A comprehensive guide to line-wide Marvel Events – including story overviews, characters, issue lists, and how they can be read via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperbacks. Part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated February 2017 with titles scheduled for release through October 2017.
Secret Wars. Inferno. Age of Apocalypse. Civil War. Secret Invasion. Avengers vs. X-Men. When it comes to epic-sized comic book events, Marvel Comics is the all-time champion.
These line-wide Marvel Events are overarching stories that can involve dozens of Marvel heroes – if not all of them, all at once! Events occur as either or both of direct crossovers between ongoing titles and special limited-series.
That can make them hard to keep track of, especially at the current rate of one or more events each year. It’s also hard to track down every issue or graphic novel. It’s easy to miss issues or buy the same comic in overlapping collections.
That’s why I created this page – it includes summaries, issue lists, and collection info for every major Marvel event, ever.
Click the links below to leap down the page to the corresponding section. I have omitted most line-specific crossovers with only one or two cross-line spinoffs, such as X-Men’s Mutant Massacre and Fall of the Hulks.
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- 1982: Contest of Champions
- 1984-85: Secret Wars
- 1985-86: Secret Wars II
- 1988: Evolutionary War
- 1988-89: Inferno
- 1989: Atlantis Attacks
- 1989-90: Acts of Vengeance
- 1990: Annual Crossovers
- 1991: Annual Crossovers
- 1991: The Infinity Gauntlet
- 1992: Operation Galactic Storm
- 1992: Annual Crossovers
- 1992: Infinity War
- 1993: Infinity Crusade
- 1995: Age of Apocalypse
- 1996-97: Onslaught
- 1997: Heroes Reborn
- 1999: Contest of Champions II
- 2000: Maximum Security
- 2002: Infinity Abyss
- 2004: Avengers Disassembled
- 2004-05: Secret War
- 2005-07: House of M & Decimation
- 2006-07: Annihilation
- 2006-07: Civil War
- 2006-07: Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, & Aftersmash
- 2007-08: Annihilation: Conquest
- 2008: Secret Invasion
- 2009: Dark Reign
- 2009: War of Kings & Realm of Kings
- 2009-10: Siege
- 2010: The Heroic Age
- 2010-11: Shadowland
- 2010-11: Chaos War
- 2010-12: Children’s Crusade
- 2011: Fear Itself, Shattered Heroes, & Battle Scars
- 2011: Spider-Island
- 2012: Avengers vs. X-Men
- 2013: Age of Ultron
- 2013-14: Infinity & Inhumanity
- 2014: Original Sin
- 2014: Axis
- 2014-15: Spider-Verse
- 2015: Secret Wars
- 2015: Civil War II
- 2016-17: Death of X / Inhumans vs. X-Men
- 2017: Monsters Unleashed
- 2017: Secret Empire (and 2016’s Standoff)
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1982: Contest of Champions
Marvel’s first limited series, which pitted Earth’s greatest heroes against each other as pawns in a game with cosmic stakes. The event would be lightly retconned in a pair of later Avengers annuals.
Characters: Though this was primarily an Avengers story, it prominently featured the X-Men and Fantastic Four (but not Spider-Man!) and several international heroes like Darkstar.
Contest of Champions #1-3 are collected as Avengers: The Contest in Marvel Premiere Classic Hardcover [eBay] & paperback [eBay], which also include Avengers Annual 16 and West Coast Avengers Annual 2. [Contest of Champions single issues on eBay]
1984-85: Secret Wars
Marvel revisited the idea of a cosmic being pitting heroes against each other in a high stakes game of war with this year-long, 12-issue maxi-series. Godlike entity The Beyonder whisks a cross-section of heroes and villains to a Battle World of his design to fight for supremacy.
Characters: The entire early-80s X-Men team (less Kitty Pryde, but plus Magneto!) participates in the epic, alongside 3/4 of the Fantastic Four, an abbreviated group of Avengers, Spider-Man, and Hulk – plus a selection of their super-villains, including Dr. Doom, Dr. Octopus, Kang, and most of Thor’s rogues’ gallery.
Unlike many comic events with tie-in issues in the ongoing titles of their stars, Secret Wars did not bleed into any other books during its run. Characters were whisked away and returned with little time passing in their own titles – sometimes between panels!
Secret Wars #1-12 are collected in Marvel Secret Wars Omnibus [eBay] & paperback [digital] [eBay]. The Omnibus also contains a retroactive tie-in Thor #383 and a retcon from She-Hulk (2004) #10, plus What If? #4 & 114. [Secret Wars single issues on eBay]
[Ed. Note: There are two different dust jackets for the Omnibus – the original cover of Secret Wars #1, and a modern re-illustration. The book inside is identical.]
In 2015, Secret Wars I and II were reprinted in an all-inclusive box set [eBay] of eleven standard-size hardcovers. Unfortunately, that pulled in a lot of weak and not especially relevant material along with a small amount of coveted stuff I’ll cover the Secret Wars I books here, and the Secret Wars II books below.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: to Battleworld and Back Premiere HC, collecting the issues surrounding our heroes’ departure to Battleworld: Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #251–252, Incredible Hulk (1968) #294-295, Iron Man (1968) #181-182, Thing (1983) #10, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #180-181, Captain America (1968) #292, Avengers (1963) #242-243, Thor (1966) #341 and material from Fantastic Four (1961) #265
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Premiere HC, collecting Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12
Thing: Battleworld Premiere HC, collecting Thing’s continuing adventures on Battleworld: Thing (1983) #11-22, and Fantastic Four (1963) #274 and #277
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Aftermath Premiere HC, collecting retcon stories referring to the event: Thor (1966) #383, Code Of Honor #3, She-Hulk (2004) #10, Deadpool Team-Up (1998) #1, Marvels: Eye Of The Camera #4, Quasar #8, Fantastic Four (1961) #351, Thanos #8-10, and material from Fantastic Four Annual #23-24 and #26-27.
The box also includes Secret Wars II Vol. 1-4 HCs, Secret War Premiere HC (which has nothing to do with any of this except for its name!), Beyond The Secret Wars Premiere HC, and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Behind The Scenes Premiere HC
The aftermath of the event was felt by many characters – none moreso than Spider-Man, who inherited his black symbiote suit from the ordeal. Also, the Thing left the Fantastic Four for a year in the wake of the event.
Although there were no traditional tie-in issues to Secret Wars at the time, many ongoing series did reference the sudden disappearance and reappearance of their heroes. They included:
- The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #251-252: #251 collected in Spider-Man: The Origin of Hobgoblin; also, see Spider-Man
- The Avengers (1963) #242-243: See Avengers
- Captain America (1968) #292: See Captain America
- Fantastic Four (1961) #265: See Fantastic Four
- The Incredible Hulk (1968) #294-295: See Hulk
- Iron Man (1968) #181-183: See Iron Man
- Marvel Age (1983) #12
- Marvel Team-Up (1972) #141: See Spider-Man
- The Thing (1983) #10: See Fantastic Four
- Thor (1966) #383: Collected in the Omnibus, above. This is an actual retroactive tie-in issue, occurring between Secret Wars #3 and 4. Also, see Thor.
- Uncanny X-Men (1963) #180-181: See Uncanny X-Men #94-280
1985-86: Secret Wars II
Marvel tried to strike gold a second time with a sequel to Secret Wars – this time occurring on Earth and involving into dozens of tie-in issues. In this saga, Earth’s heroes must repel a meddling and reality-warping Beyonder from their planet.
Characters: This saga really did hit the entire Marvel Universe, with nearly every ongoing title including a tie-in issue. Dr. Doom and Mephisto feature prominently.
Tie-in issues collected by the massive Omnibus (but not the paperback) include:
Alpha Flight #28; Amazing Spider-Man #268 & #273-274; Avengers#260-261 & #265-266; Captain America #308; Cloak & Dagger #4; Daredevil #223; Dazzler #40; Deadpool Team-Up #1; Defenders #152; Doctor Strange #74; Fantastic Four#282, #285, #288 & #316-319; Incredible Hulk #312; Iron Man #197; New Mutants #30 & #36-37; Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #111; Power Man & Iron First #121; Power Pack #18; Quasar #8; Thing #30; Thor #363; Uncanny X-Men #196 & #202-203; and Web of Spider-Man #6;
[Ed. Note: There are two different dust jackets for the Omnibus – the original cover of Secret Wars II #1, and a modern illustration. Both books are the same.]
In 2015, Secret Wars I and II were reprinted in an all-inclusive box set [eBay] of eleven standard-size hardcovers. This broke the massive Secret Wars II Omnibus into four books! I’ve listed them below.
Secret Wars II Vol. 1 Premiere HC, collecting Secret Wars II #1-3, New Mutants (1983) #30, Captain America (1968) #308, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #196, Iron Man (1968) #197, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #6, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #268, Fantastic Four (1961) #282 andAvengers (1963) #260.
Secret Wars II Vol. 2 Premiere HC, collecting Secret Wars II #4-6, Daredevil (1964) #223, Incredible Hulk (1968) #312, Alpha Flight (1983) #28, Dazzler #40, Avengers (1963) #261, Thing (1983) #30, Doctor Strange (1974) #74, Fantastic Four (1961) #285 and Cloak & Dagger (1985) #4
Secret Wars II Vol. 3 Premiere HC, collecting Secret Wars II #7-8, Power Pack (1984) #18, Thor (1966) #363, Power Man & Iron Fist #121, New Mutants (1983) #36-37, New Defenders #152, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #273, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #111 and Uncanny X-Men (1981) #202
Secret Wars II Vol. 4 Premiere HC, collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #274, Avengers (1963) #265-266, Uncanny X-Men (1981) #203, and Fantastic Four (1961) #288 and #316-319
The box also includes Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: to Battleworld and Back Premiere HC (above), Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Premiere HC (above), Thing: Battleworld Premiere HC (above), Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Aftermath Premiere HC (above), Secret War Premiere HC (which has nothing to do with any of this except for its name!), Beyond The Secret Wars Premiere HC, and Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Behind The Scenes Premiere HC
Additional tie-in issues include:
- The Incredible Hulk (1968) #313: Not collected; may not actually tie in
- Micronauts: The New Voyages (1984) #16: Not collected due to licensing issues
- ROM Spaceknight (1979) #72: Not collected due to licensing issues
1988: Evolutionary War
Marvel’s first all-Annuals crossover, where each of the summer double-sized annual issues was a single, largely self-contained chapter in a larger story of the High Evolutionary trying to force Earth’s denizen’s to take the next steps on their evolutionary path.
Characters: The X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man all serve significant roles in this event, which began in the pages of X-Factor and ends thanks to the Avengers.
The entire Evolutionary War story is collected in Evolutionary War Omnibus [eBay] (full contents below). Individual issues are also collected in various TPB volumes, by title. [Evolutionary War single issues on eBay]
The Omnibus includes (in order) X-Factor Annual 3, Punisher Annual 1, Silver Surfer Annual 1, New Mutants Annual 4, Fantastic Four Annual 21, Amazing Spider-Man Annual 22, Uncanny X-Men Annual 12, Web of Spider-Man Annual 4, West Coast Avengers Annual 3, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 8, and Avengers Annual 17.
The X-Men take the lead in a Marvel line-wide crossover for the first time! Inferno stemmed from character developments to Madelyne Prior in Uncanny X-Men and Illyana Rasputin in New Mutants, causing a demonic infestation of New York City.
Characters: The X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants drive the central event, but tie-ins included the titles of all New York-based characters, including The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and Spiderman.
Inferno was Marvel’s first line-wide crossover not driven by a limited series and including direct crossover between monthly issues of ongoing titles.
The main story is collected in Inferno oversized hardcover [digital] [eBay] and 1997 paperback [eBay]. Both reprint Uncanny X-Men #239-243, New Mutants #71-73, X-Factor #33-40 & 4, and, X-Terminators #1-4. [Inferno single issues on eBay: New Mutants, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, X-Terminators]
A pair of 2016 paperbacks broke the story into two parts and pulls in some tie-in issues that had been relegated to the original “Crossovers” HC.
Inferno, Volume 1 collects Power Pack (1984) #40, 42-43; X-Factor (1986) #33-36; X-Terminators #1-4; Uncanny X-Men #239-240; New Mutants (1983) #71-72.
Inferno, Volume 2 collects Uncanny X-Men (1981) #241-243, Excalibur (1988) #6-7, X-Factor (1986) #37-40, New Mutants (1983) #73, Cloak & Dagger (1988) #4, Power Pack (1984) #44
The core of UXM and X-Factor issues are also collected in Essential X-Men Vol. 9.
