Damian Wayne is the Robin I loved to hate, hated to love, and by the time Grant Morrison’s creation and time with the character was over, simply thought was the best.
Damian’s the all time grumpy guss, somehow managing to even out crank Batman himself. Conceptually, there are a million ways Damian could have failed as the late 2000’s new Robin, but the Son of Batman and heir to the Al Ghul’s transcends any and all limitations.
Below you’ll find a reading order for Damian Wayne comics, from his introduction as the son Batman never knew he had, to partners with Richard Grayson as Batman and Robin, and through his time as Robin in the New 52 and DC Rebirth.
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Red Robin (Tim Drake, Robin) reading order
Damian Wayne Robin Comics!
Grant Morrison Introduces The Son of Batman, Damian Wayne
Batman: Batman and Son (New Edition)
In many ways, the heralded Batman by Grant Morrison arc of comics (stretching approximately 2006 to 2013) centers more around Damian Wayne than anyone.
The opening arc is, of course, no exception as Damian is introduced to the universe of Batman and Bruce Wayne. This is absolutely essential reading for any fan of Damian as Robin, as it explains both his origins and his possible futures.
Collects: Batman #655-658, #663-669 And #672-675
Batman: The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul
Collects: Batman #670-671, Robin #168-169, Detective Comics #838-839, Nightwing #138-139, Batman Annual #26 And Robin Annual #7
Collects: Batman #676 to #683
Collects: Batman: Battle For The Cowl #1-3, Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? #1 And Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? #1
In the wake of Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones DC Universe event, Final Crisis.
A New Batman & Robin by Grant Morrison
Batman & Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn
Collects: Batman & Robin #1-6
A part of the Grant Morrison Batman reading order, this marks the beginning of Dick Grayson’s time as Batman, and Damian Wayne’s official start as Robin.
Although Batman and Son is the essential background for Damian, Batman & Robin is the most entertaining, and my personal favorite Damian Wayne arc by Grant Morrison.
There’s something magic about the pairing of Richard Grayson trying to fill the mantle of the Bat alongside Damian’s first official stint as Robin. It’s fraught with understandable tension, and ultimately grows into one of the greatest examples of legacy in the DC Universe.
Batman & Robin Vol. 2 Batman vs. Robin
Collects: Batman & Robin #7 To #12
Batman & Robin, Vol. 3: Batman & Robin Must Die
Collects: Batman #13-16 And Batman: The Return #1
Collects: Teen Titans #88 to #92, Red Robin #20, Wonder Girl #1
The Teen Titans try out Damian Wayne for the team (hint: he’s not your father’s Titans material). Note that there’s some overlap between this and the subsequent Red Robin series of comics.
Batman & Robin: Dark Knight Vs. White Knight
Collects: Batman and Robin #17 to #25
I’ll be honest, I had completely forgotten Batman and Robin continued as a series after Grant Morrison’s arc stopped with issue #16!
Amazingly, the series continued from November 2010 until the New 52 in 2011.
Collects: Batman Incorporated #1 To #8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1
Although Batman Inc. spans the globe and a wide variety of international Batmen, this series is absolutely crucial to the conclusion of Grant Morrison’s time writing Damian.
New 52 Robin Comics, Starring Damian Wayne
For a complete view of how all these Robin comic book fit within the DC Universe as a whole, I recommend Comic Book Herald’s complete DC New 52 reading order.
Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill
Collects: Batman And Robin #1 To #6
The New 52 reboot gives us our first official look at Batman and Son as a declared Batman and Robin pairing.
Batman and Robin Vol. 2: Pearl
Collects: Batman And Robin #7 To #14
Batman Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star
Collects: Batman Incorporated #0-6
Morrison’s Batman run continues (and ultimately concludes) in the New 52. The most essential comics on Damian Wayne continue here.
Batman and Robin, Vol. 3: Death of the Family
Collects: Batman And Robin #15-17, Batman And Robin Annual #1 And Batman #17
Death of the Family tie-in issues, a Joker event running in core issues through Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on New 52 Batman.
