The longest running “run” in Marvel Comics of the 2010’s escalates to a full out Marvel Universe event with 2019’s War of The Realms spiraling out of the pages of Thor.
Writer Jason Aaron began his time in Asgard with 2012’s Thor: God of Thunder, through the Jane Foster era of Thor, and now on into the War of the Realms.
Previously: Marvel Fresh Start
Comic Book Herald’s Background Reading
The War of the Realms event is a long time brewing. As a result, I’ve put together a guide of the essential reads that will get you up to speed with the state of the relevant Marvel Universe leading in to the full event guide below.
I’d call out here that those of you who want to binge the full Jason Aaron written Thor and Avengers comics that build to this moment can find a guide here:
Collects: Thor: God of Thunder #1 to #18
Collects: Thor #1 to #5
Collects: Mighty Thor #1 to #5
Honestly, from this point forward it becomes increasingly difficult to suggest skipping any portion of the run. The kickoff of Mighty Thor is more or less a straight line drive into The War of the Realms!
I’m not going to list out all the collection here (again, those of you interested will want to go to the Thor Reading Order!). That said, I do recommend reading all the way through.
Collects: Thor (2018) #1 to #6
Collects: Avengers (2018) #1 to #6, Marvel FCBD 2018
Jason Aaron’s Fresh Start title relaunches are the comics with the clearest tie-ins to the War of the Realms event.
Road to The War of the Realms
Collects: Thor (1966) #344; Thor: God Of Thunder #13 & #17; Mighty Thor (2015) #1-2, #13-14 & #22, #25, Mighty Thor (2015) #4 & #700, and Mighty Thor: At The Gates Of Valhalla
This is Marvel’s version of a collected “fast track” leading up to War of the Realms. I tend to find these too slight for a real enjoyment of the event (for example, Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars Prelude), but seeing as they know the contents of the event, these key issues are telling.
Long story short, if you’re really looking for the most concise path, try the Marvel Method! Obviously, if you followed the CBH background reading path above, you’ll have read all of these except the Walt Simonson era issue of Thor #344 (the first appearance of Malekith the Dark Elf!).
- Thor #10
- Avengers #16
- Avengers #17
- Asgardians of the Galaxy #7
- Thor #11
The War of the Realms Comics Checklist
More comics coming soon!
Asgardians of the Galaxy #8
Journey Into Mystery #1 to #5
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43
War of the Realms: Punisher #1 to #3
War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1 to #3