One of the biggest challenges DC’s New 52 faced was that after the initial excitement of the relaunch wore off, DC had to maintain reader interest and communicate some sort of plan.
At the big picture level, this resulted in the build towards the New 52 events Trinity War and Forever Evil, and a precipitous drop off across many titles from there.
DC Rebirth faces very similar challenges as it works through it’s second year of launch, although so far Rebirth has exhibited substantially higher quality and more staying power.
Previously: DC Rebirth Year One
Batman (Bat-Family) Comic Books Part 3
Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles
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Collects: Batman #25 to #32
Much of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” takes place in Batman’s early years, about a year after Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s New 52 “Zero Year.” Since the narrative is told as a series of flashbacks from Batman in the present day, I’d still recommend reading the “War of Jokes and Riddles” at this point in the Rebirth timeline.
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4
Collects: Detective Comics #957 to #961
Collects: Nightwing #22 to #28
Batgirl & the Birds of Prey Vol. 3
Collects: Batgirl & Birds of Prey #14 to #22
Batgirl Vol. 3: Summer of Lies
Collects: Batgirl #12 to #17
Batman/The Shadow: The Murder Geniuses
Collects: Batman/The Shadow #1-6, Stories From Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #253, #259
Outside continuity, this DC and Dynamite Comics character crossover is simply a lot of fun. Story by Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, and Riley Rossmo.
All-Star Batman Vol. 3: First Ally
Collects: All-Star Batman #10 to #14
Collects: Batman #33 to #37, Batman Annual #2
Nightwing Vol. 5: Raptor’s Revenge
Collects: Nightwing #30 to #34
Collects: Nightwing: The New Order #1 to #6
Collects: Batwoman #7 to #13
After DC Metal
Superman (Superman Family) Comic Books Part 3
Collects: Super Sons #6 to #11
Collects: Supergirl #12 to #16, Supergirl Annual #1
Collects: Superwoman #13 to #18
Action Comics: Superman-The Oz Effect
Collects: Action Comics #985 to #992
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 5
Collects: Detective Comics #963 to #968, Detective Comics Annual #1
While I typically keep Detective Comics firmly in the Batman grouping, “A Lonely Place of Living” occupies a related track as “The Oz Effect” on the road to Doomsday Clock.
Superman Vol. 5: Hopes and Fears
Collects: Superman #27 to #32
Superman: Action Comics Vol. 5: Booster Shot
Collects: Action Comics #993 to #999
Justice League (Justice League Family) Comic Books Part 3
Collects: Justice League #20 to #25
Collects: Aquaman #25 to #30
Collects: Flash #23 to #28
Justice League of America Vol. 3: Panic in the Microverse
Collects: Justice League of America #12 to #17
Wonder Woman Vol. 5: Heart of the Amazon
Collects: Wonder Woman #26 to #30, Wonder Woman Annual #1, Steve Trevor Annual #1
Collects: Justice League #26 to #31
Collects: The Flash #28 to #32, #34
Collects: Titans #19 to #22, Annual #2
The Antiheroes & Oddballs Part 3
Collects: Deathstroke #21 to #25
Collects: Suicide Squad #21 to #25
Collects: Harley Quinn #27 to #32
The Hellblazer Vol. 3: The Inspiration Game
Collects: Hellblazer #13 to #18
Green Lantern and Green Arrow Comic Books Part 3
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 4
Collects: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22 to #27
Collects: Green Lanterns #22 to #26
Collects: Green Lanterns #27 to #32
Collects: Green Arrow #26 to #31
DC’s 4th World & DC Universe Specials
Bug! The Adventures of Forager
Collects: Bug! #1 to #6
Collects: Mister Miracle #1 to #12
Simply one of the best and most exciting superhero comics released in 2017. Every issue of Mister Miracle has the potential to be the best comic you read all year.
