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Marvel's Shattered Heroes
The Shattered Heroes Marvel Must Mend
The world is now broken, torn asunder from a fear-inspiring all-father and 8 "worthy" gods who brought their wrath to Midgard, Earth. As an eye toward hopelessness scans the horizon, it is time to reconcile the wrongs:
It is for the Shattered Heroes to make amends.
In October 2011, as the Fear Itself event concludes, comic book readers have learned there will be another breathtaking saga unfolding in the Marvel Universe. Called Shattered Heroes, there is no true indication to the level of density and overall crossover of the events.
In this article, we'll be following the Shattered Heroes Marvel event with news updates and information. As it begins and progresses, you'll be able to follow along with a chronological Shattered Heroes Reading List.
Prerequisite Knowledge for Shattered Heroes - It's a good idea to now what happened.
As stated, Shattered Heroes is where the heroes pick up the pieces and resume their lives after Fear Itself, but it might also help you to notice the following (these are Fear Itself Spoilers, by the way.):
- When he was Nul of The Worthy, Hulk destroyed his own Hammer. This also freed Nul to roam the world.
- The weapons of Uru crafted by Tony Stark were re-melted at Svartalfheim; they no longer exist.
- Thor was killed when he slew The Serpent.
- Captain America's shield was shattered by The Serpent, but later reforged in Svartalfheim. Now it has cracks in it, but is said to be more resilient than ever.
- Bucky, who was wearing the Captain America costume, was seen wounded and reportedly killed by Skadi; Steve Rogers is now wearing the star-spangled mantle again.
- Odin appears to have banished all the Asgardians from Odin-Space and now they're stuck on earth.
The Shattered Heroes Reading Order - A Summarized Listing of The Shattered Heroes Story
(Oct 19. 2011) This will be the main section of this landing page for Shattered Heroes
In the aftermath of the earth-shaking battles of Fear Itself, Asgardians Weapons still remain. The Hammer of Skadi has been quieted away by Captain America, but there are others still hidden around the world. What happens next is the final saga of the earth's fear. For Whosoever holds the hammer of .... Well...you get the point.
000 Fear Itself #7 The epilogue of this issue becomes the prologue for Shattered Heroes.
- Sin, formerly Skadi, is recovered by mysterious allies who revive and convince her to find the missing Hammers. This becomes the Fear Itself: The Fearless series.
- Hulk and Bruce Banner somehow separate and no longer share the same host. This becomes the new Incredible Hulk series.
- An unknown named Marcus Johnson becomes the most wanted man alive and the greatest secret in the world, culminating in the series Battles Scars.
- Nul, now free from his Hammer, threatens the world and Hulk appears at the doorstep of Dr. Strange. This because the beginning of the new Defenders series.
002 Fear Itself #7.2 (Thor's body is laid to rest. Freya returns. Tanarus, God of Thunder appears.)
003 Fear Itself #7.3 (Tony Stark confronts Odin over all the deaths in Paris. Odin...well, he shows Tony some smackdown.)
004 Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 (Valkyrie and Sin begin their quests for the hammers. Believing the rightful place of the weapons to be in Asgardian hands, Brunhilde fights War Machine and steals The Hammer of Skadi from the Secret Avengers Quinjet; meanwhile, the daughter of the Red Skull puts Crossbones in play to locate the rest. This issue shows a frame of Mettle and early Hawkeye costume in Washington D.C. sifting through wreckage, which suggest this is very soon after the final Showdown with The Serpent.)
005 Avengers Academy #21 (Known as the Second Semester Series. Welcome Students. Captain America, Luke Cage and Hawkeye show up at West Coast Avengers Mansion. Pym officially renames it Avenger's Academy Campus in this issue. The key indicator for placement here is Hawkeye's costume. In this issue, he's wearing the old version, but in Captain America #6, he'll be wearing the new. [Thanks to Vrogan, for pointing this out.])
