Fang

A drug made from the hemoglobin of vampires, Fang is dangerous and (thankfully) rare. Created by a 2000 year old vampire named Negus (who apparently once defeated Dracula in hand to hand combat), it was brought to New York City by him. Here, he abducted homeless people, dosed them with the drug and forced them to battle each other in cage match fights, until Spider-Man and Blade intervened.

The effects of Fang are temporary, but massive while they last. They effectively give the human user the physical traits of a vampire – fangs, super strength, really bad skin – for a few hours, plus a berserker rage that lasts for roughly three days even after the other effects wear off. Intense doses of UV light can make the effects wear off sooner, and there appears to be little lasting damage to the minds or bodies of the users afterwards (other than whatever injuries they may receive in the cage fights).

Shadowland


Another of Marvel’s smaller events – it’s amazing how often I find that I like these better than the big universe-changing ones. Probably because they actually have room for some characterisation.

Lead up:
Daredevil #507 Daredevil: The Devil’s Hand
Shadowland
Shadowland #1 Shadowland
Daredevil #508 Daredevil: Shadowland
Daredevil #509 Daredevil: Shadowland
Shadowland: Bullseye Shadowland: Street Heroes
Shadowland #2 Shadowland
Shadowland: Moon Knight #1 Shadowland: Moon Knight
Thunderbolts #148 Shadowland: Thunderbolts
Thunderbolts #149 Shadowland: Thunderbolts
Shadowland: Elektra Shadowland: Street Heroes
Shadowland #3 Shadowland
Shadowland: Spider-Man Shadowland: Street Heroes
Shadowland: Ghost Rider [1] Shadowland: Street Heroes
Daredevil #510 Daredevil: Shadowland
Shadowland: Power Man #1 Shadowland: Power Man
Shadowland: Power Man #2 Shadowland: Power Man
Shadowland: Moon Knight #2 Shadowland: Moon Knight
Shadowland: Moon Knight #3 Shadowland: Moon Knight
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #1 Shadowland: Blood on the Streets
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #2 Shadowland: Blood on the Streets
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #3 Shadowland: Blood on the Streets
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #4 Shadowland: Blood on the Streets
Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #1 Shadowland: Street Heroes
Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #2 Shadowland: Street Heroes
Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #3 Shadowland: Street Heroes
Shadowland #4 Shadowland
Shadowland: Power Man #3 Shadowland: Power Man
Shadowland #5 Shadowland
Daredevil #511 Daredevil: Shadowland
Daredevil #512 Daredevil: Shadowland
Shadowland: Power Man #4 Shadowland: Power Man
Epilogues
Shadowland: After the Fall Daredevil: Shadowland
Daredevil: Reborn #1 Daredevil: Reborn
Power Man and Iron Fist #1 Power Man and Iron Fist: The Comedy of Death

Footnotes:

  1. Despite the text at the start of this issue declaring that it occurs prior to Shadowland #3, it must logically occur later than that, as the appearances of Ghost Rider in issues #2 and #3 are continuous.

Spider Island


A very well-executed crossover. Why, nearly every book in it came out at the right spot to read it. All kidding aside, this was a great, fun read about why Spider-Man is awesome.

Prelude:
Amazing Spider-Man #659 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #660 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #662 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #663 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #664 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: Deadly Foes (Jackal story) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island
Amazing Spider-Man #666 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #667 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #1 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Deadly Foes (Hobgoblin story) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #668 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #1 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #2 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Venom #6 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Island: I Love New York City [1] Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Amazing Spider-Man #669 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #2 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #3 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Avengers Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #524 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Fear Itself: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear
Herc #7 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Herc: The Complete Series
Herc #8 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Herc: The Complete Series
Spider-Island: Spider-Woman Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Amazing Spider-Man #670 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Venom #7 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #2 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #3 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Amazing Spider-Man #671 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Venom #8 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Amazing Spider-Man #672 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #3 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Epilogues:
Amazing Spider-Man #673 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Venom #9 Spider-Man: Spider-Island

Footnotes:

  1. While these four stories are scattered randomly throughout the Spider-Island Companion, they all occur at around this time.

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.

Chaos War

Chaos War was the fantastic culmination of eight awesome volumes of The Incredible Hercules, which are just about the most fun you can have reading comics. You really don’t need to read anything other than the main series, but the Ares, Dead Avengers and Incredible Hulks tie-ins are particularly good.

It fits into the larger timeline here.

