One of my absolute favorite Arrested Development gags comes from that master of sleuthery, Gene Parmesean. His ability to sneak into nearly any scene (to the delighted terror of Lucille) tickles me every time. Just when you forget about good ol’ Gene, there he is again, ready and waiting.
The Skrulls are the Gene Parmesean of the Marvel Universe, but significantly less jovial.
The shape-shifting alien race with frequent dreams of Earth-takeovers debuted all the way back in 1962, during Fantastic Four #2. I’d make the argument that the Skrulls are the genesis of Marvel Cosmic, the now beloved category of Marvel’s space-faring races and adventurers.
Below you’ll find a complete chronological guide to essential Skrull comics, with my favorites marked by the Comic Book Herald logo!
Related Reading Orders:
Support For Comic Book Herald:
Comic Book Herald is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a qualifying affiliate commission.
Comic Book Herald’s reading orders and guides are also made possible by reader support on Patreon, and generous reader donations.
Any size contribution will help keep CBH alive and full of new comics guides and content. Support CBH on Patreon for exclusive rewards, or Donate here! Thank you for reading!
Origins of the Skrulls!
The Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 1
Collects: Fantastic Four (1961) #1-30, Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #1
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby debuted the Skrulls all the way back in Fantastic Four #2, returning to the alien conquestors in Fantastic Four #18 (the Super Skrull!), and Fantastic Four #32 among others.
The Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 3
Collects: Fantastic Four (1961) 61-93, Annual (1963) 5-7, Not Brand Echh (1967) 5-7
Fantastic Four #91 to #93 mark some of the final Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Fantastic Four comics together, as well as one of the stranger Skrull sagas in the 60’s!
Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
Collects: Black Panther (2005) 19-34, Annual 1
Stick with me here: Reginald Hudlin’s time writing Black Panther takes a wild left turn when Black Panther and Storm join the Fantastic Four in the aftermath of Civil War. In particular, Black Panther #26 to #30 make a return to the Skrull planet we saw way back in Fantastic Four #91! In case you were worried this was already too simple, these issues also feature a healthy heaping of Marvel Zombies.
Collects: Avengers (1963) 89-97
Skrulls In The 80’s
Collects: Fantastic Four (1961-1998) Annual #18
Kree and Skrull vs. X-Men and Fantastic Four!
Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus Vol. 1
Collects: Marvel Teamup (1972) #61-62; Marvel Two-In-One #50; Fantastic Four (1961) #215-218, #220-221, #232-262 And Annual #17; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #42; Avengers (1963) #233; Thing (1983) #2; And Alpha Flight (1983) #4
Fantastic Four #257 showcases Galactus vs. the Skrulls!
Collects: Hercules: Prince Of Power (1982) #1-4 And Hercules: Prince Of Power (1984) #1-4
Hercules totally makes a Skrull friend.
Skrulls In The 90’s
Fantastic Four Epic Collection: The New Fantastic Four
Collects: Fantastic Four (1961) #347-361 And Annual #24 And Material From Marvel Holiday Special #1
In the “New” Fantastic Four issues (#347 to #349) with Walt Simonson writing and Arthur Adams on pencils, the Hulk, Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Spider-Man have to step in and help the FF battle off a Skrull invasion. Then, Fantastic Four #357 reveals that Lyja the Skrull spy has been impersonating a major Fantastic Four player for *years*.
X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus – Volume 2
Collects: Uncanny X-Men (1963) 273-280; X-Factor (1986) 63-70; :X-Men (1991) 1-9, 10-11 (A Stories)
Uncanny #275 to #277 in particular feature Chris Claremont and Jim Lee detailing a wild Skrulls vs. Sh’iar vs. X-Men story
Talos the Tamed vs. the Incredible Hulk!
Issues: Incredible Hulk #419
Technically Talos shows up in Incredible Hulk #418 (the wedding of Rick & Marlo), but issue #419 is all Talos backstory and Hulk-sized brawl!
Skrulls Must Die!: The Complete Skrull Kill Krew
Collects: Skrull Kill Krew (1995) 1-5, Avengers: The Initiative 16-19, Skrull Kill Krew (2009) 1-5, Material From Dark Reign: New Nation
Definitely worth noting that only the 1995 5 issue miniseries co-written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar should be read prior to Secret Invasion.
Collects: X-Men 89-#90, Uncanny X-Men #375, X-Men 95
The X-Men run into all sorts of wild Skrull confusion.
The Secret Invasion Era!
Avengers / X-Men: Maximum Security
Collects: Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet, #1-3, Captain America (1998) #36, Thor (1998) #30, Uncanny X-Men #387, Bishop: The Last X-Man #15, Iron Man (1998) #35, Avengers (1998) #35, Gambit (1999) #23, X-Men (1991) #107, X-Men Unlimited (1993) #29
For the full reading order, check out Comic Book Herald’s guide to Maximum Security.
Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 2
Collects: Runaways (2005) 1-18, Free Comic Book Day 2006 (X-Men/Runaways) 1
The debut of Xavin, the Skrull fiance of Karolina Dean!
Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Collects: Drax The Destroyer #1-4, Annihilation Prologue, Annihilation: Nova #1-4, Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4 And Annihilation: Super-Skrull #1-4
For the full reading order, check out Comic Book Herald’s guide to Annihilation.
Young Avengers Vol. 2: Family Matters
Collects: Young Avengers #7-12 & Young Avengers Special
Collects: New Avengers: Illuminati #1-5
Collects: Secret Invasion (2008) #1-8
For the full reading order, check out Comic Book Herald’s guide to Secret Invasion.
Secret Invasion is Marvel’s major event of 2008, and is stuffed full of tie-in series. I highly recommend at least explore New Avengers and Mighty Avengers alongside the core event issues, and there are some great crossovers such as a Black Panther story written by Jason Aaron.
Spider-Woman: Agent of S. W. O. R. D.
Collects: Spider-Woman #1-7, And Spider-Woman #1 Motion Comic
Skrulls In The 2010’s
Collects: Infinity 1-6, New Avengers 7-12,Avengers 14-23
For the full reading order, check out Comic Book Herald’s guide to Infinity.
Infinity is not a Skrull heavy story, but the cosmic implications do impact the alien race.
Occupy Avengers Vol. 2: In Plain Sight
Collects: Occupy Avengers #5 to #9
Collects: Venom: First Host #1-5
Leave a Reply