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Throughout the years, there have been heaps of different versions of Spider-Man. Some have been clones, while others originate from another universe. They’ve stayed in isolation from each other and rarely crossed over. However, this all changed with the Spider-Verse comic book event.

Partial inspiration for Into The Spider-Verse, this huge story featured as many versions of Spider-Man as legally possible. Enough Spider-People to create a Spider-Army, to be precise. They’ll need all the help they can get with villain Molun and his family, The Inheritors, threatening the web of life.

With so many tie-ins, comic book events like Spider-Verse can be confusing. To make reading simple, I have created a handy reading order checklist. It details all the issues involved, plus creative teams, reading recommendations, annotations, and much more.

Table of contents

Do you need to read all of the tie-ins?

You don’t have to read all of the tie-ins if you don’t want to. It’s totally up to you.

The tie-ins tell of the events happening in the background of the main story in Amazing Spider-Man. For instance, readers can read about the Spider Army’s efforts to recruit other Spider-People in Spider-Verse Team-Up.

You’ll see the tie-in stories begin to branch off when you read Spider-Verse. If they grab your interest – due to the characters or situations they involve – you can follow them. Otherwise, you can read the main story in Amazing Spider-Man and get a complete story.

Superior Spider-Man #1 cover by Ryan Stegman
Superior Spider-Man #1 cover by Ryan Stegman

Background reading

There are so many characters featured in Spider-Verse! Check out the below to find out where you can read up on a lot of the heroes and villains from this comic book event.

Spider-Verse is written in a way that you don’t need to know anything about most of the characters to enjoy it. As a result, you don’t have to do any essential background reading to start reading.
While it’s called “background reading”, this section is more of a reference guide for a lot of the characters. Use it as a way to find out more about the characters you enjoyed in Spider-Verse.

Morlun

Want to read up on Spider-Verse’s villain before diving into the comic book event? Check out the the below stories toy get a better understanding of the character.

Morlun first story: Amazing Spider-Man (1999 series) #30-35

The Other crossover:

  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1
  • Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #19
  • Amazing Spider-Man #525
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2
  • Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #20
  • Amazing Spider-Man #526
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3
  • Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #21
  • Amazing Spider-Man #527
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4
  • Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #22
  • Amazing Spider-Man #528

Peter Parker

Want to know what Peter Parker has been up to in the lead-up to Spider-Verse? Check out Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #1-6.

This has been collected in The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: The Parker Luck.

Read a preview of Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #1.

Mile Morales

Take a look at our Miles Morales reading order if you want to read everything leading up to Spider-Verse. Otherwise, check out Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1-5 if you just want to know what’s happening to the character around the time of the comic book event.

These issues have been collected in Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1: Revival.

Silk

Silk’s first appearance was in the story that preceded the build-up to Spider-Verse in Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #1-6.

This has been collected in The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: The Parker Luck.

Miguel O’Hara

Miguel O’Hara is the Spider-Man of the year 2099. However, he was trapped in the present day in the lead-up to Spider-Verse. Read Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #1-4 to find out how it happened.

These issues have been collected in Spider-Man 2099 Volume 1: Out of Time.

Superior Spider-Man aka Dr Octopus Spider-Man

For a time, Peter Parker and Doctor Octopus had switched bodies. It was a whole saga that lasted for dozens of issues and was resolved a little bit before Spider-Verse began. However, the Dr Octopus Spider-Man returned for this comic book event.

Read Amazing Spider-Man #698 and Superior Spider-Man #1-32 to get the details on this saga. Alternatively, there’s also a great summary of everything that happened. 

Peter-Porker, Spider-Ham

Peter Porker appeared in a bunch of silly misadventures in the 1980s, often parodying Spider-Man tropes and other elements of the Marvel Universe through animal characters.

You kind of get the gist of the character by just looking at him. However, if you want to read some of the stories, check out the two volumes of Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham: The Complete Collection.

Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker)

Kaine Parker is a clone of Peter Parker made by The Jackal way back in the Clone Saga. In more recent years, he was operating in Houston as Scarlet Spider. Find out more about that in the Scarlet Spider (2012 series), which ran for 25 issues.

