Heads Up: Marvel Previews – November 2012

Being a comic fan can be tough. With so many publishers printing more and more books, canceling titles and starting new ones, it can be daunting when you head to the comic book shop on a Wednesday to know exactly what’s coming out.

The current system of presenting and ordering comics three months ahead of their release as set forth by the sole comics distributor, Diamond Comics, doesn’t make it any easier either. We’re not a fan of that system, we think it’s slowly strangling comics to death, but we realize it’s a harsh reality of how the industry works and we definitely don’t want you to miss out on any of the cool comics being published.

And so, as opposed to regurgitating the list of comics solicited in Previews each month, we present to you some of the highlights of things you probably won’t want to miss out on.

SPOILER WARNING in order to get people to order comics, the publishers have a funny habit of revealing what’s happening in the books. If you don’t want anything at all to be spoiled, then you’ll probably want to skip this post and take your chances with your pre-orders and/or your shopping.


NOW! NOW! NOW!

Here it is! The debut of multiple new #1s for Marvel NOW!, including high profile makeovers for the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and more!

 

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1
MARK WAID (W) • LEINIL FRANCIS YU (A&C)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
ARTIST VARIANT by WALT SIMONSON
Blank VARIANT Cover also available
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
Design Variant by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Hulk – Indestructible force more weapon than man. Banner – smartest man alive. Combined they are the Strongest, Smartest Weapon on the planet! And NOW! the INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2
RICK REMENDER (W) • John Cassaday (A&C)
Variant Cover by MILO MANARA
Sketch Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
• What are The Red Skull’s new powers? How did he become the most powerful man on Earth?
• Can Havok and Thor defeat the spreading influence of Honest John, The Living Propaganda?!
• Rogue and Scarlet Witch trapped on the Isle of the Red Skull’s S-Men!
• Wolverine & Captain America: uncover the truth behind the worldwide mutant assassination epidemic!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 & #2
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STUART IMMONEN (A&C)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
Variant Cover by TBA
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Blank Cover Variant also available (#1)
Issue Two Variant Cover by TBA
It’s a blast from the past as the original five students of Professor X – Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and Beast – are plucked from the past and brought to the present. But what they find, the state that their future selves are in and the state of Xavier’s dream, is far from the future they dreamed of. And how will the X-Men of the present deal with their past coming crashing forward?
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

 

IRON MAN #1
KIERON GILLEN (W) • GREG LAND (A&C)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
ARTIST VARIANT COVER by ADI GRANOV
BABY VARIANT cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
Design Variant by CARLO PAGULAYAN (#1 & 2)
Blank Cover Variant Also Available (#1)
Tony Stark—Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. His greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. Iron Man must act fast…and Tony Stark must build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor…NOW!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

 

IRON MAN #2
KIERON GILLEN (W) • GREG LAND (A&C)
Variant Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
ARTIST VARIANT COVER by ADI GRANOV
• Tony’s hunt for the rogue Extremis Units takes him to the island of NEW CAMELOT!
• Introducing THE CIRCLE, a mysterious high-tech brotherhood of mech-knights!
• IRON MAN vs. the secret Russian Black Exoskeleton Academy’s greatest pilot!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

 

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1 & 2
JASON AARON (W) • ESAD RIBIC (A&C)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
BABY VARIANT cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
ARTIST VARIANT COVER by Daniel Acuna
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
Design Variant by ESAD RIBIC
Variant Cover by TBA (#2)
Blank Cover Variant Also Available (#1)
Throughout the ages, the gods of the Marvel Universe have been vanishing, their mortal worshippers left in chaos. NOW! the Mighty Thor follows a trail of blood that threatens to consume his past, present and future selves. The only hope for these ravaged worlds lies with the God of Thunder unraveling the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T+ …$3.99 (EACH)

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
RICK REMENDER (W) • JOHN ROMITA JR (A&C)
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant cover by JOE QUESADA
BABY VARIANT cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
ARTIST VARIANT COVER BY Ryan Meinerding
Design Variant by JEROME OPEñA
Blank Cover Also Available
Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is NOW! With no country and no allies, what’s left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? The Saga of Dimension Z begins here!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

X-MEN: LEGACY #1 & #2
SIMON SPURRIER (W) • TAN ENG HUAT (A)
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS (Issue #1)
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Blank Cover Variant Also Available (#1)
Variant Cover by TBA (#2)
Legion, the most powerful and unstable mutant in the world and son to Professor Charles Xavier, has killed gods and reshaped the face of the universe. NOW! in the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men, Legion will finally attempt to conquer his demons and embrace his father’s legacy!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T …$3.99 (EACH)

