In 2018, Marvel will dive headfirst back into event comics with a cosmic affair teased in Marvel Legacy #1.
During Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s work in Legacy’s opening salvo, we saw Loki and his band of Frost Giants raiding a SHIELD facility on a quest for at least one infinity gem. Due to either coincidence or a magical beer track, the gem wound up in the hands of Wolverine, back from his 2014 death.
It’s been revealed in Marvel’s press releases and cover art for Infinity Countdown #1 that the wielders of the infinity gems will be:
- Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
- The Super Skrull
- The Magus (aka Adam Warlock’s evil half)
It’s definitely worth noting before you dive in that Infinity Countdown is part of a larger connected story that writer Gerry Duggan has been telling in his work on Guardians of the Galaxy. To date, the pieces form a connected trilogy that flows:
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Infinity Countdown
- Infinity Wars
In my opinion, each piece is essential in understanding the whole.
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Below you’ll find a complete reading order checklist to the issues of Infinity Countdown, Infinity Wars, and related tie-ins as they are released.
Previously: Marvel Legacy
Collected Infinity Countdown Comics
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Infinity Quest
Collects: Guardians of the Galaxy #146 to #150
Collects: Infinity Countdown Prime 1, Infinity Countdown 1-5, Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock 1
Collects: Infinity Countdown: Black Widow, Infinity Countdown: Captain Marvel, Infinity Countdown: Champions 1-2, Infinity Countdown: Daredevil
Collects: Darkhawk #51 And Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1-4
Collects: Infinity Wars Prime #1, Infinity Wars #1 to #6
Collects: Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme 1-2, Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer 1-2, Infinity Wars: Arachknight 1-2, Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex 1-2, Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther 1-2, Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps 1-2
Issue By Issue Infinity Countdown Reading Order
Guardians of the Galaxy #150 – 1/3/18
Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 – 2/7/18
Infinity Countdown Prime #1 – 2/21/18
Infinity Countdown #1 – 3/7/18
Infinity Countdown #2 – 4/18/18
Infinity Countdown #3 – 5/2/18
Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1
Infinity Countdown: Captain Marvel #1
Not listed on the Infinity Countdown checklist below, but thanks to reader Bryan in the comments below for pointing out much needed context in this issue!
Infinity Countdown #4 – 6/6/18
Infinity Countdown: Black Widow #1
Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 to #4
Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 to #2
Infinity Countdown #5 – 7/18/18
Infinity Wars Begin!
Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1
Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #2
Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #1
Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1
Infinity Wars Fallen Guardian #1
Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #2
Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #2
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Mike Schofield says
How integral is the Darkhawk mini? I tried to get into it but just couldn’t care less. I want to skip it. Can I?
Keith Mackenzie says
I’m still deciding.
Did you get an answer?
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Christopher Oliva says
Were does Asgardians #3 fit in? Thanks for the helpful website
Yeah i wanna know that too.
Christopher Oliva says
Hey Ben I’m guessing from the pattern on this list that Asgardians 3 will fit in before Infinity Wars 5.
Christopher Oliva says
If anyone wants to know what Brunhilde and Skurge The Executioner were up to right before Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 then check out Thor #4
Where does Asguardians #2 fit in the timeline here?
I’m popping it in right before IW #4, since Loki makes reference to the first three main event issues.
Dr Strange 3 February 2016?? I hope so because that’s the one I bought
It’s not..I’m sad. Please fix your link to the issue because it just sends you to amazon to buy the movie.
Also add Asgardians of the Galaxy to list as it’s an Infinity Wars tie in. Thanks for this list! Very helpful!
Hi. Where does Asgardians of the Galaxy fit in this order? You stated it is updated but I still dont see it. Thanks.
Found it. My apologies my friend.
I’m confused. Does this entire arc take place after “infinity”? In Infinity we are left with Thanos stuck in a cube created by his son Thane. What comics featuring Thanos follows that story ?
Bryan J Polk says
This is set entirely after “Infinity.” Thanos got free during the early events of “Civil War II.” “Infinity Countdown” is the prelude to the current “Infinity Wars” even going on at Marvel right now.
Bryan J Polk says
While it seems there’s lots of room for moving things around and there’s a ton more contextual issues we could add, there is one problem here and something that should be added.
“Infinity Countdown : Daredevil” – This issue just doesn’t seem to have happened yet! Turk still has the Mind Stone in issue #5 of “Infinity Countdown” and we saw Daredevil steal it from him in “Infinity Countdown : Daredevil” so, yeah. Not sure where this book is going to fit in, but, well, not here.
Needed after “Infinity Countdown Prime” is “Doctor Strange” Vol. 5 #3. This is where Dr. Strange gets the Time Stone he has later in issue 4 of “Infinity Countdown”
Yeah, Daredevil never took the mind stone from Turk in Infinity Countdown: Daredevil. Might wanna reread that issue
Possibly missed out the Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1 (one-shot/first issue?) which is scheduled for 2/7/18 release?
Great call, thanks!