Cosmic Spider-Man

Based on the Captain Universe concept, Cosmic Spider-Man is a new character made for the Spider-Verse event. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Captain Universe is sentient symbiotic energy that is passed on to hosts on a regular basis. The version in Spider-Verse comes from an alternate universe and explores the idea of Peter Parker being the current host.

Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker)

Mayday Parker is the alternate universe daughter of Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson. She first appeared in What If..? #105 and then got her own series called Spider-Girl, which ran for a whopping 102 issues. 

Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon)

Anya Corazon is the Spider-Girl of the main Marvel Universe. Check out Amazing Fantasy (2004 series) #1-6 if you want to know more about her.

Edge of Spider-Verse #2 cover by Robbi Rodriguez. First appearance of Spiwer-Gwen.
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 cover by Robbi Rodriguez.

Edge of Spider-Verse

Comics branded Edge of Spider-Verse build up to the Spider-Verse event. These are done in two ways:

  1. The Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries. These introduce alternate universe characters who play a role in the main Spider-Verse story.
  2. Branded issues from the ongoing series. These set up particular characters, such as Peter Parker or Miguel O’Hara, for the Spider-Verse event.

It’s up to you if you want to read these comics or not. You can jump into the main Spider-Verse event without reading them. However, they will give you a bit more context on some of the new Spider-characters and the villains of the event, The Inheritors.

Take a look at those comics below.

Superior Spider-Man #32
Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Adam Kubert.

Note: Superior Spider-Man #32 sees the surprising return of Doctor Octopus version of Spider-Man that was made famous in the Superior Spider-Man series. This plot-thread continues in Superior Spider-Man #33.

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #1 (of 5)
Written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky. Art by Richard Isanove.

Note: Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #1 focuses on Spider-Man Noir.

Superior Spider-Man #33
Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #2 (of 5)
Written by Jason Latour. Art by Robbi Rodriguez.

Note: Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #2 is the first appearance of Spider-Gwen.

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #3 (of 5)
Written by Dustin Weaver. Art by Dustin Weaver.

Note: Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #3 features the first (and only) appearance of the Dr. Aaron Aikman Spider-Man of Earth-31411.

Edge of Spider-Verse #4 (2014 series) (of 5)
Written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Art by Elia Bonnetti.

Note: Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #4 features the first (and only) appearance of the Patton Parnel Spider-Man of Earth-51412.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #7
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #5 (of 5)
Written by Gerard Way. Art by Jake Wyatt.

Note: Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 series) #5 features the first Peni Parker.

Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #5
Written by Peter David. Art by Rick Leonardi.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #8
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

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Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #9 cover by Olivier Coipel. Spider-Verse part 1.
Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #9 cover by Olivier Coipel.

Spider-Verse reading order

Below is the recommended reading for Spider-Verse. This includes the main storyline, as told in Amazing Spider-Man, and the various tie-ins comics too.

Free Comic Book Day 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy (Prelude)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Note: As part of Free Comic Book Day 2014, Marvel tucked a five-page prelude to Spider-Verse into their Guardians of the Galaxy comic. You can read it for free digitally.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #9 (Part 1)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Olivier Coipel.

Spider-Verse Team-Up #1 (of 3) (tie-in)
Written by Christos Gage and Roger Stern. Art by Dave Williams.

Spider-Verse #1 (of 2) (tie-in)
Written by Dan Slott, Skottie Young, Robbie Thompson and Katie Cook. Art by Humberto Ramos, Jake Parker, Dennis Medri and Katie Cook.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #10 (Part 2)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Olivier Coipel.

Spider-Woman (2014 series) #1 (tie-in)
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Greg Land.

Scarlet Spiders #1 (of 3) (tie-in)
Written by Mike Costa. Art by Paco Diaz.

Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #6 (tie-in)
Written by Peter David. Art by Will Silney.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #11 (Part 3)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Olivier Coipel.

Spider-Verse Team-Up #2 (of 3) (tie-in)
Written by Christos Gage and Gerry Conway. Art by Dave Williams and Paul Smith.

Scarlet Spiders #2 (of 3) (tie-in)
Written by Mike Costa. Art by Paco Diaz.

