I was thinking about writing a reading order for Civil War II, Marvel finally published the last issues. Then I realized that I should probably start with the first one. It’s not really my favorite Marvel Event, but it’s one of the most important of the last decade.
What is Marvel Civil War?
First, we are not talking about the Captain America movie. I think it’s pretty obvious, but I wanted to specify it anyway. So, it’s a huge event in the Marvel Universe about a law that devided the Heroes.
Everything started during a televised raid of a house by the New Warriors. Their goal was to apprehend villains that had recently escaped from prison. When Nitro let off a massive explosion that killed the majority of the New Warriors and the children at a nearby elementary school, something had to change. The U.S. Government proposed the Superhuman Registration Act, intending to register all super-powered beings as living weapons of mass destruction and requiring all costumed heroes to unmask themselves before the government and subject themselves to federally mandated standards. Heroes had to choose between rallying behind either Iron Man’s pro-registration forces or Captain America’s opposition. The Civil War began.
Marvel Civil War Reading Order
Like all the huge event in the Marvel Universe, there’s a main series Civil War and a LOT of tie-ins. That said, aven before the event really started, there were comics leading to it.
The Road to Civil War
All those (except New Warriors) have been collected in one volume call Civil War: The Road To Civil War.
- New Warriors: Reality Check — [optional] A six-issue miniseries that features the team as the stars of a reality TV show. It’s them who are involved in the destruction that leads to the civil war.
- Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #529
- New Avengers: Illuminati (2006)
- Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #530
- Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #531
- Fantastic Four #536 and #537
The Civil War
The Civil War event was so huge, a lot of other series were involved. Naturally, you can start with the main series then read the rest. That said, you are probably here for a more developed reading order. So, here it is.
- Almost everything with The X-Men is pretty much optional here, they stay mostly neutral in the conflict. The Wolverine’s story is more connected to the rest, but it’s still not indispensable.
- Spider-man is the heart of the story, so it’s important so follow the Amazing Spider-man, the others Spider-man’s series are not important at all.
- Everything Black Panther is also relatively peripheral and mostly optional.
- Civil War: Front Line is messy, but it’s mostly complementary to the rest.
The ones you can skip The ones you shouldn’t skip.
- Civil War #1
- She-Hulk (vol. 2) #8
- Wolverine (vol. 3) #42
- New Avengers (vol. 4) #21
- Amazing Spider-Man (vol.1) #532
- Civil War: Front Line #1
- Civil War (2006) #2
- Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #533
- Civil War: Front Line #2
- She-Hulk (vol. 2) #9
- New Avengers (vol. 4) #22
- Thunderbolts (vol. 3) #103
- X-Factor (vol. 2) #8-9
- The Sensational Spider-Man #28-31
- Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11-13 unless you want to continue Spider-man after that.
- Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1-4
- Fantastic Four #538
- Black Panther #18
- Civil War: Front Line #3
- Thunderbolts (vol. 3) #104
- Heroes for Hire #1
- Cable & Deadpool #30
- Civil War: Front Line #4-5
- Wolverine (vol. 3) #43-45 — can be read here or a little bit after.
- Black Panther #19-20
- Civil War #3-4
- Civil War: Front Line #6
- Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #534
- Captain America #22-23
- Iron Man (vol. 4) #13
- Civil War: Front Line #7
- Fantastic Four #539
- New Avengers (vol. 4) #23-24
- Cable & Deadpool #31-32
- Black Panther #21-22
- Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #6-8
- Civil War: X-Men #1-4
- Heroes for Hire #2-3
- Wolverine (vol. 4) #46-47
- Civil War: The Return
- Iron Man/Captain America: Causalties of War
- Civil War: Choosing Sides
- Black Panther #23
- Captain America #24
- Civil War: Front Line #8
- Wolverine (vol. 4) #48
- Fantastic Four #540
- Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #535
- Civil War (2006) #5
- New Avengers (vol. 4) #25
- Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #1
- Fantastic Four #541
- Civil War: War Crimes #1
- Civil War: Front Line (2006) #9
- Moon Knight #7 – #10
- Fantastic Four #542
- Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #536
- Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #14-16
- Sensational Spider-Man #32-34
- Iron Man (vol. 4) #14
- Winter Solider: Winter Kills #1
- Blade (vol. 3) #5
- Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #2
- Amazing Spider-Man #537
- Black Panther #24
- Civil War #6
- Civil War: Front Line #10
- Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #3
- Civil War #7
- Amazing Spider-Man #538
- Civil War: Front Line #11
- Black Panther #25
The post Civil War Marvel Universe
- Amazing Spider-Man #539
- Civil War: The Initiative #1
- Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15
- Mighty Avengers #1
- Captain America #25
- Civil War: The Confession #1
- Civil War: Fallen Son – The Death of Captain America #1-5
- Fantastic Four #543-544
- Avengers: The Initiative #1
- Penance: Relentless 1-5
Marvel Civil War Reading Order : TPBs Edition
There’s not a lot to do here. If you are really into reading it in some kind of order, the TPBs are not the easiest way to do it. Though, if you want to go through the Civil War fast, it’s a good way to go to the essential.
- The Road to Civil War
- Civil War
- The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War
- Civil War: Front Line vol. 1
- Civil War: Front Line vol. 2
- Iron Man: Civil War
- New Avengers: Civil War
- Captain America: Civil War
- Wolverine: Civil War
- Fantastic Four: Civil War
- Civil War: Marvel Universe
- Ms. Marvel: Civil War
- Civil War: Punisher War Journal
- Civil War: Heroes for Hire/Thunderbolts
- Civil War: War Crimes
- Civil War: X-Men
- Civil War: X-Men Universe
- Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways
- Black Panther: Civil War
- Civil War Companion
- Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man