The latest Miles Morales movie Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse has people excited. The second installation was a box office hit and the animation, writing, and the many Spider-Man have people considering it the best movie of the year. That is why we will be recommending 5 books like Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse!
There were two ways to approach this list. Either it was going to be a list about comics similar to the movie or about the plot of the movie. We decided to go with the latter and focused on novels that centered around multiverses.
If you are unfamiliar with multiverses, then you haven’t seen any of the Marvel movies or shows in the past five years. Simply put, it is a “hypothetical set of all universes.” Normally, these multiverses never overlap but something occur that makes travel to another multiverse possible and integral to the plot.
5 Books Like Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse
- The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
- Lost Futures by Lisa Tuttle
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Imajica by Clive Barker
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Books About the Multiverse
The first novel on the list comes from the king of horror Stephen King. His novel The Talisman is about a 12-year old boy names Jack Sawyer who travels across realities to obtain the talisman to save his mother. That is the short version but King does dive into the multiverse and revisits it in his Dark Tower series.
Another novel on this list and a personal favorite of mine is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Protagonist Jason Dessen is knocked unconscious and when he wakes up, he figures out that he isn’t in his own reality anymore. In this reality, he isn’t married and doesn’t have a child. The Jason of this world is a genius and has discovered something that should have been impossible. Jason has to figure out how to return to his own reality and who sent him to this alternate one.
If you love the new animated Spider-man movie and want to read more plots involving the multiverse, then these are the five books to read. Six, if you also include the Dark Towers series by King. What other multiverse novels have you read? Let us know in the comments below!