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12th time).

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villains in the Marvel canon. He’s like the Dr. Doom of space, but probably even smarter, and with
better gloves.

So without further ado, if you’re looking to stride into Avengers: Infinity War with the confidence of
this guy, or if you’re looking to enjoy the schemes of the Titan with the Purple Scowl in full, here’s
the complete Thanos reading order guide. You can click each link below for full reading
information. Enjoy!

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Thanos Reading Order (Jim Starlin’s Cosmic Comics!)

Thanos’ First Appearance, Captain Marvel, And the Cosmic Cube
Collected Issues Reading Order:
Iron Man #55
Captain Marvel #25 to #32
Avengers #125
Captain Marvel #33 to #34
Thanos Returns – War w/ Adam Warlock
Collected Issues Reading Order:
Strange Tales #178 to #181
Warlock #9 to #15
Marvel Team-Up #55
Avengers Annual #7
Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
Avengers vs. Thanos
A lot of readers have asked me “Hey, what about the Avengers vs. Thanos trade?
Where does that fit?” It’s a good question, and essentially, Avengers vs. Thanos will
give you a combined package of 1) Thanos First Appearance + Captain Marvel & the
Cosmic Cube & 2) The Adam Warlock adventures. It also adds a few oddball Daredevil
issues that technically involve Thanos. If you’re a purist, you’ll miss out on a few
Warlock issues (#12 to #14), but all in all it’s a good trade that gets you the best of early
Thanos stories!
Spidey Super Stories #39
This out of continuity comic for kids has gone down in history as one of the more
hilarious Thanos stories possible. Witness the birth of the Thanos Copter!!!
The Death of Captain Marvel
Marvel’s first official Original Graphic Novel is – as you’d expect – a Jim Starlin Captain
Marvel story through and through. Aside from simply being a classic and all-time great,
though, Starlin does weave some Thanos throughout, and the graphic novel can fit
within the larger Thanos narrative.
The Complete Infinity Trilogy Guide
The link above will take in a detailed order through all comics related to the original
infinity trilogy that ran from 1990 to 1993. It includes all comics from here through the
final installment of the Infinity Crusade!
Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos + Thanos Quest
Collected Issues Reading Order:
Silver Surfer #34 to #38 (series beginning in 1987)
Thanos Quest #1 to #2
Infinity Gauntlet
Note that the above link will provide a full event reading order for the early 90’s Infinity
Gauntlet. The comics included are based on the Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus, although I
have reordered significantly as the omnibus is a chronological mess. While I enjoy the
Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange tie-ins, the core series is accessible on its own, and you
can enjoy Infinity Gauntlet here!
Infinity Gauntlet: Aftermath
You could also pick up the Infinity Watch Vol. 1 here, which collects Warlock & the
Infinity Watch #1 to #22. Only read Infinity Watch #1 to #7 prior to Infinity War, issues
#8 to #10 are tie-ins, and #11 to #17 are included in the Infinity War: Aftermath.
Infinity War
The Warlock and the Infinity Watch tie-ins are the most highly recommended Infinity
War tie-ins, but if you want to play along in Marvel Unlimited (as of 8.28.16):
Infinity War Reading Order:
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #7
Infinity War #1
Fantastic Four #366
Infinity War #2
Fantastic Four #367
Infinity War #3
Marvel Comics Presents #108 to #111
Fantastic Four #368
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #8
Daredevil #310
Infinity War #4
Guardians of the Galaxy #27 to #29
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #9
Infinity War #5
Fantastic Four #369
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #10
Infinity War #6
Fantastic Four #370
Infinity War: Aftermath
Includes Warlock & The Infinity Watch #11 to #17
Infinity Crusade Vol. 1
Collects: Infinity Crusade #1-3, Warlock Chronicles #1-3 & Warlock And The Infinity
Watch #18-19
Infinity Crusade Vol. 2
Collects: Infinity Crusade #4-6, Warlock Chronicles #4-5 & Warlock And The Infinity
Watch #20-22
Thor: Blood & Thunder
Reading Order:
Thor #468Silver Surfer #86Warlock Chronicles #6Warlock and the Infinity Watch
#23Thor #469Silver Surfer #87Warlock Chronicles #7Warlock and the Infinity
Warch #24
Thor #470