The Lead-Up:
Heroic Age: Prince of Power #4 Incredible Hercules: The New Prince of Power
Chaos War: Chaos King Chaos War: X-Men
The Chaos War:
Chaos War #1 Chaos War
Chaos War #2 Chaos War
Chaos War: Ares Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: X-Men #1 Chaos War: X-Men
Chaos War #3 Chaos War
Chaos War: God Squad Chaos War: X-Men
Incredible Hulks #618 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #2 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Alpha Flight Chaos War: X-Men
Chaos War: X-Men #2 Chaos War: X-Men
Chaos War #4 Chaos War
Incredible Hulks #619 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Incredible Hulks #620 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Chaos War: Thor #1 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Thor #2 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3 Chaos War: Avengers
Chaos War #5 Chaos War
Epilogues:
Incredible Hulks #621 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Incredible Hulks #622 Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
Herc #1 [1] Herc: The Complete Series
Fear Itself: Herc
Alpha Flight #0.1 [2] Alpha Flight: The Complete Series

Footnotes:

  1. Herc is Hercules’ new series spinning out of Chaos War.
  2. Alpha Flight picks up from the resurrection of the team in the pages of Chaos War.

Secret Invasion

One of the, if not the, most sprawling events ever put out by Marvel, and suffering from some fairly severe logic issues even by the standards of comics, but still a pretty gripping read, for the most part. It fits in here on the timeline.

Most of the non-Avengers crossovers can be skipped if you’re in a hurry, although Hercules, Captain Britain and Thor are all quite good, while Inhumans, Thunderbolts and Spider-Man contain important plot information for future events in their titles.

But Home Invasion should only be read if you’re a completist.