Additional non-X issues are collected in Inferno Crossovers hardcover [eBay], which includes a pair of Excalibur issues (the title was not tightly integrated into the X-line until the mid-90s): Power Pack (1984) #40 & #42-44, Avengers (1963) #298-300, Fantastic Four (1961) #322-324, Amazing Spider-Man (1962) #311-313, Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #146-148, Web of Spider-Man #47-48, Daredevil (1964) #262-263 & 265, Excalibur (1988) #6-7, and Cloak & Dagger (1988) #4.
A 2016 Inferno Crossovers TPB [digital] does not included that full issue range, since some of it was covered in the re-issued TPBs. Its contents are Avengers (1963) #298-300; Fantastic Four (1961) #322-324; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #311-313; Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #146-148; Web of Spider-Man (1985) #47-48; Daredevil (1964) #262-263, 265
Individual issues are also collected in various TPB volumes, by title.
1989: Atlantis Attacks
Another line-wide crossover via Annuals, this time telling the story of the Atlantean Serpent Crown and the return of the Serpent God Set. This story was strictly serialized, with each issue directly progressing from the prior.
Characters: X-Titles played a relatively large part in this evolving story, though it is ultimately driven by the Avengers and Fantastic Four. Namor features prominently.
Collected in Atlantis Attacks Omnibus [eBay] in order as Silver Surfer Annual 2, Iron Man Annual 10, Marvel Comics Presents #26, Uncanny X-Men Annual 13, Amazing Spider-Man Annual 23, Punisher Annual 2, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 9, Daredevil Annual 4, Avengers Annual 18, New Mutants #76 & Annual 5, X-Factor Annual 4, Web of Spider-Man Annual 5, Avengers West Coast #56 & Annual 4, Thor Annual 14, and Fantastic Four Annual 22. [Atlantis Attacks single issues on eBay]
Individual issues are also collected in various TPB volumes, by title.
1989-1990: Acts of Vengeance
A line-wide event dispersed through individual runs in many different ongoing series, where Loki convinced villains to cross over to fight atypical foes.
Characters: The event mostly focused on The Avengers, with tie-ins from Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. X-titles participated in this crossover, but were not central to the main theme – though, the Uncanny X-Men issues of Psylocke’s transformation are considered modern-day essentials.
Main story collected in Acts of Vengeance Omnibus [eBay], including Avengers #311-313 and Annual 19, Avengers Spotlight (1989) #26-29, Avengers West Coast (1989) #53-55, Captain America (1968) #365-367, Iron Man (1968) #251-252, and Thor (1966) #411-413.
Additional issues collected in Acts of Vengeance Crossovers Omnibus [eBay], including Fantastic Four #334-336; Wolverine (1988) #19-20; Dr. Strange (1988) #11-13; Incredible Hulk #363; Punisher #28-29; Punisher War Journal #12-13; Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8-10; Daredevil #275-276; Power Pack #53; Alpha Flight (1983) #79-80; New Mutants #84-86; Uncanny X-Men #256-258; X-Factor #49-50; Web of Spider-Man #64-65; and the Damage Control mini-series.
Individual issues are also collected in various TPB volumes, by title.
1990: Annual Crossovers
After two years of line-wide annual crossovers, 1990 marked the beginning of a new summer crossover strategy for Marvel. They grouped their titles into fan-friendly lines of three-to-five titles and ran a series of smaller crossovers. This first foray yielded the classic “Days of Future Present” story that further solidified the link between the future fate of the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
Though the crossovers themselves were not a line-wide event, the crossover theme and graphic design of the event was applied uniformly across all annuals – which is why they are listed in this guide.
Days of Future Present: Fantastic Four Annual 23, 2, New Mutants Annual 6, X-Factor Annual 5, and Uncanny X-Men Annual 14. See Uncanny X-Men for collection information.
Spidey’s Totally Tiny Adventure: Amazing Spider-Man Annual 24, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 10, and Web of Spider-Man Annual 6. See Spider-Man for collection information.
The Terminus Factor: Captain America Annual 9, Iron Man Annual 11, Thor Annual 15, West Coast Avengers Annual 5, and Avengers Annual 19. See Avengers for collection information.
1991: Annual Crossovers
In a second year of a smaller-scale of annual summer crossovers, Marvel slightly shuffled their titles for a different line-up of heroes in each story compared to the prior year. None of this year’s events were particularly notable, though Kings of Pain featured the debut adventure of X-Force, and The Vibranium Vendetta starred Black Panther and Ultron with an appearance from Venom!
Though the crossovers themselves were not a line-wide event, the crossover theme and graphic design of the event was applied uniformly across all annuals – which is why they are listed in this guide.
Kings of Pain: New Mutants Annual 7, New Warriors Annual 1, Uncanny X-Men Annual 15, and X-Factor Annual 6. See New Mutants for collection information.
The Korvac Quest: Fantastic Four Annual 24, Thor Annual 16, Silver Surfer Annual 4, and Guardians of the Galaxy Annual 1. Not collected.
Subterranean Wars: Avengers Annual 20, Incredible Hulk Annual 17, Namor The Sub-Mariner Annual 1, Iron Man Annual 12, and West Coast Avengers Annual 6. Not collected except for the Hulk annual in Hulk Visionaries: Peter David, Vol. 7.
The Vibranium Vendetta: Amazing Spider-Man Annual 25, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 11, and Web of Spider-Man Annual 7. See Spider-Man for collection information.
The Von Strucker Gambit: Daredevil Annual 7, The Punisher Annual 4, and Captain America Annual 10. Not collected except the Punisher annual in Essential Punisher, Vol. 4.
1991: The Infinity Gauntlet
The first line-wide crossover focused on Marvel’s cosmic heroes, The Infinity Gauntlet saw villain Thanos wielding the Infinity Gems to master the universe in his continuing efforts to court Death.
This crossover used the modern model of a primary limited series (written by Jim Starlin) with a number of tie-in titles.
Characters: Though Infinity Gauntlet includes nearly every Marvel hero, it mostly focuses on Thanos and Adam Warlock. Silver Surfer plays a prominent role.
Marvel released an Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus oversize hardcover in 2014 containing the main #1-6 of Infinity Gauntlet, plus Silver Surfer #34-38, 40, 44-60; Thanos Quest #1-2; Cloak & Dagger (1988) #18; Spider-Man (1990) #17; Incredible Hulk #383-385; Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme #31-36; Quasar #26-27; and Sleepwalker #7.
Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath paperback collects Silver Surfer (1987) #60-66 and material from Annual 5, Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #36, and Warlock & the Infinity Watch #1-6.
Additional lead-in stories included:
- Silver Surfer #44-50 – Included in Omnibus, above
- Quasar #24 – Not collected
- Cloak and Dagger #18 – Included in Omnibus, above
Official tie-in issues included the following (noted if they do not appear in the Omnibus, above):
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #31-36
- The Incredible Hulk (1968) #384-385: Also collected in Incredible Hulk Visionaries: Peter David – TPB vol. 07
- Quasar (1989) #26
- Silver Surfer (1987) #51-59
- Sleepwalker (1991) #7
- Spider-Man (1990) #17
Additional related issues included:
- What If…? (1989) #34, 49, 104
1992: Operation Galactic Storm
This crossover between the Avengers, Avengers solo titles, and Quasar never quite reached linewide proportions, but at the time it was one of Marvel’s most far-reaching direct crossover between monthly titles.
Avengers Epic Collection: Operation Galactic Storm (Epic Vol. 22)
Collects the entire space crossover epic from Avengers (1963) #345-347, Avengers West Coast #80-82, Quasar #32-36, Wonder Man (1991) #7-9, Iron Man (1968) #278-279, Thor (1966) #445-446, and material from Captain America (1968) #398-400
Previously collected in a pair of paperbacks…
Avengers: Galactic Storm, Vol. 1 (ISBN 0785120440)
Collects the first half of the crossover from Avengers #345-346, Avengers West Coast (1989) #80-81, Captain America (1968) #398-399, Iron Man (1968) #278, Quasar (1989) #32-33, Thor (1966) #445, and Wonder Man (1991) #7-8.
Avengers: Galactic Storm, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785120459)
Collects the second half of the crossover from Avengers #347, Avengers West Coast (1989) #82, Captain America (1968) #400-401, Iron Man (1968) #279, Quasar (1989) #34-36, Thor (1966) #446, Wonder Man (1991) #9, and What If…? (1989) #55-56.
1992: Annual Crossovers
Marvel’s final year of summer annual crossovers expanded to six storylines with the addition of new titles Darkhawk, X-Force, and X-Men Vol. 2. Citizen Kang has since been referenced, and Shattershot includes the final X-Men work from Jim Lee.
Though the crossovers themselves were not a line-wide event, the crossover theme and graphic design of the event was applied uniformly across all annuals – which is why they are listed in this guide.
Assault on Armor City: Darkhawk Annual 1, West Coast Avengers Annual 7, and Iron Man Annual 13. Not collected.
Citizen Kang: Captain America Annual 11, Thor Annual 17, Fantastic Four Annual 25, and Avengers Annual 21. Collected as Avengers: Citizen Kang.
The Hero Killers: Amazing Spider-Man Annual 26, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 12, Web of Spider-Man Annual 8, and New Warriors Annual 2. See Spider-Man for collection information.
The Return of the Defenders: Incredible Hulk Annual 18, Namor The Sub-Mariner Annual 2, Silver Surfer Annual 5, and Dr. Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual 2. See The Defenders for collection information.
Shattershot: X-Men Vol. 2 Annual 1, Uncanny X-Men Annual 16, X-Factor Annual 7, and X-Force Annual 1. See X-Men, Vol. 2 for collection information.
The System Bytes: The Punisher Annual 5, Daredevil Annual 8, Wonder Man Annual 1 (Thanks, Stephen!) and Guardians of the Galaxy Annual 2. Not collected except for the Punisher annual in Essential Punisher, Vol. 4.
1992: Infinity War
This second Jim Starlin cosmic limited series explored the ramifications of the Infinity Gauntlet’s conclusion, once again pitting Marvel’s heroes against a universal threat. This is represented in part by a pack of evil doppelgangers of heroes. As with Gauntlet, a number of ongoing titles had tie-in issues.
Characters: This focuses on Adam Warlock and Thanos, but Quasar and the Fantastic Four also make significant appearances. There are also many familiar doppelgangers! The X-Men are not prominently involved in this event.
Infinity War #1-6 are collected in paperback, which also includes Warlock and the Infinity Watch #7-10 (and, possibly a brief story from Marvel Comics Presents #108-111).
Infinity War Aftermath paperback contents are to-be-announced, but at minimum should contain Infinity Watch #11-17.
Additional tie-in issues included:
- Alpha Flight (1983) #110-112
- Captain America (1968) #408: Only the non-Infinity A-story of this issue is collect Captain America: Man and Wolf
- Daredevil (1964) #310
- Deathlok (1991) #16
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #42-47
- Fantastic Four (1961) #366-370: See Fantastic Four
- Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #27-29
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989) #41-44
- The New Warriors (1990) #27
- Nomad (1992) #7
- Quasar (1989) #38-40
- Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992) #4-5
- Silver Surfer (1987) #67-69
- Sleepwalker (1991) #18
- Spider-Man (1990) #24
- Wonder Man (1991) #13-14
1993: Infinity Crusade
A third installment in Marvel’s Jim Starlin cosmic saga, this limited series follows a second thread of ramifications from the original Infinity Gauntlet. The result pits heroes against heroes as the “good” portion of Adam Warlock – The Goddess – wages war to control the universe.
The main story of this crossover alternated between the titular limited series, Warlock and the Infinity Watch, and Warlock Chronicles.
Characters: This focuses on Adam Warlock, with significant appearances by Thanos, Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Vision, Silver Surfer, and Professor X .
Collected in two volumes:
- Infinity Crusade, Vol. 1: Collects Infinity Crusade #1-3, Warlock Chronicles #1-3, and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #18-19.
- Infinity Crusade, Vol. 2: Collects Infinity Crusade #4-6, Warlock Chronicles #4-5, and Warlock and the Infinity Watch #20-22.
- Alpha Flight (1983) #122-124
- Avengers West Coast (1989) #96-97: See Avengers West Coast
- Cage (1992) #17
- Darkhawk (1991) #30-31
- Deathlok (1991) #28-29
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #54-56
- Iron Man (1968) #295: See Iron Man
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989) #57
- Marvel Age (1983) #124
- Silver Sable and the Wild Pack (1992) #16-17
- Silver Surfer (1987) #83-85
- Thor (1966) #463-467: See Thor.
