DC NEW 52 reading order (new reader)

#1 Edited by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

So I am fairly new to reading comics. I started reading some old batman stories that were put in reading order

I was on comixology the other day and saw how the new arch for swap thing animal man and green latern has a specific reading order.

I don't plan to catch up on New 52 until maybe another story arch is out. but i have been collecting them.

My question is where can i find all he reading orders for New 52 for I guess each story arc?

or is it fine just to read the full story arch for 1 series then read the other, but I would assume that doesnt work because for swap thing and animal man rotworld has part 1 and part 2 so you would obviously have to read part 1 first.

any help appreciated, I hope I explained my question well

edit: i was able to find these reading orders made by DC for these story arc im guessing DC saying to read batman 1-7 then start on the list they put up and finish with rest of batman.

No photo but:

Rise of the Vampires

1. I Vampire #6

2. JLD #6

3. JLD #7

4. I Vampire #7

5. JLD #8

6. I Vampire #8

He'l on Earth
Night of The Owls
Throne of Atlantis
Rotworld
Rise of Third Army
The Culling
#2 Posted by Stormbox (2001 posts) - - Show Bio

Only some series have reading orders not all of them for example batwoman. It doesnt have a reading order you can read from one issue to the next without reading another series

#3 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@Stormbox said:

Only some series have reading orders not all of them for example batwoman. It doesnt have a reading order you can read from one issue to the next without reading another series

I figured as much. Is there a way to find out which story archs have reading orders and cross overs.

example is the picture i post below. I was lucky to stumble on this but wonder if there any other resource that is easy to find reading orders like this for new 52. I know it is fairly new but even for upcoming story arcs i want to make sure im reading it correctly.

thanks for any help

#4 Posted by Stormbox (2001 posts) - - Show Bio

Well i found this reading order for night of the owls:

  • Batman #7
  • Batman #8
  • Red Hood & the Outlaws #8
  • Batwing #9
  • Nightwing #8
  • Batman & Robin #9
  • Batgirl #9
  • Batman #9
  • Red Hood & the Outlaws #9
  • Nightwing #9
  • Detective Comics #9
  • Batman: The Dark Knight #9
  • Birds of Prey #9
  • Batman Annual #1
  • Catwoman #9
  • Batman 10
  • Batman 11

All star western goes nowhere because its set in the old west.

#5 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

hmm, interesting. ill try to read it in that order. I wonder if there will be a reading over for Green Laterns story arc

#6 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

@geoff2005 said:

hmm, interesting. ill try to read it in that order. I wonder if there will be a reading over for Green Laterns story arc

most of the first arc are self contained. so you can just pick any title and read it.

the story order only comes in when there are crossovers which includes,

night of the owls, rotworld, the culling, green lantern first army, death of the family.

#7 Posted by Durakken (1593 posts) - - Show Bio

Generally, the way the time line goes when you are dealing with crossovers is...

All comics (and their present arcs) that occur presently happen, the crossover, then all comics/arcs that start after the beginning/end of the crossover take place after the crossover...

For example...

week 1 - arc 1 starts, week 2 - cross-over starts, week 3 - arc 2 starts, week 4 - arc 1 ends, week 5 - crossover ends, week 6 - arc 2 ends, week 7 - arc 3 begins.

The timeline is generally is,,,

Arc 1, Arc 2, Cross-over, Arc 3

But sometimes it can be...

Arc 1, Cross-over, Arc 2, Arc 3

The only reason to place Arc 2 after the cross-over is if it is stated in some way to occur after it, otherwise, it is best to consider it Arc 2 comes before because the writer of Arc 2 likely doesn't know what impact the cross over will have and thus can't write it in and thus to that writer it is as though the Cross-over hasn't happened yet.

There are also times when Arc 3 will take place before a Cross-Over that happened previous to it, but this is rare and usually only happens when there is several small arcs in a huge arc. In that case I don't know what to tell you other than you have to read to find out...though that's probably not the best thing if you are trying to read in order.

