Your Reading Order Guide to Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers

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Your Reading Order Guide to Jonathan Hickman's Avengers.

After a very popular run on the Fantastic Four, Jonathan Hickman took over The Avengers from long time Avengers writer Brian Michael Bendis in 2012. What resulted was a run of truly epic proportions with a large roster of heroes, big science fiction ideas and some top artists. With the successful implementation of these, his Avengers comics have been well received critically and by the fans – especially his work on New Avengers which made it into our readers top 10 comics of 2014 list.

Hickman’s run is unique in that it’s spread over two titles, Avengers and New Avengers, which while running independently sort of act as two side of the same coin. On one side we have Avengers, a series which features the conventional Avengers team with a large cast of additional characters thrown in depending on the situation at hand. On the other side is a much smaller team in New Avengers, featuring some of the most powerful and influential heroes in the Marvel Universe working in secret. These two titles run along each other and can be read independently from on another. Although, if you want to get a much larger picture you can read both – especially towards the end of the run when plot threads in both titles start to collide with each other.

Below is a reading reading order list of Hickman’s entire Avengers run. I’ve separated it into the trade paperback collections as that’s the most accessible way of reading it. This includes his Avengers/New Avengers series as well as his Infinity event which was interacted with the latter two heavily.

If you don’t want to read everything on this list you don’t have to. You can read Avengers or New Avengers and get a full story. Or if you are just interested in Hickman’s Avengers run as a lead up to Secret Wars you can jump straight to the four volumes of Avengers: Time Runs Out.

Avengers Volume 1: Avengers World cover by Dustin Weaver.

Avengers Volume 1: Avengers World

Collects: Avengers #1-6

Artists: Jerome Opena and Adam Kubert.

Avengers Volume 2: The Last White Event cover by Dustin Weaver.

Avengers Volume 2: The Last White Event

Collects: Avengers #7-11

Artists: Dustin Weaver and Mike Deodato.

Avengers Volume 3: Prelude to Infinity cover by Leinil Francis Yu.

Avengers Volume 3: Prelude to Infinity

Collects: Avengers #12-17.

Co-writer: Nick Spencer.

Artists: Mike Deodato and Stefano Caselli.

New Avengers Volume 1: Everything Dies cover by Steve Epting.

New Avengers Volume 1: Everything Dies

Collects: New Avengers #1-6.

Artist: Steve Epting.

Infinity cover by Adam Kubert.

Infinity

Collects: Infinity #1-6, New Avengers #7-12*, Avengers #14-23*, Infinity: Against the Tide Infinite Comic 1-2.

Artists: Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato, Stefano Caselli and Leinel Francis Yu.

* These issues are also available in Avengers Volume 4: Infinity or New Avengers Volume 2: Infinity.

Avengers Volume 5: Adapt or Die cover by Esad Ribic.

Avengers Volume 5: Adapt or Die

Collects: Avengers #24-28.

Artist: Salvador Larroca.

New Avengers Volume 3: Other Worlds cover by Mike Deodato.

New Avengers Volume 3: Other Worlds

Collects: New Avengers 13.INH, 14-17.

Artist: Simone Bianchi and Rags Morales.

Avengers Volume 6: Infinite Avengers cover by Frank Cho.

Avengers Volume 6: Infinite Avengers

Collects: Avengers #29-34.

Artist: Leinil Francis Yu.

New Avengers Volume 4: A Perfect World cover by Dustin Weaver.

New Avengers Volume 4: A Perfect World

Collects: New Avengers #18-23.

Artist: Valerio Schiti and Kev Walker.

Avengers: Time Runs Out volume 1 cover by Jim Cheung.

Avengers: Time Runs Out Volume 1

Collects: Avengers #35-37, New Avengers #24-25.

Artists: Jim Cheung, Stefano Caselli, Mike Deodato, Valerio Schiti, Kev Walker, Nick Bradshaw, Paco Medina and Dustin Weaver.

