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Spider-Man: Dark Web Reading Order Checklist

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The latest addition to Spider-Man’s deep roster of villains is Chasm. Formerly known as Ben Reilly, Spider-Man’s clone, he’s now a sworn enemy of the wall-crawler. He has been lying low since he was introduced back in March. However, that all changes in the latest Spider-Man comic book event Dark Web.

Chasm won’t be alone, though. Joining him is X-Men villain Madelyn Pryor aka The Goblin Queen. Together they will get their revenge on Spider-Man and the X-Men and cause a lot of chaos at the same time.

The Spider-Man events can be confusing. However, they don’t have to be. Find out how to read Dark Web with this reading order, which lists all of the comics you’ll need to read, background reading, release dates, and heaps more.

Table of contents

Venom (2021 series) #14 cover by Bryan Hitch and Edgar Delgado.
Venom (2021 series) #14 cover by Bryan Hitch and Edgar Delgado.

Tie-ins and how to read Dark Web

Dark Web has many tie-in comics that act as supplements to the main story. They’re made to expand your reading experience an it’s totally up to you if you want to read them. If you’re only interested in reading the main story then all you need to read is Dark Web #1, Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #15-18, and Dark Web Finale #1.

After that, it’s a matter of what you interest levels in the Dark Web is and if you want to see how the story effects other characters. For instance, check out the Venom tie-in issues if you’re interested in the Venom story thread. You don’t have to read all of the tie-ins. Just pick the ones that interest you.

Spider-Man (2022 series) #1 cover by Mark Bagley.
Spider-Man (2022 series) #1 cover by Mark Bagley.

What about End of the Spider-Verse?

End of the Spider-Verse is the next instalment in the Spider-Verse saga and is being published at the same time as Dark Web. However, the two storylines do not crossover and can be read independently from one another.

Amazing Spider-Man (2018 series) #93 cover by Arthur Adams.
Amazing Spider-Man (2018 series) #93 cover by Arthur Adams.

Background reading

Looking to do some background reading before reading Dark Web? The below are the comics that are recommended if you’re looking for familiarise yourself with the villains and what the heroes have been up to lately.

Amazing Spider-Man (2018 series) #93
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Patrick Gleason, Sara Pichelli, and Mark Bagley.

This issue will explain everything you need to know about Chasm.

New Mutants (2019 series) #25-28
Written by Vita Ayala. Art by Rod Reis and Jan Duursema.

While the Inferno event from 1989 is the most famous Madelyne Pryor, these issues will explain how she became the queen of Limbo. It’s also worth reading if you want to know more about Limbo in general.

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #1-13
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by John Romita Jr and others.

Read these issues if you want to get up to speed with what is happening in Spider-Man’s life.

Gold Goblin #1 (of 5)
Written by Christopher Cantwell. Art by Lan Medina.

Spinning out of Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #13, Gold Goblin is a five part miniseries which has issues #2-3 tie-in to Dark Web. However, going into them blind might mean that you lose some of the context. As a result, I recommend checking out Gold Goblin #1 if you think you will be reading the Dark Web tie-ins.

Venom (2021 series) #1-12
Written by Ram V and Al Ewing. Art by Bryan Hitch.

Venom plays a big part in Dark Web. Check out these issues if you want to know more about his current status quo.

Dark Web #1 cover by Adam Kubert.
Dark Web #1 cover by Adam Kubert.

Dark Web reading order

Take a look below at all of the issues involved in Dark Web in their recommended reading order.

Free Comic Book Day 2022: Spider-Man/Venom (Prelude)
Written by Zeb Wells, Al Ewing, Ram V. Art by John Romita Jr, and Bryan Hitch.

Note: Free Comic Book Day 2022: Spider-Man/Venom was a giveaway comic as part of Free Comic Book Day. The Spider-Man story is short and includes a teaser for Dark Web. You can read it digitally for free if you missed it back in May.

Venom (2021 series) #13 (Prelude)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Bryan Hitch.
Available 2nd November

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #14 (Prelude)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Michael Dowling and Kyle Hotz.
Available 14th November

Dark Web #1 (Part 1)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Adam Kubert.
Available 7th December

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #15 (Part 2)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Available 14th December

Dark Web: X-Men #1 (of 3) (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Rod Reis.
Available 14th December

Gold Goblin #2 (Tie-in)
Written by Christopher Cantwell. Art by Lan Medina.
Available 21st December

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 (of 2) (Tie-in)
Written by Sabir Pirzada. Art by Francesco Mortarino.
Available 21st December

Mary Jane & Black Cat #1 (of 5) (Tie-in)
Written by Jed MacKay. Art by Vincenzo Carratu.
Available 21st December

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #16 (Part 3)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Available 28th December

Dark Web: X-Men #2 (of 3) (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Rod Reis.
Available 28th December

Venom (2021 series) #14 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Bryan Hitch.
Available 28th December

Gold Goblin #3 (Tie-in)
Written by Christopher Cantwell. Art by Lan Medina.
Available 3rd January

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #17 (Part 4)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Available 11th January

Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 (of 2) (Tie-in)
Written by Sabir Pirzada. Art by Francesco Mortarino.
Available 11th January

Mary Jane & Black Cat #2 (Tie-in)
Written by Jed MacKay. Art by Vincenzo Carratu.
Available 11th January

Venom (2021 series) #15 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Bryan Hitch.
Available 18th January

Dark Web: X-Men #3 (Tie-in)
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Rod Reis.
Available 18th January

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #18 (Part 5)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by Ed McGuinness.
Available 25th January

Venom (2021 series) #16 (Tie-in)
Written by Al Ewing. Art by Bryan Hitch.
Available February

Dark Web Finale #1 (Part 6)
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by TBC.
Available February

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After Dark Web

What should you read after Dark Web? Here are some recommendations.

Amazing Spider-Man (2022 series) #18
Written by Zeb Wells. Art by TBC.

Gold Goblin #4 (of 5)
Written by Christopher Cantwell. Art by Lan Medina.

There are another two issues of Gold Goblin after Dark Web you can read.

Mary Jane & Black Cat #3 (of 5)
Written by Jed MacKay. Art by Vincenzo Carratu.

The miniseries that started in Dark Web continues.

Venom (2021 series) #17
Written by Al Ewing or Ram V. Art by Bryan Hitch.

Find out what’s next for Venom in this issue.

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