9 Issues Not Enough as Amazing Spider-Man's Hunted Story Expands 1 Issue

Because U demanded it?!

Marvel is really going all in on the Spider-Man. A few months back, Bleeding Cool reported on Marvel's plans to publish fourteen Spider-Man comics featuring Peter Parker in April, again, just Spider-Man featuring Peter Parker, not even counting the various other Spider-people in their monthly lineup, such as Mile Morales Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, or Superior Spider-Man. For Hunted, billed as Amazing Spider-Man's biggest story of the year, Marvel originally planned to publish 9 issues, starting in March. That's six regular issues, and three special .HU issues because shipping less than three Amazing Spider-Man books per months would clearly be madness.

Here's what's coming out this month:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17
NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU (1 OF 5)
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
"HUNTED" PART 1
We've been teasing a huge Kraven story since ASM #1 — and "HUNTED" is here to deliver it! Sergei Kravinoff and his minions have been kidnapping animal-themed characters for months, but they need one more to complete the collection — the Spider. But what does Kraven even want with all of them?! Find out in "HUNTED"!
40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.HU
NICK SPENCER (W) • IBAN COELLO (A)
Cover by GREG LAND "HUNTED" TIE-IN!
• Black Cat's luck is on the rise.
• She came out of the run-in with the Thieves Guild still intact, her bridges with Spider-Man are mostly mended and the world is her oyster (well, it is NOW).
• But the job she just took is going to change everything…
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18
NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU (2 OF 5)
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
"HUNTED" PART 2
• Kraven's plan begins to unfold in CENTRAL PARK!
• He lets the prey loose and the hunt begins.
• But Kraven isn't the hunter this time. Who has Spider-Man in their crosshairs?!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

And then four more in April:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18.HU
NICK SPENCER (W) • CHRIS BACHALO (A) • Cover by GREG LAND "HUNTED" TIE-IN!
• Spider-Man's most dangerous villain, THE GIBBON, is back and –
• He's not Spidey's most feared foe? Then why are we? You want me to read the script?
• Oh man. That's insane.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19.HU
NICK SPENCER (W) • CHRIS BACHALO (A) • Cover by GREG LAND "HUNTED" TIE-IN!
• With Kraven gathering up all the animal-themed villains for the grandest hunt of all, Lizard has a target on his back!
• But the Lizard has a plan of his own– and it involves something truly terrifying!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19
NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU (3 OF 5)
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
"HUNTED" PART 3
• Something horrible happened last issue that's galvanized all the villains!
• Spidey desperately needs to get out of this horrible situation, but there are lives (innocent and otherwise) at stake and…well…he's Spider-Man.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20
NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
CONNECTING VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU (4 OF 5)
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
"HUNTED" PART 4
• The big showdown begins. Spider-Man vs. Kraven. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.
• If this is like past Kraven stories, you know it's not going to go how you THINK it's going to go.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

And finally, two more for May, including the finale…

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.HU
NICK SPENCER (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by GREG LAND ESSENTIAL "HUNTED" TIE-IN!
• The Vulture is one of Spider-Man's oldest villains and his oldest villain…
• …but that doesn't make him any less dangerous. Kraven's biggest hunt has thrown everything upside down and there's plenty of carrion for the Vulture.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21
NICK SPENCER (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
Connecting Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MARVEL BATTLE LINES VARIANT COVER BY SUJIN JO
THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION OF "HUNTED" IS HERE!
• Spidey faces an impossible situation that will push him as far as he's ever been pushed.
• Who lives and who dies when the hunters become the prey?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

And then in Amazing Spider-Man #22, also out in May, we get Hunted's "aftermath."

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22
NICK SPENCER (W) • RYAN OTTLEY (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
MARVEL BATTLE LINES VARIANT COVER BY HEEJIN JEON
HUNTED AFTERMATH!
• The fallout from "HUNTED" continues to loom, and much of Peter's life is called into question.
• What is left of Spider-Man after living through the harrowing hunt?!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Or, at least, that was the case. A notice from Diamond reveals:

The Amazing Spider-Man #22 (MAR190835 / MAR190836 / MAR190837, $3.99 ea.) will now be included in the "Hunted" storyline, not "Hunted: Aftermath".

So does that mean we'll have to wait until June for the "fallout"? The issue is listed as the "epilogue" in the checklist at the end of the latest issue of ASM. Maybe marketing research shows people don't care about epilogues? Who knows?

Well, look, things are going so well, why end it there? Hunted could continue all year long! Just think about how many more .HU issues could be published.  Will people keep buying them? Well, you know what they say about comic book readers: there's one born every minute!

But look, we don't want to seem too cynical. At least Amazing Spider-Man comes out on time (flexibility with who draws it does help). Too on time, one could argue. The same can't be said about certain unauthorized sequels to Watchmen, after all.

9 Issues Not Enough as Amazing Spider-Man's Hunted Story Expands 1 Issue

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