DC Rebirth Reading Order

In May 2016, DC Comics launched a refreshed comic book universe, calling the initiative DC Rebirth. The publication of DC Universe Rebirth #1 marked the end of DC’s New 52, which controversially rebooted the DCU from 2011 to 2016. 

The promise of DC Rebirth is a return to the long and rich history of DC Comics. Below you’ll find the first year of DC Rebirth comic books, as well as the collected editions that allow you to progress through the Rebirth timeline chronologically.

Previously: Watchmen (my favorite comic book of all time, part of DC Rebirth plans)

Previously: DC The New 52

DC Universe Rebirth

DC Rebirth Trade Reading Order

DC Rebirth Omnibus

The Rebirth omnibus collects all the one-shot Rebirth specials for the major characters of the DC Universe. Note that a number of these Rebirth specials are also collected in the first volume of each respective character’s collected comics.

The biggest exception is of course DC Universe: Rebirth #1, which is absolutely essential reading to understand our progression from the New 52 to DC Rebirth. Don’t worry, if that’s all you’re after, the issue is $2.99.

Collects: Aquaman: Rebirth #1, Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey: Rebirth #1, Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1, Batman: Rebirth #1, Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1, Cyborg: Rebirth #1, Deathstroke: Rebirth #1, DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Green Arrow: Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1, Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1, Hellblazer: Rebirth #1, Justice League: Rebirth #1, Nightwing: Rebirth #1, Red Hood And The Outlaws: Rebirth #1, Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1, Supergirl: Rebirth #1, Superman: Rebirth #1, Teen Titans: Rebirth #1, The Flash: Rebirth #1, Titans: Rebirth #1,  Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

The DC Rebirth Omnibus editions collects these comics in the following reading order:

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Batman: Rebirth #1

Superman: Rebirth #1

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

The Flash: Rebirth #1

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Green Lanters: Rebirth #1

Justice League: Rebirth #1

Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Titans: Rebirth #1

Batgirl And the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Flash Rebirth Comic Books

I initially included the first Flash Rebirth comics in the Justice League section below, but as reader Jason points out in the comics below, these issues follow-up most directly from the DC Universe Rebirth one-shot.

Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West

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

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice

Collects: The Flash: Rebirth #1, The Flash #1 to #8

Batman Rebirth #1 by Tom King

Batman (Bat-Family) Comic Books

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

Superman Rebirth #1 by DC Comics

Superman (Superman Family) Comic Books

Superman: The Final Days of Superman

Final Days is a “Road to Rebirth” collection that effectively concludes the New 52 and transitions to Rebirth.

Collects: Superman #51-52, Action Comics #51-52, Batman/Superman #31-32 And Superman/Wonder Woman #28-29

Superman: Lois and Clark

Collects: Superman: Lois and Clark #1 to #8

Superman Vol. 1: Son Of Superman

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

Action Comics Vol. 1: Path Of Doom

Collects: Action Comics #957 to #962

Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together

Collects: Trinity #1 to #6

Supergirl Vol. 1: Reign Of The Cyber Super-Men

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

Superwoman Vol. 1: Who is Superwoman?

Collects: Superwoman #1 to #6

Superman Vol. 2: Trials of the Super Son

Collects: Superman #7 to #13

Action Comics Vol. 2: Welcome to the Planet (Rebirth)

Collects: Action Comics #963 to #966, Justice League #52

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 from DC Comics

Justice League (Justice League Family) Comic Books

 

Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet

Collects: Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1, Green Lanterns #1 to #5

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine

Collects: Justice League: Rebirth #1, Justice League #1 to #5

 

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies

Note that the first two volumes of Wonder Woman oscillate between odd and even numbered issues. The odd numbered issues form “The Lies,” while the even numbered issues offer a “Year One” story from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott.

Collects: Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, Wonder Woman #1, #3, #5, #7, #9

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One

Collects: Wonder Woman #2, #4, #6, #8, #10

Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning

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

Cyborg Vol. 1: The Imitation Of Life

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

Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Change

Collects: Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1, Blue Beetle #1 to #6

Justice League Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects: Justice League #7 to #12

The Flash Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects: The Flash #9 to #13

Aquaman Vol. 2: Black Manta Rising

Collects: Aquaman #7 to #12

Green Arrow Rebirth #1 by DC Comics

Green Lantern and Green Arrow Comic Books

Green Arrow Vol. 1: The Death and Life Of Oliver Queen

Collects: Green Arrow: Rebirth #1, Green Arrow #1 to #5

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law

Collects: Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps #1 to #6

 

Green Arrow Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects: Green Arrow #7 to #12

Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2

Collects: Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #7 to #12

Green Lanterns Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects: Green Lanterns #7 to #12

