Avengers Vs X-Men

Finally. A big crossover story that really changes things. Well written and plotted, and almost all of the tie-ins actually serve a purpose for once.

Plus (spoiler), Scott Summers finally gets the ass-kicking he’s had coming for the last few years.

You can find it on the larger timeline here.

Prologues:
Uncanny X-Men #9 [1] Uncanny X-Men, vol.2
Uncanny X-Men #10 [1] Uncanny X-Men, vol.2
Point One (Nova story only) Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: It’s Coming
Nova, vol.1: Origin
Avengers #25 [2] Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers: X-Sanction #1 [3] Avengers: X-Sanction
Avengers vs. X-Men: It’s Coming
Avengers: X-Sanction #2 [3] Avengers: X-Sanction
Avengers: X-Sanction #3 [3] Avengers: X-Sanction
Avengers: X-Sanction #4 [3] Avengers: X-Sanction
Avengers Vs X-Men #0 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Vs X-Men
Avengers Vs X-Men #1 Avengers vs. X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men #9 Wolverine and the X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
New Avengers #24 New Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #2 Avengers vs. X-Men
AVX: VS #1 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: VS
Uncanny X-Men #11 Uncanny X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Secret Avengers #26 Secret Avengers, vol.2
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Secret Avengers #27 Secret Avengers, vol.2
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Secret Avengers #28 Secret Avengers, vol.2
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers #26 Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers #27 Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #3 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Academy #29 [4] Avengers Academy: AVX
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Academy #30 Avengers Academy: AVX
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Academy #31 Avengers Academy: AVX
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Wolverine and the X-Men #9 [4] [5] Wolverine and the X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #4 Avengers vs. X-Men
AVX: VS #2 [6] Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: VS
AVX: VS #5 [6] Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: VS
Wolverine and the X-Men #11 [6] Wolverine and the X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Uncanny X-Men #12 [6] Uncanny X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #5 Avengers vs. X-Men
AVX: VS #3 [7] Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: VS
Uncanny X-Men #13 [7] Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Uncanny X-Men, vol.3
X-Men Legacy #268 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
X-Men Legacy: Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Academy #32 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Academy: Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Academy #33 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Academy: Avengers vs. X-Men
Uncanny X-Men #14 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Uncanny X-Men, vol.3
Avengers Vs X-Men #6 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Vs X-Men: Infinite #6 [8] Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers #28 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis, vol.4
Uncanny X-Men #15 Uncanny X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Uncanny X-Men #16 Uncanny X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Uncanny X-Men #17 Uncanny X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers #29 Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers #28 Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Wolverine and the X-Men #12 Wolverine and the X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Wolverine and the X-Men #13 Wolverine and the X-Men, vol.3
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #7 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Vs X-Men #8 Avengers vs. X-Men
New Avengers #26 New Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
New Avengers #27 New Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
New Avengers #28 New Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Wolverine and the X-Men #14 Wolverine & the X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
X-Men Legacy #269 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
X-Men Legacy: Avengers vs. X-Men
X-Men Legacy #270 Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
X-Men Legacy: Avengers vs. X-Men
AVX: VS #4 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: VS
Avengers Vs X-Men #9 Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers Vs X-Men #10 Avengers vs. X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men #15 Wolverine & the X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Wolverine and the X-Men #16 Wolverine & the X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #11 Avengers vs. X-Men
Uncanny X-Men #18 Uncanny X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers Vs X-Men #12 Avengers vs. X-Men
AVX: VS #6 [9] Avengers vs. X-Men
Avengers vs. X-Men: VS
Uncanny X-Men #19 [10] Uncanny X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Epilogues
X-Men Legacy #1 [10] X-Men Legacy, vol.1: Prodigal
New Avengers #30 New Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers #30 Avengers, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
X-Men Legacy #274 X-Men Legacy: Avengers vs. X-Men
Uncanny X-Men #20 [11] Uncanny X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Wolverine and the X-Men #18 Wolverine & the X-Men, vol.4
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Uncanny Avengers #1 [11] [12] Uncanny Avengers, vol.1: The Red Shadow
Uncanny Avengers #2 [12] Uncanny Avengers, vol.1: The Red Shadow
Uncanny Avengers #3 [12] Uncanny Avengers, vol.1: The Red Shadow
Uncanny Avengers #4 [12] Uncanny Avengers, vol.1: The Red Shadow
Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #1 Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #2 Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #3 Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #4 Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #5 Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences
Avengers vs. X-Men Companion
New Mutants #50 New Mutants, vol.7: Fight the Future
Gambit #1 [13] Gambit, vol.1: Once A Thief
Captain Marvel #1 [14] Captain Marvel, vol.1: In Pursuit of Flight
All-New X-Men #1 [15] All-New X-Men, vol.1: Yesterday’s X-Men
Indestructible Hulk #1 [16] Indestructible Hulk, vol.1: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Iron Man #6 [17] Iron Man, vol. 2: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Book 1
Iron Man #7 [17] Iron Man, vol. 2: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Book 1
Iron Man #8 [17] Iron Man, vol. 2: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Book 1

