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The Marvel NOW! Reading Order


The Detailed Reading List With Summaries

Beginning Date: September 2012
End Date: September 2013.

Provided here is the contiguous, updated Reading Order for the Marvel NOW! reformation. Event, however, is too weak to use in this case; there are multiple themes and there are going to be over 300 issues when this is all said and done. Originally, this list was available on another site, but the decision was made to move it here; complications were arising due to the scope of information and size of the article, and it was becoming difficult to get publication approval.

Premise: Marvel NOW! occurs after the Avengers vs. X-Men event. In the conclusion of that saga, the Phoenix Force is snuffed and new mutants appear all over the world. The X-Men, as well, are forever broken and changed. All this becomes the catalyst for the ground-breaking things to come.

How To Use This Page: Below is the Reading Order, nothing more. If you wish to read summaries of issues, click the links provided. Those pages contain spoilers and additional analysis.

How To Use This Page: Below is the Reading Order, nothing more. For detailed issue summaries, click the underlined Story Arc title. Issues that lack a number are OPTIONAL!

Rule #1: The Reading Order is fluid until the event is over.
Rule #2: I listen to your comments and work well with others.
Rule #3: No profanity.

Latest Update: 11/05/2013

Beginnings (Summary At Bottom of This Page)
001 Marvel NOW Point One #1

Go Avengers, Into Marvel NOW!
002 Avengers Assemble #9
003 Avengers Assemble #10
004 Avengers Assemble #11

Widow's Ledger
005 Avengers Assemble #12
006 Avengers Assemble #13

Deadpool vs. The Dead Presidents
007 Deadpool #1
008 Deadpool #2
009 Deadpool #3
010 Deadpool #4
011 Deadpool #5
012 Deadpool #6

The Students vs. Frankenstein's Circus
013 Wolverine and The X-Men #19
014 Wolverine and The X-Men #20
015 Wolverine and The X-Men #21 (Not Bannered)
016 Wolverine and The X-Men #22
017 Wolverine and The X-Men #23

A Legion, Reformed
018 X-Men Legacy #1
019 X-Men Legacy #2
020 X-Men Legacy #3
021 X-Men Legacy #4
022 X-Men Legacy #5
023 X-Men Legacy #6

Captain America in Dimension Z
024 Captain America #1
025 Captain America #2
026 Captain America #3
027 Captain America #4
028 Captain America #5
029 Captain America #6
030 Captain America #7
301 Captain America #8
302 Captain America #9

Spidey's Superior Secret
Amazing Spider-Man #700
Avenging Spider-Man #15.1
031 The Superior Spider-Man #1
032 Superior Spider-Man #2
Daredevil #22
Avenging Spider-Man #16
033 Superior Spider-Man #3
034 Superior Spider-Man #4
035 Superior Spider-Man #5

"Memento Mori"
036 New Avengers #1
037 New Avengers #2
038 New Avengers #3
039 New Avengers #4
040 New Avengers #5
041 New Avengers #6
042 New Avengers #7

A World Changed
043 Avengers #1
044 Avengers #2
045 Avengers #3
046 Avengers #4
047 Avengers #5
048 Avengers #6
049 Avengers #7
050 Avengers #8
051 Avengers #9
052 Avengers #10
053 Avengers #11
054 Avengers #12
055 Avengers #13

Agent of SHIELD
056 Indestructible Hulk #1
057 Indestructible Hulk #2
058 Indestructible Hulk #3
059 Indestructible Hulk #4
060 Indestructible Hulk #5

061 Iron Man #1
062 Iron Man #2
063 Iron Man #3
064 Iron Man #4
065 Iron Man #5

Fugitive of ECHELON
066 Red She-Hulk #58
067 Red She-Hulk #59
068 Red She-Hulk #60
069 Red She-Hulk #61
070 Red She-Hulk #62
071 Red She-Hulk #63
072 Red She-Hulk #64
073 Red She-Hulk #65
074 Red She-Hulk #66
075 Red She-Hulk #67

