Chaos War is an anomaly within the scope of major Marvel Events in that it’s mostly an extension of Grep Pak and Fred Van Lente’s Incredible Hercules series.
That said, the cosmic scope of Chaos War rivals Infinity Gauntlet and it includes a reasonably manageable number of tie-in trades and issues.
Chaos War is pretty thickly mired in the continuity of Incredible Hercules, but the general focus of the event is the rise of the Chaos King and his desire to unmake the living universe. As so often happens with Marvel cosmic events, this leaves the standard Marvel heroes pretty useless, as Hercules and Thor are left to form a defending God Squad to save the universe.
This is far from my favorite Marvel event, but there are some important, lasting repercussions that come out of Chaos War. Trade reading order and an issue by issue checklist are included below for your reading pleasure.
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What’s up with Alpha Flight? Read New Avengers: The Collective.
What’s up with Ares? Read Siege.
Hercules has a sidekick dude? Read Incredible Hercules Volume 1.
Chaos War Trade Reading Order
- Chaos War (#1-#5)
- Chaos War: Avengers (Dead Avengers #1-#3, Chaos War: Thor #1-#2, Chaos War: Ares #1)
- Chaos War: Incredible Hulks (#618-#620)
- Chaos War: X-Men (Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1, Chaos War: X-Men #1-#2, Chaos War: Chaos King #1, Chaos War: God Squad #1
Issue by Issue Chaos War Reading List
Chaos War #2
Chaos War #3
Chaos War: Thor #1
Chaos War: Chaos King #1
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1
Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1
Chaos War: God Squad #1
Chaos War #4
Incredible Hulks #618
Chaos War: Ares #1
Chaos War: Thor #2
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #2
Incredible Hulks #619
Chaos War: X-Men #1
Incredible Hulks #620
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3
Chaos War: X-Men #2
Chaos War #5
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