion to this year’s sleeper hit!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Cover by Rodolfo Migliari

Written by DAN ABNETT & Andy Lanning
Penciled by Renato Arlem

Villain on villain action! Why has Misty Knight hired psychopaths like Tiger Shark and Speed Demon? Because the Purple
Man is out to build a criminal empire with an army including Avalanche, Shocker and the all-new Scourge! Let the baddest man (or woman) win!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Ale Garza

Written by PAUL TOBIN
Cover by ALE GARZA

Peter Parker’s class wins the vacation of a life time in a free trip to Greece – but when MAGNETO attacks our Webbed Wonder has to swing into action in PANIC AT THE PARTHENON!  PLUS! That king of disguises the Chameleon returns –how can Spidey catch a crook who can be ANYONE?!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Carlo Pagulayan

Written by J.M. DeMatteis & Jen Van Meter
Penciled by Wellington Alves & Pepe Larraz
Cover by Carlo Pagulayan

The Hulk joins the circus! But why? And only Captain America can save Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme! But how? Circus smashing and demon demolishing abound in these two super stories!

32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

Cover by Leinil Francis Yu

Written by Chris Eliopoulos, Roger Langridge & Mark Waid
Penciled by Ig Guara, Chris Samnee & Ron Garney
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu

• Giant all-ages magazine featuring a rotating cast of your favorite Marvel super heroes!
• This month’s issue spotlights Captain America, Thor and Iron Man!
• Only the Pet Avengers stand in the way of total devastation when the dragons of Earth decide it’s time to take over the world!
• Thor takes on Mr. Hyde in a no-holds-barred brawl!
• Cap and Iron Man face a host of hypnotic robots!

96 PGS./All Ages… $7.99

Cover by Tim Seeley

Written & Penciled by Various
Cover by Tim Seeley

• Four new holiday adventures featuring your favorite Marvel super heroes!
• Wolverine finally learns the Canadian art of ice hockey.
• Written and illustrated by some of Marvel’s hottest talent!
• Collecting MARVEL DIGITAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2011 #1-4 from Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+… $3.99

Cover by Joe Quinones


Written by Jeff Parker
Penciled by Declan Shalvey
Cover by Joe Quinones

Hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper, the Thunderbolts have to battle their own teammates – and discover a dark secret that will push them to grisly choices. Meanwhile, in the modern age, the Ghost make a devastating decision to capture the fugitive Thunderbolts!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Cover by Juan Doe

Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art & Cover by Juan Doe

The Legion of Monsters have uncovered the rampaging, blood-thirsty source of evil plaguing them and humankind…but are they too late to stop it! And as they succumb to their killer instincts, will monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone be forced to realize there’s only one way to deal with the evil undead?! BY BLASTING IT BACK TO HELL WHENCE IT CAME?!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


  1. I wonder what happened to Andreyko on Cap & Bucky. Really excited for Francavilla on it though!

  2. While I’m sad that Samnee will be off Cap & Bucky, the fact that Francavilla’s doing a stint on it is wonderful

  3. Why is “heroes” in quotes?

  4. Francesco Francavilla on cap and Bucky count me in

  5. Soooooo many books I want!

  6. Any idea when the full list is actually supposed to come out anyone?

  7. I may be showing my ignorance here, but is there a reason for no Daredevil?

  8. Fantastic Four and FF?!! Wha…?! Cooooool…

  9. I expect to see that Alpha Flight cover as a Best Cover of the Week pick in December!

    • I 2nd that, brilliant angle, not like the reflection trick hasn’t been don before but did it look this good? Also, if your an artist you know how difficult this angle can be to pull off proportioned and stunning.

  10. wow, i guess i just dont care about marvel anymore. none of this interests me. i love francavilla but being only 1/2 of the equation is not enough to sell me.

  11. Thank god Fantastic Four is $2.99. I was afraid it was going to be another $3.99 book after it became clear they were splitting the series in two. It’s still twice as much book per month, but FF was already double shipping pretty much every month and these two books seem different enough in concept that I’m ok with it. Marvel gets one right! Now please work on all the other issues you’ve got goin’, big M.

  12. Love the Thunderbolts cover and concept. I’m getting a bit burnt out on Hulk with all the double shipping though.

    • I’m have been enjoying T-Bolts as well but have also been getting burnt out on this book and the number of times that it has double-shipped over the past year.

