Move over, Spider-Man… the Spider-Bots are getting their own Marvel comics series

Spider-Bot chapter 2 excerpt
Spider-Bot chapter 2 excerpt (Image credit: Alberto Alburquerque/Dono Sanchez-Almara (Marvel Comics))

Spider-Man's diminutive worker-bee robots the Spider-Bots are scurrying into their own Marvel Comics limited series. Spider-Bot is a new 12-part weekly comic series that debuts Friday, digital-first, on the Marvel Unlimited platform in the company's Infinity Comic format.

Spider-Bot chapter 1 cover (Image credit: Alberto Alburquerque/Dono Sanchez-Almara (Marvel Comics))

MODOK showrunner/writer Jordan Blum is writing Spider-Bot, and is joined by the art team of artist Alberto Alburquerque and color artist Dono Sanchez-Almara - who both recently wrapped up the WEB of Spider-Man series, which also featured the Spider-Bots.

"It has been an absolute blast to work with Alberto and to explore the Marvel Universe through the digital eyes of the Spider-Bots," Blum says in the Spider-Bot announcement. "Being a life-long Spider-Man fan and a father of two, I leapt at the chance to create all-ages stories for both longtime Marvel Zombies and new readers alike who are ready to thwip their first web!"

Spider-Bot chapter 2 cover (Image credit: Alberto Alburquerque/Dono Sanchez-Almara (Marvel Comics))

Although Spider-Man has had smaller technical devices like his webshooters and Spider-tracker for decades, the Spider-Bots are a relatively newer invention - debuting in 2013's Superior Spider-Man #2 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman. They were actually created while Doctor Octopus was impersonating Spider-Man, but have continued to be part of the Spider-Man brand even after Peter Parker took back the mantle.

Spider-Bots were quickly adapted into the Insomniac Spider-Man games, and are also part of Disney Parks' Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure ride. There are even Spider-Bot action figures.

Spider-Bot #1 (of 12) debuts Friday, December 3. The remaining 11 chapters are scheduled to be released weekly on Fridays.

Keep track of this and all the new Spider-Man comics, graphic novels, and collections on their way.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)