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Damian Wayne Reading Order, Fifth Robin and Son of Batman

Damain Wayne Reading Order, son of Batman and Fifth Robin

Everybody knows that Batman’s sidekick is Robin. Of course, readers are familiar with the fact that there’s more than one Robin. That said, there’s only one son of Bruce Wayne, the best Robin of all (if you ask him), Damian.

So, Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, and thus the grandson of Ra’s al Ghul. Grown in a laboratory, Damian was raised by his mother and the League of Assassins to make him a great warrior. It also makes him arrogant and violent.

Batman ignores his existence until Talia left his pre-adolescent son in the care of his father. Talia hasn’t grown a conscience but just uses Damian in an effort to disrupt Batman’s work. For Damian, two choices are offered to him: follow his grandfather and mother’s footsteps to become the future head of the League or embrace his father’s lifestyle and choose to be a superhero.

What to read before?

  • Batman: Son of the Demon
    Damian doesn’t appear in this 1987 graphic novel by writer Mike W. Barr and artist Jerry Binghamon of the Demon. It was out of continuity for a long time. Grant Morrisson used it as an inspiration. Quite optional, but for the completist, this is where all begins.

Damian Wayne Reading Order

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Following is a menu to navigate in this reading order, and going directly to the era of your choice

  1. Damian Wayne Essential, Omnibus Edition
  2. The Introduction of Damian Wayne by Grant Morrison
  3. The (New) Batman and Robin
  4. Damian Wayne during New 52
  5. Convergence and DC You
  6. Rebirth
  7. Infinite Frontier/Dawn of DC

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Damian Wayne Essential, Omnibus Edition

If you want to become familiar with Damian Wayne or simply rediscover his history in the most efficient way, let’s say you can find the essential (and generally best) Damian Wayne stories in omnibus form, collecting the works of Morrison, Tomasi, and Gleason.

  • Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Batman #655-658, #663-683 and stories from DC Universe #0 and #30 and #47, along with two brand-new pages recapping events from The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul
  • Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 2
    Collects Batman & Robin #1-16, Batman #700-702 and Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-6
  • Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 3
    Collects Batman Incorporated #1-8, Batman: The Return #1, Batman Incorporated #0-13, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1, Batman Incorporated Special #1
  • Batman & Robin by Tomasi & Gleason Omnibus
    Collects Batman & Robin #20-22, Batman & Robin #0-40 From The New 52 Series, Batman & Robin Annual #1-3, Robin Rises: Omega #1, Robin Rises: Alpha #1 And A Story From Secret Origins #4.
  • Super Sons Omnibus Super Duper Edition
    Collects Super Sons #1-16, Super Sons Annual #1, Super Sons/Dynomutt #1, Superman #10-11 and #37-38, Teen Titans #15, Adventures of the Super Sons #1-12, Challenge of the Super Sons #1-7, and a short story from Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

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I. The Introduction of Damian Wayne by Grant Morrison

Morrison’s run on Batman – during the post-Crisis era – is as much about Bruce Wayne as it is about Damian Wayne. Even if he’s not present in all of the issues, it is recommended to read his whole run (dedicated reading order here).

 

Batman Icon Reading OrderBatman: Battle for the Cowl is a 2009 comic book storyline following the “Batman R.I.P.” and “Final Crisis” story arcs, consisting of an eponymous, three-issue miniseries written and penciled by Tony Daniel, as well as a number of tie-in books. The central story details the chaos in Gotham City. Following, the stories where you can find Damian, where he plays mostly a quite minor role.

  • Batman: Battle for the Cowl (optional)
    Collects Batman: Battle For The Cowl #1-3, Gotham Gazette: Batman Dead? #1 And Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive?
  • Batman Annual #27 & Detective Comics Annual #11 (optional)
    Collected in Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight. It’s a follow-up to Battle for The Cowl for Azrael, you can find Damian in the 2-issues Azrael storyline called The Eighth Deadly Sin.

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II. The (New) Batman and Robin

Morrison’s Era continues with a new Batman. Dick Grayson tries to fill the mantle of the Bat and has chosen Damian Wayne to be his Robin. A partnership filled with tension that’s going to evolve into a respectful and sincere brotherly relationship. This is where the magic happens between those two.

Grant Morrison leaves Batman & Robin in other writers’ hands to launch the third part of his run, Batman Incorporated, which will continue during the New 52 era.

  • Batman Incorporated
    Collects Batman Incorporated #1 to #8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1

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Robin Letter Icon Reading Order Damian WayneIn parallel to Batman & Robin, you can read Streets of Gotham. Damian’s presence in it is mixed, but it is perfect if you want more stories with our dynamic duo. Beware, a little context is needed. It’s a follow-up to Paul Dini’s Heart of Hush and in the spirit of his Detective Comics run (#821-850, just before Grant Morrison Era).

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Following are other Damian’s appearances during that time, taking place before Batman & Robin Vol. 3. You have a story connected to the event Blackest Night, but also a Halloween special and a team-up with Batgirl.

Batgirl (2009) #6

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Following are Damian’s appearances after Batman & Robin Vol. 3. He continues to work with Dick, team up with The Teen Titans, and annoys Stephanie Brown during her first sanctioned Batman Incorporated assignment.