All-New, From The Past
Highly Recommended Reading: AvX: Consequences #1-5 from the Avengers vs. X-Men event

076 All-New X-Men #1
077 All-New X-Men #2
078 All-New X-Men #3
079 All-New X-Men #4
080 All-New X-Men #5
081 All-New X-Men #6
082 All-New X-Men #7
083 All-New X-Men #8

Mutants and Human, Uncanny
084 Uncanny Avengers #1
085 Uncanny Avengers #2
086 Uncanny Avengers #3
087 Uncanny Avengers #4
088 Uncanny Avengers #5

Visions of Futility
089 Cable and X-Force #1
090 Cable and X-Force #2
091 Cable and X-Force #3
092 Cable and X-Force #4
093 Cable and X-Force #5

A + X =  NOW!
094 A+X #1
095 A+X #2
096 A+X #3
097 A+X #4
098 A+X #5
099 A+X #6
100 A+X #7
101 A+X #8
102 A+X #9
103 A+X #10

Murder World
104 Avengers Arena #1
105 Avengers Arena #2
106 Avengers Arena #3
107 Avengers Arena #4
108 Avengers Arena #5
109 Avengers Arena #6
110 Avengers Arena #7
111 Avengers Arena #8
112 Avengers Arena #9
113 Avengers Arena #10
114 Avengers Arena #11
115 Avengers Arena #12

Parental Liabilities
116 Avengers Assemble Annual #1
117 Young Avengers #1
118 Young Avengers #2
119 Young Avengers #3
120 Young Avengers #4
121 Young Avengers #5
122 Young Avengers #6
123 Young Avengers #7
124 Young Avengers #8

Fantastic For Four or More
125 Fantastic Four #1
126 FF#1
127 Fantastic Four #2
128 FF #2
129 FF #3
130 FF #4
131 Avenging Spider-Man #17
132 Fantastic Four #3
133 Fantastic Four #4
134 Fantastic Four #5
135 Fantastic Four #6
136 Fantastic Four #7
137 Fantastic Four #8
138 FF #5
139 FF #6
140 FF #7
141 Fantastic Four #9
142 Fantastic Four #10
143 FF #8
144 FF #9
145 FF #10

146 Thunderbolts #1
147 Thunderbolts #2
148 Thunderbolts #3
149 Thunderbolts #4
150 Thunderbolts #5
151 Thunderbolts #6
152 Thunderbolts #7
153 Thunderbolts #8
154 Thunderbolts #9
155 Thunderbolts #10
156 Thunderbolts #11
157 Thunderbolts #12
158 Thunderbolts #13

The God Butcher/God Bomb
159 Thor God of Thunder #1
160 Thor God of Thunder #2
161 Thor God of Thunder #3
162 Thor God of Thunder #4
163 Thor God of Thunder #5
164 Thor God of Thunder #6
165 Thor God of Thunder #7
166 Thor God of Thunder #8
167 Thor God of Thunder #9
168 Thor God of Thunder #10

Berserker/Seeds of Destruction
169 Journey Into Mystery #646
170 Journey Into Mystery #647
171 Journey Into Mystery #648
172 Journey Into Mystery #649
173 Journey Into Mystery #650
174 Journey Into Mystery #651
175 Journey Into Mystery #652
176 Journey Into Mystery #653
177 Journey Into Mystery #654

The X-Force Reborn
178 Wolverine and The X-Men #24
179 Uncanny X-Force #1
180 Uncanny X-Force #2
181 Uncanny X-Force #3
182 Uncanny X-Force #4
183 Uncanny X-Force #5
184 Uncanny X-Force #6
185 Uncanny X-Force #7
186 Uncanny X-Force #8
187 Uncanny X-Force #9

188 Savage Wolverine #1
189 Savage Wolverine #2
190 Savage Wolverine #3
191 Savage Wolverine #4
192 Savage Wolverine #5
193 Savage Wolverine #6
194 Savage Wolverine #7