Shattered Heroes, Chapter 1: Stark's Recovery
Facing The Demon
By the end of Fear Itself, Tony Stark had returned to drinking; he had lost his way when confronting the All-Father, Odin, and resorted to intoxicating himself in the midst of trying to save the world.
That single act - the moment he broke his recovery from alcoholism - is now hounding him at this stage in the Shattered Heroes event. The primary villains are Obediah Stane and The Mandarin.
006 Invincible Iron Man #510 (Demon, Part 1. Stark melts the weapons and heads back to Stark Resilient with Splitlip. After working out a deal, he plans on having the Dwarf making inventions for him. Later, they both head to an AA meeting to deal with their alcoholism. He learns that AIM scientists are in the middle of an attack and changes to Iron Man to stop them. Later, Tony is subpoenaed to give up the suit's biometric data. Intertwined with this story, Stane has Blizzard destroy two desalinization plants in Abu Dhabi, creating a water crisis for a later purpose. )
007 Invincible Iron Man #511 (Demon, Part 2. It's the day after his battle in #510, and Stark is relating his legal issues to the members of Stark Resilient. Meanwhile, Mandirin and Stane are collaborating on taking him down; Stane noticed that Tony's chest unit is fractured or broken and can't be fixed. To measure the damage, they send Living Laser who's charged up. They battle and Tony is beaten pretty bad. In the backdrop of the story, Bethany Cabe and Pepper Potts are squaring off against each other and learning to work things out. )
008 Invincible Iron Man #512 (Demon, Part 3. Stark is rushed to the hospital after the fight with Living Laser, but their techniques would harm someone with his physiology. He escapes and regroups. Meanwhile, the Mandarin's plans are underway; his alliance, though, is starting to fracture as he pushes Stane to complete the Dreadnoughts before schedule. By the end of the issue, those weapons are about to attack China.
009 Invincible Iron Man #513 (Demon: Part 4. Iron man joins with Dynasty, a Chinese Avengers-like group, to fight the Dreadnoughts, but they become overwhelmed. War Machine suddenly appears to lend support. Sensing they are on losing ground, the Chinese decide to bomb the area, declaring a political victory. As Stark prepares to head home, Rhodes tells him he's been sent to escort him back...not a request. Tony prepares for the worst, meanwhile back in the Mandarin's lair, Stane has been upgrading many of Iron Man's worst villains as they prepare for Phase Two.)
010 Invincible Iron Man #514 (Demon: Part 5. Tony gives up truckloads of his data to confound the authorities while he plans his next move, but is confronted with governor-tech that he's imposed to wear, giving them the power to shut off his suit. In the middle of a battle against Whirlwind, he's turned off an unable to follow the villain, meanwhile, The Melter is on rampage downtown. Tony believes he has a counter-attack plan, but will it really work?)
011 Invincible Iron Man #515 (Demon: Part 6. While Tony and Pepper try to get to Rhodey, Melter, Whirlwind, and the Living Laser take him out. They are too late and War Machine appears to be dead. Secretly, though, Tony uses his technology to keep him alive. Now that Tony's drunkiness, Pepper's humilation, and Rhodey's death are public information, Tony prepares to start an undercover counter-attack against the Mandarin and Stane.)
Shattered Heroes, Chapter 2: Asgardian Heroes
And Just Who is The God of Thunder?
With Thor, now dead, the former Asgardians and heroes lay their brother to rest in a funeral pyre. What happens as a result becomes this story, wherein a new God of Thunder takes the stage and it seems like he was always there.
012 Journey Into Mystery #631 (Loki deals with the aftermath of his decisions and realizes he is being forced to make a pact with the All-Mother. They indicate that they could reveal all the terrible and manipulative things he has done. There is a reference here about Thor and Tanarus, but Loki's adventure makes greater sense before Thor's ordeal. [Special thanks to Jim for working it out.])
