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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.
Available 7th May.

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.
Available 29th June.

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

Immortal X-Men #5 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Michele Bandini.
Available 13th July.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #2 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.
Available 20th July.

X-Men: Red (2022 series) #5 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Stefano Caselli.
Available 20th July.

A.X.E: Death To The Mutants #1 (of 3) (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Guiu Vilanova.
Available 27th July.

X-Force (2018 series) #30 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.
Available 27th July.

X-Men (2021 series) #13 (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by C.F. Villa.
Available 27th July.

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

Immortal X-Men #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Lucas Werneck.
Available August 10th.

Marauders (2022 series) #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Andrea Broccardo.
Available August 10th.

Fantastic Four (2018 series) #47 (Tie-in)
Written by David Pepose. Art by Juann Cabal.
Available August 10th.

A.X.E: Judgment Day #4 (of 6)
Written by Keiron Gillen. Art by Valerio Schiti.
Available August 17th.

X-Men Red (2022 series) #6 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Stefano Caselli.
Available August 17th.

Wolverine (2019 series) #24 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Federico Vicentini.
Available August 17th.

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

Avengers (2018 series) #60 (Tie-in)
Written by Mark Russell. Art by Greg Land.
Available August 24th.

X-Men (2021 series) #14 (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by C.F. Villa.
Available August 24th.

X-Force (2018 series) #31 (Tie-in)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Robert Gill.
Available August 24th.

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #10 (Tie-in)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by John Romita Jr.
Available August 24th.

The following comics we know exist but don’t have enough information to formally place them in the reading order accurately yet. It’s also likely that there will be more tie-ins announced later. This will be updated as Marvel announces more comics in the coming months.

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

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

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

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