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Secret Invasion Reading Order, a Marvel Event

Secret Invasion Reading Order

The reign of Brian Michael Bendis continues, one event after another. This one was published from April through December 2008. After Avengers Disassembled (reading order), House of M (reading order), Decimation (reading order), and Civil War (reading order) comes Secret Invasion. A story about trust that broke the superhero community, already shaken by the events of the Civil War. Dark times are ahead!

Here is the official synopsis: It begins with a brutal battle between the New Avengers and the Hand—one that claims the life of Elektra and reveals that she was a Skrull! What does this mean for Tony Stark and his Mighty Avengers? How about the Illuminati? Soon, the whole Marvel Universe will be asking: who do you trust? As the Secret Invasion stands revealed and the Skrulls attack Earth, which heroes will be exposed as alien impostors? Can the Secret Warriors turn the tide? And can anyone stop the Skrull queen Veranke?!

What to read before Secret Invasion?

Even if the Bendis’ Events were connected (see reading order), Secret Invasion is more self-contained than the other. But it was planned. You can start with Civil War (reading order), then read The New Avengers and The Mighty Avengers.

Secret Invasion Reading Order:

Secret Invasion Reading Order: Collected Editions


  • Secret Invasion: The Infiltration
    Collects Fantastic Four #2, New Avengers: Illuminati #1 and #5, New Avengers #31-32 and #38-39, Mighty Avengers #7, Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1.

Secret Invasion Reading Order

Secret Invasion Fantastic Four - Secret Invasion Reading Order

Marvel Skrull Secret Invasion Reading Order

Secret Invasion Reading Order: Issue by issue

Secret Invasion is one of these impossible to sort Marvel events. You really need to read Secret Invasion #1-5, but the rest goes from optional to totally forgettable. So, you won’t find two similar reading orders, because you can read most of the tie-ins at multiple moments (some are flashbacks, others take place at the same time…). Here is an unsatisfactory attempt to offer you a reading order.

  • Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #25-27
  • Secret Invasion Saga #1
  • Avengers: The Initiative #14
  • She-Hulk (vol. 2) #31
  • Secret Invasion: Inhumans #1
  • Marvel Spotlight: Secret Invasion
  • New Avengers #38-39

New Avengers Vol. 8 Secret Invasion Book 1 - Secret Invasion Reading Order

  • Secret Invasion #1
  • Mighty Avengers #12
  • New Avengers #40, 42,  44 & 45
  • Mighty Avengers #15-17
  • New Avengers #46.
  • Secret Invasion #2
  • Mighty Avengers #13
  • Captain Britain and MI: 13 (2008) #1
  • Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1
  • Nova #16-17
  • Mighty Avengers #14
  • Incredible Hercules #117
  • New Avengers #41 & 43
  • Secret Invasion: Who Do You Trust? #1
  • Secret Invasion #3
  • Captain Britain and MI: 13 (2008) #2-3
  • Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #2
  • Incredible Hercules #118
  • New Avengers #42

Mighty Avengers Vol. 3 Secret Invasion, Book 1 - Secret Invasion Reading Order

  • Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3
  • Secret Invasion: Front Line #1
  • Secret Invasion: Amazing Spider-Man #1-3
  • Secret Invasion: Thor #1-3
  • New Warriors (2007) #14-15
  • Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33-35
  • Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #28
  • Secret Invasion #4
  • Mighty Avengers #16
  • Avengers: The Initiative #15
  • X-Factor (vol. 3) #33-34
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (vol. 2) #4-5
  • She-Hulk (2005) #31-33
  • Incredible Hercules #119-120
  • New Warriors #14
  • Thunderbolts (2006) #122
  • Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3
  • Secret Invasion: X-Men #1
  • Secret Invasion: Front Line #2
  • Captain Britain and MI: 13 (2008) #4
  • Ms. Marvel (vol. 2) #29

Secret Invasion Front Line - Secret Invasion Reading Order

  • Secret Invasion #5
  • Thunderbolts (2006) #123-124
  • Black Panther (2005) #39
  • Secret Invasion: Front Line #3
  • Deadpool (2008) #1
  • Avengers: The Initiative #16
  • Mighty Avengers #18-19.
  • Secret Invasion #6
  • Thunderbolts (2006) #125
  • Black Panther (2005) #40
  • Nova #18
  • Avengers: The Initiative #17
  • Secret Invasion: X-Men #2-4
  • Secret Invasion: Inhumans #2-4
  • Punisher War Journal (2006) #24-25
  • Deadpool (2008) #2-3
  • Secret Invasion: Front Line #4
  • Secret Invasion #7
  • Black Panther (2005) #41
  • Secret Invasion: Front Line #5
  • Avengers: The Initiative #18
  • Secret Invasion #8
  • New Avengers #47.
  • Thunderbolts (2006) #126
  • Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1
  • Mighty Avengers #20. An epilogue to the whole thing.

Marvel Skrull Secret Invasion Reading Order

After Secret Invasion

After Secret Invasion came the Dark Reign, a new “dark” era for the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Dark Reign is not an event, but a thematic era (click for more information about Dark Reign). A new status quo, a bad one for the heroes. The event that spun out of the conclusion of Secret Invasion is War of Kings.

The next event in the Brian Michael Bendis Marvel Saga is Siege.

Last Updated on May 11, 2022.