- Web of Spider-Man (1985) #104-106
1995: Age of Apocalypse
When Charles Xavier’s son Legion travels back in time with the intention of killing Magneto, his actions cause an alternate timeline to form. Without Xavier’s leadership and peaceful philosophy to stop him, Apocalypse usurps control of the entire mutant race and enslaves the entire world.
This innovative crossover was not truly line-wide, but it interrupted the monthly run of all X-titles to replace them with four months of tightly-coordinated alternate-reality versions of themselves. While non-X characters appeared throughout the tale, the crossover did not have any effects or tie-ins with non-X titles.
Characters: Every X-Men active as of 1995 is represented in the initial run of the story save for Psylocke. Wolverine, Jean Grey. Magneto, and Sabretooth all appear very prominently. Appearances of non-X characters are largely limited to a pair of X-Universe tie-ins.
The complete “present day” portion of this story is collected in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus (reprinted in 2016), which contains lead-ins Uncanny X-Men (1963) #320-321, X-Men (1991) #40-41, and Cable (1993) #20, and then the main thrust of the story in X-Men Alpha, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men (1995) #1-4, Factor X #1-4, Gambit & The Externals #1-4, Generation Next #1-4, Weapon X (1995) #1-4, X-Calibre #1-4, X-Man #1-4, X-Men Omega, Age Of Apocalypse : The Chosen and X-Men Ashcan #2.
The history (and future) of the timeline – as well as some ancillary present-day stories – are collected in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus Companion – X-Men Chronicles #1-2, Tales from the Age of Apocalypse #1-2, X-Man #-1 & 53-54, Blink #1-4, X-Universe #1-2, Exiles (2001) #60-61, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse (2005) one-shot & #1-6, What If? (1989) #77 & 81, What If? X-Men Age of Apocalypse; and portions of Hulk: Broken Worlds #2, X-Men Prime, X-Man Annual 96, X-Men: Endangered Species, Exiles: Days of Then & Now, and the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Age of Apocalypse 2005.
The timeline’s history and present day were previously collected in a single integrated order in Age of Apocalypse Epic Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4, which are entirely covered by both Omnibus volumes. These volumes started in Volume 1 from the oldest chronological stories in X-Men Chronicles, included retcon stories like X-Man and Blink, and ended with X-Men: Omega & Prime. However, they have none of the real world X-Men run-up stories, which are in the Omnibus.
AOA was reprinted in trades again starting in 2015, but with different contents than the last set of trades! The middle three editions cover the Omnibus (including the real world lead-in stories) plus X-Universe, but the Companion (minus X-Universe) is split between a “Dawn” volume adding the prequel stories and the “Twilight” adding the follow-ups.
- Vol. 0: Dawn: X-Men Chronicles 1-2, Tales From The Age Of Apocalypse #1-2, X-Man #-1, Blink #1-4; and material from X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse One-shot and X-Man Annual ’96
- Vol. 1: Alpha: Uncanny X-Men (1981) #320-321, X-Men (1991) #40-41, Cable (1993) #20, X-Men Alpha, Generation Next #1, Astonishing X-Men (1995) #1, Gambit and the X-Ternals #1, Weapon X (1995) #1, Factor X #1, X-Man #1, X-Calibre #1, Amazing X-Men (1995) #1, and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Ashcan Edition
- Vol. 2: Reign: Astonishing X-Men (1995) #2-3, Amazing X-Men (1995) #2-3, Gambit and The X-Ternals #2, Generation Next #2, Weapon X (1995) #2, X-Calibre #2-3, Factor X #2-3, X-Man# 2-3, X-Universe #1, and material from X-Men: Year Of The Mutants Collectors’ Preview
- Vol. 3: Omega: Weapon X (1995) #3-4, Generation Next #3-4, Gambit and The X-Ternals #3-4, Astonishing X-Men (1995) #4, X-Man #4, X-Calibre #4, Factor X #4, Amazing X-Men (1995) #4, X-Universe #2, X-men Omega, and Age Of Apocalypse: The Chosen
- Vol. 4 Twilight: Includes issues that were retconned onto AOA. X-Man #53-54; X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse #1-6; Exiles (2001) #60-61; What If? (1989) #77 & 81; What If? X-Men Age Of Apocalypse #1; and material From X-Men: Age Of Apocalypse One-Shot, Hulk: Broken Worlds #2, X-Men Prime, X-Men: Endangered Species, and Exiles: Days Of Then and Now #1
The 2005 revisitation of the series was previously collected as X-Men: The New Age of Apocalypse.
Capitalizing on five years of accumulated hints across the X-Men titles, this long-simmering plot exploded to threaten the entire Marvel Universe and resulted in the cancellation of the entire Avengers and Fantastic Four lines of titles, all of which would see relaunch in their own separate continuity.
Onslaught consisted of two framing issues bearing the Onslaught title, a direct crossover in a core of X-Men books and Fantastic Four, and outlying tie-in issues in the X-Men, Avengers, and Spider-Man lines.
Characters: Though this event began in the X-Men line, it is a true line-wide event that touched nearly every ongoing title (although, Spider-Man is involved only glancingly). The Fantastic Four play a significant role, and the Avengers figure heavily into the climax.
There have been three different printed sequences of Onslaught collections, presented below with their associated issue ranges.
First, there is a single volume X-Men/Avengers Onslaught Omnibus with the following contents:
Cable (1993) #32-36; Uncanny X-Men (1963) #333-337; X-Force (1991) #55 & 57-58; X-Man #15-19; X-Men (1991) #53-57 & Annual ’96; X-Men Unlimited (1993) #11; Onslaught: X-Men, Marvel Universe, Epilogue; Avengers (1963) #401-402; Fantastic Four (1961) #415; Incredible Hulk (1968) #444-445; Wolverine (1988) #104-105; X-Factor (1986) #125-126; Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #415; Green Goblin #12; Spider-Man (1990) #72; Iron Man (1968) #332; Punisher (1995) #11; Thor (1966) #502; X-Men: Road to Onslaught 1; and material from Excalibur (1988) #100, Fantastic Four (1961) #416.
Note that the omnibus does not collect X-Men #50 from the “Prelude to” Epic TPB, below – that issue was recollected in a series of “Road to Onslaught” paperbacks rather than be repeated in the omnibus. However, it adds X-Force #55, which was not collected in paperback.
The “Complete Epic” is a five-book paperback collection of Onslaught material. I checked these ranges with the actual books open in front of me – many other sites have them listed incorrectly.
- X-Men: Prelude to Onslaught (ISBN 0785144633)
Collects (in this order) X-Men #50, Cable #32, Uncanny X-Men #333, X-Man #15-17, and Cable #33. Also, interspersed with those entire issues are related portions of UXM #287, XMv2 #25, X-Man #10, UXM #322, Wolverine #93, XMv2 #46, XMv2 #49, X-Force #52, X-Men Unlimited #10, UXM #331, Wolverine #100, Generation X #15, Cable #31, X-Men Unlimited #11, and Excalibur #99.
- X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 1 (ISBN 0785128239)
Collects X-Men #53-54, Uncanny X-Men #334-335, Avengers #401, Onslaught: X-Men, X-Man #18, X-Force #57, Cable #34, Incredible Hulk #444, and additional excerpts listed below. The correct reading order is: XMv2 #53, UXM #334, XMv2 #54, (one page of FF #414), (one page of Avengers #400), X-Men: Onslaught, UXM #335, Avengers #401, FF #415, Cable #34, and Hulk #444.
- X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 2 (ISBN 0785128247)
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #415, Fantastic Four #415, Green Goblin #12, Punisher #11, Spider-Man #72, X-Factor #125-126, X-Force #57, X-Man #18, and Wolverine #104. The correct reading order is: (several pages of Excalibur #100), Wolverine #104, X-Factor #125-126, (final page of Sensational Spider-Man #9), Amazing Spider-Man #415, Green Goblin #12, Spider-Man #72, X-Man #18, X-Force #57, and Punisher #11.
- X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 3 (ISBN 0785128255)
Collects Avengers #402, Cable #35, Incredible Hulk #445, Invincible Iron Man #332, Thor #502, Uncanny X-Men #336, Wolverine #105, X-Force #58, X-Man #19, and X-Men #55. The correct reading order is: XMv2 #55, UXM #336, Cable #35, X-Force #58, X-Man #19, Hulk #445, Iron Man #332, Avengers #402, Thor #502, and Wolverine #105.
- X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic, Book 4 (ISBN 0785128263)
Collects Cable #36, Fantastic Four #416, Onslaught: Marvel Universe, Onslaught: Epilogue, Uncanny X-Men #337, X-Men #56-57, and X-Men: Road to Onslaught. The correct reading order is: FF #416, XMv2 #56, Onslaught: Marvel Universe, Cable #36, UXM #337, XMv2 #57, Onslaught: Epilogue, (one spread from Iron Man #6), and X-Men: Road to Onslaught (which itself is a collection of a myriad of reprinted pages, sometimes four-up on a single page!)
This more sprawling version is no longer in print. I do not own these volumes, so I cannot verify their contents or order.
- Onslaught Volume 1: The Awakening (ISBN 0785102809)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #322 & 334, X-Men #53-54, Wolverine #104, and Onslaught: X-Men.
- Onslaught Volume 2: To The Victor… (ISBN 0785102817)
Collects X-Man #18-19 and X-Force #57-58.
- Onslaught Volume 3: Comrades in Arms (ISBN 0785102825)
Collects Uncanny X-Men #335, Avengers #401, Fantastic Four #415, and X-Men #55.
- Onslaught Volume 4: Eye of the Storm(ISBN 0785102833)
Collects Cable #34-35 and Incredible Hulk vol. 1 #444-445.
- Onslaught Volume 5: The Front Line
Collects X-Factor #125, Amazing Spider-man #415, Green Goblin #12, Punisher #11, and Spider-man #72.
- Onslaught Volume 6: Pyrrhic Victory (ISBN 078510285X)
Collects Avengers #402, X-Men #56, Uncanny X-Men #336, and Onslaught: Marvel Universe.
All of the Onslaught collections omit a handful tie-in issues, including Generation X #18-19, Thor #502, and X-Men Unlimited #12.
1997: Heroes Reborn
As a result of Onslaught, the Avengers and Fantastic Four lines splintered into their own pocket universe for a year before returning to the main Marvel 616-timeline and a series of newly relaunched titles, with high-profile creators like Jim Lee and Rob Liefield.
Characters: Fantastic Four and The Avengers, which for this purpose included Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Wonder Man, Black Knight, Swordsman, Hellcat, Vision, Hank Pym, and The Wasp. Dr. Doom and Enchantress are major foes. Hulk’s appearances leave some room for question, since he was also appearing in the main Marvel Universe at the time!
- Heroes Reborn: Avengers TPB – collects Avengers vol. 2 #1-12 (ISBN 0-7851-2337-7)
- Heroes Reborn: Captain America TPB – collects Captain America vol. 2 #1-12 (ISBN 0-7851-2339-3)
- Fantastic Four: Heroes Reborn TPB – collects Fantastic Four vol. 2 #1-6 (ISBN 0-7851-0744-4)
- Heroes Reborn: Fantastic Four TPB – collects Fantastic Four vol. 2 #1-12 (ISBN 0-7851-2336-9)
- Heroes Reborn: Iron Man TPB – collects Iron Man vol. 2 #1-12 (ISBN 0-7851-2338-5)
- Heroes Reborn: The Return TPB – collects Heroes Reborn: the Return #1-4; Heroes Reborn: Doomsday, Ashema, Masters of Evil, Rebel, Remnants, Young Allies, and Doom (ISBN 0785137483)
Note: The four Heroes Reborn series crossed over at issue #13 for a story titled “World War III” that has not been collected because it featured Wildstorm studios characters.
1999: Contest of Champions II
This mini-series followed up on the original Marvel event by offering one-on-one battles with fan-voted outcomes.
Contest of Champions II #1-6 are collected in trade paperback.
2000: Maximum Security
A council of representatives from most of the sentient worlds in our universe decide that Earth’s heroes have meddled in galactic events beyond their reach one too many times (in this particular instance, Professor X is to blame).
Sounds reasonable, right? Except, as punishment (and protection of their planets), they render Earth’s solar system as an intergalactic prison for the worst offenders in the galaxy!
The main plot of the crossover is driven by a one-shot and subsequent three-issue mini-series, but the action spills into all of the Avengers and X-Men ongoing titles.
Characters: The Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfer, Gambit, Bishop.