FANTASTIC FOUR #1
MATT FRACTION (W) • MARK BAGLEY (A)
Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Artist variant by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant by JOE QUESADA
F4/FF Connecting Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
Four adults. Two kids. One “car.” NOW! begins a journey through all of infinite time and space.
32 PGS./Rated T …$2.99

FF #1
MATT FRACTION (W) • MIKE ALLRED (A&C)
Variant by TBA
F4/FF CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY MARK BAGLEY
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Blank Cover VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
We have seen the future and it will be fantastic! In the absence of the Fantastic Four, a substitute Four, hand-picked by the real deal–Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and Miss Thing–stand ready to guard the Earth and the nascent Future Foundation for four minutes… NOW! what could possibly go wrong?
32 PGS./Rated T …$2.99

DEADPOOL #1-2
GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN (W) • TONY MOORE (A)
Cover BY GEOF DARROW
Variant Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Young Baby Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Design Variant by TONY MOORE
Blank Cover Variant Also Available (#1)
Issue Two Variant Cover by TBA
Dead former United States presidents, from George Washington
to Gerald Ford have been resurrected, and that’s BAD. The Marvel heroes can’t be the ones to stop them, someone is needed with the reputation, skills and plausible deniability to take out these com-monsters in chiefs…NOW! is the time for Deadpool… In Wade We Trust!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Rated T …$2.99 (EACH)

 

Changing of the Guard

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kathryn Immonen take the reins of two fan-favorite ongoings from Brian Bendis and Kieron Gillen respectively. That means a bit of a roster change, with new Avengers lineups inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a new spotlight for Lady Sif.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (W) • STEFANO CASELLI (A)
Cover BY STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by Joe Quesada & Bobby Rubio
Movie Variant Also Available
ALL-NEW CREATIVE TEAM WITH ALL-NEW OUTSIZED ADVENTURES!
• Kelly Sue Deconnick (CAPTAIN MARVEL) and Stefano Caselli (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) team up to tackle the titanic tales YOU DEMANDED! And in continuity to boot?!
• Two scientists. Two giant egos. One wears a tank. One is a tank. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are SCIENCE BROS!
• When a fellow bigbrain goes missing, wanna bet who can find him first? It’s Amazing Race, Avengers-style, as Iron Man and Hulk form their teams and embark on a global manhunt with the ultimate prize at stake…bragging rights!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #646
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Penciled by VALERIO SCHITI
Cover by JEFF DEKAL
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO
• AN ALL-NEW JOURNEY BEGINS WHEN KATHRYN IMMONEN AND VALERIO SCHITI BRING YOU…SIF: THE BERZERKER?!
• She may be a “Lady,” but girly ain’t her style! Known by many names: lover of Thor, sister of Heimdall, defender of Asgard…Sif is the ultimate faithful…sidekick?! Immortal, please.
• When the latest crop of beasties beset Asgard, it’s business as usual for our sword-slingin’ heroine as she leads the battle charge—but that no-holds-barred zeal for glory may be the very thing that brings the realm down around her winged helm…!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

End of an Era

Issues #33 and #34 for both The Avengers and The New Avengers drop in November, presenting the last of Brian Michael Bendis’ contributions to the brand he made a blockbuster. These last two are farewell jam sessions featuring top tier artists from series’ past.

THE AVENGERS #34
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • MIKE DEODATO & MORE! (A)
Cover BY MIKE DEODATO
FINAL ISSUE VARIANT BY TBA
END TIMES! FINAL ISSUE!
• One of the most controversial and spectacular eras of the Avengers comes to a spectacular and controversial extra-sized, All-Star conclusion!
48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

THE NEW AVENGERS #34
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • MIKE DEODATO & MORE! (A)
Cover BY MIKE DEODATO
END TIMES!
• The New Avengers era ends – not with a whimper – but with a extra-sized action-packed bang!
• The last issue of New Avengers is actually all said and done: What is the future of the New Avengers? IS there a future? Find out right here.
48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

Fury in Paperback!

We’re big fans of Ennis’ war comics around these parts, and Fury Max was the surprise hit of 2012, pitting a grittier iteration of Marvel’s one-eyed secret agent against the full brunt of the Cold War.