Silver Surfer #88

Warlock Chronicles #8

Warlock and the Infinity Watch #25

Thor #471

Infinity Watch Vol. 2

Collects: Warlock & The Infinity Watch #26 to #42
Thanos: Cosmic Powers
Includes Secret Defenders #12 to #14, and Cosmic Powers #1 to #6.
Ka-Zar by Waid & Kubert (Ka-Zar #4 to #11)
Thanos vs Thor (Thor #18 – #25)
Captain Marvel #17 to #19
Infinity Abyss
Thanos Ends the Marvel Universe (Marvel Universe: The End)
2003 – 2004 Standalone Thanos arc (Thanos: Redemption — Thanos #1 to #12)
I’d consider jumping to my modern Marvel cosmic reading order at this point through
Thanos Imperative. That will fill in the entirety of the Marvel Cosmic landscape around
Thanos. Naturally, the mad Titan is a major player in all the events leading up to The
Thanos Imperative.
Thanos and Annihilation
It’s worth noting here that Annihilation sparks modern Marvel Cosmic, and although
these books are inherently indebted to the one and only Jim Starlin, he’s not involved
directly in the saga. Nonetheless, the full Thanos narrative would not be complete
without Annihilation through Thanos Imperative. You can view the full reading order
The Thanos Imperative
Seriously, this will be a much better read if you’ve been keeping up with Nova and
Guardians of the Galaxy since Annihilation!
Thanos Rising
If you’ve been following me on Comic Book Herald for any amount of time, you know
that I can’t stands Thanos Rising. Nonetheless, it’s an in-continuity part of the Thanos
narrative. The book deals with the origins of Thanos, meaning in theory, you could
place it first on any reading order. Personally I think that’d be a horrible mistake, as
there’s no way this should define the character of Thanos.
Deadpool vs. Thanos
The four issue miniseries starring Deadpool and Thanos references a shared history
between the characters in the introduction. This reference is to Deadpool #64 (series
starting in 1997) when Thanos appears for a hot 20 seconds to “curse” Deadpool with
eternal life. That’s all you need to know, and unless you’re doing a ’97 Deadpool binge
(not a bad idea), the issue is unnecessary for a Thanos binge.
Pay close attention to the New Avengers #8 tie-in!
Thanos: A God Up There
Thanos Annual #1
The Infinity Revelation
Thanos vs. Hulk
The Infinity Relativity
The Infinity Entity
The Infinity Finale
Time Runs Out! – New Avengers #24 to #33
For the full reading order (which includes crossover with Avengers and Avengers
World), you’ll want to check out the Secret Wars reading order.
Secret Wars
Thanos: Death Sentence
“Death Sentence” is a prose novel by Stuart Moore and does not need to be included
as part of any standard Thanos continuity. In fact, the novel falls in a nebulous
modernized Infinity Gauntlet timeline, effectively beginning at the conclusion of Infinity
Gauntlet but including the modern Guardians of the Galaxy and others. It’s an
interesting read for Thanos-heads, and at its best reminds me of George R.R. Martin’s
excellent Tuf Voyaging.
Ultimates: Omniversal Vol. 2
Although Ultimates Vol. 1 does not directly relate to Thanos, you’re going to enjoy this
second volume a whole lot more if you’ve read the first six issues of Ewing and
Rocafort’s Ultimates. It’s also one of my favorite All-New All-Different Marvel series.
The Unworthy Thor
Thanos Vol. 1: Thanos Returns
For the most accurate continuity between Unworthy Thor and Thanos by Jeff Lemire
and Mike Deodato, I recommend reading:
Thanos #1
Unworthy Thor #1 to #5
Thanos #2 to present
Note also that Unworthy Thor is very much a Thor story that happens to feature
Thanos, rather than the other way around. Familiarity with Jason Aaron’s extended run
on Thor will go a long way to understanding the story.
Thanos Vol. 2: The God Quarry – Thanos #7 to #12
Thanos Vol. 3: Thanos Wins – Thanos #13 to #17



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Herb says
April 18, 2018 at 8:14 am

How the hell does thanos and star lord escape the cancerverse? Thanos just reappears
after the Thanos Imperative…


Kyle says
April 24, 2018 at 7:52 am

I think there is a guardians “original sin” tie-in that’s supposed to explain how
starloard got out, and it answers some questions – at least concerning Richard
Rider. I don’t remember if anyone ever explains thanos surviving?


Dave says
April 24, 2018 at 9:12 am

That’s right. These comics are too terrible for my guide, but yes, GoTG Bendis
era includes Thanos appearances in issues #18 to #20, and then his second
volume issue #19.


Kronos says
April 17, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Isn’t there also some eternals series that features some thanks stuff? Either the 70s or
80s one- I know the marvel universe book for e has him listed and I always assumed
there was some actual story. I love the eternals but have only read a few old ones. I
always figured I would get around to it and there would be a little thanos but I could be

Also what’s the deal with some of the avengers assembled ones back before civil war?
Isn’t thanos in that? Never read it but there is a poster I always see.

I’ve read everything on this list except Thor vs (based on ur suggestion) and the
defenders and cosmic powers stuff (I might have and don’t remember tho). I think that
thanos rising isn’t great, but I think I really don’t like Jason Aaron, and it seems the more I
read that becomes obvious. I have tried the Thor and newer Thor (shi’ar stuff had me
excited then let me down hard). original sin, I don’t know. I liked it at the time, but now
looking back it kinda sucked. And now with Star Wars I started the order you have based
on Vader and the Aaron stuff started good, but somewhere around the whole sana thing it
lost me. Only stuck around for the aphra stuff. Loved the gillen Vader stuff.

