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Last updated Jun 18, 2018

Where to start reading Spider-Verse

Where to start reading Spider-Verse

Spider-Verse has a lot of new readers really interested in comics, and I think it works really well as a jumping in point. You get introduced to a lot of characters, writers, art styles, and it's a ton of fun. On top of that, they have the whole series including all 'tie-ins' included in one big book. For anyone who wants a little more lead-in though, I've included some lead-ins below, as well as some ideas for series after Spider-Verse.

Preludes

The three books below are all set before Spider-Verse begins, but are not necessary to enjoy the story.

  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1 - The Parker Luck - This has no connection to Spider-Verse, or almost none. I include it because it's just one book before things get started, and it's a really clean starting point for Spider-Man, so some readers may be interested.
  • Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 - Spider-Verse Prelude - This continues the Peter Parker storyline up to the Spider-Verse event. This also isn't necessary, but adds some nice backstory.
  • Edge of Spider-Verse - This is a really fun book. As Spider-Verse was getting ready to feature many, many, many Spider-Characters, they decided to do a brief series introducing different alternate-universe Spiders. One of them, Spider-Gwen, was so wildly popular that plans for her own series began before her first issue of _Edge of the Spider-Verse) was even on shelves! If you only grab one other book besides Spider-Verse, this should be it.

Spider-Verse!

This book is big, and a little pricey, but it includes the full Spider-Verse series, including every single related issue, so it's a pretty great deal. You don't need any other books to enjoy this really fun series. The only downside is that they've included the issues grouped by series, not by when they happened. If you prefer to jump around and read them in chronological order, How To Love Comics - Spider-Verse has a good issue-by-issue reading list.

After Spider-Verse

I have a few articles that have starting points after Spider-Verse, including Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen. In addition, the series below, Web Warriors of the Spider-Verse, continues directly after the events of Spider-Verse with many of the same characters and settings:

Not Spider-Verse!

A few years later, another event, Secret-Wars included a tie-in very confusingly also called Spider-Verse, which I'm sure has confused a lot of new readers. It's a fun tie-in to that event, but it is not the original Spider-Verse story, so be careful not to get them mixed up.

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Ant-Man Oct, 2017

Archie Oct, 2017

Avengers Jun, 2018

Black Panther Jul, 2018

Black Widow Jul, 2018

Captain America Jun, 2018

Captain Marvel Apr, 2017

Civil War Jun, 2017

Deadpool Jun, 2018

Doctor Strange Oct, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Jul, 2018

Hawkeye Jul, 2018

Iron Fist Jul, 2018

Iron Man Oct, 2017

Jessica Jones Jun, 2018

Marvel Events Oct, 2017

Moon Knight Jun, 2018

Ms. Marvel Jul, 2017

Old Man Logan Jul, 2018

Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat Jun, 2018

Runaways Jul, 2018

Secret Wars Jul, 2018

Spider-Gwen Jul, 2018

Spider-Man Oct, 2017

Spider-Verse Jun, 2018

Spider-Woman Jun, 2018

Squirrel Girl Oct, 2017

Superman Jan, 2017

Thor Jul, 2017

Vision Jun, 2018

Wasp Jul, 2018

Wolverine Jun, 2017

X-Men Jun, 2018

Young Avengers Jul, 2018