Batman Reading Order

Let’s face it: Batman is the coolest.

Even for a comic book fan like me, one who spends an inordinate amount of time fixated on the Complete Marvel Universe, reading Batman is almost always a good decision. It’s no surprise there are 6 (nearly 7) Batman stories within my top 50 of the best comics of all time.

Whether you’re here from the comics, the Arkham video games, or the Dark Knight movies, there’s a glut of reading options all leading to the same question: Where do I start with Batman comics?

I’ll answer that here in a relatively expedient manner. Note, that Batman made his comic book debut more than 75 years ago. I won’t mention every comic he’s been in since then, and trying to read all of them would be an intimidating (if noble) life goal. Instead, we’ll focus on the comics that make Batman so great, and how you can enjoy them in a chronological order.

Where To Start With Batman Comics?


I) Creation: Batman in the 1940’s and 1950’s

II) Formation of the Bat: The Neal Adams Years – Late 60’s Through 1970’s

III) Year One & The Modern Bat (Most New Readers Should Start Here!)

IV) Knightfall: Bane Breaks the Bat (Early 90’s)

V) Batman: No Man’s Land (Late 90’s to Early 2000’s)

VI) Bruce Wayne Fugitive, Hush, & Under the Red Hood (Early to Mid 2000’s)

VII) Grant Morrison’s Batman Reading Order (Late 2000’s)

VIII) New 52 Batman Reading Order (2011 to 2015)

IX) DC Rebirth

X) Future of the Dark Knight (The Dark Knight Returns graphic novels)

Earliest Batman Comics

Dave’s Faves: Best and Essential Batman Fast Track!

If you want just the best of the best, I’ve listed my favorite Batman stories below. Otherwise, you can carry on to check out the complete reading order and chronology!

  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  3. Gotham Central
  4. Batman: The Long Halloween + Dark Victory
  5. Batman (New 52) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  6. Batman: The Black Mirror
  7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  8. Batman & Robin by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
  9. JLA: Tower of Babel
  10. Batman: I Am Gotham by Tom King for DC Rebirth

Batman: The Beginning

Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects: Detective Comics #27 to #56, Batman #1 to #7, World’s Best Comics #1, and World’s Finest Comics #2 to #3

Let me be clear: You certainly don’t have to jump back to the 1940’s to start reading Batman comics. That said, it can be a lot of fun, and you’ll see the debuts of Batman, Robin, Joker, Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, and many more.

The first Golden Age Omnibus is a relatively easy to find, fair-priced (around $40) introduction to Batman’s true beginnings. You can keep the party rolling with Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus Vol. 2, but this collection is much harder to track down at a good price.

Most Expedient Way to Navigate Batman’s Early Decades!

Batman in the 40’s

Collects: Batman #7, 15, 20, 31, 37, 47, 48, 49, Detective Comics #27, 33, 38, 49, 80, Real Fact Comics #5, Star Spangled Comics #70, and World’s Finest Comics #30

Batman in the 50’s

Collects: Batman #62, 81, 92, 105, 113, 121, 128, Detective Comics #156, 168, 185, 216, 233, 244, 252, 267, World’s Finest Comics #81

Batman in the 60’s

Collects: Batman #131, 144, 148, 155, 179, 181, 200, 217, Batman Kellogg’s Special #6, Detective Comics #298, 341, 349, 369, 388, 389, 390, 391

Flying Batman cape comic cover

Modern Batman Takes Shape (The 1970’s)

Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 1

Collects: Batman #200,203,210, Brave and the Bold #75,76,79-85, Detective Comics #370,372,385,389,391,392, and World’s Finest #174-176,178-180,182-183,185,186.  

A number of the comics collected in the Neal Adams illustrations are cover work he did. While these are always a blast to see, I’ve listed out the actual full length comic issues that are included below:

World’s Finest Comics #175

The Brave and the Bold #79

The Brave and the Bold #80

The Brave and the Bold #81

The Brave and the Bold #82

The Brave and the Bold #83

The Brave and the Bold #84

The Brave and the Bold #85

Detective Comics #392

Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 2

Collects: Batman #217, 220-222, 224-227, 229-231, The Brave and the Bold #86, 88-90, 93, 95, Detective Comics #394-403, 405-311, World’s Finest #199, 200, 202

