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After Grant Morrison famous run on Batman ended in 2011 (reading order here), came the New 52 and Scott Snyder. With stories about The Court of Howls, Batman Eternal, the Dark Nights: Metal & Death Metal events and more, Snyder became one of the major authors of the decade.
Mostly working with artist Greg Capullo and writer James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder gave us one of the best Batman and a lot of great adventures. The impact of his work on the character is important and there are a lot of great stories to read, so here is the guide.
Also, even if this reading guide covers a lot of New 52 Batman, it’s not a full reading order for this era. For Snyder and everyone else’s Bat-titles reading order, follow that guide.
Batman by Scott Snyder Reading Order:
Batman by Scott Snyder: Before the New 52
Like Grant Morrison did before him, Scott Snyder didn’t begin writing Batman with the main series. He worked on two stories:
- Batman: The Black Mirror
Collects Detective Comics #871-881. Also published in a hardcover edition.
- Batman: Gates of Gotham
Collects Batman: Gates of Gotham #1-5, Detective Comics Annual #12 and Batman Annual #28. Also published in a Deluxe hardcover edition.
Batman by Scott Snyder: The New 52
This is when Scott Snyder became the main writer on the Batman series, working with Greg Capullo on 52 issues. You don’t have to read Grant Morrison’s run. In fact, it’s the perfect entry point for new readers, and you can also look here to learn more about The Court of Owls.
- Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls
Collects Batman #1-7.
- Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls
Collects Batman #8–12, and Batman Annual #1.
Batman: The Night of the Owls – Collects all of the tie-ins. Most of them take place after Batman #8, but some will spoil the ending. Better to read the book after. A full reading order is here.
Collects Batman #8-9, Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #9, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8-9, and All-Star Western #9.
- Talon Vol. 1: Scourge of the Owls
Collects Talon #0-7.
What’s coming next is another event called Death of the Family. You can read here the full Death of the Family Reading Order.
- Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family
Collects Batman #13-17.
- The Joker: Death of the Family
Collects the tie-in Catwoman 13-14, Batgirl 13-16, Suicide Squad 14-15, Batman and Robin 15-16, Nightwing 15-16, Detective Comics 15-16, Red Hood and The Outlaws 15-16 and Teen Titans 15-16.
Zero Year is a prequel storyline (read the full Batman: Zero Year Reading Order) that was published after the Death of the Family storyline. The story takes place a few years before The Court of Owls. You can read it here or at another moment before. As usual, the trade collecting the tie-ins put together all of the issues, whatever their order. Some contains spoilers, it’s preferable to read it after, but if it doesn’t bother you, you can read it before Dark City.
- Batman, Vol. 4: Zero Year – Secret City
Collects Batman #21-24.
- Batman, Vol, 5: Zero Year – Dark City
Collects Batman #25-27, #29-33.
- DC Comics: Zero Year
Collects Batman #24-25, Detective Comics #25, Batgirl #25, Batwing #25, Batwoman #25, Birds of Prey #25, Catwoman #25, The Flash #25, Green Arrow #25, Green Lantern Corps #25, Nightwing #25, Red Hood and The Outlaws #25 and Action Comics #25)
- Also in Batman: Zero Year New
Collects Batman #21-27 and Batman #29-33.
- Also in Batman: Zero Year New
- Batman, Vol. 6: The Graveyard Shift
Collects Batman #0, #18-20, #28, #34, and Batman Annual #2.
As part of the 75th anniversary celebration of Batman, Batman Eternal was introduced as a year-long weekly limited series written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, and Tim Seeley.
- Batman Eternal, Vol. 1
Collects Batman Eternal #1-21.
- Batman Eternal, Vol. 2
Collects Batman Eternal #22-34.
- Batman Eternal, Vol. 3
Collects Batman Eternal #35-52.
- Batman, Vol. 7: Endgame
Collects Batman #35-40.
- The Joker: Endgame
Collects Batman Annual #3, Batman #35-39 backups, Gotham Academy: Endgame #1, Batgirl: Endgame #1, Detective Comics: Endgame #1, and Arkham Manor: Endgame #1.
Batman by Scott Snyder: DC You
Spinning out of the Convergence event, the DC You was a new direction that was about putting “story over continuity,” a way to allow more freedom in the storytelling. It was not a full-blown reboot. Many notable characters also underwent status quo changes.
- Batman, Vol. 8: Superheavy, Pt. 1
Collects Batman #41-46 & DC Sneak Peek: Batman #1.
- Detective Comics, Vol. 9: Gordon at War
Collects Detective Comics #47-52.
- Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 1
Collects Batman and Robin Eternal #1-13.
- Batman and Robin Eternal Vol. 2
Collects Batman and Robin Eternal #14-26.
- Batman, Vol. 9: Bloom
Collects Batman #47-50 & a story from Detective Comics #27.
- Batman, Vol. 10: Epilogue
Collects Batman #51-52, Batman: Futures End #1, Batman Annual #4 and Batman: Rebirth #1.
- Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Omnibus Vol. 1
Collects Batman #0-33, #23.2 and Batman Annual #1-2.
- Batman: Eternal Omnibus
Collects Batman Eternal #1-52 and Batman #28.
- Batman by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo Omnibus Vol. 2
Collects Batman #34-52; Detective Comics #27; Batman Annual #3-4; Batman: Futures End #1; DC Sneak Peek: Batman #1; Detective Comics #1000 and Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1-3.
Batman by Scott Snyder: Rebirth
From that point on, Tom King is writing the Batman series, but Scott Snyder still wrote Batman in other series. The first one is All-Star Batman in which Batman finds himself trying to help old friend Harvey Dent…now known as the villainous Two-Face!
- All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
Collects All-Star Batman #1-5.
- All-Star Batman Vol. 2: Ends of the Earth
Collects All-Star Batman #6-9.
- All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally
Collects All-Star Batman #10-14.
- Batman/Shadow: The Murder Geniuses
Collects Batman Annual #1 and Batman/The Shadow #1-6. This is an out of continuity story, it’s really optional.
- Batman and the Signal
Collects Batman and The Signal #1-3 as well as “The Cursed Wheel” from All-Star Batman #1-4 and #6-9.
Dark Nights: Metal – Big Event Alert. Beyond our universe, there is the Multiverse … and beneath the Multiverse is a nightmare realm where every fear that has ever been felt on our Earth becomes reality. Now an evil force as old as time wants to drag us down into the shadows, into the realm of never-ending terror. You can find the reading order here.
Batman by Scott Snyder: DC Universe
In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Metal, the DC Universe changed a little bit. Mostly, it was the end of the Rebirth era. At that point, Scott Snyder took charge of the main Justice League series, featuring Batman, of course, but also Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern (John Stewart).
- Justice League: No Justice
Collects Justice League: No Justice #1-4 and stories from DC Nation #0.
- Justice League: The Totality
Collects Justice League #1-7.
- Justice League: Graveyard of Gods
Collects Justice League #8-12, Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth Special #1 and Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1.
- Justice League: Hawkworld
Collects Justice League #13-18 and Justice League Annual #1.
- Justice League: The Sixth Dimension
Collects Justice League #19-25.
- Justice League: The Doom War
Collectss Justice League #26-3
- The Batman Who Laughs
Collectss The Batman Who Laughs #1-7 and the one-shot special issue The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight.
- Batman: Last Knight on Earth (with Greg Capullo)
Collects Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1-3.
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Big Event Alert. BWhen the DC Universe is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and must fight to survive. You can find the reading order here.
See also our reading order dedicated to The Batman Who Laughs.
Last Updated on November 17, 2021.