Secret Empire Reading Order (Updated 9/6)

After the last update two readers pointed out a couple of mistakes I had made.

First, Marek correctly pointed out that the remaining Generations one-shots are not all out this week, but spread throughout September.  I blame that error on the release schedule over at  That thing is always displaying comics on the wrong release dates.  I should have know better.  A bit more research shows that this week sees the release of the Iron Man centric book.  The remaining books are to be released as follows: Captain Marvels – 9/13, Ms. Marvels – 9/20 and finally two on 9/27 – the Spider-Men and Captains Americas.  As of now, I still say they are completely skippable from a Secret Empire standpoint and this weeks Iron Man/Ironheart book doesn’t even get the “Generations pattern” right and makes no sense with how it is supposed to tie into Secret Empire #10.

Second, Bobby pointed out that the Marvel Wiki for Secret Empire lists six “Aftermath” books, including next weeks Secret Empire: Omega.  From what I can tell, these books are not branded.  The first of them, Champions #12 was released today…and Secret Empire is not even mentioned until the letters page.  I’m not sure who decided it was the aftermath of anything.  So it won’t be included here.

When Bobby mentioned the aftermath issues I went back and had a look at Uncanny Avengers #26, which came out last week.  It is not branded as an “Aftermath” issue either, but at least deals with a lot of the repercussions of Scarlet Witch and her actions in Secret Empire.

I’m going to change up the format slightly with this update and as you’ll see, that Uncanny Avengers issue will find a home in the “Honorable Mentions” section.

So, this update isn’t really much of an update as I’m not adding anything new to the main reading order.

1. Opening Salvo

  1. Road To Secret Empire [Trade]
  2. Captain America: Sam Wilson #21 [Unbranded]
  3. Uncanny Avengers #22 [Unbranded]
  4. Captain America: Steve Rogers #15 [Unbranded]
  5. Deadpool #31
  6. U.S. Avengers #5 [Opening Salvo]
  7. Thunderbolts #12 [Opening Salvo]
  8. Captain America: Steve Rogers #16 [Opening Salvo]

2. Secret Empire

  1. Secret Empire #0
  2. Mighty Captain Marvel #5
  3. Uncanny Avengers #24
  4. Uncanny Avengers #25
  5. Ultimates2 #7
  6. Amazing Spider-Man #29
  7. U.S. Avengers #6
  8. X-Men: Gold #7
  9. X-Men: Gold #8
  10. Secret Empire: Brave New World #3 (Daily Bugle and Starbrand stories)
  11. Secret Empire Free Comic Book Day 2017
  12. U.S.Avengers #7
  13. Amazing Spider-Man #30
  14. Amazing Spider-Man #31
  15. Avengers #9
  16. Mighty Captain Marvel #6
  17. Mighty Captain Marvel #7
  18. Secret Empire: Brave New World #1 (Giant Man and Gwenpool stories)
  19. Champions #10
  20. Occupy Avengers #8
  21. Occupy Avengers #9
  22. Secret Empire: Brave New World #4 (Misty Knight and Emma Frost stories)
  23. Secret Empire #1
  24. Secret Empire: Brave New World #2 (Patriot story)
  25. Champions #11
  26. U.S.Avengers #8
  27. U.S.Avengers #9
  28. Deadpool #32
  29. Deadpool #33
  30. Secret Empire #2
  31. Captain America: Sam Wilson #22
  32. Captain America: Steve Rogers #17
  33. Secret Empire #3
  34. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual (2017)
  35. Avengers #10
  36. Secret Empire: Uprising #1
  37. Doctor Strange #21
  38. Doctor Strange #22
  39. Doctor Strange #23
  40. Doctor Strange #24
  41. Captain America: Sam Wilson #23
  42. Secret Empire #4
  43. Captain America: Steve Rogers #18
  44. X-Men: Blue #7
  45. X-Men: Blue #8
  46. X-Men: Blue #9
  47. Secret Empire: United #1
  48. Secret Empire: Underground #1
  49. Secret Empire: Brave New World #2 (Hydra Bob story)
  50. Secret Empire: Brave New World #5 (Blade and Domino stories)
  51. Secret Warriors #1
  52. Secret Warriors #2
  53. Secret Warriors #3
  54. Secret Warriors #4
  55. Secret Warriors #5 pages 1-2
  56. Secret Empire #5
  57. Secret Empire #6
  58. Secret Empire #7
  59. Captain America: Sam Wilson #24
  60. Captain America: Steve Rogers #19
  61. Secret Empire: Brave New World #1 (Invaders story)
  62. Secret Empire: Brave New World #2 (Invaders story)
  63. Secret Empire: Brave New World #3 (Invaders story)
  64. Secret Empire: Brave New World #4 (Invaders story)
  65. Secret Empire: Brave New World #5 (Invaders story)
  66. Deadpool #34
  67. Deadpool #35 pages 1-17
  68. Secret Warriors #5 pages 3-20
  69. Captain America #25
  70. Secret Empire #8
  71. Mighty Captain Marvel #8
  72. Secret Empire #9
  73. Secret Empire #10