Anyways- the newest stuff was pretty cool (lemire) but then this last part was kinda
whack. Basically I just hated that Pokémon dragonball z type garbage with death in the
last issue. Also some of these comics are trying to capitalize on the game of thrones
shock value and style that I found taxing and eventually quit that show. I quit the books
quicker tho. But for thanos definitely Aaron tried to game of thrones it.


Michael says
April 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Is that Spidey Super Stories issue listed here on MU? Can’t seem to find it anywhere.


Charlie says
March 28, 2018 at 6:26 am

Hey man, thanks for this awesome guide!

I do have a question though: In the big slipcase that was released, a lot of crossover stuff
is included, relating to infinity War and Infinity Crusade. How necessary is this? Only
some if it; the ones relating to the Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus and Infinity War are
mentioned in your list, and I’m not quite sure what this crossover stuff really is.


Dave says
March 29, 2018 at 5:03 pm

Good question! I pass one of these mega sets in my comic shop every week now,
and it’s all I can do to restrain from throwing $500 at the register and walking out
with it.

I’m working through a lot of the more obscure tie-ins now actually as part of a mega
Infinity Gauntlet guide. In general, I’d say if you’ve never read the events, these tie-
ins aren’t going to make or break your enjoyment, but as I’m nothing if not
obsessive, I’ll find a place for them!


Charlie says
April 1, 2018 at 5:58 am

Thanks man.
I’m kinda obsessive myself, and I know that if there’s a possibility for more
stories and background to be had, I’ll want to have it.
I guess if some crossovers are worth reading, the rest of them probably are,
too? I’m think because of what they add to the overarching story?


Mike says
April 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm


I hope I’m asking the right person and/or in the right spot. Where does The
Silver Surfer Epic Collection The Infinity Gauntlet fit into all of this?

Out of the 18 I see inside of Infinity Gauntlet book where it shows the order, its
the only one I don’t see on this list.

Thank you!


Steven says
December 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Where does Guardians of the Galaxy #19 fit into this reading order?


Thresk says
December 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Which volume?


Steven says
December 31, 2017 at 7:43 am

The last issue of GOTG written by Bendis, which was released around the
same time as Unworthy Thor and Thanos #1.


October 3, 2017 at 10:05 am

First off I want to just say thank you for helping me collect these series of comics thus far
it has been one of the best read through sagas EVER!!! However, I have almost all of
this, albeit the annihilation series I will be ordering it soon, my question is where the hell
did the gauntlets come from; who or what made them to house all that power, I have
been reading and searching for this information and not one of these stories has been
able to clarify what they are at this present moment, any help would be more than


Thresk says
October 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

If you take a close look at Thanos’ “stock”, unadorned classic suit gauntlets, their
design is identical to that of the Infinity Gauntlet, with the exception of the six
scalloped recesses made to accommodate the Infinity Gems (and, in some
depictions, raised piping surrounding them).

One can infer that the gauntlet on which the Gems were joined, then, was simply a
lightly modified version of Thanos’ standard costume gauntlets. AFAIK this process
has not been explicitly addressed and described.


Chantal says
December 4, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Does someone know if there is a reading order if you have Infinity volume 1 and
volume 2? I just can’t find something on the internet. Thanks!


Thresk says
December 31, 2017 at 3:30 am

Hickman’s “Infinity” does not exist in two volumes, and there’s a ton of Thanos
stuff with “Infinity” in the title, so you’re going to have to be a lot more specific.


Sergio says
August 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

Well I bought all the books, but I’ve some questions…after infinity watch vol. 2 what
comes next?because there’s no continuity for thanos and Gamora.(!)
Also after Thor vs Thanos comes infinity abyss, but how?after the events on TvsT what
happened???how is gamora with warlock again…and how is thanos alive again?


Frye says
August 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

The Infinity Abyss performs a really good retcon with how those events unfolded. I
thoroughly enjoyed Abyss.


Thresk says
October 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

That was not Thanos fighting Thor, but one of his Thanosi simulacra.


Sercapi says
June 19, 2017 at 6:14 am

So after reading infinity war shall I read infinity crusade and then infinity aftermath or the
other way around?becouse at the beginning of IWA there’s some text “previously”
explaining what happened before but the last 3 paragraphs tell something that’s not
collected in IW TPB.


Thresk says
December 31, 2017 at 2:51 am

There’s no collection titled “Infinity Aftermath”. You’ll have to specify whether you’re
referring to “Infinity Gauntlet: Aftermath” or “Infinity War: Aftermath”.


Matt says
June 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm


If I would recommend anything just shoot for the collector/omnibus books as they will
cover most of what you want. Start at the top of the list and work your way down.


Dev patel says

June 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

Please can anyone help me through reading order… It is written comic book issue name
and number but it doesn’t include year… For ex. Iron man #55, but iron man has many
series so which series does this comic books belong” it would be great help if you can
just say year of publication of each comic in this reading order. Thanks in advance…


Thresk says
June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

To clear up any ambiguity or confusion, Dev, the list is formatted Event: Series #
(Issue). “Issue” is synonymous with “number”. Where you seem to be having
difficulty is with volumes. As the guide is written chronologically, and includes many
one-shots and events, it should be easy for you to establish the volume numbers by
cross referencing the listed issues with the Marvel Database (
Good luck.