#8 Edited by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

haha okay, ill guess if i cant find a reading order for any other story arcs, ill read in that order. It wont kill me if I dont read it in complete order but its nice to have an order to make sure the story doesnt get spoiled.

i guess green latern doesnt really have an order, i was able to find this list

#9 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@sethysquare said:

@geoff2005 said:

hmm, interesting. ill try to read it in that order. I wonder if there will be a reading over for Green Laterns story arc

most of the first arc are self contained. so you can just pick any title and read it.

the story order only comes in when there are crossovers which includes,

night of the owls, rotworld, the culling, green lantern first army, death of the family.

didnt know there was a culling story arc, thanks! I updated my first post to include the story arcs i know of and that I can find

#10 Edited by Durakken (1593 posts) - - Show Bio

By the way... A number of titles actually go from 1 to some number, jump back to before 1 for that issue, then continue on to issue 12, then jump back to before all the previous issues with issue 0, then back to where they were previously with 13... For Example the chronological reading order of Batman is... 0, 12, 1-9, Annual #1, 10-11... of course it doesn't have to be read that way, but that's the order of it.

Oh and if you are planning on reading Night of Owls, that is a cross over event, the Story Arc stars from Batman 1 and ends in Batman 12.

#11 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@Durakken said:

By the way... A number of titles actually go from 1 to some number, jump back to before 1 for that issue, then continue on to issue 12, then jump back to before all the previous issues with issue 0, then back to where they were previously with 13... For Example the chronological reading order of Batman is... 0, 12, 1-9, Annual #1, 10-11... of course it doesn't have to be read that way, but that's the order of it.

Oh and if you are planning on reading Night of Owls, that is a cross over event, the Story Arc stars from Batman 1 and ends in Batman 12.

haha that too much for me. Why do they write it like that, seems like a pain, however im guessing chronologically that how it works but the writers dont want you to read it chronologically?

#12 Posted by Durakken (1593 posts) - - Show Bio

Depends on the writer... Some are just mimicking good writing, but some doing it because it's what works best. Watch Doctor Who. Each season is pretty much written so there is an event at the end that if you paid attention carefully you might be able to figure out the "event" that the clues are pointing towards or are revealing slowly and then at the very end an event is revealed that took place that the only way it works is if there is a "loop" of some sort and it shows you how it all works out and then when you rewatch the series you go "OMG!" because you get to see it in a completely new light.

There is no reason for this in Batman currently... it's just being annoying. I guess you could say that 12 is just being held off so as to create mystery or because there is no time to tell it but meh... Oh also technically, 12's opening where Harper is going to the party is the party that is happening in issue 1 and she is shown but not seen... the rest happens after that party in issue 1, but before 7. In fact the events of the following arc may actually take place during, or partially during, the Court of Owls Arc.

#13 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

sometimes they just make comics so hard to follow if you havent been reading, Seems like there so many cross overs and out of order issues.

I am new to comics, sometimes i wish they would just make animated movies or tv shows to tell some of these story arcs.

So far, New 52 isnt too confusing, at least they don't have too many crossovers that are required to understand the story for now.

#14 Posted by Marco_Kidd (365 posts) - - Show Bio

What about rise of the vampires? or is it just the 2 JLDs and the 2 I Vampire issues?

#15 Edited by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

@Marco_Kidd said:

What about rise of the vampires? or is it just the 2 JLDs and the 2 I Vampire issues?

I couldnt find any list DC officially put out like the above pictures but on comic vine has it listed

Rise of the Vampires

1. I Vampire #6

2. JLD #6

3. JLD #7

4. I Vampire #7

5. JLD #8

6. I Vampire #8

#16 Posted by geoff2005 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

does anyone have more solicitations of story arcs pictures ?

#17 Posted by marcus10man (3 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey guys! I'm new to the site but I,ve been recently looking into having a great and easy to follow reading order. I found this in a thread:

New 52 IN ORDER TO READ!!!

