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
What is Infinite Frontier?
Infinite Frontier is a soft relaunch of DC comic books that started in March of 2022. This is essentially a new era of DC Comics with all new creative teams, a new editorial team, new leadership, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion of both the characters and those behind the scenes. Because there is so much new talent, you can very easily start reading DC Comics here, and if you want a great way to dip your toes into this era, you can get started by using DC Universe Infinite if you live in the US or Canada. DC Universe Infinite is a subscription service that gets you all DC Comics that were written up to 6 months ago, which means that books that release in January 2022, will be on the service in July 2022.
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 two things: 1) Check out this really great article Vishal Gullapalli wrote about what lessons DC has learned as we head into Infinite Frontier, and 2) Make sure to read the following books below to make sure that you have the base context going into Infinite Frontier.
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 Hippolyta.
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 Future State 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 Joshua Williamson’s Robin. I wrote about these changes more in a feature essay on CBH titled “The Bold New World of Gotham.”
Collects: Infinite Frontier #0, Batman #106-111, and the Ghostmaker Back-issues from #107-111
Collects: Detective Comics #1034-1039 and the Huntress back issues
Collects: Detective Comics #1040 to #1042, and Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1
The first part doesn’t have Fear State in it, it’s just that the back half is the Fear State tie-ins.
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: 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 Next Batman: The Second Son #1 to #4
Digitally this collection is the shortened issues #1 to #12. Read Nathan Payson’s Review on CBH here!
Read: Batman: Secret Files: Signal #1, Batman: Secret Files: Oracle #1, Batman: Secret Files: Clownhunter #1
Outside of Gotham
Some books are Batman family books, but don’t take place in Gotham. These books are still crucial to the larger narrative of the Batman Family, but don’t feel the direct effects of events in Gotham.
Collects: Nightwing #78-83
Collects: Joker #1-6 and the Punchline Back-Issues in those issues
Collects: The Prelude (“Demon or Detective”) in Batman #106 then Detective Comics #1034, and then Robin #1-6.
Also: Check out this stellar CBH Article by Dave about how meaningful Damian being Robin is!
Batman Movies, Gaming, and TV Continuities
Some comics DC releases take place in other story continuities like the original Batman movie from 1989 or the TV show Pennyworth.
Collects: Batman/Fortnite Zero Point #1-6
Collects: Batman: The Adventures Continues #1-7
Read: Batman ’89 #1-6
Read Pennyworth #1-7
Out of Continuity Batman Stories:
Many books DC release do not exist in the main universe continuity and are often fun Batman stories DC has released during this time period.
Collects: Batman: The Detective #1-6
Collects: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1-8 (Broken up into #1 to 16 digitally)
Collects: Batman/Catwoman #1-12 and Batman/Catwoman Special #1
Collects: The Joker Presents: A Puzzle Box #1-7
Collects: Batman: Reptilian #1-6
Superman Family Part 1:
After 2 years of the Bendis era on Superman, many things have changed. Superman’s son is now 18, the DEO is gone, and Superman has revealed his identity to the world. Now, Phillip Kennedy Johnson is taking over with a plan to focus on Kal-El while Tom Taylor takes on Jon Kent in Superman: Son of Kal-El. The Superman family of comics have made big headlines this year and have been a key pillar to the success of Infinite Frontier.
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, and Midnighter 2021 Annual #1.
This is a follow up on the Future State story Future State: House of El.
Collects: Superman and the Authority #1-4
Collects: Superman: Son of Kal-El #1-3
Collects: Action Comics #1035
Collects: Supergirl Woman of Tomorrow #1-8
Collects: Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1-6
Movies and TV Continuity
Collects: Superman ’78 #1-6
Out of Continuity Superman Stories:
Collects: Superman #1-6
Superman and Lobo
Collects: Superman and Lobo #1-3
The Wonder Woman Family of Comics has been a surprising addition to the DC Continuity. Traditionally, this family of comics doesn’t exist, and rather exists as a part of the Justice League family. In Infinite Frontier, though, Wonder Woman’s supporting cast plays a definitive role in the larger narrative. From elevating minor characters, to introducing new ones, and even having a major event, there is a lot to love about this new era of Wonder Woman. To start the Wonder Woman story, 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.