The full issues collected in volume 2, which features the origins of the Man-Bat and the start of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams Batman comics is as follows:

The Brave and the Bold #86

Detective Comics #395

Batman #219

Detective Comics #397

Detective Comics #400

Detective Comics #402

Detective Comics #404

Detective Comics #407

The Brave and the Bold #93

Detective Comics #408

Detective Comics #410

Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams: Volume 3


Batman #232

Batman #234

Batman #237

Batman #243

Batman #244

Batman #245

Batman #251

Batman #255

Batman: Tales of the Demon

Collects: Batman #232, 235, 240, 242, 243, 244, Detective Comics #411, 485, 489, 490, and DC Special Series Volume 2 #15.

Tales of the Demon marks a more immediate introduction to Rah’s Al Ghul and Talia Al Ghul, and features the creative pairing of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. Note that this overlaps with the above Neal Adams artist edition.

A good starting place for Bat-fans just trying to get the best and most essential Batman stories through the years!

Batman: Strange Apparitions

Collects: Detective Comics #469 to #476, #478, #479

Immeasurably influential late 70’s run on Batman from storytellers Steve Englehardt, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin. Includes the classic Joker story “The Laughing Fish.”

Frank Millers Batman Year One

Batman Redefines The Graphic Novel (The 1980’s & Year One)

To date, we’ve progressed in order of publication release date, but as we move into what many now consider the greatest Batman stories of all time (and the logical starting place for any new readers), we’ll be ordering according to Batman’s timeline.

Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One is the 1986 graphic novel from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Alongside Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Year One is considered not only one of the best Batman stories, but one of the best graphic novels of all time.

If you’re really all in, you could also check out Catwoman: Her Sister’s Keeper here, which expands on Catwoman’s role in Year One.

Batman: Shaman

Collects: Legends of the Dark Knight #1 to #5

Batman: Gothic

Collects: Legends of the Dark Knight #6 to #10

Batman: Prey

Collects: Legends of the Dark Knight #11 to #15, and #137 to #141

Batman: The Man Who Laughs

The Man Who Laughs is Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke’s modern (the book was published in the 2000’s) take on the Joker’s origins.

Batman: Venom

Collects: Legends of the Dark Knight #16 to #20

Batman: The Long Halloween

Batman: Haunted Knight

Batman: Year Two

Collects: Detective Comics #575 to #578

Batman And the Monster Men

Batman And the Mad Monk

Batman: Dark Victory

Long Halloween and Dark Victory are two 12 issue graphic novels from the creative team of Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale, where each chapter represents one month in the calendar year. I’d reiterate that these books were actually published in the 1990’s, but they deal (excellently) with Batman’s early days, as well as District Attorney Harvey Dent. Some personal favorite Batman stories in here.

Batgirl/Robin: Year One

Batman: Batgirl

Batman: Night Cries

Batman: The Cat and The Bat

Nightwing: Year One

Batman: The Killing Joke

The Killing Joke is the increasingly controversial graphic novel from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. In my opinion, Moore is the best comic book writer of all time, and while this isn’t his best work, it’s a formative Batman graphic novel, with lasting ramifications for Batman, Joker, and the Gordon family.

DC Comics is adamant that The Killing Joke remain in Batman continuity, and everything from Arkham Knight to the New 52 have treated this book as sacred text.

Batman: The Cult

Batman: A Death in the Family

Collects: Batman #425 to #429

Batman: Blind Justice

Collects: Detective Comics #598 to #600

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Now known as the beginning of the fantastic Arkham video games, Arkham Asylum is also a beautifully haunting (and immensely popular) graphic novel from Grant Morrison and Dave McKean. In many ways, Arkham Asylum is like a waking nightmare for Batman, and also establishes the always enjoyable story of Batman pummeling his rogues gallery on their turf: a haunted prison.

Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying

Collects: Batman #426 to #429, #440 to #442, and New Titans #60 to #61.

Robin: A Hero Reborn

Batman: Birth of the Demon

Another must-read, featuring three excellent Ra’s Al Ghul stories.

Bane breaks the bat

Knightfall And Breaking the Bat (The 1990’s)

Batman: Sword of Azrael

Fans of the Arkham Knight video game can check out Azrael’s comic book origins here as Batman heads towards Knightfall.

Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1.