Sercapi says
April 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

amazing site!
my wallet is much “thinner” though… =)


Michael says
April 5, 2017 at 1:25 am

Under the Infinity War reading order, Daredevil #310 is listed. Where did you find this
issue? I couldn’t find it anywhere on Marvel Unlimited. Thanks.


BenJee says
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Michael says
May 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Thanks, but does anyone know where this issue can actually be read? It is not
listed in Marvel Unlimited, and on this Marvel website, it says digital issue not
available. It also is not in the Infinity War trade paperback, but it’s in the reading
order for Infinity War, so thought I’d ask. Thanks.


Trey says
November 30, 2017 at 12:47 pm

I don’t know if you ever got your answer to this but according to Daredevil 310 was never collected. You would have to
get the actual issue. It’s not expensive at all as you can get it on eBay for
under a buck. It’s a dollar bin dive.


Michael says
December 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm

No, but I suspected as much. Thank you for the response. Somehow I
kept hoping it would get added to MU

Tom says
March 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Infinity Crusade volume 2 includes Warlock and the Infinity Watch issues 20-22 and
Infinity Watch volume 2 picks up at Warlock and the Infinity Watch issue 26. I can’t seem
to find a comic book that includes Warlock and the Infinity Watch issues 23-25. Infinity
Watch volume 1 doesn’t include them either. Is there any chance you could update your
timeline to include the missing issues?


Frye says
March 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm

those issues, I believe, are found in Thor: Blood and Thunder. I haven’t read it yet
but I’ve heard it’s a mixed bag. Thanos is in there, so it’s relevant.


Tom says
April 1, 2017 at 6:42 am

Thanks, I found this fixed the gap between infinity crusade and Infinity watch


Thresk says
April 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

“Thor: Blood & Thunder” is written by Jim Starlin and Ron Marz, two of the very
few writers to really understand and convey the subtlety of Thanos’ personality
and motive structure (Starlin, unquestionably, being the final authority and
guiding creator of “Ol’ Purple Puss”). I, too, have heard mixed things about it,
but I’ve been excited to read it for yours. Will prove a verdict once I’ve picked it


Thresk says
April 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Hmm, just tried to comment on this “Blood and Thunder” thread, but it seems to
have been lost in the aether.

Anyway, pardon this somewhat useless speculation, but “Thor: Blood and
Thunder” is written by Jim Starlin and Ron Marz, two of the only writers to ever
truly understand and convey the subtlety of Thanos’ character and motive
structure. While this ostensibly bodes well for the book – as does the fact that
Odin, the Silver Surfer, and Beta Ray Bill, among others, show up – I, too, have
heard mixed things about it, chiefly its mediocre Amazon reviews.

Irrespective of the general ambivalence around the book, I’ve been excited to
read it for years. I’ll sound off on it once I’ve done so.


sercapi says
May 1, 2017 at 5:29 am

I´ve not yet read the Infinity watch vol. 2 but as I was scrolling the pages I found one
informing that issues #23-25 (Warlock & Infinity watch – entire event) are available in
Thor Blood & Thunder TPB.


Cameron says
February 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm

I have the following books:

Silver Surfer : Rebirth of Thanos
Infinity Gauntlet
Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath
Infinity War
Infinity War Aftermath
Infinity Watch Vol. 1
Infinity Watch Vol. 2
Infinity Crusade Vol. 1
Infinity Crusade Vol. 2

I just need to know what the reading order is, and if I’m missing any books. My collection
looks strong but I wanted to make sure. Thank you in advance


Jeremy says
January 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Where does Thanos Redemption fall on here?


Dave says
January 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I just updated so it’s more clear – Thanos Redemption is the 2003 to 2004 solo
Thanos series including Thanos #1 to #12.


Matt says
July 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Just got infinity Entity. Any idea where that falls in the timeline yet? I’m guessing after
infinity finale. Love the help with this though man thank you!


Thresk says
July 20, 2016 at 11:16 pm

At the beginning of Infinity Entity, after Thanos Annual, it notes that it takes place
after Infinity Relativity, and before Infinity Finale.


Dave says
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Matt says
July 9, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Hey man, just found a copy of ‘Avengers The Legacy of Thanos. Do you know where that
would fall in the Thanos timeline?


Dave says
July 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

After death of Captain Marvel, before Rebirth of Thanos!


Daniel Brown says

June 30, 2016 at 12:55 am

Should one read Thor: Blood and Thunder alongside Infinity Watch?


Vincent Faust says

June 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

How are Thanos: Cosmic Powers and Deadpool vs. Thanos? I assume the latter is totally
irrelevant to the overall Thanos storyline, especially with no Starlin involvement. And what
about Thanos vs. Hulk? It seems to be part of the new Infinity OGN arc, but I’m not sure.


