Captain Marvel Reading Order Guide

Captain Marvel Reading Order Guide

On 8th March, or perhaps sooner if you live outside of the US, Captain Marvel will be hitting the big screen as Marvel Studio’s first female-lead movie. Understandably, with all this excitement, you might want to check out the Captain Marvel comics.

Unfortunately, Marvel Comics have not made it simple to read Captain Marvel without some confusion. The problem is that through the company’s love of new number #1 issues, Captain Marvel has multiple trade paperbacks that are labelled as volume 1 or 2.

On the surface, this makes it extremely hard to figure out which ones are meant to be read and in which order.

Luckily, this Captain Marvel Reading Order Guide is here to save the day! Read on to make sense of Captain Marvel’s confusing publishing history.

Which Captain Marvel Is This Reading Order For?

Over the years, there has been a bunch of different heroes that have gone by the name of Captain Marvel. This reading order focuses on Carol Danvers.

Why? This is because Carol Danvers is the currently carries the name of Captain Marvel – doing so since 2012 – and she is will also be the star of the 2019 movie.

Where Can I Read Captain Marvel?

There are many ways to read Captain Marvel comics and graphic novels!

You can find these comics in the trade paperback format, which can be found at all good comic book stores, online, and on eBay.

If digital is more your thing, you’ll be able to read Captain Marvel on Comixology, Marvel Comics Store, and Marvel Unlimited.

How Do I Use This Reading Order?

There are a few different ways you can use this reading order depending on what you want to read.

  1. You can read everything involving Captain Marvel, start to finish
  2. You could read a specific era of the character. The headings are a great place to differentiate each of these eras. You can start at any of these.
  3. Use it to figure out the various volume 1 and 2s that Marvel have released over the years. That way you won’t read the wrong one by accident.

Captain Marvel Reading Order

So let’s get into it! Enjoy the reading order.

The Life of Captain Marvel #1 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco.
The Life of Captain Marvel #1 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco.

Origin: The Life of Captain Marvel

The Life Of Captain Marvel is a five-part miniseries that retells and streamlines Carol Danver’s origin story. At the time of writing this was still being released and is only available in single issues at the moment.

I’ll give this section of the reading order an update once the trade paperback is released.

The Life Of Captain Marvel
Written by Margaret Stohl. Art by Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage.
Collects: The Life of Captain Marvel #1-5

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight cover by Ed McGuinness.
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight cover by Ed McGuinness.

Captain Marvel 2012 Series and Avengers Assemble

This section includes the first solo series of Captain Marvel in addition to her appearances in Avengers Assembled, which are written by the same writer.

Avenging Spider-Man #9 (First appearance as Captain Marvel)
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by Terry Dodson.

Captain Marvel Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by Dexter Soy and Emma Rios.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2012 series) #1-6

Read a review for Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight

Captain Marvel Volume 2: Down
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by Filipe Andrade and Dexter Soy.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2012 series) #7-12

Avengers Assemble: Science Bros
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christos Gage. Art by Stefano Caselli, Tomm Coker, and Pete Woods.
Collects: Avengers Assemble #9-13, Annual #1

Avengers: The Enemy Within
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by Filipe Andrade Matteo Buffagni, and Scott Hepburn.
Collects: Avengers: The Enemy Within #1, Captain Marvel (2012 series) #13-14, Captain Marvel (2012 series) #17, Avengers Assemble #16-17

Note: Captain Marvel (2012 series) #15-16 are tie-ins into a Marvel Event called Infinity.

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More cover by David Lopez.
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More cover by David Lopez.

Captain Marvel 2014 Series and Secret Wars

Marvel love a new number #1, and that’s exactly what happened to Captain Marvel in 2014. As a result, the trade paperback collections numbering was also reset. This section includes the series that started in 2014 all the way up to the Secret Wars mega-event.

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by David Lopez.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2014 series) #1-6

Captain Marvel Volume 2: Stay Fly
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by David Lopez and Marcio Takara.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2014 series) #7-11

Captain Marvel Volume 3: Alis Volat Propriis
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by David Lopez and Marcio Takara.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2014 series) #12-15

Note: Captain Marvel (2014 series) #14 is part of the Black Vortex crossover.

Note: The next two series tie-into Marvel’s Secret Wars event.

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps
Written by Kelly Thompson and Kelly Sue DeConnick. Art by David Lopez.
Collects: Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #1-4

A-Force Vol. 0 : Warzones!
Written by Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson. Art by Jorge Molina.
Collects: A-Force (2015 series) #1-5

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight cover by Kris Anka.
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight cover by Kris Anka.

