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X-Men: X of Swords Reading Order

X of Swords Reading Order: How to read Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men crossover of 2020?

Just the crossover, the full Hickman’s X-Men Reading Order is here.

What is X of Swords about?

The biggest X-Men crossover in recent memory is coming, from September to November 2020. The Mutant nation of Krakoa faces its biggest challenge yet as their champions draw swords to defend the Earth.

X of Swords is taking place in the continuity of Jonathan Hickman’s grand X-Men story which in the series House Of X/Powers Of X. The event is written by Hickman and Tini Howard, but also Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala. The stories are illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, Stefano Caselli, Joshua Cassara, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and more.

Deadpool Reading Order

Deadpool Reading Order: How to read Wade Wilson’s comic book story?

A killer for hire with the dream of being a hero.

Who is Deadpool?

Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist/writer Rob Liefeld, Deadpool is introduced in The New Mutants and X-Force as a supervillain, before becoming one of the most iconic Marvel anti-hero. He is a mercenary who is aware is a fictional comic book character. He breaks the fourth wall, and often has conversations with his two internal monologues.

His past is still a little bit of a mystery, as there are multiple versions of it. Maybe his childhood was hard, maybe not. What we are sure of is that Wade Wilson became an international assassin who worked for various governments when he developed an aggressive cancer. In an effort to find a cure, he enrolled in the Weapon X program, which gave him a healing factor from another member (you know… Wolverine) and set him to work for them. The results of his stay there were a diminished mental state, a healing factor that could not cure his cancer or heal his scars, an infatuation with death, and his freedom to return to for-hire mercenary work. As “The Merc with a Mouth” he set out as Deadpool to kill and have a good time doing it.

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Animosity Reading Order

Animosity Reading Order: How to read Marguerite Bennett and Rafael de Latorre comic book series?

When the wild things are not wild anymore.

What is Animosity about?

From Marguerite Bennett, the writer of InSeXts and DC Comics Bombshells, and artist Rafael de Latorre (Superzero), the Animosity series is a road trip working as a coming-of-age story with black humor and a sci-fi twist.

The pitch is: One day, for no reason, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. The story takes place in a chaotic world where the newly intelligent animals fight humanity, or each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the middle of this, 11-year-old girl Jesse and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection, begin a cross-country journey to find Jesse’s half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco.

The Wicked + The Divine Reading Order

The Wicked + The Divine Reading Order: How to read Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvi’s series?

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.

What is The Wicked + The Divine about?

Created by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, and published by Image Comics, The Wicked + The Divine is a contemporary fantasy comic book series that follows a young teenage girl, Laura, as she interacts with the Pantheon, a group of twelve people who discover that they are reincarnated deities.

It is said that each cycle of The Pantheon will not live past two years from the start of the series, and that every 90 years the Pantheon is reincarnated. This cycle is known as the Recurrence.

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Dark Nights Death Metal Reading Order

Dark Nights: Death Metal Reading Order: How to read the sequel to Dark Nights Metal?

The Dark Nights return…

What is the Dark Nights: Death Metal event about?

After the big success of the Dark Nights Metal event, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo are back with a massive follow up with the help of James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett, Joshua Williamson, Peter J. Tomasi, Garth Ennis, Daniel Warren Johnson, Frank Tieri, Tony S. Daniel, Jamal Igle, Joëlle Jones, Daniel Warren Johnson, Riley Rossmo, Francesco Francavilla and more.

Here is the official synopsis: When the DC Universe is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and must fight to survive. Along the way, Wonder Woman roars across the horrifying Dark Multiverse landscape in the world’s most demented monster truck, with Swamp Thing riding shotgun! And when the Justice League launches its assault on New Apokolips, the team’s goal is to free Superman from his solar prison—but it all goes off the rails when they learn that the Man of Steel is gone for good thanks to the Anti-Life Equation.

Batman Joker War Reading Order

Batman: Joker War Reading Order: How to read the last Batman event?

Not The war of Jokes and Riddles, another war with the Joker.

What is the Joker War about?

Written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Jorge Jimenez, Batman: The Joker War is taking us to issue #100 of the series with a story in which The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time.

So, here is the official synopsis: The Joker has never wanted to win before, he’s never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. As The Joker’s plan to assemble an army materializes, the only person who can save Batman from the brink of true madness is Harley Quinn. And while all this is happening, the villains of Gotham City are waiting out the carnage Joker has unleashed—and Catwoman assembles an army of her own!

Rick and Morty Comics Reading Order

Rick and Morty Comics Reading Order: How to read the comic book series based on the Adult Swim hit series?

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!!!

What is the Rick and Morty series about?

The crazy world created by Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland in their hit Adult Swim animated show Rick & Morty goes beyond the screen and in the comic book world!

Published by Oni Press, the Rick & Morty comic book series expand the universe of the super scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty—but also his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry—with a lot of as insane adventures.

Saga Reading Order: How to read Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ epic space opera comic book series?

The sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds.

What is Saga about?

Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published by Image Comics, Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series heavily influenced by Star Wars.

It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.

Parker Books in Order

Parker Books in Order: How to read Richard Stark’s series?

Did you know Lee Marvin, Robert Duvall and Mel Gibson played Parker.

What is Richard Stark’s Parker series about?

Written by American novelist Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) under the pseudonym Richard Stark, the Parker series is a classic crime series.

This is about Parker, a ruthless career criminal, a heister, a pro, the best of them. He is the one you want if you plan a robbery, but you don’t want to cross him. Parker is relentlessly focused, cold, methodical, smart and really tough.

Jupiter's Legacy Reading Order

Jupiter’s Legacy Reading Order: How to read Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s comics series?

Soon to be a Netflix series!

What is jupiter’s Legacy about?

More than a decade after their last collaboration on The Authority, superstar author Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely are working together again to bring us Jupiter’s Legacy, a complex story of superheroes, family, justice and power.

Composed of two interconnected series, Jupiter’s Legacy and the prequel Jupiter’s Legacy, this story began at the beginning of the 1930s with a group of young Americans finding powers and using it to make America great. Years later, the new generation of superheroes doesn’t share their way of thinking and conflict emerge that will change the fate of humanity.

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