The prelude Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1 and the main series of Maximum Security #1-3 are collected in Avengers/X-Men Maximum Security, along with Captain America (1998) #36, Thor (1998) #30, Uncanny X-Men #387, Bishop: the Last X-Man #15, Iron Man (1998) #35, Avengers (1998) #35, Gambit (1999) #23, X-Men (1991) #107, and X-Men Unlimited (1993) #29.
This event is set up by the events of the Avengers Infinity mini-series.
However, that volume omits eight issues that were a part of the storyline:
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #24
- Black Panther vol. 3, #25 – Reprinted in Marvel Super Hero Team-Up TPB
- Captain Marvel vol. 3, #12
- The Incredible Hulk vol. 3, #21 – Reprinted in Incredible Hulk: Past Perfect TPB
- Marvel Knights vol. 1, #6
- Maximum Security: Thor vs. Ego #1 – Reprints Thor #133 and 160-161
- Peter Parker: Spider-Man #24
- Thunderbolts vol. 1, #45
2002: Infinity Abyss
This continues the Jim Starlin penned saga of the anti-hero Thanos, yet it is a mere mini-series – not a true line-wide event. I have included it here simply to complete the “Infinity” cycle of Starlin mini-series.
Hybrid clones of Thanos and five powerful heroes – Professor X, Doctor Strange, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Galactus – are set loose and intent on ending the universe as we know it!
Characters: Thanos, Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, and Pip the Troll.
Thanos next appears in his own 2003 series, collected as Thanos: Redemption.
The Avengers, having just merged back into the original numbering of their first volume of release, are briskly deconstructed at the hands of writer Brian M. Bendis and the fractured psyche of The Scarlet Witch.
This indirect crossover was centered in The Avengers, though its effects were felt throughout the entire Avengers line of titles. Though the Disassembled tag also affects Spider-Man and Fantastic Four, their crises do not directly tie into the main Avengers storyline in the main book and the titles of its three biggest heroes.
Though this saga does not touch the X-Men, it can viewed as an extended prologue to the upcoming House of M crossover.
Characters: Very nearly every Avenger ever! Prominently featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Dr. Strange, She-Hulk, and Hawkeye.
Avengers #500-503 and Avengers: Finale are collected in hardcover and paperback. Accompanying stories are collected in Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, Thor, & Captain America hardcover
The latter was previously available as three separate TPBs:
- Avengers Disassembled: Captain America Disassembled
- Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man
- Avengers Disassembled: Thor
Additionally, there are a pair of contemporaneous volumes that are fringe tie-ins to the main story:
- Fantastic Four, Vol. 5: Disassembled (recently recollected into Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection, Book 4.)
- Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 4: Disassembled
2004-05: Secret War
This Brian M. Bendis-penned Avengers-centric mini pits heroes against super-villains who have received a massive technology upgrade from a mysterious benefactor. Due to many delays in publication, this five-issue limited series stretched across two years.
Characters: Nick Fury leads a team of Spider-Man, Captain America,Wolverine, Daredevil, and Luke Cage. Joss Whedon’s cast of Astonishing X-Men appear in issue #5. Fantastic Four also makes a limited appearance.
In 2015, Secret Wars I and II were reprinted in an all-inclusive box set of eleven standard-size hardcovers that inexplicably included a volume covering this unrelated Secret War. That volume collects New Avengers: Illuminati (2007) #3, Secret War #1-5, Pulse #6-9, and Secret War: From the Files of Nick Fury
2005-2006: House of M & Decimation
Marvel replicates the execution of Age of Apocalypse across nearly its entire line of titles by plunging the entire Marvel Universe into an alternate reality at the hands of the Scarlet Witch. The main story takes place in an eight-issue limited series, with the alternate lives of various heroes playing out in their own titles (if their creators chose to play along – participation was optional).
Both the X-Men and the Avengers would feel the far-ranging impact of this event. However, due to its status as an alternate reality story, none of the contents of the event itself directly impact the world aside from the final words spoken by Scarlet Witch.
Some characters do gain new motivation from a glimpse at their alternate selves – especially Wolverine and Ms. Marvel. The X-Men’s portion of the fallout is collected in a series of trades under the “Decimation” banner, and unofficially in the relaunched X-Factor.
Characters: Though this story affects the entire Marvel line, the main drives in the mini-series are The X-Men (largely Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Wolverine) & The Avengers (including Spider-Man). Magneto, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.
Both Avengers Disassembled (above) and Excalibur, Vol. 3 can be considered prologues to this event, though neither are essential reading to understand the storyline.
Additional tie-in issues were recently consolidated into a series of three oversized hardcovers, which are highly recommended for ease-of-collection.
- House of M: No More Mutants – Collects all of the ancillary mutant titles, plus Ms. Marvel – Mutopia X #1-5, New X-Men #16-19, Exiles #69-71, House of M: The Day After, and Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1.
- House of M: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men – Collects runs of those characters, as well as one-offs Black Panther #7 and Thunderbolts #11
- House of M: Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk – Collects runs of those characters, as well as one-offs Captain America #10, Pulse #10, and Cable & Deadpool #17.
- Black Panther #7 in World of M paperback
- Cable & Deadpool #1 in Deadpool & Cable Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1
- Captain America #10 in World of M paperback
- Exiles #69-71 (which is an alternate reality series to begin with) in Exiles Ultimate Collection, Book 4
- House of M: Fantastic Four paperback (w/Iron Man)
- House of M: Iron Man paperback (w/Fantastic Four)
- House of M: Spider-Man paperback
- Incredible Hulk #83-86 paperback
- Ms. Marvel (in Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1) in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: Best of the Best hardcover and paperback
- Mutopia X mini-series paperback
- New Thunderbolts #11 in New Thunderbolts, Vol. 2 paperback
- New X-Men: Academy X #16-19 paperback
- The Pulse #10 in World of M paperback
- Uncanny X-Men #462-465 paperback
- Wolverine #33-35 in World of M paperback
The subsequent Decimation mini-event is collected in:
Finally, new ongoing titles launched as a result of House of M include:
A wave of terror sweeps across the galaxy from where space meets the Negative Zone. As the destruction moves towards the home planet of the Nova Corps and the Skrull Homeworld, Marvel’s galactic heroes (and Galactus!) spring into action to try to contain it.
Annihilation’s main story was told in a primary mini-series, while four supporting mini-series with the Annihilation banner addressed different fronts of the war. As a whole, it served to reintroduce Marvel’s cosmic line of heroes.
Characters: Thanos, Drax and Cammi, Annihilus, Nova, Silver Surfer, Ronan The Accuser and The Kree, Gamora, Peter Quill (Starlord), and Moondragon.
Collected entirely in a single Annihilation Omnibus oversized hardcover, or in three volumes:
- Annihilation Volume 1 oversized hardcover and paperback collects Drax the Destroyer #1-4, Annihilation Prologue, Nova #1-4.
- Annihilation Volume 2 oversized hardcover and paperback collects Silver Surfer #1-4, Super Skrull #1-4 and Ronan #1-4.
- Annihilation Volume 3 oversized hardcover and paperback collects Annihilation #1-6, Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus #1-2 and the Annihilation: The Nova Corps Files handbook.
The long out-of-print Thanos: Samaritan TPB acts as a prologue to this event. The 2007 Nova series was a spin-off of the event, with the first hardcover and paperback bridging to the next stage of this event sequence, Annihilation: Conquest (below).
2006-07: Civil War
In 2006 Marvel took a major risk by splitting its heroes down the middle in a Civil War of epic proportions – the event touched almost 100 individual issues!
It wasn’t a risky move just because of its epic scope. Civil War splintered the Avengers flagship just two years after they had been re-assembled, and just months after a decimation of the entire X-Men line. It also meant instituting an actual ideological divide between characters (and fans) that could not be easily resolved with a handshake at the end of the event.
All the risk paid off. Civil War is a rich, multi-layered event that brought out the best in nearly every book it touched, and turned The Avengers into a diverse multi-book line to equal the X-Men. Though the main title moves relatively briskly without the associated events from tie-in titles, it’s still an incredibly compelling read – one of Marvel’s inarguable modern-day milestones.
Characters: Though this event touches nearly all of the Marvel Universe, it specifically features Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hank Pym, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Wolverine, Tigra, Punisher, The Fantastic Four, and the New Warriors. The X-Men play an extremely limited role in Civil War, as they were still dealing with the ramifications of Decimation. As a result, their tie-in book is especially tangential.
In 2016, this was reprinted in an all-inclusive box set of eleven standard-size hardcovers. The result is an exhaustive coverage of the event! While six of these books seem to align to the oversize hardcover editions, below, their contents are not the same. Here are the contents of the set:
Civil War Prologue Premiere HC, collecting New Warriors (2005) #1-6, New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, Fantastic Four (1961) #536-537, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #529-531
Civil War Premiere HC, collecting Civil War (2006) #1-7, Daily Bugle: Civil War Special Edition, material from Civil War (2006) #1 Director’s Cut
Civil War: Avengers Premiere HC, collecting New Avengers (2005) #21-25, Ms. Marvel (2006) #6-8, Captain America (2005) #22-24, Iron Man/Captain America: Casualties Of War, Iron Man (2005) #13-14, Winter Soldier: Winter Kills
Civil War: Fantastic Four Premiere HC, collecting Fantastic Four (1961) #538-542, Black Panther (2005) #18-25, material from Fantastic Four (1961) #543
Civil War: Front Line Premiere, collecting Civil War: Front Line #1-11
Civil War: Marvel Universe Premiere, collecting She-Hulk (2005) #8-9, Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1-4, Heroes For Hire (2006) 1-3, Civil War: Choosing Sides, Punisher: War Journal (2007) #1-3, Civil War: The Return, Punisher War Journal (2007) #1 B&W Edition
Civil War: Spider-Man Premiere HC, collecting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #532-538, Sensational Spider-Man (2006) #28-34, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11-16
Civil War: The Underside Premiere HC, collecting Thunderbolts (1997) #103-105, Moon Knight (2006) #7-12, Civil War: War Crimes, Ghost Rider (2006) #8-11
Civil War: X-Men Premiere HC, collecting Wolverine (2003) #42-48, X-Factor (2006) #8-9, Cable & Deadpool #30-32, Civil War: X-Men #1-4, Blade (2006) #5
Civil War Aftermath Premiere HC, collecting Captain America (2005) #25, #25 Director’s Cut; Civil War: The Confession; Civil War: The Initiative; Fallen Son: The Death Of Captain America – Wolverine, Avengers, Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man; What If: Civil War; Daily Bugle: Civil War – Fallen Son; material from What If: Fallen Son
Civil War Files Premiere HC, collecting Civil War Files, Civil War: Battle Damage Report, Civil War: Opening Shot Sketchbook, Civil War: Script Book TPB, Marvel Spotlight: Mark Millar/Steve Mcniven, Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath
Tie-in issues were consolidated (with scant exceptions) into a series of six hardcovers, which are highly recommended for ease-of-collection. (The individual issue ranges for each title are listed in the next list, below.)
- Civil War: Avengers – Captain America, Confession, Initiative, Daily Bugle, Iron Man, Iron Man / Captain America, Ms. Marvel, New Avengers, New Avengers: Illuminati, Winter Soldier
- Civil War: Fantastic Four – Black Panther, Fantastic Four, Young Avengers/Runaways, and She-Hulk
- Civil War: Front Line – Front Line #1-11
- Civil War: Spider-Man – All 3 Spider-Man arcs
- Civil War: The Underside: War Crimes, Ghost Rider, Heroes for Hire, Moon Knight, Punisher War Journal, Thunderbolts
- Civil War: X-Men: Blade, Cable & Deadpool, Damage Report, Files, X-Factor, X-Men, Wolverine
- Amazing Spider-Man #532-538 in The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 11 -Civil War
- Black Panther issues starting at the end of Black Panther, Vol. 3 – The Bride, but continuing in Black Panther, Vol. 4 – Civil War, which was reprinted in 2016.
- Blade #5 in Blade, Vol. 01 – Undead Again
- Cable & Deadpool #30-32 – Civil War: X-Men Universe. See Cable & Deadpool for other collections.
- Captain America (5th series) #22-24 – Captain America by Ed Brubaker Omnibus, Vol. 1 & Captain America, Vol. 5 – Civil War. Re-collected in 2016 as Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man.
- Civil War Files & Battle Damage Report in Civil War Companion
- Civil War: Front Line #1-12 in Civil War: Front Line Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. Reprinted as one volume in 2016.
- Civil War: The Confession – New Avengers (2005) Deluxe HC vol. 03. Re-collected in 2016 as Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man.