Collects: King Kirby One-Shots
Collects: DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1, Batman Annual #1 And Harley Quinn #10
Batman (Bat-Family) Comic Books Part 4
Collects: Batman #38 to #43
Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 6: Fall of the Batmen
Collects: Detective Comics ##969-974
Batman Beyond Vol. 3: The Long Payback
Collects: Batman Beyond #13-19
Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 3: Bizarro Reborn
Collects: Red Hood and the Outlaws #12-18 and Annual #1
Collects: Batman Creature Of The Night #1 To #4
Collects: Gotham City Garage #1-6
Collects: Nightwing #35-41
Collects: Ragman #1-6
Batman: The Dark Prince Charming
Collects: #1 to #8
Superman (Superman Family) Comic Books Part 4
New Super-Man Vol. 3: Equilibrium
Collects: New Super-Man #13-19
Collects: Superman #33-36 And #39-41
Super Sons of Tomorrow
Super Sons #11
Teen Titans #15
Super Sons #12
Collects: Supergirl: Being Super #1 To #4
Justice League (Justice League Family) Comic Books Part 4
Justice League Vol. 6 (Rebirth)
Collects: Justice League #34-38
Justice League of America Vol. 4 (Rebirth)
Collects: Justice League Of America #18-21 And Annual #1
Collects: Trinity #12-15
The Flash Vol. 6: Cold Day in Hell
Collects: Flash #34-38 And Flash Annual #1
Aquaman Vol. 5: The Crown Comes Down
Collects: Aquaman #31-33 And Crownspire Annual #1
Collects: Mera Queen of Atlantis #1 to #6
Collects: Aquaman #34 to #38, Annual #2
Blue Beetle Vol. 3: Road to Nowhere
Collects: Blue Beetle #13-18
Collects: Wonder Woman #31 to #37
Collects: Wonder Woman/Conan #1 To #6
Justice League Vol. 7: Justice Lost
Collects: Justice League #39 to #44
The Flash Vol. 7: Perfect Storm
Collects: Flash #39 to #45
Collects: Teen Titans #13 to #14, #16 to #19
Green Lantern and Green Arrow Comic Books Part 4
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 5: Twilight of the Guardians
Collects: Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30-31, #33-36
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 6
Collects: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 to #41
Green Lanterns Vol. 6: A World of Our Own
Collects: Green Lanterns #33-39
Green Lanterns Vol. 7: Superhuman Trafficking
Collects: Green Lanterns #40 to #43, Annual #1
Collects: Green Arrow #33-39
The Antiheroes & Oddballs Part 4
Collects: Deathstroke #26 to #29, Annual #1
Suicide Squad Vol. 6: The Secret History of Task Force X
Collects: Suicide Squad #27-32
Collects: Harley Quinn #35-40
Suicide Squad Vol. 7: Drain the Swamp
Collects: Suicide Squad #33 to #40
Collects: Deadman #1-6
Collects: Mystik U #1-6
Collects: JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1, Mother Panic/Batman Special #1, Shade, The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special #1, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1 And Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1
Justice League (Justice League Family) Comic Books Part 5
Justice League of America Vol. 5: Deadly Fable
Collects: Justice League of America #22 to #28
Collects: Justice League: No Justice #1-4 And Stories From DC Nation #0
Collects: Justice League #1-6
Batman and Catwoman Get Married
Collects: Batman #45 to #50
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 7: Batman Eternal
Collects: Detective Comics #975-981
Collects: Batgirl #18 to #23
Superman (Superman Family) Comic Books Part 4
Collects: Superman #42-45
Super Sons Vol. 3: Parent Trap
Collects: Super Sons #13-16 And Annual #1
Action Comics #1000: Deluxe Edition
Collects: Action Comics #1000, Action Comics #1
Collects: Man Of Steel #1-6 And Stories From DC Nation #0
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When to read Justice League Of America Vol.2?