Collects: Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666, Showcase ’93 #7-8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18

Iconic and satisfying Bat-event, as Bane seeks to break the bat. The inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest

Collects: Detective Comics #667-675, Shadow of the Bat #19-20, #24-28, Batman #501-508, Catwoman #6-7 and Robin #7

Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 3: Knightsend

Collects: Batman #509-510, #512-514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30, 32-34, Detective Comics #676-677, #679-681, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Robin #88-9, #11-13 and Catwoman #12-13

Batman: Prodigal

Batman: Anarky

Batman: Contagion

Batman: Legacy

JLA: New World Order

You certainly don’t need to read Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s late 90’s JLA as part of your Batman experience, but the first story is a great showcase for Batman, and goes a long way to defining the character’s relation to the Justice League and the DC Universe at large.

batman in gotham

Gotham Becomes A No Man’s Land (Late 90’s To Early 2000’s)

Batman: Cataclysm

Collects: Batman #553-554, Detective Comics #719-721, Shadow of the Bat #73-74, Nightwing #19-20, Catwoman #56, Robin #53, Batman Chronicles #12, Blackgate: Isle of Men #1, Huntress/Spoiler: Blunt Trauma #1

Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol. 1

Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol. 2

Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol. 3

Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol. 4

Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol. 5

Batman: Evolution

Batman: Turning Points

Batman: Officer Down

Evolution and Officer Down are essentially No Man’s Land: Aftermath, as the players adjust to New Gotham. The extraordinary Greg Rucka writes most of this, with assists from Ed Brubaker.

Harley Quinn: Preludes and Knock Knock Jokes

Batman & Huntress: A Cry For Blood

JLA: Tower of Babel

Another JLA story that goes a long way to developing our understanding of Batman in the expanded DC Universe.

batman meets hush

From Fugitive to Infinite Crisis (Early to Mid 2000’s)

Batman: Bruce Wayne Murderer?

Collects: Detective Comics #766-767, Batgirl #24, Batman: Gotham Knights #25-26, Batman #599-600, Nightwing #65-66, Birds of Prey #39-40, Robin #98-99

Batman: Bruce Wayne Fugitive, Vol. 1

Collects: Batman #601, 603, Batman: Gotham Knights #27-28, Batgirl #27, 29, Birds of Prey #41, 43, Nightwing #68- 69

Batman: Bruce Wayne Fugitive, Vol. 2

Collects: Detective Comics #768-772, Batman: Gotham Knights #31, Batman #605

Batman: Bruce Wayne Fugitive, Vol. 3

Collects: Detective Comics #773-775, Batman #606-607, Batgirl #33

Gotham Central, Book 1: In the Line of Duty

Gotham Central is one of my 25 favorite comic book series of all time, with amazing GCPD stories from Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, and Michael Lark.

Batman: Hush

Collects: Batman #609 to #619

Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee team up for one of the most popular Batman stories of the 2000’s.

Batman: Broken City

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell

Gotham Central, Book 2: Jokers & Madmen

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Superman/Batman: Supergirl

Batman: War Drums

Collects: Detective Comics #790 to 796, Robin #126 to 128

Gotham Central, Book 3

Batman: War Games Act One

Collects: Detective Comics #797, Batman #631, Legends of the Dark Knight #182, Nightwing #96, Gotham Knights #56, Robin #129, Batgirl #55, Catwoman #34

Batman: War Games Act Two

Collects: Detective Comics #798, Batman #632, Legends of the Dark Knight #183, Nightwing #97, Gotham Knights #57, Robin #130, Batgirl #56, Catwoman #35

Batman: War Games Act Three

Collects: Batman #633, Batgirl #57, Catwoman #36, Robin #131, Batman: Gotham Knights #58

Identity Crisis

One of the most popular and controversial stories in the entire DCU, this is largely outside the scope of Batman. That said, those invested in Batman’s relationship with the Justice League will want to check this out.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Collects: Batman #635 to #641, #645 to #650, and Batman Annual #25.

Judd Winick and Doug Mahnke team-up for one of the better Batman turning points of all time. Don’t read the product description if you want any part of this story to remain a mystery!

