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I've seen a few supposed reading orders and checklists, but most of them differ in spots.

What is the full in-universe chronological reading order, including tie-ins and lead-ins for the 2015 Marvel Secret Wars crossover event?

  • The event is not finished yet. – ibid Dec 3 '15 at 4:48
  • Isn't it? Some of the new #1's are on sale now. It was my understanding that those were all post-Secret Wars – phantom42 Dec 3 '15 at 4:57
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    These new number ones are chronologically after the event but the issues of the main event series were delayed, Marvel just decided to push ahead with their release. – Jack Graveney Dec 3 '15 at 7:02
  • @phantom42 Marvel had to start publishing the new #1s, since those are their usual weekly comics. They couldn't delay dozens of comics to wait for Secret Wars. :/ – user1027 Dec 3 '15 at 16:25
  • Related – ibid Dec 9 '15 at 1:08
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Comic Book Herald has a good list:

Secret Wars Trade Reading Order

While the extremely dedicated can follow my issue by issue reading list below, there is some more flexibility with a trade reading order.

For the most part, Secret Wars is deceptively easy. You can read the Last Days tie-ins first, then the main Secret Wars event up to issue #6, then read any Secret Wars tie-in trade as it catches your interest (my trade power rankings can help), then come back to Secret Wars #7 to #9. A small handful of tie-ins have ‘epilogue’ issues, all of which are noted below.

There are minor to medium continuity incongruities that will arise with this method, and if you’re worried about that, I highly recommend the issue by issue list below. If not, this trade reading order should fit your needs nicely!

  1. Secret Wars #0 to #1

  2. Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars

Note: Technically Deadpool’s tie-in occurs during the original Secret Wars, aka the mid-80’s. Chronologically it occurs prior to Secret Wars (2015), but that’s a weird place to start.

  1. Captain America & the Mighty Avengers Vol. 2: Last Days

  2. Black Widow Vol. 3: Last Days

  3. Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 3: Last Days

  4. Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days

  5. Magneto Vol. 4: Last Days

  6. The Punisher Vol. 3: Last Days

  7. Silver Surfer Vol. 3: Last Days

Note: Save the final issue of Silver Surfer (#15) for an epilogue to Secret Wars #9.

  1. Secret Wars #2 to #6

Note that Secret Wars is a nine issue event (ten if you count FCBD issue #0). I recommend going no further than issue #6 in the main event before tackling your tie-ins of your choice.

  1. Tie-ins

    • Secret Wars Journal/Battleworld

    • Master of Kung Fu: Battleworld

    • A-Force

    Note: Save the final issue of A-Force (#5) for an epilogue to Secret Wars #9.

    • Planet Hulk

    • Spider-Verse

    • Inhumans: Attilan Rising

    • M.O.D.O.K. Assassin

    Note: MODOK Assassin (a personal favorite) can be read in its entirety prior to Secret Wars #4.

    • Infinity Gauntlet

    • Old Man Logan

    Note: Save the final issue of Old Man Logan (#5) for an epilogue to Secret Wars #9.

    • Inferno

    • Secret Wars 2099

    • Where Monsters Dwell

    • X-Men ‘92

    • X-Men: Years of Future Past

    • X-Tinction Agenda

    • Giant-Size Little Marvel: AvX

    • Future Imperfect

    • Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

    • Armor Wars

    • Marvel Zombies: Battleworld

    • Ghost Racers

    • Weirdworld

    Note: Save the final issue of Weirdworld (#5) for an epilogue to Secret Wars #9.

    • 1602 Witch Hunter Angela

    • Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps

    • Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos

    • Thors

    • Runaways

    • Squadron Sinister

    • Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies

    • Age of Apocalypse

    • E is for Extinction

    • Civil War

    • Guardians of Knowhere

    • Korvac Saga

    • Red Skull

    • Spider-Island

    • Star-Lord & Kitty Pride

    • Marvel 1872

    • House of M

    • Hail Hydra

    • Siege: Battleworld

    • Ultimate End

  2. Secret Wars #7 to #9

  3. Epilogue Issues

He also has an issue-by-issue list.

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