Footnotes:

  1. The last team-up between the Avengers and the X-Men prior to the crossover. Not strictly necessary, but damned good.
  2. Takes place before the Avengers as a whole become aware of the Phoenix heading for Earth.
  3. Cable tears through the Avengers for no good reason. This is four issues of unconvincingly one-sided fights which has little relevance to the crossover or anything else other than Marvel’s bottom line. Can safely be skipped.
  4. Wolverine’s appearance in this issue appears to occur during AVX #3.
  5. Rachel Summers’ appearance in this issue appears to occur during AVX #3.
  6. This issue takes place during AVX #4.
  7. This issue takes place during AVX #5.
  8. This issue takes place during AVX #6.
  9. This issue takes place during AVX #12.
  10. Overlaps somewhat with the last two issues of AvX but is best read after them.
  11. Must take place prior to Consequences, as Cyclops is still in prison.
  12. The first four issues of Uncanny Avengers form a single continuous storyline.
  13. Gambit strikes out on his own again, wanting a little space. Disposable, but enjoyable.
  14. Following up on her earlier decision, Ms. Marvel now adopts the Captain Marvel name.
  15. Unhappy with the outcome of AVX, Hank McCoy makes a questionable decision.
  16. Unhappy with his actions in AVX, Bruce Banner decides to try a very different tack. The best new concept for the Hulk in years.
  17. Iron Man is put on trial for his role in the conclusion of AVX. Not essential, but fun.

Avengers Disassembled

As far as I’m concerned, this one barely counts as a crossover. Almost none of the titles listed as part of it have any real connection to it (aside from some token issues of Iron Man and Captain America). But it’s undeniably an important event in the history of the Marvel Universe.

You can see where it fits into the larger timeline here.

Harbingers
Spectacular Spider-Man #15 Spectacular Spider-Man, vol.4: Disassembled
Spectacular Spider-Man #16 Spectacular Spider-Man, vol.4: Disassembled
Spectacular Spider-Man #17 Spectacular Spider-Man, vol.4: Disassembled
Spectacular Spider-Man #18 Spectacular Spider-Man, vol.4: Disassembled
Spectacular Spider-Man #19 Spectacular Spider-Man, vol.4: Disassembled
Spectacular Spider-Man #20 Spectacular Spider-Man, vol.4: Disassembled
Fantastic Four #514 Fantastic Four, vol.5: Disassembled
Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4
Fantastic Four #515 Fantastic Four, vol.5: Disassembled
Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4
Fantastic Four #516 Fantastic Four, vol.5: Disassembled
Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4
Thor #80 Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Thor #81 Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Thor #82 Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Thor #83 Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Thor #84 Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Thor #85 Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
She-Hulk #7 She-Hulk, vol.2: Superhuman Law
She-Hulk #8 She-Hulk, vol.2: Superhuman Law
She-Hulk #9 She-Hulk, vol.2: Superhuman Law
Iron Man #84 Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Iron Man #85 Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Captain America and the Falcon #5 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Captain America and the Falcon #6 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Captain America and the Falcon #7 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Dis-Assembly
Avengers #500 Avengers Disassembled
Avengers #501 Avengers Disassembled
Avengers #502 Avengers Disassembled
Avengers #503 Avengers Disassembled
Aftermath
Captain America #29 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Captain America #30 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Captain America #31 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Captain America #32 Avengers Disassembled: Captain America
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Iron Man #86 Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Iron Man #87 Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Iron Man #88 Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Iron Man #89 Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor & Captain America
Avengers Finale Avengers Disassembled
Hercules #1 Hercules: New Labors of Hercules
Hercules #2 Hercules: New Labors of Hercules
Hercules #3 Hercules: New Labors of Hercules
Hercules #4 Hercules: New Labors of Hercules
Hercules #5 Hercules: New Labors of Hercules
She-Hulk #10 She-Hulk, vol.2: Superhuman Law
She-Hulk #11 She-Hulk, vol.2: Superhuman Law
She-Hulk #12 She-Hulk, vol.2: Superhuman Law
Fantastic Four #517 Fantastic Four, vol.5: Disassembled
Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4
Fantastic Four #518 Fantastic Four, vol.5: Disassembled
Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4
Fantastic Four #519 Fantastic Four, vol.5: Disassembled
Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4

Siege

“An event seven years in the making” that actually turns out to be worth the trouble? Awesome. Mostly.