013 Journey Into Mystery #632 (Christmastime with Loki and the former Asgardians.)
014 Journey Into Mystery #633 (The Terrorism Myth, Part 1. Specific children are dreaming about the Castle of Dark Asgard, including Loki. Damian Hellstrom appears in this issue and it hasn't been determine if this is before or after The Fearless series.)
015 Journey Into Mystery #634 (The Terrorism Myth, Part 2. Loki and Damian battle, but join forces when they find the true culprit of the killing dreams.)
016 Journey Into Mystery #635 (The Terrorism Myth, Part 3. Loki figures a way to deal with the dream villain to save the victims.)
017 Journey Into Mystery #636 (The Terrorism Myth, Conclusion Loki's master plan and a battle of fear.)
018 Mighty Thor #8 (The Mighty Tanarus, Part 1. The secret of Tanarus, God of Thunder. Don't want to reveal too much here because it's all part of a Spoiler.)
019 Mighty Thor #9 (The Mighty Tanarus, Part 2. Continues immediately from #8.)
020 Mighty Thor #10 (The Mighty Tanarus, Part 3. As Asgardia begins to form, Heimdall tells the All-Mother that there are things shielded from even his eyes. He approaches Tanarus but is soundly thrashed. Elsewhere, Thor and other "dead" gods are about to be destroyed by the Demogorge. With his Hammer awakened, he summons it and it returns to his hand. The true God of Thunder regains his resolve and prepares for battle!)
021 Mighty Thor #11 (The Mighty Tanarus, Part 4. Silver Surfer and Loki work to unravel the mystery and war is unleashed on Asgardia as it ascends. Tanarus is revealed. Thor awakens the dead gods.)
022 Mighty Thor #12 (The Mighty Tanarus, Part 5. Thor returns and battles for the fate of Asgardia.)
Shattered Heroes, Chapter 3: Powerless
Captain America, Losing Faith
From the Fear Itself teasers, we were told to expect many changes near the end; one of them showed us Captain America, crumpled to the ground with a broken shield and said "Do You Fear A Loss of Faith?"
In Shattered Heroes, this becomes the theme. Steve Rogers is now dealing with the aftermath of the world-shaking Serpent War, but is also facing a power problem. During his dreams, he has episodes where he reverts back to his scrawny physique. If you have the time, it is highly recommended to read Captain America #1-5 (2011), the "American Dreamers" story, which adds (in my opinion) necessary details.
The principle antagonist in the series appears to be Queen Hydra (not to be confused with Madame Hydra). In Captain America #6, she mentions Madame Hydra and Gorgon have gone their separate ways. There is also a reference when Hawkeye says Bucky is dead and Natasha is on leave, putting this story after Fear Itself #7
023 Captain America #6 (Powerless, Part 1, but doesn't have the Shattered Heroes banner. Steve wakes from the tormenting dreams over a series of weeks and has tests run on him by Tony Stark.)
024 Captain America #7 (Powerless, Part 2, and has the Shattered Heroes banner.)
025 Captain America #8 (Powerless, Part 3, Cap reverts to his former self.)
026 Captain America #9 (Powerless, Part 4, Stark tries to cure Steve while Sharon Carter and Falcon look for more answers.)
027 Captain America #10 (Powerless, Part 5, Sharon uncovers vital information from Machinesmith and Captain America reemerges empowered.)
Shattered Heroes: Chapter 4 - The Avengers and the Return of an Old Foe
028 Avengers Academy #22 (Second Semester: Disappointments. Cyclops, Magneto, and their team visit Pym and the Academy to ascertain the mystery behind Jocasta's death.)
029 New Avengers #16.1 (Norman Osborn escapes from The Raft during transfer. He frees Dr. Wentworth (Superia) and heads to a secret location.)
Special thanks to Jim: In the forums, Jim found some very critical makers that really set this part of the Reading Order right. Thanks Jim!
030 Avengers #18 (Takes place after Norman Osborn is free. The Avengers are regrouping after their last major battle and now their trying to determine who will remain in their ranks. Also note that Hawkeye is in new costume for chronological purposes.)
