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#1 Edited by Maikeila (4 posts) - - Show Bio

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

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#2 Posted by Quinlan58 (1772 posts) - - Show Bio

You are going to have to be more specific. Any particular character you want to follow? How far back?

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@maikeila said:

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

@maikeila said:

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

DC has 4-5 eras :

  1. Gold / Silver / Bronze age - 1938-1986
  2. Modern Age - 1986-2011
  3. New52 - 2011-2016
  4. Rebirth - 2016-ongoing

DC is made of Several major heroes:

  • Superman
  • Batman
  • Wonder Woman
  • Flash (there has been multiple ones)
  • Aquaman
  • Green Arrow
  • Green Lantern (there has been mutiple ones)

DC has also other great heroes

  • Shazam! (aka Capitain Marvel)
  • Martian Manhunter
  • Plastic Man
  • Atom
  • Black Canary
  • Booster Gold
  • Cyborg
  • Nightwing (formerly the first Robin)
  • Batwoman
  • Power Girl
  • ...

DC has lesser known heroes that are a bit aside

  • Animal Man
  • Swamp Thing
  • John Constantine
  • Detective Chimp
  • The Watchmen
  • The Metal Men
  • ...

DC heroes have younguer apprentice, and other young heroes

  • Robin (there has been a few)
  • Superboy
  • Aqualad
  • Supergirl
  • Beast Boy (aka Chagelling)
  • Speedy
  • Starfire
  • Kid Flash
  • Raven
  • Wonder Girl
  • Batgirl
  • ...

DC has teams with these heroes:

  • The Justice League
  • The Justice of America (aka JLA)
  • The Teen Titans
  • The Titans
  • The Justice League Dark
  • The Suicide Squad (team of vilains forced to do good by the government)
  • The Green Lantern Corps
  • ...

What to read ?

  • You can read the main DC Events
  • You can only read stories from one hero / teams
  • Or you can read it all

Here are DC main events:

  1. 1931 - Flash of Two Worlds - creation of the multiverse
  2. 1985 - Crisis on Infinit Earths - recenter of the DC univers and start of the Modern age
  3. 1986 - Legends - creation of the modern Justice League and the Suicid Squad
  4. 1987 - Jutice League International - optional
  5. 1994 - Zero Hour: Crisis in Time - return of the Multiverse
  6. 2004 - Identity Crisis - events implying all of the DC's heroes
  7. 2005 - Infinite Crisis
  8. ???? - 52 - excellent - tells what happen in the missing year after Infinit Crisis
  9. 2008 - Final Crisis
  10. 2009 - Blackest Night - A Green Lantern Event - you should read the Green Lantern by Geoff Johns run
  11. 2010 - Brightest Day - Consequence of Blackest Night
  12. 2011 - Flashpoint - Flash disrupt time - start of the New52 era
  13. 2013 - Justice League: Trinity War - prequel to Forever Evil - optional
  14. 2014 - Forever Evil + Justice League: Forever Heroes
  15. 2015 - Justice League: Darkseid War - sequel to Forever Evil - optional
  16. 2016 - DC Univers Rebirth
  17. 2017 - Batman/The Flash: The Button - optional
  18. 2019 - Doomsday Clock - Should have read The Watchmen

Then for the different heroes here are the reading orders of the main and good stories:

Batman - appears mainly in 2 titles: Batman and Detective Comics

  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  3. Batman: The Long Halloween + Batman: Dark Victory
  4. The Killing Joke
  5. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
  6. Batman: Tales Of The Demon + Batman: Bride of the Demon + Batman: Birth Of The Demon
  7. Batman: A Death in the Family
  8. Batman Knightfall Omnibus (new version) vol.1-3
  9. Batman: Legacy + Batman: Contagion + Batman: Catclysm - sequels to Knigtfall and prequels to No Man's Land - but optional to read
  10. Batman: No Man's Land Omnibus vol.1-5
  11. New Gotham Omnibus 1-2 or Batman: Evolution + Batman: Officer Down
  12. Gotham Central vol.1-4 - optional but good
  13. Batman Murderer ? + Batman Fugitive
  14. Batman: Hush
  15. Detective Comics: Heart of Hush + Streets of Gotham: Hush Money + Streets of Gotham: House of Hush - optional but very very good
  16. Batman: Batman and Son or Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus
  17. Batman: The Black Mirror - optional
  18. Batman, Incorporated + Batman Incorporated New52 #1-2
  19. Batman & Robin New52 #1-7 or Batman & Robin by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason Omnibus
  20. Batman: Court of Owl -> Batman New52 tpb vol.1-2
  21. Batman: Death of the Familly -> Batman New52 tpb vol. 3
  22. Batman: Zero Year -> Batman New52 tpb vol. 4-5
  23. Batman New52 tpb vol.6-10 - optional
  24. Batman: I am -> Batman Rebirth tpb vol.1-3
  25. Batman: The War of Jokes and Riddles -> Batman Rebirth tbp vol.4
  26. Batman Rebirth tpb vol.5-... ongoing
  27. Detective Comics Rebirth tpb vol.1-... ongoing
  28. Batman: White Knight
  29. Dark Nights: Metal