Spider-Woman (2014 series) #2 (tie-in)
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Greg Land.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #12 (Part 4)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #7 (tie-in)
Written by Peter David. Art by Will Silney.

Spider-Verse #2 (of 2) (tie-in)
Written by Dan Slott, Kathryn Immonen, Jed McKay and others. Art by Mark Brooks, David Lafuente, Sheldon Vella and others.

Scarlet Spiders #3 (of 3) (tie-in)
Written by Mike Costa. Art by Paco Diaz.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #13 (Part 5)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Spider-Woman (2014 series) #3 (tie-in)
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Greg Land.

Spider-Verse Team-Up #3 (of 3) (tie-in)
Written by Christos Gage and Tom DeFalco. Art by Dave Williams and Ron Frenz.

Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #8 (tie-in)
Written by Peter David. Art by Will Silney.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #14 (Part 6)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Olivier Coipel.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #15 (Epilogue)
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Spider-Woman (2014 series) #4 (Epilogue)
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Greg Land.

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Where to find Spider-Verse comics

The comics involved in Spider-Verse can be found at all good comic book shops, online retailers, eBay, and on Amazon/Kindle.

You can also read them if you’re subscribed to the Marvel Unlimited service.

Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3: Spider-Verse cover by Olivier Coipel.
Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3: Spider-Verse cover by Olivier Coipel.

Spider-Verse collected editions

Prefer to read Spider-Verse in a collected format? These are the trade paperbacks/hardcovers you will want to track down.

The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2: Spider-Verse Prelude
Collects: The Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #7-8, Superior Spider-Man #32-33, Free Comic Book Day: Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Spider-Man story only)

Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse
Collects: Edge of Spider-Verse #1-5

Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3: Spider-Verse
Collects: The Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #9-15

Spider-Woman Volume 1: Spider-Verse
Collects: Spider-Woman (2014 series) #1-4

Spider-Man 2099 Volume 2: Spider-Verse
Collects: Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #6-12

Alternatively, the bulk of Spider-Verse, tie-ins and all, can be read in one big collection.

Spider-Verse
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #7-15, Superior Spider-Man #32-33, Spider-Verse #1-2, Spider-Verse Team-Up #1-3, Scarlet Spiders #1-3, Spider-Woman (2014 series) #1-4, Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #6-8 and material from Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians Of The Galaxy) #1

If you’re looking to read Spider-Geddon as well, (more on that in a moment) you can check out this huge omnibus which combines Spider-Verse and Spider-Geddon together.

Spider-Verse/Spider-Geddon Omnibus
Collects: Edge Of Spider-Verse #1-5, Spider-Verse (2014 series) #1-2, Superior Spider-Man #32-33, Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #7-15, Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #5-8, Scarlet Spiders #1-3, Spider-Woman (2014 series) #1-4, Spider-Verse Team-Up #1-3, Edge Of Spider-Geddon #1-4, Spider-Geddon #0-5, Superior Octopus #1, Spider-Force #1-3, Spider-Girls #1-3, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (2017 series) #311-313, Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #1-4, Vault Of Spiders #1-2, Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man Noir Video Comic, Spider-Geddon: Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider Video Comic, Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man Video Comic, Spider-Geddon Handbook, and material from Free Comic Book Day 2014: Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Spider-Geddon promo art by by Jorge Molina.
Spider-Geddon promo art by by Jorge Molina.

After Spider-Verse

Here are some reading recommendations for those who have finished Spider-Verse and are looking for what you should read next.

Spider-Geddon
Written and art by various.

Spider-Geddon is the follow-up to Spider-Verse, telling another massive story that brings in even more Spider-People into the fold. Check out the reading order if you want to read the whole event.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014 series) #16
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Humberto Ramos.

Want to know what Peter Parker gets up to next? Issue #16 is the next issue after Spider-Verse.

This issue and the subsequent issues in the storyline are collected in Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4: Graveyard Shift.

Miles Morales

Check out the Miles Morales reading order to see what you should read next.

Spider-Gwen (2015 series A) #1
Written by Jason Latour. Art by Robbi Rodriguez.

Marvel stuck lighting in a bottle when Spider-Gwen first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2. The publisher followed up after the conclusion of Spider-Verse with her own five-part miniseries in February 2015.