Dial H 0
Demon Knights 0, 1-7, 8, 9-15, 16-19, 20-23
Red Lanterns 0
I, Vampire 0
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 0
All-Star Western 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 0, 13-16, 17-18, 19-20

Action Comics 23.2
Batman/Superman 3.1
Superman 0
Supergirl 0
Action Comics 23.1
Wonder Woman 0
Men of War 8
The Dark Knight 0
Detective Comics 0
Worlds Finest 0
Justice League Dark 0
Batman 0, 21-32, Green Lantern Corps 25, Catwoman 25, Action Comics 25, Detective Comics 25, Batwing 25, Green Arrow 25, Batgirl 25, Nightwing 25, Flash 25, Birds of Prey 25, Red Hood and the Outlaws 25
Earth Two 0
Batman/Superman 1-4
Swamp Thing 0
Aquaman 0
Nightwing 0
Action Comics 0-9
Flash 0
Batman 23.1
Action Comics Annual 1
Justice League 1-6, 23.1
Animal Man 0
Talon 0
Captain Atom 0
Action Comics 10-12
Team 7 0-4, 5-6, 7-8
Deathstroke 0
Action Comics 13
Green Lantern Corps 0
Action Comics 14-18

Superman 23.1
Batgirl 0
Catowman 0
Teen Titans 23.2
Red Hood and the Outlaws 0
Green Arrow 0
Penguin: Pain and Prejudice
Teen Titans 0
Grifter 0
Batman and Robin 0
Batman Incorporated 0
Birds of Prey 0
Action Comics 19-21
Batwing 0
Ravagers 0
Suicide Squad 0
Superboy 0

