I wrote some time ago a reading guide for the Clone Conspiracy. Since then, I wanted to do the same for another one of the big Spider-man event by Dan Slott, The Spider-verse. So, here we go…
What is the Spider-Verse event?
In almost all the universe, there’s a Spider-Man. In a 2014 Marvel Event named Spider-verse, all the Spider-Men were attacked by Morlun and his family, the Inheritors.
Written by Dan Slott, the storyline really began a few years ago during J. Michael Straczynski’s Coming Home story. Now, the Inheritors started to kill all of the spider-men in order to feed on their force. Some spiders started to jump from one universe to the other, saving the one they can in order to built an army. Soon, our own Peter Parker and the other spider-heroes from universe 616 joined the fight to stop the Inheritors once and for all.
Spider-Verse Reading Order:
The Spider-Verse brings back a lot of spider-men, A LOT. If you are a long-time reader of the series, you’ll probably remember some. If you are a hardcore fan, you’ll remember all of them. That said, not knowing the cartoon version or the Spider-Ham 2099 will not be an obstacle here, the story may be full of references, even a neophyte can read it and understand all the important points.
I. Before the Spider-Verse Event
All those big events always use old stories to build their mythology, Spider-Verse is no exception. Here is what you can read before. It’s not obligatory reading, but it helps to understand what is at stake from the beginning.
- Coming Home – The introduction of Ezekiel and Morlun, and the concept of the animal totems. Collects The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #30–35.
- The Life & Death of Spiders – The Spider-Totem story continues here with The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 #47–48 (the TPB collects issues #46–50).
- The Book of Ezekiel – Introduced The Other.
- The Other – Morlun is back. Collects Amazing Spider-Man #525–528, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1–4, Marvel Knights Spider-Man #19–22.
II. The Spider-Verse
To be clear from the start, you really only need two books to read the Spider-Verse Event in its entirety:
- Edge of Spider-Verse – Collects Edge of Spider-Verse #1-5.
- Spider-verse – Collects Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #7-15, Superior Spider-Man #32-33, Spider-Verse #1-2, Spider-Verse Team-Up #1-3, Scarlet Spiders #1-3, Spider-Woman (2014) #1-4, Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #6-8 And Material From Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians Of The Galaxy) #1
a. Prelude & The Edge of Spider-Verse
Before everything really start, multiple stories began to put in place every pieces of the event. What came before is relatively optional, if you only want the Spider-Verse stuff, you need to start here.
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #4
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #5
- Free Comic Book Day 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #6
- Superior Spider-Man #32
- Superior Spider-Man #33
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #7
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #8
- Edge of Spider-Verse #1
- Edge of Spider-Verse #2
- Edge of Spider-Verse #3
- Edge of Spider-Verse #4
- Edge of Spider-Verse #5
- Spider-Man 2099 vol. 2 #5
- Spider-Verse Team-Up #1
- Spider-Verse #1
- Spider-Verse #2
b. The Main Spider-verse Event
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #9
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #10
- Spider-Man 2099 v2 #6
- Scarlet Spiders #1
- Scarlet Spiders #2
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #11
- Spider-Verse Team-Up #2
- Spider-Woman vol. 5 #1
- Spider-Woman vol. 5 #2
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #12
- Spider-Man 2099 vol. 2 #7
- Scarlet Spiders #3
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #13
- Spider-Verse Team-Up #3
- Spider-Woman vol. 5 #3
- Spider-Man 2099 vol. 2 #8
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #14
- The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 3 #15
III. The Web Warriors
If, like me, you wanted to follow more adventures of the spider-gang, there’s a short, but good series with multiple spider-men, women and hams. It’s called Web-Warriors.