Harley Quinn in DC Rebirth

The Antiheroes: Suicide Squad, Deathstroke and Hellblazer Comic Books

Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault

Collects: Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1, Suicide Squad #1 to #6

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Die Laughing

Collects: Harley Quinn: Rebirth #1, Harley Quinn #1 to #6

Deathstroke Vol. 1: The Professional

Collects: Deathstroke: Rebirth #1. Deathstroke #1 to #6

The Hellblazer Vol. 1: The Poison Truth

Collects: The Hellblazer #1 to #6

Justice League vs Suicide Squad

DC Rebirth Event: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad Reading Order

Batman (Bat-Family) Comic Books Part 2

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane

Note that the first issue of Batman volume three (issue #13) is technically included as a Justice League vs. Suicide Squad prequel tie-in.

Collects: Batman #13 to #18

Nightwing Vol. 2: Bludhaven

Collects: Nightwing #7 to #12

Batman Beyond Vol. 1: The Return

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

Justice League (Justice League Family) Comic Books Part 2

Justice League Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Note that issues #12 and #13 of Justice League are included as Justice League vs. Suicide Squad tie-ins.

Collects: Justice League #12 to #17

Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best

Collects: Teen Titans: Rebirth #1, Teen Titans #1 to #6

Justice League of America Vol. 1 (Rebirth)

Functions as a Justice League vs. Suicide Squad epilogue series of sorts.

Collects: Justice League of America #1 to #6

 

Wonder Woman Vol. 3: The Truth

Collects: Wonder Woman #13 to #20

The Flash Vol. 3: Rogues Reloaded

Collects: Flash #13 to #18

Aquaman Vol. 3

Collects: Aquaman #13 to #18

The Antiheroes: Suicide Squad, Deathstroke and Hellblazer Comic Books Part 2

Suicide Squad Vol. 2

Note that issues #8 to #10 of Suicide Squad are Justice League vs. Suicide Squad tie-ins.

Collects: Suicide Squad #7 to #12

Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Joker Loves Harley

Collects: Harley Quinn #7 to #12

Deathstroke Vol. 2

Collects: Deathstroke #9 to #14

Midnighter and Apollo

Collects: Midnighter and Apollo #1 to #6

Superman (Superman Family) Comic Books Part 2

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3

Collects: Actions Comics #967 to #972

Superman Vol. 3: Multiplicity

Collects: Superman #13 to #18

New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China

Collects: New Superman #1 to #6

Green Lantern and Green Arrow Comic Books Part 2

Green Arrow Vol. 3 (Rebirth)

Collects: Green Arrow #13 to #18

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3

Collects: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #12 to #16

Green Lanterns Vol. 3

Collects: Green Lanterns #13 to #18

DC Young Animal Comics

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick

Collects: Doom Patrol #1 to #6

Shade the Changing Girl Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy

Collects: Shade, The Changing Girl #1 to #6

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Vol. 1: Going Underground

Collects: Cave Carson #1 to #6

Mother Panic Vol. 1: Work in Progress

Collects: Mother Panic #1 to #6

DC Rebirth Issue by Issue Reading Order

Personally, I’d rather read the majority of Rebirth stories in full story arc chunks above. Nonetheless, if you’d prefer an issue by issue approach more closely aligned to how the comics were released weekly, you can check out the order below.

Note that any and all feedback for this order is welcome. If you see something that looks off, make your case for a change in the comments!

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DC Rebirth Year One

DC Universe: Rebirth (2016) #1
Justice League #51

Justice League (2011-) #52
Titans: Rebirth (2016) #1
Superman: Rebirth (2016) #1
Superman (2016-) #1

Action Comics (2016-) #957
Action Comics (2016-) #958
Batman: Rebirth (2016) #1
Batman (2016-) #1
Detective Comics (2016-) #934
Detective Comics (2016-) #935
Aquaman: Rebirth (2016) #1
Aquaman (2016-) #1
The Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1
The Flash (2016-) #1
Green Lanterns: Rebirth (2016) #1
Green Lanterns (2016-) #1
Green Arrow: Rebirth (2016) #1
Green Arrow (2016-) #1
Wonder Woman: Rebirth (2016) #1
Wonder Woman (2016-) #1
All-Star Batman (2016-) #1
Action Comics (2016-) #959
Action Comics (2016-) #960
Aquaman (2016-) #2
Aquaman (2016-) #3
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth (2016) #1
Batgirl (2016-) #1
Batman (2016-) #2
Batman (2016-) #3
Detective Comics (2016-) #936
Detective Comics (2016-) #937
Green Arrow (2016-) #2
Green Arrow (2016-) #3
Green Lanterns (2016-) #2
Green Lanterns (2016-) #3
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth (2016) #1
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #1
All-Star Batman (2016-) #2
Action Comics (2016-) #963
Justice League: Rebirth (2016) #1
Justice League (2016-) #1
New Super-Man (2016-) #1
Nightwing: Rebirth (2016) #1
Nightwing (2016-) #1
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth (2016) #1
Superman (2016-) #2
Superman (2016-) #3
The Flash (2016-) #2
The Flash (2016-) #3
The Hellblazer: Rebirth (2016) #1
Titans (2016-) #1
Wonder Woman (2016-) #2
Wonder Woman (2016-) #3

