Marvel Comics Unlimited!: March 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time Travel, Alternate Timelines and Universes - The Fun Begins

Greetings crime fighters,

If you’re a fan of Marvel, you’ve undoubtedly been exposed to the vast array of alternate universes and timelines that have served as plot device for several decades. Whether in the pages of a “What If?” issue like the one linked below or as part of a bigger story foundation like the timelines where Days of Future Past and Cable began, alternate universes and timelines have become a powerful way to alter the mythos of long-established characters without damaging the integrity of our favorite backstories.


In the coming months, we’ll revisit some previous posts, both canon and non-canon, and introduce link lists for many more. Suggestions are welcomed, so be sure to send your favorite What If stories and multi-issue events.

Thanks to Marve’s Wikia, many of the alternate worlds presented have official Earth- designations, such as Earth-199999, the Marvel Cinematic Universe shared by the Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Avengers movies.

This Wikipedia article on the Marvel Multiverse gives an overview of the concepts and lists a few of the best-known universes. Unfortunately, the Official Marvel Handbook: Alternate Universes is not available digitally. That just adds more fun to us as we find and document the best stories of this type from the past 50 years!

To get started, go back and enjoy the Age of Apocalypse link list.

Until next time,


Friday, March 7, 2014

And now a word from (not) our sponsor...

Comic book readers,

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Until next time,


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Chaos War!

UPDATED 4/9/2014 - X-Men issues now available, links added below!

Comic book fans,
This reading order list for the Chaos War event contains hyperlinks to the Marvel Unlimited pages for each issue (where available). This list is one of the few that could be assemble completely from one source -- this one the work of Dave over at Comic Book Herald (CBH Chaos War Checklist).
Awesome quote from Dave’s page:

“This is far from my favorite Marvel event, but there are some important, lasting repercussions that come out of Chaos War. Trade reading order and an issue by issue checklist are included below for your reading pleasure.”
Chaos War #1
Chaos War #2
Chaos War #3
Chaos War: Thor #1
Chaos War: Chaos King #1
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #1
Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1
Chaos War: God Squad #1 (Not Available)
Chaos War #4
Incredible Hulks #618
Chaos War: Ares #1 (Not Available)
Chaos War: Thor #2
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #2
Incredible Hulks #619
Chaos War: X-Men #1 (NOW Available)
Incredible Hulks #620
Chaos War: Dead Avengers #3
Chaos War: X-Men #2 (NOW Available)
Chaos War #5

This is a perfect example of where Marvel’s site is completely useless for searching, especially for crossover events. The search result for the first issue is invalid so you have to search for #2 then go backwards! Notice how many issues aren’t available? Complain to Marvel!!!

Until next time,
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