Animal Man 1-5
Green Arrow 1-3
Blue Beetle 1-3
Hawk and Dove 1-5
Huntress
Justice League International 1-5
Men Of War 1-6
OMAC 1-2
Static Shock 1-6
Swamp Thing 1-3
Blue Beetle 4-6
Deathstroke 1-3
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 1-4
Firestorm 1-6
DC Universe Presents 0, Mister Terrific 1-3
OMAC 3-4
DC Universe Presents 1-5
The Ray
Blackhawks 1-5
OMAC 5, Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 5
Justice League International 6
Batman and Robin 1
DC Universe Presents 6
OMAC 6
DC Universe Presents 7-8
Legion Lost 1-6
Justice League Dark 1-5
Voodoo 1-4
OMAC 7
Grifter 1-3
Animal Man 6
OMAC 8
Aquaman 1-4
The Shade
Grifter 4-6
Supergirl 1-10
Suicide Squad 1-3
Superboy 1, Teen Titans 1
Teen Titans 2-3
Superboy 2-4
Superboy 5, Teen Titans 4-5, SB 6, TT 6
Legion Lost 7
Static Shock 7
Superman 1
Stormwatch 1-4
Superman 2-5
Stormwatch 5, Superman 6, Grifter 7, SW 6
Voodoo 5-8
Superman 7-8
Grifter 8
Phantom Lady and Doll Man
Red Hood and the Outlaws 1-5
Firestorm 7-8
Justice League International 7-9, Firestorm 9
Legion Lost 8
Blackhawks 6-8
Firestorm 10-12
Justice League International 10-11
Batwoman 1-5
Green Lantern Corps 1-6
Superboy 7, Teen Titans 7-8, SB 8, Teen Titans Annual 1, SB 9, Legion Lost 9, TT 9
Legion Lost 10-12
Ravagers 1-2
Superboy 10, Teen Titans 10
Detective Comics 1-4
The Dark Knight 1-7
Superman 9-10
Men of War 7
Suicide Squad 4-7
Green Lantern Corps 7
I, Vampire 1-5
Detective Comics 5-7
I, Vampire 6, Justice League Dark 6-7, IV 7, JLD 8, IV 8
Resurrection Man 1-5
Batgirl 1-4
Superboy 11
Batwing 1-3
Justice League International 12
Human Bomb
Nightwing 1-4
Superman 11-12
Voodoo 9-12
Resurrection Man 6-7
Batwoman 6-10, 0, 11
Red Hood and the Outlaws 6
Red Lanterns 1-2
Green Lantern 1-2
New Guardians 1-6
Red Lanterns 3
New Guardians 7
Green Lantern 3-5
Suicide Squad 8, Resurrection Man 8, SS 9, RM 9
Catwoman 1-3
New Guardians 8
Resurrection Man 10-12, 0
Birds of Prey 1-7
Batgirl 5-6
Batwing 4
Stormwatch 7-8
Blue Beetle 7-9
Red Lanterns 4-9
New Guardians 9-10
Blue Beetle 10-12
Mister Terrific 4-5
Superboy 12
Captain Atom 1-6
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 6-8
Static Shock 8
Flash 1-3
Animal Man 7-8
Flash 4-5
Deathstroke 4-7
Batwoman 12-17
Aquaman 5-6
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 9
Catwoman 4-5
Justice League 7
Deathstroke 8
Batgirl 7-8
Birds of Prey 8
Suicide Squad 10-13
Wonder Woman 1-6
Captain Atom 7-12
Nightwing 5
Flash 6-8
Wonder Woman 7
Batman and Robin 2-8
Flash 9-10
Wonder Woman 8-10
Hawkman 1-4
Mister Terrific 6-8
Hawkman 5-8
Deathstroke 9-12
Earth Two 1-6
Catwoman 6
Animal Man 9, Animal Man Annual 1, AM 10-11
FCBD The New 52
Earth Two 7
Hawk and Dove 6-8
Worlds Finest 1-4
Detective Comics 8
Batwing 5
Aquaman 7-13
The Dark Knight 8
Batwing 6-8
Batman 1-6, Nightwing 6, BM 7, NW 7
Catwoman 7-8
Worlds Finest 5
Batman 8, Red Hood and the Outlaws 7-8, Nightwing 8, Batgirl 9, Batman and Robin 9, Batwing 9, Batman 9, RHatO 9, Birds of Prey 9, NW 9, Detective Comics 9, The Dark Knight 9, Batman Annual 1, Catwoman 9, BM 10-11
The Phantom Stranger 0-3
GI Combat 1-4, 0
Sword of Sorcery 0-3
Justice League Dark 9-13, Annual 1
Justice League 8
National Comics – Kid Eternity
Justice League Dark 14
Green Arrow 4-6
Birds of Prey 10-12
Sword of Sorcery 4-5
Batwing 10-12
G.I. Combat 5-7
The Dark Knight Annual 1
National Comics - Looker