Click the word to see how Siege fits into the larger timeline.

Prologues:
Mighty Avengers #32 Mighty Avengers: Siege
Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
Mighty Avengers #33 Mighty Avengers: Siege
Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
Dark Avengers #13 Dark Avengers: Siege
Dark Avengers Omnibus
Dark Avengers #14 Dark Avengers: Siege
Dark Avengers Omnibus
Dark Avengers Annual #1 Dark Avengers: Siege
Dark Avengers Omnibus
Mighty Avengers #34 Mighty Avengers: Siege
Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
Dark Reign: The List – New Avengers Dark Reign: The List
Siege Prelude
New Avengers: Siege
New Avengers Annual #3 Siege Prelude
New Avengers: Siege
Siege: The Cabal Siege
Siege Prelude
Dark Avengers #15 Dark Avengers: Siege
Dark Avengers Omnibus
Avengers: The Initiative #31 Siege: Avengers – The Initiative
Siege: Storming Asgard – Heroes and Villains Siege: X-Men
Siege:
Siege #1 Siege
Siege: Embedded #1 Siege: Embedded
Siege: Embedded #2 Siege: Embedded
Thor #607 Thor: Siege
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Dark Wolverine #82 Siege: X-Men
New Avengers #61 New Avengers: Siege
New Avengers #62 New Avengers: Siege
Avengers: The Initiative #32 Siege: Avengers – The Initiative
Siege #2 Siege
Dark Wolverine #83 Siege: X-Men
Mighty Avengers #35 Mighty Avengers: Siege
Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
Avengers: The Initiative #33 Siege: Avengers – The Initiative
Siege #3 Siege
Thor #608 Thor: Siege
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
New Mutants #11 [1] Thor: Siege
Siege: X-Men
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
New Mutants, vol.2: Necrosha
New Avengers #63 New Avengers: Siege
Avengers: The Initiative #34 Siege: Avengers – The Initiative
Thunderbolts #141 Siege: Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts #142 Siege: Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts #143 Siege: Thunderbolts
Siege: Embedded #3 Siege: Embedded
Dark Wolverine #84 Siege: X-Men
Siege: Spider-Man Siege: Battlefield
Siege: Captain America Siege: Battlefield
Siege: Young Avengers Siege: Battlefield
Siege: Secret Warriors Siege: Battlefield
Secret Warriors, vol.4: Last Ride of the Howling Commandos
Siege: Loki Thor: Siege
Siege: Battlefield
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Thor #609 Thor: Siege
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Siege #4 Siege
Mighty Avengers #36 Mighty Avengers: Siege
Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign
New Avengers #64 New Avengers: Siege
Avengers: The Initiative #31 Siege: Avengers – The Initiative
Siege: Embedded #4 Siege: Embedded
Thor #610 Thor: Siege
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Epilogues:
New Avengers Finale New Avengers: Siege
Dark Avengers #14 Dark Avengers: Siege
Dark Avengers Omnibus
Avengers Prime #1 [2] Avengers Prime
Avengers Prime #2 Avengers Prime
Avengers Prime #3 Avengers Prime
Avengers Prime #4 Avengers Prime
Avengers Prime #5 Avengers Prime
Thor #611 Thor: Siege Aftermath
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Thor #612 Thor: Siege Aftermath
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Thor #613 Thor: Siege Aftermath
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Thor #614 Thor: Siege Aftermath
Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
Sentry: Fallen Sun [3] uncollected

Footnotes:

  1. Of all the issues in the crossover, this is the one that’s been reprinted in four separate collections. Their true mutant power is ubiquity.
  2. Avengers Prime occurs entirely during the final issue of Siege, but is best read after it.
  3. Yes, this is uncollected. Don’t worry though, you haven’t missed a thing. It’s got bloody awful art – and the art is better than the writing. If you’ve ever wanted to see all your favourite Marvel characters twisted out of shape to make the Sentry an even bigger Mary Sue in death than he was in life, this is your book. If not, be glad that you could read every collection listed on this page and never encounter this piece of tripe.

Bendis and the Crazy People

More than most writers working in comics these days, Mr Brian Michael Bendis loves him some batshit crazy villains. Don’t get me wrong, I totally see the attraction of that, and hey, some characters just are that way to begin with. I mean, if you’re writing Loki, you know that his basic deal is that he messes with people pretty much because messing with people is what he does. (Well, if you’re writing Loki and your name’s not Kieron Gillen, anyways.) But it’s more than that with Bendis.
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The Implied Buffyverse

There are certain works that many would consider to more crossovers with the Buffyverse, but personally, I think of these three as implicit within it. Each of them has good reasons for being considered canonical in-universe, despite not being officially a part of it:
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