Infinity Wars Reading Order

2018’s Infinity Wars was a way for Marvel to kick start their cosmic storylines for the 2018 Fresh Start relaunch. It serves as a vehicle to bring the infinity stones back into the Universe following the MCU’s success with Infinity War and Endgame to lure moviegoers into becoming comic book readers.

There can’t be an Infinity story without Thanos, who came back out of the events of Civil War II, then came back properly in 2013’s Infinity.

It isn’t the longest event Marvel have made and it serves more as a launchpad for the other arcs such as the new Guardians of the Galaxy and the Asgardians.

Here you’ll find what trades you’ll need to get the essential reading order as well as supplementary books. More importantly, is the issue by issue reading order for Infinity Wars at the bottom.

The order of sub arcs goes:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Infinity Countdown
  3. Infinity Wars
  4. Infinity Warps

Infinity Wars Trade Reading Order


Infinity Wars the Complete Collection

Released in late 2019, the complete collection has the Infinity Countdown prelude issues (important to understand HOW the stones made it to earth), the Infinity Wars main issues and a few tie ins. All you need and a little bit more to understand what the event is about.

This is not a huge event so this book really does cover a lot of ground.

Collects Infinity Countdown Prime #1, Infinity Countdown #1-#5, Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1, Free Comic Book Day Amazing Spider-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy 2018, Infinity Wars Prime #1, Infinity Wars #1-#6, Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1, Infinity Wars: Infinity #1, Thanos Legacy #1.

  • Hardcover Book
  • Duggan, Gerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy: Infinity Quest

This is a prelude (especially issue #150) to explain the origins of Asgardians of the Galaxy later. Not essential but helps a lot with the context. Collects Guardians of the Galaxy #146-#151.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Infinity Quest
  • Duggan, Gerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 136 Pages - 01/01/2018 (Publication Date) - Marvel Enterprises (Publisher)

Infinity Countdown Companion

A collection of countdown prelude tie in issues. Not essential but quite interesting. Collects Infinity Countdown: Black Widow, Infinity Countdown: Captain Marvel, Infinity Countdown: Daredevil, Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1-#4.

  • McCann, Jim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 136 Pages - 09/11/2018 (Publication Date) - Marvel Universe (Publisher)

Infinity Warps: Two-in-one

The aftermath, saying anything about this book would be major spoilers on our behalf so we won’t. They are tie ins and you should check out the issue by issue reading order before you open this book!

Collects Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1-#2, Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #1-#2, Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1-#2, Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #1-#2, Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #1-#2, Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1-#2.

Infinity Warps: Two-in-One
  • Duggan, Gerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 280 Pages - 01/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Marvel Enterprises (Publisher)

The only issue you’ll need to track down manually is Doctor Strange #3. He is featured on a lot of promo art but the issue has alluded the trades. Not essential, though.

Infinity Wars Issue by Issue Reading Order

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy #150 
  2. Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1
  3. Infinity Countdown Prime #1
  4. Infinity Countdown #1
  5. Infinity Countdown #2
  6.  Infinity Countdown #3
  7. Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1
  8. Infinity Countdown: Captain Marvel #1
  9. Doctor Strange #3
  10. Infinity Countdown #4 
  11. Infinity Countdown: Black Widow #1
  12. Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1 
  13. Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #2
  14. Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3
  15. Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #4
  16. Infinity Countdown: Champions #1
  17. Infinity Countdown: Champions #2
  18. Infinity Countdown #5 
  19. Infinity Wars Prime #1
  20. Infinity Wars #1
  21. Infinity Wars #2
  22. Asgardians of the Galaxy #1
  23. Infinity Wars #3
  24. Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #1
  25. Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1
  26. Thanos Legacy #1
  27. Asgardians of the Galaxy #2
  28. Infinity Wars #4
  29. Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1
  30. Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #2
  31. Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #1
  32. Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #2
  33. Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #2
  34. Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #1
  35. Infinity Wars #5
  36. Infinity Wars: Arachknight #2
  37. Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #1
  38. Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1
  39. Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #3
  40. Infinity Wars: Weapon Hex #2
  41. Infinity Wars #6
  42. Infinity Wars Fallen Guardian #1
  43. Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #2
  44. Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #2
  45. Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #4
  46. Infinity Wars: Infinity #1

Infinity Countdown/Wars Reading Order FAQs

When did Infinity Wars start

Infinity Wars #1 was released in August 2018, which is the main event. However, Guardians of the Galaxy #150 was released in January 3, 2018 and Infinity Countdown #1 was released March 7, 2018. You could use any one of those dates as the beginning of this event.

When did Infinity Wars end?

Infinity Wars #6 was released December 19, 2018. The actual final issue (Infinity Wars: Infinity #1) was released January 2nd, 2019.

How many issues are in Infinity Wars

There are 46 issues in the complete Infinity Countdown/Wars saga including all tie ins.

Do I need to read every issue to enjoy Infinity Wars?

No, Marvel don’t expect people to buy and read every single issue. The main series is more than enough but the tie ins to expand the universe quite a bit.

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