Justice League Dark 15-18
Justice League 9-11, 0, 12
Earth Two 8
Justice League 13-14
Justice League International Annual 1
Blue Beetle 0, 13-16
National Comics – Rose and Thorn
Green Lantern 6-12
Green Lantern Corps 8-12
Stormwatch 9, Red Lanterns 10-12
New Guardians 11-12
Green Lantern Annual 1, New Guardians 0, GL 0, GL 13, NG 13, Green Lantern Corps 13, Red Lanterns 13, GL 14, RL 14, GLC 14, NG 14, GLC 15, GL 15, NG 15, New Guardians Annual 1, NG 16, RL 15, GL 16, GLC 16, RL 16, Green Lantern Corps Annual 1
Green Lantern 17, Green Lantern Corps 17, New Guardians 17, Red Lanterns 17, GL 18, GLC 18, NG 18, RL 18, GL 19, GLC 19, NG 19, RL 19, GL 20, RL 20
Threshold 1-8
I, Vampire 9-12
Green Lantern Corps 20
National Comics – Madame X
Stormwatch 10-11
New Guardians 20
Batman 12
Dial H 1-5
Stormwatch 12
Firestorm 0
Larfleeze 1 -
Wonder Woman 11-12
Deathstroke 13
Grifter 9-12, Superman Annual 1
Green Arrow 7-9
Swamp Thing 4-9
Earth Two 9-12
Green Arrow 10
DC Universe Presents 9-11
Catwoman 10-12
Green Lantern Corps 21, Green Lantern 21-22, New Guardians 21-22
Stormwatch 0
Voodoo 0
Grifter 13-16
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 10-12
Swamp Thing 10-11, Animal Man 12, SW 12
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE 13-15, Animal Man 13, Swamp Thing 13-14, ST Annual 1, AM 14-16, ST 15-16, AM 17, ST 17, AM 18, ST 18
Detective Comics Annual 1
Hawkman 9-12, 0
Green Arrow 11-13
Hawkman 13, Green Arrow 14, HM 14, Deathstroke 14, HM 15-16
Batman and Robin 10-12
Worlds Finest 6-7
Wonder Woman 13-18
Firestorm 13-16
Nightwing 10-12
Stormwatch 13-14
Aquaman 14
Superman/Wonder Woman 1 -
Firestorm 17-20
Red Hood and the Outlaws 10-13
Worlds Finest 8-9
Hawkman 17-18
Detective Comics 10-12
Stormwatch 15-18
Teen Titans 11, DC Universe Presents 12, TT 12-14
Flash 11-12, Annual 1
Justice League 15, Aquaman 15, JL 16, AqM 16, JL 17
Flash 13-17
Batwing 13-15
Ravagers 3-4, Superboy 13, Ravagers 5-7
Green Arrow 15-16
Legion Lost 13-16
Animal Man 19
Aquaman 17
I, Vampire 13-19
Talon 1-4
Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. 16
Batwing 16-18
Dial H 6
Supergirl 11-13
Superman 13, Superboy 14, Supergirl 14, SM 14, SB 15, SG 15, SM 15, SB 16, SG 16, Superboy Annual 1, SM 16, SB 17, SG 17, SM 17
The Dark Knight 10-15
Ravagers 8-9
Deathstroke 15-16
Catwoman 13-14
Aquaman 18-23
Swamp Thing 23.1
Detective Comics 13-14
Dial H 7-10
Flash 18, Dial H 11, Flash 19, DH 12-15
Batman 13
Batgirl 10-13
Red Hood and the Outlaws 14
Batman and Robin 13-14
Nightwing 13-14
Suicide Squad 14-15, Detective Comics 15-17, Batman 14-15, Batman and Robin 15-16, Batgirl 14-16, Nightwing 15-16, Red Hood and the Outlaws 15, Teen Titans 15, RHatO 16, TT 16, BM 16-17
Nightwing 17
Animal Man 20
DC Universe Presents 13-16
Flash 20-23, 23.2, 24
Batman and Robin 17
Stormwatch 19-22
Teen Titans 17
Earth Two Annual 1, ET 13 -
Deathstroke 17-18
Batgirl Annual 1
Superman 18-20
Flash Annual 2
Green Lantern 23.4
Suicide Squad 16-19
Birds of Prey 13-17
Catwoman 15-16
DC Universe Presents 17
Swamp Thing 19-21
Sword of Sorcery 6-8
Superboy 18
Young Romance
Superboy 19
Red Lanterns 21-22
New Guardians 23, Green Lantern 23.1
Green Lantern 23
Red Lanterns 23
DC Universe Presents 18
Flash 26
Red Hood and the Outlaws 17-18
Wonder Woman 19-21
Green Lantern Corps 22-23
Swamp Thing 22-24, Annual 2, 25-
Wonder Woman 22-23