The Return of Cyclops
195 Uncanny X-Men #1
196 Uncanny X-Men #2
197 Uncanny X-Men #3
198 All-New X-Men #9
199 All-New X-Men #10
200 All-New X-Men #11
201 Uncanny X-Men #4
202 Uncanny X-Men #5
203 Uncanny X-Men #6
204 All-New X-Men #12
205 Cable and X-Force #6
206 Cable and X-Force #7

Amazing Spider-Man #699.1
207 Morbius The Living Vampire #1
208 Morbuis The Living Vampire #2
209 Morbius The Living Vampire #3
210 Morbius The Living Vampire #4
211 Morbius The Living Vampire #5
212 Morbius The Living Vampire #7

A Troubled Mind
Avenging Spider-Man #18
213 Superior Spider-Man #6
214 Superior Spider-Man #7
215 Superior Spider-Man #8
216 Superior Spider-Man #9
217 Superior Spider-Man #10
218 Superior Spider-Man #11
219 Superior Spider-Man #12
220 Superior Spider-Man #13
221 Superior Spider-Man #14
222 Superior Spider-Man #15
225 Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1
226 Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2
227 The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1
228 The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2

Doom Maidens
229 Fearless Defenders #1
230 Fearless Defenders #2
231 Fearless Defenders #3
232 Fearless Defenders #4
233 Fearless Defenders #5
234 Fearless Defenders #6
235 Fearless Defenders #7

236 Secret Avengers #1
237 Secret Avengers #2
238 Secret Avengers #3
239 Secret Avengers #4
340 Secret Avengers #5
341 Secret Avengers #6
342 Secret Avengers #7

243 Iron Man #6
244 Iron Man #7
245 Iron Man #8

The New Nova
246 Nova #1
247 Nova #2
248 Nova #3
249 Nova #4
250 Nova #5
251 Nova #6

The Wake of War
252 Guardians of The Galaxy #0.1
253 Guardians of The Galaxy #1
254 Guardians of The Galaxy #2
255 Guardians of The Galaxy #3
256 Guardians of The Galaxy #4
257 Guardians of The Galaxy #5

Thanos Rising
258 Thanos Rising #1
259 Thanos Rising #2
260 Thanos Rising #3
261 Thanos Rising #4

The Ballad of Legion and Blindfold
262 X-Men Legacy #7
263 X-Men Legacy #8
264 X-Men Legacy #9
265 X-Men Legacy #10
266 X-Men Legacy #11
267 X-Men Legacy #12
268 X-Men Legacy #13
269 X-Men Legacy #14

Deadpool and the Demonic Contracts
270 Deadpool #7
271 Deadpool #8
272 Deadpool #9
273 Deadpool #10
274 Deadpool #11
275 Deadpool #12
276 Deadpool #13

Kang and The Apocalypse Twins
277 Uncanny Avengers #6
278 Uncanny Avengers #7
279 Uncanny Avengers #8
280 Uncanny Avengers #9
281 Uncanny Avengers #10

Hunting Season/Drowning Logan
282 Wolverine #1
283 Wolverine #2
284 Wolverine #3
285 Wolverine #4
286 Wolverine #5
287 Wolverine #6
288 Wolverine #7
289 Wolverine #8

Woes of Eiderdurm/Blind Rage
290 Indestructible Hulk #6
291 Indestructible Hulk #7
292 Indestructible Hulk #8
293 Indestructible Hulk #9
294 Indestructible Hulk #10

The Enemy Within
295 Avengers The Enemy Within #1
296 Avengers Assemble #16
297 Captain Marvel #13
298 Avengers Assemble #17
299 Captain Marvel #14

Chrono Infinitum: The Age of Ultron
300 Avengers Assemble #14AU
301 Avengers Assemble #15AU
302 Fantastic Four #5AU
303 Superior Spider-Man #6AU
304 Ultron #1AU
305 Uncanny Avengers #8AU
306 Fearless Defenders #4AU