- Civil War: The Initiative & The Return in Civil War: Marvel Universe. Reprinted in 2016.
- Civil War: War Crimes one-shot is collected in a paperback of the same name, which largely acts as a collection of the five-issue Underworld limited series
- Civil War: X-Men #1-4. Reprinted in 2016.
- Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1-4. Reprinted in 2016.
- Daily Bugle Special Edition: Civil War in Civil War Companion (above)
- Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America in paperback and hardcover of the same name
- Fantastic Four #538-541 in Fantastic Four: Civil War. Reprinted in 2016.
- Ghost Rider #8-11 in Ghost Rider, Vol. 02 – Life & Death Of Johnny Blaze 0r Ghost Rider by Daniel Way Ultimate Collection
- Heroes for Hire #1-3 in Heroes for Hire, Vol. 1: Civil War. Reprinted in 2016 as Heroes For Hire / Thunderbolts
- Iron Man #13-14 in The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 3: Civil War. Re-collected in 2016 as Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man.
- Iron Man / Captain America: Casualties of War in Iron Man, Vol. 3 (above). Re-collected in 2016 as Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man.
- Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath in Civil War Companion (above)
- Moon Knight #8 in Moon Knight, Vol. 2: Midnight Sun hardcover and paperback
- Ms. Marvel #6-9 in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Civil War hardcover and paperback (reprinted in 2016)
- New Avengers #20-25 – See New Avengers,
- Punisher: War Journal #1-3 – Punisher War Journal, Vol. 1: Civil War hardcover and paperback, reprinted in 2016
- She-Hulk (2nd series) #8 – Civil War: Marvel Universe (above) and She-Hulk, Vol. 4: Laws of Attraction
- Thunderbolts #103-105 in Thunderbolts: Civil War. Reprinted in 2016 as Heroes For Hire / Thunderbolts
- Winter Soldier: Winter Kills – Collected with Captain America (above). Re-collected in 2016 as Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man.
- Wolverine #42-48 in Wolverine: Civil War. Reprinted in 2016.
- X-Factor #8-9 -in Civil War: X-Men Universe. See X-Factor for other collections.
As one of the consequences of Civil War, the US government charters an Avengers-like superhero team in every one of the fifty states! This epilogue storyline featured the banner “Civil War: The Initiative.”
- Avengers: The Initiative #1-3 – See Avengers: The Initiative
- Black Panther vol. 4, #26-30 in Black Panther, Vol 5: Four the Hard Way
- Captain America vol. 5, #26-30 in hardcover and paperback, as well as in the Death of Captain American omnibus.
- Civil War: Battle Damage Report (above)
- Deadpool/GLI: Summer Fun in Deadpool and Cable Ultimate Collection, Vol. 3
- Fantastic Four vol. 4, #544-550 in The New Fantastic Four hardcover and paperback
- Iron Man vol. 1, #15-18 in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD
- Irredeemable Ant-Man #7-9 in Small-Minded and Irredeemable Ant-Man
- Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath in Companion (above)
- Mighty Avengers #1-6 – See Mighty Avengers
- Moon Knight vol. 5, #11-13 in Underside HC (above) and Midnight Sun (above)
- Ms. Marvel vol. 2, #13-17 in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Operation Lightning Storm hardcover and paperback
- New Avengers #27-31 – See New Avengers
- New Warriors vol. 5, #1-6 in Vol. 1: Defiant and #7-8 (& #9-13) in Vol. 2: Thrashed
- Nova vol. 4, #2-3 in Vol. 1: Annihilation Conquest
- Omega Flight #1-5 in Omega Flight: Alpha to Omega
- Punisher War Journal #6-11 in Punisher War Journal, Vol. 2 – Goin’ Out West hardcover and paperback
- Sub-Mariner vol. 2, #1-6 in Sub Mariner: Revolution
- The Order #1-4 in The Order, Vol. 1: The Next Right Thing
- Thor vol. 3, #3 in Thor, Vol. 1 hardcover or paperback, or in Thor by JMS Omnibus
- Thunderbolts vol. 2, #110-115 in Thunderbolts: Faith in Monsters hardcover and paperback, as well as in Thunderbolts by Ellis/Deodato Ultimate Collection
Finally, the following books were unofficial tie-ins:
- Eternals #1-7, which played alongside Civil War
- Death of Captain America Omnibus is an epilogue that would drive the next several years of Captain America stories.
- Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Vol. 02 – Mystery Date
- The Sensational Spider-Man, Vol. 02 – Civil War, reprinted in 2016
- Spider-Man: One More Day in hardcover and paperback is an epilogue that resets certain elements of Spider-Man’s continuity. It is despised by fans and critics alike.
- Silent War, which was an Inhumans-centric epilogue to both Civil War and House of M. It acts as a launching point for War of Kings (below).
2006-07: Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, & Aftersmash
The Hulk takes center stage in his first ever line-wide crossover!
Over the years, Bruce Banner has been a hero, a villain, and an unaligned force of sheer destruction. That meant he sometimes ran afoul of the heroes of the Marvel Universe, and eventually an elite group of heroes including Tony Stark and Professor Xavier decided that The Hulk was too dangerous to inhabit Earth! Their exile of Hulk to the outer reaches of space initiates the Planet Hulk storyline.
Due to a twist at the end of Planet Hulk, an enraged Hulk returns to Earth set on a singular goal – to destroy the men who sent him to space, as well as all that they love! The event is followed by a brief epilogue, Aftersmash.
Though Hulk is not typically Marvel’s most marquee hero, World War Hulk is a solid storyline that manages to weave itself into several lines of heroes.
Characters: Hulk, Hulk’s Warbound team, and The Illuminati – Iron Man, Black Bolt, Professor X, Dr. Strange, and Mr. Fantastic.
First, Planet Hulk is presaged by New Avengers: Illuminati, which also acts as a prequel to Civil War – it is collected as described above. The main prequel is Planet Hulk Prelude, which collects Incredible Hulk #88-91. (Meanwhile, She-Hulk dealt with Planet Without a Hulk.)
- Heroes for Hire: World War Hulk, collecting Heroes for Hire #11-15
- Incredible Hercules: World War Hulk, collecting Incredible Hulk #106-111
- Punisher War Journal #12 in Punisher: Hunter/Hunted hardcover and paperback
- World War Hulk: Frontline #1-6, which also collects War War Hulk Prologue: Worldbreaker
- World War Hulk: Gamma Corps #1-4
- World War Hulk: Marvel Universe (occasionally, World War Hulk: X-Men), collecting Avengers: The Initiative #4-5, Irredeemable Ant-Man #10, Iron Man #19-20, Ghost Rider #12-13, World War Hulk: X-Men #1-3.
Finally, the reprecussions of the story are addressed in Aftersmash:
- Hulk: Red Hulk is the next step in Hulk’s ongoing series, available in hardcover and paperback
- Incredible Hercules: Against the World, collecting #112-115
- Skaar: Son of Hulk, Vol. 1 in hardcover and paperback
- World War Hulk: Damage Control #1-3, as well as World War Hulk: Aftersmash
- World War Hulk: Warbound #1-5
2007-08: Annihilation: Conquest
After the galaxy-wide destruction of Annihilation, another enemy takes advantage of the resulting chaos to vie for control of some of the oldest civilizations in the universe – The Phalanx!
Originally an X-Men foe in the 1990s, the Phalanx are race of hive-minded techno-organic entities that sweep across worlds, assimilating their organic species. They infiltrate the Kree empire, completely subverting it … but it’s an even older villain who is behind their evil plot!
Characters: The Phalanx, The Kree, The Badoon, Star-Lord, Ronan The Accuser, Wraith, Super-Skrull, Nova, Quasar, Moondragon, Adam Warlock, High Evolutionary, Ultron, and The Guardians of the Galaxy (including Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Mantis).
Annihilation: Conquest Omnibus collects this event in its entirety. Individual issues are listed below.
The primary story is collected in two volumes:
- Annihilation: Conquest, Vol. 1 in oversized hardcover and paperback collects Prologue, Quasar #1-4, Starlord #1-4, and Saga one-shot
- Annihilation: Conquest, Vol. 2 in oversized hardcover and paperback collects Wraith #1-4, Nova (ongoing) #4-7, and Conquest #1-6. The Nova issues are collected separately in Nova, Vol. 1
- Nova: Annihilation oversized hardcover collects Nova #1-12 and Annual 1. The second half of these issues are collected in Nova, Vol. 2.
2008: Secret Invasion
The nefarious, shape-shifting Skrulls have repeatedly infiltrated Earth’s society of super-heroes for decades, sometimes living for years as sleeper-agents playing the part of teammates and lovers. In Secret Invasion, The Skrulls pose the alarming question: have we really found all of the imposters?
The result is a world-altering, line-wide crossover that – for once – takes its cues from years of accumulated continuity stretching back to the earliest issues of Fantastic Four!
Characters: The Avengers, Reed Richards, Spider-Woman, Elektra, Hank Pym, Norman Osborn, The Hood, Hawkeye
First, Infiltration addressed the clues leading up to the full-blown invasion. The main Infiltration story is collected in Secret Invasion: The Infiltration – including Collecting Fantastic Four #2, New Avengers: Illuminati #1 and #5, New Avengers #31-32 and #38-39, Mighty Avengers #7, and Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1. Other Infiltration issues included:
- Captain Marvel (2008) #4-5 in Captain Marvel: Secret Invasion hardcover (oversized?) and paperback
- Marvel Spotlight: Secret Invasion in Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust
- Ms. Marvel (2006) #25-27 in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Secret Invasion hardcover and paperback
Then, the invasion began!
- Avengers: The Initiative #14-19 – See Avengers: The Initiative. (#16-19 later recollected in Skrulls Must Die!: The Complete Skrull Kill Krew)
- Black Panther (2005) #39-41 in Black Panther: Secret Invasion
- Captain Britain and MI13 #1-4 – See Captain Britain
- Deadpool #1-3 – See Deadpool
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #4-6 in Vol. 1: Legacy hardcover and paperback
- Incredible Hercules #117-120 in Incredible Hercules: Secret Invasion hardcover and paperback
- Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33-35 in Secret Invasion: War Machine
- The Mighty Avengers (2007) #12-20 – See Mighty Avengers
- Ms. Marvel #28-30 in Vol. 5: Secret Invasion hardcover and paperback
- New Avengers #40-47 – See New Avengers
- New Warriors #14-15 in Vol. 3: Secret Invasion
- Nova #16-18 in Vol. 3: Secret Invasion
- Punisher War Journal #24-25 in Vol. 5: Secret Invasion hardcover and paperback
- She-Hulk #31-33 in She-Hulk, Vol. 8: Secret Invasion
- Skrulls! #1 in Who Do You Trust (above)
- Thunderbolts #122-125 in Thunderbolts, Vol. 3: Secret Invasion
- X-Factor (2006) #33-34 – in She-Hulk (above); also, see X-Factor
- Secret Invasion Aftermath: Beta Ray Bill – The Green of Eden in Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter
- Secret Invasion Prologue web comic
- Secret Invasion: Dark Reign in New Avengers, Vol. 10: Power in hardcover and paperback
- Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four (2008) #1-3 (w/issues #300 & 357)
- Secret Invasion: Front Line (2008) #1-5
- Secret Invasion: Home Invasion web comic
- Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1-4
- Secret Invasion: Requiem in The Mighty Avengers, Vol. 5: Earth’s Mightiest hardcover and paperback
- Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3
- Secret Invasion: The Amazing Spider-Man #1-3 and Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1 / 35
- Secret Invasion: Thor #1-3
- Secret Invasion: War of Kings in War of Kings oversized hardcover and paperback
- Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? #1 in Who Do You Trust (above)
- Secret Invasion: X-Men #1-4
2009: Dark Reign
Dark Reign was not a direct crossover or even a limited series, which makes explaining it a little difficult. Instead, it was a sort of villainous pallor that hung over the Marvel Universe for a year – totaling over 300 issues! – as a result of the conclusion of Secret Invasion.
Without dropping any major spoilers, the final pages of Secret Invasion put a particularly despicable classic Marvel Villain in a position of power and trust in America. While he does his worst to undermine the traditional slate of Marvel heroes, his warped justice actually yields a few positive results for the American people – making this period even more confusing and twisted!
The closest this sequence comes to a central series is a pair of framing collections – Dark Reign: Accept Change and Dark Reign: The List hardcover and paperback – collecting a series of eight one-shots: Avengers, Daredevil, Hulk, Punisher, Secret Warriors, The Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine, X-Men.
