Justice League Reading Order

Yo, it’s the Justice League.

Index:

I) JLA by Grant Morrison to Tower of Babel

II) After Tower of Babel, Before Identity Crisis

III) From Identity Crisis to Infinite Crisis

IV) Relaunched Justice League of America (Pre New 52)

V) New 52 Justice League

VI) Bonus Round: Batman Reading Order

VII) Bonus Round: Wonder Woman Reading Order

VIII) Bonus Round: Superman Reading Order

Where to Start With DC Comics’ Justice League

Justice League: Year One

While this guide will mostly focus on more modern Justice League comics (from 1997 to present day), if you want to get some good older origins going, Justice League: Year One is as good a place as any to start.

Grant Morrison JLA

Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s JLA

The majority of modern comic book readers will want to start with Grant Morrison’s run on JLA. Starting around 1997, Morrison took a post-Death of Superman, post-Knightfall, post-Parallax DC Universe, and returned the world’s finest heroes to the Justice League.

The core lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter has become the Justice League standard since this time, particularly solidified in DC’s Animated Justice League: Unlimited.

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 1

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 2

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 3

DC One Million or JLA One Million

Justice League of America: The Nail

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 4

Note that the above four JLA collections will take you through JLA #1 to #41. This actually completes Morrison’s run (following World War III). In order to collect  Tower of Babel, one of the defining Batman stories of the early 2000’s, you could conceivably turn to JLA Vol. 4. Tower of Babel itself, while frequently referenced and turned into a DC Animated movie, has been strangely out of print.

This time period will also take you through the Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely JLA: Earth 2 graphic novel.

You’ll also note that I included DC One Million above. This takes place after JLA #23, and is another recommended Grant Morrison event from this era. The JLA: One Million collection is a more affordable approach to get the basics of the event.

Justice League After the Tower of Babel

JLA Vol. 5 – Issues #47 to #60

JLA Vol. 6 – Issues #61 to #76

JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice

JLA Vol. 7 – Issues #77 to #93

JLA: The Tenth Circle – Issues #94 to #99

JLA: Pain of the Gods – Issues #101 to #106

JLA: Syndicate Rules – Issues #107 to #114

Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis Takeover

If you’ve looked into essential DC Universe stories from the 2000’s, you’re likely at least a little familiar with Identity Crisis. The controversial mystery from Brad Meltzer has major ramifications on both the DCU and the Justice League. For all intents and purposes, it’s a Justice League story.

Identity Crisis

JLA: Crisis of Conscience – Issues #115 to #119

JLA: World Without a Justice League – Issues #120 to #125

Infinite Crisis

A New Justice League of America (Pre New 52)

Following the events of Infinite Crisis and 52, DC relaunched Justice League of America with a new number one issue, and Identity Crisis money-maker Bred Meltzer.

Justice League of America, Vol 1: Tornado’s Path

Justice League of America, Vol 2: Lightning Saga

Justice League of America: The Injustice League

Justice League of America Vol 4: Sanctuary

Justice League of America: The Second Coming

Justice League of America: Worlds Collide

Justice League of America: Team History

Justice League of America: The Dark Things

Justice League of America: Omega

Justice League of America: Rise of Eclipso

Flashpoint

DC's New 52 Justice League

The New 52 Justice League Reading Order

In 2011 DC Comics rebooted their entire comic book line into the New 52. This means a relaunch and brand new origin for the Justice League, with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on creative duties.

If you want to see every DC Comic from this era, you can check out the full Comic Book Herald New 52 reading order!

Justice League: Origin

Justice League: The Villain’s Journey

Throne of Atlantis Reading Order

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

Hey we made it 12 issues without a crossover! Throne of Atlantis crosses over with another Johns written title, Aquaman.

Issues:

Justice League #13
Justice League #14
Aquaman #14
Justice League #15
Aquaman #15
Justice League #16
Aquaman #16
Justice League #17
Aquaman #17

Justice League of America Vol. 1: World’s Most Dangerous – Issues JLA #1 to #5

Following Throne of Atlantis, Justice League of America launches a fresh series in the New 52. Note that although the above collection includes six issues, the sixth issue of Justice League of America will work best as a Trinity War tie-in.