Gotham Central, Book 4

Infinite Crisis

You really don’t need to read Infinite Crisis as part of a Batman guide. I list it here primarily because it’s the mid-way point for the entire DC Universe in the 2000’s, and because Gotham Central, Book 4 features an Infinite Crisis tie-in.

batman by grant morrison and frank quitely

Batman by Grant Morrison Reading Order (Late 2000’s)

Please note that the titles below that feature issues written by Grant Morrison during his extended run on the Dark Knight are italicized and bolded like so.

Batman: Detective

Collects: Detective Comics #821 to #826

Not a part of Morrison’s run. Detective Comics featured writing from Paul Dini during this time period (Dini created Batman: The Animated Series alongside Bruce Timm).

Batman: The Black Casebook

Collects: Batman #65, 86, 112, 113, 134, 156, 162, Detective Comics #215, 235, 247, 267, World’S Finest Comics #89

While the Black Casebook is not a part of the Morrison Batman run, these 50’s and 60’s stories do provide the primary reference points for Grant Morrison’s Batman research.

You don’t have to read these issues to enjoy the run starting with Batman and Son, but I can promise you Morrison’s plot and reverence for Batman lore will make a lot more sense if you do.

Batman and Son

Collects: Batman #655 to #658, #663 to #669, #672 to #675

Batman: Death and the City

Collects: Detective Comics #827 to #834

Batman: The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul

Collects: Batman #670 to #671, Robin #168 to #169, Detective Comics #838 to #839, Nightwing #138 to #139, Batman Annual #26, Robin Annual #7

Batman: The Heart of Hush

Batman R.I.P.

Final Crisis

Final Crisis is genuinely the most difficult superhero universe comic I have ever attempted to read, although at the time I was not nearly as well-versed in the DC Universe. Reader beware! Nonetheless, it’s Morrison’s Crisis event, and sets us up for the next stage of Batman!

Batman: Time and The Batman

Batman: Battle for the Cowl

Batman and Robin, Vol. 1

Batman and Robin, Vol. 2

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

Batman and Robin, Vol. 3

Batman, Incorporated- Vol. 1

Batman: The Black Mirror

Collects: Detective Comics #871 to #881

Consider this the ceremonial passing of the torch from the Grant Morrison era to the Scott Snyder Batman era. Black Mirror occurs in the wake of Morrison’s seminal run on the character, and features some early, excellent work from Snyder before he would take over during the New 52.

Batman vs the court of owls

New 52 Batman Reading Order (2011 to 2015)

Following the events of Flashpoint, the DC Universe rebooted as the New 52. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo took over creative duties on DC’s Batman, which quickly became the critically-acclaimed flagship Bat-book for the New 52. Snyder and Capullo books are marked below like so.

Note that if you want everything, including all the Bat-family books and to see how Batman plays in relation to the DC Universe at large, you can check out the Comic Book Herald New 52 Reading Order!

Batman, Vol. 4: Zero Year – Secret City

Collects: Batman #21-24

You have two options with New 52 Batman. You can either start with the first issue and “The Court of the Owls” story arc, or you can start with “Zero Year,” which is a variation on the classic early days of Batman as told in Year One. I’ve tried it both ways, and I actually prefer “Zero Year” first, but your mileage may vary.

DC Comics: Zero Year

Collects: Batman #24-25, Detective Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Catwoman #25, The Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and The Outlaws #25 and Action Comics #25

The companion Zero Year collection expands to a bunch of other DCU heroes, some closely tied to the Bat Family, and some closely tied to Bats’ Justice League membership. This will not advance the Batman Zero Year story much, but will provide some New 52 companion issues.

Batman, Vol, 5: Zero Year – Dark City

Collects: Batman #25 to #27, #29 to #33

Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

Collects: Batman #1-7

Batman: The Night of the Owls

Collects: Batman #8-9, Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #9, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9

Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls

Collects: Batman #8–12, and Batman Annual #1

Detective Comics: Faces of Death

Collects: Detective Comics #1 to #7

Batman, Incorporated, Vol. 1: Demon Star

Collects: Batman, Incorporated #0-6

For all intents and purposes, Grant Morrison’s extended run on Batman continues with the New 52 Batman, Inc. The series essentially continues operating as if the New 52 never happened, which is totally cool if you enjoyed Batman, Inc. to begin with.