  13. That really is cool that Francavilla is doing Captain America. I’m sure people were going to be pissed that Samnee isn’t on the book anymore. But to be replaced by Francavilla!? Win win right there.

    I don’t know why but the mix of that simple solict with the image of Thing about to ‘clobber’ someone really got me excited. I’m still hesitant on whether FF is still needed once Fantastic Four is back full time….But we’ll see what happens.

    • You don’t think there’s room for Fantastic Four and FF? Weren’t you buying like 4 Deadpool titles a month at one time? I think both FF and Fantastic Four can easily fit nicely in the Marvel line-up. Have Fantastic Four focus on the more super-hero type adventures of the foursome, while FF focuses more on the Future Foundation and the expanded cast, with more science/explorer type stories. I think it would work very well.

    • Why do people think I bought all the Deadpool books at once? I bought Way’s series for 43 straight issues while I gave the other 2 (Team Up/Merc with a Mouth) one issue and immediately dropped them after one issue. So annoying…

      Anyways, I just don’t know if I’m up to read on the kids for an arc and/or ongoing. Although if Doom is the central villain for the arc that might sway my mind.

    • Because Deadpool fans must buy ALL the Deadpool books! Fit into my pre-conceived mental pictures!!!

      In all seriousness, from the way you talked about the Deadpool books, I assumed you read them.

  14. What, no Fear Itself 7.9?

  15. Oh Lordy, there’s a lot of stuff coming out that looks absolutely Metal.

    Fantastic Four sounds good, FF sounds amazing.

  16. From the Hulk solicit ” Red and Machine Man go mono a mono (a machino) ”

    Isn’t the saying “Mano a mano”, as in hand to hand?

  17. Is Samnee off Cap & Bucky for good? If so, drats.

  18. the spiderman and the FF#13 looks awesome. great panels overall

  19. Splitting up FF and Fantastic Four into two different titles is really going to mess up my long boxes. Right now, I have FF #1 immediately following Fantastic Four #588, since the story directly continues in that issue. Where the hell am I going to put Fantastic Four #600? Right between #588 and FF #1? That doesn’t make sense from a numerical view or a story view. Do I stick it after FF #12, when it comes out? Well, I can’t do that because there’s an FF #13! What will I do!?

    This is all too much for me to try to wrap my head around. I need me one o’ them Betty Draper fainting couches.

  20. Uh oh, Hawkeye looks Ultimatized on that Ghost Rider cover!

  21. I’ll buy the Annhiliators mini because it’s marvel cosmic but i really would love at least one ongoing out there. Also Black Panther and Hulk sound fantastic, two of the better books marvels putting out right now.

  22. Thunderbolts cover is done by Mike Del Mundo, not Joe Quinones.

  23. At this point I think I’m so uninterested in the Marvel Universe that nothing here interests me, even though there are some decent creators involved with characters I once liked.

    I think I’ll have to wait for the Agents of Atlas or Guardians of the Galaxy to make a reappearance or another Marvel Zombie series.

  24. Love Francavilla’s art!

  25. From this batch of books I’ll be getting Fantastic Four and FF. I’ll probably check out Six Guns in trade.

  26. I cant wait for Annihilators! When is DnA going to get another cosmic ongoing?

  27. only thing that looks intersesting to me is Alpha Flight and Thunderbolts

  28. One thing that gets to me (call it a pet peeve, if you will) is that I can’t get ANY information on that Six Guns mini on Marvel’s website. You’d think an OFFICIAL website would be both easier to browse and contain more information…

  29. Lots of pretty artwork.

  30. Woah, didn’t realize that Marvel was doing something with their Western characters. I may have to take a gander at that! Also that Lenil Yu cover on Marvel Super Stars is gorgeous!

  31. So much great stuff! Francavilla on Captain America is too good to pass up. And I really like the Earthfall cover. I might pick up the Holiday special too. And Juan Doe is doing work again! I haven’t seen him since that Scarecrow special a while back. He’s fantastic!

  32. Can’t say that anything above really gets the blood pumping. Blah!

  33. Hmm, Hawkeye kinda looks like the new Green Arrow. Or is it the other way around? Or do they both look like Ultimate Hawkeye? Or does Ultimate Hawkeye look like the guy from Thor? **head hurts**