Third Eye Faithful, the buzz surrounding the upcoming SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE movie has been HUGE, and it’s easy to see why: it’s literally an animated film featuring some of the coolest Spider-Man characters ever, and featuring the totally awesome Miles Morales Spider-Man!
We’ve put together our TOP 5 graphic novels for you to read before you see SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, so you can get stoked on the rich and compelling Spider-Man Multiverse!
This is the one that started it all, Third Eye Faithful! With the SPIDER-VERSE storyline, we were introduced to the concept of a rich multiverse filled with all sorts of SPIDER-MEN and SPIDER-WOMEN!
Not only did SPIDER-GWEN make her debut here, but we’re also introduced to a ton of killer new concepts, and characters, from Spider-Punk to Spider-Man Noir’s return and beyond!
What’s the scoop on SPIDER-VERSE? When the evil Inheritors begin exterminating Spider-characters throughout the multiverse, every single Spider-Man character ever is needed to save the day!
An interdimensional Spider-army gathers to fight Morlun and his deadly family, but as the Prophecy comes to fruition, none of them are safe! What will this brutal war for survival mean for Peter Parker…and the rest of the Spiders?
Starring the Superior Spider-Man, the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales and Jessica Drew, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman, Silk, Kaine, Scarlet Spider, MC2’s Spider-Girl, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 1602, Spider-Ham, Spider-Monkey, Lady Spider, Spider-Punk, Spider-UK, the rocktacular Spider-Gwen…and hundreds more, from the beloved to the obscure!
2. MILES MORALES ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 1 TP — Everything you need to get started with Miles!
One of the coolest characters to debut in the Marvel Universe in the last 10 years was the successor to Ultimate Peter Parker’s mantle as Spider-Man, the one and only MILES MORALES!
And, with the SPIDER-MEN and SPIDER-VERSE storylines, Miles has been cemented as one of the most iconic mainstay characters in the Marvel U today!
As the lead of the upcoming SPIDER-VERSE film, we know you’re gonna wanna get the full scoop on where he debuted, what his powers are all about, and just who he is — and that’s why we’ve got the perfect book for you with MILES MORALES ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 1!
Miles Morales takes up the mantle of Spider-Man! Before Peter Parker died, young Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school.
Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers.
Now, Miles has been thirst into a world he doesn’t understand, with only gut instinct and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-Man?
As miles grapples with his new life, Miles’ Uncle Aaron – A.K.A. the Prowler – learns his secret!
He’s got plans for his nephew, but little does he know that the Scorpion is on his tail!
Plus: Universes collide, and the wall-crawlers of the Marvel and Ultimate Universes unite in the most ultimate, amazing Spider-Man story ever!
Another breakout star in the last few years from Marvel has been SPIDER-GWEN, and with the upcoming SPIDER-VERSE movie featuring SPIDER-GWEN heavily, we couldn’t think of a better place to get started with the character than the SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL.0!
In one universe, it wasn’t Peter Parker who was bitten by the radioactive spider, but Gwen Stacy!
She’s smart, charming, and can lift a car – just don’t tell her father the police chief!
And now, in the wake of Spider-Verse, Gwen swings into her own solo adventures!
And soon she finds herself between a rock and a hard place when the Vulture attacks, and NYPD Lieutenant Frank Castle sets his sights on bringing her down.
Then, still haunted by Peter’s death, Gwen visits his only family: Ben and May Parker.
But what really happened the day Peter died? Find out right here as the spectacular Spider-Gwen steals not only the spotlight, but also the hearts of comic fans worldwide!
4. EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP — For more background on SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-MAN NOIR, THE SPIDER-MAN and SP//dr!
Ok, so technically — this is a prequel to the main SPIDER-VERSE storyline, but it’s also a great read on its own, or even after having read the main SPIDER-VERSE!
Why? Well, because it gives you the full background on some of the most interesting characters to span the SPIDER-VERSE!
From SPIDER-MAN NOIR to SPIDER-GWEN and more, this book has it all!
Peer over the edge of the Spider-Verse, at five different realities – and five daringly different spiders! Spider-Man Noir returns, as the Peter Parker of the 1930s finds himself up against Mystery and knee-deep in the biggest Spider-Man event of all!
What is the secret of Dr. Aaron Aikman, the Spider-Man? Who are the villainous Red Eye and Naahmurah, and can Aaron live through Morlun’s arrival?
In a universe where the story you know has become as horrific as possible, a radioactive spider bites a high-school nerd who is already something of. a monster.
Then, what or who is the incredible SP//dr?
And finally, the breakout character of Spider-Verse makes her exciting debut – in a world where the radioactive spider bit Gwen Stacy!
5. SPIDER-MEN TP – The storyline that brought Miles Morales over from the Ultimate Universe to the main Marvel Universe!
Universes collide for the first time in one ultimate, amazing Spider-Man story!
Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis at last unites the wall-crawlers of two worlds! Courtsey of the multiversal machinations of Mystery, the Marvel Universe’s friendly neighborhood Peter Parker meets Ultimate Comics’ new kid on the block, Miles Morales, in a landmark tale they said would never be told.
The new Ultimate Spider-Man is sure to learn much of power and responsibility from his Amazing counterpart, a grown-up version of his fallen idol.
But what lessons lie in wait for an adult Peter in a world at once familiar yet strikingly different – a world in which he died young, but friends, foes, and loved ones live on?