Batman and Robin: Born to Kill

Collects: Batman and Robin #1 to #6

Detective Comics: Scare Tactics

Collects: Detective Comics #8 to #12, Annual #1

Batman and Robin: Pearl

Collects: Batman and Robin #0, #9 to #14

Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family

Collects: Batman #13-17

The Joker: Death of the Family

Collects: Detective Comics #16-17, Catwoman #13-14, Batgirl #14-16, Red Hood and the Outlaws #15-16, Teen Titans #15, Nightwing #15-16, Batman and Robin #15-17, #Batman 17, Suicide Squad #14-15, Batgirl #13, Red Hood and the Outlaws #13-14, Teen Titans #14, #16, Nightwing #14

Death of the Family Reading Order:

Batgirl #13

Catwoman #13

Catwoman #14

Batman #13

Batman and Robin #13 to #14

Suicide Squad #14 to #15

Batman #14

Detective Comics #15

Batgirl #14 to #16

Batman #15

Batman and Robin #15 to #16

Detective Comics #16 to #17

Nightwing #15 to #16

Red Hood and The Outlaws #15

Teen Titans #15

Red Hood and The Outlaws #16

Teen Titans #16

Batman #16 to #17

Batgirl #17

Batman and Robin #17

Red Hood and The Outlaws #17

Detective Comics: Emperor Penguin

Collects: Detective Comics #13 to #18

Batman, Incorporated, Vol. 2: Gotham’s Most Wanted

Collects: Batman, Incorporated #7-13 and Batman, Incorporated Special #1

Batman and Robin: Requiem

Collects: Batman and Robin #18 to #23

Detective Comics: The Wrath

Collects: Detective Comics #19 to #24, Detective Comics Annual #2

Batman, Vol. 6: The Graveyard Shift

Collects: Batman #0, #18-20, #28, #34, and Batman Annual #2

Batman Eternal, Vol. 1

Collects: Batman Eternal #1-21

Batman Eternal, Vol. 2

Collects: Batman Eternal #22-34

Arkham Manor

Collects: Arkham Manor #1-6

Batman Eternal, Vol. 3

Collects: Batman Eternal #35-52

Batman, Vol. 7: Endgame

Collects: Batman #35-40

The Joker: Endgame

Collects: Batman Annual #3, Batman #35-39 backups, Gotham Academy: Endgame #1, Batgirl: Endgame #1, Detective Comics: Endgame #1, and Arkham Manor: Endgame #1

You should read Batman #35 to #37, and then read the tie-ins above. From there you can move to Batman #38 to #40.

Batman Vol. 8: Superheavy

Collects: Batman #41 to #45

Batman Vol. 9: Bloom

Collects: Batman #46 to #50

Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue

Collects: Batman #51-52, Batman: Futures End #1, Batman Annual #4

DC Rebirth

It’s a testament to the strength of both Batman and the creative teams responsible that the Dark Knight escaped the controversial New 52 relatively unblemished. If anything, Snyder and Capullo gave us a new great run to talk about for years.

DC Rebirth resets everything on the DC Universe, re-instituting much of classic DC history that the New 52 ostensibly disposed of. Batman survives, as always, and you can check out the full DC Rebirth reading order here.

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham

Collects: Batman: Rebirth #1, Batman #1 to #6

Detective Comics Vol. 1: The Rise Of The Batmen

Collects: Detective Comics #934 to #939

Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman

Collects: Nightwing: Rebirth #1, Nightwing #1 to #6 (Note that issues #5 and #6 are part of the “Night of the Monster Men” crossover and should be read below)

Batman: Night of the Monster Men

There is some overlap with the first Bat-family crossover and the subsequent collections, but this will give you the crossover in its intended order.

Collects: Batman #7, Nightwing #5, Detective Comics #941, Batman #8, Nightwing #6, Detective Comics #942

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey Vol. 1: Who Is Oracle?

Collects: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 to #6

Batgirl Vol. 1: Beyond Burnside

Collects: Batgirl #1 to #6

Red Hood & the Outlaws Vol. 1: Dark Trinity

Collects: Red Hood & the Outlaws #1 to #6

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy

Collects: All-Star Batman #1 to #5

Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide

Collects: Batman #7 to #12, Batman Annual #1

Detective Comics Vol. 2: The Victim Syndicate

Collects: Detective Comics #940 to #945

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane

Collects: Batman #13 to #18

Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together

Collects: Trinity #1 to #6

Batman the Dark Knight Returns

Batman’s Future: The Dark Knight Returns

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Not long before he redefined Batman’s origins with Year One, Frank Miller was reshaping the graphic novel medium with The Dark Knight Returns. It’s an amazing achievement, and frequently hailed with Watchmen as one of the greatest graphic novels of all time (personally, I have it 8th).