FURY MAX: MY WAR GONE BY VOL. 1 TPB

Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by GORAN PARLOV
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Garth Ennis (PUNISHER MAX, Preacher) and Goran Parlov (PUNISHER MAX) reunite to bring you the life of Marvel’s hardest soldier like no one else could. In the wake of WWII, Nick Fury is fast running out of battles to fight. But the world’s superpowers are gearing up for a new kind of war, and they’ll need a man like Fury to win it. Knee deep in the messy quagmire of 1950s French Indochina, Fury faces a war unlike any he has ever seen. Witness the most brutal battle ever put on a comic-book page! Then, it’s 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion has begun, and Fury gets a new assignment: assassinate Fidel Castro! But when Fury and his team are captured in Cuba, find out just how far Nick Fury will go for his country.Collecting FURY MAX #1-6.
144 PGS./Explicit Content …$16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-5777-9

Don’t Be Afraid to Dare a Little Bigger, Darling

Marvel already released hardcover and paperback collections of the first six issues in Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin’s critically acclaimed Daredevil run, but many of us have been holding out for something a little more deluxe. It’s not an omnibus exactly, but this oversized volume is twice the length of the original with six additional issues.

DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID VOL. 1 HC
Written by MARK WAID
Penciled by PAOLO RIVERA, MARCOS MARTIN, EMMA RIOS, KANO & KHOI PHAM
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
THE DEVIL IS REBORN. RENEWED. RESSURECTED. With new enemies, new friends and that same old “grinnin’ in the face of hell” attitude, the Man Without Fear is back and leading with his face! Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Irredeemable, RUSE) joins neo-legendary artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for a new, Eisner Award-winning spin on Daredevil that will leave you gasping for air. Having turned his world upside over the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes justice may not be blind to his past — and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. Klaw, master of sound. The Megacrime cartel. Mole Man. The Black Cat. Bring it on! If Matt Murdock could see what he was doing…he’d be terrified. Collecting DAREDEVIL #1-10 and 10.1, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677
288 PGS./Rated T+ …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6806-5
Trim size: oversized

Let’s Go Back to Prison!

Just as Bendis wraps up his near decade-long run on the Avengers, Alisa Kwitney adapts the first thrilling story line from New Avengers to prose. This should be of especial interest to fans of Hawkeye and Black Widow.

NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT PROSE NOVEL HC
Written by ALISA KWITNEY
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Fantasy/romantic fiction/comics author Alisa Kwitney (A Flight of Angels, Moonburn) reveals the secret backstory of Avengers couple Hawkeye and the Black Widow. Under secret orders to assassinate the Widow, the rough-edged marksman finds himself caught up in a violent prison break that releases some of the world’s most vicious and powerful criminals. Defying his superiors, Hawkeye joins forces with the sultry Russian spy — and with a mismatched group of personalities that include Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Captain America and Iron Man. Unexpected betrayals and shocking revelations will lead the team from Manhattan’s top security Raft prison to the untamed jungle of Savage Land in dramatically different take on Brian Michael Bendis’ blockbuster Avengers comics debut.
Learn the sizzling backstory of your favorite big-screen heroes in this adaptation, inspired by the best of page and screen!

352 PGS./No Rating …$24.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-6516-3
Trim size: standard

For the full list of Marvel previews for November, head over to CBR.

Comments

  1. Looking forward to Deadpool, and the All New X-men,,others don’t interest me

  2. FF!

  3. I think the NOW concept itself is silly, but I’m actually looking forward to reading quite a few of those titles.

    Still I was hoping that from NOW on Marvel would stop double shipping and stabilize art teams. Alas, that doesn’t seem the case.

    I’m tempted by Thor but I can’t stop wondering how long Ribic will be on it.

  4. Definitely going to be picking up Iron Man, Fantastic Four and FF. I will probably pick p Captain America as well. I haven’t read hat title in almost ten years, but this new take sounds great to me.

  5. Some mighty pretty covers happening here. I can’t wait to gaze upon some Immonen art once more with ANX.

  6. I’m picking up Uncanny Avengers, All new Xmen, Xmen Legacy and Iron Man I think.

  7. Does anyone know if A+X is ongoing or a limited series?

  8. Gonna give them all a shot. It’s sad to see Bendis leave the avengers, but what the hell?! Bendis on the x-men? Remender doing Cap!? It’s gonna be awesome! OR NOT! But I’m loving the changing of seats on marvel.