The Secret Origin of Tony Stark
307 Iron Man #9
308 Iron Man #10
309 Iron Man #11
310 Iron Man #12
311 Iron Man #13
312 Iron Man #14

Mutant Terrorists
313 Cable and X-Force #8
314 Cable and X-Force #9
315 Cable and X-Force #10
316 Cable and X-Force #11

317 X-Men #1
318 X-Men #2
319 X-Men #3

The Evolution of Jean Grey
320 All-New X-Men #13
321 All-New X-Men #14

New Mutant
322 Uncanny X-Men #7
323 Uncanny X-Men #8
324 Uncanny X-Men #9

325 Avengers AI #1
326 Avengers AI #2

Marvel NOW! Point One
Where it All Begins

Above: A stranger appears with a warning for Nick Fury in Marvel NOW! Point One (2012).

Analysis: The beginning of this event belongs with the Point One issue. It is the "hop on" point intended to give readers an idea - clues, if you will - of the myriad of plots coming down the pike.

001 Marvel NOW Point One #1 (A visitor from the future is picked up by SHIELD and he asks for the New Nick Fury. After Fury and Coulson appear, they begin having a dialogue and the stranger imparts the stories of: The origin of Starhawk, The New Nova, The Return of Ant-Man, Loki and his remaking of the Young Avengers, and Forge and his task to help fix Cable. By the end of the story, the visitor gives Fury a warning and utters a strange word which causes the room to erupt in a lot of gunfire. Fury then questions Maria Hill and prepares for an important mission to come.)

Note: These next issues are are placed here until their next Story Arc or Theme are more detailed. They will then have their own section.

