Guide Part 4 (House of M)

A White Flash and The Marvel Universe is Changed!

Amazingly, after the success of X-Men arcs like “Days of Future Past” in the 80’s and Age of Apocalypse in the 90’s, Marvel was fairly patient getting to their alternate reality X-drama this decade. The wait is well worth it, as House of M offers arguably the best Marvel event of the 2000’s, piggy-backing off the developments of Avengers Disassembled and catapulting into a brave new world of mutants and M’s.

You can view the Trade Reading Timeline for House of M below, along with an issue-by-issue rundown for Marvel Unlimited to close. As always, if you have questions or concerns with the order, feel free to contact Comic Book Herald. Enjoy!

Previously: Avengers Disassembled and Tie-Ins

House of M Trade Reading Timeline

  • Exaclibur (11-14)
    • This trade is considered a House of M prelude. Issue number 14 is good and a worthwhile prelude to the story, but this trade as a whole is for completists and Claremont fanatics only.
  • House of M: Civil War (1-5)
    • This series was actually released a few years after House of M, but it develops Magneto’s rise to power in the House of M universe. 
  • House of M (1-8)
    • As with any of the major events, technically, reading the entire trade will overlap many of the earlier tie-in issues. You can see the issue by issue breakdown below, but personally I enjoy consuming the entire event trade and then going back and filling in the details with the tie-ins. With the good ones (and House of M is among the good ones), you won’t feel like you’re missing anything.
  • House of M: Masters of Evil (1-4)
  • House of M: Avengers(1-5)
    • Like House of M: Civil War, both of the previous trades were written a few years after House of M to fill in the history of the universe. As far as the chronology of the House of M universe goes, these two trades technically occur before House of M and you could read them as such. I include them after because I prefer the knowledge of the main event, but the choice is yours. Do ya thing, baby girl, do ya thing.
  • House of M: Fantastic Four/Iron Man(1-3/1-3)
    • Several of the House of M tie-ins are packaged together as trades, although this has more to do with convenience and size of the trade than any connection between the arcs. In this case, Fantastic Four should be read before Iron Man.
  • House of M: Spider-Man (1-5)
  • House of M: The Incredible Hulk (83-87)
  • House of M: World of M. featuring Wolverine
    • In addition to the Wolverine collection, this trade collects the Captain America, Black Panther, Cable & Deadpool, and The Pulse tie-ins. 
  • Mutopia X, New Mutants, Exiles, Ms. Marvel
    • This trade (only look at the name after you’ve finished House of M!!!) collects the less prominent mutant lines throughout the House of M universe, along with the giant-size Ms. Marvel tie-in and a Decimation lead-in. Decimation comes next in the trade reading order, so definitely save this “Day After” issue for last!

The Official Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited Event Reading Order

  • Excalibur #13-14 (prelude)
    • As I mentioned in the Avengers Disassembled guide, I do not recommend the Exaclibur trade. It has a lot of potential as a series featuring Magneto and Professor X, but the execution is abysmal. 
  • House of M #1-2
    • Technically Marvel Unlimited orders these issues differently (pretty much by publication date) but the next few issues won’t make nearly as much sense if you haven’t at least covered the first two issues of the main House of M arc.
  • Fantastic Four: House of M #1
  • Spider-Man: House of M #1
  • Iron Man: House of M #1
  • House of M #3
  • Incredible Hulk #83
  • Uncanny X-Men #462
  • Mutopia X #1
  • Spider-Man: House of M #2
  • House of M #4
  • Cable & Deadpool #17
  • Incredible Hulk #84
  • The Pulse #10
  • New X-Men #16
  • Fantastic Four: House of M #2
  • Iron Man: House of M #2
  • Uncannly X-Men #463
  • House of M #5
  • New Thunderbolts #11
  • Incredible Hulk #85
  • Mutopia X #2
  • Spider-Man: House of M #3
  • Black Panther #7
  • New X-Men #17
  • Fantastic Four: House of M #3
  • Iron Man: House of M #3
  • Exiles #69
  • Incredible Hulk #86
  • Uncanny X-Men #464
  • Mutopia X #3
  • Captain America #10
  • Exiles #70
  • Spider-Man: House of M #4
  • New X-Men #18
  • Wolverine #33
  • Uncanny X-Men #465
  • House of M #6
  • Mutopia X #4
  • House of M #7
  • Wolverine #34
  • Exiles #71
  • New X-Men #19
  • Wolverine #35
  • Spider-Man: House of M #5
  • House of M #8
  • Giant Size Ms. Marvel #1

Next: Decimation and Tie-Ins + Comics Between House of M and Civil War

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32 Replies to “Guide Part 4 (House of M)”

  1. It would be really helpful if you included the volume numbers because it is hard to follow for someone who is not familiar with which volumes are for which events.