  9. Looking forward to all of these except X-Men Legacy. Pretty excited for how epic Uncanny Avengers could be.

  10. I guess I might start picking up Deadpool again since it doesn’t suffer from “Marvel pricing.”

  11. UGHHHH I don’t have the money for this Marvel!!!

    • Tell me about it. I’m already getting 18 titles. And I want to add 6 more this fall. I’m going to have to drop something, but I don’t know what!!

    • same thing I get 19 books subscribed and 6 others trying two cut some but I want hulk 2 mark waids my 3rd favorite writer love daredevil.

  12. In for Deadpool.

    I think I’m in for Uncanny Avengers because I ordered #1 already. I might choose this time to stop reading Iron Man – I enjoyed Fraction’s run, but don’t think I’ll continue – but damn I liked Kieron Gillen on SWORD.

    All New X-Men might be interesting.

    Fantastic Four and FF sound interesting – especially Allred – but I don’t know – She-Thing? WTF?

  13. Where are Nova and Rocket Raccoon going to fall in? My guess is Captain America? Fabtastic Four? Both?

  14. Man, it’s easier to list what I’m not getting than what I am.

    They got me with Deadpool god dammit. I’m not into the writers much, and yes I know the whole comedian thing… but Tony fucking Moore cannot be passed up.

    Similar situation with Fraction’s books. That first issue of Hawkeye was great too. Might have to give both of those books a shot.

    I’m into all the Aaron, Remender, Waid and Gillen goodness. Might even have to try that Bendis book, damn him. Immonen is just too good.

    • Between the artist and writers, everyone I’m iffy on is paired with someone I can’t pass up. This is either a great move on their part or it will lead to some mass ejector seat style bailing.

  15. I’m all for a lot of these titles and I’m genuinely excited for them but I’m getting really tired of Marvel shoving two books a month on a title at $3.99 per issue at us.
    I would love to try some of these other books like Thor and FF but I can’t afford it!

    I already plan on getting:
    Uncanny Avengers
    All New X-Men
    Iron Man
    X-Men Legacy
    Deadpool (2.99)

    which are shipping twice a month, that’s already $37.90 per month on just 5 titles!
    That doesn’t include the other comics from Marvel, DC, Image, etc that’s on my pull list.
    I think this kind of pricing and twice a month shipping kills experimentation.
    I think while it may be profitable for Marvel right NOW, in the long run it’ll hurt comics.
    This forces a decision on people with a budget.
    Do I drop Marvel comics or do I just stick with what I know and not try out something new?

    • filippod (@filippodee) says:

      Yeah, the double shipping is crazy and I think (and I hope) that it is ultimately backfiring for Marvel.

      At the very least they are cannibalizing their own second tier titles (which is frustrating because they are often very good) but I also believe they are sending away fans in frustration.

      My pull list has gone crazy with double shipping and I must cut on my Marvel titles. Which I hate because I love them all.

      Basically in a LCS subscription 2 Marvel titles count as 3 non Marvel titles of the same price. In a year it’s CRAZY money.

      For me Marvel NOW will be a painful exercise in cutting books.

      My impression is that Marvel are short sightedly trying to keep afloat in the #1 race with DC

  16. Who’s that behind the modern team on the All-New X-Men cover? Rachel? Hope?

  17. FF, Fantastic Four, and Journey into Mystery for me. Maybe Uncanny Avengers. I’m so-so on all the others, and since they have a $3.99 price point, that makes the decision for me.

  18. Damn. Greg Land really traced the hell out of that poster for Iron Man 2.

  19. That Hulk cover is horrendous.

  20. I thought they were going to just have one new #1 each week? This says they’ll be releasing TEN #1s over the course of a month. What a needlessly complicated clusterfuck. Just start all the titles over at #1.

  21. Totally on board, will pull for at least the first arc:

    Uncanny Avengers (for characters and writer)
    Iron Man (for writer)
    Deadpool (for writer)

    On the fence, will pull at least first issue:

    Captain America (like the writer but not the character)
    FF (like the concept and the artist but not the writer)
    X-Men Legacy (concept sounds interesting but I know nothing of the writer, very little background knowledge of the character)
    Journey into Mystery (potentially interesting concept)

    Everything else, I pretty much don’t like the writer and am indifferent to the characters.

  22. Captain America’s left leg seems to be broken if you look at the cover. Not going so far as to say Romita Jr. is ‘bad’, but I’ve noticed his anatomy in recent titles have been very inconsistent.