Marvel Rising: Reading Order #1

A crop of the cover to Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1. Squirrel Girl and Ms Marvel hold video game controllers, their heads leaning towards each other. Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1. G. Willow Wilson, Ryan North, Devin Grayson (writers); Ramon Bachs, Irene Strychalski (artists), Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist), Clayton Cowles (letterer). July 2018. Cover by Gurihiru.

Marvel Rising is a new “multi-platform franchise” from Marvel, featuring two of their biggest young adult darlings: Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. Part of the project is a 5-issue team-up miniseries, following the two young heroes as they dash across college campuses and do an endearingly bad job of keeping their identities secret from each other. It’s cute, it’s fun, and its numbering is incredibly confusing.

See, Marvel Rising is composed of five single-issue comics, released monthly (mostly). These comics include a #0, a #1, another #1, a third #1, and finally… another #1. They all have different but similar titles, and the stories in them are sequential. If you pick up Marvel Rising: Alpha #1, it… works, but doesn’t make as much sense as it would have if you’d read Marvel Rising #0 first.

But have no fear, I’ve got your back. Check out the chart below for a reading order:

A Marvel Rising reading order chart. The covers appear in order on a blue background. To the right of the covers, the titles are listed in purple text along with commentary. The text and reading order can be found below the image, in the body of the article. Graphic by Zora Gilbert.
First: Marvel Rising #0 (This book is free! Get it at Marvel’s digital store.); Second: Marvel Rising: Alpha #1; Third: Marvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1; Fourth: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (notice that Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl switched positions in the title. That was on purpose.); Fifth: Marvel Rising: Omega #1.

The reading order for the Marvel Rising comics is actually pretty straightforward: the comic that came out first is the first chapter in the story, they go sequentially by publication date from there, and all the titles start with “Marvel Rising.” But nothing on the outside of the actual comics tells readers where they’re jumping in, and the story on the inside just isn’t as good if it’s not read in the right order.

If this is all too much nonsense, there’ll also be an easier solution once all the single issues come out: all five will be collected into a trade paperback, set to release on November 7th. You can preorder it now (it helps your local comic shop if they know you want it!), just hang tight until then, or search out the individual issues as they come out. It’s up to you!

The numbering system on Marvel Rising is bonkers, but the story and art really are wonderful. Don’t let Marvel’s thirst for gimmicks get between you and a good read!

Zora Gilbert

Zora Gilbert

Zora Gilbert cares a whole lot about words, kids, and comics. Find them at @zhgilbert on twitter, and find the comics they edit at datesanthology.com.
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