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Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day Reading Order Guide

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The Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals are coming together for Marvel’s latest comic book event – Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day. However, they won’t be getting along.

The Eternals are determined to eradicate the X-Men after discovering a long-lost secret about mutantkind. As you can assume, the X-Men will not go down without a fight. At the same time, the Avengers are stuck in the middle, trying to deescalate the super-powered conflict. Who will be victorious? Will everyone learn to get along? Or will it end horribly for everyone? You’ll have to read to find out!

Large-scale comic book events that bring together different franchises can be confusing. Although, it doesn’t have to be! This Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day reading order has everything you need to know in order to read this huge story and its tie-ins, along with release dates, recommended background reading, and heaps more.

Note: From this point on, I am going to abbreviate the “Avengers/X-Men/Eternals” part of the title to “A.X.E”. It’s easier to read and it seems to be an abbreviation that Marvel are using too.

Do you have to read all of the tie-ins?

No. Tie-ins to comic book events allow you to expand your reading experience through parallel stories and different character perspectives. You don’t have to read them if you don’t want to. You’ll get the full story by reading the main A.X.E: Judgment Day series.

While Marvel would love that you read all of the tie-ins, they understand that it’s not always possible. With that in mind, if you’re looking to read any tie-ins, pick the ones that interest you the most. This could be based on the story, characters involved, or the creators who made the comic.

House of X #1 cover by Pepe Larraz.
House of X #1 cover by Pepe Larraz.

Background reading

Want to do some background reading before diving into A.X.E: Judgment Day? Here are a few related stories you can read.

Eternals (2021 series) #1-9
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Esad Ribic.

This is the latest Eternals series, which is penned by A.X.E: Judgement Day writer Keiron Gillen. Check out this series if you want to know what has been going on with the Eternals lately.

These are collected in the following trade paperbacks:

  • Eternals Volume 1: Only Death Is Eternal
  • Eternals Volume 2: Hail Thanos

X-Men: House of X/Powers of X
Written by Jonathan Hickman. Art by Pepe Larraz and R.B Silva.

Haven’t been paying attention with what’s been going on with the X-Men lately? A lot has changed in the last few years. House of X/Powers of X sets up the foundational work of the new X-Men status quo. Find out how to read it in this handy reading order.

Avengers (2018 series)
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by various.

Not an essential read unless you REALLY want to know what the Avengers have been up to the last few years. There have been a few small connections between the team and the Eternals via the Avengers using a dead Celestial as a base but I’m sure those details can be picked up while reading A.X.E: Judgment Day.

Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day promotional art by Dustin Weaver.
Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day promotional art by Dustin Weaver.

A.X.E: Judgment Day build-up

The following issues build-up and hint to A.X.E: Judgment Day. Marvel have put “Judgement Day Is Coming” on the covers for these issues. Some of these issues will related to the event more than others, as they will also be concerned with wrapping up current storylines.

Eternals: The Heretic #1 (one-shot)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Ryan Bodenheim and Edgar Salazar.
Available 16th March

Eternals (2021 series) #10
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Esad Ribic.
Available 9th March

Eternals (2021 series) #11
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Esad Ribic.
Available 13th April

Eternals (2021 series) #12
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Esad Ribic.
Available 18th May

Note: The Eternals lead-up issues build-up to A.X.E: Judgment Day the most.

X-Men (2021 series) #11
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available 11th May

X-Men (2021 series) #12
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Pepe Larraz.
Available 22nd June

Immortal X-Men #3
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Lucas Werneck.
Available 22nd June.

Immortal X-Men #4
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Lucas Werneck.
Available 29th June.

Avengers (2018 series) #54
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Juan Frigeri.
Available 16th March.

Avengers (2018 series) #55
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Javier Garrón.
Available 20th April.

Avengers (2018 series) #56
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Javier Garrón.
Available 11th May.

Avengers (2018 series) #57
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Javier Garrón.
Available 16th June.

Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day #1 cover by Mark Brooks.
Avengers/X-Men/Eternals: Judgment Day #1 cover by Mark Brooks.

