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.

Where the Skrulls went wrong

I read – and, I confess, immensely enjoyed – Secret Invasion a few months back. So if you haven’t read it, or you’re just not a serious comics geek like I am, I advise you not to read the rest of this post.

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