Avengers: Time Runs Out Volume 2 cover by Alan Davis.

Avengers: Time Runs Out Volume 2

Collects: Avengers #38-39, New Avengers #26-28.

Artists: Kev Walker, Stefano Caselli, Mike Deodato, Szymon Kudranski and Mike Perkins.

Avengers #40 cover by Dale Keown.

Avengers: Time Runs Out Volume 3

Collects: Avengers #40-42, New Avengers #29-30 (Available May 13th)

Artists: Kev Walker, Stefano Caselli, Mike Deodato.

Avengers #43 cover by Adam Kubert.

Avengers: Time Runs Out Volume 4

Collects: Avengers #43-44, New Avengers #31-33 (Available June 17th)

Artists: Kev Walker, Stefano Caselli, Mike Deodato.

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Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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Comments (24)

    • Hi Caleb, can you elaborate more? Are you seeing 2 New Avengers Volume 1s in this guide or somewhere else online? Hickman’s run is unique in which 2 comics (“Avengers” and “New Avengers”) act as 2 sides of the same coin. While they are seperate they are ultimately on the trajectory. It might possible you are looking at an addition which collects a larger amount of comics (15 issues instead of 6).

    • Hey Jase, Infinity: Against the Tide was a digital release that could be redeemed with the digital code in the back of the comic. It was never released in print on its own. You can buy it on comiXology or the Marvel store.

  • Hey man awesome list. Do you know if I can get a collected edition of infinity with just 1-6? I haven’t been able to find one that doesn’t have the avengers v4 and new avengers v2.
    Thanks

  • hello, great work,
    what does avengers volume 4 infinity collect?
    what does new avengers volume 2 infinity collect?

    • Hi, I didn’t put Avengers vol 4 or New Avengers vol 2 in the list as those issues are covered in the Infinity collection. I put a note under the Infinity collection explaining this.

  • Trevor, can I jump directly into Time Runs Out? I’ve read Infinity and the first issues from both Avengers and New Avengers

    • Yeah, you should be able to jump on with Time Runs Out. Maybe have Wikipedia handy for if there are bits that don’t make sense.

    • Hey Fernando, thanks!

      15 will get you 3 volumes with some change. I’d got with Avengers vol 1-2 and New Avengers vol 1. If you’re willing to spend an extra dollar or so I would also pick up New Avengers vol 2.

  • I wouldn’t say that Hickman’s run on Avengers and New Avengers is an easy read, but it’s well worth it, even discounting the fact it’s all been leading up to a company wide shake up at Marvel.

  • Thank you so much! I was slightly curious about current avengers run but it looked too confusing to get into. With your post I’m ready to give it a shot!

  • This is the exact reading order:

    New Avengers #1-3
    Avengers #1-4
    New Avengers #4
    Avengers #5
    New Avengers #5-6
    Avengers #6-13
    New Avengers #7
    Avengers #14-17
    New Avengers #8
    Infinity #1
    Avengers #18
    New Avengers #9
    Infinity #2
    Avengers #19
    New Avengers #10
    Infinity #3
    Avengers #20
    Infinity #4
    Avengers #21
    New Avengers #11
    Infinity #5
    Avengers #22-23
    Infinity #6
    New Avengers #12-15
    Avengers #24-28
    New Avengers #16-17
    Avengers #29-34
    New Avengers #18-23
    Avengers #35
    New Avengers #24-25
    Avengers #36-37
    New Avengers #26
    Avengers #38
    New Avengers #27
    Avengers #39
    New Avengers 28
    Avengers #40
    New Avengers #29
    Avengers #41
    New Avengers #30
    Avengers #42
    New Avengers #31
    Avengers #43
    New Avengers #32
    Avengers #44
    New Avengers #33

    Secret Wars

    • Thanks for this list. This will be super helpful for anyone who wants to read everything in avenues other than the collected editions such as Marvel Unlimited.