Justice League: The Grid – Issues #18 to #23

Trinity War Reading Order

Justice League: Trinity War

For the most part, Trinity War is the DC event that had been promised since the end of Flashpoint. It’s also the first Justice League event that crosses over with Justice League Dark. I haven’t listed JLD to date, but if you want to catch up on the magical Justice League, now’s the perfect time, and you can do so as follows:

Justice League Dark Vol. 1

Justice League Dark Vol. 2

Justice League Dark Vol. 3

Issues:

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1
Justice League #22
Justice League of America #6
Justice League Dark #22
Constantine #5
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2
The Phantom Stranger #11
Justice League of America #7
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3
Justice League Dark #23
Justice League #23

Forever Evil Reading Order (Justice League Style)

Forever Evil

Justice League: Forever Heroes

Justice League of America, Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil

Issues:

Forever Evil #1
Justice League Dark #24
Justice League Dark #25
Forever Evil #2
Justice League #24
Justice League of America #8
Justice League of America #9
Justice League Dark #26
Justice League #25
Justice League of America #10
Forever Evil #4
Justice League #26
Justice League #27
Justice League of America #11
Justice League Dark #27
Justice League Dark #28
Justice League #28
Forever Evil #5
Justice League of America #12
Justice League Dark #29
Justice League of America #13
Forever Evil #6
Justice League #29
Forever Evil #7
Justice League #30
Justice League of America #14

Justice League: Injustice League – This collection covers Justice League #30 to #39, which takes you through the Amazo Virus story arc as well.

Justice League Darkseid War Reading Order

Justice League: Darkseid War Part 1

Justice League: Darkseid War – Power of the Gods

Justice League: Darkseid War Part 2

Issues:

Justice League #40
Free Comic Book Day DC Comics: Divergence #1
Justice League #41
Justice League #42
Justice League #43
Justice League #44
Justice League: Gods and Men Batman #1
Justice League #45
Justice League: Gods and Men The Flash #1
Justice League: Gods and Men Superman #1
Justice League #46
Justice League: Gods and Men Green Lantern #1
Justice League: Gods and Men Shazam! #1
Justice League: Gods and Men Lex Luthor #1
Justice League #47
Justice League #48
Justice League #49
Justice League #50

DC Rebirth Justice League

You can find the context for Justice League in DC Rebirth as part of Comic Book Herald’s complete DC Rebirth reading order.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine

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

Justice League Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects: Justice League #7 to #12

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad Reading  Order

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9 Replies to “Justice League Reading Order”

  1. Thank you so much! Would there be anyway for you to create a complete timeline of the entirety of DC’s publication like you have done with Marvel? I know it’s quite a big request but I’d just like to know if that’ll ever happen on here.

      1. I’d Love it if you could make at least a New 52 order. Love the work you do by the way! You must spend hours going through comics and deciding what goes where.

  2. Hi this is a fantastic order, however, I was wondering where and how convergence will fit into this Justice league reading over since i believe it is a Justice League “level” event. Also, I was also wondering if you have or will ever make a full New 52 reading order over all the New 52 Graphic novels or at least the main books/stories/characters?
    Thank you keep up the good work!

  3. What about the Justice League International books fit in? I believe that they started not too far into the New 52 phase?

  4. One of the best, most helpful, and simply awesome guides in the Multiverse!

    Hey, Comicbook Herald Team! Just wanted to say you guys rock. I’ve been following all of your guides for years and keep up the great work! From Marvel, to DC, to the 90s to the 00s, you’ve got it all covered, and covered well. Looking forward to the Rebirth stuff 🙂

    Sohaib

  5. I do not have the individual issues. I am reading the tpb reprints of Justice league, JLA, forever evil, trinity war and Justice league dark of the “new 52”, what order should I read those in?

  6. Fantastic Guide! I’ve been looking for something like this and it’s perfect. Only question.. Wouldn’t the Darkseid War ‘Power of the Gods” go in between Vol.1 and 2? Anyway thanks for this!

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