Journey Into Mystery #651 (Starts the new story arc without chronological markers. Established as a form of Asgardian fairy tale, Volstagg and his daughter, Hilde, are the stars when the dog, Hati, and her stumble upon two Dwarves freeing the Fenris Wolf. Hati attacks and the Wolf awakens and begins fighting. Hilde runs back to alert her father. He, in turn, awakens the remaining two of the Warrior's Three, Sif, and then Thor. They locate the Wolf in the All-Mother's garden. According to the Dwarves, they were trying to retrieve Gleipnir, the magical leash, and replace it with a new creation. But now, Fenris has awakened and hid it. Using Hati's nose, Hilde and he locate the leash buried at the bough of Golden Apple tree. With Gleipnir in hand, they prepare to bound the legendary creature. Fenris makes a barter, though, to avoid more bloodshed. Hilde must give him one of the apples for his consumption on her own; that will teach her a lesson. At the end, she does so, showing her bravery.)
Journey Into Mystery #652 (Continues from the previous issue after an undefined period. Sif speaks with Lady Gaea and watches as the goddess collapses. After some researching and speaking with Dr. Jane Foster, she takes the goddess to the Avengers Deep Space Station, hoping the expanse will renew her connection to nature. While there, though, Sif catches a pleading call from Beta Ray Bill, who is involved in a chase and crashes nearby.)
Iron Man #9 (Starts the next story arc, appears to occur after some work he's done with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Seeing the devastation of the Voldi which was masterminded by Recorder 451, Tony travels to Hope's Pustule and hires Death's Head the Bounty Hunter to track him down. They then go on a galaxy-spanning trip until they arrive on a Badoon ship. Tony thinks they are about to ambush Recorder 451, but is suddenly surprised with Death's Head reveals their location; the Hunter was secretly employed by his enemy first. Once the Bounty Hunter leaves, Recorder 451 reveals more of his plan; Tony is unable to do anything because his suit's defenses have already been compromised. But the amazing part of the story happens at the end; Recorder shows Tony an old film of his dad. The movie was meant and addressed for Tony. And in the background, next to his father, is Recorder 451!)
Iron Man #10 (Continues from Iron Man #9, after a very brief period. Tony watches the whole recording and can't believe it. According to the accounting, Howard Stark and his wife learned that Tony's birth was near impossible and wouldn't come to term. Unable to accept fate, he travels across the world for solutions until he comes upon an alien "grey" appearing as a human. The grey reveals that his family runs a casino in Nevada and have Recorder 451 in their capture; if Howard retrieves him, he'll receive the tech needed to make Tony's birth possible. Howard then assembles the "Stark Seven", with members like "Dum Dum" Dugan, Jimmy Woo, and Lieutenant Ross. Together they break in and free the Recorder, but the grey they are working with is killed by his family. As all this is revealed to Tony, Recorder 451 gives him a tranquilizer and prepares him to meet his parents as they travel across space. All of them.)
Iron Man #11 (Continues from Iron Man #10, with an undefined break. More of Stark's origin is revealed. We now learn that he was going to die at birth. Recorder 451, however, tells them that he can save the child, but wants to make an arrangement to do so. The Starks ultimately agree; the agreement is for Tony to be engineered as a super-genius, introducing innovative weapons and tech to defend the planet within the next 30 years. Before he is born, though, the greys track down the Recorder. They are stopped, but it's not over. Recorder tells them they'll be hunted.)
Cable and X-Force #8 (This story follows Cable and X-Force #7, and may be bundled with that issue in the near future. After rescuing the alien from The Raft, Cable and Peter are captured by Abagail Brand of SWORD. She tells him that the creature is actually a cruel and ruthless criminal wanted dead by at least 40 different planetary societies. Cable then shows her the truth; the alien's location was known as an assassination force was prepared to destroy Earth to kill him. Realizing his words rang true, Brand makes a special exception and takes the two of them out into space to rescue Domino, Boom Boom, and the rest of the team captured by the alien. Peter breaks into his craft and keeps the alien at bay, eventually completing the rescue. After success, though, Cable has other plans besides returning to prisoner status. They throw Brand into a suit and let her agents pick her up. Once back at The Peak, Brand radios Havok and tells him to bring his nephew in.)
Cable and X-Force #9 (Continues from the previous issue, with an undefined break. Centering on Hope. Captain America, Havok, and Rogue from the Uncanny Avengers are tracking her, believing she wants to rejoin Cable. They stop and attempt to dissuade her, but she previously gathered the powered of The Purple Girl and Mastermind. Using those abilities, she gets away, causing them to fight amongst illusions and themselves.) 
X-Men #1 (Starts the new series. Jubilee travels to America to bring back an infant; she knows she's being followed, but only later is it revealed to be John Sublime. With Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Rogue, and Rachel (Phoenix), they rescue Jubilee and the child. They also capture Sublime...he gives up willingly. Questioning him, they learn that he has a twin sister who battled him in the beginning. She was expelled from Earth, but survived and evolved with alien technology. Once he learns that Jubilee brought a baby with her, he screams that they have to stop her. Too late, she's been possessed and appears, preparing to do battle.) 

Marking the debut of the event, Marvel released a few TPBs, including Marvel Now! Point One and Marvel Firsts: Before Marvel Now! These books represent key figures in the event and some of the new things you'll see that they're working on.

The Complete Marvel Now! Catalog (Amazon)

The future is now...MARVEL NOW! Get in on the ground floor as the Marvel Universe is revitalized for a new and exciting era of adventure!

COLLECTING: Uncanny Avengers 1, Marvel Now! Point One 1, A+X 1, Deadpool 1, Iron Man 1, All-New X-Men 1, Fantastic Four 1, Thor: GOD OF THUNDER 1, X-Men Legacy 1, Captain America 1, Indestructible Hulk 1, FF 1, Avengers 1, T-Bolts 1, Avengers Arena 1, Cable/X-Force 1, New Avengers 1, Superior Spider-Man 1, Savage Wolverine 1, Young Avengers 1, Uncanny X-Men 1, Secret Avengers 1, Nova 1, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 1, Red She-Hulk 58, Fearless Defenders 1, JOURNEY INTO MYSTER Y 646, Morbius 1, Uncanny X-Force 1, Wolverine 1, X-Men 1, And Avengers Assemble 9.

