One of the single most important periods of continuity and storytelling in the Marvel Universe occurs in between the events of House of M and the 2000’s linchpin, Civil War. House of M concludes towards the end of 2005, launching into it’s meaningful impact on the world of mutants in Decimation. This leaves almost half of 2006, though, for ongoing stories involving the non-mutant population in the Marvel U.
This time period covers a number of extremely important and fun runs, including Iron Man: Extremis, Planet Hulk, and Dr. Strange: The Oath. You’ll also notice a number of key series continuing their stories that kicked off earlier in the decade after Avengers Disassembled, such as New Avengers and Captain America.
Civil War has taken on additional importance in the wake of Marvel’s announcement that Civil War will form the foundation for Captain America 3’s film plot. These are the comics that work the Marvel Universe to that major event. Without further ado, the comics to read between House of M / Decimation and Civil War. If you have questions or feedback, let me hear it in the comments, or via e-mail or twitter.
Previously: House of M
Comics Getting You From House of M to Civil War
Ares: God of War #1 – #5 (Jan ’06)
Hulk: Destruction (May ’05)
Incredible Hulk #87 – #91 (Oct ’05)
In theory, you could continue reading Incredible Hulk #92 – #105 (the “Planet Hulk” storyline) at this point. Planet Hulk is completely awesome, so if you’re itching to get going, I wouldn’t blame you. That said, chronologically I think it works best to read “Peace in our Time” (the story linked above) to explain why the Hulk is absent during Civil War, and to then read Planet Hulk after Civil War and before World War Hulk. I think WWH has great impact with Planet Hulk as the epic set-up.
Iron Man #1-6 (Jan ’05) – Extremis Storyline
Runaways #7 to #12 (July ’05)
Arana: Heart of the Spider #1-12 (March ’05)
Heart of the Spider is actually only the first volume, but that’s how the series is listed for all 12 issues in Marvel Unlimited.
Daughters of the Dragon #1-6 (March ’06)
Drax the Destroyer #1-4 (Nov ’05)
Toxin #1-6 (June ’05)
New Thunderbolts #13-18 (Nov ’05) (then becomes Thunderbolts)
Thunderbolts #100-102 (May ’06)
Sentry #1-8 (Nov ’05)
Young Avengers Special #1
Captain America #9-14 (Dec ’05) (skip #10, that’s a House of M tie-in)
Blade #1-3 (Nov ’06)
She-Hulk #1-7 (Dec ’05)
Fantastic Four #527-535 (Aug ’05)
Spider-Man: The Other Crossover (Dec ’05)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 1
Marvel Knights Spider-Man 19
Amazing Spider-Man 525
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 2
Marvel Knights Spider-Man 20
Amazing Spider-Man 526
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 3
Marvel Knights Spider-Man 21
Amazing Spider-Man 527
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 4
Marvel Knights Spider-Man 22
Amazing Spider-Man 528
Uncanny X-Men #466-474 (Jan ’06)
Wolverine #36-41 (Jan ’06)
Wolverine: Origins #1-15 (June ’06)
Astonishing X-Men #13-24 (April ’06)
Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1
Do not skip this Giant Size issue as it is actually the conclusion to Astonishing X-Men from Whedon and Cassaday!
Spider-Woman: Origin #1-5 (Feb ’06)
Cable & Deadpool #18-29 (Nov ’05)
Mythos (March ’06)
Sable & Fortune #1-4 (March ’06)
A warning from a loyal reader!
I’m a HUGE comic fan and take pride in relishing each and every issue on Dave’s lists. OK, some are bad, some don’t click personally, but I try to take something away from each one.
But THIS was a car crash. John Burns art isn’t my taste but I appreciate it. However why the need to have it look like a (bad) book from early 80’s? The writing absolutely blew as well incidentally. The 4th issue (of 4) the artist was changed to Laurenn McCubbin. Talk about a nail in the coffin! I could have gotten my 5 year old drunk, put a blindfold on him, shoved a pencil between his toes and got him to sketch out a better issue!
I really could go on and on but im sure the people involved have done other good things in their careers. This is not one of them. I was even on the 3rd last page of the 4th issue and (hand on heart) dozing, when I should be waiting on this huge payoff. God awful. ~ stopcloc
New Warriors #1-6 (Aug ’05)
The Pulse #11-14 (Nov ’05)
Captain America #15-21 (April ’06)
Daredevil #82-86 (April ’06)
Sensational Spider-man #23-27 (April ’06) – Formerly Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Iron Man #7-12 (Jun ’06)
Black Panther #10-17 (Jan ’06)
Read Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 in between Black Panther #14 and #15
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man #5-10 (May ’06)
X-Men: Apocalypse v. Dracula #1-4 (April ’06)
Ghost Rider #1-7 (Sept ’06)
New Avengers #16-20 (April ’06)
New Avengers Annual #1 (June ’06)
X-Men #182-187 (April ’06)
Moon Knight #1-6 (April ’06)
X-Factor #7 (July ’06)
X-23: Target X Issues: #1 to #6
Dr. Strange: The Oath (Dec ’06)
Annihilation (May ’06)
Ms. Marvel #1-5 (May ’06)
Next: Civil War