031 New Avengers #17 (Norman plans an attack on Stark Resilient in New Jersey to gain Iron Man's armor, but fails. Instead, he acquires a sample of Wolverines DNA.)
032 New Avengers #18 (A recap issue of the previous week, where Norman rebuilds his Dark version of The Avengers.)
033 New Avengers #19 (Iron Man and the team's encounter at Stark Resilient resumes with them picking up the pieces after battle. Back at his lair, Norman continues influencing his own Avengers and tells them he has "a man on the inside". At the end, both team meets in the aftermath of a fight; Norman's group is victorious just as the New Avengers arrive.)
034 New Avengers #20 (Cage and his team face Norman's Avengers. The entire fight takes place in this issue until one side escapes...and is faced with another threat.)
035 Avengers #19 (The sanctioned Avengers rebuilds their team. Osborn steps forth in the media to confront them.)
036 Avengers #20 (Led by Captain America, the team splits up to locate Osborn, but ends up in a series of ambush encounters.)
037 Avengers #21 (Continuing from Avengers #20, each of the members confront their aggressors, but are systematically taken down. Special Note: Iron Man referred to his New Avengers encounter with AIM agents at Stark Resilient.)
038 Avengers #22 (The U.S. Government now faces Osborn's plans as he manipulates public outrage with Social Media.)
039 Avengers #23 (Captain America is part of Madame Hydra's negotiations with U.S. Government on Osborn's behalf. Avengers are breaking free from their capture. Also shows Avengers Mansion being stormed.)
040 New Avengers #21 (Continues from New Avengers #20, BUT this is where the Government storms Avengers Mansion, meaning some of the issues are running simultaneous. Osborn harnesses social media to take down Cage's team.)
041 New Avengers #22 (Continues from New Avengers #21. Luke Cage and team on the run. Cap is still a prisoner of Madame Hydra.)
042 New Avengers #23 (Continues from New Avengers #22, but has to take place after Avengers #23 for obvious reasons. This is when Captain America is finally freed.)
043 Avengers #24 (Avengers vs. Osborn. His new powers revealed.)
044 Avengers Academy #23 (Second Semester: Second Chances. X-23 joins the Academy.)
045 Avengers Academy #24 (Second Semester: Family. Huberto begins leading Academy people to the Hybrid Dire Wraith; he's trying to save his future. At the end he has second thoughts and raises the alarm.)
046 Avengers Academy #25 (Second Semester: Class Reunion. The members of the Academy fight the Dire Wraith. Does not have a banner but continues the story arc.)
047 Avengers Academy #26 (Second Semester: Career Day. Jocasta's Secret Plan revealed. The Academy students now decide which road leads to the greater goal.)
Shattered Heroes: Chapter 5 - The Fearless, Battle Scars, and More...
Within the scope of Shattered Heroes, Fear Itself: The Fearless and Battle Scars occurs, but does not have specific chronology markers. To make best of what's been happening so far, we go off editor Alejandro Arbona's words that "they are sister series", inferring that their stories are simultaneous. In other words, this section is highly fluid until more information can be gleaned to put it in it's rightful place. If you have information, don't hesitate to leave a message below. I'm always checking in.
048 Fear Itself: The Fearless #2 (Valkyrie arrives in Transylvania for Nul's Hammer and encounters Raizo and The Forgiven; Crossbones is in France and goes after the Hammer of Mokk; he has an encounter with people who want to be returned to stone, indicating this occurs after Odin reverted Paris to normal.)
049 Fear Itself: The Fearless #3 (Continuation from Fear Itself: The Fearless #2. Valkyrie vs. vampires vs. Secret Avengers.)
050 Battle Scars #1 (Starting from his presence in the War of Afghanistan to present time, we meet soldier and veteran Marcus Johnson, a man whom with a unique destiny.)
