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Absolute Carnage Reading Order: How to read Donny Cates’ Venom event?

There’s a lot of Venom in the Marvel world lately, it’s not surprising that he got his own event.

What is Absolute Carnage about?

After being resurrected by a cult dedicated to the worship of the god Knull and being bonded to the deific primordial Grendel symbiote, the extremely deadly Cletus Kasady started to hunt those who were once bonded to a symbiote. He needs to collect their codices—pieces of symbiotes left in their bodies—in order to realize his dark projects.

Written by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, the Absolute Carnage event put the Marvel Universe in danger. Cletus Kasady makes his grand return to New York and starts collecting more and more codices. Now, Venom and Spider-Man teams up to stop him and are soon joined by all of the heroes of New York City.

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X-Men by Jonathan Hickman Reading Order: How to read the most ambitious X-Men run in a long time?

For a long time, X-Men comics were just a second thought at Marvel Comics. And then, Jonathan Hickman came.

What are the X-Men by Jonathan Hickman about?

A new era begins for the mutants of the Marvel World. With artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva, writer Jonathan Hickman uses past, present and future to build a new kind of X-Story for the Mutantkind.

Charles Xavier has a plan. He makes an offer to the human in order to build a new Mutant nation on Krakoa Island where all the mutants in the world—good or bad—are welcome. Together, they will take their place in the future and nothing will stop them. It’s a new beginning, but humans may not be ready to accept it.

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Anno Dracula Books in Order: How to read Kim Newman’s series?

What if vampires rule the world?

What is Anno Dracula about?

Written by British writer Kim Newman, Anno Dracula is a historical/fantasy series in which vampires are common and increasingly dominant in society.

This alternate history brings Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s novel in Great Britain where nobody stopped him. The series focused on members of the mysterious Diogenes Club which represents the crown in matters that cannot be made public, and mostly two of its members, vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and Charles Beauregard. The series also features a lot of fictional figures for the amateur of metafictions.

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War of the Realms Reading Order: How to read this Epic Marvel event?

The Marvel Event of 2019 is here, and it’s a big one.

What’s War of the Realms?

If you read the Thor series by Jason Aaron, you probably already know what the War of Realms is about. If not, you have some catching up to do.

For some time now, Malekith the Dark Elf has been conquering the Ten Realms one by one until there is only one left: Midgard (Earth!). Thor lost his precious Mjolnir, but he’s still fighting to prevent the war. With a lot of Asgardian warriors and Earth’s heroes, they must now fight against a full-on invasion and defeat Malekith.

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Batwoman Reading Order: What to read with Kate Kane?

Meet the new super-heroine of the Arrowverse…

Who is Batwoman?

Remember Kathy Kane from the ’50s? Well, we’re not talking about her, but about Kate Kane, the modern incarnation of Batwoman. She is younger, as she makes her first appearance in 2006, when Batman is absent.

She’s also Bruce Wayne’s cousin and one badass super-heroine, making her a worthy member of the Bat-family. Like everyone in this family, she will make mistakes and will take bad decisions.

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Artemis Fowl Books in Order: How to read Eoin Colfer series?

Artemis Fowl is not another Harry Potter, but more a twelve-year-old James Bond villain in a modern fantasy setting.

Who is Artemis Fowl?

Artemis Fowl is a twelve-year-old mischievous Irish mastermind, member of a dysfunctional family with a rich history of crime. He can easily hatch complicated and brilliant plan and it is exactly what he does to rebuild the Fawl Fortune after his father’s capture and his mother’s descent into madness.

Artemis Fowl is intelligent, cold and ruthless, but with an evolving moral compass as he grows up and goes on multiples dangerous adventures.

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Spider-Gwen Reading Order: How to read the adventures of Gwen Stacy, The Spider-Woman?

Don’t call her Spider-Gwen, she’s Spider-Woman… or Spider-Ghost!

Who is Spider-Gwen?

Like her friend Silk (see the reading order), Spider-Gwen first appeared with the first Spider-verse event. Conceptualized by long-time Spider-Man writer Dan Slott (more about him), but really created by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, this Spider-Woman is not from the main Marvel universe.

Spider-Gwen is really the Gwen Stacy of Earth-65. Like the Peter Parker we know and love, she was a high school student when she was bitten by a radioactive spider. Now, with super spider powers, she became the superhero known as Spider-Woman. She fights crime on her Earth with enemies like Matt Murdock and Frank Castle.

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Captain America by Ed Brubaker Reading Order: How to read the most celebrated adventures of Steve Rogers and the Winter Soldier

I started reading Captain America by Ed Brubaker thinking it was pretty straightforward, but it was not… because Marvel!

What Captain America by Ed Brubaker is about?

Everybody knows Captain America. But if you were in a coma during most of your life, he is a Marvel Superhero and the alter ego of Steve Rogers. As a young man, Steve wanted to fight for his country against the Nazis, but couldn’t … until he participated in an experiment that transformed him in a super-soldier. Near the end of the war, he and his sidekick Busty were left for dead. Trapped in ice and saved by the serum that changed him, he later came back to fight evil everywhere.

Ed Brubaker started to write the Captain America ongoing series with the fifth volume—publication began in January 2005. The Criminal author wrote 100 issues, bring back Bucky as the Winter Soldier, delt with Cap death and resurrection and more. It’s the most celebrated run on the Captain America modern series.

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Buffyverse Comics Reading Order: How to read Buffy/Angel comics?

In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.

Who is Buffy Summers ?

She made a first appearance in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before becoming the badass heroine of her own television show and comic books. Presented as a shallow high school cheerleader, Buffy is the Chosen One. She is gifted with the strength and skills to fight vampires, demons and other supernatural creatures.

As Buffy grows up, she must face the challenge of every teenager (and after, adult) life and also the darkness. She is surrounded by friends and family who help her in her mission.

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Hellblazer: John Constantine Reading Order: How to read the stories of the antihero of the DC universe

Need an exorcist, call John Constantine. He is not nice, but he gets results.

Who is John Constantine?

Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben in 1984 in the Saga of Swamp Thing, John Constantine is a working class occult detective and con man from London. He is the antihero of the DC universe.

Known for his cynicism, his deadpan snarking, his ruthless cunning and his constant chain smoking, John Constantine wants to help save lives, but his technic can be deadly if it’s for the greater good.

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