The Infiltration:
Fantastic Four #2 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers: Illuminati #1 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers: Illuminati
New Avengers #44 New Avengers, vol.9: Secret Invasion Bk 2
New Avengers #40 New Avengers, vol 8: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Mighty Avengers #12 Mighty Avengers, vol.3: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Mighty Avengers #15 Mighty Avengers, vol.3: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Mighty Avengers #16 Mighty Avengers, vol.4: Secret Invasion Bk 2
New Avengers #42 New Avengers, vol 8: Secret Invasion Bk 1
New Avengers #45 New Avengers, vol.9: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Mighty Avengers #13 Mighty Avengers, vol.3: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Captain Marvel #1 Secret Invasion: Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel #2 Secret Invasion: Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel #3 Secret Invasion: Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel #4 Secret Invasion: Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel #5 [1] Secret Invasion: Captain Marvel
Mighty Avengers #17 Mighty Avengers, vol.4: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Guardians of the Galaxy, vol.1: Legacy
Guardians of the Galaxy #5 Guardians of the Galaxy, vol.1: Legacy
Guardians of the Galaxy #6 Guardians of the Galaxy, vol.1: Legacy
New Avengers #31 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers, vol.6: Revolution
New Avengers #32 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
Mighty Avengers #6 Mighty Avengers, vol.1: The Ultron Initiative
Mighty Avengers #7 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
Mighty Avengers, vol.2: Venom Bomb
Mighty Avengers #8 Mighty Avengers, vol.2: Venom Bomb
New Avengers #33 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #34 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #35 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #36 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #37 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #46 New Avengers, vol.9: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Mighty Avengers #9 Mighty Avengers, vol.2: Venom Bomb
Mighty Avengers #10 Mighty Avengers, vol.2: Venom Bomb
Mighty Avengers #11 Mighty Avengers, vol.2: Venom Bomb
New Avengers Annual #2 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers: Illuminati #5 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers: Illuminati
Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1 Secret Invasion: Inhumans
Secret Invasion Saga Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Skrulls! Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers #38 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers, vol 8: Secret Invasion Bk 1
New Avengers #39 Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
New Avengers, vol 8: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Avengers: The Initiative #14 Avengers: The Initiative, vol.3: Secret Invasion
X-Factor #33 She-Hulk, vol.8: Secret Invasion
X-Factor, vol.6: Secret Invasion
She-Hulk #31 She-Hulk, vol.8: Secret Invasion
X-Factor, vol.6: Secret Invasion
X-Factor #34 She-Hulk, vol.8: Secret Invasion
X-Factor, vol.6: Secret Invasion
Who Do You Trust? – Captain Marvel [2] Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Who Do You Trust? – Marvel Boy [2] Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Ms. Marvel #25 Ms. Marvel, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Ms. Marvel #26 Ms. Marvel, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Ms. Marvel #27 Ms. Marvel, vol.5: Secret Invasion
The Invasion:
Secret Invasion #1 Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1 Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four
Thunderbolts #122 Thunderbolts, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Nova #16 Nova, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Incredible Hercules #116 Incredible Hercules: Sacred Invasion
Incredible Hercules #117 Incredible Hercules: Sacred Invasion
Home Invasion: Chapter 1 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #2 Secret Invasion
New Avengers #41 New Avengers, vol 8: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Mighty Avengers #14 Mighty Avengers, vol.3: Secret Invasion Bk 1
New Avengers #43 New Avengers, vol 8: Secret Invasion Bk 1
Avengers: The Initiative #15 Avengers: The Initiative, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Mighty Avengers #18 Mighty Avengers, vol.4: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Deadpool #1 Deadpool, vol.1: Secret Invasion
Captain Britain and MI13 #1 Captain Britain and MI:13, vol.1: Secret Invasion
She-Hulk #32 She-Hulk, vol.8: Secret Invasion
She-Hulk #33 She-Hulk, vol.8: Secret Invasion
Incredible Hercules #118 Incredible Hercules: Sacred Invasion
Secret Invasion: Runaways / Young Avengers #1 Secret Invasion: Runaways / Young Avengers
Secret Invasion: Runaways / Young Avengers #2 Secret Invasion: Runaways / Young Avengers
Secret Invasion: Runaways / Young Avengers #3 Secret Invasion: Runaways / Young Avengers
Home Invasion: Chapter 2 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #3 Secret Invasion
Avengers: The Initiative #16 Avengers: The Initiative, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Punisher War Journal #24 Punisher War Journal, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Punisher War Journal #25 Punisher War Journal, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33 Secret Invasion: War Machine
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #34 Secret Invasion: War Machine
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #35 Secret Invasion: War Machine
Nova #17 Nova, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Nova #18 Nova, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man
Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man #2 Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man
Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man #3 Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man
New Warriors #14 [3] Secret Invasion: New Warriors
Who Do You Trust? – Agent Brand [2] Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Who Do You Trust? – Wonder Man & the Beast [2] Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Who Do You Trust? – Agents of Atlas [2] Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust?
Deadpool #2 Deadpool, vol.1: Secret Invasion
Captain Britain and MI13 #1 Captain Britain and MI:13, vol.1: Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion: Thor #1 Secret Invasion: Thor
Secret Invasion: Thor #2 Secret Invasion: Thor
Secret Invasion: Thor #3 Secret Invasion: Thor
Incredible Hercules #119 Incredible Hercules: Sacred Invasion
Secret Invasion: Front Line #2 Secret Invasion: Front Line
Secret Invasion: Front Line #3 Secret Invasion: Front Line
Home Invasion: Chapter 3 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #4 Secret Invasion
Ms. Marvel #28 Ms. Marvel, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Ms. Marvel #29 Ms. Marvel, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Ms. Marvel #30 Ms. Marvel, vol.5: Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion: Front Line #3 Secret Invasion: Front Line
Secret Invasion: Front Line #4 Secret Invasion: Front Line
Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #2 Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four
Captain Britain and MI13 #1 Captain Britain and MI:13, vol.1: Secret Invasion
Incredible Hercules #120 Incredible Hercules: Sacred Invasion
Home Invasion: Chapter 4 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #5 Secret Invasion
Thunderbolts #123 Thunderbolts, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Deadpool #3 Deadpool, vol.1: Secret Invasion
Avengers: The Initiative #17 Avengers: The Initiative, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Avengers: The Initiative #18 Avengers: The Initiative, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Avengers: The Initiative #19 Avengers: The Initiative, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Black Panther #39 Secret Invasion: Black Panther
Thunderbolts #124 Thunderbolts, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Captain Britain and MI13 #1 Captain Britain and MI:13, vol.1: Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion: X-Men #1 Secret Invasion: X-Men
Home Invasion: Chapter 5 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #6 Secret Invasion
Mighty Avengers #19 Mighty Avengers, vol.4: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Thunderbolts #125 Thunderbolts, vol.3: Secret Invasion
Black Panther #40 Secret Invasion: Black Panther
Secret Invasion: Inhumans #2 Secret Invasion: Inhumans
Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3 Secret Invasion: Inhumans
Secret Invasion: Inhumans #4 Secret Invasion: Inhumans
Secret Invasion: X-Men #2 Secret Invasion: X-Men
Secret Invasion: X-Men #3 Secret Invasion: X-Men
Secret Invasion: X-Men #4 Secret Invasion: X-Men
Home Invasion: Chapter 6 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #7 Secret Invasion
Black Panther #41 Secret Invasion: Black Panther
Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3 Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four
Home Invasion: Chapter 7 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion #8 [4] Secret Invasion
New Avengers #47 New Avengers, vol.9: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Thunderbolts #126 Thunderbolts: Burning Down The House
Home Invasion: Chapter 8 Secret Invasion: Home Invasion
Secret Invasion: Dark Reign New Avengers, vol.10: Power
Dark Reign: Accept Change
The Aftermath: [5]
Secret Invasion: Front Line #5 Secret Invasion: Front Line
New Avengers #48 New Avengers, vol.10: Power
Mighty Avengers #20 Mighty Avengers, vol.4: Secret Invasion Bk 2
Dark Avengers #1 Dark Avengers, vol.1: Assemble
Dark Reign: Accept Change
New Avengers #49 New Avengers, vol.10: Power
Secret Invasion: War of Kings Road to War of Kings
Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill – The Green of Eden Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter

