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Last updated Dec 18, 2016

Where to start reading Marvel events

Where to start reading Marvel events

Comics events are like Avengers movies. Tons of characters, all with their own stories, come together for something bigger than anything they could do on their own. The event stories stand on their own, but also come with a universe of smaller stories which closely relate to them. The original Civil War event is just a 7 issue story, but there are over 100 other issues which fill in individual smaller stories. The main series is essential to the event, but most "tie-in" comic issues aren't.

You can find a complete list of all Marvel crossover events on Wikipedia, but that can be daunting. If you don't know where to start here's a few reading paths I would recommend:

The Infinity Saga: Thanos may be the biggest baddie in the Marvel universe, and his story is no less grand. Thanos Quest is only two issues and is a great introduction to both the Infinity Stones and the omniversal powers in the Marvel universe.

Secret Wars

  • 1984 - Secret Wars - Great! Important, especially for Spider-Man.
  • 1985 - Secret Wars II - Ridiculous but funny.
  • Hicknan's Avengers / New Avengers
  • 2013 - Infinity - Awesome, but basically just a chapter of Hickman's Avengers / New Avengers, so read those. Especially since eventually they lead to the 2015 Secret Wars.
  • 2015 - Secret Wars - Absolutely fantastic, and tons of really fun tie-ins.

Everything in order:

What this list does not include, is the cosmic-events, which are better summarized by this brilliant graphic.