Yo, it’s the Justice League.
Where to Start With DC Comics’ Justice League
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.
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.
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.
JLA Vol. 5 – Issues #47 to #60
JLA Vol. 6 – Issues #61 to #76
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
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.
JLA: Crisis of Conscience – Issues #115 to #119
JLA: World Without a Justice League – Issues #120 to #125
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 2: Lightning Saga
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!
Throne of Atlantis Reading Order
Hey we made it 12 issues without a crossover! Throne of Atlantis crosses over with another Johns written title, Aquaman.
Justice League #13
Justice League #14
Justice League #15
Justice League #16
Justice League #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
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:
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1
Justice League #22
Justice League of America #6
Justice League Dark #22
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 #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 2 – These two collections take you through Justice League #40 to #50
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.
Collects: Justice League: Rebirth #1, Justice League #1 to #5
Collects: Justice League #7 to #12