Footnotes:

  1. The entirety of the Captain Marvel appears to take place prior to anyone other than the Captain becoming aware of the Skrull infiltration, hence its placement here.
  2. Each of the five short stories in Who Do You Trust? is listed separately in this reading order.
  3. Although the New Warriors volume is bannered as a crossover, only this issue is actually part of Secret Invasion.
  4. All titles listed after Secret Invasion #8 are stories which occur during that issue.
  5. All titles listed in the Aftermath section on the reading order are stories which flow directly out of Secret Invasion but occur after the end of issue #8.

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.

The Centre Cannot Hold presents:

The first section of the new and revised Trade Paperback Timelines listings.

If you remember my announcement from just under a month ago, I promised a raft of new features for the timelines.

This is the first installment of those. There’s now a Frequently Asked Questions section, and a new Non-Comic Timeline covering the life of Elric of Melniboné, but those are lesser things.

The real changes are taking place in the Marvel Timelines section, especially the Earth-616 timeline (i.e. the main Marvel Universe). What used to be page 1 of that timeline has now been split up into 6 separate sections to make it easier to zero in on the bit you’re actually interested in – and every last page of the six has new books added to it. There’s about three times as many books listed in these six pages as there was in the one older page, with a few surprises (I hope) thrown in too. (They also, not coincidentally, leave plenty of room for expansion as new releases take place.)

The six new pages are, in chronological order:

I hope you’ll enjoy them – it’s been a labour of love putting this together, and there’s so much more yet to come. Although I think I’ve earned a little break before I five into the next secton.

An announcement for fans of my Marvel Timelines

I’m very gratified by the popularity of this feature – it’s far and away the most popular thing on this whole site – and I’m always trying to come up with ways to improve it. In fact, for the last little while, I’ve been working on a massive revision and expansion of it. The new version of the timeline will have the following features:

  • More detail in each entry – information about what issues are reprinted in it for every volume, and more details if they’re warranted.
  • More and smaller pages, for quicker load times.
  • Titles explaining what period the page covers, rather than just the numerical titles.
  • A few more subsidiary timelines spinning out of the main Marvel timeline.
  • More subheadings on pages to make it easier to locate major events.
  • A more detailed listing of what’s on each page, again in order to make it easier to locate major events.
  • A Frequently Asked Questions section to cover some of the more general information about my assumptions and rules of thumb for the Timelines that doesn’t belong on those pages themselves.
  • …and more besides.

So I hope you’ll bear with me, ‘cos it will take a little while longer yet, before I have everything sorted out to my satisfaction, but I promise, it will be worth it when I’m done.

I’m working from start to finish on the timeline, so you’ll probably still see the occasional addition to the later pages in the chronology for a little while, but as I complete each page, I’ll be adding updates only to the newer pages until I’m ready to bring in all the revised versions at once.

The Marvel Movieverse and the Asimoviverse

A more disparate pairing could hardly be imagined, and yet, they’re not so far apart. The key point of connection between the two is the importance of Artificial Intelligence in both settings.

Asimov’s Robots are, of course, iconic. And Tony Stark’s house/computer/suit/etc Jarvis (Just Another Really Very Intelligent System) is named in a way that only serves to emphasises how taken for granted this artificial intelligence is by Stark and his employees.
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Mutant Growth Hormone

Originally a powerful, non-addictive mutagen devised by X-Man Hank McCoy (a.k.a. The Beast), Mutant Growth Hormone has since been debased into a less potent but more addictive form, and shown up on the streets of New York City, usually abbreviated to MGH.

MGH is created from the DNA of a mutant (or mutate), and grants the user with limited superpowers for a brief period. Although most sellers of the drug claim that the powers granted are related to the person who the MGH was harvested from, this is in fact untrue, and the powers granted arise from the activation of latent mutant genes in the user.

Known DNA sources for MGH include Hank McCoy (who made the original formulation from his own DNA and took it himself, which may account for both the potency and permanency of the effects), Leland Owlsley (the criminal known as The Owl) and Mattie Franklin (the third Spider-Woman). No verified sample has ever been created from the DNA of Peter Parker (Spider-Man) although dealers frequently claim him as a source of the drug.

Related drugs: Kick.