The Siege of Asgard
The decade of Marvel events can essentially be split into two halves, with the first half culminating in Secret Invasion. The second half of events spins out of Secret Invasion, into Norman Osborne’s Dark Reign, ultimately culminating in Siege.
As Marvel events go, Siege is one of the more focused titles, centering around Osborne’s plans to overthrow Asgard, and remove the Asgardian god’s “threatening presence” from U.S. soil. The events of Siege really do mark an end to an era, concluding with Brian Michael Bendis’s New Avengers Finale after a Marvel U altering 6+ year run.
The reading orders below include first a collection of all relevant trades, followed by an issue by issue reading order list. With the trade reading orders, I generally recommend knocking out the primary issues first, but I realize it’s often more fun to jump around issue by issue. With these orders you can do both.
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Previous: Dark Reign Reading Order
Siege Trade Reading Order
If you’ve already kept up with your Dark Reign reading, this prelude is going to offer a lot of redundancies. If not, and you want a quick recap before Siege, this prelude sums up the state of the Dark Reign Marvel Universe fairly succinctly.
The primary Siege trade collection is very comprehensive, including SIEGE: THE CABAL, SIEGE PROLOGUE, SIEGE 1-4, SIEGE 1 DIRECTOR’S CUT; NEW AVENGERS 61-64; DARK AVENGERS 13-16.
- Thor: Siege (Thor #607-610, New Mutants #11, Siege: Loki)
- Dark Avengers: Siege (#13-#16, Annual #1)
- New Avengers: Siege (#61-#64, Annual #3, New Avengers – The List, New Avengers Finale)
- Mighty Avengers: Siege (#32-#36)
- Avengers: The Initiative (#31-#35)
- Siege:Embedded (#1-#5)
For all the Ben Urich, Frontline lovers out there.
- Siege: Thunderbolts (#138-#143)
- Siege: X-Men (Dark Wolverine #82-84, New Mutants #11, Siege: Storming Asgard – Heroes & Villains)
- Siege: Battlefield
Includes a variety of tie-ins that take place during the battle for Asgard. Tie-ins for all of the following: Spider-Man, Young Avengers, Loki, Captain America, & Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors.
As the title makes clear, this isn’t a Siege tie-in so much as the direct aftermath. Storyline is called ‘Thor Goes to Hell.’
The Complete Issue by Issue Reading Order List
Siege: The Cabal
Avengers: The Initiative #31
Origins of the Siege #1
Avengers: The Initiative #32
Dark Avengers #13
Dark Wolverine #82
New Avengers #61
Siege: Embedded #1
Siege: Storming Asgard – Heroes & Villains
Avengers: The Initiative #33
Dark Avengers #14
Dark Wolverine #83
New Avengers #62
Siege: Embedded #2
Avengers: The Initiative #34
Dark Avengers #15
Dark Wolverine #84
Mighty Avengers #35
New Avengers #63
New Mutants #11
Siege: Embedded #3
Avengers: The Initiative #35
Dark Avengers #16
Fallen (not official title at present)
Mighty Avengers #36
New Avengers #64
Siege: Embedded #4
New Avengers Finale One-Shot
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