Out of Continuity Wonder Woman Stories:
Collects: Sensation Wonder Woman #1-12
Collects: Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #1-6
The Justice League books are shifting dramaticallyas the main teams get three new members: Black Adam, Hippolyta, and Naomi. Meanwhile, the other teams each get new rosters. The Suicide Squad adds Talon, Chulubre, and Peacemaker, while the Titans open up their own school. In the solo stories, many iconic characters are getting significant revamps as Swamp Thing finds a new host, and Barry Allen tries to pass the torch.
Collects: 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. I’m not clear yet how this will be presented/collected
Collects: Teen Titans Academy #1-2
Note: Same as Suicide Squad Vol. 1
Teen Titans Academy/Suicide Squad Crossover
Collects: Suicide Squad #3, Teen Titans Academy #3, Suicide Squad #4
Note: Issues are likely in the trade separately for each series
Collects: Teen Titans Academy #4 to #5
Collects: Suicide Squad #5-6
Collects: Swamp Thing #5-6
Suicide Squad/Swamp Thing Crossover
Read: The Suicide Squad #6 and The Swamp Thing #7
Read: The Swamp Thing #8-10
Collects: Shazam #1-4
Collects: Lobo and Crush #1-8
Gabriel Rodrigues reviewed the series on CBH.
Collect: Flash #763-771 and Flash 2021 Annual #1
(The Infinite Frontier Story starts at #768)
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
Read: Blue and Gold #1-8
Collects: Crime Syndicate #1-6 which includes the back-issues
Movie and TV Continuities
Read: Justice League Infinity #1-7
Out of Continuity Justice League Stories:
Read: Justice League #1-6
Read: Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1-3
Collects: Truth and Justice #1-7
The next phase of Infinite Frontier focuses on the Infinite Frontier six-issue event. Though the event is smaller in number of titles, its impact is still very large, as it sets up many significant plot threads that will have enormous consequences. The main focus is on revealing what Darkseid is trying to do, but also uses this to look at some other major plot points teased in Infinite Frontier #0
Collects: Infinite Frontier #0, Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1, and Infinite Frontier #1-6
Read: Justice League Incarnate #1-6
Read: Teen Titans Academy #6-11
Collects: Checkmate #1-6
The Scarecrow makes his move as Fear State begins.
Prelude to Fear State:
Batman FCBD #1
I am Batman #0
Harley Quinn #6
The Magistrate has been tricked by Scarecrow as he makes his move, as he tries to plunge Gotham into a “Fear State.” Will Batman and the Bat-Family be able to stop him and the Magistrate, or will Gotham plunge further into darkness? Like “Joker War,” the event is primarily told through Batman Vol. 5, Batman #112-117. At the moment, only a couple of tie-ins are out, so it’s too early to predict how they will be formatted in comparison to the main Batman issues. There are a couple key plot threads of the event, so I’ve broken the order into those threads. Also below is the issue by issue release order for the event. While that would generally be the “chronological” way to read the event, the best experience will involve keeping the different arcs together.
Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1
Collects: Batman #112-117
Collects: Nightwing #84-86
Alleytown and Poison Ivy:
Batman: Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1
Harley Quinn #7
Harley Quinn #8
Batman: Secret Files: The Gardener #1
Harley Quinn #9
Other Stories during Fear State:
Collects: Detective Comics #1043-1045
(Part 1 of Vol. 2 is in Batman Family Part 1)
Read: I am Batman #1-3
Read: Task Force Z #1-2
Collects: Batman Urban Legends #7-9
(Note #7 is a story about possible futures including Future State and Batman Beyond, but not Fear State)
Batman: Fear State: Omega #1
I am Batman #1
Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1
Detective Comics #1043
Harley Quinn #7
Batman Urban Legends #8
I am Batman #2
Batman Secret Files: Peacekeeper #1
Detective Comics #1044
Harley Quinn #8
Task Force Z #1
Batman: Urban Legends #9
I am Batman #3
Batman: Secret Files: The Gardener #1
Detective Comics #1045
Harley Quinn #9
Task Force Z #2
Batman: Fear State: Omega #1
Collects: Catwoman #38
Check out a retrospective of the run by Sara Century.
I am Batman Vol. 1 Part 2
Read: I am Batman #4-5
Collects: Harley Quinn #10-12
Collects: Task Force Z #3-6
Collects: Detective Comics #1046
Collects: Batman Urban Legends #10
Outside of Gotham
Collects: Nightwing #87-88 and Nightwing Annual 2021
Read: Joker #7-14 and Joker Annual 2021
Collects: Joker’s 80th Anniversary Punchline’s stories, Joker #1 to #15 back issues.
Collects: Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: Eat, Bang, Kill Tour #1-6
Collects: Batman Vs. Bigby #1-6
(Takes place in the Fable continuity and spins out into DC’s Fable soft reboot)
Collects: Batman: One Dark Knight #1 to #3
Read: Batman: The Imposter #1-3
Read: Catwoman: The Lonely City #1-3
Read: Robin and Batman #1-3
Collects: Robins #1 to #6
Read: Batman: The Knight #1-10
The Wonder Woman Family expands as Wonder Woman returns from her journey. How does Diana fit into this world that had to move on without her? Who are the Brazilian Amazons? How does the new Queen of the Amazons Nubia deal with her first political situation? And where does Hippolyta fit now?
Collects: Future State: Wonder Woman #1 to #2, and Wonder Girl #1 to #7
Collects: Nubia and the Amazons #1-5
Collects: Wonder Woman #780 to #784 and Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular
Out of Continuity:
Collects: Wonder Woman: Historia #1-3
Collects: Wonder Woman Evolution #1-6
Superman has left Earth. Everything is about to change. How do Superman and his Authority begin their war with Mongol, and how does Earth’s New Superman, Jonathan Kent, handle his new role in society, and now he’s left alone, he has to figure out who he is himself.
Collects: Superman: Son of Kal-El #4-6
Collects: Action Comics #1036-1041
Collects: Superman: Son of Kal-El Annual 2021 and Superman: Son of Kal-El #7 to #8
Collects: Nightwing #89, then Superman: Son of Kal-El #9
Collects: Superman: Son of Kal-El #10 to #12
Collects: World of Krypton #1-6
The Justice League stories continue to expand as Aquaman briefly gets his own family of books, and new heroes get their own series, including The Monkey Prince!
Read: Justice League #64-71
Note: Spins off into Aquaman: The Becoming and Black Manta
Read: Aquaman: The Becoming #1-6 and Future State: Aquaman #1 to #2
Read: Black Manta #1-6
Collects: Aquamen #1 to #5
#6 is a Dark Crisis Tie-in
Other Justice Leaguers
Collects: Suicide Squad: King Shark #1-6
Suicide Squad Vol. 2
Collects: Suicide Squad #7-12
Green Lantern Vol. 2: Horatius
Collects: Green Lantern Annual 2021 #1, Green Lantern #7-12
Collects: One-Star Squadron #1-6
Flash Vol. 17: Eclipse
Collects: Flash #772-779
Read: Justice League #72-74, and Justice League 2022 Annual
- For the Annual you should make sure to read Generations
Collects: Monkey Prince #1-6
Read: Monkey Prince #7-9
Vol. 2 part 2 continues in the Dawn of DCU.
