Since his creation a scant eight years ago, Miles Morales has quickly become one of the most interesting new Marvel characters. His ascension from Ultimate Universe legacy Spider-Man to PS4 Spider-Man supporting role to star of the feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is amazing (spectacular, even friendly neighborhood).
Due to his relatively recent entrance into the Marvel Universe, fans can pretty reasonably read every Miles Morales comic using a service like Marvel Unlimited. For those who just want the all-killer no-filler sample platter, I’ve listed my favorite Miles stories below!
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The Best Miles Morales Stories!
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1
Collects: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 1-5
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 2
Collects: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 6-10
The original run defining Miles Morales as the Ultimate Universe’s new Spider-Man is unsurprisingly the absolute best place to start. While I’d strong encourage readers to explore the Ultimate Spider-Man comics that lead up to Miles’ inheritance of the mantle, these comics will also give you enough background to enjoy Miles journey on its own terms.
Collects: Spider-Men 1-5
In many ways the spiritual predecessor to Into the Spider-Verse, the Bendis written Spider-Men is a reality hopping first meeting between Peter Parker of Earth-616 and Miles Morales of the Ultimate Universe. Much of the payoff for this series dates all the way back to the start of Bendis and Mark Bagley’s time on Ultimate Peter Parker, but it’s still an extremely effective passing of the torch to Miles.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Volume 4
Collects: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 16.1, 19-22
Venom’s always a devastating foe for Spider-Man, and that rings especially true for Miles in these issues. Again, fans will want to read the entire original run, but if you’re going to read just one non-origin story, this is the bit that hits hardest.
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 1: Revival
Collects: Miles Morales: Ultimate Spiderman 1-5, Ultimate Spider-Man 200
Following the events of the Ultimate Universe Cataclysm
, Miles relaunches in the pages of a new ongoing Ultimate Spider-Man series, with his now established name right up front on the title.
All-New Ultimates Volume 1: Power for Power
Collects: All-New Ultimates 1-6
A strong indicator of Miles rapid ascension in the pantheon of Marvel’s power players, as the character joins up with a ragtag group of new Ultimates.
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
If Spider-Men is the spiritual predecessor to Miles film debut, Spider-Verse is the direct source material.
For the complete reading order, check out Comic Book Herald’s guide to Spider-Verse.
Collects: Secret Wars 1-9, Free Comic Book Day 2015 Secret Wars 0
While I admit the mega-event’s inclusion is 90% just an excuse to talk about how much I love 2015’s Secret Wars, Miles Morales does get some really nice character moments, including possibly the funniest line of the book!
For the full guide and most enjoyment, check out Comic Book Herald’s Secret Wars reading order.
Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree
Collects: Spider-Man (2016) #12-14, Spider-Gwen (2015B) #16-18
A budding romance between everyone’s favorite spider-characters of the 2010’s.
Gwenpool, the Unbelievable Vol. 4: Beyond the Fourth Wall
Collects: The Unbelievable Gwenpool 16-20
Your mileage may vary with Gwenpool, but this is a knockout short story with Miles involved.
Venom by Donny Cates Vol. 1: Rex
Collects: Venom (2018) 1-6
Believe it or not, the Marvel Fresh Start take on Venom features Miles as a strong supporting player throughout the story’s first arc.
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