Dark Reign crossed over into a number of ongoing series:
- Agents Of Atlas #1-7 – in Agents of Atlas: Dark Reign hardcover and paperback and Agents of Atlas: Turf Wars hardcover and paperback
- The Amazing Spider-Man #595-599 in Amazing Spider-Man: American Son hardcover and paperback
- Avengers: The Initiative #20-25 – see Avengers: The Initiative
- Black Panther #1-6 in Black Panther: Deadliest of the Species hardcover and paperback
- Dark Avengers #1-6 – see Dark Avengers
- Dark Wolverine #75-80 – see X-Men Ongoing Series
- Deadpool #6-12 – see Cable & Deadpool
- Free Comic Book Day 2009 Avengers – Collected in Siege (below)
- Hulk #13 – Collected in Hulk, Vol. 3: Hulk No More hardcover and paperback and Hulk Deluxe HC, Vol. 2
- Incredible Hercules (2008) #127-129 – in Incredible Hercules: Dark Reign hardcover and paperback
- Invincible Iron Man #8-19, as
- M.O.D.O.K: Reign Delay #1 (not collected)
- The Mighty Avengers #21-26 – See Mighty Avengers
- Ms. Marvel #34-46, as
- New Avengers #48-55 – See New Avengers
- New Avengers: The Reunion #1-4 (featuring Hawkeye and Mockingbird) in hardcover and paperback
- Punisher #1-5 in Punisher, Vol. 1: Dark Reign hardcover and paperback
- Savage She-Hulk #1-4
- Secret Invasion: Dark Reign in New Avengers, Vol. 10: Power in hardcover and paperback
- Secret Invasion: Requiem in The Mighty Avengers, Vol. 5: Earth’s Mightiest hardcover and paperback
- Secret Warriors #1-6 – See Secret Warriors
- Thunderbolts #128-140, as
- Uncanny X-Men Annual 02 (2009) – See Uncanny X-Men #444-544
- War Machine #1-5 – Collected in War Machine: Iron Heart in hardcover and paperback
- War Machine #10-12 – Collected in War Machine: Dark Reign (starts with #6)
- Wolverine: Origins #33-36 – See Wolverine
Dark Reign also spawned a number of mini-series:
- Dark Avengers: Ares #1-3 (also includes Ares #1-5)
- Dark Reign Files – in Accept Change (above)
- Dark Reign: Elektra #1-5
- Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5 – see Fantastic Four for where it falls in continuity
- Dark Reign: Hawkeye #1-5
- Dark Reign: Lethal Legion #1-3 in Dark Reign: The Underside
- Dark Reign: Made Men – a web series collected in Underside (above)
- Dark Reign: Mister Negative #1-3 in Underside (above)
- Dark Reign: New Nation & The Cabal – Collected variously throughout Dark Reign books
- Dark Reign: The Goblin Legacy – Collected in Seige: Prelude (below, in Siege)
- Dark Reign: The Hood #1-5
- Dark Reign: The Sinister Spider-Man #1-4
- Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1-5
- Dark Reign: Zodiac #1-3 in Underside (above)
- Dark X-Men in hardcover and paperback
- Skrull Kill Krew #1-5 (later recollected in Skrulls Must Die!: The Complete Skrull Kill Krew)
- Wolverine: Agent of Atlas – Collected with Agents of Atlas (above)
2009-10: War of Kings & Realm of Kings
Years of galactic sub-plots come to a head in this stellar run of cosmic series, which follow the fates of the Inhumans, Shi’ar, and Kree, as well as heroes including Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, and X-Men Havok, Polaris, and Rachel Summers.
War of Kings Prelude: Road to War of Kings Omnibus (ISBN 978-1-302-90446-3) collects the many threads of the full lead-in story to War of Kings – Son of M #1-6, X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1-6, Silent War #1-6, Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1-4, Guardians Of The Galaxy (2008) #1-12, Nova #13-22, Nova: The Origin Of Richard Rider, War Of Kings Saga
Inhumans / X-Men: War of Kings Omnibus collects the majority of the War of Kings storyline – Uncanny X-Men #475-486, X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #1-5, Secret Invasion: War Of Kings, X-Men: Kingbreaker #1-4, War Of Kings: Darkhawk #1-2, War Of Kings: Warriors #1-2, War Of Kings #1-6, War Of Kings: Ascension #1-4, War Of Kings: Savage World Of Sakaar, Nova #23-28, Guardians Of The Galaxy #13-19, War Of Kings: Who Will Rule?, and Marvel Spotlight: War Of Kings.
War of Kings Aftermath: Realm of Kings (ISBN 978-1-302-90447-0) collects all of the Realm of King storyline, its tie-ins, and subsequent Annihilators stories – Realm Of Kings #1, Realm Of Kings: Inhumans #1-5, Realm Of Kings: Imperial Guard #1-5, Realm Of Kings: Son of Hulk #1-4, Nova (2007) #29-36, Guardians Of The Galaxy (2008) #20-25, Thanos Imperative #1-6, Ignition, & Devastation, Annihilators #1-4, Annihilators: Earthfall #1-4, Thanos Sourcebook, and material From I Am An Avenger #3
The correct sequence to read this far-reaching story is:
- Prologue stories in:
- X-Men: Emperor Vulcan #1-5
- Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1-4
- Road to War of Kings, which contains X-Men: Kingbreaker #1-4, Secret Invasion: War of Kings, and War of Kings Saga.
- War of Kings oversized hardcover, or as War of Kings and War of Kings: Warriors paperbacks with additional supporting story in:
- Realm of Kings hardcover and paperback with additional supporting story in:
This story continues in various places – the Inhumans/Kree thread in FF, Vol. 2 in hardcover and paperback, and the rift in space/time in Thanos Imperative (hardcover/paperback), followed by Annihilators (hardcover/paperback) and Annihilators: Earthfall.
Seige is the grand finale of the epic three-year cycle of stories that began with Civil War. As a result of events in Dark Reign, the mythical city of Asgard has fallen to Earth – hovering above the American Midwest.
While Earth’s heroes attempt to assuage locals and restore the city to its mythological home, Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers and the anti-hero community sets their sights on shattering the home of the Norse Parthenon for good!
Siege sounds like a Thor-centric event, but it’s much more about his extended supporting cast – particularly Loki. It also marks the end of Osborn’s multi-year arc.
Collected in Seige hardcover and paperback along with Siege: The Cabal and a Free Comic Book Day issue, as well as oversized hardcover (which also collects the New Avengers and Dark Avengers issues, below). There was also a Siege Prelude paperback, which introduced the major themes of the event.
Tie-in issues included:
- Avengers: The Initiative (2007) #31-35 see Avengers: The Initiative
- Dark Avengers (2009) #13-16 see Dark Avengers
- Dark Wolverine (2009) #82-84 in Siege: X-Men hardcover and paperback
- The Mighty Avengers (2007) #35-36 see Mighty Avengers
- New Avengers (2005) #61-64 see New Avengers
- New Mutants (2009) #11 in Siege: X-Men (above) and with Thor (below). See also New Mutants.
- Origins of Siege (2010) #1 in the Siege HC (above), but not TPB
- Sentry: Fallen Sun (2010) #1 – Not collected
- Siege: Captain America (2010) #1 in Siege: Battlefield in hardcover or paperback
- Siege: Embedded (2010) #1-4 in hardcover or paperback
- Siege: Loki (2010) #1 in Siege: Battlefield (above) and with Thor (below)
- Siege: Secret Warriors (2010) #1 in Siege: Battlefield (above). See also Secret Warriors
- Siege: Spider-Man (2010) #1 in Siege: Battlefield (above)
- Siege: Storming Asgard – Heroes & Villains (2010) #1 in Siege: X-Men (above)
- Siege: The Cabal (2010) #1 in Siege (above)
- Siege: Young Avengers (2010) #1 in Siege: Battlefield (above)
- Thor (1966) #607-610 in Thor: Siege hardcover and paperback and Thor by Kieron Gillen Ultimate Collection
- Thunderbolts (1997) #141-143 in Thunderbolts, Vol. 6 hardcover and paperback
2010: Heroic Age
Like Dark Reign before it, Heroic Age was a decentralized event without a main story. It put the focus back on tried-and-true Marvel heroes doing what they do best – saving the world.
Since heroes being heroes is a more nebulous framing device than Dark Reign’s concept of villains taking over, not all comics bearing the Heroic Age banner have special significance.
It was primarily used as a platform to relaunch the Avengers line with Avengers, New Avengers, Avengers Prime, Secret Avengers, and Avengers Academy – plus solo books Black Widow, Hawkeye & Mockingbird, Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier.
In the X-Men line, the Heroic Age coincided with the end of the massive Second Coming crossover. X-Men Vol. 3 launched under the banner of the Heroic Age, as did the Five Lights arc in Uncanny X-Men and Collision in X-Men: Legacy.
A bloody, back-alley brawl of an event that allowed the street-level heroes of Marvel’s NYC a rare chance to shine without being shoehorned into a universe-spanning threat.
Daredevil takes control of The Hand in Hell’s Kitchen, but with his new responsibilities he adopts a violent take on crime-stopping. As his crime-fighting friends decide how to confront the suddenly deadly Daredevil, a new Man Without Fear takes to the streets of New York.
- Daredevil #508-512 in Daredevil: Shadowland hardcover and paperback (also includes Shadowland: After the Fall)
- Shadowland: Blood on the Streets in hardcover and paperback
- Shadowland: Moon Knight in hardcover and paperback
- Shadowland: Power Man in hardcover and paperback
- Thunderbolts #148-149 in Shadowland: Thunderbolts hardcover and paperback
- Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow in Shadowland: Street Heroes hardcover and paperback, which also collects the following four one-shots
- Shadowland: Bullseye
- Shadowland: Elektra
- Shadowland: Ghost Rider
- Shadowland: Spider-Man
2010-11: Chaos War
Stemming from events culminating in The Incredible Hercules: Assault on New Olympus and The Incredible Hercules: The New Prince of Power, this fight against the Chaos King and its tie-ins were outright despised by fans (except for Hercules fans, who thought it was a decent resolution to his title, if a bit of a letdown).
The negative reception is only partially due to the impenetrable story. It’s also the fault of duplication – the X-Men had just endured a similar back-from-the-dead saga with Necrosha a year before, and the entire Marvel Universe was about to battle a god of fear in Fear Itself.
Chaos War #1-4 are collected in paperback, with additional limited series issues collected in three other TPBs.
- Chaos War: Avengers (which also includes Thor and Ares)
- Chaos War: Incredible Hulks
- Chaos War: X-Men (which also includes Alpha Flight, Chaos King, and God Squad)
2010-2012: Children’s Crusade
This is way trickier than it ought to be ;)
Children’s Crusade is a nine-issue limited series that follows the Young Avengers as they try to discern if two of their members – Wiccan and Speed – are related to the Scarlet Witch. Of course, that mission is bound to be tricky, since the Scarlet Witch has been missing in action since the end of House of M!
How does this limited series classify as an event? Because it was released over the course of two years, and includes The Avengers including Spider-Man and Wolverine, a Pre-Schism X-Men including Magneto, and Dr. Doom as a villain – even though he is presently a hero in Fantastic Four!
Children’s Crusade #1-9 are collected in Avengers: Children’s Crusade oversized hardcover, along with the Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade One Shot and material from Uncanny X-Men #526.
Why have I placed it here when Marvel SVP Tom Brevoort claims that the running order of 2011 events is Fear Itself > Children’s Crusade > Spider-Island > Schism? Because that’s almost certainly not the case for X-Men and FF fans.
Children’s Crusade kicks off with a brief scene with Magneto from Uncanny X-Men #526. All of Magneto and Rogue’s appearances in X-Men Legacy starting from #245 occur after Fear Itself, since they they all happen in a quick sequence that terminates with Schism – we know this due to the involvement of Legion and Rachel Summers.
Also, due to Doom’s villainy, this absolutely must occur prior to the beginning of the FF series. If we trust Brevoort’s placement, we agree to put the first twelve issues of FF after Fear Itself. That clearly can’t be the case because of Thing and Invisible Woman’s participation in Fear Itself as members of FF, the issue of which is actually collected in Spider-Island’s companion book! Oh, and Magneto takes a brief trip with FF in X-Men, Vol. 3 #16-19 that includes Doom as a member of FF.
And that doesn’t even mention how much suffering The Avengers (and the world) endure in Fear Itself, which goes without mention in Children’s Crusade.
The much easier solution is that Children’s Crusade occurs directly prior to Fear Itself. Ta-Da! It creates very few conflicts.