051 Battle Scars #2 (Continues from Battle Scars #1.)
052 Battle Scars #3 (Marcus and Cheese hunt down a lead to Taskmaster, later finding a location. When he arrives, Deadpool ambushes him, but before he can kill Marcus, Taskmaster arrives. In a stroke of planning and luck, Marcus defeats Taskmaster and goes for information, but not before a band of supervillains show up to attack.)
053 Battle Scars #4 (Marcus barely survives the encounter, but not before SHIELD shows up. At the end, he is confronted by none other than Nick Fury.)
054 Battle Scars #5 (Marcus finds out about his heritage, learns who his enemies truly are, and what they want.)
055 Battles Scars #6
056 Fear Itself: The Fearless #4 (Valkyrie drops off Nul's Hammer and then infiltrates the Baxter Building; Sin and Crossbones head under the sea for Nerkkod's Hammer and face Namor.)
057 Fear Itself: The Fearless #5 (Continues from #4. Valkyrie in the Baxter Building while Crossbones storms The Raft.)
058 Fear Itself: The Fearless #6 (Sin and Crossbones attack Project Pegasus, the face off against Dr. Strange, Damian Hellstrom, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, Mockingbird, and Wolverine. This is likely to occur before Strange joins with his Defenders. Valkyrie heads to Fallen Asgard and speaks with Freyja.
059 Fear Itself: The Fearless #7 (Continues right after issue #6. The battle at Project Pegasus continues; this appears to be the Hammer of Greithoth they are warfaring over. Suddenly, in the middle of the fight, Damian Hellstrom betrays his team and helps Sin gain the upper hand. Wolverine nearly kills Crossbones until Damian steps in and their entire team disappears with the weapon.)
060 Fear Itself: The Fearless #8 ( Hellstrom with Sin and Valkyrie goes after Kuurth's Hammer on the island of Utopia.)
061 Fear Itself: The Fearless #9 (Valkyrie vs. Storm. And the Shield-Maiden of Odin's true secret is revealed.)
062 Fear Itself: The Fearless #10 (Sin becomes The Final Sleeper and faces Avengers and FF at end.)
063 Fear Itself: The Fearless #11 (Avengers unite to fight The Sleeper, but to no avail.)
064 Fear itself: The Fearless #12 (The conclusion of Valkyrie and Sin's battle. New alliances and more.)
Hey everybody, please help me make better lists!
I've been building Stories, Reading Orders and Checkllists for comic book events for about a year now, and I'm wondering what interests readers the most. What is it you like most? What do you like the least? Let me know; I'm listening!
When you look through a Reading Order, what do you prefer?
Shattered Heroes: Chapter 6
The Defenders vs. The Black Hulk
As the adventures of Dr. Strange, Namor, and their assorted crew of superheroes coalesces, a machine of great chaos and destruction is forming. The Hulk appears at the Doctor's doorstep warning him that Nul, Breaker of Worlds is loose upon the Earth and set to level it. This series appears best after the Journey Into Mystery series because the Silver Surfer appears whole. It also works best before Incredible Hulk #1 because the green gargantuan leaves them in Defenders #1, and appears weeks or months later, with a beard, in Incredible Hulk #1.
Also recommended with this series are Defenders: Strange Heroes #1 (One Shot), Defenders: The Coming of The Defenders #1 (One Shot), and Defenders: Tournament of Heroes #1 (One Shot). (These huge issues were released at the same time and form great compilations for the series.)
Since part of the promotional for the recent Defenders series is the inclusion of this additional issues, it's a perfect time to get acquainted with some of their historic and original material.
If you want to see what else is coming out, check here with the Amazon Defender's Catalog. Personally, I recommend the The Essential Defenders, Vol. 1., a huge storehouse of information that shows how the characters came together and some of their personal issues.
If you want a huge introduction to the team that never was, this hardbound book will surprised you with it's 22 issues. It contains stories from each of the hallmark characters, collecting Dr. Strange #183, Sub-Mariner #22 and 34-35, Incredible Hulk #126, Marvel Feature #1-3, Defenders #1-14, and Avengers #115-118.
