Fear Itself

For those wishing a more detailed reading order than is provided by the relevant page of the Marvel Universe Timeline, The Centre Cannot Hold is proud to present this page, offering the first of many such guides. Happy reading!

Allowing for the anachronic nature of much of the storytelling, this reading order attempts to create an issue-by-issue ordering of the crossover, rather than just listing the collections reprinting it (as on the main timeline).

Reading Notes:

  • Where collections reprint issues not directly connected with Fear Itself, those issues have been omitted from the reading order.
  • Issues with an asterisk next to them occur during or overlap with the issue of Fear Itself they follow; issues without occur between that issue and the next.
  • Some issues have footnotes to explain the rationale (or other salient aspects) of their placement.
Prologues
The Mighty Thor #7 [1] The Mighty Thor, vol.2
Fear Itself: Sin’s Past #1 [2] uncollected
Fear Itself: The Worthy #1 Fear Itself: Spider-Man
Fear Itself: Book of the Skull #1 Fear Itself
Book One: The Serpent
Fear Itself #1 Fear Itself
Avengers #13* Avengers: Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #622* Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #626.1 [3] Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Fear Itself: The Home Front #1 Fear Itself: The Home Front
Book Two: The Worthy
Fear Itself #2 Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #623* Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself
Thunderbolts #158* Fear Itself: Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts #159 Fear Itself: Thunderbolts
Invincible Iron Man #504 Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: The Home Front #2 Fear Itself: The Home Front
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1 Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt
Herc #3 Herc: The Complete Series
Herc: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1 [4] Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #2 Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #3 Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #4 Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Secret Avengers #13 Secret Avengers: Fear Itself
Secret Avengers #14 Secret Avengers: Fear Itself
Iron Man 2.0 #5 Iron Man 2.0, vol.1: Palmer Addley Is Dead
Iron Man 2.0 #6 Iron Man 2.0, vol.1: Palmer Addley Is Dead
Iron Man 2.0 #7 Iron Man 2.0, vol.1: Palmer Addley Is Dead
Fear Itself: The Deep #1 Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Fear Itself: The Deep #2 Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Fear Itself: The Deep #3 Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Book Three: The Hammer that fell on Yancy Street
Fear Itself #3 Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #624* Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself
Avengers #15* Avengers: Fear Itself
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521* Black Panther: The Man Without Fear: Fear Itself
Herc #4* Herc: The Complete Series
Herc: Fear Itself
Avengers Academy #15* Avengers Academy: Fear Itself
Invincible Iron Man #505 Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: The Home Front #3 Fear Itself: The Home Front
Fear Itself: FF #1 Fear Itself: Spider-Man
Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 [5] Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #2 Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #3 Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Heroes for Hire #9 Heroes for Hire: Fear Itself
Heroes for Hire #10 Heroes for Hire: Fear Itself
Heroes for Hire #11 Heroes for Hire: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Spider-Man #1 Fear Itself: Spider-Man
Fear Itself: Spider-Man #2 Fear Itself: Spider-Man
Fear Itself: Spider-Man #3 Fear Itself: Spider-Man
Fear Itself: Wolverine #1 Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
Fear Itself: Wolverine #2 Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
Fear Itself: Wolverine #3 Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
Avengers #14 Avengers: Fear Itself
Hulk #37 Hulk: Fear Itself
Hulk #38 Hulk: Fear Itself
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #522 Black Panther: The Man Without Fear: Fear Itself
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #523 Black Panther: The Man Without Fear: Fear Itself
Thunderbolts #160 Fear Itself: Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts #161 Fear Itself: Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts #162 Fear Itself: Thunderbolts
Ghost Rider #1 Ghost Rider: Fear Itself
Ghost Rider #2 Ghost Rider: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Deadpool #1 Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #2 Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #3 Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #4 Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt
Book Four: Worlds on Fire
Fear Itself #4 Fear Itself