3. Generations

These one shots can mostly be skipped from a Secret Empire point of view, but occur during Secret Empire #10.

  1. Generations The Strongest #1
  2. Generations: The Phoenix #1
  3. Generations: The Best #1
  4. Generations: The Thunder #1
  5. Generations: The Archers #1
  6. Generations: The Iron #1
  7. Generations: The Bravest #1
  8. Generations: The Marvels #1
  9. Generations: The Spiders #1
  10. Generations: The Americas #1

4. Aftermath

  1. Deadpool #35 pages 18-20

Honorable Mentions

A collection of things that might add (or distract) from your Secret Empire reading experience.

  • The Road To Secret Empire trade paperback covers a lot of this, but basically everything involving Steve Rogers, Captain America and/or written by Nick Spencer between Avengers: Standoff and Opening Salvo (particularly the Captain America: Steve Rogers series) acts as prologue to the event.
  • Amazing Spider-Man #25 – the comic features a pre-Secret Empire back up story showing how Superior Octopus joins Hydra.
  • Ultimates2 #9, Ultimates2 #100 – a tricky aside that is more a Galactus tale but the Ultimates do appear in the midst of Secret Empire.
  • Uncanny Avengers #26 – a handful of pages are worthy for consideration as an Aftermath issue, dealing with the Scarlet Witch’s role in Secret Empire.

That’s it for now.  If anywhere along the way you spot anything missing or incorrect or are wondering why I placed something where I did, feel free to use the comments below or message me directly.


7 thoughts on “Secret Empire Reading Order (Updated 9/6)

  1. I feel as though Captain Marvel #8 should be broken up as the beginning takes place before and during Secret Empire #7, and the rest of it takes place during Secret Empire #8. The only logical place to split the issue would be after Carol tells Avril to wake up (find the Spider-Man Generations ad, and turn the page. The end of Carol’s dialogue will be in one box on the page on the right.) If you do decide to split the issue, the beginning should be placed before Secret Empire #7, and the rest can stay where the issue currently is in the reading order, as it takes place during Secret Empire #8. I’m sure that you already noticed this and decided not to split the issue, but I figured that I may as well bring it up just in case you missed it 🙂

      1. No problem. I’m the type of person who likes the reading orders to be perfect, so my personal reading order has a lot of splits in them. This one stood out as being particularly important, so I figured I’d bring it up.

        1. I think you’re right and it was mostly an oversight on my part, so I’ll probably split them in the next update. That said (and this is getting into spoiler territory), I hate that a major plot point from Secret Empire #8 is completely ignored and actually changed for Captain Marvel #8. It’s like for that one instance they decided to write the comic so that you didn’t need to read Secret Empire, but the rest is a rehash of Secret Empire and the last page says “To be concluded in Secret Empire”.

          1. Yeah. They also messed up things like Rocket’s dialogue, the way people are standing, and what people are wearing. Even though things like that don’t really matter, it just shows how little coordination there was between the creative teams of the comics.

  2. “this weeks Iron Man/Ironheart book doesn’t even get the “Generations pattern” right and makes no sense with how it is supposed to tie into Secret Empire #10”


    I remember how during Original Sin both Bendis’s series that were bannered as tie-ins did reveal secrets from the past, but in no way it was connected to the Orb unleashing Watcher’s Eye in Original Sin #2.

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