Thresk says
July 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm

As far as Thanos vs Hulk is concerned, it merely sets up the events of The Infinity
Relativity (explaining how normally spindly and insectoid Annihilus is suddenly
colossal and musclebound). Thanos: Cosmic Powers I’ll be re-reading shortly, and
will supply my verdict about its quality then, but in chronology it is on my shelf
between Infinity Crusade and Infinity Abyss.

Deadpool vs Thanos I haven’t read yet, but I’ve heard mixed things, and the premise
seems inherently flawed to me as there seems no feasible way to craft an interaction
between such diametrically opposing personae without it falling flat. Hopefully
someone else will be able to weigh in on it.


Ellis says
June 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Hi Dave,

So glad I found this – immensely helpful!

I have purchased the Essential Captain Marvel Vol 2. and Warlock the Complete
Collection as Marvel Masterworks Warlock Vol. 2 is rare and expensive! However, Marvel
Team up issue 55 is missing from the former publication as it’s not a Jim Starlin. Is this
issue really relevant and worth getting?



Tristan says
May 6, 2016 at 5:37 am

Hi Dave quick question, I noticed Marvel recently released a new warlock and the infinity
watch tbp which has issues 1-22 and is called a companion to infinity war. Would you
recommend it or would it be better to stick to the reading order above? Thanks


Thresk says
May 8, 2016 at 6:10 am

Hey Tristan – as a lover of all things Starlin and an owner of most collections in
which Warlock And The Infinity Watch were originally republished, I would ask you
this: are you interested in reading the complete story arcs behind Infinity Gauntlet,
Infinity War, and Infinity Crusade? Because, in addition to encompassing some of
Starlin’s best work (and coming highly recommended from a Marvel Cosmic
aficionado like yours truly), those are the TPBs in which the entirety of the first arc of
Infinity Watch are collected.

Specifically, Infinity Gauntlet Aftermath contains W&tIW 1 – 6, Infinity War contains

W&tIW 7 – 10, Infinity War Aftermath contains W&tIW 11 – 17, Infinity Crusade vol 1
contains W&tIW 18 – 19 (and Warlock Chronicles 1 -3), and Infinity Crusade vol 2
contains W&tIW 20 – 22 (and Warlock Chronicles 4 – 5).

In other words, by getting the above-listed TPBs over the Infinity Watch collection,
you’ll be getting all of the issues it collects while simultaneously reading the
contemporaneous storylines of which they’re originally a part. Getting only Infinity
Watch vol 1, without intimately knowing the above stories, would leave you
somewhat lost, and missing a significant chunk of the picture. Since I own the above
TPBs, I’m skipping the Infinity Watch vol 1 collection, as – beyond obsessive
completism – I see no reason to spend money on material I already own.

However, when Infinity Watch vol 2 comes out, I definitely recommend getting that,
as AFAIK it’ll be the first time the second half of Warlock And The Infinity Watch will
have been collected.


Tristan says
May 8, 2016 at 6:42 am

Thanks for the reply Thresk, I shall follow your advice. I have read infinity
gauntlet and want to continue the saga to the end but wasn’t sure how many of
the issues where scattered between books. So thanks again for the detailed


Zachary Seed says

April 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Hey Dave, could you review Infinity Finale? I’m very excited to know your thoughts and
opinions on it, especially considering this is supposed to be Jim Starlin’s last run with


Dave says
April 25, 2016 at 9:39 am

Definitely, I’m planning to write up a review for Finale & Entity, once Entity is
released this summer.

I’ve been re-reading all the 70’s Starlin comics as part of My Marvelous Year in


Ray says
April 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Thanks a ton for this reading list. For a long time I’ve been buying all things Thanos, but
have only added them to my Thanos comic box until I could fill in all the gaps and make
sure I had them in the right order before actually reading them. As of now I’m getting
ready to start “A God Up There…”

Two things I’ve noticed so far are 1) All the Tie Ins (especially infinity
gauntlet/war/crusade) are pretty much worthless. Some have minor nuggets that are
relevant, but most are very loose connections. That being said 2) The “Infinity” 6 part is
not this way. I only bought the 6 part and didn’t read any of the Avengers/New Avengers
associated issues and I felt that left me lacking in parts of the story. Not to say that the 6
part was unreadable without them, but they are definitely part of the story and not just
tenuously connected nuggests.

Again, thanks for this list. It’s been a great guide on my Thanos reading adventure.


asdf says
April 18, 2016 at 12:46 am

I think you should update the list with infinity revelation, relativity and finale and also


Michael says
April 17, 2016 at 2:02 am

Oh I was noticing this Warlock collection, which basically seems to be the Masterworks
collection minus the Marvel Team-up 55.

