How To Start Reading The Old Guard Comic [Guide + Reading Order]

On paper, immortality sounds awesome. Imagine being able to live forever and recover from all injuries. But in The Old Guard comics book series, which has recently been adapted as a Netflix movie, readers see that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.

Written by Greg Rucka, art by Leandro Fernandez, colours by Daniela Miwa, letters by Jodi Wayne, and published by Image Comics, the comic explore how time changes the relationships around you through a group of immortal mercenaries. While they’re careful not to reveal their immortality, shit hits the fans when their secret is revealed.

If you’re curious about The Old Guard after seeing the Netflix movie then this is the guide for you! It’ll point you in the right direction so you can start reading the excellent comics.

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The Old Guard #1 cover by Leandro Fernandez.
The Old Guard #1 cover by Leandro Fernandez.

Where Do I Start Reading The Old Guard?

Similar to comics like The Umbrella Academy and Locke & Key, The Old Guard is made up of multiple miniseries. Because of this, it can be confusing as to where you need to start.

The best place to start reading The Old Guard is with the original comic book miniseries from 2017. Start off with The Old Guard #1 and then read up to issue #5. After that, you can move onto the second miniseries.

To make it even easier, you can read The Old Guard #1 for free over at Comixology or the Image Comics website.

Check out the reading order below to see what to read next!

The Old Guard Book One: Opening Fire cover by Leandro Fernandez.
The Old Guard Book One: Opening Fire cover by Leandro Fernandez.

The Old Guard Reading Order

If you want to read all of The Old Guard then check out the following trade paperback collections.

The Old Guard Book One: Opening Fire
Collects: The Old Guard #1-5

The Old Guard Book Two: Force Multiplied
Collects: The Old Guard: Force Multiplied #1-5

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time #1-6

The Old Guard: Tales Through Time is an anthology series which explores the comic’s immortal characters throughout the ages. Joining Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez will be a line-up of other creators. This includes Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly-Sue DeConnick, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, Valentine De Landro, Dave Walker, Justin Greenwood, Matt Fraction, Vita Ayala, Nicola Scott, Andrew Wheeler, Eric Trautmann, Rick Burchett, Jacopo Camagni, David F. Walker, Matthew Clark, Kano, Jason Aaron, Steve Lieber, Horacio Altuna, and others.

The series will kick off in April 2021.

Want to know more about The Old Guard: Tales Through Time? Polygon has everything you need to know in their announcement.

Where Can I Buy The Old Guard Comics?

The Old Guard can be found at all good comic book stores, select book stores, online stores, eBay, and digitally on Comixology.

Will There Be More?

Yes! As mentioned above, The Old Guard: Tales Through Time starts in April 2021. There’s no word on if there will be more The Old Guard comics after this. Although, it is safe to assume there will be more. The comic has had plenty of critical praise and the popular Netflix movie is getting a sequel.

I will update this section when there’s more information.

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Comments (2)

  • Yeah, it’s not free. You have to create and Amazon account, buy it through Amazon, and then download some stupid comic app, buy it again (free) and create an account on the app to read it. I would have liked to read this, but really don’t appreciate being manipulated in order to do so. So no thanks.

    • There are two option available to you. I linked directly to the option on the Image Comics website too. Also, there is a more streamlined version to reading it on Comixology, where you sign-up directly and then purchase it for free. You don’t need to purchase on Amazon first.