2011: Fear Itself, Shattered Heroes, & Battle Scars
Another event with Thor and Asgard playing the most prominent role, though its effects reached into every corner – and nearly every title! – of the Marvel Universe.
The Serpent of Asgardian legend rises in the form of a man, and he is determined to usurp control of Asgard and plunge the Earth into a worldwide epidemic of fear. To aid him in his battle, seven corrupting hammers descend upon Earth, empowering heroes and villains alike as ultimately powerful, unstoppable forces of evil.
The main story played out in a seven plus three issue series. However, as has been the case with recent limited-series driven events, the limited contains only the main bash … story elements are spread out across the line of titles. Fans and critics generally disliked the main book, but applauded many of the tie-ins for excellent storytelling and action.
Fear Itself spawned a number of one-shots and limited series:
- Fear Itself: Black Widow #1 in Fear Itself: Secret Avengers hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: Deadpool #1-3 in Fear Itself: Deadpool / Fearsome Four hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: The Deep #1-4 in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force / The Deep hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: FF #1 in Fear Itself: Spider-Man hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1-4 Fear Itself: Deadpool / Fearsome Four hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: Fellowship of Fear #1 is uncollected (or, content was spread between multiple books). It was a combination Saga recap and Handbook of characters.
- Fear Itself: The Home Front #1-7 in hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: Hulk Vs. Dracula #1-3 in hardcover and Fear Itself: Hulk/Dracula paperback
- Fear Itself: The Monkey King #1 may be uncollected.
- Fear Itself: Sin’s Past #1 was a reprint issue collecting Captain America #355-357
- Fear Itself: Spider-Man #1-3 in Fear Itself: Spider-Man hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: Spotlight #1 in various
- Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1-3 in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force / The Deep hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1-6 in hardcover and paperback
- Fear Itself: The Worthy #1-8 was a digital series collected with Spider-Man, above.
- Fear Itself: Wolverine #1-3 in Fear Itself Wolverine/New Mutants hardcover and paperback
- Alpha Flight #1-4 by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, Vol. 1 hardcover and paperback
- Avengers Academy #15-20 in Fear Itself: Avengers Academy hardcover and paperback
- Avengers #13-17 in Avengers: Fear Itself hardcover and paperback
- Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521-523 in Fear Itself: The Black Panther hardcover and paperback
- Ghost Rider (vol. 6) #1-4 (as well as .1 and 5) in Fear Itself: Ghost Rider hardcover and paperback
- Heroes for Hire #9-11 in Fear Itself: Heroes for Hire hardcover and paperback
- Herc #3-6 in Fear Itself: Herc hardcover and Herc: The Complete Series by Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
- Hulk #37-38 in Fear Itself: Hulk hardcover and Fear Itself: Hulk/Dracula paperback
- Iron Man 2.0 #5-7 in Iron Man 2.0 – Volume 1: Palmer Addley Is Dead paperback
- The Invincible Iron Man #503-509 in hardcover and paperback
- Journey into Mystery #622-630 in Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself hardcover and paperback
- The Mighty Thor #7 in The Mighty Thor, Vol. 2 hardcover and paperback
- New Avengers #14-16 in Avengers: Fear Itself hardcover and paperback
- New Mutants #29-32 in Fear Itself Wolverine/New Mutants hardcover and paperback
- Secret Avengers #13-15 (& 12.1) in Fear Itself: Secret Avengers hardcover and paperback
- Thunderbolts #158-163 in Fear Itself: Thunderbolts hardcover and paperback
- Uncanny X-Men #540-543 in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Men hardcover and paperback (along with #544)
Finally, there have been several epilogues to Fear Itself, including:
- The Fearless was a 12-issue maxi-series featuring Valkyrie’s hunt for the remaining hammers, collected in hardcover and paperback. [Ed. Note: I loved it!]
- Battle Scars hardcover and paperback & titles carrying the “Battle Scars” banner
- Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout hardcover and paperback
- Shattered Heroes hardcover
A new, short-lived Defenders series launched in the wake of this event with Defenders by Matt Fraction hardcover. Alpha Flight continued for an additional four issues, collected Alpha Flight by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, Vol. 2 hardcover.
A rare spider-centric crossover that reached past the Spider-Man family of books to pull in other NYC heroes like Black Panther, Luke Cage, The Avengers, and Cloak & Dagger.
This was well-received by fans and critics as a fun, fast-paced story worthy of a crossover.
(Yes, it’s really that simple!)
Below, I’ve listed what those two books contain. Note that the only ongoing series to cross over into the event along with Amazing Spider-Man were Venom, Herc, and Black Panther – everything else was contained to a mini-series.
Spider-Island: The Infested Prologues From Amazing Spider-man (1963) #659-660 and #662-665, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #666-673, Venom (2011) #6-8, Spider-Island: Deadly Foes, and material from Spider-Island Spotlight.
Companion: The Amazing Spider-Girl #1-3, Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1-3, Spider-Island: Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #1-3, Herc #7-8, Spider-Island: Avengers #1, Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1, Spider-Island: I Love New York City, Black Panther #524, Spider-Island: Heroes For Hire, and material from Spider-Island Spotlight.
2012: Avengers vs. X-Men (AvX)
In 2012 Marvel pitted two of their big three franchises against each other over the coming of the Phoenix Force!
Characters: While the entire cast of X-Men and Avengers participate, the main action is driven mostly by Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus, Magik, Hope, Scarlet Witch, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man, which appearances by Hawkeye, Luke Cage, Red Hulk, Thing, Storm, and Magneto.
The crossover itself consisted of two main series – Avengers vs. X-Men and Avengers vs. X-Men: Vs – plus a number of tie-in issues across both lines of books – though Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief promises the crossing will only occur if “Avengers” or “X-Men” is part of a book’s actual title.
Road to AvX TPB collects key lead-up issues from the past few years. The entire Avengers: Children’s Crusade series can also be considered a prologue, as can Avengers: X-Sanction in hardcover and paperback.
The oversized hardcover Avengers vs. X-Men collects Collecting Avengers vs. X-Men #0-12, AVX: VS #1-6, Avengers vs. X-Men Infinite Comics, and material from Marvel Point One.
To grab all of the tie-ins in one place, you simply need Avengers vs. X-Men Companion, which collects all of the tie-ins listed below as well as the epilogue from Consequences.
The epilogue is the five-issue Avengers vs. X-Men: Consequences (ISBN 0785166467).
Tie-ins to the event included:
- A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1 – Collected in the Companion and in Young Marvel TPB.
- Avengers #25-30: See Avengers & New Avengers
- Avengers Academy #29-33: See Avengers Academy
- New Avengers #24-30: See Avengers & New Avengers
- Secret Avengers #26-28: See Secret Avengers
- Uncanny X-Men #11-20: See Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 & 3
- Wolverine and the X-Men #9-16 & 18: See Wolverine & the X-Men
- X-Men Legacy #266-270: See X-Men Legacy
2013: Age of Ultron (AoU)
Long-time Avengers scribe Brian Bendis began teasing an apocalyptic future ruled by Ultron early in his Heroic Age run on The Avengers. Though Bendis broke ground on the series with artist Brian Hitch around that time, with Avengers vs. X-Men on the horizon, Marvel delayed the event from 2012 to 2013. In retrospect, you can feel how the two events are interchangable in their potential to set up Marvel Now.
Fans widely panned the event due to its awkward fit into continuity and lack of action. It’s a strangely somber affair – half-composed of battle-scarred heroes wandering through post-apocalyptic cities, the other half featuring the unlikely time-traveler Wolverine traveling with unlikely ally Invisible Woman.
Due to the significant shift in timing of this event and the self-contained nature of the story, it did not include many tie-ins – but those that it did are universally strong, if a bit depressing.
The oversized hardcover Age of Ultron collects Age of Ultron #1-10 as well as all of its tie-ins: Avengers Assemble 14AU -15AU , Fantastic Four 5AU , Fearless Defenders 4AU, Superior Spider -Man 6AU , Ultron 1AU , Uncanny Avenger s 8AU, Wolverine & the X-Men 27AU, and Avengers 10AI.
In the wake of this event:
- Hunger #1-4 acts as an epilogue to Age of Ultron, showing how Galactus contends with one of its major effects. This leads to the Cataclysm event in the Ultimate Comics universe, collected with Hunger as Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand hardcover
- Guardians of the Galaxy #5-7 also deals with a particular ramification of the end of the event; it is collected in hardcover
- The new series Avengers A.I. launches
2013-14: Infinity & Inhumanity
Billed as “the first crescendo” of Jonathan Hickman’s planned multi-year run on The Avengers, Infinity brings back Thanos as an ultimate bad-guy threatening both Earth in specific and the universe as a whole. As a result of the event, The Inhumans and their Terrigan Mists are thrust into prominence in decentralized event lead by writer Matt Fraction.
The main event Infinity runs through Infinity #1-6 and directly relates with nine accompanying issues of Avengers – Avengers #18-23 and New Avengers #9-12. The continuity of those issues is shown on the map at the right – put together by Hickman himself!
Characters: Thanos, The Builders, The Avengers – particularly, Captain America, Captain Marvel, & Ex Nihilo, The Illuminati – Iron Man, Black Bolt, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Namor, Black Bolt & Beast plus their prisoner Black Swan, and The Inhumans.
Infinity #1-6 is collected (in story order!) in oversize hardcover and paperback, which also includes New Avengers #7-12, Avengers #12-23, and Infinity Infinite Comic #1-2 (Infinite comic may not appear in paperback).
All of the Infinity tie-in issues (listed below in bullets) are collected in Infinity Companion Oversize Hardcover.
The following titles were official tie-ins to Infinity:
- Avengers Assemble #18-20
- Captain Marvel #15-16
- Fearless Defenders #10
- Guardians of the Galaxy #8-9
- Infinity: The Heist #1-4
- Infinity: The Hunt #1-4
- Mighty Avengers #1-3
- Nova #8-9
- Secret Avengers #10-11
- Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #3-4
- Thunderbolts #14-18
- Wolverine and the X-Men Annual 1
Inhumanity consists of a new series – Inhuman – plus several tie-ins, collected in the Inhumanity oversized hardcover and paperback. However, several other series displayed the effects of Inhumanity – notably, the launches of Ms. Marvel and New Warriors.
- Avengers A.I. 1 #7
- Avengers Assemble #21-23
- Indestructible Hulk #17-19
- Inhumanity #1-2
- Inhumanity: The Awakening 1 #1-2
- Inhumanity: Superior Spider-Man
- Iron Man #20
- Mighty Avengers #4-5
- New Avengers #13
- Uncanny X-Men #15
2014: Original Sin
Marvel’s omnipotent Watcher has been murdered, and the secrets his eyes have witnessed are being released across the Earth! The main series will follow an unlikely investigative team including Black Panther, Emma Frost, Moon Knight, Punisher, and Thor as they seek the murderer. Meanwhile, many titles will tie-in and examine the impact of long-kept secrets as they are released!
Original Sin #0-8 & Original Sins #1-5 (plus material from Marvel Now .1) are collected in Original Sin oversized hardcover. Original Sins stars Young Avengers.
The two series were later collected separately in paperback as Original Sin and Original Sins (the latter of which includes Annual 1 – which is not presently listed as being included in the hardcover).
All Original Sin tie-in issues (listed below in bullets) are collected in Original Sin Companion oversized hardcover.
Operation S.I.N.: Agent Carter #1-5 is a follow-up series that is a flashback to the 19050s but also a tie-in to the event. It is collected in paperback alongside Captain America and The First Thirteen.
The “secrets revealed” concept of Original Sin made it easy to tie-in any Marvel title without them directly impacting the main story of the event – in fact, hardly any of them do. Instead, they are loosely plotted around some revealed secret that changes the course of their plot.
- All-New Invaders #6-7 in Vol. 2: Original Sin
- Amazing Spider-Man #4-6 in Vol. 1: The Parker Luck (#4-5 are listed, but it is likely to contain #6)
- Avengers #29-34 in Avengers, Vol. 6: Infinite Avengers paperback and hardcover
- Daredevil #6-7 in Daredevil, Vol. 2: West Case Scenario
- Deadpool #29-34 in Vol. 6: Original Sin
- Fantastic Four #6-8 in Vol. 2: Original Sin
- Guardians of the Galaxy #18-20 in Vol. 4: Original Sin
- Mighty Avengers #10-12 in Vol. 3: Original Sin – Not Your Father’s Avengers
- Nova #18-20 in Vol. 4: Original Sin
- Original Sin #3.1-3.4 AKA Hulk vs. Iron Man in Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man
- Original Sin #5.1-5.5 AKA Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm in Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm
- Original Sin: Secret Avengers Infinite Comic #1-2 in Secret Avengers, Vol. 1: Let’s Have a Problem
- Uncanny X-Men #23-25 in Vol. 5: The Omega Mutant paperback and hardcover (though, this story continues into the next volume and ultimately proves to be out of continuity)
2014: Avengers & X-Men: Axis
The Red Skull uses his newfound psychic powers to flip the roles (and traits) of heroes and villains, with terrifying results both for the Marvel Universe and the heroes themselves. This event rose from the ongoing plot of Uncanny Avengers, and despite a few tie-ins it is largely contained to the event book itself.
