Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Prepare for CIVIL WAR

Okay, Third Eye Faithful, this is what it’s all been building to ever since Marvel caught lightning in a bottle with the first IRON MAN film…. CIVIL WAR!

And, now, we’re less than a month away from the most anticipated MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE adventure of all-time.

And, we KNOW you are just as stoked as we are, and are dying to read up and prepare for CIVIL WAR.

So, we’ve put together our TOP 5 Graphic Novels to Prepare for CIVIL WAR, so you can get up to speed and ready for the new film!



So, obviously, this one is a NO-BRAINER!

The number one starting point is CIVIL WAR, the original story that started it all.

While CIVIL WAR II is a new reader-friendly series that you can jump into without any prior Marvel U. knowledge, it definitely does help to get that CIVIL WAR background that the original tale provides.

Plus: this is one of the best graphic novels of the modern age of comics. I mean, it REALLY holds up well, and the team of MARK MILLAR (HUCK, OLD MAN LOGAN) and STEVE MCNIVEN (OLD MAN LOGAN) do an amazing job of presenting a story that grabs you all the way through.

In CIVIL WAR, the landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on?

A conflict has been brewing for more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse! As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart.

The crossover that rewrites the rules, CIVIL WAR stars Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the entirety of the Marvel pantheon!

2.IRON MAN EXTREMIS – Get Started with IRON MAN!

While many of you may be familiar with the character, we know even more of you haven’t quite found “the” Iron Man story to really GRAB you.

Well, folks, look no further: the best place to start discovering just how awesome IRON MAN can be is the character-defining IRON MAN EXTREMIS storyline by WARREN ELLIS (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, AUTHORITY, PLANETARY) and ADI GRANOV (concept artist on the IRON MAN films).

This tale reinvents and reintroduces not just TONY STARK, but the entire world of Iron Man armor and technology for the modern age of comics.

A fantastic starting point that will catch you up on all you need to know about the Armored Avenger!


Find yourself on TEAM CAP? Well, there’s no better place to start reading the CAPTAIN AMERICA stuff than with the WINTER SOLDIER graphic novel, which collects issues 1-14 of the CAPTAIN AMERICA series that had the biggest influence on how Cap is portrayed in the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!

In WINTER SOLDIER, a midnight call to duty brings Captain America aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D Heli-carrier to identify the corpse of his most feared adversary: the Red Skull!

The shocking murder of Cap’s oldest enemy may not be the end of the Skull’s plans, however, because whoever shot the Skull has stolen his final project: an unfinished Cosmic Cube with the potential power to alter reality itself.

Adding to the imminent danger, a cadre of the Skull’s followers has already set in motion a plan to ignite bombs in the hearts of Paris, London and Manhattan – causing untold death and destruction. Racing against these bombs’ rapidly ticking clocks, the Star-Spangled Avenger must not only solve the mystery of his nemesis’ murder, but find the Cube before it can be used in the Red Skull’s malevolent plot against the United States!

Then, the questions plaguing Captain America’s dreams and memories have been answered in the most brutal way possible. And in the wake of this brutality, General Lukin makes his first all-out assault – tearing open old wounds and threatening to make new scars that will never heal!


With BLACK PANTHER looking to be one of the big breakout stars in the new CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR flick, this is a MUST-READ.

If you’re looking to get a killer reintroduction to the BLACK PANTHER, and some info on his origins, then one of the best places to start is the incredible graphic novel: WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER by creative team REGINALD HUDLIN and JOHN ROMITA JR!

In this killer story, the origins of not just T’Challa,  but the Black Panther legacy itself, is told in a cinematic style that still stands up as one of our all-time favorite Black Panther tales.

5. CIVIL WAR: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – How does Spidey fit in? This is it here!

Of course, one of the biggest surprises is the involvement of the one and only AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in the upcoming CIVIL WAR flick, so we HAD to give you some reading on ol’ Webhead!

Life couldn’t be more complicated – or more dangerous – for Peter Parker. After rushing to the aftermath of the Stamford Massacre to offer aid to its victims, Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House – where the enactment of the Super Human Registration Act appears imminent.

As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter is forced to make an important personal decision – maybe the most important decision of his life.

As Civil War tears apart the super hero community, will Spidey stay true to that decision?