DC’s “Infinite Frontier” begins in 2021, hot on the heels of the “flash forward” stories of the two-month long “Future State.” Here you’ll find a complete reading order and checklist for the relevant DC Comics as they’re released!
By: Nathan Payson
Road to Infinite Frontier:
Infinite Frontier is fairly straightforward to start, but there are a couple of things to read that will make your experience easier. Specifically, the Batman family begins with James Tynion IV run which continues straight into Infinite Frontier. While you can definitely jump into Infinite Frontier without any context, I strongly recommend reading the following books to get ready.
Batman: Infinite Frontier is the expansion of the bold ideas that Tynion IV that Tynion established in his Batman including new heroes, and villains. His run is coming off an 85 issue run on Batman by Tom King where King focused on two things: the romantic relationship between Batman and Catwoman, and the masterplan of Bane. At the end of his run, Bane basically left Gotham in near collapse and desperately in need of repair. Bruce, obviously, decides to help rebuild it in his image, and chaos breaks loose. First off, you should read Tynion’s opening arc.
Collects: Batman #86-94
Dark Design leads into DC’s Joker War which is the final big event for the Batman family in Rebirth. You can check out CBH’s Joker War reading order here, but if you want the fast track, make sure to read these three essential books:
Collects: Batman #95-100
Following Joker War, most of the bat books are concluding plot threads from before Joker War, but there are three stories you should make sure to read.
Collects: Batman #101-105, a story from Detective Comics #1027 (probably “The Black Casebook”), and Batman Annual #5
Collects: Detective Comics #1028-1033
Punchline #1 is a must read to enjoy the back-issue of the Joker series, and it’s surprisingly super fun.
The Justice League Family has two very important books to read going into Future State.
First, you should check out Endless Winter Reading Order. Though the crossover isn’t a must read, it does provide a bunch of really cool teases for Infinite Frontier including the establishment of the Teen Titans academy and the increasing importance between Black Adam and Hypolyta.
Secondly, you should read Dark Knights: Death Metal. Death Metal is the big event that concludes DC Rebirth. It’s ending directly leads into Infinite Frontier #0 and is essential to understanding ideas like the omniverse and the current origins of the DC Universe. You can read all of Dark Knights: Death Metal #1-7 and you should be all set to go, or if you want you can read the entire event with Comic Book Herald’s Death Metal Reading Order.
Following Death Metal, the future is full of infinite possibilities. To explore the possible future of DC, multiple creators wrote books and back-issues with a possible future of their run. These stories take place anywhere from 3 to 1000000 years in the future, and reveal the dangers of enemies like the Magistrate and Merlin, and introduce us to new heroes like Yara Flor. You can check out the Comic Book Herald Reading Order here.
This book kicks off the era with an incredibly important set of stories that define the universe’s direction for the next couple of years. It includes important teases for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the upcoming Infinite Frontier Event and More.
Follow the Jokers newest attacks the Batman family is forced to react. With Gotham full of new threats and allies, the Batman Family begins a new era. The Batman Family is trying to create a very connected line of books. Events in Catwoman will inform your reading of Harley Quinn, while the back-issue of a Batman book may spin-off into another series like Robin.
Collects: Infinite Frontier #0, Batman #106-111, and the Ghostmaker Back-issues from #107-111
Collects: Detective Comics #1034-1042 and the Huntress back issues
Collects: Joker #1-6 and the Punchline Back-Issues in those issues
Collects: Parts of Batman: Urban Legends #1-6 (But see below for specific contents)
Red Hood: Cheer in Batman: Urban Legends #1-6
Grifter: The Long Con in Batman: Urban Legends #1-5
In series, but has no trade info yet:
- The Outsiders: The Caretaker in Batman: Urban Legends #1-3,
- Harley Quinn: New Roots in Batman Urban Legends #1
- Oracle: Batman: Urban Legends #2
- Lady Shiva: Batman: Urban Legends #3
- Tim Drake: Batman: Urban Legends #4-6
- Luke Fox: Batman: Urban Legends #4
- Batgirls: Batman Urban Legends #5
- Zealot: Batman Urban Legends #6
Collects: Nightwing #78-83
Collects: Catwoman #14-15, and #22-29
There is no way to really get into Infinite Frontier: Catwoman without reading Catwoman #25-28. While it is possible to start at 29, 29 assumes you’ve read #25-28. Don’t worry about the rest of the issues in that volume. Just read Catwoman #25-28. Catwoman #28 also sets up a plot point for Harley Quinn’s Batman: Urban Legends story, so it’s good to read too.
Collects: Catwoman #29-33, Catwoman 2021 Annual #1
Collects: Harley Quinn in Batman: Urban Legends #1 and Harley Quinn #1-6, Harley Quinn Annual 2021 #1
Collects: The Prelude (“Demon or Detective”) in Batman #106 then Detective Comics #1034, and then Robin #1-8.
