Here are some of the best new releases in movies, TV, books, comics, music and more on the horizon in December. As always, release dates are subject to change without notice.

 “The Immortal Hulk Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?” by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett (Marvel). British comics writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennett come up with the scariest spin on Hulk anyone’s seen in years. What if the Hulk, here portrayed as a rather malevolent creature, simply cannot die? Bruce Banner can, but when the sun goes down (folks forget that Hulk used to manifest at night), the Hulk comes right back to life. This is Hulk as a horror book, and it’s a blast. (Dec. 4)

“Now #5: The New Comics Anthology” (Fantagraphics). This thrice-yearly art-comics anthology is the brainchild of Fantagraphic publisher Eric Reynolds, who does wonderful work with the format. (Dec. 4)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime). The second season of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s award-winning show (inspired by, but not quite based on, the careers of Joan Rivers and Jean Carroll) returns. Everyone is back: Rachel Brosnahan as housewife/stand-up comedian Miriam "Midge" Maisel, Alex Borstein as Midge’s manager Susie Myerson (who is clearly in love with Midge), Michael Zegen as Midge’s estranged and annoying husband, Joel Maisel, Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle as Midge’s parents, both of whom do amazing work on this thing. I am hoping for a return of Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch), whose combination of Phyllis Diller and Sophie Tucker was inspired. (Dec. 5)

“Roma.” Already generating best-picture buzz and rapturous reviews, Mexican movie savant Alfonso Cuarón returns with his first film since “Gravity” and goes in the opposite direction, moving from the cosmic to the personal. Written directed, produced, shot and edited by Cuarón, “Roma” concerns a young domestic worker in early-1970s Mexico City. Look for it on Netflix on Dec. 14, but also try to see it on a big screen earlier in the month. (Dec. 6)

Van Morrison, “The Prophet Speaks” (Caroline International). Van the Man was always a regular record store presence — you either cared about the albums he put out or ignored them, but he was always around. Lately, he’s cranked up the productivity, releasing four albums in 18 months. This one has eight covers and six new originals. (Dec. 7)

Aretha Franklin, “Atlantic Records 1960s Collection” (Rhino/Atlantic). A very Christmas gift set here — six magnificent studio LPs and an LP of rare studio tracks. (Dec. 7)

“Counterpart: Season 2” (Starz). J.K. Simmons stars in this sci-fi/espionage mashup about a man who discovers that the intelligence organization in which he is but a lowly cog is responsible for monitoring a gateway between his Earth and another. On the other, he is a high-level agent (aka the tough-as-nails J.K. Simmons we’re used to). Think of it as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Fringe.” I long for more pop culture jokes in this season (Prince is still alive over there!). (Dec. 9)

“Once Upon a Deadpool.” Perhaps sensing they were leaving money on the table (OK, fine, absolutely sensing that), Fox gives us this, essentially a PG-13 edit of “Deadpool 2” aimed at kids too young for the original, complete with a new framing sequence. (Dec. 12)

“Springsteen on Broadway” (Columbia). A two-CD, 30-track set of music and stories by Bruce Springsteen that also serves as the soundtrack to the identically named Netflix film. (Dec 14)

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Comics nerds from all over are probably a little too excited for this CGI-animated picture, which focuses on a black, Latino Brooklyn teenager named Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of an alternate universe, who meets Peter Parker, the Spider-Man that most folks know. Shameik Moore is Miles, Hailee Steinfeld is Gwen Stacy, Jake Johnson is Peter Parker, Liev Schreiber is the Kingpin. A black comics nerd pal of mine from New York said he almost burst into tears at the scene in the trailer wherein Miles dives off a skyscraper in classic superhero fashion and screams “Brooklyn!” Representation means something, folks. (Dec. 14)

“Klaus and the Crying Snowman” #1 (Boom!). Back in 2015, the notion of writer Grant Morrison (“The Invisibles,” “All-Star Superman”) and artist Dan Mora giving Santa Claus a grim ‘n’ gritty origin story sounded awful. Instead, “Klaus” was fantastic — mythic and sweet and action-packed. Every year since, around Christmas, Morrison and Mora add a chapter to the saga. This one involves a dad-turned-snowman, the Norse pantheon and the Romanian communist Santa Claus Mos Gerila. (Dec. 19)

"Aquaman.” Jason Momoa stars as the titular character, aka Arthur Curry, half-human ruler of Atlantis and member of the Justice League. DC Comics movies have mostly been critical nightmares, underlit and over-dramatic in equal measure. We’ll see how this one goes. (Dec. 21)

“Ben Is Back.” Writer-director Peter Hedges directs his son Lucas as Ben Burns, who has been clean for about two months when it comes time to hang out with this parents (mother Julia Roberts and stepfather Courtney B. Vance) for the holidays. But like many addicts, Ben struggles with holidays and could relapse instantly, not to mention the fact that his hometown is full of folks who still resent the destruction his addiction brought to their lives. (Dec. 21)

“Second Act.” Oh, J-Lo. How the world would be different if you had stuck with acting after blowing minds in “Out of Sight,” one of the best movies of 1998. Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens and Milo Ventimiglia star in this comedy about Maya (Lopez), a 40-year-old (cough) woman struggling with the limitations of her life. The feels, they will be good. (Dec. 21)

“Watership Down” (Netflix). Because nothing says Christmas like a new, four-hour animated adaptation of Richard Adams' beloved, traumatic 1972 classic that was somehow classified as a children’s novel because children need to be taught how godawful life is. With a voice cast including James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega and Ben Kingsley. (Dec. 25)

“Vice.” Christian Bale IS Dick Cheney (even if he looks exactly like Jeff Daniels in a fat suit)! Amy Adams IS Lynne Cheney! Steve Carell IS Donald Rumsfeld! And the almighty Sam Rockwell IS president and future painter George W. Bush. Directed by Adam McKay. (Dec. 28)