    1. I at first was having the same problem. I quickly realized that house of M was a 2005 production. So I look at the volume that covers that year. I don’t have to hunt for the right comic. just look at the first comic in the series. Look for the comic series that covers the same year and you are good.

      1. That is what I’ve been doing, but the list is pretty confusing. I assumed that since some of the links led to pages that were numbered (Part 1, Part 2 etc) that those were main events and that the other pages were not. But some numbers are missing. Part 3 is one of them.

  2. I read through House of M using your/Marvel Unlimited Official Guide (the 49 issues above). I came today just to check but I had assumed the Trade series would be tied off in the Official Guide below. This isn’t the case.

    From the Trade List above, House of M: Masters of Evil/Avengers/Civil War are all available on Unlimited but DON’T form part of the Official Guide which is strange.

    1. The series you mentioned were all published a few years after the actual House of M event, and can be read as prologue setting up the House of M universe.

  3. Where does Mutopia X 5 (of 5) fall in the reading order? Was it intentionally excluded? I’ve read up to the 4th and have stopped my reading there. So far, I’m finding it the most interesting of the minis. Good stuff.

    And of course, thank you for the terrific guide!

  4. I want to read the Marvel comics, and here’s a plan I have: I would start with the main Avengers Dissassembled story arc, then just follow the New Avengers series up till Seige, where I would then swicth to Heroic Age Avengers. Using your guide I will also read some of the main events along the way including House of M and Civil War, but not worry so much about the tie-ins. Would that work?

  5. Just at this part of your reading order and am curious. Obviously you’ve given two options here: the trade reading order and the individual issues order. But since I’m reading on Marvel Unlimited, I guess I could do either. I’m curious as to what you think the best way to read these events is?

    I think I’m coming to the realization that I’d rather keep the entire small stories together than have everything in strict chronological order. Even at the cost of spoiling a few things. You mention that approach works for House of M, but would it work for Civil War too? And others? I don’t mind some back and forth, but reading 12 other comics in between parts of the Spider-man story appeals less.

    1. I realise you’re asking Dave, but FWIW I read CW and HoM on MU as if I was reading the TPBs; all of one title at a time.

      I first tried reading the individual issues in strict chronological order, but gave up because I couldn’t follow all those stories at once.

    2. It’s a good question. In print I generally like to read the issues in order, but this is also the least convenient approach within Marvel Unlimited. Due to the back and forth required, I prefer just continuing on with each series and clicking “read next”.

      There are instances when this is more of a problem, or at least a less enjoyable reading experience. Amazing Spider-Man during Civil War is best read in the order I’ve provided, as the events of the main series unfold. As an event, Civil War is a lot more chronologically tied together than House of M, which works pretty well in chunks.

      Otherwise, I often recommend just reading the main series first all the way through. This saves you from spoilers in the pages of any tie-ins once you start diving in. Naturally, a ton comes down to personal preference.

  6. Were between the single Issues do you put the trades you mentionend above that came out later and explain some other details (House of M: Civil War, Masters of Evil and Avangers) (I think they aren’t availabe via Marvel Unlimited?)

  7. Some comments on consistency:

    New Thunderbolts #11 is already included in the previous section of the guide, where you have people read through issue #12.

    Also, New X-Men #7-15 are not included in the Part 3 issue list. This is one example of many where event-relevant portions of a series are included in the guide sections, but other issues are omitted. Have you considered making a giant list that includes all issues of every series mentioned in your guide?

    Don’t take these as knocks, as I find your guides extremely helpful. I am just trying to provide some constructive feedback.

  8. Hi Dave,

    I have a question to the Issue by Issue – Reading Order you suggest…

    In the Trade Reading Order you mention two later released trades:

    – Civil War: House of M (You call it House of M: Civil War, but in Marvel Unlimited it is titled the other way around)
    – House of M : Avengers

    The issues from these trades do not appear in the issue by issue order…
    Where respectively when would you read them or could you maybe update the Issue by Issue Order by putting these issues in ?

    Really appreciate your great work here and I am a proud member of the reading club alas being years behind *hide*.

    1. I believe you could read them both in order prior to the core House of M #1. Builds the universe before the main event starts up.

      Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you in a few years when you catch up with the reading club 🙂

      1. Are you going to upgrade the List in the near future to reflect the addition of the trade (and its Issues) for both Orders? As well as adding the issues of Civil War: House of M, House of M : Avengers and House of M: Masters of Evil to the Marvel Unlimited Issue-by-Issue Order ?

        Greets from Germany

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