The Next Batman: Second Son
Collects: The Next Batman: The Second Son #1-4
Digitally this collection is the shortened issues 1-12
Read: Batman: Secret Files: Signal #1, Batman: Secret Files: Oracle #1, Batman: Secret Files: Clownhunter #1,
Out of Continuity Batman Stories:
Read: Batman: The Detective #1-6
Read: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1-6
Read: Batman/Catwoman #1-12 and Batman/Catwoman Special #1
Collects: Batman/Fortnite Zero Point #1-6
Collects: Batman: The Adventures Continues #1-7
Superman Family Part 1:
Collects: Superman #29, Action Comics #1029, and Superman #30-32
Back-Issue: Tales of Metropolis in Superman #29-32
Collects: Action Comics #1030-1033 and the Midnighter Back issue in Action Comics #1029-1035.
Midnighter 2021 Annual #1
Read: Superman and the Authority #1-4
Superman: Son of Kal-El Vol.1
Read: Superman: Son of Kal-El #1-3
Read: Supergirl Woman of Tomorrow #1-8
Read: Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1-6
Out of Continuity Superman Stories:
Collects: Superman #1-6
Everyone on Earth thinks Diana is dead and is grieving her death, meanwhile, Diana is taking on a mysterious new role.
Collects: Wonder Woman #770-779 and The Young Diana back-issues from those books.
Read: Wonder Girl #1-5
Out of Continuity Wonder Woman Stories:
Collects: Sensation Wonder Woman #1-12
Read: Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #1-6
The Justice League books are shifting dramatically after the Snyder era. Each team is trying to mess with unique compositions and every single title has new characters. Suicide Squad is trying to level up it’s strength while the original Teen Titans have created a school to train new heroes.
Read: Justice League #59-63 and the Justice League Dark back-issue: Justice League #59-63
Collects: Swamp Thing #1-4 and Future State: Swamp Thing #1-2
Collects: Future State: Suicide Squad #1-2 and Suicide Squad #1-2
Note: Trade collects: #1-6 of Suicide Squad but there is a crossover in the middle of the book
Collects: Teen Titans Academy #1-2
Note: Same as Suicide Squad Vol. 1
Teen Titans Academy/Suicide Squad Crossover
Read: Suicide Squad #3, Teen Titans Academy #3, Suicide Squad #4
Note: Issues are likely in the trade separately for each series
Collects: Suicide Squad #5-6
Suicide Squad Annual 2021 #1
The Swamp Thing Vol. 2 Part 1
Read: Swamp Thing #5-6
Suicide Squad/Swamp Thing Crossover
Read: The Suicide Squad #6 and The Swamp Thing #7
The Swamp Thing Vol. 2 Part 2
Read: The Swamp Thing #8–10
Collects: Teen Titans Academy #4-5
Read: Shazam #1-4
Read: Lobo and Crush #1-8
Collect: Flash #768-771 and Flash 2021 Annual #1
Collects: Batman/Superman #16-21 and Batman/Superman 2021 Annual #1
Collects: Green Lantern #1-4 and Future State: Green Lantern #1-2
Green Arrow 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular #1
Collects: Crime Syndicate #1-6 which includes the back-issues
Out of Continuity Justice League Stories:
Read: Justice League #1-6
Collects: Truth and Justice #1-7
The next phase of Infinite Frontier focuses on the Infinite Frontier event. Though the event is smaller in number of titles, its impact is still very large.
Collects: Infinite Frontier #0, Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1, and Infinite Frontier #1-6
The Scarecrow makes his move as Fear State begins.
Prelude to Fear State:
Batman FCBD #1
Harley Quinn #6
I am Batman #0
Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1
Read: Batman #112-113
I am Batman Vol. 1: Fear State
Read: I am Batman #1
Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1
Catwoman Vol. 6: Fear State
Read Catwoman #35
Nightwing Vol. 2: Fear State
Read Nightwing #84
Detective Comics Vol. 2: Fear State
Read Detective Comics #1043
Harley Quinn Vol. 2: Fear State
Read Harley Quinn #7
The Joker Vol. 2
Read: Joker #7
Read: Checkmate #1-6
Read: Justice League #64-68
Note: Spins off into Deathstroke Inc! And the Aquaman Special #1
Deathstroke Inc. Vol. 1
Read: Deathstroke Inc. #1
Aquaman 80th Anniversary Special #1
Note: Spins off into Aquaman: The Becoming and Black Manta
Aquaman: The Becoming
Read: Aquaman: The Becoming #1-6
Read: Black Manta #1-6
Suicide Squad Vol. 2
Read: Suicide Squad #7
FCBD Suicide Squad: King Shark #1
Suicide Squad: King Shark
Read: Suicide Squad: King Shark #1-6
Green Lantern Vol. 2
Read: Green Lantern Annual 2021 #1, Green Lantern #5-6
Teen Titans Academy Vol. 2
Read: Teen Titans #7
Flash Vol. 2
Read: Flash #772-774