065 Defenders #1 (The Hulk enlists the aid of Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Namor, and She-Hulk as they embark on a battle to stop Nul, The Breaker of Worlds. Hulk leaves them to keep from bonding with the evil entity.)
066 Defenders #2 (Continuation of Defenders #1. The team is captured by Prester John, who wants Nul to succeed.)
067 Defenders #3 (Continuation of Defenders #2, and concludes their encounter with Nul.)
Shattered Heroes: Chapter 7 - From Below! The Incredible Hulk
At this point in time, The Incredible Hulk series appears to happen after his venture within The Defenders, and due to that interpretation, Incredible Hulk is placed at the end of the Shattered Heroes event.
068 Incredible Hulk #1 (Hulk: Asunder, Part I. Hulk, now separated from Banner, goes beneath the earth and lives with the Subterraneans. Banner now lives on an island and is mutating animals for some purpose.)
069 Incredible Hulk #2 (Hulk: Asunder, Part II. Hulk turns down a request to hunt Banner while Banner's experiments track him down.)
070 Incredible Hulk #3 (Hulk: Asunder, Part III. Now confronted by Banner's Monsters in his own domain, Hulk decides to join the Mad Squad against him.)
071 Incredible Hulk #4 (Does not have a Shattered Heroes banner. Hulk and Mad Squad go after Banner.)
072 Incredible Hulk #5(This issue explains how Hulk and Banner got separated. That's what it's part of this event.)
Shattered Heroes was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con in August 2011.
Shattered Heroes Message from Tom Brevoort, SVP Executive Editor
The war is over, and the warriors return home, carrying with them scars of battle, both physical and mental. Now the cost will be tallied, the casualties buried and mourned, the rubble swept up and carted away. But the damage to our heroes isn't easily repaired, the wounds not easily healed. Decisions are made and lives are changed-can shattered heroes find renewed courage to go on?"
- Tom Brevoort, SVP Executive Editor
Shattered Heroes Checklist
Issues which will be reflected in the Shattered Heroes Event
The Shattered Heroes event is pointing to a list of solo issues mostly focused on Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man, but we already know that they are not exclusive to this event. When a title below is finished with Shattered Heroes, it will be changed to bold.
Fear Itself: The Fearless #1-12 (First release was October 19th, 2011.)
Fear Itself #7.1 (One-Shot) - Captain America
Fear Itself #7.2 (One-Shot) - Thor
Fear Itself #7.3 (One-Shot) - Iron Man
Battle Scars #1-6
The Defenders #1-3
The Incredible Hulk #1-3, 4-5 (#1-3 are parts of the story "Hulk: Asunder"; #4-5 explain how Hulk and Banner were separated.)
Invincible Iron Man #510-515 (#512-514 do not have the Shattered Heroes banner, but they are part of the Demon story arc. #516 starts a new story arc and is not included here.)
Journey Into Mystery #631-636 (The Terrorism Myth story arc.)
Avengers Academy #21-26 (Issue #20 is a Fear Itself banner event.)
Captain America #6-10 (Issue #6 doesn't have a Shattered Heroes banner, but it turns out it's Part 1 of a multi-part story that goes into the event.)
The Mighty Thor #8-12 (The Mighty Tanarus story arc.)
New Avengers #16.1-23 (I consider it a part of the Shattered Heroes event because it shows what Norman Osborn does in the aftermath of his escape. Big big issues.)
Links to Shattered Heroes stories
- Shattered Heroes | Marvel Heroes | Comic News | News | Marvel.com
Who will stand and who will fall in the aftermath of Fear Itself?
- Shattered Heroes: November 2011 Comic Previews | Avengers | Comic News | News | Marvel.com
Check out the covers and preview info for Shattered Heroes comics coming November 2011!
- If You Can't Kill Bucky, Then Who Can You?
Well...Bucky's back. No. Seriously. Just saw him hanging out with Steve and Fury. Right over there before his wake.
