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

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

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15 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.

  3. Andrew Wild

    Where does Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur 043 fit in, please?

    • Fabien

      Nowhere really. It begins in New York during the events, but it’s mostly a flashback story about a time where Thor asked Moon Girl some help with a problem in Asgard. The fact that it was labeled a tie-in is insulting.

  4. Michael L. Doyle

    Where does Avengers #20 fall in this reading order?

    • Fabien

      Sorry, I forgot that one. You can read it between War Of Realms #4 and #5.

  5. Michael L. Doyle

    Also, War of the Realms: Strikeforce, The Dark Elf Realm, is missing from this list.

  6. Michael L Doyle

    Also missing is War of the Realms: Strikeforce / The Dark Elf Realm, is missing from this list.

  7. Michael Lawrence Doyle

    Thanks, and sorry for the double post. Great list!

  8. Sadko

    How current is this list? Ive been searching for a proper reading order and some of them seem real stupid and wrong. Like reading all of each tie-in titles run in a row before moving to the next one. I have about 1/3 of these at home and the rest waiting in my comic shop, dont want to just buy them all at once id rather buy in order so i can read in order. Plus its like 40 comics at $4 a pop. So…

    • Fabien

      The reason they recommend reading all of each tie-in title runs in a row is because they are mostly non-essential miniseries. Each title follows a team far away from the main action. Most of them didn’t add anything to the plot and the main series, after the first two issues, is about following the progression of the multiple events which is a bit redundant.

      In fact, you can skip the titles from “Tony Stark – Iron Man,” “War Of The Realms: Punisher,” “Giant-Man”, “Venom”, “Superior Spider-man,” “Deadpool,” “Champions,” “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” and “Captain Marvel” without noticing it (especially Tony Stark). I liked the “War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas” and “War Of The Realms: Journey Into Mystery” but they don’t add much either. “Asgardians of the Galaxy” and “Spider-Man & The League of Realms” add a little bit at some point, but are also optional.

      I think the main “War Of The Realms” series, “War of Realms Strikeforce Dark Elf Realm,” “War Of The Realms: War Scrolls,” “Thor” “and War Of The Realms Omega” are must read for this event. The rest, you read them after War Of The Realms #2 and before War Of The Realms #6, in what order you like and you’ll be OK.

      I personally think this event is a mess. I waited for this war for a long time and, after all the events in the Thor series, I’m not convinced it was the way to do it. Marvel wanted everybody involved, but most of the characters don’t really do anything and Thor is mostly absent, preparing to end everything just in time for the big finale (which was satisfying).

  9. Al

    What about Mighty Thor 3-D? It was on the checklist, but none of the reading orders I’ve found online seem to include it.

    • Gabriel Rivera

      it’s a relaunch of the mighty thor #1 of the 2015 volume, it doesn’t matter to the reading if you read it before.

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