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Marvel’s Eternals Reading Order

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Making their first appearance in The Eternals #1 (July 1976), The Eternals were created by Jack Kirby. The series was thematically similar to DC’s New Gods that Kirby didn’t finish … like his Eternals’ saga. Other artists used the characters after that, but they never became really that big. Maybe the movie will help change that.

Who are the Eternals? They formed a race of immortal beings possessed with seemingly limitless superhuman abilities. Once worshipped as gods, this fantastic group left Earth to explore the stars after warring with the Greek, Roman and Norse pantheons for supremacy over humankind. One million years ago, the Celestials visited Earth and performed genetic experiments on early proto-humanity.

As a result, they created two divergent races: the Eternals and their enemies, the Deviants. The Eternals have mostly protected the human race, especially during their fights against the Deviants. But some of the Eternals want to conquer the other races… Their history is full of conflicts and power struggles.

Marvel’s Eternals Reading Order

The Eternals story was retconned and a lot of minor appearances are today irrelevant. What follows is what’s now mostly considered canon.

All of the books from this first era of the Eternals are also available in one big volume:

The Eternals: The Complete Saga Omnibus
Collects Eternals (1976) #1-19, Eternals Annual (1977) #1; Eternals (1985) #1-12; Eternals: The Herod Factor (1991) #1; New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (2000) #1; Iron Man Annual (1971) #6; Avengers (1963) #246-248; Material From What If? (1977) #23-30.

  • Avengers by John Byrne Omnibus
    Collects West Coast Avengers (1985) #42-46; Avengers West Coast #47-62, Annual #4; Avengers (1963) #305-318, Annual #18. The Eternals appeared only in Avengers  #308-310. Those issues are not collected anywhere else for now.

Sersi of the Eternals became a regular member of the Avengers in issue #314 and stayed until issue #375. See the Avengers Reading Order for more information.

  • Eternals: The Herod Factor
    Collects Eternals: The Herod Factor (1991) #1 one-shot.
  • Heroes for Hire (Vol.2 ) #4-7 (November 1997, January 1998)
  • The New Eternals: Apocalypse Now
    Collects  New Eternals: Apocalypse Now (2000) #1 one-shot.
  • Marvel Max: The Eternal
    A 6-issue Marvel Max series written by Chuck Austen about the early days of the Eternals and the Deviants.

Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti took over the Eternals:

Last Updated on January 27, 2023.

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