A.X.E: Judgment Day reading order

Take a look at the recommended reading order for A.X.E: Judgment Day below.

Free Comic Book Day 2022: Avengers/X-Men #1 (Prelude)
Written by Keiron Gillen, Gerry Duggan, and Danny Lore. Art by Dustin Weaver, Matteo Lolli, and Karen Darboe.

Note: This prelude was given away for free as part of Free Comic Book Day 2022. Don’t worry if you missed out on a copy. You can read it for free digitally.

A.X.E: Eve of Judgment #1 (Prelude)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Pasqual Ferry.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #1 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

Immortal X-Men #5 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Michele Bandini.

Note: Immortal X-Men #5 takes place during A.X.E: Judgment Day #1.

X-Men: Red (2022 series) #5 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Stefano Caselli.

X-Force (2018 series) #30 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #2 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

A.X.E: Death To The Mutants #1 (of 3) (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Guiu Vilanova.

X-Men (2021 series) #13 (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by C.F. Villa.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #3 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

Wolverine (2019 series) #24 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Federico Vicentini.

Note: Wolverine (2019 series) #24 has a note in the comic that says it is set after Judgement Day #3.

X-Men (2021 series) #14 (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by C.F. Villa.

X-Force (2018 series) #31 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.

A.X.E: Death To The Mutants #2 (of 3) (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Guiu Vilanova.

Wolverine (2019 series) #25 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Federico Vicentini, Adam Kubert, Klaus Janson, Emma Kubert, Kyle Charles, Juan Ferreyre, and Andrea Di Vito.

Note: Wolverine #25 is a tie-in to A.X.E: Judgment Day but will also include stories that celebrate the 25th issue milestone.

Marauders (2022 series) #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Andrea Broccardo.

Immortal X-Men #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Lucas Werneck.

X-Men Red (2022 series) #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Stefano Caselli.

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #10 (Tie-in)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by John Romita Jr.

Note: Publisher’s note in Amazing Spider-Man #10 says that it’s set before Judgment Day #4.

X-Force (2018 series) #32 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #4 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

Avengers (2018 series) #60 (Tie-in)
Written by Mark Russell. Art by Greg Land.

Fantastic Four (2018 series) #47 (Tie-in)
Written by David Pepose. Art by Juann Cabal.

Fantastic Four (2018 series) #48 (Tie-in)
Written by David Pepose. Art by Juann Cabal.

A.X.E: Iron Fist #1 (Tie-in)
Written by Alyssa Wong. Art by Michael Yg.

Captain Marvel #42 (Tie-in)
Written by Kelly Thompson. Art by Andrea Di Vito.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #5 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

A.X.E: Avengers #1 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Federico Vicentini.

Note: Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort revealed that A.X.E: Avengers #1 “story-critical” tie-ins that bridge the main issues #5 and #6. Essentially, there was too much story to put in issue #5. Treat it as if it were A.X.E: Judgment Day #5A.

A.X.E: X-Men #1 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Francesco Mobili.

Note: Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort revealed that A.X.E: X-Men #1 is “story-critical” tie-ins that bridge the main issues #5 and #6. Essentially, there was too much story to put in issue #5. Treat it as if it were A.X.E: Judgment Day #5B.

A.X.E: Eternals #1 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Pasqual Ferry.

Note: Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort revealed that A.X.E: Eternals #1 is “story-critical” tie-ins that bridge the main issues #5 and #6. Essentially, there was too much story to put in issue #5. Treat it as if it were A.X.E: Judgment Day #5C.

X-Men Red (2022 series) #7 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Madibek Musabekov.

A.X.E: Death To The Mutants #3 (of 3) (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Guiu Vilanova.

A.X.E: Starfox #1 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Immortal X-Men #7 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Lucas Werneck.

Legion of X #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Si Spurrier. Art by Rafael Pimentel.

X-Force (2018 series) #33 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #6 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

A.X.E: Judgment Day Omega #1
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.

Note: A.X.E: Judgment Day Omega #1 is an epilogue issue for Judgment Day. It also concludes plot threads of Keiron Gillen’s Eternals run and A.X.E: Death To The Mutants.

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