Following the events of Marvel’s “Dark Reign” and “Siege,” the shared universe launches into a new era known as “The Heroic Age.” It’s a substantially more positive overall environment, with heroes like Captain America back in charge of the world’s security.
The time period includes a wealth of fun Marvel stories including the continuation of Jonathan Hickman’s time writing Secret Warriors and Fantastic Four, the launch of Rick Remender’s time writing Uncanny X-Force, and tons of fascinating Amazing Spider-Man “Big Time” stories from the Dan Slott era.
Below you’ll find all the Marvel comics that occur between the launch of the Heroic Age and the start of Marvel’s 2011 “Fear Itself.” I’ve noted my favorite books by placing the Comic Book Herald logo next to the series name.
Previously: Heroic Age
Secret Warriors Vol. 4: Last Ride of the Howling Commandos
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Collects: Siege: Secret Warriors & Secret Warriors #17-19
The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 5: Stark Resilient, Book 1
Collects: Invincible Iron Man #25-28
Collects: Thor #615-621 & 620.1
Thor (2007 to 2011) series conclusion.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger: The Complete Collection
Collects: Thor The Mighty Avenger 1-8, Free Comic Book Day 2011
Simply one of the best all ages Marvel Comics ever released.
Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Volume 2
Collects: Deadpool #23 To #31
Collects: Heralds #1-5
Darkstar and the Winter Guard (Darkstar and the Winter Guard
Collects: Darkstar And The Winter Guard #1-3, Hulk: Winter Guard And Material From X-Men Unlimited #28
New Avengers: Luke Cage – Town Without Pity
Collects: New Avengers: Luke Cage #1-3, Daredevil: Cage Match #1, Hero For Hire #1
Collects: Black Widow (2010) #6-8 And Iron Man: Kiss And Kill
Vengeance of the Moon Knight Vol. 2: Killed, Not Dead
Collects: Vengeance Of The Moon Knight #7-10
Collects: Gorilla-Man #1-3
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine
Collects: Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1-6
Fantastic and underrated team-up story by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert.
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man #634-637
Spider-Man: One Moment In Time
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man #638-641
Spider-Man: Origin of the Species
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man #642-647
Collects: Web Of Spider-Man (2009) #8-12
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 4
Collects: Fantastic Four #583-588
Note that the volume three collected edition is included in the Heroic Age guide.
Incredible Hulks: World War Hulks
Collects: World War Hulks #1, Fall Of The Hulks: Savage She-Hulks #1-3, Hulked-Out Heroes #1-2, World War Hulks: Spider-Man Vs. Thor #1-2, World War Hulks: Captain America Vs. Wolverine #1-2, And Incredible Hulk (1968) #312 And #609-611
You can find more context for these Hulk stories in my complete Fall of Hulks and World War Hulks reading order.
Collects: Incredible Hulks #612-617
She-Hulks: Hunt For The Intelligencia (She-Hulks
Collects: She-Hulks #1-4 And Material From She-Hulk Sensational #1
Collects: X-Campus #1-4
Collects: X-Campus #1-5
Namor: The First Mutant Vol. 1: Curse of the Mutants
Collects: X-Campus #1-6
Wolverine: Wolverine Goes To Hell
Collects: Wolverine #1-5
Jason Aaron kicks off his time writing Wolverine by sending him straight to hell.
Namor: The First Mutant Vol. 2: Namor Goes To Hell
Collects: Namor: The First Mutant #5-11
Daken: Dark Wolverine – Empire
Collects: Dark Wolverine #90 & Daken: Dark Wolverine #1-4
Collects: Wolverine Origins #46-50, Dark Wolverine #85-87
New Mutants Vol. 3: Fall Of The New Mutants
Collects: New Mutants #15-21
Collects: X-Men Legacy #238-241
Collects: X-Men Legacy #242-244 & #248-249
X-23 Vol. 1: The Killing Dream
Collects: X-23 #1-6
Collects: Daken: Dark Wolverine #5-9 & X-23 #7-9
Wolverine: Wolverine vs. the X-Men
Collects: Wolverine #5.1 & 6-9
Collects: Astonishing X-Men #36, 37, 39 & 41
Astonishing X-Men: Children of the Brood
Collects: Astonishing X-Men #38, 40, 42, 43 & Uncanny X-Men #162
X-Factor Vol. 11: Happenings in Vegas
Collects: X-Factor #207-212
New Mutants Vol. 4: Unfinished Business
Collects: New Mutants #25-28
Thunderbolts: Violent Rejection
Collects: Thunderbolts #152-157
Collects: Dark Reign: The List – Daredevil 1; Daredevil (1998) 501-512; Shadowland 1-5; Shadowland: Elektra, Bullseye, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, After The Fall; Shadowland: Moon Knight 1-3; Shadowland: Blood On The Streets 1-4; Shadowland: Daughters Of The Shadow 1-3; Shadowland: Power Man 1-4; Thunderbolts (1997) 148-149; Daredevil: Reborn 1-4
Shadowland ran as a major crossover from July 2010 to December 2010. For more detailed ordering, check out my Shadowland reading order.
