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Marvel Runaways Reading Order: How to follow The Runaways in the Marvel Universe?

There are a lot of new adaptations of comics coming our way in the months to come. One of them is Marvel’s The Runaways. If you don’t know them yet, here is your guide to change that. But first…

Who are the Runaways ?

The Runaways are a group of six teenagers who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization known as “The Pride”. Not cool right? The teens stole weapons and resources from their parents and go on the run. Soon, they learn they themselves inherited their parents’ powers.

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Gwenpool Reading Order: How to read Gwendolyn Poole’s crazy adventures?

At first, I thought that Gwenpool was Lady Deadpool, but she is not. When I read about her story, I wanted to discover her books immediately, but where to start? Good question, here is the answer! But first…

Who is Gwenpool?

At one point, Marvel had fun with Gwen Stacy on the covers of a certain number of issues, delivering fun reimaginations of the famous Spider-Man character (because Spider-Gwen looks so cool). One of them was on the cover of Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 in June 2015. At that time, Gwenpool was not in any story, but she was already a popular character.

Like Deadpool, Gwenpool is a fourth wall-breaking character. Gwen Poole is a character from ‘the real world’ and knows that she is in a Marvel comic book. She got her own costume and started to use here knowledge to fight crime, believing that her actions are pretty much without any consequences. Of course, she had no training and mostly improvise.

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Where to start reading Captain Marvel?

As you probably have heard by now, there will be a Captain Marvel movie from Marvel Studios in the near future. For one second when I heard the news about this movie, I thought of Mar-Vell, but turns out that they will go with Miss Marvel herself, Carol Danvers. Why not Monica Rambeau or Phyla-Vell if they wanted a female Cap Marv? Who knows? I’ll come back for a more detailed article about Carol Danvers soon, but I thought it would be a good idea to write about all the previous Captains before.

Who is Captain Marvel?

As I was saying, the first Captain Marvel was Mar-vell, but more people took up the mantle after him – And I’m not talking about the one from DC Comics of course.

At the beginning, the first Captain Marvel was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (published in December 1967). Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree Imperial Militia was sent to observe Earth and eventually became a friend, and the Kree Empire branded him a traitor.

After him, more people became Captain Marvel. For some, there was not a real connection with the original. Some were from his family. Let see where to start with each one of them.

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Where to start reading Black Panther comics?

Unlike a character like Spider-Man, Marvel’s Black Panther doesn’t have a great track record. There are good stories, but there are more bad or just forgettable ones. And a lot has not been collected yet. But let’s try anyway to explore the character.

Who is Black Panther?

First things first, Black Panther probably needs an introduction. He already appeared in the MCU and will have his own movie soon. For now, let’s go back to 1966 when he made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52. Created by Stan Lee and the great Jack Kirby, Black Panther is known to be the first black superhero in mainstream comic books.

The Black Panther is a title that is given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. He’s more than a symbol or a superhero, he is head of state.

Under the mask, we find T’Challa who earned the title of the Black Panther by defeating the various champions of the Wakandan tribes. After that, he led his country in a fruitful direction, amassing money and power.

T’Challa was once a member of the Avengers, but also Daredevil. But those are long stories to tell.

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Kate Bishop Reading Order: Where to start with the Superior Hawkeye?

Marvel is all about legacy characters nowadays. That’s not always handled well, except for Kate Bishop, the second Hawkeye. She’s awesome and she finally got some love with her own series. Sadly, before that, it was not perfect for her.

Who’s Kate Bishop, the Superior Hawkeye?

Kate is heir to the Bishop fortune, being the daughter of publishing magnate Derek Bishop. Sometime after her mother died, Kate was attacked in Central Park. After that, she began to train hard and started to school herself in the arts of archery and other types of combat. She was determined to help others.

When Kate met the Young Avengers during her older sister’s wedding – when gunmen took the entire church hostage – she decided with Cassie Lang to join the team and that’s where her new career started.

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Where to start reading Spider-Man comics?

Writing reading guides for some minor characters, I realized how unhelpful this kind of approach will be for major ones. It’s especially the case with Spider-Man my favorite Marvel Superhero. I think I’ll come back to write about specific storylines, but to start, I think it’s better to go with a guide to the best entry points in Peter Parker’s long and eventful life.

Who is Spider-man?

Well, I don’t know who can ask something like that, but if you lived in a cave during the last half-century, Spider-Man is a superhero in the Marvel Universe.

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spidey first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 published in August 1962. His secret identity is Peter Parker and, when everything began, he was a high school student raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City.