Superwoman (2016-) #1
Action Comics (2016-) #961
Action Comics (2016-) #962
Aquaman (2016-) #4
Aquaman (2016-) #5
Batgirl (2016-) #2
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016-) #1
Batman (2016-) #4
Batman (2016-) #5
Blue Beetle: Rebirth (2016) #1
Deathstroke (2016-) #1
Deathstroke: Rebirth (2016) #1
Detective Comics (2016-) #938
Detective Comics (2016-) #939
Green Arrow (2016-) #4
Green Arrow (2016-) #5
Green Lanterns (2016-) #4
Green Lanterns (2016-) #5
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #2
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #3
Harley Quinn (2016-) #1
Harley Quinn (2016-) #2
Justice League (2016-) #2
Justice League (2016-) #3
New Super-Man (2016-) #2
Nightwing (2016-) #2
Nightwing (2016-) #3
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016-) #1
Suicide Squad: Rebirth (2016) #1

Suicide Squad (2016-) #1
Supergirl: Rebirth (2016) #1
Superman (2016-) #4
Superman (2016-) #5
The Flash (2016-) #4
The Flash (2016-) #5
The Hellblazer (2016-) #1
Titans (2016-) #2
Wonder Woman (2016-) #4
Wonder Woman (2016-) #5
Harley Quinn (2016-) #3
Cyborg: Rebirth (2016) #1
Justice League (2016-) #4
Batman (2016-) #6
Aquaman (2016-) #6
Nightwing (2016-) #4
Green Lanterns (2016-) #6
Superman (2016-) #6
Supergirl (2016-) #1
Green Arrow (2016-) #6
Superwoman (2016-) #2
Deathstroke (2016-) #2
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016-) #2
Wonder Woman (2016-) #6
The Flash (2016-) #6
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey (2016-) #2
Suicide Squad (2016-) #2
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #4
New Super-Man (2016-) #3
Detective Comics (2016-) #940
Cyborg (2016-) #1
Green Arrow (2016-) #7
Green Lanterns (2016-) #7
Superman (2016-) #7
Justice League (2016-) #5
Nightwing (2016-) #5
Trinity (2016-) #1
Batman (2016-) #7
Harley Quinn (2016-) #4
Aquaman (2016-) #7
The Hellblazer (2016-) #2
Titans (2016-) #3
The Flash (2016-) #7
Deathstroke (2016-) #3
Suicide Squad (2016-) #3
Batgirl (2016-) #3
Blue Beetle (2016-) #1
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #5
Batman Beyond: Rebirth (2016) #1
Detective Comics (2016-) #941
Teen Titans: Rebirth (2016) #1
Action Comics (2016-) #964
Wonder Woman (2016-) #7

Next: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

25 Replies to “DC Rebirth Reading Order”

  1. Nightwing: Better than Batman has been solicited as containing Nightwing: Rebirth#1 and Nightwing #1-4, 7, and 8 instead of the Rebirth issue and #1-6 which means it skips the Night of the Monster Men crossover issues.
    Aquaman: the Drowning has the Rebirth issue and #1-7 instead of Aquaman: Rebirth and #1-6.
    Flash: Lightning Strikes Twice has the Rebirth issue and #1-8 instead of Flash: Rebirth and #1-6.
    Green Lanterns: Red Planet has the Rebirth issue and #1-6 instead of Green Lanterns: Rebirth and #1-5.

    http://www.newsarama.com/31093-dc-comics-december-2016-solicitations.html

    1. Hey Dave, I was looking at DC January 2017 solicitations and I saw that:
      -Detective Comics: Rise of the Batmen is 934-940 instead of 934-939
      -Detective Comics: The Victim Syndicate is 943-949, not 940-945 which means it skips the Night of the Monster Men issues
      -Batman: I am Suicide is 9-15 not 7-12 and Annual 1 which means it skips them as well
      -HJATGLC: Sinestro’s Law is 1-7 and Rebirth 1 not 1-6 and Rebirth 1
      -Wonder Woman: The Lies also has number 11 in it.
      -Wonder Woman: Year One also has numbers 12 and 14 in it.
      -Green Lanterns Vol. 2: The Phantom Lantern has 7-14 not 7-12
      -Flash: Speed of Darkness has 9-13 not 7-12
      -Aquaman: Black Manta Rising has 7-15 not 7-12

      Could you update with this and the post I’m replying to?

