I know she has had at least a few appearances before she was in Nomad, and then took up the Spidergirl identity, but it’s ridiculously hard to find information on important appearances even for characters that are much better known than Anya. Anyone who knows where I can read more of her outside of Nomad, Young Allies, Spider-Girl, and Onslaught Unleashed, PLEASE hit up my ask box! I’ll be forever grateful!
Reblogging so I can put this under my comic recs, if you don’t mind!
Does it go without saying that you’ve read all the Arana books? This is probably a dumb question but you didn’t list it so I wanted to be sure! That’s her origin story. There are three volumes.
She appears in The Amazing Spider-Man 635-637 which is the last three parts of a four part story called Grim Hunt. If you like it she has an even bigger part in a What If issue of Spider-Man. Please don’t look this up until you’ve read Grim Hunt, unless you don’t mind spoilers- because it’s basically a comic about what if the Grim Hunt story from Amazing Spider-Man had ended differently.
For the story Spider-Island she got her own three issues called Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl. If you want to read the story this is tied in from that’s The Amazing Spider-Man issues 666-673, but Anya is only in the first three, appearing with the Young Allies.
Do you read Avengers Academy? She joins the team in issues 21-23. I’m reading this series now and I love it and recommend it to everybody. She’s in issue 13 as well so maybe consider investing in the first volume? She’s also in an 80 page book called “Avengers Academy Giant-Size #1”.
She’s seriously awesome in the Ms Marvel comics. She’s in volume 2, issues 6-8, 11-14, 18-24.
Personally I hate Earth-982. I just do. If any of you can tell me one good thing that came from Earth-982 I will bake you a cake. So stay away from volume 2 of The Web of Spider-Man which involves Kaine and no one needs that. And also The Amazing Spider-Girl which May and April Parker and omg I hate them sooo muuuuuuuuuuch. Anya is a villain in those. Yeah I know. Dumb.
If you want to see Anya die (NOT Earth-616, breathe easy…) she’s in Marvel Team-Up vol 2 issue 16.
Turning people onto comics has brought me so much joy in the past few weeks. And what’s even more exciting is people getting interested in Anya.
This might be confusing if you’ve already googled around or will in the future- but I do not recommend picking up Anya’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy Vol 2. Instead go straight to her series Arana. All 12 comics are sold in Heart of the Spider vol 1. It’d probably be easier to find the trade than each individual issue at your local store… or you might just have to order that too, but if you’re brave enough to get them all at once it’d be easier and cheaper. The first one is cute but the story gets good around issue 3.
Almost forgot about Matt!
The Man Without Fear. Is so. Freakin. Good. I have yet to get all the way through it to be honest, but it’s a book I’ve been meaning to find and own. The Man Without Fear is an origin story, and not the first for Matt Murdock, but it’s praised as the best. Now that you’ve got me thinking about it again and I’m just itching to get my hands on it. If you’d like to go on from there I can recommend two options for you. I try not to give people a list longer than 3 volumes of anything because I don’t want you to feel like you have to commit to spending all that money… The first option would be if you really want to just go to one other story arc, Kevin Smith (love him) did a series called Guardian Devil that’s eight issues long. The antichrist is involved, Spider-Man pops in at one point, and you’ve got both Bullseye and Kingpin breathing down Matt’s neck. So if that interests you and you’re a fan of Kevin Smith’s writing and direction then grab it when you’re done with TMWoF. If for whatever reason you are a View Askew hater then instead you could look for Daredevil Visionaries Vol 1 made by Frank Miller who also did TMWoF. So if you really loved the origin that would be a safe bet. There are 3 volumes total but go as far as you want. They’re all good, so I hear.
NO NO NO! I AM SO HAPPY TO EDUCATE YOU ANON. No one knows her. Don’t feel bad at all. Nothing to be embarrassed about.
But please. Allow me to enlighten you.
That is Anya Corazon, from Brooklyn. She attended Milton Summers High School when she was recruited to be a hunter for a group called The Spider Society. She became “Araña”, a superhuman with Spider-like powers because they gave her a badass spider tattoo. (super badass.) The Spider Society tried to give her a costume but she made her own, which is my favorite thing in the world. I mean LOOKIT HER! She also made herself her own weapons, like custom grappling hooks. Much like Parker inventing his own web shooters.
She losers her powers but keeps up her Araña duties and later joins the Young Allies with Rikki Barnes (Granddaughter of Bucky Barnes Earth-616). And they fall in love. (#headcanon)
She later grows up to be Spider-Girl. Julia Carpenter (Spider-Woman) gives Anya her old costume. She becomes a registered hero for SHIELD, trained by Ms Marvel.
Anya is totally bad ass. She’s fine as Spider-Girl but I will always love her as Araña. My background is from Araña #4 when Spider-Man convinces her not to give up because WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!