Marvel Comics Trade Watch: June 2023 — Across the Spider-Verse!

We are here to tell you what trades and collections you should be looking out for this month from Marvel Comics!

With Across the Spider-Verse hitting theaters this weekend, Marvel is loading fans up on spider-related reading material, as well as some fan-favorite stories!

1. Spider-Man Vol. 1: End of the Spider-Verse

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Dan Slott and Mark Bagley’s Spider-Man run gets its first collection this month. As the title suggests, the Spider-Verse is in danger, and Spiders are dropping like flies. It’s a big, sprawling, action-packed story featuring all kinds of spider-people from across the Spider-Verse (honestly didn’t intend the pun there), making this a great book to pick up following the new spider-movie’s release.

Slott’s Spider-Man stories can be divisive amongst fans, but Bagley’s art is always a delight, making this a story worth checking out on its own.

Release date: June 7th, 2023

2. The Hood: The Saga of Parker Robbins

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If you’re unfamiliar with The Hood, now is the time to jump in and learn why he is such a fan-favorite character. This new trade paperback collects the original six-issue MAX mini-series, as well as the character’s follow-up Dark Reign series.

Parker Robbins is designed to sort of be the anti-Spider-Man (even his name is a nod to Peter Parker). He’s a down-on-his-luck guy who has great power thrust upon him. But Robbins did not have the upbringing or the support system that Peter had, so he views his new abilities as an opportunity rather than a responsibility. The Hood’s story is a dark, gritty, compelling tale that continues to captivate readers. He’s become a major player in the Marvel Comics gang world, and he’ll be making his live-action debut in next year’s Ironheart show, making this a great time to catch up on his backstory.

Release date: June 7th, 2023

3. Star Wars: The High Republic — The Blade

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Jump into the High Republic era with Charles Soule and Marco Castiello’s The Blade! Follow brother and sister Jedi Knights Porter Engle and Barash Silvain on an adventure set hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga. Porter is perhaps the greatest lightsaber of his era — a legend in the making — but he may meet his match.

The Blade is a gritty, thrilling Star Wars adventure. If you’ve been a fan of stuff like Star Wars: Visions, or you’re looking forward to The Acolyte, and you’re looking for more Star Wars content set outside the typical Republic/Empire/Resistance era, pick this up at the end of the month.

Release date: June 28th, 2023

4. Spider-Woman by Dennis Hopeless

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This fan-favorite run by writer Dennis Hopeless features Jessica Drew as a member of the Spider-Verse, a private investigator, and an expectant mother. That might seem like a lot of ground to cover, but Hopeless and company balance it all well and provide a captivating Spider-Woman story for fans new or old.

Issa Rae’s Jessica Drew in Across the Spider-Verse seems to borrow heavily from this run, so if you’re looking to read up on Spider-Woman after you leave the theater, head over to your local comic shop and pick this collection up.

Release date: June 7th, 2023

5. Captain America Epic Collection: The Secret Empire

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Cover image from CAPTAIN AMERICA #176, one of the iconic issues featured within the new Epic Collection.

This landmark Captain America story by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema finally gets the Epic Collection treatment this month. In addition to classic stories featuring Doctor Faustus and Nick Fury, this collection is headlined by the Secret Empire Saga, a story arc that rattled Steve Rogers’ faith in his country and led him to give up the Captain America mantle for a time.

The arc includes political intrigue, espionage, action, and superhero cameos galore, making this a great Epic Collection to pick up if you’re looking to get into 1970s Captain America.

Release date: June 28th, 2023

6. Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt

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J.M. DeMatteis — writer of the seminal Spider-Man story “Kraven’s Last Hunt” — is joined by artist Eder Messias to tell this new story set shortly after 1995’s Spider-Man: The Final Adventure. “The Lost Hunt” promises to reveal secrets and answer mysteries that Spidey fans have been waiting decades for, adding depth and context to one of the wall-crawler’s greatest tales.

And for all of you (very vocal) fans out there longing for the days Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson were married, this story just might scratch the itch you’ve been having!

Release date: June 28th, 2023

What trades and collections are you planning to pick up this month from Marvel Comics? Sound off in the comments, and we’ll see you back here in a month!

Anthony Composto - EIC
Anthony Composto - EIC
Editor-in-Chief for Monkeys Fighting Robots. A lifelong fan of Spider-Man and the Mets, Anthony loves an underdog story. He earned his B.A. in English because of his love for words, and his MBA because of his need for cash. He considers comics to be The Great American Art Form, and loves horror movies, indie dramas, action/thrillers, and everything in between.