After Secret Wars and Civil War II

After Secret Wars, Captain Marvel received a new number #1 yet again! With this new series there was also a new direction with the introduction to the new Alpha Flight and a new creative team too.

This leads into Civil War II, which Captain Marvel played a big part in.

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Rise of Alpha Flight
Written by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekis. Art by Kris Anka.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2016 series) #1-5

A-Force Volume 1: Hypertime
Written by Marguerite Bennett, Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson, and Roy Thomas. Art by Jorge Molina, Victor Ibanez, and John Busema.
Collects: A-Force (2016 series) #1-4, Avengers (1963 series) #83, A-Force (2015 series) #1 and material from Avengers (2015) #0.

Note: The next three listing are part of the Civil War II crossover event. Captain Marvel was a big part of this series and due to this some of the series she stars in tie into it. Check out this reading order guide to see how these listings fit into the overall story.

Civil War II
Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Art by David Marquez.
Collects: Civil War II #1-8.

Captain Marvel Volume 2: Civil War II
Written by Christos N. Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage. Art by Kris Anka and Marco Failla.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2016) #6-10

A-Force Volume 2: Rage Against The Dying Of The Light
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Ben Caldwell and Paulo Siqueria.
Collects: A-Force (2016 series) #5-10

The Mighty Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Alien Nation cvoer by Elizabeth Torque.
The Mighty Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Alien Nation cvoer by Elizabeth Torque.

After Civil War II

And yet a gain a new number #1 issue for Captain Marvel in the post-Civil War II Marvel landscape. Although, this didn’t last long thanks to Marvel Legacy, with a new renumbering which combined all of the previous Captain Marvel and other identities of Carol Danvers together.

The Mighty Captain Marvel Volume 1: Alien Nation
Written by Margaret Stohl. Art by Ramon Rosanas.
Collects: The Mighty Captain Marvel #0-4

The Mighty Captain Marvel Volume 2: Band of Sisters
Written by Margaret Stohl. Art by Michele Bandini.
Collects: The Mighty Captain Marvel #5-9

Note: The Mighty Captain Marvel #5-8 ties into the Secret Empire event.

Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell #1
Written by Margaret Stohl. Art by Michele Bandini.

The Mighty Captain Marvel Volume 3: Dark Origins
Written by Margaret Stohl. Art by Michele Bandini.
Collects: Captain Marvel #125-129

Check out a preview of Captain Marvel #125.

Infinity Countdown
Written and art by various.

Note: Captain Marvel is one of the main characters in this cosmic crossover. You can find out more about it in this handy reading order.

Captain Marvel (2019 series) #1 cover by Amanda Conner.
Captain Marvel (2019 series) #1 cover by Amanda Conner.

Captain Marvel 2019 Series

To coincide with the Captain Marvel movie, Marvel relaunched the series with a new #1 and creative team.

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Re-Entry
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Carmen Carnero and Annapaola Martello.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2019 series) #1-5

Captain Marvel Volume 2: Falling Star
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Carmen Carnero and Annapaola Martello.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2019 series) #6-11

Star: Birth Of A Dragon
Collects:
Star (2020 series) #1-5

Note: Star: Birth of the Dragon is a miniseries which features Star, who was introduced in the first arc Captain Marvel (2019 series). Check it out if you’re a fan of the character and want to know what happens to her next.

Captain Marvel Volume 3: The Last Avenger
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Lee Garbett and Francesco Manna.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2019 series) #12-16

Captain Marvel Volume 4: Accused
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Francesco Manna and Cory Smith.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2019 series) #17-21

Note: Captain Marvel Volume 4: Accused ties into the Avengers/Fantastic Four: Empyre event. To find out more, check out the Empyre reading order.

Captain Marvel Volume 5: The New World
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Lee Garbett and Belen Ortega.
Collects: Captain Marvel (2019 series) #22-26

Updating…

Captain Marvel as a character is still active and I anticipate that there will be plenty of more comics and trade paperbacks to add to this list.

Come back in a few months to find more Captain Marvel comics to read!

Have Your Say!

Has the upcoming Captain Marvel movie got you interested in reading the comics? Have you found this reading order helpful? Let me know in the comments below or via Facebook or Twitter.

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Comments (4)

  • Thank you so much for this reading order! It’s really frustrating how hard Marvel has made it to follow the character, thank you for making it easier 🙂

    • Hey Jackie, great question. You are right in saying that there has previously been a man in the Captain Marvel role. In fact, there have been 6 people who have used that name since the late 60s. The name of Captain Marvel has become a legacy since the original Captain Marvel died of cancer back in the early 80s, with different people taking on the name at different times. Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel, is the latest to take the name after previously being known as Ms Marvel for a long time.