If you're new to comic books or a big fan, your opinions here regarding the Shattered Heroes Marvel Comics event is appreciated. Feel free to tell us what you've heard or seen; it's always good to know more. And if you see any errors or have any critiques, let me know. I'll fix it up quickly.
The Trail of The Hammers (Shattered Heroes Spoiler) - This information gives you a chronological trail to follow.
This section gives you a listing of the Hammer locations as they are found, gathered and moved. There are eight total:
The Hammer of Angrir
It turns out that this weapon was in the hands of Reed Richards in the Baxter Building. In Fear Itself: The Fearless #5 The Thing allows Valkyrie to acquire it without a fight. Sin reacquires it in issue #10.
The Hammer of Greithoth
This weapon showed up under the care of the people at Project Pegasus. In Fear Itself: The Fearless #7, The Avengers faced Sin's force and were betrayed by Damian Hellstrom; they took the Hammer and departed.
The Hammer of Kuurth
Unknown as of yet, but in Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 Steve Rogers comments that he is in possession of most of the Hammers. Valkyrie acquires it in a battle with Storm in issue #9, but Sin gets it back in issue #10.
The Hammer of Mokk
Fear Itself #7: The Hammer flies from Mokk to an unknown location on the earth.
Fear Itself: The Fearless #2: Under Sin's direction and with the help of an arcane locating device, Crossbones retrieves the Hammer in Paris, France.
The Hammer of Nerkkod
In Fear Itself: The Fearless #4, Sin and her team are able to destroy a mammoth-sized whale, withdrawing the weapon from it's stomach after an encounter with The Sub-Mariner.
The Hammer of Nul
Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #3 Hulk destroyed the hammer, leaving it broken in Transylvania.
Fear Itself: The Fearless #2: Raizo acquires the pieces and then turns them over to Valkyrie after a sword match. Sin and Crossbones reacquire it after blowing up Valkyrie's longhouse in issue #10.
The Hammer of Skadi
Fear Itself: The Fearless #1: While the Hammer is in Steve Rogers' possession aboard a Secret Avengers Quinjet, Valkyrie attacks War Machine and steals it. Sin blows up Valkyries house and gets possession of it in issue #10.
The Hammer of Skirn
In Fear Itself: The Fearless #5 we learn that it was kept under guard in The Raft until Crossbones and his team raided the prison and stole it.
Tanarus, God of Thunder - Thor's Replacement?
At the beginning of the teasers, we were left to conclude that Thor died and he was being replaced. With that in mind, it explains this teaser released by Marvel Comics.
Namely, Tanarus, The New God of Thunder.
After the series, we now know that Tanarus is part of a ruse between The Goblin King and Karnilla, The Queen of Norns. His appearance is part of a magical spell that was enacted during Thor's funeral; part of the effect it to cause nearly everyone to forget Thor ever existed. In truth, this new Thunder God is Ulik the Troll in disguise. (Ref. The Mighty Thor #8 (2011))
Shattered Heroes Spoiler: Captain America Picks The New Avengers - Prepare for the new guard.
Captain America and Iron Man revealed the new members of the Avengers in Avengers #19, which released on November 16, 2011, as part of the Shattered Heroes event. They are, from left to right: Ororo, the mutant known as Storm; Daisy Johnson (Quake), a level 10 SHIELD agent; Tony Stark, The Invincible Iron Man; Spider-Woman; Captain America, obviously; The Vision, who was recently revived; Red Hulk; The Protector; and Hawkeye.
Shattered Heroes Updates
Last Update: 07/11/2012.
This event is now concluded. If you see any discrepancies, let me know.
07/11/2012. The Updates section is now being move to the end of the article. After some reviews and observations, it appears this Reading Order is now good to go. I had one last bout with Jim, who made a great argument about putting Loki, and Journey Into Mystery before the Mighty Thor series. Well done!
07/05/2012. Jim found a really good set of chronology markers and submitted a perfect order of events in the Avengers/New Avengers section. It's been updated and "Thanks Jim!".
