Let me tell you a little story. There once was a hedgehog with a dream. He dreamt that all hedgehogs could live under one flag with complete freedom from religious intolerance and social injustice. This seemed implausible, so he instead turned his efforts toward running at blinding speeds up walls while collecting golden loops. For the betterment of society and its golden loop collections.
It was an ambitious and admirable goal, and one he felt would change the face of hedgehog settlements across the globe. Only problem was, achieving the goal required a great deal of labor.
You see, running at blinding speeds up walls is physically almost impossible. It takes mass amounts of training and possibly even magic. The hedgehog did not let this deter him from trying, though. Collecting those golden loops was too important for hedgehog-kind. He would train his leg muscles as hard as he could, as often as his job as a professional masseuse would allow.
Then, one day while training, running at only a passable speed straight into a cliff wall over and over, the hedgehog saw his future actualized. Atop the cliff stood a blue hedgehog, golden loops in hand. With blinding speed the blue blaze blurred down to the hedgehog’s stationary spot on the ground. “I’m Sonic,” he said in a cocksure voice that left the hedgehog sure he was a cock. Sonic then took off in the opposite direction, leaving only the clack and clang of collected golden loops in his wake.
At first, our hedgehog was distraught. Someone had already beat him to the punch in his ambitious quest. And, let’s face it – Sonic was better than he ever could hope to be. He might never collect golden loops like that!
Did our little hedgehog give up? No, he did not. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: that hedgehog? He is a metaphor for me, the author of this blog. And I am a metaphor for struggling. And Sonic? He is a metaphor for this awesome comic book blog. Which is a metaphor for succeeding.
The moral of this story: although I would highly recommend you visit The Centre Cannot Hold (linked above) for all your current Marvel continuity questions, I will continue my efforts to provide an even more detailed service. I realize that those of you visiting this blog in search of reading order guidance (as the title suggests)are likely disappointed. But the guidance is coming, hopefully in an entertaining and useful form. In the meantime, I make no efforts to conceal the superiority of the Centre Cannot Hold. It’s the future of Odin’s Thunderbolts actualized. And until my hands are full of golden loops, I will recommend you start your comic book journey there.