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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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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!

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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.

The Hulk Reading Order: How to read Bruce Banner’s smashing comic book story?

HULK SMASH!!!

Who is The Hulk?

The Jekyll/Hyde of the Marvel Universe created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Saving the life of Rick Jones during the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, scientist Bruce Banner was hit by the blast resulting in the absorption of gamma radiation.

Banner didn’t die, but he wasn’t the same. The radiation didn’t kill him, but they changed him. Now, he is two “men” in one body, transforming from the physically weak and emotionally reserved physicist into the powerful green-skinned monster named “the Hulk” when he loses control.

Daredevil Reading Order

Daredevil Reading Order: How to read Matt Murdock’s Epic comic book story?

Blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night.

Who is Daredevil, the Man Without Fear ?

Matt Murdock was blinded by a radioactive substance that falled from an out-of-control truck after he pushed a man out of the path of the oncoming vehicle. While he no longer could see, his exposure to the radioactive material heightened his remaining senses beyond normal human ability, and gave him a “radar sense.”

A lawyer by day, Matt took up to a dual life of fighting against the criminal underworld in New York City, as the masked vigilante Daredevil – also known as The Man Without Fear and The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Matt uses his physical abilities and superhuman senses to help people and protect his communities against vilains like the Kingpin or Bullseye.

Green Lantern by Grant Morrison Reading Order

Green Lantern by Grant Morrison Reading Order: How to read Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s run of Emerald Warrior comics?

Grant Morrison is back on a regular DC Comics series, but not on Batman.

What is Green Lantern by Grant Morrison about?

As part of the DC Rebirth relaunch in 2016, the regular Green Lantern series was canceled and replaced with “Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps” and “Green Lanterns.” After that, Scottish writer Grant Morrison teamed up with British comic book artist Liam Sharp to give as a new king of Green Lantern series with a very European style.

This new series began when one the famous Green Lantern from Earth, the intrepid Hal Jordan, encountered an alien hiding in plain sight. This set off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps to its foundations.

Grant Morrison Batman Reading Order

Grant Morrison Batman Reading Order: How to read the most influencial run in recent Dark Knight history?

The Batman of the ’00s.

What is Grant Morrison’s Batman about?

Well, it’s about The Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, the most famous vigilante of the world, but mostly of Gotham City, the alter ego of Bruce Wayne.

This is an epic saga written by author superstar Grant Morrison from 2006 to 2013, from the main Batman series to Batman Incorporated, from the introduction of Damian Wayne to the death and beyond. This is a must read run.

Batman by Scott Snyder Reading Order: How to read the Dark Knight’s stories from the New 52 to Rebirth and beyond?

The best Batman run of the 2010s and more.

Why Batman by Scott Snyder?

After Grant Morrison famous run on Batman, came the New 52 and Scott Snyder. With stories about The Court of Howls, Batman Eternal, the Dark Nights: Metal event and more, Snyder became one of the major authors of the decade.

Mostly working with artist Greg Capullo and writer James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder gave us one of the best Batman and a lot of great adventures. The impact of his work on the character is important and there are a lot of great stories to read, so here is the guide.

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