A decade after Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War became the biggest Marvel event of the 2000’s, Marvel’s throwing hero against hero again for Civil War 2. Please note that all of the trade and comics reading orders below have been updated weekly, as new comics were released!
Previously: Secret Wars (2015)
Previously: All-New All-Different Marvel
Previously: Avengers: Standoff!
Civil War 2 Trade Reading Timeline
Civil War II: The Totally Awesome Hulk
Civil War II: Captain America Sam Wilson
Civil War 2 Issue by Issue Reading Order
Dave’s Note: For those following along in real-time, new comics will be added in bold, italicized font (like so) the week of their release. Same goes for any changes made that week.
If you want to really be caught up, I recommend 1) Secret Wars and 2) Invincible Iron Man: Reboot, which collects the first 5 issues of the run and explains all the Doctor Doom elements you’ll see in the Invincible Iron Man issues. Civil War #0 also very casually references outcomes from Infinity and Inhumanity, so now would be a very reasonable time to check out more Marvel NOW! comics.
This reading order will continue to be updated as new comics are released, and as I read them to determine placement.
The Road to Civil War 2
Invincible Iron Man #6
Invincible Iron Man #7
Invincible Iron Man #8
Invincible Iron Man #9
Invincible Iron Man #10
All-New Wolverine #8
All-New Wolverine #9
It is highly recommended you read the first 6 issues of Ultimates prior to Ultimates #7. For starters, it’s one of Marvel’s best cosmic superteams in years, and Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort are crafting one of the absolute best post-Secret Wars comics. Perhaps more importantly for Civil War II, issue #7 isn’t going to make much sense without the background of Carol’s vision. You can grab the first collection of Ultimates #1 to #6.
Civil War #0
Civil War II Daily Bugle Newspaper
This is just a simple preview for the tie-ins that will be taking place during Civil War. It’s a free previews magazine, and not essential reading for the story.
Civil War II: Ulysses Infinite Comic #1
This issue was published after Civil War II #2, but after one issue I think it’s going to fit best shortly after Civil War II #0. Highly recommend this Infinite series for 1) Karnak and 2) some interesting uses of the digital Infinite format.
Civil War II: Ulysses Infinite Comic #2
Civil War II: Ulysses Infinite Comic #3
“All buckets are essentially the same bucket.” Infinite series from Al Ewing continues to excel.
Civil War II: Ulysses Infinite Comic #4
Civil War II: Ulysses Infinite Comic #5
Civil War II: Ulysses Infinite Comic #6
Ms. Marvel #7
Great issue as usual from the Ms. Marvel team. If you’ve never read Ms. Marvel, this is as good a time as any to check out one of Marvel’s best new character creations of the 2010’s.
Civil War II Begins
Civil War II #1 – Note the super ultra tight continuity note below FCBD Civil War II below!
Captain Marvel #6
Free Comic Book Day Civil War II
If you want to get REAL tight with your continuity, Captain Marvel #6 and the FCBD Civil War issues both occur about 3/4 of the way through Civil War II #1. Read Captain Marvel #6 and FCBD Civil War II after Ulysses suggests the Inhumans contact the Ultimates – then go back to Civil War II #1 to finish!
Civil War II: Gods of War #1
New Avengers #12
Technically, you could stop Civil War II #1 at the 3/4 mark noted above, read Gods of War #1 and New Avengers #12, then read FCBD Civil War II, and then finish Civil War II #1. But that’s a lot of continuity work for not a lot of payoff, so I recommend you just read them after, aware that the majority of each issue occurs during Civil War II #1!
Sam Wilson Captain America #10
Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1
Don’t bother with Deadpool #16 if you want comics actually tied in to Civil War II.
Don’t bother with Deadpool #17 if you want comics actually tied in to Civil War II.
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1
Ms. Marvel #8
International Iron Man #4
This is the loosest of possible Civil War II tie-ins. Unless you’ve been reading International Iron Man (and it’s Bendis and Maleev, so there’s ample reason) I see no good reason to include this issue as part of Civil War II. By the time International Iron Man #5 rolls around were completely removed from Civil War II, so I’d advise against including.
The Totally Awesome Hulk #7
Important tie-in explaining the state of the Hulk if you haven’t been reading The Totally Awesome Hulk.
The Seeds of War
Civil War II #2
Uncanny Inhumans #11
Civil War II: X-Men #1
Very strong first issue! Wilson Fisk is back in town.
Goodness H. Gracious the “Civil War II” title on this is misleading. Just a Hercules story from Dan Abnett and co.!
You absolutely do not need this comic. I haven’t felt buyer’s remorse like this since I picked up Weezer’s “Make Believe” at Best Buy the day it came out.
Very loosely tied to Civil War II, and will not make very much sense if you haven’t been following All-New All-Different Squadron Supreme from the beginning!
Sides are Chosen
Civil War II: The Accused #1
Ultimates #10 and #11 actually take place during Civil War II #4, in between panels starting on page 12. Your best bet is to simply read them together after Civil War II #4. Also, if it can’t be Jim Starlin every time, I’d like to nominate Kenneth Rocafort for all-time Thanos artist.
As observed by Troy in the comments below, Hulk #9 likely occurs during Civil War II #4, as opposed to strictly after the issue’s conclusion. I’d still read here in one larger chunk.
2099 falls under the “barely a tie-in” category, unfortunately.
This is your friendly reminder that Deadpool has Bodiddly to do with Civil War II.
At the time of release (10.5), we really can’t say how far in advance the final issue in Bendis and Deodato’s Invincible Iron Man is meant to foreshadow. The cliffhanger ending is well executed enough, though, that you can plausibly read the issue here, essentially as it was published, and just know that something big is coming.
Next: Marvel Now 2.0