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4 should say
“Collects: Detective Comics #957 to #962”
Hey, love these lists thanks so much for doing them. Do you know where Supergirl Volume 4 “Plain Sight” comes in?
Fred A. Castro says
What can a fellow do to get all the pertinent issues needed to be able to get the most out of the story presented in: Doomsday Clock, DC Universe Rebirth, Superman: Rebirth, Trinity, and all that concerns the 80th birthday of Superman and the actual #1000 issue of Action Comic???
Where does the new age of Heroes fall into the reading order? I just finished Dark Knights Metal and I don’t see their issues or trades listed anywhere. Thanks!
So where does Action Comics #1000 come in? I was just wondering if this will be updated as I have almost caught up.
Added! Just ahead of Man of Steel
Hi! First off, I was wondering when you’re going to update the list? Second, if I collect some of the individual series’, will things make sense without me getting the big events such as No Justice and Dark Knights Metal
Patrick Devine says
Yes they will. Metal only really is mentioned in Batman and Detective Comics. No Justice will change stuff in Titans with what happens with Beast Boy.
Oh great, thanks. I’m only really interested in individual runs
(Grappling Hooks) says
I haven’t been reading DC Rebirth at all so I’ve been wanting to catch up. I’ve looked at the series I want to follow and will be catching up with Hoopla because they update that a few days after a trade release, it’s pretty crazy so I should be done with everything that I want to read before Doomsday Clock by the end of March or some change. I’m looking forward to further reading orders (though I think titles are dropping the DC Rebirth label, correct me if I’m wrong).
Nathan Alexander Mcclenithan says
Jack Lambert says
where does the prelude to the wedding go?
Jack Lambert says
dont worry i saw it
Will Eternity Girl be included in this list? Great book.
Nathan Alexander Mcclenithan says
What About Hawkman #1 After Metal
Eric Sander says
I just heard they cancelled Superwoman. I’m new to comics. Is this a thing that happens like TV shows with low ratings? Educate an ignorant new reader. Thanks a bunch.
Yep, unfortunately this is pretty common in comics. Reasons can vary, but the most typical is low sales. Among the Big 2 (marvel and DC), it will happen to a handful of titles every quarter.
Hey Dave, I noticed that there’s Justice League vol. 1 on the list. Is this a reboot or does it follow from Justice League vol. 7?
The title relaunches following the “No Justice” miniseries. I wouldn’t call it a reboot, though, as this is still within Rebirth continuity.
Hey Dave, where would Cyborg vol 3 fall into the reading order?
when should i read dark knight metal ? should i read metal after Batman (Bat-Family) Comic Books Part 3 ?
Hi Dave, when are you going to update this list?
Hi Tom, I’ve made some major updates today, expanding the list through new releases slated throughout 2018. A number of these series are still in progress, so certain elements may change!
Thanks man. Really helpful
When are you going to update the list?
He’s essentially caught up with the current trade releases at the moment and no upcoming trades are to be released. That answer?
Where in the order do Metal and Doomsday clock take place?? I know you read the 2 Dark Days one shot preludes after Detective Comics vol.3 , but when are you actually supposed to start reading metal, like where is it placed in this order?? Same with Doomsday Clock I know it takes place somewhere after ‘Superman: Oz Effect’ , but where would that actually be?
Hey Dave, great list. Do you think they are going to do a Doomsday Clock omnibus that includes everything you need for the crossover?
I would not be surprised by a “Road to Doomsday Clock” collection. They’ve done one for Metal this year.
Great, thanks. I’ll be looking out for it
Thanks for the list, really appreciate the work you put into making this list. I have a noticed that there is no Justice League of America vol 2 in the reading order, just jumps from vol 1 to vol 3. Haven’t seen when to read any of the Cyborg books after vol 1. Also the Justice League reading order is confusing when I see vol 3 or vol 4 in more than one part of the Justice League family. Just wondering if you can clarify those concerns?
But thanks again for all of your work into making this list.