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

Miller returned to The Dark Knight about 15 years later, and well, let’s just say it’s far less of a unanimous celebration. I find the Dark Knight Strikes Again relatively interesting, but don’t go in expecting it to hold a candle to The Dark Knight Returns.

What Ever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

Another all-time great, Neil Gaiman, wrote his version of the “final” Batman story in “What ever happened to the Caped Crusader?” It takes its inspiration from Alan Moore’s “What ever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”

Batman Beyond Reading Order

Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond

Batman Beyond: Industrial Revolution

Batman Beyond: 10,000 Clowns

Collects: Digital chapters #1 to #16

Batman Beyond: Batgirl Beyond

Batman Beyond 2.0: Rewired

Batman Beyond 2.0, Vol. 2: Justice Lords Beyond

Batman Beyond 2.0 Vol. 3: Mark of the Phantasm

New 52 Batman Beyond

Future’s End

Batman Beyond Vol. 1: Brave New Worlds

Batman Beyond Vol. 2: City of Yesterday

Batman Beyond Vol. 3: Wired for Death

Batman Beyond Vol. 1: The Return

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36 Replies to “Batman Reading Order”

  1. This is a very good list!
    Congratulations on your work,your site is amazing for finding reading orders and comic stuff in general.
    Do you recomend any bat-family solo title from new 52 – DC You era? So far i’ve read a little bit from Nightwing, and the most recent ones Robin son of Batman and Gotham academy.
    I see so many mixed opinions in the bat-family titles,and there are so many that i dont know where to start.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Glad you like! I have really enjoyed Gotham Academy and Grayson, both of which occur later in the new 52.

      Batwoman is a good starting New 52 book as well.

      Enjoy the comics!

  2. Great job, as usual… Even better than average, because this one gets my much vaunted “100% spoiler-free award”.
    BUT (there is always a but…), and fully realizing that this is a reading order and that Batman has lots of good/interesting stories, many of us would appreciate an “essential/recommended” list.
    Just as an example, I want to read Rucka’s run in Detective Comics, and considered reading No Man’s Land before, but just watching the humongous list of issues was enough to dissuade me (to be honest, I wanted to read Gotham Central… someday and New 52’s Batwoman now -I just read that you also recommend it-, but I learned that It was recommended to backtrack to Rucka’s work… then I found that it is in the aftermath of No Man’s Land, which is in a consequence of Cataclysm, which follows Contagion… backtracking, the bane of “completist” comic readers)

  3. Hey man, thanks for this, I really appreciate it! I’d love to see some more DC character’s reding orders, though I’m enjoying the Marvel ones as well. I recently found a new Superman reading order posted and I meant to comment that over there but I couldn’t leave a reply. So anyway, thanks for the job and for keeping it up!

  4. I still don’t get why some volumes have issues that should belong in other volumes. Example:

    Batman, Vol. 6: The Graveyard Shift

    Collects: Batman #18-20

    Batman, Vol, 5: Zero Year – Dark City

    Collects: Batman #29 to #33

    Here a volume -6- contains #18-20 and 28#, while a volume -5- contains #29 and #33. Volume 5 is obviously the volume before six – so why does volume 5 contain issues that are chronologically higher than those who appear in volume 6? It makes no logical sense. Couldn’t you just number things in the right order? Like Vol 1. Has Issues 1+, Vol 2 has issues 5+, Vol 3 has issues 10+, and so on.

    That said I also don’t understand why I have to read all these unrelated titles when I just want to follow a simple comic about Batman. Now I have to buy random-numbered titles of characters I don’t even follow? Take this example; “Collects: Batman #24-25, Detective Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Catwoman #25, The Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and The Outlaws #25 and Action Comics #25”

    Now how would I even understand issue #25 of Green Arrow when I haven’t read issues #1-24 of Green Arrow? It seems so random and illogical to me, at least in theory, maybe in practice it makes sense when you actually read it like this.

    Just the theory is what keeps me away from even trying to give it a go. Also the costs to buy all these simply to follow one comic. Seems so unnecessary. I’m not hating but I prefer things to be simple when complicating has no practical value and only well, complicates.