This collection is much better priced than the Masterworks collection, and Team-up 55 is
on MU. I am wondering now, would it be better to go with AvsThanos or the Essential
Marvel 2 + New Warlock collection route? Better to have those Daredevil issues or the
Extra Marvel and Warlock and Strange Tales issues? Or maybe all 3 at this price?
Hmm…oh the things to ponder…


Michael says
April 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Upon further review and discovering Essential Captain Marvel is in black and white
(BOOOOO!), it seems to me for the money if I went with that much more reasonably
priced Warlock collection plus read Marvel Team-Up 55 on MU, plus the AvsThanos
trade, this would be the most cost-effective combo for completists who like to hold
paper books in hand as much as possible. The overlap of issues would be minimal
and for the price (compared to the Masterworks book), seems to me to be the best
route to go. Does this seem to you to be an accurate assessment?


Dave says
April 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

Yeah that seems smart. Essentials usually get you a great amount of story for
the price, but yes, all black and white!


Michael says
April 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

Awesome, thanks! A plan is set in motion then


Michael says
April 11, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Hey Dave! Thanks again for the great list! One question: when it comes to Infinity
Gauntlet, should I get the omnibus, and it looks like maybe that omnibus also covers the
above read: Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos + Thanos Quest? Am I missing something?
Or would you recommend the individual trades as the better way to go? Thanks!


Dave says
April 14, 2016 at 11:36 am

The omnibus is awesome and gets you all of the above plus Infinity Gauntlet tie ins
from Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange and a few others.

That said, rebirth + ig as individual collections will be cheaper. If you’re dipping your
toes and want to save a bit, I’d go that route.


Michael says
April 16, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Hey thanks! Awesome! I will have to see what is in the piggy bank, Ha! Can’t
wait to dive into it. Having a blast working through the lists. Wish I had more
time to work through them more quickly. And more money


Edson Junior says

April 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Thank you so much Dave. I started reading the Gauntlet last year and ever since that I’ve
been trying to keep it with the cosmic series (Starling’s work therefore).

Would I be losing a lot in case I miss out the Thanos Returns – War w/ Adam Warlock?
Could only find for $200 or more.

Thanks again for putting all stories in the chronological (readable) order.


Dave says
April 5, 2016 at 11:41 am

Glad you enjoy – I think you should check out the Avengers v. Thanos collection.
Only $25 and includes Warlock #9 to #11. You miss the Strange Tales #178 to #181
lead-up, and as much as I love Starlin’s cosmic madness, those issues only include
one page of Thanos.


Edson Junior says

April 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

Thanks a lot Dave. I’ll get that one.


Chris says
March 23, 2016 at 5:43 pm

What do you think about adding Avengers: Celestial Quest?


Frye says
March 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm

I recently started reading comics again about a year ago and, Thanos being the greatest
comic book character ever, I found your guide the best place to start. I wondered why you
wouldn’t include Avengers: Celestial Quest on there. Although I found it to be an average
read compared some of the other items on this list, I felt it was a good fit right before
Infinity Abyss.


Hayden says
December 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Good work. Can you maybe update it to include Starlin’s new stuff (Infinity Entity and
Infinity Finale), and Thanos v Deadpool? The order is good, just wondering where that
stuff goes in relation to everything else. Thanks!


Matt says
March 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

I would like to see this update as well and Thanos Cosmic Powers too.


Dave says
March 13, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Cosmic Power and Deadpool v Thanos are both included in the order above,
take another look

As for Infinity Entity and Finale, both will be added once those comics / graphic
novels are released.


Matt says
May 30, 2016 at 10:07 pm

What about Thanos Redemption? I saw it on the inside cover of Infinity Abyss. Didn’t
know it existed.


Dave says
June 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Thats the solo Thanos series from 2003. I think Redemption is just the name of
the first arc.


AC says
August 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

thanks brother –
Like many, I read the infinity guantlet after the MCU got me hyped up for it. I loved it, got
infatuated with Thanos and for the past 6 months I have been working my way down the
list (Im up to the anhillation arc).

I somehow skipped Thanos vs Avengers but I see most of that was in the Essential
Captain Marvel. I dont know if I need to own both… is it worth me selling Capt. Marvel
and getting the TvsA instead? I guess what Im asking is…. Cosmic Cube aside, which do
you prefer?

Thanks again Dave, you single-handly support my new hobby (Marvel owes you a cut of
their $$$)


Dave says
August 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

The biggest advantage of Thanos vs. Avengers is you get the core Adam Warlock /
Thanos issues. It’s also going to be the most cost effective trade to enjoy those
issues, since the Warlock masterworks are nearly $100 on Amazon. So when it
comes down to it, I prefer Avengers vs. Thanos, it’s a nice collection.

Glad you enjoy the guides!


Rjw says
August 23, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Seem to be missing

It’s not on MU. Only noticed it by googling for Quoi, mentioned in Infinity Abyss.


Rjw says
August 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Apparently it’s a bit of a nightmare:
Leaves you with “survivors guilt” and an “inability to feel emotions”.


Dave says
August 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Hahaha well then, I may have to find a copy!


Rjw says
September 7, 2015 at 6:36 am

Just added to MU. Have at it!


Steve says
July 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm


Thanks for the tip a couple months back on the Thanos reading order!
I’ve managed to get my hands on the single issues which comprise infinity gauntlet
aftermath, but I was wondering what order they appear in in the TPB? It looks as though
Silver Surfer and Warlock Infinity Watch were running concurrently, so is it a case of
switching between the 2 with every issue? Or read one set of issues then the other? And
where does the random Doctor Strange issue pop up???



Dave says
August 7, 2015 at 4:34 pm

The Doc Strange (#36) is immediate Infinity Gauntlet aftermath. To my

understanding, kind of an epilogue, and then you go into Silver Surfer #60. I don’t
think you have to alternate Surfer and Warlock issues… I’m not 100% on that


Kemal says
July 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Is Infinity Revelation and Infinity Relativity connected to Earth-616? Because i’m hardly
found its connected to current Marvel event. Thanks and sorry for bad English.


Dave says
July 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm

It is Earth-616 for the most part… but in Revelation there’s an alternate universe. I’m
not sure what Earth designation that is supposed to be yet.


Kemal says
July 7, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I don’t know about this, but in the end of Hickman’s Infinity Thanos is petrified
by Thane until Namor freed him and asked him to join his Cabal. And then goes
the Time Runs Out and Secret Wars. If Revelation occur after Infinity, then it’s
not possible for Thanos to wander in space again


Dave says
July 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

This one’s tricky, but I think the assumption you have to make is that
Starlin’s new Infinity trilogy is during the time after Thanos joins the Cabal
(during Time Runs Out) and before Secret Wars. I base this on Thanos
Annual #1 being described as “During the titan’s “living death” and also a
prequel to the new Infinity trilogy.

That said, this is far from a perfect continuity. Starlin is largely playing with
his own toys, and Hickman is using Thanos for separate purposes. Ideally,
you’d read both on separate tracks.


Kyle C says
June 18, 2015 at 5:35 am

Infinity Crusade has 6 issues. The link reference you gave to amazon only has the first
half of the event. Was there a reason for this?


Thresk says
June 10, 2015 at 2:19 am

Can you update the list to reflect the Nova / GotG / Avengers: Time Runs Out
appearances of ol’ Purple Puss? It’d really help my (nearly complete) efforts to collect
100% of Thanos’ trade / anthology appearances. Regards.


Thresk says
June 10, 2015 at 2:30 am

(I should also mention the recently-released “Infinity Relativity” and “Thanos vs



Louie says
June 3, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Hey! I just picked up Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos and Infinity Gauntlet as my first
Marvel comics. I quickly found that I would enjoy the story much more if I had read what
came before. Does the Avengers vs. Thanos graphic novel cover the first two entries on
this reading order, before Silver Surfer and Gauntlet?



Dave says
June 6, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Yes, that’s a pretty good trade to get both those stories. It skips a couple Warlock
issues, but the meat is all there. Recommend checking it out!


Scott says
May 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Are the issues collected in Infinity Gauntlet: Aftermath on Marvel Unlimited yet? I am
having trouble finding them!


Dave says
May 22, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Not on MU yet, hopefully in the near future!


Rishi says
March 17, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Marvel Unlimited has several of the Aftermath issues Thanks for the reading
order(s) – been using your site for a few years now and its a great resource


Zach says
May 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Hi I definitely plan on reading this story arc however I’m a little confused as to where the
graphic novel Avengers vs. Thanos fits in to the story line?


Dave says
May 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm

That trade will largely cover the first two books, involving Captain Marvel and Adam
Warlock. It’s a solid trade that blends in some oddball Daredevil stories, you’ll enjoy!


Zach says
May 11, 2015 at 11:38 pm

So are oh saying that having the avengers vs thanos would be the same as
having captain marvel and Adam warlock so only own one of the other set or
would it be just as good to own all three?


Sercapi says
May 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm

I’ve bought avengers vs thanos but I think that if your into cosmic you
might like guardians of the galaxy and so I think it’s a winner buying the
omnibus (solo classics) since you’ll get not only the stories collected on the
Avengers vs thanos tpb but much more…


Peter says
February 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

Just read Infinity Gauntlet for the first time and want to go back and read more leading up
to it, some of the trades that collect the Thanos/Warlock war can be a tad expensive,
does Avengers vs. Thanos do a good job of giving me the basic comics needed for that


Dave says
March 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Yeah definitely. The Avengers vs. Thanos trade basically combines the Captain
Marvel and Adam Warlock stories, mixing in some Daredevil for good measure. It’s a
good trade, you can’t go wrong there.


Nick says
January 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

I was looking at this reading order and the cosmic reading order and noticed that on this
list you had Marvel The End taking place after the Infinity Gauntlet, but The End taking
place before on the cosmic reading order. Which would be the correct order to follow
since I’m looking start reading from the beginning?

Thank you for your help and your lists are awesome! I only use your lists to go by!!


Dave says
February 8, 2015 at 11:09 am

Infinity Gauntlet definitely takes place before Marvel: The End.