Collects: Titans: United #1-7
Note: A Titans TV Show Comic
Collects: Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target #1-7
Collects: DC vs. Vampires #1-6
Collects: DC vs. Vampires #7 to #12
Read: Dc vs. Vampires — Hunters #1, DC vs. Vampires — Killers #1, and DC vs. Vampires: All-out War #1-6
Collects: Dark Knights of Steel #1-6
Collects: Dark Knights of Steel #7, Dark Knights of Steel: Tales from the Three Kingdoms, Dark Knights of Steel #8 to #12
Collects: The Human Target #1-6
Tales of the Human Target #1
Collects: The Human Target #7-12
Collects: Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1-3
Collects: Suicide Squad #1-3
With Gotham changing and Diana returning, the big Multiversal storyline begins to take shape. The Great Darkness is out there and different forces are interested in it. Eclipso, Necron, The Other Hand (From Multiversity), and more are here. On top of that, various wars begin to break out around the DCU. In Batman, a shadow war begins. On Earth-3, Amanda Waller begins an assault against the Crime Syndicate with a goal of preparing for a dark force. Meanwhile, the Amazon tribes all meet up for the very first time and tensions are high. Meanwhile in Gotham, the presence of a new Arkham Tower causes Gotham to shift and change, and Talia Al Ghul has slowly been building up her power, and finally she’s ready to make a move. Each of these books focus on different parts of what is coming next which is before everything changes in Justice League #75
The Forces of Darkness
Collects: Justice League Incarnate #1-5
Following Fear State, Gotham is looking to find new approaches to healing, and with Gotham quieting down, Batman needs to leave Gotham to investigate something. While he’s gone, Shadow of the Bat takes place. Rather than breaking the stellar Shadow of the Bat into two pieces, just know that Batman Vol. 6 ends right around Detective Comics #1056.
Read: Ra’s Al Ghul story
Collects: Black Canary Story from Batman: Urban Legends #6 and Deathstroke Inc. #1-7
Collects: Robin 2021 Annual, and Robin #7-11
Detective Comics Vol. 3: Arkham Rising
Collects: Detective Comics #1044-1046 and Detective Comics 2021 Annual #1
Batman Vol. 6: The Abyss
Collects: Batman #118-121 and Batman 2022 Annual #1
Joshua Williamson is taking over as Batman leaves Gotham.
Collects: Detective Comics #1047-1058
Read: Deathstroke Inc. #6-7 and Robin #12
Collects: Shadow War: Alpha #1, Batman #122, Deathstroke Inc. #8, Robin #13, Batman #123, Shadow Warzone #1, Deathstroke Inc. #9, Robin #14, Shadow War: Omega #1
Read: Batman #124 and Robin #15-17
Robin #13 to #17 are collected in Robin Vol. 3: Shadows and Secrets, but with the event in the middle, it feels like a strange way to collect it.
Collects: Batgirls #1-6
Collects: Catwoman #39-44
Collects: Arkham City: The Order of the World #1-6
Collects: Harley Quinn #13-17
Collects: Task Force Z #7-12
Collects: Batman: Urban Legends #11-16
Collects: Detective Comics #1059-1061
Read: Batgirls #7-12, Batgirls 2022 Annual
Read: I am Batman #6-11
Read: Nightwing #89, Superman: Son of Kal-El #9, Nightwing #90-95
DC loves to release “in-continuity” futuristic Batman stories like Batman: Beyond and the continuation of Future State. Both of these stories require a significant amount of knowledge to understand, and don’t have any effects on the rest of DC’s books.
Collects: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1-6
Collects: Future State: Gotham #1-7
Collects: Future State: Gotham #8-12
Read: Future State Gotham #13-18
Collects: Batman: Killing Time #1-6
Batman: Beyond the White Knight
Collects: Batman: Beyond the White Knight #1-8
This is the fourth book in the Batman: White Knight saga
Collects: Batman: White Knight Presents: Red Hood #1-2
Collects: Batman: Fortress #1-8
Though Batman/Superman takes place in the past, it joins the line-up with the purpose of laying the groundwork for stories that will occur in the present day including Batman vs. Robin.