This miniseries is referred to as “2015 series A” because it was followed up by an ongoing series that ran for 34 issues that started in October 2015.

Check out Spider-Gwen Volume 1 if you want to read the series in trade paperback.

Spider-Woman (2014 series) #5
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Javier Rodriguez.

Spider-Woman #5 is the issue that follows after Spider-Verse. It offers a brand new direction for the character, with a new focus and costume. Find out more and read a preview for this issue.

This issue and the first story arc of this direction are collected in Spider-Woman Volume 2: New Duds.

Silk (2015 series A) #1
Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Helen Chen.

Did you enjoy Silk in Spider-Verse? Just like Spider-Gwen, she got her own series in February 2015. Check it out if you want to read more of the character.

The series ran for seven issues and ended when Marvel paused the majority of their publishing line for Secret Wars. A longer series referred to as “2015 series B” launched in November 2015 and ran for 19 issues.

Check out Silk Volume 0: The Life and Times of Cindy Moon to get started.

Spider-Women
Written and art by Various.

Want more Spider-People crossovers? Check out Spider-Women, a 2016 crossover featuring Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen, and Silk. This reading order has all the details on how to read it.

Spider-Man 2099 (2014 series) #8
Written by Peter David. Art by William Sliney.

Want to read more stories involving Miguel O’Hara? Spider-Man 2099 is the next issue in the series after Spider-Verse. The series ran until issue #12 before being relaunched again in October 2015 with a new series that ran for 25 issues.

The remaining issues of the 2014 series are collected in Spider-Man 2099 Volume 2: Spider-Verse.

Web-Warriors #1
Written by Mike Costa. Art by David Baldeon.

If you enjoyed the dynamic of the different Spider-People teaming up then you’ll want to check out Web-Warriors. The series started in November 2015 and ran for 11 issues.

This series is collected in Web Warriors of the Spider-Verse Volume 1: Electroverse and Web Warriors of the Spider-Verse Vol. 2: Spiders Vs.

Venomverse Saga
Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Various.

Have you ever wanted to see a Venom equivalent of Spider-Verse? Well, it exists in Venomverse! Discover a multiverse of Venoms over many miniseries. Discover how to read the whole saga with this reading order

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Comments (59)

  • This is best site for events yo go organised. I recently started Blackest night but every time I google checklist for it I always found different.. Its really confusing.. Please help.

  • I just wanted to thank you for this. I’m relatively new to the reading of comics, as it’s not really big in my home country. But the Spider-verse was very interesting to me and this guide really helped me. Thanks!

  • I’m completely new to this comic reading. So is this where I should start reading Spider-Man? Or is this far too into the story? I don’t know ?

      • Actually there is no real order to read right? Even if I read all 5 parts of Edge of Spider-Verse and keep going from your order it will still make sense right?

      • There are a few ways you can read it depending on how invested you are in the story. The main story is told in the Amazing Spider-Man issues and you get a full story with that. All the other issues are side stories which tie into the main story and focus on other Spider-characters. It’s totally up to you if you want to read those ?

  • is this the actual sequence . I am confused since I saw the review made by nerd sync and comicstorian . They never mention about this type of sequence . Please tell me since i read this sources on online

    • As I mentioned above the list if you are just interested in the main story read the Amazing Spider-Man issues. The other issues tie-in to the main story but you do not have to read them if you don’t want to.

  • Hi, I’m a bit confused with the list. Just started reading comics so I’m not quite sure how things work in terms of tie-ins etc. Is it possible to read all of ASM to see the Spider-Verse story line? And what is the difference between reading just Spider-Verse and reading the entire checklist you’ve put up?

    • If you read only the ASM issues you’ll get a full story which is where the main story is for Spider-Verse. For big stories like this it is not uncommon to have secondary stories spinning out of the events of the main. They’re optional reading but worth checking out some of them if you’re really enjoying the story or want it fleshed out even more.

  • spiderman 2099 #8 came out on January 28 but is before amazing spiderman 14 and 15?? and spider woman came out o January 11 and it´s the last one?? Also, when did amazing spiderman come out? There is no date :S

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