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How to read Marvel Civil War, the first one?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #529
  3. New Avengers: Illuminati (2006)
  4. Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #530
  5. Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #531
  6. 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.

  1. Civil War #1
  2. She-Hulk (vol. 2) #8
  3. Wolverine (vol. 3) #42
  4. New Avengers (vol. 4) #21
  5. Amazing Spider-Man (vol.1) #532
  6. Civil War: Front Line #1
  7. Civil War (2006) #2
  8. Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #533
  9. Civil War: Front Line #2
  10. She-Hulk (vol. 2) #9
  11. New Avengers (vol. 4) #22
  12. Thunderbolts (vol. 3) #103
  13. X-Factor (vol. 2) #8-9
  14. The Sensational Spider-Man #28-31
  15. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11-13 unless you want to continue Spider-man after that.
  16. Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1-4
  17. Fantastic Four #538
  18. Black Panther #18
  19. Civil War: Front Line #3
  20. Thunderbolts (vol. 3) #104
  21. Heroes for Hire #1
  22. Cable & Deadpool #30
  23. Civil War: Front Line #4-5
  24. Wolverine (vol. 3) #43-45 — can be read here or a little bit after.
  25. Black Panther #19-20
  26. Civil War #3-4
  27. Civil War: Front Line #6
  28. Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #534
  29. Captain America #22-23
  30. Iron Man (vol. 4) #13
  31. Civil War: Front Line #7
  32. Fantastic Four #539
  33. New Avengers (vol. 4) #23-24
  34. Cable & Deadpool #31-32 
  35. Black Panther #21-22
  36. Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #6-8
  37. Civil War: X-Men #1-4
  38. Heroes for Hire #2-3
  39. Wolverine (vol. 4) #46-47
  40. Civil War: The Return
  41. Iron Man/Captain America: Causalties of War
  42. Civil War: Choosing Sides
  43. Black Panther #23
  44. Captain America #24
  45. Civil War: Front Line #8
  46. Wolverine (vol. 4) #48
  47. Fantastic Four #540
  48. Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #535
  49. Civil War (2006) #5
  50. New Avengers (vol. 4) #25
  51. Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #1
  52. Fantastic Four #541
  53. Civil War: War Crimes #1
  54. Civil War: Front Line (2006) #9
  55. Moon Knight #7 – #10
  56. Fantastic Four #542
  57. Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #536
  58. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #14-16
  59. Sensational Spider-Man #32-34
  60. Iron Man (vol. 4) #14
  61. Winter Solider: Winter Kills #1
  62. Blade (vol. 3) #5
  63. Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #2
  64. Amazing Spider-Man #537
  65. Black Panther #24
  66. Civil War #6
  67. Civil War: Front Line  #10
  68. Punisher War Journal (vol. 2) #3
  69. Civil War #7
  70. Amazing Spider-Man #538
  71. Civil War: Front Line #11
  72. Black Panther #25

The post Civil War Marvel Universe

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #539
  2. Civil War: The Initiative #1
  3. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15
  4. Mighty Avengers #1
  5. Captain America #25
  6. Civil War: The Confession #1
  7. Civil War: Fallen Son – The Death of Captain America #1-5
  8. Fantastic Four #543-544
  9. Avengers: The Initiative #1
  10. 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.

  

  1. The Road to Civil War
  2. Civil War
  3. The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War
  4. Civil War: Front Line vol. 1
  5. Civil War: Front Line vol. 2
  6. Iron Man: Civil War
  7. New Avengers: Civil War
  8. Captain America: Civil War
  9. Wolverine: Civil War
  10. Fantastic Four: Civil War
  11. Civil War: Marvel Universe
  12. Ms. Marvel: Civil War
  13. Civil War: Punisher War Journal
  14. Civil War: Heroes for Hire/Thunderbolts
  15. Civil War: War Crimes
  16. Civil War: X-Men
  17. Civil War: X-Men Universe
  18. Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways
  19. Black Panther: Civil War
  20. Civil War Companion
  21. Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man

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  1. Maggie Ozuna

    What happend to Civil War • Contest of Champions? I dont see it on your list, so i dont know where it fits in.

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