When Peter was bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibit, he acquired arachnid-like capabilities – a great agility, proportionate strength and even a sixth sense to detect danger. First, he used his powers to gain money, but he had to learn the hard way that with great power comes great responsibility when his uncle is killed by a man he didn’t stop when he had the chance.

After that, Spidey began to fight crime while helping his aunt with a job at the Daily Bugle.

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Jessica Jones Reading Order, From Alias to the Defenders

You probably have heard of Jessica Jones. You know, the one with a Netflix show. I didn’t watch it, but I know it exists. There’s that. Well, if you’re reading comics, Jessica Jones started as a PI with an avenger past. For more, let’s go into the details with a mildly spoilery reading order, as always.

Who Is Jessica Jones?

Created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones first appeared in Alias #1 (November 2001), a Max imprint – which means adult content and language.

Bendis introduced her as a former superhero who becomes a private investigator, working for her own agency, Alias Private Investigations. She was retconned in the Marvel universe, becoming a student who was in school with Peter Parker and an ex-avenger.

Jessica Jones acquired her powers by coming in contact with experimental chemicals. She then spent time in a coma and woke with superhuman abilities. She possesses superhuman strength, has the ability to flight, and was given a degree of psionic protection by Jean Grey after being attacked by the Purple Man.

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Death of Wolverine Reading Order, a guide to the deadly Marvel Event

If there’s one X-Men that will not die, it’s Wolverine. He is just too much popular for that, even if they go down that road in the movie universe. Well, in the comics, they also killed Logan but, you know, it’s Marvel! That said, in 2014, there was a big pseudo-crossover event around the death of Wolverine.

What’s the Death of Wolverine?

Like I said, it’s a Marvel Event that lead to the death of the most famous x-man in all the universes, especially ours. There’s a big problem though, Wolverine can’t be killed… or can he? Logan will indeed lose is healing factor, then come the famous death.

There’s a bounty on Wolverine’s head, a price so big his enemies and few assassins can’t pass the chance. The race is on to find Wolverine, but who put out the contract? When Logan discovers that his mystery foe wants him alive, he turns on the offensive. As the hunted becomes the hunter once more, he’s determined to die the way he lived.

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Silk Comics Reading Order: How to read the adventures of Cindy Moon in the Spider-verse?

There’s a new event in the Marvel Universe. Yeah, what’s new? The Secret Empire mega event just started last week and Marvel clearly did some spring cleaning for the occasion. I don’t know why, but they decided that the excellent Silk series had to stop. I’m sad about that. If you’re not, it’s maybe because you need to read it. So, here is a guide, but first…

Who is Silk?

Created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, Silk real name is Cindy Moon. During a demonstration on the use of radioactive rays at a science exhibit that lead to Peter Parker getting bite by a spider and gaining his amazing powers, Cindy was also bitten. She was just another young student with powers, but when her abilities manifested, she was not able to control them and didn’t become a superhero.

Later, the enigmatic Ezekiel approaches Cindy’s family with a proposition. He was going to help her to control her abilities. After six years of training to use her powers, Cindy is locked up inside a facility by Ezekiel to protect her and the other ‘spiders’ from Morlun and his family called the Inheritors – more info about that in the Spider-verse crossover (reading guide to come one day).

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Inhumans Vs X-Men Reading Order: How to read the IvX Marvel Event?

Lately, Marvel just jumps from one event to another big crossover and so on. In fact, there soon will be a new big earthquake in the Marvel Universe with Secret Empire. Before that, there were the Civil War II and – in the spiderverse – The Clone Conspiracy that just concluded. And of course, Inhumans Vs X-Men.

Like with the spidey one, this event doesn’t affect all of the Marvel Universe, just the X-Men and the Inhumans.

What is Inhumans Vs X-Men about?

Everything started when Marvel decided that the X-Men were not as welcome in their universe as they once were. Mostly, the idea was to promote the Inhumans into a X-Men shape place in the universe. The children of the Atom were not in the Marvel Studio roster after all, but the Inhumans will be soon (a fact that is not true anymore). Well, it was a bad idea and the time to change the status quo once more has come.

This time, the Inhumans had to enter in a war with the mutants. In the end, the Inhumans will come back to what they were from the start and the X-Men Universe will reboot in an attempt to make it good again. After all those years of mediocre at best adventures, there is certainly work to do. Let’s hope it will work. For now, it’s time to read some Inhumans Vs X-Men.

The story begins with the Inhumans’ power-granting Terrigen mists threatening the lives of every mutant on the planet, the X-Men have no choice but to declare war in order to save their future.

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