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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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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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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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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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Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Reading Order: How to read the most ambitious run in Green Lantern history?

When I started this blog, this reading order was one of the first on my to-do list. I pushed it away, but I finally came back to it when I read that there’ll be a new reprint next year.

What about Green Lantern by Geoff Johns?

I didn’t really know a lot about Green Lantern, but when I started digging into what is considered must read, the Geoff Johns run on the famous DC Comics series was often named.

It’s a great way to enter the Green Lantern world. Johns created a new start and expanded it in a big way that still defined it to this day. It’s full of great characters, well-thought storylines and a lot of ambitions.

If you don’t know what the Green Lantern Corps is, it’s like the space cops of the universe. Hal Jordan became a Green Lantern when an alien crashed on Earth and gave him his ring of power (that is the simple way of telling the story).

Hal joined the corps, but things got complicated and he became the vehicle for the incarnation of Fear itself. When the story began, Hal is back and dark times lie ahead.

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Watchmen Reading Order: How to read Alan Moore books and more?

Soon, there will be a Watchmen TV show on HBO that will have some connexions with the original comics. It’s not new, DC writers don’t seem capable of stopping expending the world created by Alan Moore. Here is a guide.

What is Watchmen about?

Published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987, Watchmen is a science fiction comic book limited series by the British writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins.

The original Watchmen series is considered as one of the most important books ever published in the comic book world. It certainly is one of the best.

The story takes place in an alternate reality, in the 1980s. The primary difference is the presence of superheroes. The all-powerful Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the rest of the world. But, by 1977, superheroes became unpopular and they were outlawed by the passage of the Keene Act made.

In October 1985, costumed vigilante Rorschach discovered that Edward Blake, also known as The Comedian, a costumed hero employed by the U.S. government, has been murdered. Rorschach uncovered a plot to eliminate costumed heroes and warned some of his old friends. Something bigger is cooking, but the retired heroes have to first discovered what it is.

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Thor by Jason Aaron Reading Order: How to read Asgard’s mightiest heroes stories?

In 2012, after Kieron Gillen and Matt Fraction wrote Thor stories for a few years, Jason Aaron picked up where they left off and he will stop in a few months, but there’s already a lot to read!

Thor by Jason Aaron, the road to the War of Realms

Not as big as Dan slott’s run on Spider-Man, Jason Aaron’s one on Thor is still big, still ongoing, and nobody can say it’s not an Epic One.

With the Original Sin event, the now famous female Thor and the War of Realms, Jason Aaron saw big and wrote some surprising and huge stories.

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Spider-Geddon Reading Order: How to read the last big spider-verse crossover?

There’s a new Spider-Man big event, the biggest event of 2018, obviously.

What is Spider-Geddon?

Like the name suggests it, Spider-Geddon is a Spider-Man event taking place in the Marvel comics universe. It’s a sequel to the massively popular event Spider-verse.

The Inheritors are back. They have found a way out of the decimated world they were imprisoned on. Now they are planning there revenge on the Spider-Army. It’s time for the spider-men and spider-women of all the univeses to team up again.

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