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Vol. 1: Urban Jungle
Collects: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513-518
Collects: Daredevil: Reborn #1-4
Captain America: Trial of Captain America
Collects: Captain America #611-615 & 615.1
Collects: Secret Warriors #20-23
Secret Warriors Vol. 6: Wheels Within Wheels
Collects: Secret Warriors #25-28
Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 6: Stark Resilient, Book 2
Collects: Invincible Iron Man #29-33
Collects: Hulk #25 To #30
New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis: The Complete Collection Vol. 6
Collects: New Avengers (2010) 1-16
Issues #14 to #16 are Fear Itself tie-ins
Secret Avengers by Ed Brubaker: The Complete Collection
Collects: Secret Avengers (2010) 1-12
Avengers Academy: The Complete Collection Vol. 1
Collects: Avengers Academy 1-12, Avengers Academy Giant-Size 1, Thunderbolts (1997) 147, Material From Enter The Heroic Age 1
The first five issues are included as part of Marvel’s Heroic Age.
Collects: Taskmaster #1-4 And Material From Age Of Heroes #3
Collects: Captain America: Patriot #1-4, What If? (1977) #4, All-Winners Comics 70Th Anniversary Special
Captain America: Man Out of Time
Collects: Captain America: Man Out Of Time #1 To #5
Collects: Chaos War #1-5
Beginning in September 2010, Chaos War @comicbookherald is perhaps the strangest Marvel event of the 2000’s. It also doubles as the only Marvel comic to include a tweet from in the letters column! You can see the full issue break down in my Chaos War reading order.
Collects: Uncanny X-Men #534.1 And #535-539
Collects: Uncanny X-Force #1 To #9
Collects: X-Factor (2005) #213-219
Generation Hope: The Future’s A Four-Lettered Word
Collects: Generation Hope #1-5
Collects: Age Of X Alpha, X-Men Legacy #245-247, New Mutants (2009) #22-24, Age Of X Universe #1-2 And The Age Of X Historical Logs
Collects: Ff #1-5
Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man 648, 649-662, 654.1
Issue #659 begins preludes to Spider-Island
Carnage: Family Feud (Carnage Vol. 1)
Collects: Carnage #1-5
Collects: Spider-Girl (2010) #1-8
Collects: Osborn #1-5
Collects: Venom (2011) #1-5
Collects: Punisher: In The Blood #1 To #5
Collects: Loki (2010) #1-4
Collects: Thor: For Asgard #1-7
Collects: Astonishing Thor #1-5
Thunderstrike: Youth In Revolt
Collects: Astonishing Thor #1-6
Collects: Astonishing Thor #1-7
The Incredible Hulks: Planet Savage
Collects: Incredible Hulks #623-629
Collects: Annihilators 1-4
Follows hot on the heels of the Marvel cosmic reading order.
Collects: Ant-Man & The Wasp #1 To #3
Collects: Heroes For Hire (2011) #1-5.
Power Man and Iron Fist: The Comedy of Death
Collects: Power Man & Iron Fist (2011) #1-5
Hawkeye and Mockingbird/Black Widow: Widowmaker
Collects: Widowmaker 1-4
Collects: Hawkeye: Blindspot #1-4 And Hawkeye: Earth’S Mightiest Marksman
Collects: X-23 (2010) #10-16
Avengers Academy: The Complete Collection Vol. 2
Collects: Avengers Academy 13-20, 14.1; Material From Amazing Spider-Man (1999) 661-662, Fear Itself: The Home Front 1-7, Avengers: Solo 1-5
Only read issues #13, #14, and #14.1 before Fear Itself (then Avengers Academy is tie-in to the event through issue #20).
Collects: X-Men #7-11
Collects: The Mighty Thor 1-6
Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 7: My Monsters
Collects: Invincible Iron Man #500, 500.1, Annual #1
Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 8: Unfixable
Collects: Free Comic Book Day 2010 Iron Man/Thor, Rescue 1, Iron Man 501-502, 503
Next: Fear Itself
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Zac C. says
You have X-Campus there three times. It looks like a mistake but I’m not sure?