This is a Reading Order Page provided by The Superheroes List. If you're just arriving, Marvel NOW! is a reformation of the Marvel Comics Publishing Group, reinventing and revitalizing their great superheroes and villains to the latest era. Are you interested in what's happening with Marvel NOW!? Well you're not alone. Twitter #MarvelNOW


  1. hallo, i been follow your reading order since Avengers vs. X-Men and since The Marvel Now has been huge change, i just want to remind you of some other comic like Alpha Big Time, Captain Marvel, Dark Avengers, Gambit, Hawkeye, Scarlet Spider, Venom, Winter Soldier, and X Factor.

    1. Hi Dian, thanks for checking in. The thing about those titles you mentioned is that they're not really Marvel NOW! and don't have that logo. I sort of agree with you, however, about doing something for them. I'm not sure yet, but I might be able to add them on the story arc events page.

    2. Hey blake i hope you can do it, Thanks

  2. Thanks for this reading order! I do want to join Dian in reminding you of all the missing series though, there's quite a lot that were included in the Squidoo reading order that have been omitted from this one.

  3. The Uncanny Avengers is out of place. The beginning issues of Uncanny Avengers show Beast in his normal form, and have the Xavier funeral. These should take place before All New X-Men I think.

  4. Hey, just read through AvX and grabbed this to move on. Really love what you've done but I noticed something and wanted to let you know. In reading AvX: Consequences #1 Captain America is already in his armor costume and Wolverine makes a past reference to Xavier's funeral. However, at the funeral we see Cat-Beast, placing it before All-New X-Men #1-#8 and also old uniformed Captain America placing it before Avengers #1-#3.

    Avengers vs. X-Men #12 depicted Captain America in his old costume talking to Cyclops in his cell, followed by Wolverine saying "I got a eulogy to give". Although it's release schedule has been wonky, since Uncanny Avengers was intentionally the only Marvel Now! title released in that first month last year, I think it was meant as a direct carry over and continuation of AvX. I mean I know it's the comic world, but the funeral connection makes it easier, placing this in what I assume would be a week long window. Especially because Alex visits Scott in his cell in UA #1. I think a lot of the events happen in fairly quick succession though.

    -AvX #12 (Cap shown in old costume in Cyclops' cell, Wolverine says "I've got a eulogy to give")
    -Uncanny Avengers #1-#5 (Xavier's funeral, Cat Beast, Old Cap Uniform)
    -New Avengers #1-#3 (old costume Cap
    -Avengers #1- (Cap gets new costume)
    -AvX Consequences
    -All New X-Men (#1-#8)

    1. I don't understand why so many people say that Captain America is in his old costume in Uncanny Avengers #1, because he is clearly in his new one. The easiest way to make the difference is his headgear; in his old uniform, it was more of a mask (and you see his ears), and in his new one, it's an helmet (you don't see his ears).

  5. Hello everybody !
    First of all thanks for this reading order ! Keep up the good job.
    I wanted to ask, does anyone know why the Wolverine and the X-men issues from the 24 to the end aren't included in the Marvel NOW! event?

  6. Because even though they have the red band and the ReEvolution logo, they don't have the "Now!" under Marvel, and poster is only including explicitly Now! titles.

  7. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee continue!!!!!!

  8. Hi! This is incredible! It`s such a great job you`ve done with it. Congratulations! I love the way you`ve ordered each collection to make it look like one single Marvel Now Story.

    I`m a blogger too, from , one of the greatest comic book blogs in spanish there is (just watch our numbers), and one of our greatest posts are always the Reading Orders... and as I said, the one you did here is fantastic. I just wanna know if you could let us share it with our visitors in our blog. With the respective mention to your authority and a link to your blog of course.

    I will be honored to promote your work.
    Waiting for your answer, sinceresly yours

    Negativo ^_^

  9. Where's the rest of it?

  10. Thanks for this. I just got a Marvel Unlimited account and this is really helping me decide what to read.