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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.

War of the Realms Reading Order:

I. Before the War

  1. Thor – The best way is to start with reading Thor with The Goddess of Thunder and follow the guide. Yes, there’s a lot of comics to read. If you don’t want to read all that, you could start with the last relaunch of the series (Thor Vol. 1: God of Thunder Reborn & Thor Vol. 2), Thor #1-11.
  2. The Avengers – Also written by Jason Aaron, of course it’s a must-read, but if you are not interested, you can a least give a look to the second TPB (Avengers by Jason Aaron Vol. 2: World Tour) in order to understand the new team and the Agents of Wakanda.

If you want the TL;DR there’s a War of the Realms Prelude TPB for you. It collects Thor (1966) #344; Thor: God of Thunder #13, 17; Mighty Thor (2015) #1-2, 13-14, 22 and material from Thor: God of Thunder #25; Mighty Thor (2015) #4, 700; Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla.


II. The War of the Realms

ATTN: This crossover is an editorial mess. There are so much tie-ins and it seems half of it doesn’t make sense chronologically speaking. I’ll do my best, but this is a work in progress with weekly adjustments.

Act I: The World At War

  1. Tony Stark – Iron Man #12
  2. War Of The Realms #1
  3. Asgardians of the Galaxy #8
  4. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43
  5. War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery #1
  6. Thor #12
  7. War Of The Realms #2
  8. War Of The Realms: Punisher #1
  9. War Of The Realms: Punisher #2
  10. War Of The Realms: Punisher #3
  11. War Of The Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1
  12. War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1
  13. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #44
  14. War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery #2
  15. Asgardians of the Galaxy #9
  16. Fantastic Four #10
  17. Giant-Man #1
  18. Avengers #18
  19. Venom #13
  20. Venom #14
  21. Venom #15
  22. War Of The Realms #3
  23. War Of The Realms Strikeforce – The Land Of Giants #1
  24. War of Realms Strikeforce Dark Elf Realm #1
  25. War Of The Realms: War Scrolls #1
  26. Champions vol. 3 #5
  27. Avengers #19
  28. War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #2
  29. War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery #3
  30. War of the Realms Strikeforce – The War Avengers #1
  31. War Of The Realms #4
  32. Spider-Man & The League of Realms #1
  33. Spider-Man & The League of Realms #2
  34. War Of The Realms: Uncanny X-Men #2
  35. Thor #13
  36. Giant-Man #2
  37. War Of The Realms: War Scrolls #2
  38. War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #3
  39. War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery #4
  40. War Of The Realms #5
  41. Captain Marvel #6
  42. Deadpool #13
  43. Giant-Man #3
  44. Asgardians of the Galaxy #10
  45. Champions vol. 3 #6
  46. Superior Spider-man #7
  47. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #45

Come back soon for a more complete guide, of course, it will be updated every week.

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4 Comments

  1. Richard Miller

    Hello,

    Do you have a updated reading order for “The War of the Realms”? The last one you have is “Spider-Man & League of Realms #1″…

    Thanks,
    Rich

    • Fabien

      I made the update, but you need to go back, because there are new issues taking place before War of the Realms #4. In fact, once more, Marvel just published as they come, not really concerned with a reading order. Some of the tie-in mini-series have no impact on the main story (for now) and it’s quite hard to follow where Venom is. I try to put them where it feels right, but if you have any suggestions, I’ll take them. I’m pretty sure that there will be some adjustments to do before the end of the event.

  2. Andy

    Fantastic four?

    • Fabien

      I put it after War of Realms #2 because it begins before the invasion and ends with some fight. I didn’t put it in the list before because it felt useless, but the FF reappeared in Superior Spider-man #7 and will be in the #8.

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