Collects: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #1-6
Collects: Action Comics 2022 Annual #1, Action Comics #1043-1046
Collects: Superman: Son of Kal-El #13-15
Collects: Superman #1-3
This section is primarily about finishing up the current storylines for many of these books before they synch up with Dark Crisis. However, the opening of this section is a massive event as Amanda Waller finally makes her big play. Can she take control of Earth-3?
War for Earth-3 Prelude:
If you skipped Crime Syndicate, make sure to read the last three issues which have some important context for the event.
Collects: War for Earth-3 #1, Suicide Squad #13, Flash #780, Titans Academy #13, and War for Earth-3 #2
Read: Suicide Squad #14-15 and Titans Academy #14-15
Read: Flash #780-782
Read: Naomi: Season Two #1-6
Read: The Swamp Thing #11-16
With Swamp Thing comic to an end, CBH’s Doug Smith did an excellent deepdive into the run.
Collects: Deathstroke Inc. #10 to #15
Collects: Justice League vs. Legion of Superheroes #1 to #6
This series marks the end of Bendis’s time at DC and the conclusion of his stories. You can read the incredible 3-part deepdive into Bendis’s Justice League and the end of Bendis’s Infinite Frontier storyline by Ritesh Babu here.
DC has committed to an investment in Queer comics, and I wanted to give these books their own little section because they deserve some extra spotlight on this list. Also include in the Pride 2022 books is Nubia: Queen of the Amazons. These books are all important to the continuity and aren’t just small side stories. They are definitely worth reading.
Collects: Poison Ivy #1-6
Collects: Multiversity: Teen Justice #1-6
Collects: Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1-3
This is a prequel comic to DC’s upcoming 2023 Flash Movie.
Collects: Earth-Prime #1-6
This is an Arrowverse crossover series where each issue features a different show.
Collects: Rogues #1-4
Collects: Aquaman: Andromeda #1-3
Collects: Jurassic League #1-6
Collects: Danger Street #1-12
Collects: Aquaman and The Flash: Voidsong #1-3
The first Wonder Woman Family event in decades is finally here and the Amazonian tribes will never be the same.
Collects: Trial of the Amazons #1, Nubia and the Amazons #6, Wonder Woman #785?, Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1, Wonder Woman #786, and Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #2, Trial of the Amazons #2
Collects: Wonder Woman #787-792
Read: Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1-4
The next era of Batman stories begins with Chip Zdarsky taking the helm for the next era of Batman beginning with Batman #125. This era is essentially wrapping up major plot threads for Batman before Dark Crisis including the Damian-Bruce Relationship, The Joker series getting a sequel, and other lingering plot threads. Much of these feel unconnected to the events of Dark Crisis by sake of them comic out at the same time. It doesn’t mean they don’t influence what will come after Dark Crisis, but don’t influence the event itself.
Collects: Detective Comics #1062-1066, Detective Comics 2022 Annual
Collects: Sword of Azrael #1-6
Collects: Harley Quinn #18-21 and Harley Quinn 2022 Annual #1
Collects: Batman: Urban Legends #18 to #23
Collects: Catwoman #45-47
Collects: I am Batman #12 to #14
Collects: Tim Drake: Robin #1 to #6
Collects: Harley Quinn #22 to #27
Collects: Poison Ivy #7 to #12
Collects: Nightwing #96 to #98, Nightwing 2022 Annual, Nightwing #99
Collects: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 to #5
This series is a sequel to the Tynion Joker series.