Superman - appears in 2 title: Superman and Action Comics

  1. Superman: Red Son - elseworld story
  2. All-Star Superman
  3. Superman by Geoff Johns - the main stories are:
    1. Superman: Secret Origins
    2. Superman: Last Son
    3. Superman: Escape From Bizarro World
    4. Superman: Brainiac
  4. The Death of Superman + The Return of Superman
  5. Superman: For Tomorrow
  6. Superman: Doomed (2016)
  7. --- You can skip the New52 and Rebirth eras ---
  8. Super Sons Rebirth tpb vol.1-... ongoing

Wonder Woman - All runs can be read on their own

  • Wonder Woman by Geoges Perez Omnibus #1-3 - Wonder Woman pre-Modern Age
  • Wonder Woman by Greg Rucka Omnibus #1-2
  • Absolute Wonder Woman By Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang vol.1-2 - Wonder Woman New52
  • Wonder Woman: Rebirth Deluxe Edition Book 1-3 (Wonder Woman Rebirth)

Flash

  1. The Flash By Geoff Johns Book #1-5
  2. The Flash New 52 tpb #1-4 - The Brian Azzarello run
  3. The Flash New 52 tpb #5-9 - optional, less good than what Azzarello did
  4. The Flash Rebirth tpb #1-... ongoing or The Flash Deluxe Edition Book #1-... ongoing

Green Arrow

  1. Green Lantern / Green Arrow Omnibus - a great Bronze Age short serie
  2. Green Arrow New52 - A very good new start
  3. Grenn Arrow Rebirth

Green Lantern

  1. Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus #1-3 - Massive but very good and complete <- it is a new start for the Green Lantern, what comes before is optional
  2. Green Lantern New #4-8 - optional, to finish the New52 era started by Geoff Johns.
  3. Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth)

Aquaman

  1. Aquaman: Sub Diego + Aquaman: To Serve and Protect + Aquaman: Kingdom Lost - The John Arcudi run
  2. Aquaman New52 tpb #1-3 + Justice League New52: Throne of Atlantis + Aquaman New52 tpb #4 - The Geoff Johns run
  3. Aquaman New52 tpb #5-8 - optional but good to understand the Rebirth era
  4. Aquaman Rebirth tpb #1-... ongoing

Animal Man / Swamp Thing / John Constantine / Justice League Dark

  1. Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus (2017) - optional
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing Book #1-6 - The Alan Moore run
  3. Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan vol.1-2 - optional
  4. Hellblazer vol.1-21
  5. Lucifer: Book One-Five - optional
  6. The Animal Man Omnibus - The Grant Morrison run
  7. Animal Man by Jeff Lemir - Animal Man New52
    1. tpb #1 - The Hunt
    2. tpb #2 - Animal vs. Man
    3. tpb #3 - Rotworld: The Red Kingdom
    4. tpb #4 - Splinter Species
    5. tpb #5 - Evolve of Die
  8. Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder - Swamp Thing New52 part.1
    1. tpb #1 - Raise Them Bones
    2. tpb #2 - Family Tree
    3. tpb #3 - Rotworld: The Green Kingdom
  9. Justice League Dark by Jeff Lemir - Justice League Dark New52
    1. tpb #2 - The Book of Magic
    2. tpb #3 - The Deak of Magic
    3. tpb #4 - Rebirth of Evil
  10. Swamp Thing by Charles Soule - Swamp Thing New52 part.2
    1. tpb #4 - Seeder
    2. tpb #5 - The Killing Field
    3. tpb #6 - The Sureen
    4. tpb #7 - Season's End
  11. Justice League Dark: The Last Age of Magic - The Rebirth serie - ongoing

Have fun with that to begin with

If you want to know more about a specific hero, please tell us.

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#4 Posted by jb681131 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

Bump

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#5 Posted by Michaelbn (2394 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't.

Don't read new stuff. Stick to good ol' stuff.

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#6 Posted by jb681131 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't.

Don't read new stuff. Stick to good ol' stuff.

Wrong. Aquaman and Green Arrow are better now than before. I agree the others are not better.

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#7 Posted by Michaelbn (2394 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131: Old stuff are always better, I dunno maybe it's just because they weren't that influenced by media and agendas.

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#9 Posted by jb681131 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

Avoid marvel...

Read Starman Dc comics

The original Teen Titans run..

Why avoid Marvel ?