Invincible Iron Man #506 Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Uncanny X-Men #540* Uncanny X-Men: Fear Itself
New Mutants #29* Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
New Mutants #30* Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
New Avengers #15* Avengers: Fear Itself
Avengers #17* Avengers: Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #625 Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #626 Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself
Avengers Academy #16 Avengers Academy: Fear Itself
Alpha Flight #1 [6] Alpha Flight, vol.1
Fear Itself: The Home Front #4 Fear Itself: The Home Front
Fear Itself: The Deep #4 Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force/The Deep
Secret Avengers #15 Secret Avengers: Fear Itself
New Avengers #14* Avengers: Fear Itself
Ghost Rider #3* Ghost Rider: Fear Itself
New Avengers #16* Avengers: Fear Itself
Avengers #16* Avengers: Fear Itself
Herc #5 Herc: The Complete Series
Herc: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Black Widow #1 Secret Avengers: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #5 Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt
Uncanny X-Men #541 Uncanny X-Men: Fear Itself
New Mutants #31 Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
New Mutants #32 Fear Itself: Wolverine/New Mutants
Alpha Flight #2 Alpha Flight, vol.1
Alpha Flight #3 Alpha Flight, vol.1
Alpha Flight #4 Alpha Flight, vol.1
Book Five: Brawl
Fear Itself #5 Fear Itself
Invincible Iron Man #507* Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Herc #6* Herc: The Complete Series
Herc: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: The Home Front #5 Fear Itself: The Home Front
Avengers Academy #17 Avengers Academy: Fear Itself
Avengers Academy #18 Avengers Academy: Fear Itself
Avengers Academy #19 Avengers Academy: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Deadpool #2 Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Fear Itself: Deadpool #3 Fear Itself: Deadpool/Fearsome Four
Uncanny X-Men #542 Uncanny X-Men: Fear Itself
Uncanny X-Men #543 Uncanny X-Men: Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #627 Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Book Six: Blood-Tied & Doomed
Fear Itself #6 Fear Itself
Journey Into Mystery #628* Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Invincible Iron Man #508 Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Invincible Iron Man #509 Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: The Home Front #6 Fear Itself: The Home Front
Fear Itself: Hulk vs Dracula #1 Fear Itself: Dracula
Fear Itself: Hulk vs Dracula #2 Fear Itself: Dracula
Book Seven: Thor’s Day
Fear Itself #7 Fear Itself
Fear Itself: The Fearlesspartial
Journey Into Mystery #629* Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Fear Itself: Hulk vs Dracula #3* Fear Itself: Dracula
Fear Itself: The Home Front #7* Fear Itself: The Home Front
Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #6 Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt
Ghost Rider #4 Ghost Rider: Fear Itself
Epilogues
Journey Into Mystery #630 Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Avengers Academy #20 Avengers Academy: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Captain America #7.1 Fear Itself: Shattered Heroes
Winter Soldier, vol.1: The Longest Winter
Fear Itself: Thor #7.2 Fear Itself: Shattered Heroes
The Mighty Thor, vol.2
Fear Itself: Iron Man #7.3 Invincible Iron Man: Fear Itself
Fear Itself: Shattered Heroes
Journey Into Mystery #631 Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Fear Itself: The Fearless #1 Fear Itself: The Fearless
Fear Itself: Monkey King #1 uncollected

Placement Notes:

  1. This issue of The Mighty Thor contains a prequel story that contains spoilers regarding the identity of the Serpent and the Worthy. Although chronologically it occurs here, readers may prefer to read as an epilogue rather than a prologue.
  2. The Sin’s Past special reprints earlier issues of Captain America that feature Sin, with a new framing story. They have no direct connection to the events of Fear Itself.
  3. Journey Into Mystery #626.1 takes place between panels 4 and 5 of page 22 of Journey Into Mystery #622. It does not directly cross over with Fear Itself.
  4. The appearance of Man-Thing in Fear Itself: Fearsome Four makes little sense compared to the character’s appearances in the crossover issues of Thunderbolts. For the purposes of this reading order, I have assumed that he escaped during the mass breakout shown in Thunderbolts #158-159, and was recaptured off-panel before Thunderbolts #160.
  5. Even by the low standards of crossover tie-ins, Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force is a stunningly pointless waste of time. It’s not half-bad as an X-Force story, but its inclusion in Fear Itself does no favours for either the event or this mini-series.
  6. This issue of Alpha Flight is the only one with direct relevance to Fear Itself – the other issues of this title, while bannered as crossovers, do not connect to the main storyline.