Spider-Man: Back In Black

Spider-Man in basic black

This reading order lists every issue in which Spider-Man appeared in his black costume during 2007, but even by the standards of rapacious marketing machine, this “event” is kinda pointless. It’s a five issue storyline in which Peter is utterly, utterly consumed by the fear of losing May, so much so that he is as humourless and driven as the Punisher…

…but not so much that he can’t still fight the Hulk’s armies, go to Japan with the Avengers, mourn Captain America, and even wisecrack like it was any other day in his non-Amazing titles.

Nice one, Marvel editorial.

Prologues:
Amazing Spider-Man #538 [1] Civil War: Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil WarAmazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Back in Black:
Amazing Spider-Man #539 [2] Spider-Man: Back in Black
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Amazing Spider-Man #540 [2] Spider-Man: Back in Black
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Amazing Spider-Man #541 [2] Spider-Man: Back in Black
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Amazing Spider-Man #542 [2] Spider-Man: Back in Black
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Amazing Spider-Man #543 [2] Spider-Man: Back in Black
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #2 [3] Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America
Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #4 [3] Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America
Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #5 [3] Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America
Captain America #26 [3] The Death of Captain America: Complete Collection
New Avengers #27 [4] New Avengers, vol.6: Revolution
New Avengers #28 [4] New Avengers, vol.6: Revolution
New Avengers #29 [4] New Avengers, vol.6: Revolution
New Avengers #30 [4] New Avengers, vol.6: Revolution
New Avengers #31 [4] New Avengers, vol.6: Revolution
New Avengers #32 [4] New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #33 [4] New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
Sensational Spider-Man #38 Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
Sensational Spider-Man #39 [5] Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
New Avengers #34 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #35 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
Mighty Avengers #8 Mighty Avengers, vol.2: Venom Bomb
New Avengers #36 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers #37 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
New Avengers Annual #2 New Avengers, vol.7: The Trust
World War Hulk #1 [6] World War Hulk
Avengers – The Initiative #4 [6] World War Hulk: X-Men
Avengers – The Initiative, vol.1: Basic Training
World War Hulk #2 [6] World War Hulk
World War Hulk #4 [6] World War Hulk
World War Hulk #5 [6] World War Hulk
World War Hulk: Aftersmash #1 [6] World War Hulk: Damage Control
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #17 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #18 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #19 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #20 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #21 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #22 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #23 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1 Spider-Man: Back in Black
Sensational Spider-Man #35 Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
Sensational Spider-Man #36 Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
Sensational Spider-Man #37 Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
Sensational Spider-Man #40 [7] Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1 [8] Peter Parker, Spider-Man: Back in Black
One More Day:
Amazing Spider-Man #544 [9] Spider-Man: One More Day
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 [9] Spider-Man: One More Day
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Sensational Spider-Man #41 [9] Spider-Man: One More Day
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5
Amazing Spider-Man #545 [9] Spider-Man: One More Day
Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 5

Placement Notes:

  1. Bannered as a part of the Civil War storyline, but this issue leads directly into the event without any break.
  2. These issues comprise the actual Back in Black storyline. You could reasonably skip every single other issue listed on this page.
  3. Technically, these issues occur as a continuous story at some point during New Avengers: Revolution, but for the sake of simplicity, they is placed here.
  4. New Avengers #27-33 are one continuous storyline.
  5. In this issue, Aunt May specifically tells Peter (via a seance) not to revive her.
  6. For a more extensive reading order of World War Hulk, go here.
  7. In this issue, God appears to Spider-Man to tell him to just have faith and it will all be okay.
  8. In this issue, Peter and MJ declare their undying love for each other. Ever get the feeling you’re being trolled?
  9. In this issues, Peter and MJ ignore absolutely everything mentioned in points 5, 7 & 8 above, and Marvel performs the most unapologetic retcon in its entire history.

