This august (August 14, 2013 to be exact) Marvel Comics presents Infinity, a six issue mini series by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Jimmy Cheung, Jerome Opena, and Dustin Weaver. Pulling on threads from previous Marvel cosmic history, as well as the stunning amount of concepts from his run on Fantastic Four and FF, and branching off from his current Avengers run, Jonathan Hickman is promising to change the Marvel landscape for good. With a stellar cast of such characters as the Avengers, the Builders, Guardians of The Galaxy, and villains the like of Thanos and his new Generals, Infinity is guaranteed to be a landmark event.
As the case with any event hinging on past events, as well as the stuff going on currently, Infinity can seem a bit daunting to old readers and new alike. In order to help light the path, I have compiled a flow chart of sorts (with a decent amount of help from Orlando’s own God of Comics: Bart Hagan!) that will hopefully help readers, and retailers trace back stories we found to be pertinent to the upcoming Infinity event. Please keep in mind that Marvel has hundreds of more cosmic stories than on this char, and this is by no means a definitive list, it’s more like a train map, you can get off at any station, what you do in that neighborhood is your choice!
I’ve also broken it down into separate ages (pretty much Silver,Bronze and Modern age) so you can go back, or forward wherever you want within a particular time. I tried to include as many original issue numbers as I could, but a little research into the trades will give you the issue numbers you need if trades are not your thing.
So sit back, relax and scroll away! Hope this is helpful to all you Mighty Marvel Marchers, Enjoy! (uhm… you might want to get a notepad…)
Onto our first age, covering early Marvel, an age I refer to as…………
FF #44-50 – 1st App. Inhumans,
1st app. Silver Surfer & Galactus
FF# 64&65 1st App. Ronan, Kree
FF Annual #6 1st Annihilus
The Origin of Galactus by Jack Kirby Thor #168 and 169 and Special
Fantastic Four #66-67(1stWarlock)
Which all leads up to Marvel’s first and most revered “War”:
The Kree/Skrull War
(available in Avengers:Kree/Skrull War Tpb)
The following segments should be read concurrently, as Starlin does a masterful job tying them together…….
Rise of Thanos Warlock’s Odyssey
(avaialble in Avengers vs Thanos Tpb ) Strange Tales #178-181
Iron Man#55 Cpt Marvel #25-33 Warlock #9-15, Marvel TeamUp#55
Marvel 2-in-1 Ann # 2 and Avengers Ann.#7 Avengers #125 &Hulk 175-178
(and now for a little divergence into the future, Marvel’s most popular current team, and stars of the upcoming movie……..
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Superheroes #18,Marvel Presents#3-12,
Defenders 26-29,GS#5, Marvel 2-in-1 #4-5
(available in Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers tpb)
and read their first adventure with the Avengers in the….
(Available in Avengers:Korvac Saga Tpb)
and back to the past for one of its sadder moments….
The Death of Captain Marvel
(available in death of Captain Marvel TPB)
………..and we arrive at a title that, while not necessarily related to Infinity, showcases heroes and villains alike who become integral to the current Marvel cosmos as well as set the stage for many of Marvels future stories; a good Primer for Marvel’s main characters and a good starter for the uninitiated………
A TIME Of TITANS
….a time when a Mad Titan takes the stage as Marvel’s number one Cosmic menace
Rebirth of Thanos:
Silver Surfer #34-38 (Available in Silver Surfer Rebirth TP)
The Thanos Quest
….and now Back to the Future for another round of adventure with the…
Guardians of the Galaxy (90’s)
(available in GOTG: Quest for the Shield Tpb)
……..this series lasted for over 60 issues, but so far no trades are available. It was a good run, especially the first 30 odd issues and worth tracking down…. now back to the Marvel cosmos with…
Avengers: Galactic Storm
…. Kree/Shi’ar War, multi-title crossover, available in tpb 2 vols.
…earth turned into Galactic Prison, good intro to alien races of the MU
Inhumans #1-12 TPB
(Marvel Knights P.Jenkins & Jae Lee)
Inhumans ( C.Pacheco & Ladronn)
(available in FF: Inhumans Tpb )
….great Inhumans cosmic story with AMAZING Ladronn art, and sets the stage for the next cosmic epoch, the….
THE ANNIHILATION AGE
Drax The Destroyer #1-4
Thanos # 6-12
..the above being a prelude to……
(Ann. Prologue, #1-6, & minis )
(available in Annihilation TPB Vol.s 1-3)
(available in Annihilation: Conquest TPB vol.s 1&2)
…….which then spawns two titles that tie in and lead up to the next space saga:
NOVA Tpb vol.s 1&2 Guardians of the Galaxy tpb Vol.1
and now for some more earthbound arcs that have far-reaching ramifications ….
Avengers: Illuminati Tpb X-men:Deadly Genesis
… the Illuminati arc leads directly into:
Planet Hulk & World War Hulk
…while Deadly Genesis continues in….
X-men: Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire
…while the X-Men were in space, Earth Had its own problems with the..
… which has integral parts in S.I.: Avengers & New Avengers Tpbs. as well as tying into S.I.:Inhumans Tpb and Nova Tpb Vol 3&4…which brings us back to the X-Men in space with…
Xmen: Emperor Vulcan and Kingbreaker Mini Series
both of which are preludes to….
War of Kings
( War of Kings mini 1-6 )
…which ties into Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2&3 and Nova vol 5
Realm of Kings
( Realm of Kings Mini #1-6 )
with Guardians of the Galaxy vol 4 and Nova vol 6 as tie ins and bridges to:
The Thanos Imperative
…..which was followed by 2 miniseries:Annihilators & Annihilators: Earthfall
which leaves us in……..
THE CURRENT COSMOS
( Hickman & Weaver Vol 1&2)
…in which Hickman and Weaver begin building towards the current state of affairs in the Cosmic Marvel universe, tying into…..
Fantastic Four: 570 –611 FF 1-22
(available in tpb vol 1-6) (available in tpb vol1-4)
…..meanwhile the Avengers and The Xmen start getting involved in affairs of a cosmic nature in…
Avengers VS Xmen
….which leads to more cosmic shenanigans when they team up in:
and then earth is ruined and the timestream broken in the…
Age of Ultron
and Hickman continues his universe building skills in:
(5th series vol.s 1-3 & Current)
(3rd series vol. 1 & current issues )
Guardians of the Galaxy
( 3rd series- Cureent issues )
(5th series current issues )
then find out the secrets of Thanos’ childhood in…..
Thanos Rising #1-5
which brings us nicely too……………
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art bt Jimmy Cheung, Jerome Opena, & Dustin Weaver
….with ties in like:
Infinity: The Hunt #1-4 Infinity: The Heist #1-4
Written by Mad Kindt Written By Frank Tieri
Art by Steven Sanders Art by Al Barrianuevo
The Mighty Avengers
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Greg Land
and leading into…….
THE FUTURE COSMIC
(company-wide banner,i.e Dark Reign and Heroic Age )
and the new ongoing series…..
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Joe Madureira
Hope that all helped! and if any problems, questions, comments or concerns of a cosmic nature, please contact me using the form below, or leave a comment!