Well, Doom and I have decided to launch a Read Order and Timeline for "Secret Invasion."
I'll be posting the Read Order, while Doom will be posting the Timeline. What's the difference, you ask?
The Timeline will portray events as they occur. Flashbacks will come before the events of the actual book, for example. We're pretty sure something like this is important because it'll show just how all the various events came together to form this crossover.
Read Order is more of a guide. It's priority will be more along the lines of flow, readability, pacing, etc.
Thus far, the Read Order goes like this:
Secret Invasion Read Order Secret Invasion # 1 Mighty Avengers # 12 New Avengers # 40
We're working on a "Secret Invasion: Infilitration" read order, so stay tuned!
Post by Doctor Doom on May 5, 2008 11:48:36 GMT -5
The most awkward thing about the timeline is, of course, that it is going to interweave with other books by necessity. At the moment, it is impossible to give a timeline of Secret Invasion itself since that would literally consist of "Secret Invasion page 3-38" or whatever. Constructing a full and proper timeline is going to by it's very nature encompass The Infiltration, which is still unclear. So I've opted for an easier route for now- this simply places in rough chronology the events of New Avengers #40 and Mighty Avengers #13 in relation to the present. A more detailed timeline should be coming soon, and a more detailed timeline of SI itself will take shape when available. I've also noted major Marvel stories which now tie directly into the genesis of Secret Invasion, even if they're not necessarily required reading, just for continuity's sake.
Roughly 10 years ago Marvel-time Avengers V1 #93-#97- All (The Kree/Skrull War) New Avengers: Illuminati #1- All New Avengers #40 Page 1-7
Roughly 8 (?) Years ago Marvel-time New Avengers #40- Page 8-10
Roughly 6 (?)Years ago Marvel-time New Avengers #40 Page 11-12 Fantastic Four #257- All (Destruction of Tarnax IV)
Roughly 4 (?)Years ago, Marvel-time Secret Invasion #1 Page 1-2, New Avengers #40 Page 13 New Avengers #40- Page 14
? Years ago New Avengers #40- Page 15-22
Ten months ago Secret War #1-4 Mighty Avengers #12- Page 1-3
Nine months ago Mighty Avengers #12- Page 3-11[/b]
Eight and a half months ago: Mighty Avengers #12- Page 12-16
Six and a half months ago: Mighty Avengers #12- Page 17-21
In terms of exact years, this is hard to pin down. If we accept that the "Age of Marvels" began about 12/13 years ago, then 10 years ago for the Kree/Skrull War seems fair. When exactly the last pages of NA 40 occured depends COMPLETELY on when the Skrulls began their infiltration. As soon as we learn when Elektra was replaced, we can pin this down with more accuracy. The recent dates are also conjecture. The entire Civil War has to be a month or so- two at most- before Secret Invasion (Despite being two whole years in reality) and given the need for House of M, I'm estimated the New Avengers to have been founded only four or five months before that. So this is what I got.
As you can see, I'm going for a more disjointed way of this story unfolding. I still have some more comics to pick up, but I'm trying to organize it in a way that balances the main story in "Secret Invasion" proper; the flashbacks in NA and MA; and the global attack that includes the other titles (including Thor, Herc, X-Men, etc.) There are other story points - the battle in NYC, for example, seen in Young Avengers/Runaways and Avengers: The Initiative.
As I get caught up here in the next couple of days (yay for b-day cash!), I'll have an up-dated read order.
However, I'm not picking up Ms. Marvel. Suggestions as to where to put it?
Just a quick note . . . I was able to pick up Secret Invasion # 5 (but nothing else in the crossover). It definetly looks like I was right with the bulk of the tie-ins taking place between issues 4 and 5.