Vol 2.5: City of Giants, and 3.5: Tales of the Unnamed World, illustrated by Drew Zucker, colored by Vittorio Astone
This volume collects two short adventures of Canto and his friends, which come between some of the other volumes. The first is City of Giants, which happens in between volumes two and three, where Canto travels to the titular city to try and gain the support of the giants in the fight against the Shrouded man. In order to gain their trust, Canto must first solve a labyrinth outside the city, which includes fighting some fierce monsters. In the second side story, Tales of the Unnamed World, Canto and his friends find their way barred by a Bard, who requires, as toll, a story he has never heard before. Canto and his group each take turns telling their best stories, but they're all ones the Bard has heard before! This story takes place after volume three of the published stories.
Vol 1: Past Mistakes, written and illustrated by Zdarsky.
Miles Dallas can't stand anything to do with The Domain and the whole superhero universe run by Singular, a mega corporation that screwed his dad, Syd, out of all rights to the character he created decades ago. Miles thinks Syd should fight for some more of the profits that are coming out of these mega-movies and all the merchandising. When an older copy of the rights paperwork is found by a Singular worker, they learn that Syd might actually have more of a stake in his creations than he originally thought! Meanwhile, Miles is trying to climb out from under loan sharks and find another writing job since he's been kicked to the curb. Getting what the family is owed is going to take all of them working together - something the Dallases haven't been great at!
Vol 3: The Throne in the Sky, illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Our heroic band of kids is on the run, including from Duke Yadriel, who was supposed to be their savior! So now, humans, faeries, and those pesky vampires are wanting to overtake the group for a variety of reasons. The most terrifying presently is General Eks, a ruthless faery who believes the children are responsible for the destruction of an entire city. A suggestion is thrown out that they take the mountain pass to avoid being tracked, but this terrifies Merien. Faeries aren't built to withstand such extreme temperatures, which might be good for evading Eks, but not for their friend. While refreshing themselves at a mountain hot springs, the kids are picked up by Strawberry, a seemingly-friendly giant, who takes them to the ruins of an ancient city. Merien and Wynd discuss using his likeness to the Winged Ones to win allies, but Wynd still rejects the notion that he's descended from the original creators of the world.
Illustrated by Elsa Charretier
Joan Peterson has been in love so many times, in so many lifetimes, and in so many different eras, but none of them work out the way they should. There’s always something slightly wrong about the man proposing marriage - he was her sister’s boyfriend, or she wants to travel the world, or he wants a life totally different than what she wants. She’s also being dogged by a cowboy who always shows up at the worst possible time, and then she’s thrown into a different time, different life, with a different beau. Just when she hoped to get answers as to why she's being put in this perpetual trauma, she's whisked away once more into another life.
Vol 1: The Virtuous Cycle, illustrated by Marcio Takara, colored by Arif Prianto, lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Ivy feels betrayed by her partner and long-time friend, Harley Quinn, who recently helped save her life but diminished her powers. She's never been a fan of how humanity has run rampant over the earth, so she's taking matters into her own hands once again. Ivy has decided to take the poisonous spores of Lamia that are growing inside her and distribute them throughout the country as she journeys back to her hometown of Seattle. Ivy stops along the way at a diner and tries to infect as many people as possible, as well as at a packing plant where she can spread the spoors on the packages that are being mailed out across the country. She can feel the level of toxins rising in her, so she must hurry to get to Seattle if she's going to confront the Green Man before the lamia takes over her entirely.
Illustrated by Lauren Knight, colored by Sofie Dodgson, flatted by Shayne Hannah Cui, lettered by Becca Carey
In this world, any woman who is past child-bearing years has been deemed useless to society and is banished to a remote island off the coast of any civilization. There, these women have made their own society and rules a-la Lord of the Flies. There is a group dedicated to helping with anyone deceased; there are the Red Hats who seem bent on destruction and domination; and there's Rosie and her friends, Lottie, and Caroline, who just want to raise chickens, have tea, and keep to themselves. Jay has been thrust into this world a little unexpectedly, having gone through early-onset menopause, and is now seen as a threat to the equally young leader of the Red Hats. There's also lots of backmatter that includes book reviews, recipes, and insights into the workings of the island.