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III. Damian Wayne during New 52

Following the events of Flashpoint (Reading Order), DC rebooted its universe and gave us New 52. This is where Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo took over creative duties on Batman. But Grant Morrisson wasn’t finished yet, and his storyline will impact the Bat-family.

During that time, you can find Damian Wayne in Batman Incorporated by Morrison and in Batman and Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.

Batman Icon Reading OrderBatman: Night of the Owls (Reading Order) is a comic book crossover event written by Scott Snyder (see Batman New 52 Reading Order). It is a follow up to Batman: Gates of Gotham, and takes place during The Court of Owls. Batman and Robin vol. 2 #9 is a tie-in to the cross-over.

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Not long after Night of the Owls, we have another (and more ambitious) crossover event for the Bat-family with Batman: Death of the Family (see Reading Order). Batman and Robin #15 and #16 are tie-ins.

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We arrive at the conclusion to Grant Morrison’s epic Batman saga with Batman Incorporated, better to read the whole arc in one sitting, especially as it is not impacted by other events, but will have a major impact on the Bat-family once over.

Robin Letter Icon Reading Order Damian Wayne Where is Batman and Robin Vol. 5: The Big Burn? Damian is not in this volume, with Tomasi offering us a Two-Face story.

Batman Icon Reading Order If you want to know a little bit more about what’s going on with Batman, it’s the perfect moment to read Batman Vol.7: Endgame.

  • Batman and Robin Vol. 7: Robin Rises
    This is the end of this Volume 2 (2011–2015) of Batman and Robin. Collects Batman and Robin #35-40, Robin Rises: Alpha #1, Batman and Robin Annual #3, A Story From Secret Origins #4

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During this period, Damian made a few not-worthy appearances in different titles. Actually, there is not a lot of good stories with Damian outside the two big titles above. Following are still a few suggestions :

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IV. Convergence and DC You

Convergence was a two-month event (full reading order here) spanning from April to May of 2015, replacing DC Comics’ regular line of comics while the publisher moves their offices from New York City to Burbank California. The event tries to answer the question ‘Where do worlds go when they die?’. And spinning out of Convergence was DC You,  marking the end of the NEW 52 branding. The DC You era is quite short and spanned about one year between what’s considered the end of the New 52 and the start of DC Rebirth. It’s during that period that Damian Wayne has his first solo series.


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V. Rebirth

We enter the Rebirth Era, where Damian becomes the leader of Teen Titans with very limited success (let’s just say our favorite Robin doesn’t really shine in this title) and more importantly, lives dangerous adventures with Jon Kent, the son of Superman, in Super Sons (see Reading Order). You can also catch him in Nightwing, especially at the beginning of the era.

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This is where you can read the Dark Nights: Metal Event – in Dark Nights: Metal and Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance, A Batman Event written by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. There’s a little bit of Damian in it, but nothing that justifies reading the whole event if it’s not your cup of tea. And this is where you’ll find Teen Titans #12. For more, go to the Dark Nights Metal Reading Order page.

At this stage, the Super Sons enter a sort of temporal bubble, meaning Jon and Damian live new adventures still written by Tomasi, but set before Super Sons #16 and the Superman Special #1 (marking the arrival of Bendis on Superman) — despite being published later.


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This is where the story-arc City of Bane more or less takes place. It will have a big impact on Damian. He’s present in just a few issues, but the events happening here will be used to explain some of his actions on Teen Titans.

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Following, we have a number of little story-arcs or one issue story going on during this era for Damian, variable quality-wise and not that withstanding for Damian.

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VI. Damian in the Infinite Frontier/Dawn of DC era

After the Future State Event came the new relaunch named Infinite Frontier. Damian has a new solo series, Robin, written by Joshua Williamson and penciled by Gleb Melnikov.

In Justice League #75, Batman and the other members of the Justice League are “killed.” It is how the Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths began to lead us to the end of the Infinite Frontier era. See our Dark Crisis Reading Order for more information. Damian occupies the spotlight only in Dark Crisis: The Dark Army #1.

Robin Letter Icon Reading Order Damian WayneFollowing the conclusion of his own solo series and before the conclusion of Infinite Frontier, Damian unearths dark forces that unleash super-charged magic across the globe. Batman must battle his son to save the planet and put a stop to the chaos! From this story, a magical crisis follows, with the Lazarus Planet event! As always, check out our reading guide to know more!

  • Batman Vs. Robin 
    Collects Batman Vs. Robin #1-5.

    • Lazarus Planet
      Collects Lazarus Planet: Alpha, Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton, Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods, Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn, Lazarus Planet: Next Evolution, Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate, and Lazarus Planet: Omega! To read between Issues  #4 & 5 of Batman Vs. Robin

A new initiative starts here! Following those recent events, A New Future is written with Joshua Williamson still the main writer for Damian Wayne. It starts then with our favorite Robin helping Deadman/Batman in Knight Terrors, before the Bat-family is put to the test in Gotham War and a new Batman and Robin series is launched! As we’re in this period right now, this chronological listing is not definitive.

  • Knight Terrors
    Collects Knight Terrors First Blood, Knight Terrors #1-4, Knight Terrors: Night’s End
  • Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War
    Collects Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines, Batman #137-138, Catwoman #57-58, and Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Scorched Earth.

    • The first storyline in the new Batman and Robin seems to take place during Gotham War.
  • More Coming Soon!

 

Last Updated on November 24, 2023.