    1. I can’t speak to the volumes having gaps in the numbering system. That doesn’t make sense to me either. But as far as the unrelated titles go, it just gives you a more immersive story. You’re right, you’re not going to understand everything in Aquaman#25 if you haven’t read #1-24, but there will be a part of the story that sheds light or gives background on a part of the Batman story you’re reading.

      It’s personal preference whether you consider this “complicating” to have practical value or not. Plenty of people enjoy being familiar with the entire DCU instead of just one comic title.

  5. Any chance this can be amended to include Batman Beyond related material? I can see that there are a few Beyond series, but not in the same continuity.

  6. I love this list! Been following it for collecting and reading the modern era Batman Graphic Novels, but where does Batman-Full Circle, the sequel to year two, fit into the chronology?

  7. Why are all the comics starting from the new 52 in a mixed order? Why after death of a family do you then have to go to a different set of volumes like detective comics, then go back to the volume where graveyard shift is in, then to a completely new set of volumes for batman eternal and then suddenly back to the first set for end game? I feel like I’m being messed around here! Why not do them all in one volume all together one after the other; do you know what I mean?

    1. Because they follow different storylines. When you read the comics, you will notice that sometimes it will say something like “*expanded in Detective Comics Vol. whatever”. You need to read all of the different storylines in order to gain a full understanding, including JLA, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Batman Eternal, etc. Does this answer your question?

  8. Thank you- It`s really really helpful because I had only watched Batman cartoons in Tv. I expect to know a lot or everything about his universe.

  9. Thanks for this amazing guide. It’s super helpful. Though I feel Batman and the Monster Men and Batman and the Mad Monk should be placed before Batman: Prey

  10. OK so I’m relatively new to comics. Read some older one shots and started Grant Morrison’s run. I just finished “Final Crisis” (holy crap by the way. I basically had about 1/5 of the understanding of the DC Universe that I should have had before reading this but I digress). I read exclusively in TPB form. I’m currently on “Battle for the Cowl.” I was kind of hoping to finish off Grant Morrison’s run before diving into the Scott Snyder New 52 arc and had some questions:

    1) Can I just read the 2 “Batman Inc.” New 52 volumes immediately after “Batman Incorporated” (as you said it ignores the New 52 story) or is there some reason I should mix it into the New 52 storyline?

    2) I heard “Batman: The Dark Knight” follows the “Batman Inc.” Vol 1 & 2 storyline. Is that true and could I therefore read that before the New 52 arc as well?

    3) Lastly will there be an update to this list with regards to the New 52 since “Batman and Robin” and “Batman Detective Comics” aren’t mentioned after volume 4 on both? I was curious as to the reason (different storyline, just an oversight, etc.). I’m a ways out but I’ve been heavily reliant on your ordering lists (and other’s but yours is easily the most comprehensive) and it’d be great to know what to read when I get there.

    Thanks for any future updates!!

    1. Ok so I THINK I got the order down now from your “New 52 Reading Order” page (wow that was thorough!). That said I still vote for updating this list with Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Batman Eternal, Batman and Robin Eternal, and The Dark Knight!

    2. Batman Inc. from New 52 is in the New 52 Universe (it only ignores other timelines from New 52). It just means that Batman Inc. from New 52 isn’t in same universe as first Batman Inc. 🙂

  11. Where does the david finch run stands in the larger DC universe? Batman- the dark knight- knight terrors? Please help me because the trade paperback is marked with new 52.
    P.S.- your guides are amazing 😀

  12. Hey, isn’t Batman No Man’s Land, Vol.5 book just old version and in new edition from 2012 issues from that book are in Batman: No Man’s Land, Vol.4. Am I wrong? 😀

    1. + Bruce Wayne: Fugitive is in one Volume in new edition (from 2014). It’s all 3 volumes in one, but some issues are missing…

  13. This looks great! I kind of wish this would have seen something like this a couple of years ago, but right now I’m in too deep I feel. A while ago, I started downloading and reading/watching everything batman and batman-family related, from the very first comic book, in publication order. Right now I’m at the end of the 70s and things are going well, but will things get confusing when I get to the modern times, with all the different story arcs? Is it a better idea to just read the arcs vs the publication order? In that case I’m guessing this list would help a lot.

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