The cosmic reading order doesn’t start until the early 2000’s (minus Annihilation
Classic), so you’ll be good following the Thanos order here for the Infinity Gauntlet

Enjoy the comics!


Dan says
November 16, 2014 at 12:58 am

What about Thanos Rising, and Infinity:Incoming? (I’m just assuming the latter involves
him since he’s on the cover)
Great site, my buddy that owns a comic shop recommends it to all who ask for guides


Dave says
November 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

That’s awesome, love the comic shop plug!

I sort of loathe Thanos Rising, but chronologically you can read that before any of
the titles listed here. I wouldn’t recommend that approach but it deals with Thanos
childhood. Personally I’d read through Infinity Gauntlet and then go back to Thanos
Rising if you like.

Infinity: Incoming is basically prologue for Infinity which can be read last on the order
here (the event took place in 2013). I enjoy Infinity, and Jonathan Hickman writes a
solid Thanos.


Matt C says
December 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I’ve been collecting the collection editions to try and learn more about thanos
and was wondering if this is a good timline?

Thanos storyline:
Thanos rising
The rebirth of thanos
The infinity gauntlet
The infinity aftermath
The infinity revelation
Marvel the end
Infinity companion

I also have the infinity war as well but it hasn’t arrived.


Dave says
December 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

Hi Matt – I’ve updated the guide above to answer your question.

Biggest difference is I would move The Infinity Revelation after Infinity

(makes a slight reference to the event.)

Thanks for stopping by!


Matt C says
December 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Awesome man, thank you!

Randy says
October 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Is there a reading order for Marvel Unlimited? I’m finding it hard to find the exact comics
to follow on this page with using Unlimited…


Dave says
October 30, 2014 at 7:01 pm

good question. It’s coming!


Matt says
May 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

Any update on this Dave? Really frustrating that some of these aren’t on


King Antoine says

October 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Hey, one thing here (this is me just joking around, I’m not serious or anything)

“He’s like the Dr. Doom of space, but probably even smarter, and with better gloves.”
Thanos may be just that bit smarter than Dr. Doom, but his gloves are not as cool XD


Dave says
October 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Haha you may be right. Doom is just the coolest

What if it’s the infinity gauntlet though…


King Antoine says

October 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I think I read that Doom has 2 infinity gauntlets though (from other universes)


Carlos Perez says

September 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

What about Infinity War? Infinity Abyss? Great story involving Thanos as well


Dan Shenton says

September 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

This is awesome! Your reading orders combined with Marvel Unlimited are a god-send,
many thanks.

Is there any chance we’ll be seeing something along the lines of this for Galactus/Silver
Surfer? I’ve just finished re-reading the DnA cosmic stuff following your reading orders
and am now looking to get into the more classic Marvel Cosmic stuff.


Todd says
July 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

This is crazy! I’ve been missing buying comics for a little more than 15 years. The digital
age is going to really help get back into something I use to love. It’s not the same as
having something to touch and collect, but now I can go through the important stuff I
missed. It seriously is netflix for comics and your site is a HUGE help with story lines.
Keep up the great work. Thank you!


Dave says
August 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

Glad you dig it! Enjoy the comics.


William England says

June 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I thought Marvel first used the post credits scenes to introduce a character when Nick
Fury was introduced in the post credits scene of Iron Man?


Kyle says
June 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Hey man, your site is awesome. I’ve been using it to read everything in civil war and I
even used it for age of ultron. I bought the age of ultron omnibus, and thought, “I bet his
reading order is better”. And it was! Anyways, thanks, I’ve been filling in gaps of events I
have never read, and civil war has been great. Just figured I’d post on the thanos page,
cuz he’s my fav comic character. Keep up the good work! Check out my band if u have a


Dave says
June 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

Glad you dig the site man. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the comics!


Kyle says
September 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

So, I didn’t realize that the second part of Thanos: Redemption was basically an
Annihilation prequel. I was wondering if there was anything else like that….and
what I mean is: any cosmic stories that came right before Annihilation that sort
of act as prequels like that. I mean, I love jim starlin, but I have read almost
every cosmic thing he’s done, and I really like the “feel” of giffen’s work.
Certainly a different tone.


Dave says
September 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Definitely the Drax the Destroyer miniseries.

I’ll have to think about any others…


Kyle says
September 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Thanks man, I was confused about what silver surfer and nova were
doing before the prologue. Or if it’s even relevant to the annihilation
story. I loved the Drax miniseries, but as far as characters surrounding
him: when did genis vell die, and when did phyla and moondragon
hook up?

Harris says
June 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

What about The Warlock Comic Infinity Watch? especially around issues 9 and 10
Thanos looms over that whole series as well as has appearances in it. Thanks for the
review/ guide I lost a lot of comics moving.


Dave says
June 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

That’s a really good call, I believe Warlock & The Infinity Watch (8-10) has some
pretty good Thanos/Infinity Gauntlet follow up. I’m going to have to make a space for
that in the order.

Thanks for stopping by!



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