The stories immediately leading up to the event are collected in Uncanny Avengers: Axis Prelude, which includes Uncanny Avengers #23-25 & Annual 1 and Magneto #9-10.
The full range of tie-ins are yet to be revealed, but they will include:
- All-New X-Factor, Vol. 3: Axis
- Axis Hobgoblin #1-3 & Axis: Carnage #1-3 in Axis: Hobgoblin & Carnage
- Deadpool, Vol. 7: Axis
- Inhuman, Vol. 2: Axis
- Magneto, Vol. 2: Reversals – This contains #9-10 which are collected above, but adds more context in the run-up to the opening confrontation of Axis and Magneto’s state of mind, in general.
- Nova, Vol. 5: Axis
The first spider-centric event since 2011’s Spider-Island! This event will feature every spider-powered character ever – plus introduce a few new ones – as a Spidey-villain hunts down super spiders in every dimension.
Note: the collection information for this event changed significantly from what was originally solicited at the end of 2014.
Spider-Verse was collected as an all-in-one oversize hardcover and paperback collection that includes every issue from the chronology of the event, from start to finish. However, you will be missing establishing stories for several characters found in Edge of the Spider-Verse, below
They collect Amazing Spider-Man #7-15, Superior Spider-Man #32-33, Material from Free Comic Book Day 2014, Spider-Verse #1-2, Spider-Verse Team-Up #1-3, Scarlet Spiders #1-3, Spider-Woman #1-4, Spider-Man 2099 #6-8.
- Amazing Spider-Man #7-8: Vol. 2: Spider-Verse Prelude (also collects Superior Spider-Man #32-33 & Free Comic Book Day 2014)
- Amazing Spider-Man #9-15: Vol. 3: Spider-Verse
- Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of the Spider-Verse #1-5 as Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of the Spider-Verse
- Spider-Man 2099 #1-5: Vol. 1: Out of Time (the final issue contains a prelude story)
- Spider-Man 2099 #6-12: Vol. 2: Spider-Verse
- Spider-Woman #1-4: Vol. 1: Spider-Verse
2015: Secret Wars
Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars is the result of all the various Marvel universes colliding into one savage battleworld, merging realities and pitting factions from famous Marvel stories against each other.
Secret Wars Prelude gathers the essential beginnings of the story, while all of Avengers and New Avengers act as a lead-in to this event. The period directly preceding the event ties to it most closely. That is collected as Avengers: Time Runs Out in oversize hardcover, which collects Avengers #35-44 and New Avengers #24-33.
Concurrent with that are the “Last Days” titles. These all occur just days – or even minutes – prior to the proverbial big bang that kicks off the main Secret Wars event. They are collected as Secret Wars: Last Days of the Marvel Universe oversize hardcover. Individually, they are collected below, sometimes along with other preceding or proceeding issues:
- Ant-Man: Last Days #1 in The Astonishing Ant-Man, Vol. 1
- Black Widow #19-20 in Vol. 3: Last Days – shows Black Widow on a final mission before she participates in the beginning of Secret Wars
- Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #8-9 as Vol. 2: Last Days
- Loki: Agent of Asgard #14-17 in Vol. 3: Last Days
- Magneto #18-21 in Vol. 4: Last Days – Shows Magneto directly engaged in the opening conflict of Secret Wars, which is likely retconned in the subsequent continuity
- Ms. Marvel #16-19 in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4 – Tells a heartbreaking, human story of Ms. Marvel trying to be a good hero to her town while Captain Marvel battles in Manhattan
- The Punisher #19-20 in Vol. 3: Last Days
- Silk #7 in Vol. 0: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon – Considerably advances Silk’s story of searching for her family
- Silver Surfer #13-15 in Vol. 3: Last Days – In perhaps the most significant Last Days tie-in (and the only one to occur during Secret Wars), Silver Surfer and Dawn have the chance to remake the universe from their own experiences.
- Spider-Woman #10 in Vol. 2: New Duds – A clever issue of Spider-Woman getting reeled back into Avengers business by Black Widow, placing her with the refugees in the opening scenes of Secret Wars.
None of that is essential to read to enjoy the main event – it has absolutely zero impact on the story.
Secret Wars is split into two major types of tie-ins – Battle World (dealing with the construction and conflicts of the world) and War Zones (bash-em-up stories of direct conflict). In some cases, books continued with the creative time from the titles that lead into them and offered some sense of continuity of story – those are noted below. A few continue directly into new series – they are also noted.
- Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies (also collects Age of Ultron #1)
- Ghost Racers #1-4 – Maintains Ghost Rider writer Felipe Smith (includes Ghost Rider (1975) #35)
- Giant-Size Little Marvel #1-4: More of X-Babies vs. A-Babies, including the original A-Babies vs. X-Babies one-shot
- Inhumans: Attilan Rising – Maintains series writer Charles Soule
- Marvel Zombies (also collects Marvel Zombies (2006) #1)
- Master of Kung Fu #1-4 (also collects 5 Ronin #2)
- Red Skull
- Runaways #1-4 – includes Secret Wars: Secret Love
- Secret Wars: Battleworld #1-4 & Journal #1-5 in Secret Wars: Journal/Battleworld
- Siege: Battleworld – Weirdly, this is an extension of SWORD by Keiron Gillen (also collects the phenomenal Uncanny X-men (2011) #9-10)
- Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde – Maintains Star-Lord author Sam Humphries (also collects Generation Next #1 and Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Omega #1)
- Thors – Maintains Thor writer Jason Aaron
- Ultimate End #1-5 – written by Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Bendis (presumable the final Ultimate Universe story)
- 1602 Witch Hunter Angela – Maintains Angela co-writer Margeurite Bennett (also collects 1602 #1)
- 1872 (also collects Avengers (1963) #80 and Material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #170)
- A-Force collected as A-Force, Vol. 0: Warzones (an all-female alternate-reality Avengers)
- Age of Apocalypse
- Armor Wars
- Civil War
- Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1-4 – a flashback to Deadpool’s previously untold role in the first Secret Wars written by frequent mini-series writer Cullen Bunn (also collects Secret Wars #1)
- E is For Extinction (also collects New X-Men #114)
- Future Imperfect – A Hulk story written by Peter David, author of the original Future Imperfect – Also collects a story from Secret Wars: Battleworld
- Guardians of Knowhere #1-5 maintains series writer Brian Bendis (includes Avengers: Illuminati #3)
- Hail Hydra
- House of M (also collects House of M #1)
- Infinity Gauntlet
- Korvac Saga is an extension of Guardians 3000 – it includes the preceding Guardians 3000 #6-8.
- M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1-5
- Old Man Logan as Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Vol. #0: Warzones
- Planet Hulk #1-5
- Secret Wars 2099 #1-5 (an extension of Spider-Man 2099 penned by Peter David)
- Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows written by Spider-scribe Dan Slott (includes a story from Spider-Verse #2)
- Spider-Verse written by original Spider-Verse contributor Dan Costa
- Squadron Sinister (also collects Avengers (1963) #69-70)
- Weirdworld as Vol. 0: Warzones
- Where Monsters Dwell #1-5
- X-Men ’92 as Vol. 0: Warzones
- X-Tinction Agenda #1-5 (also collects Uncanny X-Men #270)
- Captain Britain & The Mighty Defenders is collected with Captain America & The Mighty Avengers, Vol. 2
- Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos follows Deadpool’s wife as written by Deadpool scribe Gerry Duggan
- Giant-size Little Marvel: Avx #1-4 (also collects A-Babies Vs. X-Babies !1)
- Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra is collected with Hail Hydra, above (thanks Jheff P!)
- Howard The Human #1
- Secret Wars: Agents Of Atlas #1 are collected in Journal/Battleworld, above.
- Secret Wars: Secret Love – Above in Runaways
- Secret Wars, Too is a collection of small, funny, sometimes-What-If stories from a number of different series.
- X-Men: Years of Future Past
Civil War II invents a new inciting incident to divide the Marvel Universe – this time, putting the Inhumans and a particular future-seeing member of their race in the middle of a divide lead by Iron Man on one side and Captain Marvel on the other.
Civil War II #0-8 and Free Comic Book Day 2016 is written by Brian Bendis and collected in oversize hardcover.
Civil War II tie-ins so far include the following collections; the collections that are not exclusively branded as “Civil War” may include non-tie-in issues:
- Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1-4
- Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1-6
- Civil War II: Gods of War #1-4 (continues from Hercules (2016))
- Civil War II: Kingpin #1-4 (also collects Amazing Spider-Man #51)
- Civil War II: Ulysses #1-3 (ISBN 978-1-302-90239-1)
- Civil War II: The Underside #1-4
- Civil War II: X-Men #1-4
- All-New, All-Different Avengers Vol. 3: Civil War II collects #13-15 & Annual 1
- All-New Wolverine Vol. 2: Civil War II collects #7-12
- Captain America: Sam Wilson Vol. 3: Civil War II collects #9-13
- Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Civil War II collects #6-10
- Deadpool: World’s Greatest Vol. 5: Civil War II collects #14-19
- Ms. Marvel Vol. 6: Civil War II collects #7-12
- New Avengers: A.I.M. Vol. 3: Civil War II collects #12-18
- Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 2: Civil War II collects at least #6-9
- Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 5: Civil War II collects #11-16
- Squadron Supreme Vol. 2: Civil War II collects #6-9
- The Totally Awesome Hulk Vol. 2: Civil War II collects #7-12
- Ultimates: Omniversal, Vol. 2: Civil War II collects #7-12
- Uncanny Avengers: Unity Vol. 3: Civil War II collects #13-18
- Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 3: Civil War II collects #11-13
First, Death of X #1-4 works as a sort of prelude to this event. It depicts previously unseen events happening in the months directly following Secret Wars II as the Terrigen cloud on earth becomes toxic for mutants.
Inhumans Vs. X-Men #0-6 by Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire in oversize hardcover.
Tie-in collections include:
- All-New X-Men: Inevitable Vol. 4: IvX
- Deadpool & The Mercs for Money Vol. 2: IvX
- Extraordinary X-Men Vol. 4: IvX
- Uncanny X-Men: Superior Vol. 4: IvX
- Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 4: IvX
This is a light-weight, light-on continuity event that sees massive monsters break loose across the Marvel Universe as penned by Cullen Bunn with a rotating cast of Marvel’s top artists.
Monsters Unleashed #1-5 are collected in Monsters Unleashed: Monster-Size Hardcover, which will reportedly be even bigger than an omnibus!
Monsters Unleashed Prelude doesn’t really collect lead-up issues, so much as recent or significant appearances by the monsters in question from Fearless Defenders #8, Marvel Zombies (2015) #1, Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #1, Totally Awesome Hulk #2-3 and material from Strange Tales (1951) #73 & 90, Tales To Astonish (1959) #11-13, 15, 17, 19, & 23; and Tales Of Suspense #15, 17, 19 and 22.
Monsters Unleashed: Battleground collects Monsters Unleashed tie-ins from Avengers 1.mu, Spider-Man/Deadpool 1.mu, All-New X-Men 1.mu, Champions 1.mu, Doctor Strange 1.mu, Uncanny Inhumans 1.mu, Guardians Of The Galaxy 1.mu, and The Totally Awesome Hulk 1.mu
More news as it breaks on this impending crossover event.
Although Standoff was released prior to Civil War II, in a way it is a prologue to this event, as it introduces the status quo for Steve Rogers that leads to Secret Empire
Avengers: Standoff hardcover includes Welcome To Pleasant Hill Prologue #1, Assault On Pleasant Hill Alpha #1, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3-4, Uncanny Avengers #7, All-New All-Different Avengers #7-8, New Avengers #8-10, Captain America: Sam Wilson #7-8, Uncanny Avengers #8, Illuminati #6, Howling Commandos #6, Assault On Pleasant Hill Omega #1. Available in hardcover.