Some of the Best ever Super-Hero comics are from Marvel:

  • Daredevil by Frank Miller <- The Best Super-Hero run I have ever read
  • The Kid Who Collects Spiderman - Amazing Spider-Man #248
  • Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt
  • X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
  • Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
  • ...
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#10 Posted by TheHercules (805 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, avoid Marvel because DC is better! (this coming from a huge Marvel fan)

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#11 Posted by jb681131 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131: Old stuff are always better, I dunno maybe it's just because they weren't that influenced by media and agendas.

No, some old stuff are very bad and to avoid ! But these old stuff have been forgotten and are not findable anymore.

Agendas have always existed and don't think medias didn't exist back then !

People always idealize the past. But what people remember most of the past are the good things. They tend to forget the bads.

But I will agree that there aren't many excellent super-hero comics nowadays and that other titles are better.

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#14 Posted by FaradaySloth (10022 posts) - - Show Bio
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#15 Posted by ourmanuel (11894 posts) - - Show Bio

It’s simple

Don’t.

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#16 Posted by Eto (5297 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131 said:
@cassidydent said:

Avoid marvel...

Read Starman Dc comics

The original Teen Titans run..

Why avoid Marvel ?

Some of the Best ever Super-Hero comics are from Marvel:

  • Daredevil by Frank Miller <- The Best Super-Hero run I have ever read
  • The Kid Who Collects Spiderman - Amazing Spider-Man #248
  • Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt
  • X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
  • Wolverine: Old Man Logan by Mark Millar
  • ...

He clearly means current Marvel.

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#17 Edited by Eto (5297 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131 said:
@maikeila said:

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

@maikeila said:

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

Flash

  1. The Flash By Geoff Johns Book #1-5
  2. The Flash New 52 tpb #1-4 - The Brian Azzarello run
  3. The Flash New 52 tpb #5-9 - optional, less good than what Azzarello did
  4. The Flash Rebirth tpb #1-... ongoing or The Flash Deluxe Edition Book #1-... ongoing

*Brian Buccellato.

Azz never had a Flash run.

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#18 Posted by Straight-Fire (27321 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd never tell someone to avoid something because I personally don't like it. That's the personification of shoving your opinion down someone's throat.

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#21 Posted by kgb725 (19197 posts) - - Show Bio

Marvel Unlimited.

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#22 Posted by jb681131 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

@eto said:
@jb681131 said:
@maikeila said:

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

@maikeila said:

So I recently became a fan of the DC Rebirth

But I want to read all of the old DC Comics from reading order

Flash

  1. The Flash By Geoff Johns Book #1-5
  2. The Flash New 52 tpb #1-4 - The Brian Azzarello run
  3. The Flash New 52 tpb #5-9 - optional, less good than what Azzarello did
  4. The Flash Rebirth tpb #1-... ongoing or The Flash Deluxe Edition Book #1-... ongoing

*Brian Buccellato.

Azz never had a Flash run.

Indeed, I really messed up here, it's Francis Manupul's run. Sorry.

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#23 Edited by Nucleon (3464 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131: Epic post.

In the Superman essentials, I would add "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow", an adieu to the Silver age Superman by none other than Alan Moore and Kurt Swan.

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#24 Posted by jb681131 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131: what about the Marvel version?

Well I don't know Marvel as well as DC.

But the few things I've read from Marvel haven't excited me much.

I'd only recommand:

  • Daredevil by Frank Miller - omnibus or 3 tpb - The Original Frank Miller's run <- and probably the best super-hero run ever
  • Daredevil: Born Again - also by Frank Miller
  • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear - again by Frank Miller - Daredevil's origins
  • The 3 Wizard Masterpiece Edition: Spider-Man, X-Men, Wolverin (not too hard to find)
  • Old Man Logan - the original story by Mark Millar (not the Old Man Logan serie)
  • The 4 origin stories by Jeph Loeb - the 3 first one exist as an omnibus
    • Daredevil: Yellow
    • Spider-Man: Blue
    • Hulk: Grey
    • Captain America: White
  • Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt
  • Hulk: Future Imperfect tpb - the one that also includes Incredible Hulk: The End
  • Hulk: Planet Hulk - a very good story
  • Hulk: World War Hulk - a sequel to Planet Hulk - very optional
  • Captain America: Man Out of Time
  • Winter Soldier By Ed Brubaker
  • Civil War by Mark Millar - The tpb with only Civil War #1-7

That's all I'll recommand.

If you'r into Spider-Man or X-Men, I can recommend more if you'd like but above is really the best.

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#25 Posted by FaradaySloth (10022 posts) - - Show Bio

@jb681131: thank you! I’m trying to get into comics more at the moment lol.

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#27 Posted by Maikeila (4 posts) - - Show Bio

@quinlan58:

All of the dc characters from there’s first comics