The Heroic Age Reading Order (Guide Part 13.1)

Marvel Heroes Triumphant

It’s been a heck of a five year stretch for Marvel’s super heroes. One of their own Avengers reshaped reality during House of M, all of their own went to Civil War, the Skrulls nearly took over Earth during Secret Invasion, and Norman Osborne ran the world during Dark Reign and Siege.

Finally, after all that, the Heroic Age is here, with the heroes back on top!

Heroic Age (comics)
Heroic Age (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heroic Age Trade Collection Fast Track

The Heroic Age is actually pretty poorly represented in collected editions, but you can get a good fast track guide with the following reading:

Avengers: The Heroic Age

Heroic Age (Sampler)

Age of Heroes

Previously: Siege

Comic Book Herald’s Heroic Age Reading Order

New Avengers Finale #1
Thor #610

Siege epilogue

Avengers: Prime #1 to #5
Avengers (2010) #1 to #6

You could conceivably keep going through #12

New Avengers #1 to #6
Enter the Heroic Age #1

Previews Atlas, Avengers Academy, Thunderbolts, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Mockingbird

Deadpool Team-Up #887
Age of Heroes #1 to #4
Secret Avengers #1 to #5
Avengers Academy #1 to #5

Naturally, series continues past this point, but issues #1 and #2 are designated “Heroic Age.” Reading to issue #14 will take you up to Fear Itself.

Thunderbolts #144 to #150

This incarnation of the Thunderbolts keeps running pretty much until Marvel Now

Heroic Age: One Month to Live #1 to #5
Heroic Age: Super Heroes #1

Series of one-shots from the perspective of Steve Rogers’ journal. Like a Marvel Encyclopedia for the Heroic Age.

Heroic Age: Villains #1
Heroic Age: X-Men #1
Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1 to #4
Deadpool #23 to #26
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: American Son #1 to #4
Atlas #1 to #5
Fantastic Four #579 to #582

These Heroic Age Fantastic Four issues are in the middle of Jonathan Hickman’s, well, fantastic run. I highly recommend you check out the Fantastic Four reading order if you’re interested.

Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1 to #6
Captain America #606 to #610
Invincible Iron Man #25 to #33

Only the first three issues have the “Heroic Age” banner, but this will give you the full “Stark Resilient” story arc.

Young Allies #1 to #6
Black Widow #1 to #5
Secret Warriors #17 to #19

This is as good a time as any to tell you Secret Warriors is great with a capital G. Hopefully you started reading back during Dark Reign, but if not, I highly recommend the full run!

New Mutants #15 to #19

This is part of X-continuity, so be aware that diving in here sight unseen may lead to temporary insanity. For a more detailed look at this and the following X-Men titles, you can check out the modern X-Men reading order.

X-Men Legacy #238 to #241
Uncanny X-Men #526 to #529
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 to #4, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade One Shot #1, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #5 to #9

Also not specifically “Heroic Age,” but Avengers: The Children’s Crusade is a pretty significant continuity milestone for the Young Avengers, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man.

Next: Shadowland & Fear Itself

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7 Replies to “The Heroic Age Reading Order (Guide Part 13.1)”

  1. Why do you say Osborne instead of Osborn? In Spain, Bertín Osborne is a singer and TV personality, and well, the strangest things come to our head when we hear Norman Osborne 😛

  2. I believe Vengeance of the Moon Knight is missing. It’s last issues, #10, has a Heroic Age banner. #7 to 10 are probably set before Secret Avengers #1. Also, #6 is missing from the Dark Reign reading order. It’s the last one of that arc, so it should be added, in my opinion.

    1. Another thing: To make the Prince Of Power comics make sense the Assault on New Olympus event (which takes place before Siege, because of Osborn’s involvement) and the limited series Hercules: Fall Of An Avenger (which takes place after Siege, because of Ares) should be read.
      Also, the Doomwar event has taken place before Age Of Heroes #4, because of what is told in the Black Panther story, which throws a wrench in the Fantastic Four reading order.

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