The Avengers franchise is what made Marvel Studios the completely dominant force in comic based entertainment. The way they streamlined Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and other characters into an expansive universe that also includes television shows like Daredevil and Agents Of SHIELD is something that has never been achieved before in motion picture entertainment.
The Avengers continuity, even without including the individual characters is supremely daunting. So, I’ve put together a chronology of some of the best Avengers related books that are currently or were recently available in collected editions (the recently available are still around for pretty cheap on various online outlets and in bookstores) into ten TV seasons.
Last season saw the falls of Norman Osborn, and some in-depth time with Captain Marvel and the Hawkeyes. This season there’s one of those The World Will End Crises that our heroes always end up solving. This time, though, they might be out of luck.
Could someone call The Night Nurse? I think Steve has “assembled” in his red, white, and blue Depends.
art by Stuart Immonen
Season 8: Avengers World
(showrunner: Jonathan Hickman)
Episode 1: Captain America The Tomorrow Soldier
(written by Rick Remender, art by Carlos Pacheco, Paul Renaud, Stuart Immonen, and Bruce Timm)
It’s the end of the Dimension Z storyline from last season. What happens when Captain America has to make the penultimate sacrifice, and lose the effects of The Super Solider Serum? Well, for starters, we’re gonna need a new Captain America.
The Tomorrow Soldier. 1 episode
Episode 2: Avengers Avengers World
(written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Jerome Opena and Adam Kubert)
Something is on the horizon that’s going to require every Avenger ever, and some who haven’t been Avengers before to work together to save not just the planet but the entire Universe. Tony Stark just might be able to pull it all together.
Avengers World. 1 episode
Serial 1: New Avengers Everything Dies, Avengers The Last White Event
(written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Steve Epting, Dustin Weaver, and Mike Deodato JR)
Apocalyptic space shenanigans as The Builders prepare to rebuild a universe over the remains of the Marvel 616.
Everything Dies. 2 episodes
Episode 5: Avengers Prelude To Infinity
(written by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer art by Mike Deodato JR and Stefano Caselli)
The High Evolutionary and The Builders aren’t the only problem the Marvel Universe is facing. The Savage Land is giving birth to something new, and there’s a big purple faced Death fetishist looming on the horizon.
The Builders. 1 episode
Serial 2: Infinity
(written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena, Dustin Weaver, Mike Deodato JR, Stefano Caselli, Francis Leinil Yu)
Thanos and Builders and Avengers, oh my. The Avengers get Even Bigger as the stakes get Even Higher. Do yourself a favor, don’t buy the Avengers Infinity and New Avengers Infinity trades, buy the big Infinity trade paperback, as it contains the entire storyline in the order in which it’s meant to be read. This is possibly the first time Marvel has ever actually collected the story in a precise way.
Infinity. 2 episodes
Episode 8: Hawkeye LA Woman
(written by Matt Fraction, art by Amy Wu and Javier Pulido)
Screw that Barton guy, let’s follow Kate Bishop to the West Coast where she falls into one of Madame Masque’s schemes. This is an almost noir story and is the most west coast this comic has been since Scarlet Witch had those imaginary babies!
LA Woman. 1 episode
Episode 9: All New Captain America Hydra Ascendant
(written by Rick Remender, art by Stuart Immonen)
Falcon is the new Captain America. Watch him battle Steve Rogers’s old foes. When you cut one down, two more appear in their place.
Hydra Ascendant. 1 episode
Serial 4: Hawkeye Rio Bravo
(written by Matt Fraction, art by David Aja, Annie Wu, and Francesco Francavilla)
It’s the end of the Bro saga, as Hawkeye and Hawkeye are reunited to take down the mob that threatens Clint’s apartment complex. Such tiny stakes. Such big adventures.
Rio Bravo. 2 episodes
Episode 12: Secret Avengers Reverie, Secret Avengers Iliad
(written by Nick Spencer, art by Butch Guice, Luke Ross, and Ed Brisson)
Nick Fury creates yet another Secret Ops team to deal with yadda yadda yadda. Amongst their first problems? AIM.
The Somewhat Secret Avengers. 1 episode
Episode 13: Avengers World AIMpire
(written by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer, art by Stefano Caselli)
With all of the cosmic going-ons in this season, we need a team on Earth to handle the global problems that actually take place on the globe. A couple of former X-Men and some of the new space spawned Avengers team up to take down AIM from the inside.
AIMpire. 1 episode
Episode 14: Avengers Undercover Descent, Avengers Undercover Going Native
(Written by Dennis Hopeless, art by Kev Walker, Tigh Walker, and Timothy Greene)
Remember those teenagers who barely survived Arcade’s Murderworld last season? Well, The Avengers have decided to send them all undercover to help solve a case that they don’t have time for. This might backfire.
Avengers Undercover. 1 episode
Episode 15: Avengers Adapt Or Die
(written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Esad Ribic and Salvador Larroca)
The Avengers go back into their past to fix their future. That solution ALWAYS works. Just asks the X-Men.
Adapt Or Die. 1 episode
Serial 3: Avengers World Ascension, Avengers World Next World
(written by Nick Spencer and Al Ewing, art by Marco Checchetto, Stefano Caselli, and Dale Keown)
AIM is a huge problem but they’re not the only problem Earth has. Avengers are sent all over the world from Madripoor to Italy to deal with “trouble spots”.
Next World. 2 episodes
Serial 4: Young Avengers Style>Substance, Young Avengers Alternative Cultures, Young Avengers Mic Drop At The Edge Of Time And Space
(written by Kieron Gillen, art by Jamie McKelvie)
Things have been getting super apocalyptical for all of the Avengers team, let’s take a lighthearted break to see how the next generation handles it when all parents go Evil. Ok, so this gets apocalyptical, too, but in a different, more stylish youthy way.
Parents Just Don’t Understand. 2 episodes
Episode 20: Captain Marvel Higher Further Faster More
(written by Kelly Sue Deconnick, art by David Lopez)
Carol Danvers goes back into space to solve a refugee crisis. The Guardians Of The Galaxy make a brief attempt to help her but she’s mainly on her own. This is one of the more well-thought-out, well-written, non-preachy political comics Marvel has put out in years.
Original Sin. 1 episode
Season 8, like all of its predecessors is 20 episodes