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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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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.

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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Spider-Gwen Reading Order: How to read the adventures of Gwen Stacy, The Spider-Ghost?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spider-Man by Dan Slott Reading Order: How to read the longest run in Spidey’s History?

In the beginning of this blog, I was motivated by doing long and comprehensive reading guide, especially for comics. It’s time to get back at it with a big chunk of Spider-Man recent history.

Spider-Man by Dan Slott, The Longest run

Dan Slott took over in 2010. Before that, he was one of the multiple writers who tried to put Peter Parker back on his feet following the disastrous One More Day storyline.

Dan Slott knows Spider-Man’s history and how to use it. He used it to redefine old enemies, to develop new ones and to take the story where it never went before. This is a comprehensive reading order, following mostly TPB editions, not issues on issues.

Secret Empire Reading Order: How to read the Evil Captain America crossover?

It’s the end of the Secret Empire event, it’s time to get to the reading guide :

What is Secret Empire?

Big Marvel crossover published between April and September 2017, Secret Empire is one of thoses Universe Redefining massive event.

Of course, the most important thing here is that Captain America is a f***ing Hydra Agent! That was unexpected, to say the least, but we knew it before the event took place. So, we are not as surprised as his friends when he made his move and took control of America. Now, the ones who escaped the first assault must organize the resistance movement and fight the occupation. It’s long and transformative, as you may have guessed.

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