Batman and Robin Annual 1
Green Lantern 24, Green Lantern Corps 24, New Guardians 24, Red Lanterns 24, Green Lantern Annual 2, GL 25, NG 25, RL 25
Justice League Dark 19-21
Superman Unchained 1 -
Catwoman 17
Batman Incorporated 1-9
Batgirl 17-18
Worlds Finest 10
Batman Incorporated 10-13
Supergirl 18-20
The Phantom Stranger 4-10
Ravagers 10-12
Superman Annual 2
Teen Titans 18-23.1
Superboy 20
Detective Comics 18
Superboy 21
Constantine 1-3
Deathstroke 19-20
Green Lantern 23.2
Flash 27-
Batman and Robin 18
Supergirl 21-24
The Movement 1-4
Wonder Woman 23.2
Action Comics 22-23
Superman 21-23, Action Comics 24, Superboy 22-24, SM 24
Action Comics Annual 2, Superboy 25, Supergirl 25, Superman 25
Detective Comics 19-20
Nightwing 18-21
Batman 18
Nightwing 22
Superman 23.2
The Green Team 1-4
Batman 19-20
Catwoman 18
Batman and Red Robin 19
Batwoman 18
Katana 1
The Dark Knight 16-18
Animal Man Annual 2
Batman and Red Hood 20
Wonder Woman 24 -
Animal Man 21-25
Vibe 1, Justice League of America 1, Vibe 2, Katana 2, JLA 2- 3, Catwoman 19, JLA 4-5
Detective Comics 21
Constantine 4
Talon 5-7
The Dark Knight 19-21
Birds of Prey 18-20, Talon 8, BoP 21
Batgirl 19-22
Birds of Prey 22-24, 26-
Talon 9-11
The Movement 5 -
Vibe 3-5
Hawkman 19-20
Batwoman 19-20
Batman and Batgirl 21
DC Universe Presents 19
Nightwing 23-24
Suicide Squad 20-23
Batgirl 23-24, 26-, Nightwing Annual 1
The Green Team 5-8
Catwoman 20, Annual 1, 21
Worlds Finest 11-12
Batman and Catwoman 22
Katana 3-6
Vibe 6 –
Batwoman 21
Worlds Finest 13
Batman Annual 2
Justice League Dark 23.1
The Dark Knight 23.4
Batman Incorporated Special
Justice League of America 7.3
Catwoman 22-
Green Arrow 17-21
Batwing 19
Aquaman 24-25
Batman and Nightwing 23
Green Arrow 22-23, 23.1, 24
Earth Two 15.2
Katana 7 -
Superman 23.1
Justice League 18
Batwing 20-21
All-Star Western 21
Batwing 22
All-Star Western 22-23
Batwing 23-24
Justice League Dark 23.2
Detective Comics 22
Aquaman Annual 1
Worlds Finest 14-15, Earth Two 15.1
Detective Comics Annual 2
Red Hood and the Outlaws 19-20
Batwoman 22-24, 26
Detective Comics 23-24
Justice League 23.2
Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual 1
Green Arrow 26-
Batman and Two-Face 24 -
Action Comics 23.3
Batwing 26-
Detective Comics 26-
All-Star Western 24 -
Batman and Robin 23.4
Justice League 23.3
The Dark Knight 22-23
Worlds Finest 16 -
Nightwing 26-
The Dark Knight 24 -
Action Comics 23.4
Talon 12 -
Justice League 19-21, Pandora 1
Justice League 22, Justice League of America 6, Justice League Dark 22
Constantine 5 -
Pandora 2, Phantom Stranger 11, Justice League of America 7, Justice League Dark 23, Pandora 3, Justice League 23
Batman and Robin 23.3
Batman 23.3
Wonder Woman 23.1
Batman 23.2
Red Hood and the Outlaws 21-24, 26-
Superman 23.4
Justice League of America 7.4
Forever Evil 1, Batman and Robin 23.1, Aquaman 23.1-23.2, Justice League of America 7.2, Flash 23.1, ARGUS 1 -,Justice League 23.4, The Dark Knight 23.2, Pandora 4 -, TDK 23.3, Flash 23.3,
FE 2, Justice League 24, Rouges Rebellion 1 -,Batman and Robin 23.2, Detective Comics 23.1, Batman 23.4, TDK 23.1, DC 23.4, Green Lantern 23.3, DC 23.3, Arkham War 1 -, JLA 7.1, DC 23.2, Suicide Squad 24 -, Phantom Stranger 12 -, JLA 8 -, Justice League Dark 24 -,
Teen Titans 24, Annual 2, 25-
Stormwatch 23 -



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