Fang

A drug made from the hemoglobin of vampires, Fang is dangerous and (thankfully) rare. Created by a 2000 year old vampire named Negus (who apparently once defeated Dracula in hand to hand combat), it was brought to New York City by him. Here, he abducted homeless people, dosed them with the drug and forced them to battle each other in cage match fights, until Spider-Man and Blade intervened.

The effects of Fang are temporary, but massive while they last. They effectively give the human user the physical traits of a vampire – fangs, super strength, really bad skin – for a few hours, plus a berserker rage that lasts for roughly three days even after the other effects wear off. Intense doses of UV light can make the effects wear off sooner, and there appears to be little lasting damage to the minds or bodies of the users afterwards (other than whatever injuries they may receive in the cage fights).

Divided We Fall, United We Stand

It’s a relatively brief storyline, and even all available in a single convenient volume. But it’s not reprinted chronologically, which makes it difficult to follow in places.

If you’re looking for the event in its full context, it fits into the Ultimate Universe timeline here

Divided We Fall
Ultimate Comics X-Men #13 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics X-Men #14 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #13 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, vol.3
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #14 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, vol.3
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics X-Men #15 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
United We Stand
Ultimate Comics X-Men #16 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #15 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, vol.3
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, vol.3
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #16 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #17 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #18 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #17 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, vol.3
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #18 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, vol.3
Ultimate Comics X-Men #17 Divided We Fall, United We Stand
Ultimate Comics X-Men #18 Divided We Fall, United We Stand

Spider Island


A very well-executed crossover. Why, nearly every book in it came out at the right spot to read it. All kidding aside, this was a great, fun read about why Spider-Man is awesome.

Prelude:
Amazing Spider-Man #659 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #660 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #662 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #663 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #664 (Infested backup) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: Deadly Foes (Jackal story) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island
Amazing Spider-Man #666 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #667 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #1 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Deadly Foes (Hobgoblin story) Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Amazing Spider-Man #668 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #1 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #2 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Venom #6 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Island: I Love New York City [1] Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Amazing Spider-Man #669 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #2 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #3 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Avengers Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #524 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Fear Itself: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear
Herc #7 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Herc: The Complete Series
Herc #8 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Herc: The Complete Series
Spider-Island: Spider-Woman Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Amazing Spider-Man #670 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Venom #7 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #2 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #3 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Amazing Spider-Man #671 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Venom #8 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Amazing Spider-Man #672 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl #3 Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion
Epilogues:
Amazing Spider-Man #673 Spider-Man: Spider-Island
Spider-Man: Big Time – The Complete Collection, vol.2
Venom #9 Spider-Man: Spider-Island

Footnotes:

  1. While these four stories are scattered randomly throughout the Spider-Island Companion, they all occur at around this time.

Spider-Man (2002)

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Soundtrack Tracklist:

  1. Theme From Spider Man
  2. Hero — Chad Kroeger (feat. Josey Scott)
  3. What We’re All About (The Original Version)
  4. Learn To Crawl — Black Lab
  5. Somebody Else — Bleu
  6. Bug Bites — Alien Ant Farm
  7. Blind — Default
  8. Bother — Corey Taylor
  9. Shelter — Greenwheel
  10. When It Started– The Strokes
  11. Hate To Say I Told You So — The Hives
  12. Invisible Man — Theory Of A Dead Man
  13. Undercover — Pete Yorn
  14. My Nutmeg Phantasy — Macy Gray
  15. I – IV – V — Injected
  16. She Was My Girl — Jerry Cantrell
  17. Main Titles — Danny Elfman
  18. Farewell — Danny Elfman
  19. Theme from Spiderman — Aerosmith

Score Tracklist:

  1. Main Title
  2. Transformations
  3. Costume Montage
  4. Revenge
  5. First Web
  6. Something’s Different
  7. City Montage
  8. Alone
  9. Parade Attack
  10. Specter of the Goblin
  11. Revelation
  12. Getting Through
  13. Final Confrontation
  14. Farewell
  15. End Credits

Tracks not on Soundtrack: