X-Men: Onslaught Reading Order

Good golly Onslaught is a mega event. You’d think the X-Universe was safe after Age of Apocalypse overturned all of reality, but nope, the story just gets bigger and wider reaching from there.

As it stands, Onslaught is one of the more poorly collected events inside Marvel Unlimited (many issues are missing). There is, fortunately, a reasonably straightforward (for the X-Men) way to navigate the event through collected trade paperbacks (and even an omnibus).

I will lay out the trade reading order, and issue by issue comic book reading order for Onslaught below.

X Men Onslaught Epic

Onslaught Trade Reading Order

1 — X-Men Road to Onslaught Vol. 1 (Start Here!)

X-Men Prime #1 — This is a great jumping on issue if you’ve just finished Age of Apocalypse

Uncanny X-Men #322

X-Men #42

X-Men #43

X-Men #44

Uncanny X-Men #323

Uncanny X-Men #324

X-Men Annual ’95 #1

Uncanny X-Men #325

X-Men #45

Uncanny X-Men #326

X-Men Unlimited #8

Marvel Swimsuit Special — Has nothing to do with Onslaught, unless of course the villain was secretly powered by the sexual awakening of millions.

2 — X-Men: The Road to Onslaught Vol. 2

X-Men & The ClanDestine #1 — (Listed as X-Men: Clan Destine in Marvel Unlimited)

X-Men & The ClanDestine #2

Uncanny X-Men Annual ’95

X-Men Timelines — Answers a bunch of X-Men history questions, actually pretty fun, like an X-Men encyclopedia

X-Men #46

X-Men #47 — X-babies.. no really.

Uncanny X-Men #327

X-Men Unlimited #9

Uncanny X-Men #328

Sabretooth #1

X-Men #48

X-Men #49

X-Men Hotshots — Bunch of splash page/covers of X-Men, including a Tony Harris Wolverine (omgomgomg)

3 — X-Men: The Road to Onslaught Vol. 3

Uncanny X-Men #329

Uncanny X-Men #330

Archangel #1

X-Men vs. The Brood #1

X-Men vs. The Brood #2

X-Men Unlimited #10

X-Men #50

Uncanny X-Men #331

Uncanny X-Men #332

Wolverine #101

X-Men #51

X-Men #52

Xavier Institute Yearbook — Another nice X-Men encyclopedia style add-in

0 — X-Men: Prelude to Onslaught (Not Recommended!)

As is the way of the X-Men, the Onslaught collected editions begin with a weird, complex, confusing twist.

Onslaught breaks down like this: There are three “Road to Onslaught” set up books, and then there are four “Complete Onslaught Epic” collections. As you know, the Road to Onslaught collection are above, with the Complete Epic below.

The prelude, then, is a prelude to what are already prelude books. It functions very much like a Wikipedia recap of the X-Men up until this point, with excerpts from comics and a fair amount of overlap with The Road to Onslaught.

As such, I do not recommend starting with this Prelude!

Here are the relevant issues excerpted within the prelude, if you’re interested:

Onslaught Prelude Comic Book Issue Order

Uncanny X-Men #287 (First appearance of Bishop)

X-Men #25 (Part of Fatal Attractions)

X-Man #10

Uncanny X-Men #322 (issue is collected in full for Road To Onslaught, Vol 1.)

Wolverine #93

X-Men #46 (The next two issues are collected in Road to Onslaught Vol. 2)

X-Men #49

X-Men #50 (issues is collected in Road to Onslaught Vol. 3)

X-Force #52

Uncanny X-Men #331

X-Men Unlimited #10 (This issue’s actually pretty great with Dark Beast vs. Earth-616 Beast! It is collected in Road to Onslaught Vol. 3)

Wolverine #100

Generation X #15

Cable #31

Cable #32

Uncanny X-Men #333

X-Man #15

X-Man #16

X-Man #17

X-Men Unlimited #11

Excalibur #99

Cable #33

4 — Onslaught The Complete Epic, Book 1

X-Men #53

Uncanny X-Men #334

X-Men #54

Fantastic Four #414 (The Trade includes literally one page from this issue)

Avengers #400 (Again, one page in the trade)

Onslaught: X-Men

Avengers #401

Fantastic Four #415

Cable #34

Incredible Hulk #444

5 — Onslaught The Complete Epic, Book 2

Excalibur #100

Wolverine #104

X-Factor #125

X-Factor #126

The Sensational Spider-Man #8 (inclusion of this issue kind of hilarious – it’s barely a panel of a tie-in)

Amazing Spider-Man #415

Green Goblin #12

Spider-Man #72

X-Man #18

X-Force #57

Punisher #11

6 — Onslaught The Complete Epic, Book 3

X-Men #55

Uncanny X-Men #336

Cable #35

X-Force #58

X-Man #19

Incredible Hulk #445

Iron Man #332

Avengers #402

Thor #502

Wolverine #105

7 — Onslaught The Complete Epic, Book 4

Fantastic Four #416

X-Men #56

Onslaught: Marvel Universe

Cable #36

Uncanny X-Men #337

X-Men #57

Onslaught Epilogue

Iron Man #6 (as part of Heroes Reborn)