You can find the completely complete Death of the Family reading order in Comic Book Herald’s New 52 reading order.
Batman Incorporated Vol. 2: Gotham’s Most Wanted
Collects: Batman Incorporated #7-13 And Batman Incorporated Special #1
The end of Grant Morrison’s Batman run, and his time creating and writing Damian Wayne!
Batman and Robin Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian
Collects: Batman & Robin #18 To #23
Gorgeous examination of Bruce’s connection to his son.
Batman And Robin Vol. 6: The Hunt For Robin
Collects: Batman And Robin #29-34, Robin Rises: Omega #1
I recommend reading in the following order:
Batman and Robin #29 to #32
Robin Rises: Omega #1
Batman and Robin #33 to #34
Batman and Robin Vol. 7: Robin Rises
Collects: Batman And Robin #35-40, Robin Rises: Alpha #1, And Batman And Robin Annual #3
I recommend reading the remainder of Robin Rises in the following order:
Batman and Robin #35 to #37
Robin Rises: Alpha #1
Batman and Robin #38 to #40
Collects: Batman #35-40
Another plug to read Snyder and Capullo’s run on Batman, Endgame is the most epic clash between Batman and the Joker yet! The Joker’s mad schemes embroils all of Gotham, including the Robins. The status of Bruce Wayne will make more sense if you’re familiar with the events of endgame and the ensuing Batman comics.
Robin: Son of Batman Vol. 1: The Year of Blood
Damian gets his first ongoing solo series from DC!
Collects: Robin: Son Of Batman #1-6
Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1
Collects: Batman And Robin Eternal #1-13
Batman & Robin Eternal Volume 2
Collects: Batman And Robin Eternal #14 To #26
Collects: Robin War #1-2, Robin: Son Of Batman #7, Grayson #15, Detective Comics #47, We Are Robin #7, Gotham Academy #13, Red Hood/Arsenal #7 And Teen Titans #15
Robin War Reading Order:
Robin War #1
Detective Comics #47
We Are Robin #7
Red Hood / Arsenal #7
Robin: Son of Batman #7
Gotham Academy #13
Teen Titans #15
Robin War #2
Robin: Son of Batman #8
Robin: Son of Batman Vol. 2: Dawn of the Demons
Collects: Robin: Son Of Batman #7-13
DC Rebirth Robin Comics, Starring Damian Wayne
Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best
Collects: Teen Titans #1-6 And Teen Titans: Rebirth #1
Superman Vol. 2: Trials of the Super Son
Collects: Superman #7-13
The Super Son meets Damian Wayne.
Marieke Elzer says
I noticed this list is a little empty post rebirth
Most of the new Teen Titans comics are not listed, and neither are the Super Sons comics.
Am I missing anything else in Rebirth continuity?
Natalya C-X (controlfreaksry) says
Does this have EVERY issue he’s in or just plot-wise important stuff, I’m asking cuz I know what happens plot-wise and I thought I was being thorough enough to read EVERYthing but then I’d see Pinterest pics of him in his old uniform (which I thought I was passed) doing something funny, and I would have no recollection of that happening.
So I decided I’d start over from the VERY beginning and fill in all the holes along the way, and by holes, I honestly don’t care if he never even talks in the issue— if someone said his name (which was a really funny Pinterest joke I saw where Dick said Damian’s name when he was working some particularly hard to work with machinery and he compared the situation to working with Damian) or he just leaves a note or says 2 words I want to read it… hearing myself say that I realize that’s probably impossible so at least is how close does this list come to getting everything? does it at least include him in any AU’s?
This is a link to the most accurate one so far for everything. I do know it doesn’t have the Batman/ninja turtles crossovers (1&2) which Damian is in. There was a movie recently released which pulls a lot of material from the first comic but they messed up Damian’s character in it, so if that annoys you like it does me, avoid the movie.
This list has filled in quite a few holes for me.