Vol 1: I Belong to Death, penciled by Marcelo Ferreira, Inked by Don Ho & Roberto Poggi, colored by Javier Tartaglia & Felipe Sobreiro, lettered by Vc Cory Petit
Stephen Strange has died from the actions of The Death of Doctor Strange, and his wife, Clea, has become the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. But Clea's lineage has also afforded an already immeasurable power. She’s the niece of Dormamu, a daughter to a Warlord, a Faltine, and the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimensions. While the two Sorcerer roles wage war inside her, she has made it her mission to resurrect Stephen. For this, she needs to tangle with Death. But before she can do that, she gets mixed up with a local gang that's creating powerful monsters using the collective power of thousands of souls. Clea’s tangle with them brings face-to-face with The Harvestman, a servant of Death, and possibly closer to her goal of waring with Death herself.
Vol 0: Most Wanted? illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez, colored by Rico Renzi
In this alternate universe, Gwen Stacy was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker. Presently, she’s dealing with the guilt and aftermath of Peter’s death. Peter tried to emulate Gwen's Spider-Woman, his hero, but was met with a tragic end, for which Gwen feels responsible. Meanwhile, Spider-Woman the prime suspect for Peter's death, and the lead detective is George Stacy, a.k.a. her dad! After Spider-Woman saves Detective Stacy from a would-be assassin, the police force fears collusion and replaces him with Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher!). To top all of this off, Gwen is supposed to be the drummer for a break-out band, The Mary Janes, but her double life keeps her from showing up to gigs on time.
Illustrated by Dev Pramanik, colored by Alex Guimarães
With the death of his father Paulus, Leto ascends to the throne of his dukedom, and his first order of business is getting to the bottom of the accident that killed his father. Duncan Idaho proves to be instrumental in exposing the culprit who drugged the bull that killed Paulus. After that, Duncan becomes a trusted person in Leto's court. The Harkonnens continue to stoke the flames against the Atredies, and they waste no time making all manner of suggestions to the new Emperor, Shaddam IV. One of Leto's many enemies frame him for violating the peace that must be maintained inside the Heighliner, and Leto spends his first visit to the Emperial Palace trying to clear his name. Back on Arrakis, Pardot Kynes continues his work with the Fremen to try to make Dune into a lush paradise. He has been accepted into the Fremen society as a prophet, and has fathered a child, Liet, with is Fremen wife.
Vol 1: Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse, written by David Hine, Jason Latour, Dustin Weaver, Henry P. Chapman, and Gerard Way; illustrated by Fabrice Sapolsky, Robbi Rodriguez, Dustin Weaver, Elia Bonetti, and Jake Wyatt
Vol 2: Spider-Verse, written by Dan Slott, Gerry Conway, Katie Cook, Mike Costa, Peter David, Tom DeFalco, Christos Gage, Dennis Hopeless, Kathryn Immonen, Jed Mackay, Roger Stern, Robbie Thompson, and Skottie Young, illustrated by Mark Brooks, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Olivier Coipel, Paco Díaz, Ron Frenz, Adam Kubert, David Lafuente, Greg Land, Bob McLeod, Denis Medri, Jake Parker, Humberto Ramos, Miguel Sepúlveda, Will Sliney, Paul Smith, Sheldon Vella, Dave Williams
The Edge of Spider-Verse title brings together five Spiders from other dimensions and lays the foundation for them being pulled together in the cosmic event, Spider-Verse. We start with Spider-Noir, where Spider-Man fights crime in the 1930s. He is challenged by the magician Mysterio, who wants Spider-Man’s blood for the Anansi, the God of Spiders. Next, we travel to another realm where Gwen Stacy was bitten instead of Peter. Gwen is the prime suspect in the death of Peter Parker, and her father is leading the investigation! Next, we find ourselves with Aaron Aikman who has developed a mechanized spider-suit to compliment his powers. Then, we’re off to a world where an obsessive Peter is bitten by a spider and becomes a hellish version of the superhero we know and love. The last story is SP//dr, a symbiotic mecha warrior with a sentient spider and young girl.
In Spider-Verse, all of these Spiders and a host more come together to fight The Inheritors, a family of powerful vampires-type beings who are jumping through dimensions to devour that reality's "Spider Totems". Some of the Spiders survive, but most fall to these god-like Inheritors. The family is aided by a Master Weaver who can show how all Spiders are connected through the multiverse, and the Weaver can open a portal directly to them. Guided by Earth 616's (our reality) Spiders, the small Spider-army fight back against The Inheritors and in order to save all former and future spiders from grizzly deaths. Fan favorites like Spider-Woman, Silk, Superior Spider-Man, Miles Morales, among others, are part of the fight, as well as new favorites like Spider-Punk and Spider-Gwen.
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