Batman: Chronological Reading Order
Recommended Pre-Batman Reading
Batman is a fictional character created by the artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. A comic book superhero, Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939, and since then has appeared in many of DC Comics’ publications. Originally referred to as "the Bat-Man" and still referred to at times as "the Batman", he is additionally known as "The Caped Crusader", "The Dark Knight", and "The World's Greatest Detective".
13 9.1 01. Dc The New Frontier TP Vol 01 - Darwyn Cooke
This isn't actually part of the timeline, but it's a great story and will do a fantastic job of giving you some backstory on a few important characters in the DC universe. Well worth the read...
5 5.5 02. Crisis On Multiple Earths, Vol. 1 - Scott Fox
19 7.9 03. Crisis On Infinite Earths TP - George Perez,Marv Wolfman
11 7.6 04. Superman: The Man of Steel, Vol. 1 - John Byrne,Dick Giordano
3 7.5 05. Legends: The Collection - Len Wein,John Ostrander
It's best to mix this collection with a few other issues:
- Legends 01
- Legends 02
- Superman [v2 001]
- Legends 03
- Superman [v2 002]
- Legends 04
- Superman [v2 003]
- Adventures Of Superman 426
- Action Comics 586
- Legends 05
- Superman [v2 004]
- Legends 06
12 8.2 06. Justice League: A New Beginning (Justice Lea... - J.M. DeMatteis,Keith Giffen
DC: Batman Year 1
68 8.6 07. Batman: Year One - Deluxe Edition - David Mazzuchelli,Frank Miller_II
Much of Batman Begins was taken from this story. Frank Miller does an excellent job kick-starting the Batman franchise after the Crisis reboot. This is a MUST read for any Batman fan.
7 7.3 08. Batman And The Monster Men TP - Matt Wagner
5 8 09. Batman: Prey - DC Comics
This story is sort of intermingled throughout the Batman and the Monster Men story... but it's fine if you read it immediately afterwards.
6 7 010. Batman And The Mad Monk TP (Dark Moon Rising... - Matt Wagner
22 8.1 011. Batman: The Man Who Laughs - Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke
DC: Batman Year 2
13 8 012. Batman: Gothic - Grant Morrison, Klaus Janson
3 6 013. Batman Tenses Book #1 of 2 - Joe Casey
- Make sure to also read the 2nd part to this story
Batman starts to realize the type of creeps his new professions will put him up against, and also begins to come to grips with his own past.
2 8 014. Batman Confidential #23 - Andrew Kreisberg
5 8.5 015. Batman Four of a Kind - Doug Moench,Chuck Dixon,DC Comics,Alan Grant
These 4 stories cover the origins and backstory of 4 important Batman opponents: Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy), Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow), Edward Nigma (Riddler), and Kirk Langstrom (Man-Bat). An interesting group of stories.
4 9.5 016. Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight - Terror - Doug Moench
Great story, the beginning of the love story between Bats and Catwoman. Hugo Strange returns and breaks out Scarecrow for a nice 1-2 punch. Good read.
11 8.2 017. Batman: Year Two - Fear the Reaper - Alan Davis,Mike W. Barr,Todd McFarlane
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