Collects: Batman Incorporated #1 to #6
Collects: I am Batman #15 to #18
Collects: GCPD: Blue Wall #1 to #6
Collects: Catwoman #48, Punchline: The Gotham Game #1, Catwoman #49, Punchline: The Gotham Game #2, Catwoman #50, and Punchline: The Gotham Game #3 to #6
Collects: Batman #125-130
Note: Batman vs. Robin spins out of both the Robin series and Batman/Superman: World’s Finest. The first three issues set up the event Lazarus Planet which is part of the Dawn of the DCU order while the last two run alongside it.
Collects: Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: Legion of Bats #1 to #6
Collects: Batman: The Audio Adventures #1 to #7
Collects: The Riddler: Year One #1
This takes place in the Batman Movie Continuity and is written by the Riddler actor himself, Paul Dano.
Collects: Batman: Gotham Knights–Gilded City #1 to #6
This takes place as a prelude to the Gotham Knights game.
Batman – One Bad Day
Read: Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler #1, Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin, Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze, Batman – One Bad Day: Catwoman #1, Batman – One Bad Day: Bane #1, Batman – One Bad Day: Clayface #1, and Batman – One Bad Day: Ra’s al Ghul #1
Collects: Batman–Knightwatch #1 to #5
Collects: Gotham City: Year One #1 to #6
Collects: Batman and the Joker #1 to #7
Superman comes back to Metropolis following the War World Saga
There’s a new Jon Kent story that introduces a new villain.
Collects: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #7 to #12
Collects: Action Comics #1047, Superman: Son of Kal-El #16, Action Comics #1048, Superman: Son of Kal-El #17, Action Comics #1049, Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1, Superman: Son of Kal-El #18
The Finale of this story: Action Comics #1050 is the first post-Dark Crisis story. The Superman storylines continue with Dawn of the DCU.
Justice League Family Part 4
Similar to Batman, there are multiple Justice League characters and Justice League adjacent stories which happen in the pre-Dark Crisis continuity even as Dark Crisis is coming out.
Collects: Black Adam #1 to #6
Black Adam Vol. 2
Collects: Black Adam #7 to #12
Technically Black Adam #7 takes place when Dark Crisis does, but given both its release time and the fact that #8 jumps super far into the future, I’m assuming (as it hasn’t come out) that it will read best coming right after Black Adam #6.
Collects: The New Champion of Shazam #1 to #4
Collects: Wonder Woman #794 to #796
Collects: Young Justice: Targets #1-6
This story takes place after Young Justice: Phantoms (The Show’s season 4)
Collects: Black Adam – The Justice Society Files: Hawkman #1, Black Adam – The Justice Society Files: Cyclone, and Black Adam–The Justice Society Files: Atom Smasher #1, Black Adam–The Justice Society Files: Doctor Fate #1
This takes place before the Black Adam Movie
Collects: Titans United: Bloodpact #1 to #6
Collects: DC: Mech #1-6
Collects: DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #1-8
Collects: DC Horror Presents: SGT. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #1 to #6
Collects: Waller vs. Wildstorm #1 to #4
This is the BIG event of Infinite Frontier. Everything has been leading to this. From the passing of the torch, to the slow build of the Great Darkness threat, this event will dramatically change the DC Universe, and it opens with a book marketed as “The Death of the Justice League.” That story, Justice League #75, will lead to Dark Crisis which will be an emotional story built on acknowledging legacy, and finding light even in the darkest of times. It will feature massive moments like the first meeting of Yara Flor and Jonathan Kent, and other incredibly important elements. It is clear that after this event, DC will look very different. It is clear that after this event, DC will look very different. Simultaneously with this event, another story happens with Flashpoint: Beyond. A sequel series to the 2011 event.
Collects: Flashpoint: Beyond #0 to #6
This is the sequel to DC’s Flashpoint from 2011. You can read the original Flashpoint’s reading order here.
Stories that take place in the strange in-between of Dark Crisis and Dawn of the DCU like Golden Age, 60 Second War, and Batman vs. Robin will be included in the Dawn of the DCU Reading Order.