      1. Please make it more regular. I always use your reading orders and I’m currently reading Civil War II and Rebirth. Your reading orders are the most accurate in all the websites I researched. You are also the one who has a very detailed issue-by-issue order. People like me appreciate your work, Dave. Keep it up! 🙂

      2. I just used this page (and your Amazon referral links) to fill out my preorders. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this list. I’m commenting here to ask you to please keep the collections lists for Rebirth maintained and current.

        P.S. The title for Superman Vol. 2 has been changed since you last updated this list.

  2. I would recommend to read Justice Leage (2011) 52 before Action Comics 957 (as it set up Luthor Story) and Superwoman 1 before Action Comics 561 (events are mentioned at early pages)

  3. Dave,

    Might it not be a good idea to suggest to read Watchmen (for those who haven’t yet) (and maybe Before Watchmen?) before starting with Rebirth? You know, because of the connection in DC Universe: Rebirth #1.
    By the way, any chance of a Marvel’s All-New, All-Different reading order finalization? As Civil War II is ending and Marvel NOW! is launching?

    Thanks!

    Sean

    1. hm, there is more to read what is crucial for Rebirth: for Superman – Convegence, Convergence: Superman and Superman: Luis and Clark, for Damian – Robin War, for Titans and main DC Universe one shot – Titans Hunt. It was published just before, so there’s no strong need for recommendation, but you can consider it

  4. It’s a minor thing, but I would recommend reading Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 before Justice League #52 since Wonder Woman and the other heroes showed up in Daily Planet with her new costume, which should be shown first on her Rebirth issue.

    1. Also, Justice League #50 and Superman #52 is essential reading before DC Universe: Rebirth #1, as the main storylines are continued in Rebirth (ex. Superman: Rebirth #1 concludes The Final Days of Superman)

  5. Dave,

    Do you have any plans for an express guide of the most continuity-essential comics of the New 52 to read before Rebirth (the way you’ve done for Marvel NOW! in 30 titles)? The weight of >5 year continuity can be really intimidating even when not considering the preceding timelines…

  6. Hi, I am brand new to reading DC Comics, (in fact my only connection to DC are the 4 CW shows) I want to start reading and was told ‘Rebirth’ would be a good jumping on point but i don’t want to buy all the stories, Will the Rebirth Omnibus give me enough of each characters story for me to pick my favourites so I can just collect those? And if I only collect a few characters comics will their individual stories still make sense or do all the rebirth comics inter-twine?

    1. The first rebirth issue does a good job of starting off the new universe by showing you that there were things in the past that effects the story but that all of that is being manipulated by an oncoming threat. If you’ve never read the books of the past it still makes sense as it shows past events like flashback. In the first issue there are several stories from which you can continue on if you wished. There are also collected issues labeled Path to Rebirth that can help you fill in the blanks.

  7. DC Rebirth Omnibus actually does include DC Universe: Rebirth #1. It is the very first story in the omnibus. I mistakenly bought the DC Universe: Rebirth Deluxe Edition hardcover because it was not clear whether that issue was included in the omnibus. Hopefully others won’t make the same mistake.

  8. Excellent article and excellent jog explaining the reading order and where the DC Rebirth is located in the whole DC Universe. I’m totally new brand DC reader even though I’ve known history of some characters trough video games and movies (specially Batman). But suddenly I was struck by this felling to read comics and then I heard about DC Rebirth. I searched through various sites and this one was definitely the direct responsible for convincing me to start reading.

    Right now I’ve finished Flash’s vol1: Lightning Strikes Twice and Batman’s vol1: I’m Gotham. I’m starting detective comics #934 now and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

    Thank you once again for the EXCELLENT job and please, keep it up!

  9. I would also suggest reading Darkseid war, because that introduces the baby Darkseid that is seen in DC universe rebirth #1, which will probably play at least some part in a future rebirth storyline

    Other than that, though, thanks for this list. It’s so useful and you’ve done a great job

  10. Hi,

    Appreciate all you do!

    I would make a couple of suggestions, now that some time has passed and we can back up and look at the story beats from a better perspective.

    – I’d recommend the first volumes of Titans and Flash, in that order, immediately after the rebirth special to follow the Wally West threads.
    – I placed the first volume of Trinity after the first volume of Action, simply because it’s so early in the relationship between Batman, Wonder Woman and the pre-New 52 Superman.
    – I’d also suggest reading the first volume of Green Lanterns before the first volume of Justice League, as that’s where Hal puts the two newbies in charge of Earth.

    Still having trouble placing Wonder Woman and Green Arrow, as there hasn’t really been a pause on those storylines!

    Thanks again,

    Jason

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