05/03/2012. Just read Iron Man #516, and it starts a new Story Arc. The Shattered Heroes event is now over by my account.
04/26/2012. Updated the Reading Order, removed the Release List, and now I'm going to run a check and see if Iron Man #516 needs to be part of this event. If so, it will be the last issue of Shattered Heroes.
04/19/2012. Updated this week's Reading Order and monthly checklist.
04/12/2012. Updated this week's Reading Order.
03.29/2012. Updated Reading Order, Checklist and now doing a review to look for inconsistencies. Let me know if you see anything; you've all been great help!
03/23/2012.Updated the Reading Order. One last issue for Fear Itself: The Fearless is coming soon.
03/15/2012. Updated the Reading Order as we get into the last 30 or so days. This event is about to conclude and make way for the Avengers vs. X-Men event.
03/12/2012. Updated the Reading Order and Trail of The Hammers section.
03/05/2012. Updated the issues for this week and also added a couple issues to the Hulk story line. (They were too important to ignore.)
02/27/2012. Added issues to Reading List/Reading Order. Avengers Academy concludes. March will have the final issues and we'll wrap it all up in the next 30 days.
02/21/2012. Updated Reading List and Release List. Everything current right now.
02/09/2012. Added a few issues released this week to the Reading Order. Still need New Avengers #21.
02/07/2012. Vrogan and Ilyich added important information to the Avengers Academy issues which can't be ignored. We'll follow their Second Semester story arc until it ends. Added information with those issues in the Reading Order sections.
02/06/2012. Added Avengers Academy #25 with some wise words from Ilyich.
02/05/2012. Added Fear Itself: The Fearless #8 and Defenders #3 to the Reading Order.
01/27/2012. Updated the Reading Order (there was only one issue) and added a bunch of titles in the Release List. This addition comes thanks to username: Marvel who gave me the post. The help is much appreciated!
01/23/2012. Picked up copies of Fear Itself: The Fearless #7 and Invincible Iron Man #512. Also updated the Hammer Tracking section. This event seems to have many issues that aren't carrying the banner, but need to be included.
01/21/2012. A single issue arrived on the 18th and it is incorporated into the Reading Order. From the looks of things, the chronology appears very stable and I don't see much more "rearranging". (Thanks to Vrogan and the rest of you for keeping in touch.)
01/14/2012. Updated the Reading List and worked on some of the chronology to make a few new sections.
12/31/2011. If it wasn't for Vrogan I'd have made a crucial error. Thanks for catching Fear Itself: The Fearless #5. It's in and implemented. Also updated the Spoiler Sections.
12/30/2011. Updated Reading List and revised it to discount Captain America #6 since there's no relevance..
12/23/2011. Updating the Reading List. The Shattered Heroes event appears to be focusing mostly on Avengers and New Avengers, which is the midst of facing their old nemesis, Norman Osborn. More to come...
12/15/2011. Updated Reading List.
12/10/2011. Updated Reading List with a couple of issues.
11/25/2011. Updated Reading List and added some info.
11/18/2011. Added another title to the Reading Order. Seems caught up.
11/17/2011. Updated Reading Order and added spoiler.
11/10/2011 Added some new comic books to the Reading Order.
11/04/2011 Updated Reading Order with Fear Itself 7.1, and yes, I' wrote an article about this.
11/03/2011 Updated Reading Order. Added a Prerequisite Knowledge and "Trail of the Hammers" section..
10/27/2011 Added a few issues to the Reading Order. I'm preparing to separate the page as sections dealing with each of the unique heroes. I need a little more data first, though.
10/19/2011. Prepared the Reading Order section and I'm gathering the titles right now!
09/30/2011. Added Release Schedule. Updated Countdown. Not many of the issues are available for location, but believe I've got a pretty good list for the next couple months.
10/28/2011 Added Avengers Academy #20 because it's a great prologue for this event.