Welcome to the Comic Book Herald ‘Complete Marvel Reading Order Guide.’ Some quick words of explanation that should help answer the most frequent questions.
This guide is not truly ‘complete’ in the sense that I focus primarily on the modern era of comics from the late 90’s through the 2000’s. If you’re interested in every year of Marvel, I recommend ‘My Marvelous Year‘ the Comic Book Herald reading club that takes you through every single of year of Marvel comics. You can also check out the Ultimate Guide to Marvel Unlimited for the best available comics throughout Marvel’s History (for example, I find Age of Apocalypse worth its own guide), or the individual character reading orders below. For the most part the list below is for the Marvel Universe around the launch of Marvel Knights and up through present day.
Otherwise, I believe the list is largely easy to follow. If you have questions, or guides you’d like to see, let me hear about it here.
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Dave’s Note: You do not need to read Star Wars comics as part of the Marvel reading order, and vice versa! That said, Marvel Unlimited offers a GREAT selection of Star Wars comics.
* Marvel Ultimate Universe (2000 – Present) *
Dave’s Note: Important for new readers to know that Marvel in the 2000’s has two primary Universes. You have Earth-616, which is the main continuity that began all the way back in 1961 with Fantastic Four #1 (links below). And then you have the brand new Earth-1610 (the Ultimate Universe) which was launched to reimagine Marvel for the 2000’s (link above). They do not need to be read together, and only rarely cross over!
Marvel Earth-616 (Main Universe Continuity)
* Avengers Disassembled and Tie-Ins (July 2004 – Jan 2005) *
* Comics Getting You From Disassembled to House of M (July 2004 – December 2005) *
* House of M and Tie-Ins (2005) *
* Decimation and Tie-Ins (2006) *
* Comics Getting You From House of M to Civil War (Nov ’05 – July ’06) *
* What about Marvel Cosmic? (Annihilation Goes Here) *
* Civil War and Tie-Ins (July 2006 – Jan 2007) *
* Comics Getting You From Civil War to Secret Invasion (Dec 2006 – June 2008)
* Read Silent War *
* World War Hulk and Tie-Ins (July 2007 – Jan 2008) *
* Secret Invasion and Tie-Ins (June 2008 – Jan 2009) *
* Dark Reign and Tie-Ins (Dec 2008 – Dec 2009) *
* Fall of the Hulks & World War Hulks (Dec 2009 – August 2010) *
* Siege and Tie-Ins (Dec 2009 – May 2010) *
* The Heroic Age and Tie-Ins (May 2010 – November 2010) *
* Shadowland (Daredevil) and Tie-Ins (July 2010 – Dec 2010) *
* Chaos War and Tie-Ins (Oct 2010 – March 2011) *
*Fear Itself, Shattered Heroes, and Tie-Ins (April 2011 – April 2012) *
* Avengers Vs. X-Men and Tie-Ins (April 2012 – Sept 2012) *
Dave’s Note: The Marvel NOW! reading order includes every Marvel comic from AvX Aftermath, Marvel NOW!, All-New Marvel NOW!, and series launched in 2015 leading up to Secret Wars. It is inclusive of below events, and is quite possibly the only guide you’ll ever need. I blacked out for like 3 weeks and this is what happened.
* Age of Ultron (March 2013 – June 2013) *
* Infinity and Tie-Ins (Aug 2013 – Dec 2013) *
* Original Sin and Tie-Ins (March 2014 – September 2014) *
* Death of Wolverine & Tie-Ins (September 2014 – 2015) *
* Spider-Verse and Tie-Ins (September 2014 – February 2015) *
* Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex (January 2015 – ) *
* Secret Wars: From The Original to Present Day (1984 – 2015) *
* All-New All-Different Marvel * (October 2015 – May 2016 )
*Avengers: Standoff!* (Mar 2016 – April 2016)
*X-Men: Apocalypse Wars* (Mar 2016 – June 2016)
* Civil War 2 * (May 2016 – )
Notice: Comic Book Herald is not in any way associated with Marvel Comics. The site has never even been to New York. This guide is simply my personal attempt to catalog their materials for avid readers like myself. For official Marvel products and opinions, you can visit their website at Marvel.com.