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Last updated Oct 09, 2021

Where to start reading Spider-Verse comics

Where to start reading Spider-Verse comics

The new movie Into The Spider-Verse looks absolutely amazing, and the comic that shares the same name make one of the best intros into comics you could want. The original comic Spider-Verse introduces to a lot of characters, writers have been collected in one big book.

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.

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Comics set just before Spider-Verse

For anyone who wants a little more lead-in, I've included some lead-ins below, as well as some ideas for series after Spider-Verse. 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.

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:

Four years later, the sequel Spider-Geddon was published. This was a fun series, especially for fans of Miles Morales who took lead, but not as essential reading as the original. The main series is joined by a prequel, Edge of Spider-Geddon which continued some of the stories from the original Edge which didn't get their own series, and a tie-in collection Covert Ops. These are good for readers looking for something very, very similar to the original Spider-Verse, but not something I would normally recommend to new readers.

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 Apr, 2019

Archie Oct, 2021

Avengers Jun, 2018

Batman Mar, 2022

Black Panther Dec, 2018

Black Widow Apr, 2019

Captain America Apr, 2019

Captain Marvel Nov, 2018

Civil War Nov, 2019

Daredevil Dec, 2018

Deadpool Apr, 2019

Doctor Strange Apr, 2019

Guardians of the Galaxy Nov, 2021

Hawkeye Jul, 2018

Iron Fist Oct, 2020

Iron Man Apr, 2019

Jessica Jones Apr, 2019

Loki Nov, 2021

Marvel Events Oct, 2017

Moon Knight Mar, 2022

Ms. Marvel Apr, 2022

Old Man Logan Jul, 2018

Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat Apr, 2019

Runaways Apr, 2019

Secret Wars Dec, 2018

Shang-Chi Mar, 2022

Silk Apr, 2019

Spider-Gwen Apr, 2019

Spider-Man Nov, 2021

Spider-Verse Oct, 2021

Spider-Woman Jun, 2018

Squirrel Girl Apr, 2019

Superman Jan, 2017

The Eternals Mar, 2022

Thor Apr, 2019

Vision Oct, 2018

Wasp Jul, 2018

Wolverine Oct, 2021

X-Men Oct, 2022

Young Avengers Jul, 2018